Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year



Wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Take care.

Regards,

Glos make Becca ambassador




Ghanaian music diva, Rebecca Acheampong, popularly known as Becca, has been signed on as Glo Mobile Ghana’s ambassador.

At a ceremony in Accra on Wednesday, Becca joined 17 other stars who had earlier been signed on by the company in Ghana. On September 1, 2009, GLO Mobile Ghana unveiled 17 brand ambassadors cutting across the very important social strata of the Ghanaian society from music to sports, movies and general entertainment. That event marked the first time any brand would assemble such a large cast of ambassadors from the crèème of Ghana’s best.

The leading music stars in the package include Nii Ado Quaynor alias Tiny, George Kwabena Adu (Kwabena Kwabena), Irene Logan and Nana Wiafe Asante Mensah (A.S.E.M). Popular Ghanaian footballer, Junior Agogo is also one of the ambassadors.

Others were screen idols Van Vicker, Jackie Appiah, Nadia Buhari and music icons, Gyedu Blay Ambolley, Dan Amakye Dede, Pat Thomas, Paapa Yankson, the Wutah Brothers, Sherifa, Edem and Reggie Rockstone, the godfather of Ghanaian hip-life.

Mr John Vasikaran, who represented the company at the event said, “We opted for as many as 18 ambassadors in Ghana to vividly demonstrate that in our brand philosophy, we deliberately go beyond profit making which is the essence of any business endeavour”. He added that “GLO is a mega brand which proactively seeks every opportunity to provide the enabling platform to empower the society.”

The Ghana project manager said that the company has been impressed by the feedback received from the ambassadors it earlier engaged as they confirmed that the honour and recognition from GLO Mobile has greatly inspired them to continuously aspire to be the best, not just in Ghana but globally.

On the rationale for the choice of Becca, Mr Vasikaran said that, “Becca is a young, enterprising, vivacious and talented musician who shares our values of youthful, positive energy and innovativeness. She is one of Ghana’s most outstanding and versatile female musicians.”

He urged her to continue to be a leading light to millions of her fans who look up to her for inspiration as a role model and good ambassador of Glo Mobile.

“We will like to reiterate that the unveiling of Becca is part of the build up to the fulfilment of our avowed objective to roll out excellent and innovative telecommunications services that will immediately have a positive impact on every Ghanaian, and transform the telecommunications sector nationwide. We remain firmly committed to our vision to build the biggest and best telecommunications network in Africa”, said Vasikaran.

In her response, Becca said she regarded the contract she just signed with Glo as a major boost to her career, adding that she was excited about it all because Glo is an authentic African brand.

Becca became a national phenomenon in 2008 when she won the record of the year award at last year’s Ghana Music Awards ceremony. Her profile has been on the rise since as she has performed with greats like Hugh Masekela.

Koffi in Workerman Movement




Comedian Idowu Nuel, otherwise known as Koffi in the entertainment circle is taking his career to a higher level. Aside from being a comedian, the humour merchant has instituted an entertainment outfit — Workerman Movement.

Already, Koffi’s effort has started yielding fruit with the production of an album, All Eyes Open-12 Sessions, 5 Mics. A musical assemblage of five different artistes namely: Koffi, Yeankeyz, Outshine, Affroholik and Boomerang, is said to have been borne out of the need to foster serene and good music, which would be devoid of lewd lyrics and obscene contents.

Known as Workerholics, Koffi, who leads the group, is of the opinion that lovers of urban hippy music can easily identify with the production, while not disregarding the need for socially responsible thoughts. The 12-track album featured songs such as Jammin, S.E.X.Y, No Be Ashy, Adrenaline, Money, No Shigbin Shigbin, Take Over, Swagga Dis Swaga Dat, Going Nowhere, Workerholik and others.
“I’m into so many things, but right now, we would be releasing the album this December. We just wanted to show people that we can still do serious music,” he said.

On why he delved into music, Koffi explained that, “What we are doing is a full time job and should be treated as such. The same doctor that treats malaria treats cancer and also assists in giving birth to a baby. Those are different areas a doctor performs his duties. In the same vein, as a comedian, why can’t I do every other thing that I can do; as long as I don’t try to take another person’s piece of cake. I just try to express myself the best way I could.”

Saturday, December 19, 2009

2face, MI, others crack ribs with Julius




Comedian of note, Julius Agwu will be staging his annual comedy show, Crack ya ribs in Lagos and Port Harcourt to wrap up the year. The event, which has a reputation of being the foremost comedy and music event, where the big names converge, will hold on the 20 and 25 of December in Lagos and Port Harcourt respectively.

The Lagos, edition which is billed for Sunday, December 20, will hold at the Expo Center, Oceanview by 5pm. Stars like 2face Idibia, Banky W, KC Presh, MI, MC Loof and DJ Jimmy Jatt will fill the evening with their brand of music, while comedians like Ali Baba, Gordons, Seyi Law, Helen Paul, Dan d Humourous, Funny Bone, Emeka Smith, and Senator will be on stage filling the air with comedy that instigates laughter. And as a way of giving back to society, Julius is giving two physically challenged comedians, Kelly Blind and Crazy Legs, the opportunity to bite at stardom.

After the Sunday event, the train moves to Hotel Presidential in Port Harcourt on Friday, Christmas Day. Terry G will be on stage with his free madness style. Banky W will unleash the W experience while KC Presh will try ginger the swagger.

Other musicians billed to perform that night include Donka Mighty, and Maleke.

Julius will be leading a host of comedian like Senator, Seyi Law, Emeka Smith, Funny Bone to really crack ribs.
Commenting on Port Harcourt, Julius said the state is now peaceful due to leadership drive of Governor Rotimi Ameachi.

“I want to assure everybody that Port Harcourt is now peaceful. The governor has done a lot to ensure that. So, we need not entertain any fear. As I speak now, a carnival is going on here. So, people should come out and enjoy themselves.”

Speaking further, the diminutive comedian said the Port Harcourt edition, which is going for half the price of Lagos edition is his own Christmas gift for his people. “We are staging two shows.

One starts by 3pm while the other starts by 7pm,” he said.

‘Crack ya rib’, which has been running for nine years in Nigeria is a comedy show that has taken on a life of its own as it has become part of social calendar of many. The event has never failed to have a pack-full hall, both here and in London where the fourth edition held this year.

Jim Iyke says thank you




After 12 months of outstanding achievements, star actor, Jim Iyke is looking back, counting his blessings, and saying thank you to everyone that contributed one way or the other to his achievements in 2009.

“I will be an ingrate to let this month pass without saying thank you to producers that have given jobs. At the last count I’ve done over 45 movies and I’m currently shooting two of my own movies,” he said. Speaking further, the bad boy with good cause said, the press have been wonderful to him. “I want to say thank you to the journalists as well, they’ve been wonderful. I am grateful to them for keeping me in good light to the public.” To this end Jim is planning a tour of various media houses to personally say thank you and familiarize himself with members of the fourth estate.

The celebrated actor who also emerged the highest paid Glo Ambassador during the year says Glo deal is a major plus to him. ‘Globacom has demonstrated that it is truly a Nigerian company at heart. Their support meant a lot to me. I thank them too for contributing to my achievements in 2009.”

Jim, who is planning to release the video of Born to do this in January will be in Ghana on December 26 to host the Ovation Party. An offer he got after he was voted as the choice of the people in a voting process made open to the public.

As a way of rewarding himself, Jim’s company, Untamed Records has taken delivery of two cars, an escalade and a space bus, to mark the New Year. An unconfirmed report also has it that he is putting finishing touch to his country home in Anambra.

As a way of revamping his act, Jim will be releasing a comedy film which he is still shooting next year.

“I want my fans in Nigeria and across the globe to expect something spectacular from me next year. We already have plans to reenergize and re-strategize the brand. We thank you for your support this year and like Oliver Twist we ask for more in 2010,” he concluded.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Elvon Jarret launches new movie




ACE actor and an associate of Mount Zion Films production, Elvon Jarret, will today launch a new movie titled The Centurion.


Jarret is the producer of the land mark film, Strongholds and he has directed and taken part in several others.


The University of Ibadan-trained actor and director is popularly known in several Mount Zion Faith Ministries movies such as The Story of My Life, Blood on the Altar and Blood Covenant.


