Friday, October 1, 2010

Asa to release new album - Beautiful Imperfection

Nigerian soul singer Asa’s highly anticipated, Beautiful Imperfection is released in October – view the album art, tracklisting and preview video. The planned due date for the album is October 25, 2010. The pictures for her album were shot by award winning French fashion photographer and music video director, Jean Baptiste Mondino. He is popular for shooting videos for Madonna, Lenny Kravitz, Keziah Jones as well as Sting.

Find below, the complete tracklisting for the soon-to-be-released album:

1.Why Can’t We
3.Be My Man
4.Preacher Man
6.The Way I Feel
8.Dreamer Girl
10.Baby Gone
11.Broda Olé

ELDee Returns To Shooting Videos

The multi-talented Nigerian Hip-hop pioneer, eLDee, who is popular for his work as a singer, songwriter, rapper and music producer has decided to up the ante by going back behind the camera as a music video director.

eLDee’s decision to resume shooting videos has already started to yield dividends as he has been contracted to work with a handful of talents. Just last week, eLDee was on set as director for soul singer, Lami’s ‘Ere-Ife’, which he co-wrote and on which he also features. The video was shot at exclusive locations around Lagos.

A few weeks ago, he shot the video for Timi D Black One’s ‘Police’. Timi, an alumnus of eLDee’s Trybe Records, recently resurfaced from a long hiatus after completing his university education. Now a certified dentist (like another eLDee protégé, Dr. Sid of Mo’ Hits), Timi’s street banger is already getting a lot of airplay on radio. The video will see eLDee re-cementing his position as a talented video director in an industry that is flooded with lackluster videos.

In the past eLDee had directed and co-directed popular videos such as: ‘Plenty Nonsense’ for Trybesmen, ‘Carry Am Go’ for 2Shotz, ‘Emi Le Gan’ for Sasha, and ‘Don’t Stop’ for Dr Sid. He also directed ‘I Go Yarn’, ‘Im leaving’, ‘Champion’, and ‘Bosi Gbangba’ for himself.

eLDee has been busy shooting videos in the past few months. He directed seven videos off his Is It Your Money? album – ‘One Day’ -- A track which points out the continued failure of our Leaders and their successive governments; the club banger, ‘Ota Mi’ which has been released; ‘Respect me’, ‘Fly Away’, ‘Na You’, ‘You blow my mind’ and ‘Koleyewon’, which are yet-to-be-released. Other videos yet to be released that are shot by eLDee include ‘My guys dem’ where he features with Proto (The Nigerian half of the sensational group Chiddy Bang), and ‘Omo Naija’ where he features with Uk based Bigz, and the dynamic hip-hop duo of SAS.

‘One Day’ is a part of eLDee’s continued fight and passion for social change in Nigeria. He has repeatedly put his weight behind pressure groups such as #LightupNigeria and #EnoughIsEnough.

eLDee, who was behind such hits as ‘Bosi gbangba’, ‘Big Boy’, and more recently, ‘You Know It’ by Goldie and ‘Ota mi’ by himself, is the founder of Trybesmen and Trybe Records. He is a consummate music producer, recording artiste, songwriter and a qualified architect. His solo career hits like ‘African Chiquito’, ‘I go yarn’, ‘Champion’, ‘Im leaving’, ‘Bosi gbangba’, and ‘Big boy’ have been aired on radio stations all over the world. His latest album ‘Is It Your Money?’ was released March 2010 and boasts of successful singles like ‘Ota Mi’, ‘You blow my Mind’, ‘Feel good music’ and ‘One Day’.

Iceprince drops " official" debut single

With M.I. supposedly quitting music, Chocolate city would be putting forward that debut effort from the ‘adopted’ Abaga brother – Panshak ‘Ice Prince’ Zamani. Ice prince finally released his debut single titled ‘Oleku’ featuring another fast rising singer, Brymo.

He started performance and rap while in secondary school, (Science Tutorial College, Jos). In 2002, he got together with a couple of his friends and formed a group called the Ecomog Squad. They had a few performances as a group and split a year later.

In 2004, he hooked up with M.I, Jesse Jagz, Ruby, Lindsey, Eve, Taz and together they became what is now ‘Loopy’.

Same year, ‘Extraordinary’ his what-could-be-said-to-be debut single hit the waves in Jos and it gradually made him known in and around Jos city.

He contested with artistes like Bez, Mocheddah, Blaise, Jimmy Flames at the Hennessy Artistry that held in Lagos all through September 2009 and was declared winner of the Hennessy Artistry 2009.

Before Oleku, there was ‘Rewind‘ and a studio leak featuring his manager with Rewind topping radio charts but failing to catch with fans. Oleku has been branded as his debut by the label..