Thursday, July 22, 2010
Ladies and gentlemen, Terry Tha Rapman is set to release his highly anticipated second album - 'BOIZ ARE NOT SMILIN' and videos to push the August album release are strategically in the making.
Fans should expect videos for the lead single, "Boiz Don Hammer" and "Ojoro" featuring Terry G. Both videos are surrendered to the respected ingenuity of ace video director, Clarence Peters.
It may interest you to know that Terry's sophomore release is a generous assembly of creative talents like Sound Sultan, M.I, Kefee, Mode 9, Mo'Cheddah, Pherowshuz, Cartiair and of 'cause Terry G to mention a few. The collection of grand opuses was powered by seasoned producers like - Jay Sleek, XO and E-twins.
To drop the album with the most deserving buzz, proper release parties will be held in four different cities - Lagos, Abuja, Calabar and Owerri, says his manager, Ademola Adeyeni. "We won't only have parties in four cities, Terry will also be touring nine states including Rivers, Oyo, Abuja and his home city, Benue".
As part of strategy to open up Terry to the international market, his management, BlackHouse Incorporated, are presently tiding up arrangements to move the rapper through particular cities in the UK, Sweden, Spain and Cyprus.
The Megaphunk Records signed artiste can hardly wait as he looks forward to a wonderful outing with his sophomore. "I'm really looking forward to August. The album is finished. We're just waiting for the date to catch up with us. This is going to be a spectacular album", Tha Rapman says.
The Hip Hop World Award 2010 'Best Rap Single winner will do more than promote his sophomore album on his tours. Terry will also show off proper his fashion sense which has culminated in a clothing line powered by Marco Martinez. A few talks are also ongoing in the line of corporate endorsement, so don't be surprised when you spot the rap star on the next bill board.
The Long Awaited Debut Album From Sauce Kid is finally ready and about to be available, Storm Records is proud to announce that Sauce Kid has completed his Opus and that the final master has been received for The album African-American, four years in the making this album attempts to show the many sides of Sauce Kid and enables fans and new listeners to connect with one of the most talented rappers of his generation.
Sauce Kid is a renowned MC with the ability to slay all types of beats, he is battle tested on the mixtape circuit and over the past few years has become a professional recording artist. He has been on many stages in America, UK. South Africa and Nigeria connecting with his audience and spreading the gospel as he went through the process to begin to establish himself as one of the key players in Nigeria’s emerging Hip Hop Aristocracy.
Storm is proud to make available officially here the full track listing for the album, with the album credits and also the various producers and talents that he has worked on.
While recording this album which is coming with almost 20 tracks Sauce has stayed busy and collaborated with several major artists such as Eldee, Ikechukwu, Naeto C, Sasha, and more on their projects and also has blessed many an underground emcee with his energy and talent.
Last year was set off by the underground banger with the Knighthouse Family where for all the world to see we caught Sauce in his element, and things only got hotter with the response to the massive Street Anthem Monkey Banana featuring his righthand man Ghetto P and General Pype.
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Nollywood is about to witness a revolution in film making as multiple awards winning , Ije premieres on July 31, in Lagos.
Produced and directed by Nigerian international filmmaker, Chineze Anyaene, founder of Xandria Productions, the movie stars Nigerian screen goddesses Omotola Jalada-Ekeinde and Genevieve Nnaji. Also in the movie are Nollywood star Clem Ohameze alongside international stars like Odalys Garcia, Jeff Swarthout and Ulrich Que.
The movie will also be premiered in the UK, United States and other European countries between now and next year. Immediately after the Lagos premiere, Ije (The Journey), will make its round in local cinemas across the country.
Since its production, the movie shot on 35mm, has made headway, winning several awards and being nominated or chosen as official selections in many film festivals around the globe. The awards include, Excellence in Filmmaking and Best Editing.
The nominations are for Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Feature Film and Best Feature Film Screenplay.
