Archive for July, 2007

SOUL E AND WIFE EXPECTING FIRST BABY

Posted in MUSIC NEWS FROM AFRICA on July 30, 2007 by ayenithegreat

call me daddy!

If my findings are anything to go by, then Soul E and his wife Ure are already planning to start a family. The couple who became an item two months back have been spotted going for ante natal care atan Ikeja-based clinic.

And Soul  E, who’s constantly excited about his wife, flaunting her for all to see, has reportedly confided in friends they’re expecting a baby.

Soul E, 24, married Ure,

love of soul e’s life 

a divirced older lady and former banker, in May giving rise to a string of controversies and feud with his label Collosal records. He has since moved into her Omole Estate (ikeja, lagos ) duplex.

man of the house? 

In an earlier interview with me, Ure confessed she would like to have kids for Soul E whom she fondly calls Emmanuel. ‘We’re hoping for the best. Those things are not in anyone’s hands. I want to have one but I’m hoping that two would just come at the same time’. Asked if she preferred boys or girls, she said ‘One boy and one girl. I would love too adopt kids also but I don’t know when yet’.

This would be her firt baby, as her first marriage which lasted from 2001 to 2003 did not produce any issues.

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NEW ALBUM FROM PASUMA

Posted in MUSIC NEWS FROM AFRICA on July 30, 2007 by ayenithegreat

CROWN PRINCE OF FUJI…

Fresh form a performance tour of  Europe, rave fuji act Wasiu Alabi Pasuma is already planning a sequel to his last album ‘Initiator’. The award-winning artiste, who’s risen from a street performer to a celebrated hit maker is known to release three albums in a year. And with hip hop producer OJB Jezreel working on his upcoming album, this may be the EP that will redefine the direction of mdern fuji music. Tentatively titled ‘in and out’, the album is also expected to have the touch of respected Fuji producers Ademola Adelakun and Bolaji Bello who both worked on the singer’s award-winning album ‘maintain and sustain’. ‘this will be a  two-in-one album’, says Pasuma who joined Adewale Ayuba and Salawa Abeni to display greatly improved vocabulary at the recently held AMEN awards. ‘the concept of in and out’, he says, ‘is to have one CD (in)for my fans in Nigeria and another (out) for my fans abroad.

WEIRD MC SNEAKS TO LONDON FOR MEDICAL CHECK UP

Posted in MUSIC NEWS FROM AFRICA on July 30, 2007 by ayenithegreat

fusionist like none other

Sources close to rap-fusionist Weird MC have told me exclusively that she went through private medical sessions during her last trip to the UK .

The generally-loved act, who only on july 9, released the first single off her forthcoming third album, is said to have visited doctors after her performance at Richard Mofe-Damijo’s ‘Made In Warri’ concert which held in Brixton, London .

Said the source: ‘I don’t know what it is exactly, but I know she’s been going to the clinic a lot, even in Nigeria . So she just decided to go for a proper check-up.’

Our investigations revealed that she had visited a particular hospital in Ikeja, Lagos severally before deciding to go to the UK .

Her Personal assistant, who spoke with me on Monday, insisted ‘ she’s okay. I’m sure you know there’s nothing wrong with going for routine medical checks…especially for the kind of job she does..all the travelling, all the energy and sleepless nights’.

Weird MC returned from the UK aboard Virgin Nigeria on Wednesday July 25. she reportedly played a concert in Jos last weekend, and is scheduled to resume recordings for her album (tentatively titled New Dawn) in a matter of days.

Speaking in a telephone conversation, she confessed ‘yes I saw my doctors. But it’s nothing serious. Just to make sure everything is okay. I’ve been having this funny feeling, so I just decided to get medical advise’.

On why she kept it secret, she explains ‘ I really did not think it should be a public issue. I see my lawyers all the time, I see my dentist, I even see my managers. If I don’t make any noise about those, why should I tell anyone if I’m going to see my doctors? And, just ike I told you, it’s nothing really serious. I’m back now, and ready to kick some more ass’