The public presentation of the new movie will take place today, Friday 18th December at Pentorise Event Centre, Housing Cooperation Round About, Old Bodija, Ibadan.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Future Award Nominees




Model of the Year
1. Isio Wanogho
2. Tosin Adewunmi
3. Abiola Bashorun
4. Adeola Ariyo
5. Dolapo Olorunsola
6. Warebi Martha
7. Otu Ukpanah
8. Yusuf Raheem

Entrepreneur of the Year (Beauty & Style):
1. Tessy Oliseh – Designer, Tesslo Concepts
2. Bola Balogun and Yemi Akerele – Executive Imaging and Stylists
3. Buki Osunkeye – Designer, Azaria
4. Elorhor Isioho – MD, Beth Modelling Agenecy
5. Lisa Folawiyo – Designer, Jewel by Lisa
6. Toni Payne – MD, Toni Payne Cosmetics
7. Taiwo and Kehinde Okunoren – Designers, Okunoren Twins
8. Bisola Edun – Designer, Tae

Young Person of the Year:
1. Symon Adeji – Sleek Magazine
2. Chimamanda Adichie - Accomplished young writer
3. Cobhams Asuquo – Music producer
4. Ikpowusan Osakioduwa (Wildchild) – Presenter (Temptation Nigeria/Studio 53)
5. Bright Okpocha (Basketmouth) - Comedian
6. Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde - Actress
7. Temidayo Israel – Youth Leader/Activist
8. Tara Fela-Durotoye – Makeup entrepreneur

Entrepreneur of the Year:
1. Symon Adeji – Sleek Magazine
2. Goke Oludare – Owns 4 companies worth a total of 20 million naira
3. Temi Ogunsanya – Creative Director, Tiger Tem
4. Tewa Onasanya – Exquisite Magazine
5. Funke Bucknor – Event Planner
6. Bukola Ponnle- Adubi - Miccom Resorts
7. Emem Ema – Music Executive/Entrepreneur
8. Funlola Aofiyebi – Media Entrepreneur

Best Use of Goodwill:
1. Tosin Dekalu – New Generation CEO, Lady Cobbler
2. Jennifer Obayuwana – Polo Limited
3. Zena Igbinedion
4. Dumebi Agbakoba – Do Somethin’
5. TELD
6. Bunmi Adeola
7. Maria and Marita Ayodele - SADD
8. Rotimi and Niyi Makanjuola –Caverton Helicopters

Actor of the Year:
1. Uche Anyaemele
2. Stella Damascus-Aboderin
3. Ini Edo
4. Carol Ekanem
5. Frankincense Ben-Eche
6. Mike Ezuruonye
7. Dakore Egbuson
8. Omono Imobhio

Journalist of the Year:
1. Femi Kolawole - JAAID
2. Shina Oyetayo - TELL
3. Gbenga Ogundare - National Interest
4. Ebun Olatoye – True Love West Africa
5. Samson Adeoye - The Guardian
6. Abdulkareem Baba Aminu - Weekly Trust
7. Femi Rilwan Adebumiju - The Week
8. Ayeni Adekunle - Encomium

On-Air Personality of the Year:
1. Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi – Cool 96.9 FM
2. Kemi Olisaemeka (Kemistry) – Rhythm 93.7 FM
3. Kemi Adetiba – Temptation Nigeria/Studio 53
4. Ikponwusan Osakioduwa (Wildchild) – Temptation Nigeria/Studio 53
5. Ronke Apampa – BEN TV
6. Lamide Akintobi – Channels TV
7. Ebuka Obi-Uchendu – BBN/Friends or Foe
8. Denrele Edun – Sound City/Next Movie Star

Musician of the Year:
1. Soul E
2. Psquare
3. Tosin Martins
4. Dare Art-Alade
5. Infiniti
6. Bouqui
7. Dbanj
8. Resonance

Professional of the Year:
1. Emma Ugolee - Globacom
2. Lola Talabi – Manager, Cadbury Schweppes
3. Modupe Adefeso - YDNX
4. Femi Olagbaiye - MTV Base
5. Ify Dozie - Nigerian Breweries
6. Stephen Owolabi - GTBank
7. Anita Ibru - Minerva Recruitment Consultants
8. Stanley Ailuelohia - UBA

Producer of the Year:
1. Effiong Eton - STV
2. Denrele Edun - Soundcity
3. Sekinat Ayeyemi - New Dawn
4. Mary Ero - MBI
5. Soji Ogunnaike - Big Brother Nigeria
6. David Uro – Based in Jos
7. Gbenga Akinbo
8. Alu Mc Ikpah - BBC’s Naija Flava
9. Oreofe Williams - STV
10. Micheal Olatunde Oyeyiola - Soundcity

Magazine of the Year:
1. Juice
2. Dynamix
3. RISE
4. Bubbles
5. Inspire
6. Applause
7. Hip Hop World
8. ICON

Team of the Year:
1. Sound Effects
2. MASK – Dance Group
3. Thoroughbreds
4. The Zebra Team – Dance Group (Guinness Book of Records)
5. TELD
6. WhoGoBuy
7. Babs Educational Consult
8. Induced Mega Media

Best Use of Technology:
1. Bola Olowu - Vibedownloads
2. Lanre Lawal – Multimedia guru
3. Chinedu Ogwuegbu - Silicon Concepts
4. Cygress
5. Adebola Adeoni
6. Gbenga Sesan - Lagos Digital Village
7. Gecko Multimedia
8. Ify Eronini

Youth Advocacy:
1. Gbenga Sesan
2. Temidayo Israel
3. Victor Gotevbe
4. Moses Imayi
5. Steven Oguntoyinbo
6. Temitayo Etomi
7. Henry Ilaegbe
8. Francis Anyaegbu

Wish them all the best of luck.

Cheers!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Mercy Johnson Set To Wed




Mercy Johnson – one of Nigeria’s fastest-rising actresses and one of Nollywood’s most eligible bachelorettes – is allegedly getting set to walk down the aisle with the man of her dreams.

Very reliable sources told NET, today, that the gifted-but-controversial actress is officially engaged to an Edo-born prince named Odanosen Okojie; and that the couple’s families have met officially for traditional introductions.

Miss Johnson is one of the sexiest actresses in Nigeria’s growing movie industry. And, in spite of repeated scandals and media bashings, the young actress has continued to rise; clinching role after role and proving to cynics that she’s not all about cleavages and see-through dresses and superiority battles.

The young lady gets credit for her acting skills. And, just like Genevieve Nnaji and Rita Dominic before her, she’s getting the men looking and watching and lusting and wishing they could kidnap her for a weekend or more.

Those dreams may never come to pass now; as Mercy Johnson plans to settle down and concentrate on life as a Mrs.

Reliable sources told NET the pre-wedding traditional introductions held at her family home in Ebiraland (Okene, Kogi State) on Friday November 27.

A wedding date has been fixed for April 2010.

”They’ve had the introduction”, our source offers. ”They’ve given her fiance the list of things required for the engagement and marriage; and a date has been fixed”.

Mercy Johnson’s groom, according to our findings, is a businessman who has interests in Property and Automobiles.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Mike Ezuruonye becomes face of Amstel Malta




Good looking actor and Glo Ambassador, Mike Ezuruonye, has just become the face of Amstel Malta and for this, he got paid in millions. His contract will run for one year.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

T.W.O releases new video




Showbiz couple Tunde and Wunmi Obe, have released their second video titled "Fine Bara". According to T.W.O, "The satiric and hilarious video laced with meaning and parables, tells a story of a corporate beggar. All we were just trying to do was tell the usual story that happens around. These days, there are a lot of techniques being used by people to extort money from people."

The video, directed by Clarence Peters in Lagos, is a comic glance at the usual habits of beggars in Lagos and other Nigerian cities. While many may be lost in the amusing drama, the message is not lost. Their fifth album titled, T.W.O Legit will be released in a few weeks.

Prepare for a heavy dose




Rapper, Overdose a.k.a OD, has announced that all is now set for the release of his second album. According to his label, X3M Music, the upcoming autobiographical album will detail the events shaping OD's life since the release of his last album, Don't Hate.

The forthcoming album features collaborators with Modenine, Terry tha Rapman, Sasha, Black Solo and AT. Overdose is also worked with producers Kraft, Ill Fingerz and Bernstein.

The label also added that there are talks of partnerships with a yet to be disclosed South African hip-hop group. With a new single, "Alujo" already released, the rapper is set to hit locations in Lagos and South Africa for a couple of videos. A new video titled "Wine in the Glass" is scheduled to be released in a matter of weeks.

Nigeria wins Big Brother Africa




Big Brother Africa, a television program produced by Endemol, has come to an end with Kevin Chuwang, a Nigerian, emerging as a winner of a N30m (USD200 000) grand prize.


The 27-year-old graduate of English Language turn entertainer was joyful with tears as he said, "I feel like Obama right now" while appreciating his fans for voting him.

The new King of Big Brother Africa had said in an interview during the show that he plans to build an entertainment empire, take a trip to Hollywood to experience a movie in the making and share some of his money with friends if he eventually emerges the winner.

Big Brother Africa is a reality show that featured 14 countries, each producing a contestant living in an isolated house while trying to avoid being evicted by viewers with the winner bagging a cash prize at the end of the show.

Femi Kuti nominated for a Grammy award




Son of the Afro beat Legend, Femi Kuti has been nominated for a Grammy again. He got his first Grammy nomination in 2003 – for the critically-acclaimed album ‘Fight To Win’ but lost the prestigious plaque to Ruben Blade. This time around He has been nominated for the 2008 album – Day By Day alongside Amadou & Mariam, Bella Fleck, Oumou Sangare and Omar Sosar for the World music category. The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards would hold on January 21, 2010.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

9ice announces album three




9ice is set to release his new album titled Tradition on Monday, December 7. Speaking at a Press Conference in Lagos recently, the singer said that the 16 track album which includes production from ID Cabasa, Cheffo, Terry G and Dokta Frabz will feature collaborations with superstar Asa, Nneka and many others.

The album will be released under Alapomeji Records and distributed by Nigeria's first distribution label So'forte Entertainment. Two singles from the album, "Gbamu Gbamu" and "Energy" are already enjoying airplay across the country.

