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AFRIMA 2021: Battle of the Galaxy as Stars Align For ‘Artiste of the Year’

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AFRIMA ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

It is less than one month to the seventh edition of the much-anticipated All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) 2021, and votes have long been stacking up for all 38 categories created to celebrate the best of African music. AFRIMA 2021 holds at Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos, Nigeria from November 19-21, 2021 with live broadcast to 84 television stations in 109 countries. Public voting is ongoing and ends on Saturday, November 20, 2021 on AFRIMA’s website www.afrima.org. Tickets to the Music Fest coming up on Friday, November 19, 2021 at 6pm, and the award on Sunday, November 21, 2021 will be on sale on AFRIMA website (www.afrima.org) from Sunday, October 31 at 18:00 (EAT).
The ‘Artiste of the Year’ category is one juicy nomination that, like the Midas Touch, if wielded by any artiste has the power to turn almost every situation into gold. This year is quite interesting as it is not just a battle of the greats, but a battle that infuses some of the most prominent voices ever in Africa’s music scene.
Past winners in the ‘Artiste of the Year’ category are Davido (Nigeria – 2014); Diamond Platnum (Tanzania – 2015); Wizkid (Nigeria – 2016); Wizkid (Nigeria -2017); Davido (Nigeria – 2018); and Burna Boy (Nigeria- 2019).

Take a look at some of your faves for the ‘Artiste of the Year’ category, this year, it is a continental battle;

• Focalistic (South Africa)
Pretorian-bred Amapiano Prince, Lethabo Sebetso, popular as Focalistic, is no strange name to African music lovers. The 25-year-old singer has been one of the biggest exports of Amapiano for the past few years. Asides getting an RIAA gold certification for his recent smash hit, Ke Star Remix (featuring Davido), Focalistic’s sounds have soundtracked the entire summer of 2021.
With collaborations with other SA heavyweights such as DJ Maphorisa, Kabza De Small, Casper Nyovest, among others, the party-starting singer has continued to chart a path as one of the most vibrant young acts on the scene. After snoozing from the rap scene which he debuted in with his Casper Nyovest-assist dubbed, Never Know, Focalistic has now become an Amapiano adherent in recent times. And this is the sound that is pushing the singer as one of the most acclaimed African acts in a single year. Apart from his nomination in the ‘Artiste of the Year’ category, Focalistic also has six other nominations making him one of the most nominated artistes in AFRIMA 2021.

• Burna Boy (Nigeria)
PERHAPS being touted as the African Giant is no longer enough description for Damini Ogulu, better known as Burna Boy. The Rivers State indigene is not just a Grammy-winning singer, but also one of Africa’s biggest musical exploits since Fela Kuti. The 30-year-old has a very mature and hit-laden discography that stirs both hearts and feet, with political satires, love narratives, and party groove.
2020 was a historic year for Burna Boy, who brought the Grammy award for the best World Music Album to the shores of Africa, with his soul-stirring album dubbed, Twice as Tall. The singer has also gone on to collaborate with several international acts, including Justin Bieber, Polo G, Sia, among others. When it comes to making music with an attitude, Burna Boy, remains at the front guard. And both his restive past or present controversies aren’t enough to dull the glimmer that surrounds him. Burna Boy won the coveted ‘Artiste of the Year’ award as well as ‘Best Male Artiste in Western Africa’ award in 2019. In the 2021 edition of awards, he also has nominations in the ‘Best Male Artiste in Western Africa’ and ‘Album of the Year’ categories.

• Aya Nakamura (MALI)
SINCE her 2017 debut dubbed, Journal Intime, Aya Danioko, professionally known as Aya Nakamura, has been a regular chart-topper within the French music scene. The Bamako-born singer of Bard heritage is a master of Afro-fusion, wielding Zouk, Afro-RnB and Afro-Pop to create compelling soundpieces that not only unnerves the chauvinist-dominated population of French music listeners, but has become the global billboard for French-African music.
Currently, the 26-year-old has already garnered widespread acclaim for her audacious discography, the most recent being her 2020 self-titled album. Apart from her emotive records, heavily stewed in love, life and self-liberation, the singer is also intricately acclaimed by the French femme-domme as a symbol of pro-feminism.
Without any prior AFRIMA award, the chanteuse is clearly a strong contender for the Artiste of the Year, with an album that packs melodious groove, emotive lyricism, stellar features (including collaborations with Stormzy and Ms. Banks), to stand out as both a fan-favourite and an exceptional project. Apart from her ‘Artiste of the Year’ nomination. Aya also has four other nominations in AFRIMA 2021.