QUESTIONMARK, STREETMONKS AT WAR

Posted in MUSIC NEWS FROM AFRICA on July 30, 2007 by ayenithegreat

what next?the questionmark trio..when the going was good

The duo of T-base and Ruffman have, from Tuesday July 17, 2007 ceased to be represented by Kevin Luciano’s Questionmark entertainment. Addressing the media in Lagos last week, Victor Olusegun Dejo Richards, questionmark CEO says ‘The duo of T base and Ruff Man are hereby banned for anti company’s activities. It will not be legally advisable for anyone to go against this because their contract is legally binding by the laws of federal republic of Nigeria Further investigations reveal the label is taking the step because the duo have ‘been playing shows without recourse to the company’.  ‘we’ve queried them several times. We’ve drawn their attention to it, but they wouldn’t bulge’, said a publicist at the Company’s Victoria Island office on Wednesday.  The duo, who have been nominated for several awards and have earned critical praise for their debut ‘Ghetto philosophy’ (their first single street life made it to number 3 on MTV base’s world chart express) are yet to react to the announcement.  As at  the time of filing this report, information on their official myspace page still indicated they were signed on Questionmark records. Interestingly, both Ruffman and T-Base were solo artistes until they met at Questionmark In 2005. Ruffman was before then, signed on Gbenga Shokefun’s Spirit Rose management. Questionmark, then led by Shokefun and Luciano conceived the idea of the group and pitched the acts together. There are unconfirmed reports rapper Mode 9 was also talked into joining the new group, an offer he declined.  

The future of the group is uncertain following the unceremonious separation from the label that birthed and nurtured them. But Questionmark is not new to separation. Since 2005, the label has parted ways with Soul Kid Asa and visually-impaired producer Cobhams who had earlier bagged a publishing deal with Sony/BMG UK.  A disagreement with 2006 Star quest winners D’accord was  quickly settled before it got out of hand. Meanwhile, Gbenga Shokefun and Wale Otegbola, both Kevin’s partners, have at different times been reported to be at logger heads with Luciano. Gbenga is no longer on the board.

And Streetmonks are not sleeping while the issue of thier ban spreads in the media like a virus. Last week, they made several TV and radio appearances, clamouring for ‘freedom’, and laying hoardes of allegations at the doorstep of thier ex-label boss Kevin Luciano. T-base went as far as saying ‘i don’t have a home. i squat with friends, what kind of label is that’?

The battle, it seems, is sure to continue.  

ALEX ZITTO, RAS KIMONO PLAN COMEBACK

Posted in MUSIC NEWS FROM AFRICA on July 29, 2007 by ayenithegreat

                                                                                                                                    kimonozitto…

Anytime from now, eighties pop darling Alex Zitto and nineties reggae star Ras Kimono will attempt to stage a coup d’etat. No, they’re not planning to overthrow any government. The faded stars have come together, in the United states where they are both now based, to work together on a joint music project which will find its way into the Nigerian market before year-end. According to a source close to the musicians, Ras Kimono has been frequenting Alex Zitto’s studio in Mineapolis where they have been recording for a while. ‘Zitto has a state-of-the-art studio in Mineapolis. That’s where they are recording’, said the source who also squealed that trouble reggae giant Majek Fashek is working on a new album too.

 

Like Majek, Kimono has become the darling or reggae pundits across the world, though a much-desired international break continues to elude him. Hitherto managed by his wife Cybil, he has now signed a management deal with an American label called SMOOTH AS KAPPACINO INC.

 Though still largely unknown in America , Zitto was a household name in Nigeria in the ‘80s. He exploded on to the music scene in 1988 when he won the Lekki Song Contest with his hit song “Tickle Me”.  He then recorded his first album “Tickle Me” on the PolyGram records.  The album became an instant hit throughout Nigeria and Europe , establishing him as a sought after performer. He would later release his second album ‘Walakolombo’ which further entrenched his position as one of the most listened-to and sought-after Nigerian musicians. Today, Alex Zitto resides in the United States  where he is the founder and president of TIYGGI Inc.,(talent is your god-given industry) a state-of-the-art recoding studio