Cobhams Unveils Newbies




Ace music producer, song writer and performing artist Cobhams Asuquo is set to unleash unto the Nigerian music scene and the world fresh talents. On Thursday December 10, as the chief executive officer of Cobhams Asuquo Music Productions' (CAMP), Mr. Asuquo will lead four new talents from his camp to the second edition of their Quirk Concert featuring a night of Soul music performances. The artists include 2009 Hennessey Artistry participant, Bez, Omolara, Tarri and Joan. The concert will hold at Coral Reef, Ikoyi at 7pm.

Cobhams has production credits on the acclaimed Asa's debut album and has worked with ‘A' grade artists in the country including the Rooftop Mcs.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Star Mega Jam excites Busta Rhymes, Ludacris




Busta Rhymes and Ludacris, the two international artistes featuring in the upcoming Star Mega Jam 2009, have promised music lovers in Nigeria the best performances ever witnessed at a live music concert. According to them, featuring in Star Mega Jam, Nigeria’s most exciting and enduring music concert which draws a multitude of music fans would give them the much cherished opportunity to reach out to a large number of their fans in Nigeria.

Both artistes are very excited about the upcoming show. Perhaps, taking a cue from other international stars who have also appeared on the Star Mega Jam stage, Busta Rhymes implored Nigerians to come out in their numbers to have fun.

“Nigeria, nothing do you”, he said. Busta Rhymes, one of hip-hop’s most enduring iconic figures and acknowledged among rap’s greatest lyricists and performers, believes pressure is a natural phenomenon in life that can spring forth beautiful, planetary wonders.

Then again, it can bring chaos and mayhem if not properly managed. Yet it is a necessary force that separates the weak from the strong, the real from the fake and the mediocre from the extraordinary. Busta Rhymes’ many international pop, rap and urban top tens has extended well over a decade.

They range from the platinum Grammy-nominated single “Woo-Hah!! Got You All in Check” through the No. 1 Hip-Hop/R&B and No. 3 pop “What’s it Gonna Be?!” featuring Janet Jackson and “Pass the Courvoisier” with P. Diddy and Pharrell, and into the digital era with the gold-certified song “Touch It.”

Ludacris described as hip hop highest –selling southern hip-hop solo artiste of all time with over 24 million records sold worldwide, 16 Grammy nominations, out of which he has won 6. The music star, who is working on his seventh major album release” Battle of the sexes” which focuses on the differences between men and women says he wants his fans to feel like they are part of the music.

His acting career remains on an enviable trajectory. After Star making appearances on the NBC drama Law and Order SVU,the Oscar_winning Crash and the Independent film sensation Hustle & Flow,Ludacris stands as one of the most_in demand actors in Hollywood.

They would be joined by Nigeria’s biggest twin singing sensation P_Square, D’Banj, Faze, Timaya, and 9ice to thrill music lovers at the concert holding in Lagos at Lagos Polo Club on December 11 and Old Parade Ground, Abuja on December 12th,2009.

Also on the bill are past Star Quest winners KC Presh, Diamonds and The Pulse as well as hot debutants Wande Coal, Bracket and M. I. It’s the tenth edition of the annual international music concert and Star, the nation’s number one lager is poised to make this a memorable one for music lovers nationwide.

The Experience waiting for 400,000 worshipers




The biggest gospel musical concert in the world ‘The Experience’, an Interdenominational gospel concert that features some of the best known musical talents in the world is around the corner and everybody is already catching the frenzy. The date for this year’s event is December 4th, 2009.

This year, the organizers are expecting nothing less than 400,000 guests and preparations are in high gear to accommodate them.

The Experience has now become known as the largest musical concert in the world.

This year’s event will feature international acts like Phil Driscoll, Yolanda Adams, Fred Hammond, Don Moen, Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin, Bebe Winans and Cece Winans while the likes of Lara George, Mike Aremu, Timi Dakolo and Nikki Laoye, Evangelist Ebenezer Obey and Rooftop MCs will represent Nigerian artistes.

As usual, the venue for this year’s concert is the Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS), Lagos . The TBS was designed to provide hire facilities for a number of gatherings. It has two pavilions on 4 floors enclosing an open arena of 36,000 squares meters.

This location has hosted major functions like Independence Day celebrations.

On security concerns, the organizers have placed the security and comfort of the concert audience as its highest priority and are grateful to note that they have maintained an incident-free event. A very large contingent of security officials will be deployed within and around the concert venue, at all designated car parks, and along the route to the venue to ensure the safety of lives and properties.

There will also be armed security patrol and easily identifiable security posts around the venue, parking areas and access roots. There will also be security flood lights to illuminate all designated parking lots, concert routes, adjoining streets and of course at the venue.

And in order to accommodate the very many music fans and guests, there will be clean, easily accessible mobile lavatories strategically located at the concert venue.

Food and drinks will also be available for purchase at concession stands at designated points in the venue and all through the event. The concert will definitely provide its audience a safe alternative for family recreation and world class entertainment.

The event is convened by Pastor Paul Adefarasin of House on The Rock.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Eldee The Don Is A Dad!





The union of rap artiste Lanre ‘Eldee’ Dabiri and wife Dolapo Latinwo-Belo who got married in November 2008 has been blessed with a daughter. Mrs. Eldee spent the morning today, 18 November thanking friends over twitter for the well wishes for the birth of the baby girl and she tweeted “Thank you! We shall seriously consider your naming suggestion!”

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Jimmy Jatt & Dakore to compere Best of Nollywood Awards




Cool DJ Jimmy Jatt and pretty Dakore Egbuson have emerged as surprise comperes for the Best of Nollywood (BON) Awards which holds on Sunday December 6th 2009 at Martinos Hotel and Hall, Ikeja, Lagos. aAccording to organisers/ publisher of the Best of Nollywood magazine, Seun Oloketuyi , “We decided to use both tested and trusted entertainers as they fit perfectly with the status of the awards.”

Tagged ‘Desire nothing more’, the Best of Nollywood awards is a celebration of the achievement of those who have distinguished themselves in the movie industry in 2008. Twenty-five awards will be given at the event- 19 in different categories and 6 special recognition awards to be given out to six people who act as role models to aspiring film makers.

The award which has the support of Qatar Airlines, Skye bank, the Ogun State government and comedy god-father, Ali Baba.

Pre-awards party will hold at Sq nite club, Eunice Balogun street, Victoria Island and will provide an opportunity for nominees to loosen up, interact and receive their certificate of nomination while the winners will be treated to the winners’ after party at the Mcoast nite club in Alausa after the event proper.

Friday, November 13, 2009

My Birthday- D’Crow feat K-Solo and Max Boi



My Birthday- D’Crow feat K-Solo and Max Boi.

Brand new single from D’ Crow feat K-Solo and Max Boi.

It’s off the upcoming album called D’ Truth.

Very nice song.

What do you think?

Cheers!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Jay Martins releases Elevated




J Martins has released another album, a ten track album titled 'Elevated', which has songs like 'Oyoyo', 'Iva', 'Jukpa', 'Change', 'Believe' in it, and features rappers, Ill Bliss, Jesse Jagz and Munachi Abii

The production of Elevated is entirely by J Martins, who also produces songs for P-Square. Elevated was released on Monday Nov 2nd 2009 and is being marketed by International Blue Magic Entertainment in Conjunction with Tjoe Entertianment.

Wish J Martins all the best with this new effort.

Cheers!

Style Plus back with Ready To Go




THEY need no introduction as some of their tracks still blow the minds of good music lovers; remember Olufunmi, the track that became an item of sort and established them as big players in the Nigerian music scene, well, feelers coming from the trio of Shifi Emoefe, Tunde Akinsammi and Zeal Onyecheme who make up the group, StylePlus, is that Nigerians are about to witness the awakening of abundantly talented group.

With successes registered with their hit album, Olufunmi, Back and better, the group which kind of slowed down on their game have realized the need for them to service their large fan base with another album due to high demand. Speaking to Trend'tainment recently ,StylePlus disclosed that so many factors was responsible for the poor outing of their last work , something which they have discovered and corrected with their latest work which is titled Ready To Go. And as the title implies, they are eager to race back to the top like they did with their first album Olufunmi and concludes that its one album that Nigerians will forever remember them for. As regards the number of tracks in the new work, they prefer to keep the public guessing as its one strategy that they believe will make the album something to die for they said.

The album was produced by renowned music producer Sunky Donalds and in conjunction with Pace Entertainment is presently enjoying airplay in most radio stations across the country. Styleplus concluded that a huge listening party is expected to be held in Lagos before the end of the year to reaffirm the belief of their fans that they are the tag team to beat in the entertainment industry in Nigeria.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

2009 NMVA Winners




On Sunday November 1st, 2009 the Nigerian Music Video Awards at the Expo Hall Eko Hotels & Suites. Organized by CallyVision Networks, producers of livebeats, Nigeria Music Video Awards is the first of its kind in Nigeria. This year, Benita, Wae, Basketmouth, Bracket, Batmat Samini, faze, Djinee, Dr. Sid, Wande Coal and M.I were among the performers. Raymond Dokpesi, founder of Daar Communications, the largest privately owned radio station and TV network, was inducted into the NMVA Hall of fame.
Check out the winners...

