Afrobeats Intelligence

Joey Akan
Afrobeats Intelligence is a weekly newsletter on African music curated by multi-award winning journalist, Joey Akan. It is published every Monday.
Created 06 Jan 2020
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  • The Grace of Tems
    07 Oct 2021 • 6 min read • 6 1
    Afrobeats Intelligence is an ad-free newsletter made possible by the generosity of my paid subscribers. For now, I’ve made everything available for free, but if you’ve been enjoying it, please conside...
  • Laycon: Music's Big Brother
    23 Sep 2021 • 34 min read • 9 6
    Afrobeats Intelligence is an ad-free newsletter made possible by the generosity of my paid subscribers. For now, I’ve made everything available for free, but if you’ve been enjoying it, please conside...
  • Tiwa’s Hair Is Down
    09 Sep 2021 • 7 min read • 13 3
    Afrobeats Intelligence is an ad-free newsletter made possible by the generosity of my paid subscribers. For now, I’ve made everything available for free, but if you’ve been enjoying it, please conside...
  • 'The Next Beat Of Our Story'
    19 Aug 2021 • 5 min read • 9 0
    What a year it’s been. A year has passed since I decided to throw my heart into the ring for a publication on African music. It felt like the right thing to do. After spending years covering and worki...
  • Nigerian Idol: How to Discover A Nigerian Star
    13 Jul 2021 • 6 min read • 10 1
    Kingdom Kroseide won the 6th edition of the Nigerian Idol. When African music mogul, Obi Asika took the gig to be a first-time job at the local reality TV show, Nigerian Idol, he knew he was in for an...
  • Wizkid, Essence and 'Afrobeats to the world'
    13 Jul 2021 • 6 min read • 22 26
    Wizkid's ‘Essence’ debuts at number 82 on the Hot 100, a first for any homegrown Nigerian artist.(Photo by Chantal Azari) Wizkid’s Essence has cracked the most coveted chart in the world — the Billboa...
  • MTN Nigeria Gives Local Content Creators A New Boost!
    18 Jun 2021 • 3 min read • 8 0
    The world is changing. Underneath us, the earth is moving. As digital tools continue to boost creativity, humanity’s headlong dash into the internet, hyperconsumption continues to grow. A guy makes a ...
  • Blaqbonez: Nigeria's Maverick Sex-Evangelist
    09 Jun 2021 • 28 min read • 13 0
    Blaqbonez’s wicked humor and marketing consistency has powered his music to success. (Photo courtesy of Bolaji Odukoya) “How far bro!” The last time I had a conversation with Blaqbonez in 2020, it was...
  • Peruzzi: Rum, Heart, and Boogie
    13 May 2021 • 29 min read • 11 0
    “Finally! I don finally meet you!” Peruzzi stands up from his chair—it actually does look like a throne—and hugged me. He’s been seating at this his favourite spot in his second living room, texting f...
  • Zexzy: Music over escape to Canada
    06 May 2021 • 23 min read • 5 0
    “It’s good to meet you bro,” Zexzy says, extending a bejewelled hand and taking a seat. Tall, dressed in a black turtle neck, boots and a brown Panama hat; he’s got that artistic vibe going for him. I...
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