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Fela used music to fight for liberation of the masses – Ambode

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Sunday eulogized the virtues of late Afrobeat legend and freedom fighter, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti describing him as an enigmatic artiste who used the platform of his art to agitate for social and human rights by challenging government and people to explore development through social and economic activities that are rooted in African values.   The Fela Anikulapo-Kuti Statue titled – the Liberation, at Allen Roundabout, Ikeja, unveiled by the Lagos State Government on Sunday, October 15, 2017. Speaking while unveiling the Liberation Statue in honour of Fela erected at Allen Roundabout in Ikeja as part of activities marking his 79th posthumous birthday and the 20th anniversary of his demise, Governor Ambode said aside from challenging people to free th...

Psquare break up: Peter Vs Paul : Who can survive better alone?

By Ayo Onikoyi The Psquare brand is a brand that pulls a huge weight and  controls immense respect of which value is almost inestimable. The duo of Peter and Paul Okoye are a big money spinner, but it is worrisome if they can remain so individually. With their declaration of final disintegration, one can only wonder what will become the fate of each brother on his own. Since the news of their breakup hit headlines, Nigerians have been curious as to which of the twin brothers has a better chance of survival as a solo artiste. A look at their joint and individual achievements may solve the maths. Social media followership Paul Okoye’s Twitter handle, @rudeboypsquare, has 712,000 followers and 1.7million Instagram followers, while Peter Okoye, @peterpsquare, on the other ...

Glo music concert: Tuface, Yemi Alade, Timaya, others light up Anyigba

By Ayo Onikoyi It was sublime entertainment on Saturday, in Ayingba, Kogi State, as Globacom’s flagship show, the  Glo Mega Music Nationwide Tour, treated students and residents of the university community to over five hours of music, funtainment and dance, featuring legendary singer, Tuface Idibia, Queen of Afro-Pop, Yemi Alade, Egberi Papa 1 of Bayelsa, Timaya and other top Nigerian artistes. Anchored by Nollywood’s Mercy Johnson-Okojie, alongside Juliet Ibrahim of Ghollywood, the show attracted a mammoth crowd made up of members of the university community and residents of the town. The show was held at the sports field of Kogi State University  (KSU), Anyigba, with D.J Tops delighting the crowd with different tracks. Yemi Alade Dance hall master, Runtown, opened th...

Nigerian pop music: in the shadow of Fela Kuti

Fela Kuti was known as “the King of Afrobeat”. Krizbeatz calls himself “the King of AfroDance”, the Nigerian music that has got millions dancing across Africa and the world. Fela Kuti For Fela, as he is still known to fans, music was often a life-threatening fight against corrupt military dictatorships that ruled Nigeria in the 1970s and 1980s. For the talented Krizbeatz, a child of the capitalist and democratic 1990s, music is a game. But the self-assured 22-year-old music producer — real name Chris Alvin Sunday — still takes his inspiration from Fela when he’s at his mixing desk. “I studied House Music in South Africa but I’m a Nigerian. Afrobeat is what I grew up listening to. Afrobeat is who I am,” he told AFP. In 2016, Krizbeatz produced the hit “Pana”, which has ...

Police arrest Davido, quiz aides over friend’s death

By Evelyn Usman , Joseph UnduInvestigation into the death of Dagbo Umeke, friend of hip- pop artist, David Adeleke , popularly known as Davido, took a different dimension Wednesday, following his arrest, upon discovery that his statement was laced with falsehood. Davido’s and his late friend, DJ Olu Davido , during investigation, reportedly told investigative team at Lion Building division , Lagos Island , that he was not at Shisha bar , from where the deceased was rushed and dumped at the Lagos Island General. Davido in his statement also said that he had left the bar , for DNA night club in Victoria Island area of the state, from where he was informed about Umeke’s death. But when briefing journalists on the update of the investigation, the Commissioner of Police, La...