BEST AFRO HIP HOP VIDEO
Mo hits – Ten Ten

BEST GOSPEL VIDEO
Kefee – Kokoroko

BEST USE OF ANIMATION IN A MUSIC VIDEO
Holy Mallam – Somebody Say

BEST PRODUCER OF A MUSIC VIDEO
Soul Muzik

BEST MAINSTREAM HIP HOP VIDEO
M.I - Safe

BEST R n B VIDEO
Darey – Not The Girl

BEST DIRECTOR
Mex ( Safe – M.I)

BEST USE OF SPECIAL EFFECTS IN A MUSIC VIDEO
M.I – Safe

BEST AFRO POP VIDEO
D’banj – Mo Gbono Feli Feli

BEST HIGHLIFE MUSIC VIDEO
Mc Loph – Osondi Owendi

BEST USE OF COSTUME
Darey – More

MOST PROMISING DIRECTOR
Gbenga Salu

BEST REGGAE DANCEHALL VIDEO
Frank D Nero – Cure My Craze

BEST CONTEMPORARY AFRO MUSIC VIDEO
Bracket – Yori Yori

BEST USE OF CHOREOGRAPHY
Freewindz – Tolotolo

BEST INDIGENOUS CONCEPT
Benita – We Ose

BEST AFROBEAT MUSIC VIDEO
Seun Kuti - Many Many Things

BEST NEW VIDEO
Jaywon – Filebe

MOST POPULAR NIGERIAN MUSIC VIDEO IN EUROPE
May7even – Take off my clothes

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Mo Gbono Feli Feli – D’banj ( Sesan)

BEST FUJI
Ayuba

Congrats to all the winners.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Timaya drops " Plaintan boy" (Brand New Single)

Yeah Timaya is back! The self-acclaimed Egberi Papa 1 of Bayelsa just dropped a new single titled "Plantain Boy."

Sticking to his self-appraisal style, Timaya takes listeners back to his humble beginning when he sold plantain for his mother before music brought him fame and fortune. He also emphasizes on how much his life has changed, how rich he is now and how thankful to God he is for His blessings stressing that even though he his now well-to-do, he remains that humble plantain seller.

This is the first official single off his forthcoming album, the follow-up to "The Gift and The Grace". Although "The Gift and The Grace" album was a success, Timaya has been plagued with issues ranging from his church brawl with estranged girlfriend Empress Njamah to public spats made at him by fellow artistes like Nico Gravity (who directed a diss track titled "I wan Finish Timaya" at him) and African China (who made negative comments about him on radio). He's been criticized for his self-appraisal style and repetitive lyrics from various quarters.

Listn to the song? What do you think?

Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA) nominees 2009

Da-rey, Kefee, Bracket, Sound Sultan & M.I. lead the list of nominees for this year's NMVAs. This year's edition will be held November 1 at the Expo Hall Eko Hotels & Suites in Lagos, Nigeria. The theme for this year's award is 'Music Edifies, .Play Responsibly'. The co-ordinator of the awards is Cally Ikpe, who is part of the production team behind Live Beats, which is till date is the longest running music programme in Nigeria. Live Beats is behind this year's NMVA's.

The full list of nominees are

BEST AFRO HIP HOP VIDEO
Tuface Idibia – Go Down There
Djinee – Lade
Mo hits – Ten Ten
Nigga Raw - Ko Gbadun
Weird Mc – Step Up

BEST GOSPEL VIDEO
Keffi – Kokoroko
Lara George - Run With Me
Benita – Se Owe
Elsie – Jigidem
Rooftop Mcs – For My Life

BEST USE OF ANIMATION IN A MUSIC VIDEO
Lara George – Run With Me
Daddy U - Who Be This Man
Holy Mallam – Devil Tinyaka
Holy Mallam – Somebody Say

BEST PRODUCER OF A MUSIC VIDEO
Soul Muzik
Lone Records
Yes Records
Mo Hits
East Syde Records

BEST MAINSTREAM HIP HOP VIDEO
Dj Jimmy Jatt – Too Much
Alabai – Voice of God
Kel – Too Fine
M.I - Safe
Knight House- Finest

BEST R n B VIDEO
Darey – Not The Girl
Faze – Am In Love
Inyanya – Love Truly
Drae – Omoge
G-Xploits – Your Man

BEST DIRECTOR
Wudi Awa (Kokoroko – Kefee)
Gbenga Salu ( Ten Ten – Mo Hits)
Clarence Peters ( Oko Won Lode – Sound Sultan)
Dj Tee ( Step Up – Weird Mc)
Mex ( Safe – M.I)

BEST USE OF SPECIAL EFFECTS IN A MUSIC VIDEO
M.I – Safe
Mo Hits – Ten Ten
Lara George – Run With Me
Elsie – Jigidem

BEST AFRO POP VIDEO
D’banj – Mo Gbono Feli Feli
Eldee – Bo Si Gbangba
Darey - More
Sound Sultan – Oko Won Lode
Anogiri – Oyinbo

BEST HIGHLIFE MUSIC VIDEO
Bracket – Yori Yori
Mc Loph – Osondi Owendi
Sunny Nneji – Ojoro
J-Martins – Cool Temper
Mumma Gee – African Juice

BEST USE OF COSTUME
Darey – More
Kefee – Kokoroko
Amaikah – Moonlight Tale
Benita – We Ose
Mumma Gee –African Juice

MOST PROMISING DIRECTOR
Gbenga Salu
Boby High
A-Whizzle
Ak One
Brisoul

BEST REGGAE DANCEHALL VIDEO
Nneka – Africa
Frank D Nero – Cure My Craze
H-man- scared of love
Black Solo – Club on Fire
Porsh Kayiana – Scream

BEST CONTEMPORARY AFRO MUSIC VIDEO
Mumma Gee – African Juice
Bracket – Yori Yori
Amaikah – Moonlights Tales
Freewindz – Tolotolo

BEST USE OF CHOREOGRAPHY
Weird Mc – Step Up
Freewindz – Tolotolo
Darey – More
Omawunmi – In The Music
Porsh Kayiana – Scream

BEST INDIGENOUS CONCEPT
Mumma Gee- African Juice
Benita – We Ose
Kefee – Kokoroko
Amaikah- Moonlight Tales
Ayuba – Omo Yoruba

BEST AFROBEAT MUSIC VIDEO
Tunji Shotimerin – Story
Seun Kuti - Many Many Things
Kola Ogunkoya – Emayo

BEST NEW VIDEO
Bean Pole – So Pe Tie
Jaywon – Filebe
Waje – Kolo

MOST POPULAR NIGERIAN MUSIC VIDEO IN EUROPE
King David – One Love
May7even – Take off my clothes
Tillman Ft Dolla –Puyanga
Tee Loye – Karmal Fire
Cashino – No future

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Kokoroko - Kefee (Wudi Awa)
Aimakah – Moonlight Tales. ( Brisoul)
Sound Sultan – Oko Won Lode. ( Clarence Peters)
Mo Gbono Feli Feli – D’banj ( Sesan)

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Saturday, October 17, 2009

9ice Drops First Single off His Upcoming album titled TRADITION




Multiple award winning Alapomeji recording artist 9ice has officially dropped the first single off his upcoming album "TRADITION". The single titled "GBAMU GBAMU" is one of the many hit songs recorded by 9ice. The album which has been tagged "the most anticipated album of 2009" features hit track after hit track, no instrumentals and no skits.

A fusion of proverbial lyrics in his mother tongue (Yoruba), a danceable tune, and a unique style that is known to belong to 9ice, Gbamu Gbamu gives a brief insight of what to expect from TRADITION. In Gbamu Gbamu, 9ice sings about how happy and content he is with his life, career, music and achievements. To start off the first verse it is clear he wants to audience to get up and dance as he tells them to put on their dancing shoes, and move their waistline while getting their groove on. He gives us a brief background history by stating matter of factly that if you want to know his "trick", go back and ask for "omo Iya Agba ni oke aro" telling us in essence that, he may be 9ice but he has not forgotten his roots.

The track which was produced by ID Cabasa, is clearly a 9ice track and just the tip of the iceberg on what to expect on Tradition. Not leaving out his usual style of teaching and inspiring the listener through his music, 9ice makes statements such as “Ti oju Ba farabale a ri imu” ( a lesson in patience), and “Ifa Fani Lapo Ya, ore ma ma mu yo” ( a lesson about greed).

9ice, who is one of Nigeria’s hottest megastars and one of the youngest connoisseurs of our traditions, proves without a doubt that he is a force to be reckoned with in the music industry. And as he said in Gbamu Gbamu, "as you pose, na so you go show", you just cant fake real talent.

Darey dominates NMVA nominations




Nigeria’s King of R&B Darey Art Alade has packed six nominations for the 3rd Nigerian Music Video Awards, making him the highest nominee this year.


The bestselling musician who was recently announced winner for the Best RNB Video at the SMVA in August 2009, has been nominated in the category of Best RNB video, Best Afro pop video, Best Use of Costume, Best Use of Choreography, Video of the year and Best Producer in a music video (Soul Muzik)

The 2009 NMVA organized by Callivision Network is scheduled to hold on Sunday, November 1, 2009 at Expo hall, Eko Hotel

Soul Muzik is glad that finally they are getting the recognition barely a year after they hit the Nigerian Music scene. ‘It is all good. We are glad we are gradually getting recognized even though the journey is still long” a member of the Soul Muzik team disclosed after the nominees list was released last week.