The star-studded film has made appearances and received accolades at film festivals such as Swansea Bay International Film Festival with Festival Patron Catherine Zeta-Jones and Festival Vice President Michael Sheen; International Youth Film Festival with Patron Sir Anthony Hopkins and the highly regarded Boston International Film Festival that holds in Boston, MA.
With AMC Theaters (the largest chain of movie theatres in the US) as one of its sponsors, the Boston film feast draws a large following, and it also has many other influential sponsors that include BET, A&E Television, Bravo TV, AMC TV, Microsoft, American Express and JVC among others.
Parading top notch production values, Hollywood collaboration and the use of 35 mm film, Ije is already poised on setting the world on fire while spotlighting Nigerian artistry and talent. The international stars that featured in Ije would be arriving the country any moment from now, ahead of the July 31 premiere of the film.
In a statement by the producer, the stars alongside Omotola and Genevieve will be meeting with the local media on July 30, before the red carpet which comes up the next day.
Ije is a melodic and beautiful score through rich visuals in Los Angeles and flashbacks on location in Jos, Nigeria.
A film based on the life and times of the late rapper, Dagrin is underway. Titled ‘Ghetto Dreams’, the film will chronicle the growing years of Dagrin, his struggles, rise to fame as well as his untimely exit.
Renowned director, Lancelot Imasuen , HVP learnt has been drafted as the director of the film which is being produced by Stingomania Entertainment.
Also a foundation, is said to have been set up in memory of the late rapper, The Dagrin Memorial Project.
Amongst other things, the foundation will ensure that the family Dagrin left behind is catered for and the loss is made more bearable for his family in a tangible measurable manner, in addition to providing a lasting structure and means to encourage upcoming and budding entertainment stars.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Nigerian artist, General Pype, has done something that's never been done before. His massive hit song 'Champion' is now the official theme song of Super Sports - The channel of champions. A deal which is said to be one of the first of its kind done by a locally based Nigerian artist for international release.
General Pype is the emerging Dancehall Champion of the African Urban Scene and this song is now on rotation on BBC 1 extra and has also been on heavy rotation all over Nigeria and Africa. He's elated about this deal as it will promote his brand of music to an even larger audience.
In the meantime General Pype's Debut Album has a tentative release date for October 1, Champion and the remix are available on itunes, yahoo, amazon.com and all major media stores so please get your copy and support quality Music from the heart of Africa; Nigeria.
Like crisis-hit manufacturer, Toyota, that’s recalled over 10million of their cars globally since last September, Nigeria’s international rap gospel act, B.o.u.q.u.i has withdrawn the rest of her sophomore albums in circulation.
The album recalled last month was released only four months ago (March). It is titled Redefinition. And unlike Toyota that recalled its cars for defects bothering on safety, Bouqui’s recall is simply because she’s not pleased with the CD packaging. Redefinition was released while the singer was on tour outside the country and the sleeve was designed by someone simply identified as Flammy. It was also marketed by Iyke The Don.
While Flammy works out a new design, word has it that by the time the reworked units hit the market, it would not be just with a new jacket. The rapper, we hear, is toying with mixing the CD content with some joints from her debut album which she feels weren’t well exposed. At the end of the day, Redefinition just might be re-christened too.
Umu Nnam Records Don and long time coming rapper, 2Shotz Orioha is about to flare the already heated video revolution going on. Next Tuesday, in Lagos, the cast and crew for I am William, his latest single, will hit location for its shoot.
The video will be the second off his expected 5th album with his first titled Oyoyo released last November. While Oyoyo was a 2-man video featuring singer YQ, I am William is tipped to be a star-studded one judging from the line up of celebs penciled to grace the shoot. The video will be directed by popular music video director, DJ Tee while the song was produced by rapper M.I. The 14-track album will be released soon.
All is ready for the third season of MTN Project Fame West Africa. The highly popular talent competition which has enchanted millions of West Africans begins on the 12th of July, 2010 and ends in October.
