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Nigerian Music Going Global: Runtown sells out 4,000 capacity hall in New York


Nigerian and African artists, do not believe any individual, group or company that tells you that your African sound style cannot go global unless you change it to sound completely western. There is ample evidence, on this blog alone, showing a big thirst for your kind of sound. Believe and stay true to the uniqueness of your sound style, and its ability to reach millions, globally, if positioned right without losing its authenticity.

Why believe? Runtown is yet another exhibit that there is a global thirst for Afrobeat/Afropop/Afrofusion music. He sold out his concert in Washington D.C., and now he does the same in New York selling out a 4,000 capacity hall in New York. By the way, please note Runtown did not get here on his own. In a state like New York, local promoters like Cos Canino, media company UnderdaRock Entertainment, the Nigerian Entertainment Awards, The Nigerian Independence Parade, Paul Okoye’s One Africa Music Festival are forerunners that have done the very hard lifting so an artist like Runtown can sell out concert halls.

I’ll also add that despite all the drama Runtown gave us last year with disputes with his Nigerian record label, he sells out Amazura event center in New York City and had to turn people down. That’s impressive. Watch a short clip of his live performance, and catch up with his music legal drama shenanigans so you avoid that kind of drama.

Congrats to Runtown.

-Ms. Uduak

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AFRICA MUSIC LAW™ (AML) is a pioneering music business and entertainment law blog and podcast show by Fashion and Entertainment Lawyer Ms. Uduak Oduok empowering the African artist and Africa's rapidly evolving entertainment industry through brilliant music business and entertainment law commentary and analysis, industry news, and exclusive interviews.

Credited for several firsts in the fashion and entertainment industry, Ms. Uduak is also a Partner and Co-Founder of Ebitu Law Group, P.C. where she handles her law firm’s intellectual property law, media, business, fashion, and entertainment law practice areas. She has litigated a wide variety of cases in California courts and handled a variety of entertainment deals for clients in the USA, Africa, and Asia.

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