Recall that Darey is also up for nomination at the upcoming 2009 Channel O awards in the Best Gifted Male and Best RNB Video category .“ I owe it all to my team at Soul Muzik and all the beautiful musicians, producers and directors I worked with on the ‘Undareyted’ album” Darey says.

Undareyted, the second album from Darey which so far has earned 12 awards nominations was released in Nigeria on March 31, 2009. His first international album is already completed with a US release in the works.

Liz Benson returns to Nollywood




Few months after her clergy man took her to the altar, remarried Nollywood legend, Elizabeth Benson, may have signalled her strong desire to return to her first love, acting.


HVP reliably gathered that Liz is warming up to return to Nollywood as soon as possible.

An insider source confirmed to HVP that the screen idol has already started making contacts in order to return to the industry, which she reportedly abandoned some years back.

Liz Benson got married again in an intimate court ceremony in Abuja a few months ago. In July, she and her man, Bishop Great Emeya, celebrated their love by walking down the aisle at the Rainbow Christian Assembly in Warri, Delta State. The couple are both deeply involved in Christian ministry.

Liz is an evangelist while Bishop Great is a pastor of one of the largest ministries in Warri. They also have overcome tragic circumstances as Liz is a widow while Bishop Great is a widower. Their wedding marked a turning point in the lives of the couple.

Reports had it that the 49 year-old man allegedly met Liz in the course of doing God’s work. Their relationship however moved from friendship to the altar, now husband and wife.

A recipient of the movie awards, THEMA, and the Reel Awards at different times, Liz Benson is one of the pioneer actresses in Nigeria who brought glamour and respect to the acting profession.

She has also been honoured outside Nigeria at several times. Liz was a past recipient of the Afro-Hollywood Awards in the United States of America. Her great performances in the past have been regularly acknowledged and rewarded by both industry practitioners and watchers .

The deluge of awards and accolades with which she has been showered and continues to receive is vivid testimony to the high esteem in which she is held by all.

As she returns to Nollywood, expectations are high as questions are being asked, regarding what role she will be assigned to, given the fact that many of her contemporaries are presently not in the picture, with the emergence of vibrant looking, yet pretty young faces. Good luck our Lizzy!

9ice Drops First Single off His Upcoming album titled TRADITION




Multiple award winning Alapomeji recording artist 9ice has officially dropped the first single off his upcoming album "TRADITION". The single titled "GBAMU GBAMU" is one of the many hit songs recorded by 9ice. The album which has been tagged "the most anticipated album of 2009" features hit track after hit track, no instrumentals and no skits.

A fusion of proverbial lyrics in his mother tongue (Yoruba), a danceable tune, and a unique style that is known to belong to 9ice, Gbamu Gbamu gives a brief insight of what to expect from TRADITION.

Can't wait for this album to drop.

Danger disappoints P-Square




The duo of Peter and Paul Okoye have announced that their new album has recorded over a million sales in less than three weeks of its release. The album, titled ‘Danger’ was released on the 15th of September into the Nigerian market for sales.


Their manager, Jude Okoye, said, “We waited for four days after the official press brief before releasing it. The reason we did that was because we wanted to release 600, 000 copies at a go. We monitored the sales and kept calling our marketer to know the response it was getting. By the 8th day, over a million units had been pushed.”

Measuring the success against that of their third album, ‘Game Over’ which was recorded to have gone platinum also, the twins said they were not surprised about the sales but were rather disappointed. “We actually expected to cross over a million sales by the 4th day. ‘Game Over’ made a million in six days and we wanted to beat that record. Unfortunately, ‘Danger’ dragged until the 8th day,’ Jude explained while his brothers affirmed.

When the issue of actual statistics was raised, the group’s publicist, Sesan Adeniji said it was easy for one to estimate the sale of an art work. He said, “Most album sleeves are printed in Shomolu and that is where my office is.

At first 600, 000 sleeves were printed, then another 300,000, followed by 200, 000. And it’s since continued like that.” Peter added by reminding that for a marketer to admit having sold a huge figure, he (the marketer) realizes the consequence because it influences the royalties he will be paying them (owners of the work).

‘Danger’ is marketed in Nigeria by CN Media and is the fourth album of pop group P-Square..By Lolade Sowoolu

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Obiwon berths sophomore




It was an evening of quality music, dance and superlative entertainment as popular Nigerian act, Obiora Obiwon performed fresh tunes at the launch of his anticipated sophomore album, “The Rebirth”.


The album soon revealed itself to be an eclectic mix of contemporary gospel and r’n’b as earlier indicated by the artiste. In 2008, Obiwon made several references to a deep spiritual experience and the addition of gospel themes to his style.

Upbeat ballad and first single off the album “Obi Mu O” also rose in 2009 to become one of year’s favourite hits.

Guest artistes, Alibaba and Yaw had the audience reeling in laughter with their comedic lines while Segun Obe, Rooftop MCs, Jahdiel, Eva, Kani, and Bracket of “Yori Yori” fame also ensured it was a memorable musical night for the celebrities and fans in attendance.

Guests also went home with free copies of the album which finally hit stores in Nigeria, yesterday, Friday October 2, via Obaino Music Distribution.

A visibly excited Obiwon had this to say: “We’re elated having come thus far. We really took our time to do this (the album) and we’re hoping the fans appreciate it for the excellence we’ve strived to achieve. We’re now off to promote the album and do the videos.”

Abuja awaits Gordons’ 7-Point Agenda




When President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua revealed his Seven Point Agenda in his inaugural speech May 29, 2007 it would never have occurred to him what one hilarious citizen called, ‘Godwin Komone,’ and baptized, ‘Gordons,’ will make of his plan, three days after Nigeria’s 49th Independence Celebrations.

But the President must face this because on Sunday, October 4, 2009 at Sheraton Hotel and in Nigeria’s capital city, Gordons would publicly lend a comic voice to the much debated agenda – and Abuja residents can’t wait to chuckle at whatever his hilarious side of the discuss would be.

“The Show is not just going to be like any other comedy show,” the dark comedian assures. “We want to address pressing issues with so much humour; we want people to laugh and also take something home. As comedians, we have moved from the level of being funny to being Social Commentators. I believe with this comedy show we should be able to interlink reality into hilarity.

“I have a passion to also talk to government, and talk to people from all walks of life, and that’s what will happen on the forth of October. So, I envisage a comedy event where all acts on stage will say something about the Seven Point Agenda.”

Stella Damacus-Nzeribe has assured to be her dazzling and comic best as she comperes the event alongside Ghana’s luminary actor, Van Vicker. Together, they will bring a touch of Nollywood into Gordons debut Live Comedy show, which has Dare Art-Alade, J-Maritns, Samsung, Kefee, Jesse Jaggs, Clever Jay, and Duncan Mighty on the bill.

cfAli Baba, predictably, leads Basket mouth, Julius Agwu, I Go Dye on the funny slide, while Okey Bakkasi, Gandoki, AY and Youngest Oldman are other funny bones expected at the show promoted by Yankee Entertainment – Abuja’s number one Showbiz Promoters.

From Gordons’ point of view, “Mr. President has not publicized the Agenda well enough. Elsewhere in developed nations, Governments try out new ideas with comedians. When they talk about it, the government measures the reaction of their citizens, and they know what next to do.”

“I want to use this comedy show to talk about Yar Adua’s 7 point Agenda,” he stresses in conclusion. “ The Show will be recorded, and sold on VCD’s. That means when people buy and watch the show at home, they will understand the Agenda better. Since the government is not considering that, we want to show the example – if we don’t do that, who will?”

Iyanya drops new album




On December 7, 2008, Cross River born Iyanya was announced winner at the debut edition of MTN Project Fame West Africa, thus becoming the first winner to ever emerge from the West African series of the globally renowned reality TV platform.


And now, after an interesting year, recording with TY Mix, OJB, K solo, Wazbeat, performing across the length and breadth of Nigeria and enjoying his status as one of the country’s fastest- rising talents, the handsome singer is now finally ready to hit the streets with his debut album.

This Sunday October 4, he will host select guests at the Ultima Studio, in Omole, Lagos- the same place he was announced winner at Project Fame 2008.

His album will feature contributions from DJ Zeez, Faze, MI and Bokwilla and production contributions from TY Mix and K Solo.

The album title and full track listing will be revealed at the Sunday event.
Fresh from performing at the New York Fashion festival on September 13 2009, Iyanya dished out a fantastic performance at the MTN Project Fame season 2 finals on Saturday September 26, 2009. Already, two new singles of the album titled ‘Shaye’ (featuring Zeez), and ‘Love Truly’ are enjoying rare newspaper reviews and heavy rotation on radio stations across the continent.

The Sunday event tagged ‘Symphony of Iyanya’ will not only serve as an album and video premiere, but also a concert with performances from Iyanya and a few of his friends.

Iyanya Onoyom Mbuk discovered his talents for singing during his childhood while singing in the church. He later started singing at weddings and then got an offer to perform regularly at Channel view Hotel Calabar.

He is a graduate of Business Management from the University of Calabar.

Friday, October 2, 2009

The Figurine premieres on October 2




The world premiere of Kunle Afolayan’s latest movie, The Figurine, will hold on October 2, 2009, at the Genesis Deluxe Cinemas, Lekki, Lagos.

Though there will be an advanced screening of the movie on October 1 to commemorate Nigeria’s Independence Day anniversary, the film will open simultaneously on October 2 at the Genesis Deluxe Cinemas, The Palms, Lekki; Ozone Cinemas, E-Centre, Yaba and Silverbird Cinemas, Victoria Island.

