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Weird MC Gets £8,000 Royalty

Posted in MUSIC NEWS FROM AFRICA on January 29, 2008 by ayenithegreat

weirdwith-jeep.jpgThe real reason for Weird MC’s recent visit to England has now been revealed.      A reliable source told Glitz Beats exclusively that the introverted music star made the London trip to pick up a payment made into her account by MTV base.  According to the source, ‘she had been planning to travel for a while, so she can buy some extra props for her video shoot. But when she confirmed that they had paid the money, she made up her mind about going’.
Confirming the payment, Weird who spoke with Glitz Beats shortly before her departure, said ‘yes, I think the money is for my royalties. But that’s not the only reason I’m travelling.’
Although she declined revealing the exact amount, someone close to her said the figure is in the realm of ‘8,000 pounds and above’.
Apart from 2face Idibia, no other Nigerian act is known to be paid such huge amount rotation royalties.
‘It’s really not a lot of money, if you look at it. And Nigerian acts can make even much more, if our collecting societies were organised. Just imagine if Psquare got say N1 everytime ‘Do me’ or ‘Bizzy Body’ is played, or Dbanj, everytime Why me is played on radio, and TV all over the country. If she (weird) got paid by every station that played Ijo ya, you won’t believe what that will amount to…’ said one of her assistants who did not want his name in print.
Weird Mc is expected to return to Lagos later today. She heads for South Africa later this week to shoot the video for her new single ‘Ri ran wo’.

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KWAM 1 BUYS N40M CUSTOMIZED CAR

Posted in MUSIC NEWS FROM AFRICA on January 21, 2008 by ayenithegreat

kwam-1.jpgIt’s not enough to have more money than your can spend in a life time. What counts, for those who know what time it is, is how you employ your wealth in defining your taste and style. In the community of pleasure, it is not how much you have that matters. It is how well you use what you have ingetting what you want. It is how much you make others green with envy, even if their networth is ten times more than yours.  And Wasiu Ayinde Anifowoshe (a.k.a K 1 Ultimate) is not only a leader in the Fuji kingdom. When it comes to taste and panache, K1 is a leader by kilometres! Now nearing three decades of active performance, the 50 year-old musician has learnt over the years that it pays to know what counts in the lexicon of style. And last week, he proved he still holds the ace when he introduced select friends to his new pet- an uber-cool five-seater salon exclusively customized for him. The black sedan carries the bold emblem K1 DE ULTIMATE. And all over it, from the trunk to the carpets, doors and roof, the logo K1 is proudly displayed.  In a video recording exclusively obtained by Glitz beats, the revolutionary fuji star is seen dancing to Ayinde Barrister’s music blarring from the car’s speakers, as he gives thanks to God and invites his guests to join him in the car. He then hops in, takes his stunned guests on a tour of the car – pimp my ride style- and explains the working on the different gadgets.  A source close to K1 told us the car was manufactured exclusively for him by Magnum motors (a Chicago-based auto manufacturing company) and customized by BMG in New York.  ‘It’s a K1 special edition. It comes with complete mobile entertainment station, with an iPod that can take 20,000 songs and videos’. As he opnes the bonnet to reveal the 5.7L V8 Hemi engine, K1 tells the camera, ‘what I like about the engine is that it makes no noise at all’.  It could not immediately be confirmed if the car is bullet-proof.  It’s obvious the acclaimed King of Fuji (that’s the registration number by the way) is not keen about negotiating his comfort. Long before now, he had established himself as a luxury-conscious individual, with posh homes in London, Canada and the US. His Okota (in Isolo, Lagos) home is a display of opulence, and it may be the place to visit, if you’re doing a study on eye-popping automobiles… Formerly known as Wasiu Ayinde Marshall, and later King Wasiu Ayinde Marshall the 1st, K 1 is regarded as the pioneer is contemporary Fuji music. Taking a cue from Sikiru Ayinde Barrister (his former boss), he romanticiced Fuji music at an early age, understanding the elements and creating a style that’ll stand him out. And with his first major hit ‘Talazo ‘84’, it became clear he was the anointed one that’ll take the genre into the future. He soon introduced modern musical instruments, thus cultivating the followership of a young, hip audience, as well as inspiring a generation of Fuji musicians who have all established thriving careers for themselves.