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• Davido (Nigeria)
Another page-turner in the records book of Afrobeats will be David Adeleke, professionally known as Davido. This 29-year-old Afro-pop maverick is undisputedly one of Africa’s biggest musical exports. 2020 was also a significant year for Davido, who released his sophomore album dubbed, A Better Time, which wasn’t just a readily pacifying soundpiece for Africans who were exhausted from the throes of a global pandemic, but it was also one that projected Afrobeats to the world, with its constellation of star-studded international collaborations. Davido won ‘Artiste of the Year’ award in AFRIMA 2014 and 2018. He is one of the highest nominees in AFRIMA 2021 with four nominations.

• Fally Ipupa (Congo)
To some people, FALLY Ipupa N’simba might be the 43-year-old singer who still released a smashing album as recent as last year. And to some others, he might just be the Grammy-nominated musician who’s famous for always packing an arsenal of beautiful melodies (which significantly was the title of his debut album). Across the African scene, the Kinshasha-born’s rumba rhythms have traversed diverse ears, even those of non-Congolese origins.
Fally Ipupa who comes from a long line of Congolese rumba masters – from Grand Kalle Kabasele from the (African Jazz) ’50s, to the legendary Tabu Ley Rochereau (African Fiesta) and Franco Luambo Makiadi (O.K. Jazz) in the ’60s and ’70s; Zaiko Langa Langa of the ’70s; Papa Wemba (Viva la Musica) in the ’80s, to Koffi Olomide (Quartier Latin) and the Wenge Musica band of ’90s and 2000s – continues to reign as the prince of the Afro-dancehall music in Africa. With recent releases such as his 2020 album dubbed, Toookos 3, Fally Ipupa has become part of the Afrobeats to the World movement, with sonic evolutions that see him explore more European styles over his traditional rumba notations. Fally Ipupa won ‘Best Male in Central Africa’ in 2014 and 2018. He also has nominations in the ‘Best Male in Central Africa’, ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Songwriter of the Year’ categories in AFRIMA 2021.

• Wizkid (Nigeria)
FOR this battle of stars, Ayodeji Balogun, better known as Wizkid, is a fierce contender. The Grammy-winning singer emerged in the middle of a pandemic with an album that continues to shake the world, even till date. With the successes of Made in Lagos, still towering above the musical skies till date, one can only wonder at what drives the Lagos-bred musician who continues to soar in a field full of stars.
Apart from the myriad awards, Wizkid also is a globally renowned figure who is not just having special days dedicated to him in Minnesota, or clinching gold plaques from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), but is also breaking Billboard chart history. With his smash-hit, Essence, Wizkid continues to shine bright, but will it be bright enough to outshine other stars for the Artiste of the Year category? Wizkid won the coveted ‘Artiste of the Year’ in 2016 and 2017 as well as ‘Best Male in Western Africa’ in 2017 and ‘Song of the Year’ in 2019. He has six nominations in AFRIMA 2021.

•Makhadzi (South Africa)
Limpopo-bred singer, Ndivhudzannyi Ralivhona, better known as Makhadzi, is a South African singer that’s easily found on the lips of her fellow countrymen, both for her culturally-relevant music, or her endless litany of controversies. The 25-year-old became one of the most streamed artistes of 2020, with the massive reception garnered from her album dubbed, Kokovha (Crawl), which was released that same year.
After starting off her career at age 12, because of her unfathomable love for it, the young singer has moved from stealing the hearts of traders and passersby at public markets and parks, to creating an admirable image across Botswana, Nigeria, Namibia and Tanzania. The Public Relations graduate, who is also currently in school studying Drama, has a matured discography with multiple albums, multiple awards and gold certifications. Perhaps, it is these that make her wardrobe malfunction, or relationship fallouts, to become juice for celebrity gossip across South Africa’s entertainment scene.
Makhadzi currently has no AFRIMA nomination, but is clearly a strong-contender, whose Venda-laden (an official SA language) Amapiano and RnB fusion is one of the most vibrant on the scene.