The film would also be premiered in Abuja on October 8, Port Harcourt on October 9 and at the Odeon Cinemas, London, on October 17 Sustaining Nollywood.

Speaking after a press screening of the movie on Thursday, September 17, Afolayan added that The Figurine would also be premiered on soon-to-be-announced dates in Ghana, Kenya, South Africa and the United States.

The filmmaker, who left his job as a banker to produce his first movie, Irapada, a couple of years ago, said The Figurine, which features Ramsey Nouah, Omoni Oboli, Funlola Aofiyebi-Raimi, Jide Kosoko, Wale Adebayo and the renowned Iragbiji, Osun State based artist; Muraina Oyelami who makes a special appearance, took three months to shoot in locations within and outside Nigeria.

He also disclosed that though he has spent N50million naira on the film, he is still spending more to complete the post-production work.

Afolayan explained that he chose the box office instead of releasing the movie straight into the market like some Nollywood film producers do because “We want to guide against piracy and help sustain a distribution framework. We are putting up a platform for distribution so it can run its natural course.” Group endorsement Earlier, the general managers of Genesis, Ozone and Silverbird cinemas where the movie would be screened, endorsed The Figurine. Kene Mkparu of Genesis Deluxe Cinemas who anchored the event said “If you have seen Irapada, this film is a 100 times better.”

General Manager of Ozone Cinemas, Patrick Lee, said he was glad Afolayan followed in the steps of great filmmakers like the late Hubert Ogunde and his late father, Ade Afolayan, known as Ade Love. He said the cinemas in Nigeria “are ready to give backing to Nollywood”, adding that “This industry will go global.”

He urged everybody to support Afolayan because producing movies has been his lifelong dream.”It took me less than five minutes to say we will work with him when he approached us with the film. It took me five minutes to appreciate The Figurine”, began Uwem Jacob of Silverbird Cinemas.

Jacob, who disclosed that the Silverbird’s distributor in South Africa is also interested in the movie also said “Nigeria has produced a movie that can compete with Hollywood.”

A thriller, The Figurine is about two friends, Femi (Ramsey Nouah) and Sola (Kunle Afolayan) who discover a carved artwork in the forest

while serving in Araromire village. Against Femi’s advice, Sola picks up the mysterious artwork, which bestows good luck on him.

He becomes a successful man with a happy family, but the story changes suddenly after seven years. Things go awry and the two friends and Mona, Sola’s wife, have to contend against unseen forces to get their lives back on track

-By Akintayo Abodunrin

Akon to headline MAMA ‘09




Akon is the latest US superstar to sign up for the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) with Zain. The Senegalese-American multi-platinum artist and producer is set to headline at the 2009 MAMA Awards in Nairobi, Kenya on 10 October, performing alongside Fugees’ alumnus Wyclef Jean and a host of Africa’s most celebrated contemporary artists including Wahu, M.I., Samini and Lira.


A six-time Grammy-nominated artist/producer, entrepreneur and philanthropist, celebrated for his mesmerising vocal talent, haunting lyrics and extrovert personality, Akon has been making waves around the globe since he first hit the music scene in 2004 with his debut album “Trouble”, which reached #1 in the Billboard charts.

With worldwide sales of over 7 million albums, certified gold and platinum status in over 23 countries, Akon is one of the most influential voices in music today.

In addition to having two multi-platinum albums and 25 songs on the Billboard Hot 100, Akon has over 160 guest appearances with artists such as Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Lionel Richie, and Gwen Stefani to his credit.

He is also the founder and CEO of two successful record labels, an R&B/hip-hop label Konvict Muzik, which has prepped releases for the likes of T-Pain and Asher Roth; and his newest label Kon Live Distribution, a joint venture with Interscope-Geffen-A&M, whose roster include Lady Gaga, Kardinal Offishall, Colby O’Donis, and UK rapper Sway. Akon’s highly acclaimed third studio album Freedom (Upfront/Konvict/SRC/Universal Motown) was released in December 2008 and he is already back in the studio prepping a new album for release in early 2010.

Additionally, Akon has successfully launched Konvict Clothing, an affordable street wear collection and will debut Aliaune, an international upscale men’s clothing line later this year Akon’s youth focused charity, the Konfidence Foundation, which concentrates its efforts on helping underserved African youth, has broadened its reach and developed community-based programmes in the US as well.

Commented Akon, ‘Africa is my heart. I feel especially blessed to finally be able to perform in Kenya and am honoured that MTV and Zain asked me to be a part of such an incredible event.’

Steel, Beenie Man, G-xploits to Perform in Singapore

Gently swaying palm trees, the balmy sea breeze and idyllic beach setting are totally in sync with the reggae culture and music. Ahead of the first edition of Singapore Reggae Festival, different artistes across the continent had been selected to perform at the event scheduled to take place in Singapore on November 28th 2009 .


The likes of Beenie Man, Coco Tea, Bushmen, Pure Vibration, Brick & Lace, Steel, Michael Ross, Steven & The Coconut Treez, Gxploits, Kai-jo Brothers, Jiang Liang, Krazy Kulture, Ras Muhammad and many others will rock the microphone on that fateful day.

It is actually interesting to note that fast rising Nigerian acts like Steel and Gxpoits who recently released their debut albums are part of the artistes billed to perform on the stage at this international concert which is already generating a very high level of interest from neighbouring countries planning to attend the event.

Singapore Reggae Festival is a music fest that will showcase seasoned reggae acts from different parts of the world, including Jamaica , UK , Asia and Africa .

The event, originally scheduled for 17th October 2009 , will now take place on 28th November, 2009 at Siloso Beach , Sentosa Island. The first-ever Singapore Reggae Festival is a one day- extravaganza with an adrenalin flowing live music concert from 8.pm till 6.am the next morning.

Aside from the diverse and talented International reggae artistes lined up, Mrs. Rita Marley- the wife of the musical prophet, the Late Bob Marley, is the reggae ambassador of the night.

She will be doing a tribute performance in unison with the other artistes based on the legendary song, One Love. Reggae fans from all over the region and beyond will be flocking to this event to embrace Mrs. Rita Marley’s singing and presence of warmth and love.

There will also be a half hour musical tribute to celebrate the 64th birthday of Bob Marley.

Kefee begins European tour next week




Honoured with the prestigious United Nations award as Young Ambassador for Peace, Kefee is greatly armed with a warm spirit, a tender and thankful heart and a desire for everyone she comes in contact with to have the same experience.

A prolific song writer, a skilled dancer and a passionate singer. An artiste whose music is not only encouraging but inspiring and motivating. Kefee’s European tour which begins early next month is aimed at offering vibrant music lovers the opportunity to relax with quality and electrifying live entertainment.

There will also be appearances from other talented musicians during the tour which will take her to Britain, Belgium and other countries.

Born to Deacon and Mrs. Andrew Obareki in Sapele, Delta State. She started singing at an early age in the children choir, ever since, she has been transformed from one glory to another.

Kefee, the Branama Queen studied Public Administration at the University of Benin, Edo State. By this time she had already written well over 20 songs and had a greater passion for music.

In 2000, she playfully composed and released an album entitled Trip with a friend; the album was a success and got them shows alongside artiste likes Tony Tetuila, Plantation Boyz and a long list of others.

The album gained some recognition as the videos where the talk of the town in Benin, being the first female group to break off from the usual approach, the two friends parted after school but Kefee did not give up.

In December 2003 she signed on with Alec Music and released her first solo album as a female artiste. Kefee’s Branama sold 9,000 audio cassettes in just three weeks of the album release and over two million copies of CDs/VCDs in a month.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

RMD in comeback bid




Despite his hiatus from the movie industry due to a temporary relocation to Asaba, the Delta State capital, as the Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Richard Mofe Damijo has refused to be relegated to the background as it concerns his first love, acting. He's gearing for a comeback and recently appeared in a movie alongside Desmond Elliot.

Ashionye marries




Ashionye Ugboh is married. She married her long time lover, Orangootan Record Label boss, Carl Raccah on the 29th of August 2009. It was a low key wedding that involved only family members and very close friends of the couple. Wishing them the very best.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Koffi turns out another MUMU




THE Award winning comedian, actor and singer Koffi, following the successful release of yet another brilliant album.

Vol 2:TRADofunkHIPsoul ,the native of Ibeju Lekki, Lagos is set to premiere his second movie, MUMU as a follow up to 2Black Birds which was released in 2007. T

he new movie Mumu( Foolish Foolishness Fool), stars the likes of Owen Gee, Veteran Comic Actor Victor Osuagwu, the sonorous Ashionye Ugboh alongside comedians like Saeed Mohamend, Lepacious Bose, Mandy, Bash, Bowjoint, Emaka Agwazim and a host of others. The event billed to be hosted by Westsyde is slated for 2nd October, 2009, beginning from 5pm at the popular City Mall Onikan Lagos, where there will be after party at SWE Bar with performances by Yeakeyz, Affroholik, Ojizy, outshine, Isolate, Boomerang and other talented artistes.

