Interview with Odunsi the Engine, Lady Donli, and how to put your film on Netflix | The best Nigerian articles of the week

Each week here at YNaija, we round up the best Nigerian writing on the internet, highlighting the stories, profiles, interviews and in-depth reporting that rise above the daily churn.

Here are the ones that caught our attention:

Meet the visual artists connecting Nigerian album arts to the past and present – Dennis Ade Peters

Albums are never just about the music. To fully experience an album is to realise that there are other components which can either improve upon or hinder quality, none more so than its visual components. A lot of the time, before an album makes its way to our ears, it makes an impression on our eyes through its cover art.

Odunsi the Engine is finally here – Tami Makinde 

The day before our FaceTime interview, Odunso the Engine is tweeting. Multiple times. For most people, especially during pandemic-induced lockdown, this wouldn’t be out of sorts – we are all posting more, going out less. But Odunsi is infamously cryptic on social media, rarely posting more than a few discernible words.

How to get your African movie on Netflix – Alexandre C. Onukwe 

Netflix does not accept unsolicited submissions. You have to go through agents, producers or industry executives with which they are familiar. As one of a select group of agents and aggregators in Africa, FilmOne handles the legal, technical, finance, operations, and marketing aspects of an African movie’s journey to Netflix.

The impact of COVID-19 on Nigeria’s live music industry – Tochi Praise Louis

For Afrobeats, Live performances are a major revenue source with streaming still very much in its infancy. Spotify is yet to launch, Apple Music, Youtube Music and Deezer are however available in the region valued at N900, which is an equivalent of $2.99. Hence, the bulk of its players’ revenue hinges on concerts, festivals and international tours.

Lady Donli is quarterly breaking the rules of the Nigerian music industry – Damola Durusomo

Lady Donliis “alté” personified. While the name is sometimes used as a blanket term for more experimental Nigerian artists who exist outside of the mainstream, Donli’s expression of alté isn’t just about the music she produces (which defies simple genre classifications, anyway). Rather, the idea of embracing the “alternative” exists in just about every facet of her lifestyle—from her personal style to her social views, to her creative output and self-possessed attitude.


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