FELA’S HOUSE UNDERGOES RENOVATION

Posted in MUSIC NEWS FROM AFRICA on July 26, 2007 by ayenithegreat

the house that fela builtlike father like son?the house fela bult

BY AYENI ADEKUNLE 

If you take time out to visit late Afrobeat maestro Fela Anikulapo-Kuti’s Gbemisola Street, Ikeja Lagos home and resting ground, it will be easy to see that the weird musician’s children are tired of seeing their father’s house dilapidated and in a ramshackle manner. The one-storey building, where Fela lived until his death on August 2, 1997, had been in need of a facelift for over five years, with the paint mouldy, fittings falling off and the interior in absolute mess. Before the ninth anniversary of his death last year, visitors lamented the poor state of the musician’s only house, especially considering that’s where he is buried.
Now, as the 10th anniversary of his death approaches, it appears his family have taken it upon themselves to reinvent the building which ordinarily should be a heavy tourist destination, considering Fela’s iconic status across the world.
The musician’s resting place, and his home, is of great interest to Fela-followers around the world. But years of hate and bitter quarrels have prevented his children from coming together to repair their father’s property. Femi Kuti who is successful by every standard, refused to visit the Gbemisola house, for several years after his father’s death, because Seun Kuti and his mother Fehintola (now late) lived there.
With Seun’s mother now dead, and reconciliation talks in the air, it is not surprising that workers have resumed on the property; working daily since last week, as if targeting a deadline.

 

 

…AS FELABRATION GETS BIGGER

AFROBEAT LIVES ON…

The organisers of felabration, an annual festival dedicated to the memory of late Afrobeat maestro Fela Anikulapo-Kuti have announced that this year’s edition of the event will by every standards outshine previous ones.

According to Tunde Oshinibosi, CEO of Laface Entertainment, ‘felabration has grown bigger than the (African) shrine, so this year, we’re taking it to the streets, to a much biger space where it can take the form of a proper carnival of international standards’. Past editions of Felabration were held at Femi Kuti’s New Afrika shrine, in Ikeja, Lagos .

And to the organisers, this year’s event is special. It will be 10 years on August 2, that Fela bowed to deathm after a brief illness. It will also be his 69th post-humous birthday. (fela was born on October 15, 1938).

‘we’re having a three-day event this year. And the focus will not only be on music, we will play up the tourism potentials of Nigeria , and the beauty of our people’, says Oshinibosi, an avid fela fan and respected music promoter.

Though Nigerian participants at the festival this year are yet to be confirmed, the organisers hinted that Rita (widow of reggae legend Bob Marley) Marley may be one of the international performers. In 2006, South africa ’s Lucky Dube led the pack of ats that paid glowing tributes to Kuti. The venue is also yet to be announced.