• MHD (Guinea)
AFTER 27 years of existence, Mohamed Sylla has carved a legacy for himself as one of Africa’s most vivacious rappers, under the moniker MHD. The French artiste of Guinean-Senegalese origins is best known for pioneering the Afro-Trap legacy, with his continentally-smashing hits. In France and Africa, MHD continues to power his fame batteries with his hit-laden albums, the most recent being Mansa, which was released mid-July.
Singing in his native tongues of Fula, Wolof and the borrowed French Lingua, MHD has amassed a significant following across West Africa. His covers and collaborations of/with Nigerian acts such as P-Square, Wizkid, Naira Marley, among others, have helped the young singer to hewn a vivacious voice in the African music space. MHD was nominated in the ‘Best Male in Centra Africa’ category in 2017. He is also one of the top nominees in AFRIMA 2021 with four nominations.

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• Omah Lay (Nigeria)
Stanley Omah Didia, professionally known as Omah Lay, is one of the most vibrant new acts emerging out of Africa. The Rivers State indigene rose to the spotlight with a marathon of hit songs, last year, including a collaboration with the US artiste, 6lack. From a family of band musicians, Omah Lay has continued to pilot a heritage of Afro-RnB that is raging across Africa, like an inferno. His debut project dubbed, Get Layd, continues to garner widespread airplays and digital streams, even after spending several weeks topping Apple Music’s charts. Omah Lay also has nominations in ‘Best Male in Western Africa’, ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Pop’, and Breakout Artiste of the Year’ categories of AFRIMA 2021.

• Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)
NASEEB Abdul Juma Issack is a child of humble beginnings. From selling clothes on the streets of Kigoma at age 17, to breaking into mainstream stardom three years later, in 2010, Issack, who is professionally known as Diamond Platnumz, has become a face of motivation for most young teenagers in Tanzania. Asides from his vivacious vibe, Platnumz is also one of Africa’s biggest music exports.
The BET-nominated singer was featured, last year, by American Grammy-winning singer Alicia Keys on the single dubbed, Wasted Energy. The singer has had a sturdy career that seems to be near-impossible to hide from the limelight. His last project, released in 2018, dubbed A Boy From Tandale, has received several critical acclaim that culminates with his previous successes to pilot him as one of the biggest global poster boys for Africa’s entertainment industry.  Diamond Platnumz has featured in major categories of AFRIMA since inception, having won the ‘Best Male in Eastern Africa’ in 2014, 2015 and 2016, and ‘Song of the Year’ category in 2015 and 2016. Diamond Platnumz has five nominations in AFRIMA 2021.

• Blaq Diamond (South Africa)
Ndumiso Mdletshe and Sphelele Dunywa are, arguably, your favourite 27-year-olds in South Africa. The non-fraternal duo, under their moniker Blaq Diamond, are one of the most vibrant voices in SA’s music scene. After their debut project dubbed, Inqola, dropped in 2017, these young acts have refused to snooze from the spotlight. Their sophomore album which was released last year and is dubbed, Umuthi, already glimmers with two Platinum-certified records dubbed, Ibhanoyi and Love Letter, respectively. From having rap cyphers in a school bus around Ladysmith in KwaZulu Natal, to touring different African cities, BlaQ Diamond’s rise has been steady, strong-willed and significantly captivating. BlaQ Diamond leads AFRIMA 2021 nomin

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Complete Guidance About The Isee Hair Glueless Wigs

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Glueless wigs have gained a lot of popularity in recent years due to their convenience, comfort and versatility. Unlike traditional wigs that require adhesive or glue to secure, glueless wigs offer a hassle-free alternative that allows you to achieve a natural and smooth look with ease.

Understanding the Basics of Glueless Wigs

Glueless wigs, also known as lace wigs, have become increasingly popular in recent years due to their convenience and natural look. These wigless caps are designed to mimic the appearance of a natural scalp, creating the illusion that the hair is growing directly from your own head. What sets glueless wigs apart from other wig options are their unique protective methods, which eliminate the need for glue or adhesive.