The competition which has had two previously successful seasons is once again poised to take raw talents and mould them into music stars. After general auditions, 15 talented individuals will be taken to the Performance Academy where they would be taught how to write songs and perform from the very top professionals of the music industry.
According to the owners of the Project Fame franchise in West Africa, Ultima Limited, “Project Fame West Africa is not just looking for contestants with good voices. All students selected for the Performance Academy will be able to sing, perform and play musical instruments or write their own songs.”
Testaments to the refining abilities of PFWA are Iyanya Mbuk and Mike Anyasodo who both won the 1st season and second season respectively. Today they are among Nigeria’s most talented and professional singers with Iyanya releasing his critically acclaimed debut album My Story last year and Mike dropping three new singles that have all been met with positive reviews.
Finally the ghost of the controversial 2004 edition of the star studded Nigerian Breweries PLC sponsored Star Mega Jams concerts was put to rest Sunday, at the La Cachette Restaurant venue of the album launch of the musical group, The Pulse.
The musician at the centre of the controversy that trailed the cancelled concert, Eedris Abdulkareem chose the album launch venue to apologise to some management staff of the Iganmu, Lagos based brewing company for his unwarranted outbursts and embarrassing posture that caused millions of Nigerians the opportunity to see the much hyped America superstar rap artiste, 50 Cents perform.
And for the first since the former member of the defunct Remedies group began his petty war against the brewing giants, Eedris who had consistently denied ever reaching agreements with Town Criers, the event company that handled the botched concert over performance fees, agreed publicly that he was paid N3million.
Accompanied by the boss of Kennis Music, Kenny Ogungbe, the very humbled musician who became a cult hero with his hit song Jaga Jaga apologised to a stunned audience while also thanking NP PLC for giving his career a lift when he needed it most.
Although no statement has been made by NB PLC, an excited official of the company however told Showtime that “the move was the right thing to do. I’m sure the management will forgive him. That explains why he was allowed to perform on our platform tonight”.
Our reporter recalled that Eedris had been banished from performing on the platform of any concerts organised by the brewing company.
The action followed his unruly conduct at the 2004 edition of the company’s sponsored Star Mega Jams concert.
Apart from composing a song against the brewing giants, he also went further to lampoon 50 Cents in far away South Africa, accusing the American of calling Nigerians Monkeys, a claim many knew was false.
In addition, he denied ever reaching agreement with the event companies over his performance fee claiming that he had asked to be treated on the same platform with the visiting American.
Now that apologies have been tendered did, I hear someone say let the music play Nigerian Breweries?
The Producers of the NEA Awards are pleased to announce the Nominees for the Fifth Annual NEA Awards scheduled for Saturday, September 18th, 2010 at 5:30pm at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Art Center.
This year’s nomination list is considered the most intriguing in the history of the show. The producers of the show also expanded this years’ category list to include non-traditional entertainment segments like Radio and TV personalities, Reality shows and Fashion. The producers of the show recognize the continued popularity and successes of these segments and want to make sure that these groups are recognized as part of the Nigeria Entertainment community.
West Africa Idol runner-up Omawumi leads this year’s pack with five nominations for her debut album Wonder Woman. Four of the nominations were for her debut album and one for her feature on the late Dagrin’s song “Thank God”. Dagrin came in second with four nominations along with Tuface and new comer Kefee. The late Dagrin received nominations for Best Album for “C.E.O”, Hottest Single “Kondo”, Best Rap Act and Best Collaboration with Vocals for “Thank God” with Omawumi.
This year’s Best Album category is the most intriguing category in the music segment of the nomination category. For the first time, the category has different genres of music including Rap, Hip Hop, Soul and Pop/R&B- M2M by Wande Coal, Dagrin’s CEO, Omawumi’s Wonder Woman and Tuface’s Unstoppable are all nominated for the Best Album award.
The Best Actress in a Film/Short Story will be one of the most highly competitive categories this year. The nominees for the category include veteran actresses Nse Etim for her role in Reloaded, Ini Edo for Native Son, Genevieve Nnaji for Silent Scandal, Stephanie Okereke for Nneda and Omotola Jolade for Deepest dreams.
