(BlackPressRadio.net) – Before Beyonce teamed up with musicians like #BurnaBoy or #Davido and long before AfroBeats gained international acceptance, DC Livers started the Black Press Africa project with a dream of bringing together African Americans and Africans using music, food and fashion.
It would begin with a one-on-one interview with Nigeria’s “African King” 2Face Idibia in 2007. His hit song, “African King” was being featured in comedian Mo’Nique’s new movie, Phat Girlz. Not long after, the promoters for 2Face reached out to BlackPressRadio. Black Press Africa almost didn’t happen at all.
“I remember saying that we didn’t cover Africa or African music when they called. I didn’t know where to even start to find the music or how I’d make my audience read – let alone listen. But the promoter was so persistence so I finally agreed to attend his concert and interview him,” said DC Livers who started podcasting in 2004. “I laugh now when I think someone had to convince me to meet 2Face and interview him. It’s just the most outrageous thing now when I think about it. I’m really glad I had the good sense to agree to do it. It was breathtaking watching him perform. It was such an honor. I easily fell in love with AfroBeats in 2007 and it’s never stopped,” said Livers.
Although DC fell in love with the musical genre, others weren’t as impressed.
“The very first song I ever heard was Bizzy Body by PSquare,” said Livers. “I was hooked. It was fun, infectious and different. Their voices reminded me of Usher or Ne-Yo in some ways but with much more of a global reach. I am so thrilled with how far the #BlackPressAfrica project has come over the past thirteen years. I’m excited to see where it’s going to go next,” she said.
Next? How about an international superstar whose voice is so beloved that Lauryn Hill put him on her world tour.
His born name is Blessed Edewor but the world knows him as WONDABOY. He was born in Delta State, Nigeria. His talent in music was displayed at an early age as he sang and played drums at his local church.
His love for music led him to the Star Quest music reality show (which is conceived by Nigerian Breweries PLC), in 2008. This was the beginning of his professional music career when the band he is lead singer of (Diamondz Band), was crowned the winners of the competition for that year.