2FACE IDIBIA DUETS WITH R.KELLY

Posted in MUSIC NEWS FROM AFRICA on January 21, 2008 by ayenithegreat

2baba-2.jpg2face Duets With R.Kelly

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In 2007 he performed with Elephant Man, won a MOBO, toured the Carribean and got a Range Rover sports. Now, 2008 is starting on a rather bright note for the 32 year-old pop star.  Since determined to find an in-road into the international market, his repeated visits to the US began yielding fruits when, last week, he reportedly hit the studios to record a duet with R&B superstar R.Kelly.  Sources told Glitz Beats that both singers first met in October 2007 shorty after 2face’s robbery attack. It is believed that’s when they laid the foundation for the collaboration. If the deal works out as expected, Idibia will be the first Nigerian act to have a song with Kelly. And ut will fast-forward his chances of enetrating the international music community.
Already, many A&R eyes are on him, following his decoration with MOBO and MTV plaques in the past three years; and a cross-continent popularity none of his contemporaries can rival. Only few weeks back, Senegalese-born international singer Akon told a live TV audience in Lagos that he’s been thinking of working with 2face (and Faze).
It might interest you to know that 2face has already recorded with dancehall star Beenieman and Ghanain hiplife star Reggie Rockstone (both on mfana Ibaga remix); and Wyclef Jean (on Proud to be Africa, which also features Sound Sultan and Faze).
An impeccable source confirmed during the week that the duet with R.Kelly is being facilitated by his lawyer Toyin Subair who also travelled to the US with 2face. Subair is one of Nigeria’s foremost entertainment lawyers, and the brain behind HiTV.
2face’s manager Joice Ize-Iyamu could not immediately confirm if the song had been recorded but she assured that ‘yes, I know something like that is in the works. But I can’t say more than that for now’.

THE STORM IS OVER FOR JAZZMAN AND DARE

Posted in MUSIC NEWS FROM AFRICA on January 14, 2008 by ayenithegreat

storm in the building!

Very strong indications emerged last week that two of Storm Records’ prized acts may no longer be doing business with the Lagos-based record label.  An impeccable informant told Glitz Beats exclusively that both artistes’ contracts have expired, and they’re not keen about a renewal.

Storm records, run by Obi Asika, Tola Odunsi and Olisa Adibua, is a sister company to Storm Vision, the outfit that partnered Endemol for the first-ever Big Brother Nigeria. The label is presently home to Sasha, GT The Guitarman, ElDee, Ikechukwu, Naeto C, Dare and Jazzman.

But it appears the storm is now over, for Dare and Jazzman –two of the most commercially promising artistes on the label. Both acts are the first talents to leave the label since Dede Mabiakwu walked out of his recording deal With Storm in 2005.

where next?

Already, Jazzman’s new single does not carry the Storm imprint. And a source close to him told us he’s working ‘alone’ on his forthcoming album. Jazzman Olofin (real names Olumuyiwa Olofinkuade) joined the label in 2003, after a brief romance with Kennis Music. His first album for Storm ‘Mr Funky’ contains the cuts ‘shake something’, Raise da roof, Eko ile and other popular tracks.

Before going solo and pitching his tent with OJB’s Silver point clique in the early 2000s, Jazzman was a member of now rested pop group X-Appeal. Together with bandmates Sturdy and Lexzy Doo, the battled The Remedies for the number one spot of the time, even as they alleged controversially that The Remedies’ claim to fame ‘Shako mo’ was their (X-Appeal’s) original composition. All members of X-appeal were university graduates (Jazzman has a B.A. Philosophy from the University of Lagos).

Meanwhile, while Jazzman may be working alone for now, Dare Art Alade is already reportedly discussing with a few labels, and may be entering into another contract anytime soon. Those close to the singer (who’s now based in Abuja) say he has a full album ready, backed with a collection of expensive videos. His forthcoming album is titled ‘Un-Dare-Ted (pronounced underated).  The first video is already on MTV base. A source close to him hinted that he may be considering working with a top record label which has produced some of the most successful acts of this time. ‘I can’t say for sure if they’ve signed’, said the source. ‘But I know they have been meeting. They both want to work together. It’s just to set the modalities right and take it from there.

Dare Joined Storm after his deal with Sony/BMG failed to kick off. The deal was part of his benefits, as third-place winner in the 2004 Project fame reality show held in South Africa. Though truly talented, his debut for Storm ‘From Me 2 u’ met lukewarm reviews and refused to move off the shelves.

‘What I can tell you is that the music industry is going through some reshuffle. These guys are like my younger brothers. And we’re not going to start fighting anyone in the media. We’ve invested in these guys and I can tell you that we’ve not made returns. Jazzman still owes us two albums and his contract is still binding. In principle, Dare owes us two albums too’, said Storm Records CEO Obi Asika when I contacted him on Thursday January 10.

12 ALBUMS YOU MUST BUY IN 2008

Posted in MUSIC NEWS FROM AFRICA on January 7, 2008 by ayenithegreat

LONDON FEVER

Artiste: African china

Label: Globedisk

 In April 2006, he was arrested in London, and accused of raping one Denise McLoughn. Unlike DSP Alamieyesiagha who fled the UK to avoid prosecution, China stayed back to see the trial through, even after he was given bail, and numerous mischief-makers were trying to devise an escape route for him. The 29 year-old conscious lyricist maintained his innocence. And when months later, he was discharged and acquitted, given his passport and allowed to return home, it was obvious he had been vindicated. It was also obvious that, to compensate for his long absence from the scene, he would chronicle the entire incident in an album that fans would be too glad to consume. London fever is that album where African China tells the story of Chinagorom Onuoha’s experience as an accused person who faced a jail term in London. But the album is a year late. The heat on the whole issue has simmered, and more urgent, pressing issues have since taken over our attention. However, the 11-tracked album is, characteristic of China, a body of work worth listening to. Dangling in-between reggae and dancehall, the singer’s music is unapologetically conscious and heart piercing, as he tries to draw listener’s attention to man’s injustice to man. And this third album displays the maturity many have been waiting for: lyrical maturity, production maturity and thematic maturity. Don’t be surprised if you discover there’s a love song on ‘London Fever’. Or that he’s employing the Ibo language more profusely in his lyrics. And please, do not be amazed that, in spite of his new-found ‘British’ accent upon returning home in late 2006, the singer still ‘manages’ to deliver his songs in that ghetto language, accent and diction we’re all familiar with. By now though, we’re used to having one or to gospel tracks on an African china album. So it’s unsurprising he retains the formula. Like the regular African China album, this one will take a while before it grow wings and starts moving off the shelves. But when it does, it’ll be difficult for anyone to stop it…

