2007: THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY

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

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7 Responses to “2007: THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY”

  1. 1.Even though it was highly anticipated, Pboiz reunion Album couldn’t have been a “Good” in 2007, cos it was a flop, album tracks were incomplete, poor production and sound mixing

    2.How could you forget to add that Faze, Sunny Neji, Blacface acquired Infinity Jeeps in 2007? and mind you 2face’s Lincoln Navigator isn’t a 2007 news, ok

    3.How can Sasha dating Naeto C be and “Ugly” incident in 2007? or did Sasha ditch you?

    4.Faze and Modenine should be on that list of Highest paid acts, maybe names like Paul Play and Olu Maintain shouldnt be there

    5.Dbanj’s Rock your Party? (Move your body) can’t be a top song in 2007, how? Even Lara George

    6.How can Terry’s album be a among the top in 2007 when that of Mode9 isn’t? Nomoreloss?

    7.Point of correction all Faze’s video’s Need from Somebody, Loving you Everyday, Tatoo Girls, and Kpokpodikpo are all top vidoes in 2007, and Kpokpodikpo should be second on that list

    Primetime what? are you kidding me? Nigezie, Hiptv and Soundcity rocks meeeeeeeeeeeeeen

  2. Oh, Thanks! Really funny. Big ups!

  3. YOU PEOPLE ARE MUMU HERE UNA NO GET SENSE.
    MY PEOPLE EVERYTHING HERE ARE ALL LIES SO DO NOT BELIEVE WHAT THEY ARE SAYING OR ELSE ANYTHING WEY HAPPEN NA UNA CONCERN UNA HEAR.

    P SQUARE IS STILL THE BEST OF ALL SO NEVER UNDERESTIMATE HIM. WELL PEOPLE MY

    FIRTST 12 MUSICS I LOVE
    GAMO OVER – PSQUARE
    SUDDENLY – D BANJ
    THATS ALL BYE LIARS

  4. gaij john Says:

    The fact is that we have great talented stars in Nigeria. But to me and psquare fans in and outside Nigeria and Africa, psquare are the best for their fantastic dance trick and nice musical voice and beats.

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