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Burna Boy and J Hus headline inaugural Afro Nation Nigeria festival

J Hus and Burna Boy have been announced as the headliners for the inaugural Afro Nation Nigeria, happening later this year.Earlier this month, it was announced that Afro Nation Nigeria will take place on December 19 and 20 this year at Lagos’ Tafawa Balewa Square. This will be the second time Afro Nation has been held in Africa – last December, it was staged in Ghana.Yesterday (September 26), the festival revealed the first acts on the 2023 line-up, confirming Burna Boy and J Hus as the headliners.

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Asake pays tribute to Brixton Academy crush victims at first UK gig since tragedy
Asake has played his first UK concert since the fatal crush at his gig in Brixton last year, and started the show off by paying tribute to the two fans who were killed.The tragic event took place at his show at London’s O2 Academy Brixton last December and saw two fans – Rebecca Ikumelo and Gaby Hutchinson – lose their life after there was a crowd surge at the venue.An investigation by the Metropolitan Police is still under way and, following the incident, the South London live music venue had its licence under review by Lambeth Council and has remained closed since.A 21-year-old woman also remains in critical condition in hospital after being caught in the crush, and police continue to appeal for information.Now, the Nigerian singer-songwriter and Afrobeats star has returned to the stage for his first live UK show since the event, and paid his respects to the victims.The returning gig took place in the city’s O2 Arena last night (August 20) – a venue which has four times the capacity compared to Brixton. Asake, whose real name is Ahmed Ololade, arrived on stage approximately an hour and 20 minutes later than planned and kicked off the show with a three-minute tribute poem to Ikumelo and Hutchinson.Backing performers dressed in white walked into view, before he appeared on stage, with flowers as a spoken word poem was recited in the background.“Up at 02:30 thinking Gaby Hutchinson could be me,” the poem read (via The Independent).