RETURN OF THE KING

 Artiste: El Dee

Label: Storm/Trybe

‘I’ve been doing/it/ before tribesmen recorded their hits/ before everybody knew they could spit/I’ve been doing it. …when it was all about the love/Before/radio created the buzz… before your folks thought rap was cool/when the only way out was school…/before y’all started going abroad/before 2face got the award… …when the labels/wouldn’t give us a chance/before Psquare knew how to dance… …long enough for me to say I’m king’. This is the album where Lanre Dabiri tells us all (including psquare and 2face) that we’re his subjects. The above words, an excerpt from the first cut off his brilliant 16-tracked album presents a clever argument for his case. But, if El Dee Tha Don should become our paramount ruler, for the sake of longevity, what would happen to Weird MC and Baba Dee and De Weez and Dr Fresh? But kingship apart, El Dee kills it with this one. From the intro skit, through to the last song, it’s easy to ignore the production and get consumed by the message the young man is trying to pass across. OK. So he throws a few stones at former band mate Freestyle. So he makes a few bogus claims (like owning several houses and businesses). So he sounds like he has to explain why he moved from Lagos to Atlanta, and why he ‘didn’t’ abandon the tribesmen…? All that aside, El Dee still makes more sense on his debut solo album that most of his contemporaries will in their entire career. In an era where the general focus is on the male-female sexual anatomies (a la D’Banj and Psquare) and get-rich-quick mania (a la Olu Maintain), it’s refreshing to have the priviledge of listening to an LP like return of the king. It’s so overwhelming that you’ll easily forgive the rapper for leaving his immediate constituency and flirting loosely with other styles and genres (as in ‘Champion, which would pass for an Eedris Abdulkareem song anyday). And it’s so easy to almost forget that that fiery track- freestyle can’t freestyle- where he throws lyrical venom on Freestyle is not on the album…

ASA

 Artiste: Asa

Label: Naïve/Iyke tha don

What do you call an album that has no fillers? An album where every note is on the right key; where the song-writing and composition are jaw-dropping and the spirit of the music pierces deep into your soul? What do you call an album written and performed by Asa; and produced by Cobhams Asuquo? Stop searching for words baby. It’s called a masterpiece! The soul-kid kept us waiting for three years. Now, with her self-titled debut album, she’s making us eat from her palms and begging for more. She’s held us captive! If you still think this lady has blood flowing through her veins, Asa is the album that’ll convince you it’s music that powers her organs and tissues. Warning: please don’t try cutting her arm with a knife!

FIRST LADY

Artiste: Sasha

Label: Storm

After Bouqui and Weird MC, Sasha is the only other female act confident enough to drop a rap album this past decade. And we should give her ‘thumbs up’ for that. Not just because she’s a lady thriving in an otherwise male-dominated arena, but because she’s succeeded in putting together an album fans will find difficult to resist. And as she joins other recorded sisters who’re representing the ladies in the hip hop world, it’ll be a needed encouragement for aspiring female debutantes like Blaise and Kemistry. Thankfully very soon, we can all stop asking ‘where my ladies at?’! First lady is the gospel of rap according to Sasha. And all though the album, she leaves no stones unturned, as she attempts to take us through her journey- the journey of a typical man – through moments of doubts, elements of confidence, connection with God, girl-power advocacy; plus other trivia that make the album fun listening (imagine the hip-hop/dancehall mesh on ‘strong thing’!) But then, what did you expect? When Paul Play, TY Mix (watch out for this guy) Cobhams, Big Lo and El Dee come together to do an album, it’s natural to expect the results to be ‘disastrous’… Obviously pained by constant attacks from those ‘who think she can’t rap; she got lucky on a track’, the rapper fills the album with punch-lines (watch out for lines like ‘still window shopping/how’re you guys gon buy me) and braggadocio (you know, the kind of blow-your-own-trumpet-lest-it-gets-rusty ego masturbation and self assertiveness rappers are known for world over) right from the first track. And she does a good job of it, staying in her comfort zone, allowing guest acts to star where necessary (she’s got Asa, Niyola, Pype, Ikechukwu, Naeto C, Big Lo and GT The Guitar man to help out) Now, cynics can go to bed. Point proven. Sasha. Can. Rap. Period.

