Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Rick Ross to return to Nigeria

Maybach Music head honcho, Rick Ross would be making a return to Nigeria for a concert organized by Kilimanjaro and Storm 360. He was in Lagos for the MTV Africa Music Awards that took place on the 4th of December.

The show tagged Lagos Shut Down Concert also has M.I., Naeto C, Dr Sid, Ice Prince, YQ, WIzkid and Iyanya.

Kilimanjaro Entertainment, the outfit responsible for a number of top level concerts in the earlier part of the decade, with Boys 2 Men, Joe, Sean Paul being just some of the major talents they successfully delivered in major concerts return to the game with this show which is destined to be one of the best shows this season in Nigeria.

Jahbless’ album (Overground) drops Dec 23rd. Sneak Peek + Tracklist

1. Moving too fast
2. Bere mole ft. Reminisce
3. Tete lo bere
4. Rock da party ft. Svee
5. No one knows
6. Muzzing muzz (radio skit)
7. Joor (remix) ft. Iceprince, Reminisce, Durella, Ruggedman & Eldee
8. Layemi
9. Panya panya ft. Don Tom
10. Hangover ft. ID Cabasa
11. Di dada ft. Reminisce
12. The one ft. Banky W
13. Rock my world
14. Far away ft. J.O.H.N & Jospo
15. Waving drag

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Fuji musician, Ayinde Barrister, is dead

FUJI music exponent, Alhaji (Dr) Sikiru Ayinde Balogun, popularly known as Barrister, is dead. He died on Thursday morning at St Mary’s Hospital, London, United Kingdom, after developing complications as a result of surgery he underwent recently to

extract excess fat from his body. He was 62. His death was confimed by one of his sons, Wale, popularly known as Barry Showkey, who spoke to the Nigerian Tribune from London.

About three months ago, Barrister was admitted to a German hospital where about 32kg of fat was extracted from his body. Before this, he had undergone surgery at an Indian hospital, but on his return to Nigeria, he developed some complications, and he travelled to Germany for further medical treatment.

While in Germany, news filtered through that Barrister had died. That news shook his fans and artistes who looked up to him for guidance, but he quickly came out to debunk the death rumour.

Barrister’s brand of music (Fuji), was initially believed to be for touts and bus drivers, but today, fans cut across all classes of the society, due to the modernisation of the music by Barrister and youthful artistes who now dominate the Fuji scene.

While Barrister was active on the music scene, there was great rivalry between him and Alhaji (‘General’) Ayinla Kollington, another veteran Fuji artiste.

Before becoming a full-time musician, Barrister was a soldier and he fought in the Nigerian Civil War. He so much cherished the memories of the war that he sang often about it in his albums.

In one of his albums, he sang that he feared nothing in life because he had been to the war front and nothing could be more terrible than that.

Also, Barrister loved his mother so much that he mentioned her struggles to bring him up in almost all his albums.

Barrister, also known as Alhaji Agba, touched the lives of his fans in one way or the other through his music.

His music is also very philosophical. In his lifetime, he was the subject of various rumours, innuendoes and distortions, but always came out stronger after each time.

Brief History
Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Balogun was born in Lagos on February 9, 1948. After creating a genre of music, he named it Fuji, which he got from Mount Fuji, the Japanese Mountain of love. Fuji is a combination of the Were beat, Juju, Apala and traditional Yoruba praise poems.

Upon his discharge from the army, where he fought in the Nigerian civil war, Barrister formed his musical group, The Supreme Fuji Commanders.

He has his fan clubs spread across the country, especially in the northern part like Kano, Kaduna, Zaria, Jos, among other states.

Meanwhile Nigerians have started reacting to his death.
According to Yinka Ayefele, “the death of Sikiru Ayinde Barrister is still a shock to me. He was a great man and he created the Fuji music that is waxing stronger by the day. May God grant him eternal rest.

Former governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, described his death as a big loss to the country.

Oyinlola, in a statement, on Thursday, said, the death of Barrister had left the nation poorer, just as it had robbed the entertainment industry of one of its pillars.

The Oyo State governor, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala, said the late Sikiru Ayinde would be missed for the message of his lyrics.
In a condolence message signed by his Special Adviser on Public Commu-nications, Dotun Oyelade, the governor said the deceased was a world class entertainer when he was alive.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Tha Suspect drops I Am Music.. The Producer Album

Capital Hill music producer/ recording artist Tha Suspect drops his debut cd I Am Music…the producer album on December 14th.

“It is called a Producer album because it show cases Tha Suspect much more as a producer than as vocalist and features a heavy collage of various artistes (notable and upcoming) of different sounds and styles with Tha suspect only on the hook on some of the songs”, says his management..

Tha Suspect produced Kel’s “The Investment album”, Rooftop Mcs “for my life”, Teeto Ceemos “oshamo” and more… Finally the musical Crase man is set to drop a collection of his own works.

Dem Don Dey Move, Tuaile, Mugu, I Go Make Am are some of the cuts that have been released as singles and songs like For My Life remix with Rooftop Mcs, Mike Anyasodo & Kefee, I No Send You with Wyclef Jean and various artistes which received a lot of rave reviews on the internet are some of the tracks that made the album.

Collaborating artistes include Blak Twang, Ill bliss, Pasuma Wonder, Timaya, Terry G, MI, Jaywon, Sasha, Muna(Munachi Abi), Vector, Shank, Zee and more.

I Am Music is an eclectic album and is to be distributed nationwide by Sammyvibes entertainment.

Tha Suspect and his Capital hill music family are to celebrate the album release on December 16th at club Volar by Vuitton, VI with fans, the featured artistes and other entertainment industry heads.

Also there will be an autograph signing session for fans on the December 18th at The Hub, Palms, Lekki, Lagos.

MI sells MI 2's distribution rights for N 20 million

For the first time, a Nigerian artiste came clean on the financial value of his album.

"This is not to prove any point, it's only to inspire someone that we are doing this. Mr Abhu can you step up please" said M.I, and with that intro, CEO Abhu ventures, a strong force in the Alaba 'conglomerate' presented a N20million cheque to M.I in exchange for distribution rights to his MI2 album through out West Africa.