CLASSmagazine Exclusive: Nigeria’s star Kelly Hansome on D’banj, Wande Coal and his hard-hiting ‘Igwe kom kom’ controversial response song….
The photos from the interview appear at www.PhotoWorks.TV
Nigeria’s lyrical afro-hip-hop superstar Kelly Hansome aka ‘Mr Maga’ whose latest roaring, controversial response to Wande Coal/D’banj/Mo’ Hits/ titled “Igwe kom kom” is rockin’ things has spoken about the musical “feud” he’s having with two of Nigeria’s biggest hip hop superstars D’banj, Wande Coal and their label Mo’ Hits records (Lagos).
The youthful pages of the web, youtube and social circles in Nigeria are reacting in hundreds of thousands to Kelly’s pointed, no-hold-barred musical response to Wande for singing ‘Who born the maga?’ and D’banj’s very popular ‘Igwe’ songs.
Kelly who made a courtesy visit to PhotoWorks.TV, CLASSmagazine and USAfrica multimedia networks’ Publisher Chido Nwangwu in Houston told him “they crossed the line of cultural respect and tradition with their minimizing the meaning and what it takes to become an Igwe. It’s not ethnic, it’s about respecting every culture, be it Igbo, Yoruba, Hausa, Fulani, Efik or Tiv or anyone for that matter.”
When I reminded him that musicians and artistes can sing and write about any issues of their interest with decency or otherwise he countered that “I’m an artiste. I’m a musician but I’m born into tradition and culture and I do not disagree with the rights of musicians and artistes or anyone to free expression. That’s not my point. Remember that the great Fela, the great Chief Osadebe, the pioneer Ebenezar Obey, the durable Sunny Ade, Bright Chimezie, Morocco, Ayinde, even the much younger Tuface and Lagbaja and most if not all the major performers across Nigeria and Africa have shown such respect to traditional authority. Even for a musical performance you must respect fundamental aspects of our culture.”
Kelly Hansome believes and argues that “Wande and D’banj do not, apparently know that you don’t get the title of Igwe the same way you get a fashion or basic chieftaincy titles. That’s the thrust of my ‘Igwe kom kom’ song from my yet to be released single response to both D’banj’s Igwe and Wande’s attack on me which he called ‘Who born the maga?’ The latter being an obvious reference to me for my popular song ‘Maga don pay’… You know I’m known as Mr. Maga.”
When I asked him how the emerging disagreements, especially his strong but controversial musical response to Wande and D’banj are affecting their relationships, he add quickly: “it’s not affecting us. Chido, believe me, we’re all friends; it’s nothing personal. I stated and sang my principled position….” We are yet to confirm if Mo’ Hits, Wande and the world-famous D’banj feel the same way. The much-talked about single has been leaked on youtube.
He spoke about the rapper M.I, Tuface, other new artistes, youths and national development, why Nigerians should support the leadership of the country, his anti-4-1-9 plans, plus the first hints to USAfricaonline.com and CLASSmagazine about the release schedule of his new, sure-to-be-controversial album.
President Obama, hate-mongers and mob cons. By Chido Nwangwu, Publisher of USAfricaonline.com, www.Achebebooks.com, CLASS magazine, The Black Business Journal, USAfrica.TV, and the largest digital images/pictorial events domain for Africans abroad www.PhotoWorks.TV
USAfricaonline.com goes richly interactive with new look, content….
By Alverna Johnson. Corporate Affairs, Houston:
On 10/10/09, the major redesign and addition of richly interactive options will go fully live on the award-winning web site of the first African-owned, U.S-based professional newspaper published on the internet, www.USAfricaonline.com
“The importance of this latest interactive re-positioning of USAfricaonline.com is to fully tap into the advantages of the digital world to benefit our community and readers. Especially, the key issue and leverage is that we have and own unique content; and with this initiative, USAfrica advances, further, the immigrant African views and news into the international media and public policy mainstream. It leverages the global resources of USAfrica, again, into the electronic frontline of critically informed, responsible discourse and seasoned reportage of African and American interests as well as debating relevant issues of disagreement”, notes Chido Nwangwu, the Founder & Publisher of USAfricaonline.com, AchebeBooks.com, The Black Business Journal, USAfrica.TV and CLASSmagazine.
“Some of the new features on USAfricaonline.com have enabled for our readers and bloggers, the live texting of pages and page links to phones and other multimedia devices, instant sharing across all the leading social networks especially Facebook, Twitter, digg, myspace, Mixx, Technorati, LinkedIn, AIM, LiveJournal and Yigg.”
Chido Nwangwu, recipient of an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree in May 2009 and analyst on CNN, VOA, SABC, highlights other advantages as “live RSS feeds and e-syndication of the USAfrica reports and premium content. In terms of graphics and structure, the new USAfricaonline.com has visually refreshing headers and crisp pictures. We’ve also added more columnists, regional news correspondents and incisive special features writers. The site will be updated regularly, especially for significant breaking news.”
The flagship of the American media, The New York Times, several public policy, media and human rights organizations have assessed USAfrica and USAfricaonline.com as the most influential and largest multimedia networks covering the bi-continental interests of Africans and Americans. The first edition of USAfrica magazine was published August 1993; USAfrica The Newspaper on May 11, 1994; CLASSmagazine on May 2, 2003; PhotoWorks.TV in 2005, and dozens of web sites and e-groups/blogs.
The Houston-based USAfrica has a formidable, experienced network of editors and correspondents across the U.S and Africa. Its Publisher served as adviser on Africa business/community to Houston’s former Mayor Lee Brown. http://usafricaonline.com/chido.html
contact: Alverna Johnson (Corporate Affairs). USAfrica Inc. 8303 Southwest Freeway, Suite 100, Houston, Texas 77074
office:713-270-5500 wireLess: 832-45-CHIDO (24436) e-mail: News@USAfricaonline.com or Chido@USAfricaonline.com