SIERRA NAIJA

Artiste: X-Project

Label: Sam Kargbo

If X-Project was experimenting when they put Sierra Naija together, then I’m afraid they’ve had a successful experiment. For, while the album recognises the pulse of the streets, and is tailored to satisfy the average music fan; it also pays homage to the critics, obeying those key elements custodians of musical art like to adhere to. That’s why it won’t be surprising if the album quickly becomes a favourite with fans and critics from Lagos to Freetown and beyond. The trio lavish talent on the album, and for lovers of good music, it won’t be hard to see the amount of hardwork the boys put into the project. This one is an album that blurs the line between regular R&B and those fading traditional styles the ageing ones amongst us are begging us to preserve. And, by the way, where on earth did they find that truly talented, dogged but physically-challenged cat (can’t use both legs…) called Ani Ranks!?

GOGO’S SONGBOOK

Artiste: Gogo

Label: NIL

Church-goers must really owe Miss Gogo Majin a lot of thanks. For, at a time when most gospel acts are busy recycling old, popular gospel songs and reworking hit choruses, this young lady, fresh from music school in London gives us a breathe of fresh air; a hope, of sorts, that great, original works can still emanate from, and dominate gospel circles. Don’t be fooled though, ‘Gogo’s Song’ book is not for the regular listener. The 10-tracker is a collection of prise and worship songs, backed by beautiful music, for the enjoyment of those in love with God, and those still searching, willing to create a space for Him in their soul. Gogo first showed up on the scene in 2004, shortly before she left for the UK. Now, she’s back with a well-produced, well mastered album to display her prowess. It’ll be nice and comforting to think she’s here to stay…

007

Artiste: Sound Sultan

Label: Kennis

Sound Sultan has a way with skits. And that’s not all. He has a way with words too! And he has mastered the elements of literature, so much that most career rappers may soon be looking up to him for poetic certification. But in showbiz, talent is not always the sole key to success. And, quite ironically, the sultan of sound has suffered one failed album (his second album, Textbook) where most acts with questionable talents are recording hit after hits. Now, he’s back with a third album (his second for Kennis Music) and it’s interesting how he is sticking to his formula, fully aware that this is a make-or-mar album. That’s exactly what stands out true talents from wannabes; or, in vernacular parlance, ‘abinibi’ from ability. On 007, it is clear to see that Sultan is only keen about making music how he best knows how to: coating conscious, confrontational lyrics with several layer of satire that even the subjects of his subtle attack will unknowingly nod their heads to his tune. Sort of asking someone to go to hell in such a way that he’ll look forward to the journey. If, because of the theme, poetry, satire and at times anger on this album you are tempted to put him in Fela’s shoes, don’t worry. You won’t be the first to be doing that. The trend started with his first album ‘Kpsheww: sound of a frustrated mouth’ which contained the classic satire ‘Jagbajantis’.

PRESS ON PT 2

Artiste: De Indispensables

Label: Grafton

The duo of Tick Lips and Lenny have tasted the best of two worlds: this minute they are hopeless young lads, tuck in the heart of notorious port Harcourt settlements, faced with banditry, violence and a bleak future; next minute, they win a talent hunt, get a record deal and are on their way to musical stardom. So it’s only natural that they try to tell the story of their lives on their new album. That’s exactly what stands them apart from other R&B/pop groups out there today. On ‘Press On Part 2’, the boys tackle issues as serious as slavery. Freedom, and peace to the regular themes of love, romance and heartbreak. Thanks to their label Grafton records, they have an advantage most acts their level will give an arm and a leg for: opportunities to record in the UK (where they’re topped the charts, and collaborated with a couple of DJs) and impressive collaborations with MOBO winning rapper/DJ Phoebe One and Black Uhuru star Junior Reid. They hold their own, aside both acts (on ‘I’m sorry’ and ‘I’m free’ respectively), showing a high dose of talent and confidence – two things they’ll need when the international doors begin to open. They have a Channel O award already (for Best R&B act Africa West), and an upcoming UK release of their album. Plus a great love from critics at home and abroad. What’s left is to see how indispensable the fans will find them this year and beyond…

GAME OVER

Artiste: Psquare

Label: Square

Ask those who know, and they’ll tell you it’s foolhardy to change a winning formula. Once you identify what counts, just keep at it- that’s how companies replicate success. And it works for bands too! For years, it worked for Maintain. Now, rave twins Peter and Paul Okoye are using it to their advantage. Haven’t we all been criticizing their musical talents since they dropped their first album ‘Last Nite’ earlier on this decade? So why are they still around seven, eight years after, even after we predicted they’ll nothing but a flash in the pan? It’s because they know what counts. And they adhere to it. That’s why we bought millions of their second album. That’s why ‘bizzy body’ and ‘temptation’ were monster hits. That’s why their new album ‘game over’ has sold over 2 million copies less than three months after its release. That’s why the unpardonably repetitive song ‘do me’ has become more popular than ‘arise of compatriots’. That’s why they’ll be here for a long time. Until the formula stops working, that is. True, ‘game over’ is filled with Psquare’s regular tricks: repetition, often meaningless poetry, interpolations, sampling and beats tat get you off your seats. But, to be fair to the Anambra-born brothers, this album has a few cuts that pass the test. Try listening to the ballads ‘no one like you’, ‘miss you die’ and ‘ifunanya’. Either you’re a fan or a critic. This is one album that’ll be difficult to resist buying. It’ll even be more difficult to get it out of your jukebox. Don’ be scared if you’re a critic. After all, I’ve got three copies: one in my car. One in my room. And another one playing on my PC right now!