The artiste who Koffi was born several years ago, he studied Chemistry at the University of Lagos, started off as Stage actor in theatre 15 UNILAG, he has won many awards among which are Best Animation Video Award 2008, Best Comedian of the year, Best Comedian 2006 at the Nigeria Comedy Awards, Dynamix Awards and Nigeria Music Video Awards respectively, He is the proudest Nigerian Entertainer Known for promoting the good Nigerian image and identity through his mode of dress

Stingomania plans S-360 Project




Stingomania Records, a new recording label in the country, is ready to light up the scene with thelaunch of a super collabo album, S-360 Project, featuring 18 tracks with hit tracks from six of the artistes’ label. The artistes include Big Brother Nigeria’s Aydu Amah, Trybson, Naturah, Eniola Joseph, Eazy Lizy, and winner of AMBO reality show, Bhaira Mcwizu.

While Aydu will be making his entrance into the scene with Iworiwo, Ishi Monkey and 10 Thousand Apologies, Tryb-Son, the rave-making exponent of the highly energetic and entertaining Fuji-Hop music genre, will be thrilling fans with Ko Ye Mi, U Gat It, And Gbe Sun Mobi (Bring it closer). To further relish the S-360 Project, Naturah would be contributing three tracks, Shakara, Super Star Tripz and Ori (Destiny).
Bhaira Mcwizu and Eazy Lizy are also on the list. While Eazy Lizy will be contributing Show Your Logo, O’shomo and Show Me, Bhaira’s Sexilicious and two other tracks will make it into the album. The US-based Eniola Joseph is also part of the work with tracks such as Back It Up and Dance With Me.

MEANWHILE the label has already shot five videos of some of the tracks and hope to have a total of seven videos by the time it hits music shelves.
According to asatement from the company, the album launchwil be done simultaneously with the formal launching of Stingomania Records. The double launching is expected to attract big players in the industry as well as artistes from other labels on October 10, at a yet to be disclosed location in Victoria Island, Lagos.

Obesere to release hip hop album




Paramount King of Fuji, Abass Akande Obesere last weekend made a dramatic sign up for a relatively new record label, Stingomania Records.


Obesere, until last week, was to sign for another record label and both parties confirmed weeks back that agreement had been reached except for some few areas that needed to be sorted out before they both put pen to paper. But with what happened last week, ‘few areas’ were not sorted out and neither of the parties was able to put pen to paper.

Obesere, who was one of the two highest selling artistes during the glorious days of Sony Music, has finished work on his first hip-hop album and industry watchers have said that his latest effort will redefine him and stamp his authority on the hip-hop market.

The album, which has been aptly titled Revolution, has 12 tracks and features heavyweights of music industry such as 9ice, Lord of Ajasa, Timaya, Uncle Promise, Eazy Lizy and young Trybson.. With the Revolution album, Obesere has pioneered a new genre of music for himself which he calls ‘Fuji-hop’, a fusion of Fuji element with heavy infusion of hip-hop.

That was clearly evident in the track with 9ice, Kin Noso, and in Gbose yewo. He was even audacious with his track, Ka anyi Gbe Egwu’ an Igbo song he did with Timaya.

The incursion is to help him ease the Igbo market, where he believes he has wide followership as well. Chairman of Stingomania Records, Ope Banwo said, “We are ecstatic
to sign and manage a megastar with a cross-over appeal like Obesere.

We are also doubly excited to partner with him in leading the Fuji-Hop revolution that will finally merge the fans of Fuji and Hip-Hop under one music umbrella with Obesere as the paramount king of music as the leading force. We can’t wait for the Revolution album to hit the airwaves! A nation-wide tour with top hip-hop act has been planned for the album, which is due for release in October.

NAFDAC appoints 2face Ambassador




Fans of 2face Idibia have more good news to rejoice about as the star has recently been officially appointed an ambassador for the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration (NAFDAC).


In a bid to increase the efficiency of the agency particularly in the area of public awareness which is a key element in the fight against the prevalence of fake, substandard and expired drugs and food items, 2face has been saddled with the responsibility of lending his voice and star power to the laudable cause in the capacity of a global representative.
In a chat with Efe Omorogbe of Now Muzik confirmed that the official presentation will be done at a one-day sensitisation workshop organised for all the 774 local government chairmen to be held in Abuja, at the Thisday Dome on September, the 24th 2009.

The invitation letter signed by Dr. Paul Orhii, Director General of the agency, highlighted that the move as part of a holistic and multi-dimensional approach towards eliminating counterfeit drugs, unwholesome food and other sub-standard regulated products in the country.

Wife of the president, Hajia Turai Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, will declare the event open as the Grand Matron of NAFDAC and Special Guest of Honour for the occasion.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Terry G readies video for hit single Free Madness




Hot in demand, producer cum artiste, Gabriel Amanyi a.k.a Terry G is about now plotting a script for the music video of his hit single entitled Free Madness.

Speaking more about the yet to be shot video, Terry G revealed that the video will be shot where he grew up and his fans should expect nothing but a mad concept.


“The video for the single Free Madness will be shot in the hood where I grew up and it will be directed by me while Igho will produce the video. It will be shot in two weeks’ time and the concept is nothing but a mad one,” he added.

He also talked about how the inspiration for the song came about: “It’s a beat I did for my friend. His name is Black. I was making the beat for the song which we were supposed to do together.

And as usual, before I begin every recording session in my studio, I usually test the microphone. I always test the microphone to get all the settings right so that when you start voicing, the voice of the artiste sounds right and clean.

While they were outside, I was inside, trying to get the sound settings right. All of a sudden, I was in the mood and I decided to free-style on the beat I prepared for him. I took the song straight from the beginning; with no harmony and no back up.

And it is surprising that the song is causing a lot of stir in the industry today,” he enthused.
Also speaking about his rumoured deal with Mo’ Hits Records, Terry G said, “I am not signed on to Mo’ Hits Records.

They are my colleagues and I respect them a whole lot, especially Don Jazzy’s productions. That is why you see me hanging around with them.

They know their onions and the artistes on record label are the most packaged acts in the industry at the moment. But I am not signed on to the record label. I am doing my own thing called Terry G’s Production (TGP) that I currently run.”

Finally, the artiste spoke about his forthcoming album., saying, “It’s actually a package from my first album. I am about to promote a new image and it is even more than what people expect. I have a variety of songs that will please ears and the album is a commercial album.

There will be 12 tracks on the album and I am producing all the songs on the album. I am also working on my younger brother’s album. His name is D’ Money.”

P-Square raises bar, gets N50m deal on new album




If information reaching us is anything to go by, then the Nigerian music industry might have to brace itself for this. Nigeria’s mega pop twins, P-Square, have allegedly concluded plans for the marketing, duplication and distribution of their new album by a Nigerian marketer (names withheld) in exchange of a sum of N50m.

According to our sources, the twins are alleged to have received a cheque for the sum of N40m already out of the entire N50m sum agreed. It is a common practice for artistes to sign marketing deals and relinquish distribution and duplication rights to marketers, especially Alaba based ones.

Their last album, “Game Over”, was sold to Tjoe Enterprise, a major Alaba marketer, for nationwide distribution for an alleged sum of N10m. It is of no doubt that the value of the boys has since appreciated between late 2007 when they released “Game Over” having headlined gigs and major concerts within and outside the country, increasing fan bases all across Africa and gradually becoming Africa’s Michael Jackson since their performances now cause girls to faint in admiration of their skill and looks.

Only last week, the twins released a brand new South African shot video exclusively to MTV. The video, according to tradition, was directed by manager cum elder brother, Jude Okoye. It’s titled “Danger”. The Okoye music trio have managed to successfully keep their music business within family, running a label >Square Records= exclusively for the P-Square brand.

The twins openly brag about their conquering all of Africa except the four Northern African countries: Egypt, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia.

By the time they play in these countries, they say they would be done with Africa, and set for other continental conquests.

From attending a small Catholic school, St. Mulumba College, in Jos, the boys have advanced in life, releasing their first album “Last Nite” in 2003, on Timbuk2 Music Label. Later, the dance duo hit broader limelight with their “Senorita” dance steps in their second album which they titled, “Get Squared”, in 2005, after which the boys have remained permanent delight.

Paul, the reserved of the two, seems to have overtaken Peter in terms of looks since he started spotting the dreads. Peter, on the other hand, has grown from the young dude of yesterday to a recklessly tattooed young father, whose son was delivered by Lola Omotayo.

The twins’ success is coming in the wake of the recent hunger strike and “No music day” embarked on by aggrieved members of the different music bodies in the country. The actions were in protest of the increasing level of piracy of musical works in Nigeria and its (piracy) negative impact on returns on music investments. Of course, the duo were visibly absent at the rally, just like many of their fellow A-list colleagues.

In an interview granted to a national daily, P-Square explained how they get around the piracy issues and maximise profit. They reportedly said, “What we do is that we strike a deal in Nigeria, go to Ghana and strike a deal, then to Gabon, Liberia, Tanzania and Uganda. In Nigeria, we have Tjoe. What we did for the album in Nigeria was that we calculated how much 10 million copies was worth and the marketer paid us straight away. That’s how we do our business.

“That’s why you can never hear any story that P-Square is having problem with any marketer. The album sold a million copies in four days. That’s the audio. But the surprising part of it is that the day we released the videos, the guy printed just 1.5 million copies and sold all the same day,” they said.