Voting begins on July 9th, 2010 at www.nigeriaentawards.com (see complete list below) and ends August 31st, 2010. Winners will be announced at the Award ceremony.
BEST ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Mushin 2 Mohits – Wande Coal
CEO- Da Grin
HOTTEST SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Kondo- Da Grin
Kokoroko – Kefee ft. timaya
Omoba- D Prince
Free Madness- Terry G
Bad- Wande Coal
BEST NEW ACT OF THE YEAR
GOSPEL ARTIST OF THE YEAR
INDIGENOUS ARTIST OF THE YEAR
BEST POP/R&B ARTIST OF THE YEAR
BEST RAP ACT OF THE YEAR
BEST SOUL/NEO SOUL ACT OF THE YEAR
BEST COLLABORATION WITH VOCALS
Born Champion- Pype ft. Dagrin, Vector, Naeto C, Sasha & GT
Kokoroko – Kefee ft Timaya
E No Easy P Square ft J Martins
Nobody- Tuface ft M.I.
Thank God- DaGrin ft Omawumi
BEST INTERNATIONAL ARTIST
MUSIC PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
BEST INTERNATIONAL PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
BEST MALE MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR (ARTIST & DIRECTOR)
One day- eLDee/eLDee
Fall in love- Dbanj/Sesan
Lagos Party- Banky/Kemi Adetiba
E no easy- P Square ft. J. Martins/Jude Okoye
BEST FEMALE MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR (ARTIST & DIRECTOR)
You know it- Goldie/Clarence Peters
Today na today- Omawumi/Kemi Adetiba
If u want me- mocheddah/Clarence Peters
Kokoroko – Kefee ft. Timaya/Wudland
BEST ACTOR IN A FILM/SHORT STORY
Ramsey Noauh – Guilty Pleasure
Jim Iyke – The Shepherd / Dream Maker
Femi Adebayo/ Ifederu
Desmond Elliot – Before the light
Kayode Akinbayo/ Bi a ti ko
BEST ACTRESS IN A FILM/SHORT STORY
Nse Etim – Reloaded
Ini Edo – Native son
Genevieve Nnaji- Silent Scandal
Omotola Jolade – Deepest of dreams
BEST FILM (DIRECTOR)
The Figurine by Kunle Afolayan
Guilty Pleasure – Daniel Adenimokan and Desmond Elliot
Nnenda – Izu Ojukwu
Silent Scandal -T.K. Falope
Behind a Smile -by Frank Rajah Arase
BEST ACTRESS IN TV SERIES/REALITY/GAME SHOW
Genevieve Nnaji/Gulder Ultimate Searchr-Celebrity edition
Bimbo Akintola/Circle of 3
Kate Henshaw Nuttal/Circle of 3
BEST ACTOR IN TV SERIES/REALITY/GAME SHOW
Frank Edohor- who wants to be a millionaire
Kayode Peters- Flat Mates
BEST ON SCREEN PERSONALITY (PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD)
Dorisha brick George
BEST TV SERIES/REALITY SHOW/GAME SHOW
Gulder Ultimate search
INTERNATIONAL EVENT OF THE YEAR (TO A PROMOTER)
Thisday Music Festival
UK Naija Carnival
Arise Fashion Week New York
Ovation Red Carol
Miss Nigeria in America
BEST WORLD DJ
BEST RADIO PERSONALITY
Rhythm 93.7- Ik (Wild Child)
99.9 beat fm- Toolz
Top Radio- Tosyn Buknor
Beat FM- Olisa Adibua
Inspiratiom fm- Dan foster
I Go Die
FASHION DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
ENTERTAINMENT PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
Keke and D1
MOST PROMISING ACT TO WATCH
NEA New York Office Tel: (856) 506-5700; (347) 200-2509
NEA Nigeria Office Tel: 234 805 373 4776