GRACE OF GOD

Artiste: KSA

Label: Masterdisc

With over a hundred albums in his kitty; with countless party engagements and scores of tours, and age taking its toll, it’s good to know that juju maestro and tireless performer Sunny Ade still found time to put an album together- his first body of work in a long time actually. Lovers of juju music and followers of brand KSA are already adding this one to their list of favourite picks, even though the marketers are not doing anything remarkable to promote the album. ‘Grace of God’, as characteristic of KSA, is rhythm and percussion-driven, with traditional call-and-response, idiomatic lyrics and an overdose of wisdom. Whether you want to hear the band leader singing; or you’re fascinated by the notes that come out when he plucks the strings of his guitar; or all you want to do is dance to the groove of the music; you’ll find out that Grace of God is up to the task…

GREENLAND

Artiste: TY Bello

Label: North Avenue

She’s a portrait photographer. She directed her own video. She’s a singer and songwriter. She’s even a trained economist. Toyin Shokefun-Bello has become, right before our own very eyes, a jack of all trades. Problem is, she’s a master of them all! Well, maybe not a problem exactly. ‘Cos, if you take a ride with TY into Greenland, you’ll see that the roads are paved with soul-soothing tunes, an eclectic mix of hope, love, gratitude and pleasure. You’ve been missing KUSH for three years? You’ve played their only album ‘The Experience’ till it’s worn? Try listening to Greenland. Together with Lara George’s ‘Forever in my heart’, it’s the only cure to KUSH-Deficiency syndrome (KDS).

GRATITUDE

Artiste: Yinka Aiyefele

Label: Alloy

Okay, now, enough of all that serious stuff. You’ve spent a hard day at work, a couple of hours in a senseless traffic… it’s running late and you can’t join the boys at your reguar hang out. You’ll most likely need this new CD from yinka Ayefele to keep you company. Remember though, what you’re looking for is not 100% original compositions or music. No. That’s not Ayefele’s forte. What has kept the juju act going, since the accident that confined him to the wheelchair, is an understanding of the pulse of the streets, and a profitable balance between secular and gospel styles (in a rather smart way, he manages to render ‘gospel’ lyrics on so called ‘secular upbeat juju beats (called ‘tungba’ and ‘alujo’ in Yoruba parlance) thus creating a hybrid sound that has dominated the party scene for years) That’s what you’ll find on almost all the nine tracks that make up Gratitude.

2007: THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY

Posted in MUSIC NEWS FROM AFRICA on January 5, 2008 by ayenithegreat

PEOPLE, PLACES, MUSIC AND EVENTS THAT SHAPED 2007

Okay folks. We have finally said adieu to 2007. Twelve exciting months, filled with rhythm and groove, notes and tones, overdose of pleasure and a little sprinkle of agony. With each passing week, I captured the event as they came: the good, the not-so-good, and the outrightly bad. What better way to begin the year 2008 than take you on an excursion into those moments that shaped the showbiz industry in 2007?

THE GOOD

AWARDS

the best gets better

At home and abroad, Nigerian acts carted home awards this year like the plaques were going out of fashion. The Hip Hop world Awards in march was a fabulous enactment of glamour and razzmatazz. Then AMEN awards returned again, after a two-year hiatus. Same for the Nigerian music awards which despite myriad logostic and credibility problems, moved a large chunk of the showbiz industry to Abuja for a weekend. In South Africa, D’Banj and De Indispensables did Nigeria proud at the Channel O Spirit of Africa music video awards. And on September 19, 2face showed he still got the juice when he beat four other African heavyweights to become the first Nigerian to win a MOBO award. As if to show that it was a year of awards for Nigeria, D’Banj registered his name in the MTV hall of fame when, in November, he became the second Nigerian to be named best African act at the MTV EMA. Not to forget that in 2007, Audu Maikori engraved his name in history when he was named the global winner for British Council’s International Young Music Entreprenuer of the year for 2007. And Callyvision Networks beat other contenders to become the fisrt body to organise a Nigerian music video awards when the NMVA held in December…Soon, very soon, most acts will be needing a warehouse to keep their comminuty of Plaques…

THISDAY EVENTS CENTREAt a time when everyone was complaining about the lack of suitable event venues in Lagos. At a time when promoters and organisers were already contemplating moving major events to Abuja, somewhere surfaced in Lagos that put a stop to all the complaints, all the planned exodus. The This Day centre for Arts and Education came like a thief in the night, and has held the entire industry hostage ever since. With a capacity to accommodate over 15,000 revellers, amazing car park facility and fool-proof security, is it any surprise every major event this year held at the Lekki venue?