Although little is known about the details of this new album, the duo are said to have featured 2Face on one of the tracks contained in the album as they eye an October, 2009 release. Their last album, released in 2007, is reported to have sold over 10 million copies worldwide...By Lolade Sowoolu

Friday, September 4, 2009

ID Cabassa joins artistes on Yes Records




If you think the best he does is to produce hit songs, think again. Idowu Ogunade aka ID Cabasa is about proving to all that he’s more than just a beat maker; he can and does sing too.

At the official unveiling of artistes on the Yes Records label last Monday in Lagos, a shocking surprise among the names was ID Cabasa’s. Together with already established Abuede Chile Abbey aka Steel, the Gxploits group, JahBless and returning RN B singer, Angelica, Cabasa was named the fifth artiste cum producer on the Yes label.

The label, Yes Records, is sister company to Yes Media; a media and entertainment company in Nigeria and internationally. Organisers of Yes events, including concerts and listening parties in Abuja, Lagos, Ghana and South Africa, the company operates in three segments: movie and music entertainment, entertainment investment and Publishing.

Speaking on behalf of Yes Media, Business Development Manager Chidi Uzoeshi who unveiled the artistes also made known that his company had researched into the Nigerian market for many years before deciding to float the entertainment company last year.

While reiterating their determination to combat piracy and all the other plagues associated with music business in Nigeria, Chidi in his speech said, ‘we are aware of all the vices we have to cope with and are already talking to the government where necessary.

We are also embracing technology that will make piracy of music works difficult if not impossible so that we can get ample returns on our distribution’.

He added that, it is the company’s intention to get franchise of the Yes Media world tour with their artistes and others as they have their eyes on the Asian, Japanese, European and African market.

T.W.O ready to drop new album




When Celebrated Showbiz couple Tunde and Wunmi Obe told fans, friends and foes that they were not quitting music yet, it was not just a case of trying to clear the air. Their new single Zombie which was released last week is Athe beginning of a series of fresh materials to come@ according to Tunde Obe

AThere is more to come, We have recorded songs to fill two albums already and we are in the selection stage, but as it is, there is no doubt in our minds that the album is not going to fall below expectations@ he disclosed
A4 Real@, the duo=s last body of work spawned hit singles like AAdupe@ and AMogbomoya@, so this next step in their artistic evolution seems only natural.

AWe played with a lot of concepts and styles when we were recording this particular album, and we are positive that a lot of people will find the album amusing, entertaining, inspiring and refreshing@ Wunmi Obe who clocked 40 recently says

The upcoming album will be the pair=s fifth album.

We already have a name for the album, it was conceived during the time it was rumored that we had quit music for TV, we even recorded a song to that effect but we are keeping it under wraps@ Tunde Obe who was a year older on Wednesday August 26 says

Recall that few weeks back, the media was agog with reports that the duo were making an exit from music to focus on Television, but Tunde and Wunmi Obe quickly debunked the rumors; returning swiftly with a new single titled Zombie.

They have titled their upcoming album TWO Legit to Quit
We’re not quitting now. Not today, not tomorrow, not ever, they told journalists in Lagos.

T.W.O started as lead singers in a campus band >Turning point= in the 80s, and got popular Nationwide with their popular weekly television performance on the Charly boy show and Zoom time.

The duo is committed to their annual Valentine show Cupid=s ball, the most recent one was held on board a luxury cruise boat. When not recording, T.W.O is constantly rehearsing and performing with their 12 man band Dejavu.
One of such performance held on Saturday August 22, 2009 at Bacchus, Ikoyi

Questionmark bids comeback




After a very long silence, one-time producer of some of Nigeria’s finests including Asa and Mode 9, Questionmark Entertainment, is trying to bounce back into mainstream music again, this time flying with two newly signed acts D’Supremes and Harrisong.

D=Supremes consists rapper of Tito Ejaife aka Lil Tee and vocalist Austin Akawa who together have been making music for over five years.

The duo have decided to release their first body of works before the year runs out and are already giving a foretaste of what they have to offer in the singles Ife and Sepe playing on the airwaves.

With producers Puffy T and Del B on their work team- producers known to have worked with the likes of Dr. Fresh, Omotola and Olu Maintain, and mastering done by London based Ozie, the duo might have something worth waiting for.

Harrisong, on his part, is a dynamic multi-instrumentalist cum singer and he=s the other act now on the Questionmark bill. With 15 years experience as music director at the Church of God Mission, Benin, Harrisong is set to make a world debut.

Born Harrison Tare Okiri, the vocal trainer, song writer and producer, is already whetting appetites for more with Yekelem and Can I playing on radio. Armed with a 16-track album, the Afro Hip Hop/Jazz artiste seems ready to come on board mainstream music.

The successes of these artistes might be the ascertaining factor to whether Questionmark is back to stay or not as the world awaits the albums...Oluwaseyi Oluwabiyi

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Cossy Orjiakor opens up on her investment




Boobs flaunting actress, Cossy Orjiakor widely believed to be an epitome of indecency is not a moralist. But here, she’s counselling her teeming fans concerning the need for them to begin to invest their wealth in something that will prosper them in future.

Orjiakor is saying that investing in fixed asset pays more than anything else. And she’s therefore, stopping at nothing to acquire as many hectares of land as her money can buy for her in choice places in Abuja, Ikoyi and Lekki areas of Lagos.

Right now, the queen of boobs can boast of possessing varied plots of land in areas like Kuja, Maraba, all in Abuja, and of course, in Lekki, in Lagos. “I can’t tell how much I bought each of my property but, I have property in Lekki, and 12 plots of land in Kuja, Abuja as well as a plot of land at Maraba.” she said, in a text message she sent to a reliable source.

Orjiakor, whose alleged sex scandal with a dog in a movie has continued to take a toll on her personality said, while her property are not for sale, she cannot ascertain the actual market value of those property going by the emerging market trend.

‘I hope my fans should be talking to their lawyers concerning the need to develop interest in investing in fixed assets. That way, they can never go wrong.” she advised.

2Face tops MAMA ‘09 nomination




He seems to have arrived and what better way is there to stamp a decade of musicianship. 2Face may have had droves of scandal characterise his successful music career but all those tales may soon be forgotten in the wake of his new accolades- if he pulls this through too.

Only last month at the Soundcity Music Video Awards, 2Face Idibia shone, picking up two awards for his NBC banned video, Enter the place. Now he has four nominations at the October holding MAMA event in Nairobi, Kenya.
This year’s MAMA has classified acts into 10 categories, comprising five nominees in each.

Nigeria records highest entries with 15 slots and nominations in all but one of the categories. 2Face leads the pack of six Nigerian nominees with four (4) nominations in categories including ‘Best Male’, ‘Artist of the Year’ and ‘Video of the year’ for ‘Enter the Place’. Next on the list is D’banj who shares three nominations with HHP (SA) and Nameless (Kenya).

Darey Art Alade might definitely have to fast and pray if he’s to win any trophy at the awards since his only nomination is in the same category with Single ladies rocker, Beyonce or Sasha Fierce- whichever you prefer, and Akon in the ‘Best R N B’.

Kel gives solace to other Nigerian female acts as the only Nigerian female act who makes the list, lending voice in the ‘Best Female Act’ while Nigeria’s latest rap sensation, MI gives Nigeria Hip Hop some recognition in the ‘Best Hip Hop’ category even as he battles Bigiano and three others in the ‘Best New act’ category.

Mo Hit All Stars is up against P-Square in the ‘Best Group’ category while the pop twins battle D’banj, Nameless (Kenya), Blu3 (Uganda) and Samini (Ghana) in the ‘Best Performer’ category.

MTV Africa Music
Awards ‘09 nomination
Best Male
2 Face (Nigeria)
HHP (South Africa)
D’Banj (Nigeria)
Nameless (Kenya)
Da L.E.S. (South Africa)

Best New Act
M.I. (Nigeria)
Shaa (Tanzania)
STL (Kenya)
Bigiano (Nigeria)
Rhythmic Elements
(South Africa)

Best Hip Hop
M.I. (Nigeria)
A.Y. (Tanzania)
Zulu Boy (South Africa)
Jay-Z (USA)
Kanye West (USA)

Best Female
Kel (Nigeria)
Amani (Kenya)
* Lira (South Africa)
* Zamajobe (South Africa)
* Lizha James
(Mozambique)

Best Performer
P-Square (Nigeria)
D’Banj (Nigeria)
Samini (Ghana)
Nameless (Kenya)
Blu 3 (Uganda)

Best R&B
2 Face (Nigeria)
Darey Art Alade (Nigeria)
Loyiso (South Africa)
Beyoncé (USA)
Akon (USA)

Best Group
P-Square (Nigeria)
Blu3 (Uganda)
Gang of Instrumentals
(South Africa)
Mo Hits Allstars (Nigeria)
Gal Level (Namibia)

Artist of The Year
2 Face (Nigeria)
D’banj (Nigeria)
Lira (South Africa)
HHP (South Africa)
Nameless (Kenya)

Best Alternative
Green Day (USA)
Coldplay (UK)
Cassette (South Africa)
Zebra & Giraffe (South Africa)
Aking (South Africa)

Best Video
2Face – Enter The Place (Nigeria)
XOD – I Want You Back (Uganda)
HHP – Mpitse (South Africa)
Da L.E.S. – We on Fire
(South Africa)
Wahu ft Bobi Wine –
Little Things You Do (Kenya)...Lolade Sowoolu