I STILL LOVE MY WIFE -EDDY REMEDY

Posted in MUSIC NEWS FROM AFRICA on July 23, 2007 by ayenithegreat

i love my baby girlEdward Ashiedu –Brown does not like to grant interviews. With the  news of his break-up with gospel singer Kenny St. Brown few weeks back, he became even more wary of the press. He stopped circulating. He changed phone numbers. He practically disappeared. After weeks of searching frantically, trailing him and finally laying an ambush for him at SNRC (his new label, situated in Ogba-Ikeja), AYENI ADEKUNLE caught up with him and discovered, amongst many things, that the ex-Remedies singer is, just like his wife KSB, trying desperately to put the failed marriage behind him. With absolute focus on a new album, (which may detail his account of the break-up, the 40 year-old melody-maker is trying to reinvent his art and his life. After all, don’t they say life begins at 40?You are reported to be working on a new album, is it correct to say this is the turn around album for you?
My brother you’ve said it all, it sounds like  anymore but a confirmation of what I feel already because I feel I have given everything I have into this album. And like I always said I’m dedicating it to two major important people that is my kids, Edwina and Kennedy and then to the new found friendship the label that I’m working with now because it’s not easy for a label to believe in you and believe what you are doing and see the future in what you are doing then coming with you and say let’s do it together. So I dedicate it to those two people. I know that this album is a sure banker for me this time around.
What are you doing differently this time from what you’ve done in time past as in composition, production and inspiration? What and what do you think is different now with Eddy Remedy the artiste, the composer that will guarantee the success of this album?
We see the way that the work is moving according to what you have said, there are five tracts in the album and the five is a
Montana fire. It is not a remedy fire. Speaking from a spiritual point of view, it is a Montana thing and a Montana album and also my view point which is the reason for the external thing because that is what they discover and is different from the focus and from where I’m coming from, you know is quite different from what people use to hear because that is going to affect the compositions of the music. It’s going to affect each title of the music, the story line of the music is something else.
And the discovery also helps because the fact that I have been able to discover myself creating a better working environment for me right now, I’m alright than ever, you know musicians need an environment to be able to think and discover a lot of other things that other don’t notice in you and I beginning to see all that is me.
You talked about
Montana fire, what is the difference between Eddy Montana and Eddy Remedy?
That’s what I’m saying “The spark” there is a different spark if I see other things apart from using a spark I will be underplaying it. There is a spark I mean a different spark in Montana that is very very clear from Eddy Remedy and that spark is what is pushing up a lot of things is. We have spark with new lyrics, new style, new live band. In short my own live band we use is the new set of live band so it’s a new package, and a new person.
You are going to be 40 in November. Do you think at 40 you’ve achieved what you set out for when you decided to do music?
No. I have not achieved but I feel fulfilled because if I die today this story is going to be said and I’m going to be mentioned. So there is a sign of fulfilment in that but it doesn’t end their and I’m still alive and am just 40 and they say live begins at 40 and you know maybe the hit has not come I want to take it that the hit will come. Remedy issue was not the beginning to Eddy but now with the stage I’ve gotten to I think that this is the time for the hit to be made. So I feel fulfils but in terms of achievement I’ve not started I’m just about to start.
At what point did you start realizing something what was wrong with your career?
That was the year I got married April 2000, that was the year I started realizing that the packaging was not alright and I tried my best just like any other artiste will try to make things work for him in his record label. I consulted the management and that was how my wife and I met because I always went there to represent the Remedy.
Are you sure it is not that while you were supposed to be discussing business with KSB, you were talking about something else?
I wouldn’t say that but you know it’s talking about this thing or the other thing; something else will come up.
Your were going to be 33 and you were a young successful man who was either thinking of getting married or was not thinking about it. You had a whole lot of friends who are married and all that, were you thinking about marriage when you met Kenny and what was it about her particularly that attracted you?
 I think I must correct one point, my wife and I met and got married under a week so their was no room for Eedris to have gone to talk to my wife except they did it behind me because my wife fell in love with me immediately she saw me, Kenny Saint I repeat fell in love with Eddy immediately she set eyes on me and then I was still complaining I wasn’t looking at anybody’s face and then Keke passed me to her that talk to her so that was it, she kept looking into my eyes and there is no woman in this would that keeps looking into your eyes if she doesn’t want anything from you. So she had to cool me down and get personal with me so that we could relate first on a very cool level and that was how it started.
How do you feel when you hear people say that you married Kenny Saint Brown because she is from a wealthy background or because you saw she was going to integrate you into Kennis Music?
What I will say to those insinuations that those people know that Kenny Saint Brown was nobody when I met her, it was me Eddy so how come people think I was going to eat something or get something on it. Oh I think Nigerians just cook up stories on their own when they don’t have anything to do and that hurt a lot because it broke me down for years it even affected my concentration for about 2 years I wasn’t writing and I drove me to a point that I wanted to start to prove them wrong instead of living my life. So it wasn’t fear on me I have worked so had brought up a group, changed the music industry that year and I saw that the next thing for me to do was to settle down, instead of all the girls that comes to us while we were young.
When I met Kenny Saint Brown, she was nobody in Nigeria and I repeat nobody in Nigerian music industry and that is not to play her down, that is just the truth about her, she was nobody and I just love that, I didn’t love her for the fact that she was somebody or the fact that she just came from London or the fact that she is from a wealthy background. I was associated with the Ogungbes before I got associated with Kenny Saint, I had business going on with the Ogungbe so let the people that are talking investigate this and find out who was wrong and who was right.
I was just a gentle man playing the game the way I should play it; I wasn’t looking for anything else but happiness.
It is widely believed that the whole break up was due to your irresponsibility, that you went back to marijuana, and then the issue with Funke Kuti?
Kenny Saint Brown met me smoking marijuana, I was smoking marijuana. It’s not a big deal. Everybody has habits. How about hers? I have not told you anything and I still will not tell you anything about her manners because she is my wife and I respect her so much so I think she should respect me also by not discussing me with the press because we have children, they should always think of the children because they are more important. If people still want to hear about what I have to say I think they should go to my music because everything is there
You talked about Kennis music in track two that they did not pay you your royalty and all that?
They made money on my records. They thought I was a fool; they treated me like a fool. Sat on me like a stool even the one I called my wife sat on me like a stool. But that happened in the business and not my personal life. On a personal level Keke is still my brother- in- law, we are friends, until that day, my wife is still Kenny Saint Brown.
So Keke is still my friend. He rendered his assistance in his own time and he made it happen because he believed in our dream up to a point.