THE CARS Gone are those days when artistes got the fame without the fortune. Gone are those days when you;l come across a best-seller on a commercial bus , or see your favourite star riding in a rickety contraption that’s supposed to be a personal car. These days, some of the biggest rides on the road are owned by showbiz players. So much that very soon, it won’t be surprising if the begin to move to acquire chppoers and private jets. What do you want to talk about? D-one’s Chevrolet avalanche truck? 2face Idibia’s Range Rovers sport? (oh, by the way, Keke, OJB, ID, Kevin Luciano and few others also have the smashing auto), Ruggedman’s Murano jeep and VW Touareg? The Lincoln Navigator (owbed by obesere, KSA, 2face Idibia, Pasuma…), Dbanj’s shark fin BMW? Or segun Obe’s new Nissan Tiida? The list goes on and on, that’s without nemtioning Ali Baba’s Nissan frontier Truck!

PLANTASHUN BOIZ REUNIONTJOE Records executed the coup that brought the rested R&B group back together. After months of speculations, the trio hit studios and put together the first P.Boiz album in three years. Titled Plan B, the album calmed nerves a bit, especially for die-hard Plantashun Boiz fans who had missed the group sorely. We’re still patiently awaiting the videos…

EEDRIS/RUGGEDMAN RECONCILIATIONIt’s six years since the historic ‘ehen pt 1’ where Ruggedman took eedris, Rasqui, Maintain and Black Reverendz to the cleaners. As if to show that nerves had calmed, both ‘rappers’ before now sworn enemies, got together several times, settled their differences, and hit the studio for their first collaboration. Okay, they haven’t exactly become ‘5 and 6’ yet, but it’s certain the beef is dead!

ORLANDO OWOH For years he was down with stroke. Completely incapacitated and out of funds, the veteran musician was losing all hope of recovery. But this year, thanks to a couple of his fans (including Osun state’s Olagunsoye Oyinlola), a determination to live, and the grace of God, the ageing musician is bouncing back to live again. Resuming public appearances, he is even said to have dumped the crutches… what next? Maybe in 2008, he’ll hit the studios and cook another classic album…

THE BAD

MULTIPLE ROBBERIES:So many acts were robbed in 2007 that now, the demand for body guards is soaring rapidly. From Kemistry to 2face Idibia, Soul E, Tee Mac, Mike Aremu and Weird MC, dozens of acts were dispossessed of valuables. Others, like 2face, were shot. While, a few lucky ones, like Weird MC escaped without having any lossess to count…

ACCIDENTS:One management duo Emem Ema and Ikhane Akhigbe are lucky to be alive. They were driving together in Akhigbe’s car when a reckless driver ran into them in Lagos. Same for debuting rapper Sasha who crashed er Toyota Camry few months back. It’s obvious that Lagos roads are bad… And, for acts who are naturally nocturnal species, they constantly paid for it with their cars… thank God no lives were lost this year (and thankfull,y the roads are getting better too…)

FUJI WAR The decades-old rivalry between Sikiru Ayinde Barrister and Ayinla Kollington was revived again in 2006 when both musicians recorded fresh songs attacking each other. And in 2007, the war went on, with both washing their dirty linens in full public glare…gladly though, concerned fans cautioned them and the ‘war’ hs since been rested…Similary, the bitter war between Saheed Osupa and Pasuma wonder took an ugly angle when fans attempted to lynch Osupa at a memorial event for Kollington Ayinla’s mom held in Lagos.Even though there now exists a peace treaty of sorts, those in the know maintain it’s only a matter of time before the warring acts begin to call themselves unprintable names again…

SOUL E VS COLOSSAL: The love between singer Soul E and his label turned sour after the young singer reportedly walked out of his deal with the label. And, after months of throwing missiles at each other through the media, both arties headed for the law courts. The case is still pending in a lagos high court…

QUESTIONMARK ENTERTAINMENT In 2006, the label lost a director, a recording act, and a producer. In 2007, it lost another director and another recording act. But it didn’t stop there. Attempts to resuscitate the label saw head-honcho Kevin Luciano taking the back seat while Deji Richards was appointed CEO. But it didn’t take long before bitterness set in again. This time, the label lost the whole management team. And with a court case pending (between Richards and Luciano), an on-going investigation, and unfavourable media reports… who can say how much the once thriving label still has to lose?