A glueless wig is a type of wig that is specifically designed to be worn without the use of glue or adhesive. Instead, it uses various security methods such as adjustable straps, combs, and elastic bands to ensure a comfortable and natural-looking fit. This means you can enjoy the benefits of wearing a wig without the hassle of dealing with sticky and potentially damaging glue.

Definition of Glueless wig

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When we talk about glueless wigs, we are referring to a revolutionary wig design that has changed the world of hair extensions and wigs. These wigs are carefully crafted to provide a seamless and undetectable hairline, giving you the freedom to style your hair any way you want, leaving the edges of any wig exposed. Want without worrying about doing.

Glueless wigs are usually made with a lace cap that is made using a high-quality, breathable material. This lace cape is designed to blend seamlessly with your skin tone, creating a natural-looking hairline that’s virtually indistinguishable from your own hair. The wig’s integrated straps, comb, and elastic band allow for a secure and comfortable fit, ensuring the wig stays in place all day.

Key Features of Glueless Wigs

Glueless wigs are known for their unique features that set them apart from other wig options:

  1. Adjustable Straps: Glueless wigs are equipped with adjustable straps that allow you to customize the fit according to the size and shape of your head. This feature ensures that the wig stays securely in place even during strenuous activities.
  2. Combs: These wigs come with built-in combs that comb your natural hair for added protection. Combs are strategically placed on the front, back and sides of the wig, allowing you to anchor it firmly in place.
  3. Elastic band: Some glueless wigs have an elastic band that can be adjusted to fit comfortably around your head, offering an even more secure fit. This elastic band helps distribute the weight of the wig evenly, reducing any potential discomfort or stress on your scalp.

These key features work together to ensure that the no-stick wig fits comfortably and securely, giving you the confidence to go about your day without worrying about your hair. Whether you’re attending a special event or just want to change up your look, glueless wigs provide a versatile and hassle-free solution.

Advantages of choosing Glueless Wigs

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Comfort and convenience

One of the main advantages of glueless wigs is the level of comfort they provide. Traditional wigs that require glue can be heavy, itchy and uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time. Glueless wigs, on the other hand, allow airflow and are lightweight, ensuring a comfortable experience.

Additionally, a glueless wig is incredibly easy to wear. You can easily put it on and take it off whenever you want without worrying about the mess and the sticky process of applying and removing it.

Imagine being able to change your hairstyle with ease, without any pain or hassle. Glueless wigs offer the ultimate convenience, allowing you to adapt to different looks and styles with ease.

Additionally, the lightweight nature of glueless wigs makes them ideal for those who lead an active lifestyle. Whether you’re hitting the gym, going for a run, or dancing the night away, a no-stick wig will stay securely in place, giving you the freedom to move without worry.

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Versatility and style options

Glueless wigs offer a wide range of styling possibilities. The lace cap allows for natural-looking sections, giving you the flexibility to style your wig in a variety of ways. Whether you prefer a middle part, side part, or a sleek pulled back style, glueless wigs can easily accommodate your desired look.

Not only can you experiment with different parts, but glueless wigs also allow for versatile styling options. You can also curl, straighten, or braid your wig to create a variety of stunning hairstyles. The possibilities are endless, allowing you to express your creativity and change your look whenever you want.

Additionally, glueless wigs are available in a variety of hair types, lengths, colors and textures. Whether you’re looking for a short bob, long locks, natural curls, or vibrant colors, there’s a wig to suit your personal style and preferences. You can easily change your appearance and enhance your natural beauty with the wide array of options available.

Additionally, glueless wigs are perfect for those who like to experiment with their hair but want to avoid the potential damage that comes with permanent styling. With a glueless wig, you can change your hairstyle as often as you want without damaging your natural hair.

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Health and safety benefits

Using glue to secure a traditional wig can potentially damage your natural hair and scalp. Chemicals in the adhesive can cause allergies or skin irritation, which in turn can cause discomfort and even hair loss. With a glueless wig, you eliminate the risks associated with glue while promoting the health and integrity of your hair and scalp.

Glueless wigs not only protect your natural hair, but also provide a barrier against external elements such as pollution, UV rays and harsh weather conditions. This extra layer of protection helps maintain the health and life of your hair, ensuring it stays strong and beautiful.

