Sunday, April 25, 2010
“In addition to other Word Cup theme songs like K Naan’s Wavin’ Flag, FreshlyGround and Colombian superstar Shakira’s Time for Africa, U2 and the Soweto Gospel Choir’s Pride and Keri Hilson and Akon’s Oh Africa, Kelly Rowland who is presently in South Africa has recorded a song with Tuface and several other African artistes.
“This track titled ‘Everywhere You Go’ isn’t from Kelly Rowland’s new LP but the theme song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. It was produced by Steve Morales and features a host of African artists including 2Face, Awadi, Chameleone, Crotale, Jozi, Kwesta, Rola, Samini, Slikour and Zuluboy.”
Friday, April 23, 2010
We regret to announce the passing of our son, friend, partner and brother Mr. Olaitan Oladapo Olaonipekun A.K.A. Dagrin.
He died at 6:00pm on Thursday April 22 – exactly eight days after he was involved in a ghastly accident in front of Alakara Police station, off Agege motor road, Mushin, Lagos.
He survived a serious head injury, as a result of the crash.
He was initially admitted at Tai Solarin Hospital, Baba Olosha Bus stop, Mushin before he was transferred to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Idi Araba where Doctors made serious efforts to save his life. He was admitted at the Intensive Care Unit and operated upon, and later moved to the private wing of the hospital.
Doctors worked day and night; we fasted and prayed, but all efforts to save his life proved abortive. We lost him on Thursday April 22, 2010 at 6:00PM.
Dagrin, 26, was a recording artiste, songwriter, rapper and performer. He was signed to his own label Missofunyin Entertainment and managed by Edlyne Records.
Burial arrangements will be announced by his family soonest.
While we pray the Almighty God grant him eternal rest, we wish to thank his numerous fans and supporters, as well as the media for their unflinching support at this trying period.
We ask that you please continue to pray for his family, especially his parents and siblings. And please only the details contained in this release –jointly issued by his parents and management - should be considered as fact.
On behalf of the family
As Nigeria prepares to celebrate her 50 years as an independent country, the Chief Executive Officer of the Virgin Leisure Organisation, producers of foremost comedy events, Night of a Thousand Laughs, Mr. Opa William, has unfolded plans by his company to join the nation in the celebration.
Night of a Thousand Laughs was established 15 years ago, and to celebrate the anniversary, Virgin Leisure Organisation is unfolding a three-tier plan called the 15/50 project.
In the words of Mr. Williams, “As a first step toward implementing the project, we are embarking on what we call the Backward Integration plan (BIP).
The BIP plan comes in the form of a Comedy Challenge programme where new talents will be discovered to replace ageing practitioners.
We have been doing the same thing for years and there is need to reinvent and repackage so as to take the industry to greater heights.
This according to Mr. Williams, to further develop the industry and take it to a new level.
We don’t want the comedy industry to suffer the same fate that has befallen football; where the same old players are being recycled every time.
Comedy Challenge will be held in the following cities of the federation: Lagos, Abuja, Ibadan, Benin, Calabar, Owerri and Port Harcourt.
The Comedy Challenge, Mr. Williams revealed, will be hosted by a very young and talented professional dancer, Mr.Effiong Edet Anthony. Mr. Antony, a member of the National Troupe, was trained at the University of Ibadan and the Obafemi Awolowo University.
The grand final holds in Lagos with the winner smiling home with a brand-new car and an automatic ticket to feature in the Night of A thousand Laughs.
While throwing light on his organisation’s plan to discover new talents through the Comedy Challenge, Mr. stressed the need for the industry to expand.
“There are so many of our youth who need the experience and we want to give them the chance to explore their talents.
That’s how we discovered the likes of BasketMouth, Gandoki, TA, Teju Baby Face, AY, Victor Osuagwu, Gbenga Adeyinka and I Go Dye.”
Mr. Williams also explained the other projects that form part of the 15/50 project saying, “activities that will be part of our anniversary programme have been divided into the Regular Night of a Thousand Laughs and the Jubilee edition.”
The Regular Night of a thousand laughs holds in Kaduna, Ibadan, Calabar, Jos and will future all our regular comedians and musicians.
But the Jubilee edition which holds between September 30 and October 1-2 in Abuja and Lagos will have on stage, only the best of comedians and musicians. The three tier package is supported by telecom giants MTN, DAAR Communications and HiTV.
Adedah Omohwo Martin a.ka. D’Crow, whose debut album, The Truth, hit record shelves sometime in March this year has embarked on promotional tours around the United Kingdom and United States.
According to his spokesman, Nasir Onucheyo, the fresh debutante whose lead single ‘My Birthday’ is enjoying impressive rotation on Nigerian Tv and radio stations, ‘is taking his promotion a step further and will play a few gigs in Dublin, London, New York and New Jersey before returning to the country.’
D’Crow’s 12-track album provides an insight into his lyrical ability but also features acts like C-mion, Timi, OJB Jezreel and Mo Cheddar on different tracks with production imprints of industry giants like ID Cabassa, K-Solo, OJB Jezreel and Blazon. His lead single features K-Solo.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
The controversial and hilarious hit song (and the video), Ekaette, sung by Nigerian returnee Maye Hunta, has been banned by the National Broadcasting commission (NBC) with effect from now on, according to information contained in a memo obtained by NEXT.
The document, which was signed by the commission's zonal director, Ojone Otonoku, said the song and its video were banned because "of its graphic description of sexual scenes and expression not presented with fact and discretion. Stations are therefore requested to immediately stop further broadcast of this musical and air only a broadcast version.***
Identical twin brothers, Peter and Paul Okoye, have made history.
The talented singing/dancing duo have just been crowned African Artist of the Year at the 8th edition of Kora Awards held in Burkina Faso on Sunday 4th of April 2010.
One million dollars was attached to the prize.
They are performing at the Kora Concert tonight at Burkina Faso after playing last night in London.
Thorough Bredz head honcho, Ill Bliss who is known for his hit song Aiye Po Gan with Terry G has switched over to the house that famed music video director Clarence Peters built, Capital Hill Records.
On Capital Hill Anthem, which was recently released online, Ill Bliss rapped about his move, highlighting the fact that the new Capital Hill line-up featured him, Clarence Peters and in-house producer and artiste Suspekt. Their one time flagship artiste, Kel was not mentioned which suggests that the female rapper has been benched until Capital and Kel�s management can reach a point of compromise in their ongoing negotiation.
Apart from being an artiste on the label, Ill Bliss is also an executive having resigned his job at Ultima Studios. Ill Bliss� first album Dat Ibo Boy was independently released on his own record label, Goretti Company