POLICE RAID AFRICA SHRINEJust as the year was beginning to close, polimen decided to raid the new Afrika Shrine (in agidingbi-ikeja, Lagos). The raid which was carried out on Saturday December 15, infuriated the Anikulapo-kutis, especially Yeni who described it as mere victimization. 331 people were reportedly arrested though it is not certain if any charges were pressed. It is also belived that over 50 cars and 27 motorcycles were seized by the police from Area F command in Lagos…

SONY OKOSUN’S ILLNESS It can be said that veteran performer Sony Okosuns did not enjoy good health al through the year. The ageing legend who many speculated was down with tuberculosis, has actually been plagued by a severe infection of the colon, according to a source close to him. And, thankfully, the musician-turned evangelist is believed to be responding to treatment…

FEMI KUTI’S MANY WOMENWhile many are still scheming and praying, hoping that omeday, Femi and his estranged wife Funke will reconcile and live together again as husband and wife , Femi kuti is hugging polygamy big time, following in the footsteps of his late father Fela. With a kid from one of his dancers, another from his son’s lesson teacher, a couple of adropted children, and yet more kids of his own, those close to the afrobeat star say he has over seven kids to call his own now. And the women? It won’t be a surprise if he’s beginning to lose count…

THE UGLY

 happy to be alive…

2FACE IDIBIA GUNSHOT But for God, and the laptop computer on his laps, 2face Idibia would have been dead meat on October 4, 2007. the iconic singer who just returned from the UK (where he won a MOBO for best African act) was shot by armed bandits. Left hospitalised for days, with 22 pellets in his thigh, it was a moment for fans to show the singer tremendous love again…

DEATH, OH DEATH… Lucianno Pavarotti, Pimp C, Lucky Dube. Those are some of the international music stars that gave up the ghost in 2007. Back home, we lost Pupa Pee, a ghetto-bred dancehall cat who fought for decades to establish a music career for himself. Then Sammie Okposo and Kollington Ayinla wept like babies when they lost their mothers…

KSB AND EDDY Eddy Remedy and his wife Kenny St Brown fell apart 1n 2007, after years of trying to make their marriage work. And the media war that followed was embarrassing, not just for the showbiz couple, but for their friends and family… did, any see the break coming? Yes!

ROMANCES

true love?

DARE &DEOLA AYENI :The lovebirds tied the knots early this year. Many criticize dare for settling down so early, like it’s their business. And now that there’s a baby in the picture, the Abuja-based couple even have more reasons to give thanks to God…

SOUL E AND URE OKEZIE: Just like Dare, Soul E got many tongues wagging when he decided to settle down with an older lover. Since married and living together, Emmanuel Okose and Ure have become inseparable, like the snail and its shell…

SASHA AND NAETO CNow, they have not come out to admit they’re dating. But those close to the Storm records’ acts continue to insist both rappers are an item…. True or false? Only time can tell…

OBI ASIKA AND YETS BAKARE: He lives in Lagos. She lives in the UK. Both neither distance nor space can diminish their love. Storm records boss Obi Asika might be inviting us all to a wedding reception soo. Don’t ask me who the bride and groom would be!

2FACE AND PERO ADENIYI: The off-and-on lovers still got our attention this year. They made a baby in 2006. now, there are rumours of another bay in the making. But Idibia still found time to hang around his other ‘baby-mama’ Sumbo. Just as he still stole plenty of time to be with Annie Macauley, and several other ladies who can’t resist his charm…

THE BEST OF 2007

HOTTEST MUSIC VIDEO DIRECTORS

 unbeatable…

DJ TEE

CLARENCE PETERS

WUDI AWA

EMMA GECKO

BLAST&LUMMIE

JUDE OKOYE

HIGHEST PAID ACTS(In no particular order)

D’Banj

2face Idibia

Olu Maintain

Paul Play

KSA

Psquare

K 1 Ultimate

Lagbaja

Femi Kuti

BEST SELLING ACTS OF 2007

TIMAYA

2FACE IDIBIA

PSQUARE

D’BANJ

OLU MAINTAIN

FAZE

UNFORGETTABLE EVENTS

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This day Music festival: For the second year running, the thisday music festival shocked conservatives with a line-up that included Shakira, John Legend, Kelly Rowland and Diddy. It has now become an annual tradition with thousands of fans already looking forward to 2008…  

Pepsi concert: The black eyed Peas came this way in 2007, thanks to Pepsi Co. and it was a wild time, partying with wil.i.am, Fergie and the rest of the crew at the this day events entre…  

Starville concert: It was tagged the mother of all concerts. And the gig lived up to tis billing, in spite of three of the promised acts (ying yang twins, lil wayne and Sean Kingston) not showing up. Thanks to the events machinery of KISS events, and wonderful performances from Lil Kim, Brick&Lace, Amerie and a host of Nigerian crowd-pullers

Star megajam:The ‘biggest and brightest’ got even brighter this year with Kanye and T-Paine on the bill. With improved security, and a bona fide superstar like Kanye, it’s no surprise everyone headed to the polo club on December 14…

The experience: Who says chritians can’t have fun all night? The experience concert returned for the second year. And with Don Moen, Cece Winans, Mike aremu, and several others, it was a night of bliss at the TBS…

Hip hop world awards:The awards for hip hop culture, rap music and urbane sound entered its second year in 2007. with major sponsorship by MTN, and an ambition to make the best even better, the organisers moved the game several notches higher this year. Okay, maybe there were one or two goofs. But was the award worth the hype? Definitely yes! We’re waiting to see what happens in 2008.

Calabar music festival:The carnival is just about now entering its peak. But the people of Cross Rivers have shown they understand the power of entertainment…how long will it take for other states to take a cue?