Additionally, glueless wigs are a great option for individuals undergoing chemotherapy or experiencing hair loss due to medical conditions. They provide a comfortable and natural-looking alternative, allowing individuals to regain their confidence and feel like themselves again.

With a glueless wig, you can enjoy the benefits of great hair without compromising the health of your hair or your overall health.

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How to wear a glueless wig correctly.

Wearing a glueless wig can be an easy and stylish way to change your look. Whether you want to experiment with a different hairstyle or just want to protect your natural hair, a glueless wig can be a great option. However, it’s important to know how to properly wear and care for your wig to ensure a flawless and natural-looking result.

Prepping your natural hair

Before wearing a glueless wig, it is important to prepare your natural hair. Start by washing and conditioning your hair, making sure it’s clean and well moisturized. This step is very important as it helps create a clean and healthy base for your wig. Additionally, it is important to protect your hair from any knots or tangles that may interfere with the fit of the wig.

If necessary, braid or cornrow your hair to create a flat base for the wig to sit on. This technique not only helps keep your natural hair in place, but also provides a smooth surface to hold the wig in place. Make sure the braids or cornrows are tight enough to hold the wig securely but not too tight to cause discomfort.

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Fitting the wig correctly

One of the most important factors in achieving a natural and comfortable look with a glueless wig is making sure it fits properly. Most glueless wigs come with adjustable straps that allow you to customize the fit to your head size. Start by loosening the straps and then place the wig on your head, positioning it so that it sits snugly against your hairline.

Once the wig is in place, adjust the straps to match the size of your head. The wig should fit securely on your head, without being too tight or causing any discomfort. Finding the right balance between snug fit and comfort is important to ensure you can wear a wig for long periods of time without any issues.

In addition to adjustable straps, most glueless wigs come with combs that can be tucked into your natural hair for added stability. Take the time to properly position and secure the combs, making sure they are evenly distributed around the wig. This will help prevent any shifting or sliding of the wig during your wear.

Preserving the wig for a natural look

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One of the challenges of wearing a wig is making it look natural and smooth with your own hair. For a natural look, it is important to carefully blend your natural hair with the wig.

Using a rat-tail comb or your fingertips, gently pull out small sections of your hair along the hairline and temples. This technique, called “baby hair,” helps create a smooth transition between your natural hair and the lace cap of the wig. By doing this, you can enhance the overall look of the wig and make it look more realistic.

Be gentle when removing baby hair so as not to damage your natural hair or wig. Take your time and experiment with different styles and placements to find the look that works best for you. You can also use styling products like edge control or gel to help style and shape baby hair for a more polished look.

Remember, practice makes perfect when it comes to wearing glueless wigs. It may take some time and experience to find the right fit and style that works for you. Be patient and have fun exploring different shapes and techniques to achieve the desired result.

Care and Maintenance of Glueless Wigs

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Cleaning Your Glueless Wig

Proper cleaning is vital to maintaining the longevity and quality of your glue-on wig. Start by detangling the wig using a wide-toothed comb or brush designed specifically for wigs. After that, soak the wig in lukewarm water and wash it gently using a mild shampoo. Rinse thoroughly and apply conditioner to soften hair. Allow the wig to air dry naturally, and avoid using excessive heat or rubbing vigorously to avoid damage.

Storing your wig to keep its shape

When not in use, it’s important to store your glue-in wig properly to maintain its shape and avoid tangling. Avoid throwing or folding it haphazardly as this can cause permanent creases or uneven wear. Instead, place the wig on a wig stand or wig head to preserve its natural shape and style.

Tips to prolong the life of your wig

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Here are some valuable tips to help prolong the life of your glueless wig:

  • Avoid excessive heat styling, as it can damage the hair fibers.
  • Use wig-friendly products when styling and maintaining your wig.
  • Store your wig in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.
  • Protect your wig from harsh weather conditions, such as rain and extreme humidity.

Finally, glueless wigs & wear and go wigs offer a convenient, comfortable and stylish solution for those looking for an alternative to traditional wigs. With their ease of use, versatile styling options, and health benefits, glueless wigs have become a great choice for those who want to change their hairstyle without the need for glue. By following the proper steps to wear, maintain and care for your glueless wig, you can enjoy a natural and flawless look for a long time.

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