West African idols:Early in the year, when we saw the avert for auditions, we didn’t know what we were in for. Now, months after, we’re still reeling with laughter each time we remember those goofs and fumbles on the show! Gladly, some true talents made the contest. And a Nigerian Timi Dakolo eventually won the top prize.

Celebrity takes 2: How long will it take for us to forget pasuma’s rib-cracking dance routines on Ceebrity takes 2? How long will it take to forget Omowunmi Akinnifesi’s sexy moves, or Funlola Aofiyebi’s ingenious routines? Forever! Thanks to Skye Bank and Spirit of David, TV viewers had something to look forward to for over two months…

TOP 12 SONGS OF 2007

Yahoozeey- Olu Maintain

Kolomental- Faze

See me so- 2face Idibia

Dem mama- Timaya

Do me- Psquare

Stylee- DJ Jimmy Jatt

Why me –D’Banj

Angel of my life- Paul play

Greenland- TY Bello

Ijoba Orun- Lara George

Ruggedy Baba -Ruggedman

Rock your party – D’Banj

TOP 12 ALBUMS OF 2007

FACE 2 FACE – 2face Idibia

INDEPENDENT – Faze

ASA – Asa

GREENLAND – TY Bello

DEFINITION – Dj Jimmy Jatt

THE RAPMAN BEGINS- Terry Th Rapman

MAINTAIN RELOADED – Olu Maintain

GAME OVER – Psquare

RUGGEDY BABA – Ruggedman

FIRST LADY – Sasha

LET THEM SAY – Nomoreloss

LONDON FEVER- African China

TOP 12 VIDEOS OF 2007

Do me – Psquare

Segemenge – KC Presh

Stylee- DJ Jimmy Jatt

Kpokpodikpo – Faze

Greenland – TY Bello

Jebele- Kween

U know my P – Naeto C

Le Le – dekunle fuji

No be God? – Gino

Adara – Sasha

Lori le- X-Project

TOP 6 MUSIC TV SHOWS

Soundcity

Hip TV

Nigezie

Global Sounds

Primetime Africa

STV Entertainment Weekly

TIMI DAKOLO SHOT ON NEW YEAR DAY

Posted in MUSIC NEWS FROM AFRICA on January 2, 2008 by ayenithegreat

lucky to be alive

Winner of the first ever West Africa Idols, Timi Dakolo was on Tuesday January 1, 2008 shot in the head by unknown militants in Nigeria’s troubled Niger delta region.

The rising singer, who is plotting a music career for himself, having only won the world-famous contest’s prize in 2007, has been admitted in a yet-to-be-named hospital in Port Harcourt, where the incident happened. Port Harcourt is the capital of Rivers state, an oil-rich Nigerian state where there has been an eruption of violence, characterised by relentless kidnappings, hostage-taking, and gang banditry in recent times.

‘We were staying in a hotel. he was in the town for a performance and for the xmas celebration. we were shocked when the militants struck the hotel’, said an anonymous lady believed to have been with him as at the time of the attack. it is uncertain if the gunmen knew who the victim was. the lady, speaking on phone with me, confirmed ;Timi is been treated in a hospital in port harcourt. he was very lucky because the bullet didn’t have a direct impact on his head. it only brushed past’.

The incident happened a day after the nigerian media reported, rather sadly, of the mass violence that marked the new year eve in Port harcourt,with Tom Ateke, a gang leader and dreaded warlord allegedly taking responsibility for the attack. over 16 people were killed in the attack, which residents of the city have blamed on government’s lifting of the dusk to dawn curfew a day earlier.

It remains uncertain if Timi was the target of the militants, or whether he was just in the wrong place entirely. It is believed he was shot whie attempting to leave the popular hotel presidential after a performance.

kill or be killed

The singer’s incident, coming abut two months after pop star 2face Idibia was shot in Lagos, has got the Nigerian music community thinking, worried about the safety of its practitioners in a country where value for human life is dangerously near zero level. other Nigerian stars, including Mike Aremu, Kemistry, Skid Ikemefunna, Weird MC, Kween Onokala, Soul E, have all been victims of desperate robbers in recent times

Timi, 26, is an indegene of Bayelsa state, another oil-rich Nigerian town where youths are taking up arms, determined to take thier future in thier hands, after years of alleged deprivation (although there is also a high level of political manipulations in the Niger delta struggle which has recorded scores of casualties including famed playwright Kenule Saro- Wiwa)

Timi is believed to have been resident in Port Harcourt for a while – he was even a student of communications at the University of Port Harcourt, before enroling for Idols- and only became a regular visitor to lagos following his new status as winner of West African Idol. He was declared the winner on May 26, 2007 at the home of Idols, Planet One, Lagos, Nigeria. The show was televised the next day. He beat runner-up, Omawumi Megbele with 63% of the votes. With his victory, he took home many prizes including a recording contract with Sony BMG.

He is the second Nigerian to win a continental musical contest of such magnitude. Dare art Alade, son of late entertainer Modupe Arthur Alade had done the country proud in 2004 when he came third at the Project Fame academy in South Africa. he aso won a recording deal with Sony BMG which, unfortunately, never saw the light of day.