Eminem says Trump is incompetent, prejudiced

Eminem savaged Donald Trump as a racist and warned fans not to support the US president as the rap superstar appeared at the BET Hip Hop Awards broadcast Tuesday. Eminem Eminem, the top-selling rapper of all time, made a rare and unexpected appearance in a recorded video aired during hip-hop’s premier awards show. With a hoodie over his head and visceral anger in his voice, Eminem rapped freestyle from inside a parking ramp as an entourage stood guard behind him. Eminem in his profanity-laden salvo decried Trump as both incompetent and prejudiced, rapping: “Racism’s the only thing he’s fantastic for.” “We better give Obama props / ‘Cause what we got in office now’s a kamikaze / That’ll probably cause a nuclear holocaust,” Eminem said in a likely reference to Trump’s Tw...

P-Square update: Peter Okoye signs solo deal with American record label company

By ADETUTU ADESOJI Peter Okoye, one half of former music duo P-Square has signed a partnership deal with Empire, an American distribution company and record label based in San Francisco, California, USA. Peter Okoye with the Empire company crew The singer who now goes by the name ‘Mr. P’, shared the news on his Instagram page. He wrote: “Thank you Lord RepostBy @empire: “Just had a digital distribution deal with @peterpsquare! The official Empire page also made a post “Welcome to the #EMPIRE family @peterpsquare! Thank you for @kingkanja for the introduction & partnership!”. The record label has worked with artistes like Kendrick Lamar, Rich Homie Quan, Cam’ron, Busta Rhymes, Shaggy, Tyga, Migos, Remy Ma amongst others. Recall that the twin brothers called it quits...

Gospel artistes are lazy — Mayowa Bae

Ayo Onikoyi Budding singer, Mayowa Olarenwaju, aka Mayowa Bae, who began his musical career in the church and a son of a pastor but otherwise doing secular music, has taken a swipe at gospel artistes, saying their underachievement in relation to secular artistes is as a result of their laziness. Mayowa Bae who chronicled his musical journey in an interview with Potpourri, says the gospel artistes don’t work as hard as their secular counterparts and are not as creative either. Mayowa Bae “Yes, we have a lot of gospel artistes that are now singing secular music. In my own opinion, I think the gospel artistes need to work harder to measure up to the secular ones. They are lazy compared to the secular artistes. I’m sorry to say this, but I think they are very lazy,” he sai...

Major Matt out with two singles

By Ayo Onikoyi An award-winning UK based Nigerian-born artiste, Major Matt, returns to the music scene with  two singles   Papi Don’t Go and New King. As gathered, the tracks were produced by Kentee while the video was shot by popular cinematographer, Adasa Cookey. Major Matt The young man, otherwise known as   Mathew Olatomi Alajogun, who is also a movie actor is currently signed to Mataan Entertainment. He teamed up with Samklef on two singles “Baseline & Banana Love” in 2015. He was nominated for (Best Pop Single, Best Recording and Best Commercial Single) at the Top Naija Music Awards (TNMA). His collaboration with Dj Shabsy on the song titled ‘Jobi Okoto’ recorded in 2016, sealed his endearing presence on the music scene. Major Matt also featured in a couple o...

Entertainers lie on social media just to boost their image- Mayowa Bae

By ROTIMI AGBANA & ABIGAIL OLAWOYINBudding singer, Mayowa Olarenwaju, aka Mayowa Bae, is fast charting his way into the upper echelon of the Nigerian music society with a style of music he brags is unique enough to compete with Tekno, Mayorkun and others. Sharpening his musical teeth while listening to the likes of Pasuma, K1 De Ultimate and others, he believes no competition is strong enough to stop him from hitting major stardom. In this exclusive interview with Star Tracker, the musical greenhorn ruffles the bee-hive his peers wouldn’t dare. Excerpts: Mayowa Who is Mayowa?Mayowa Olanrewaju Gabriel, with stage name, Mayowa Bae, is a musician. I have been doing music for some time now, I do all types of music. I actually started as a gospel artiste but now I do more of hip-hop and rap...

Why we are involved in Felabration music night —Glenfiddich

By Benjamin NjokuGLENFIDDICH has been explaining why it’s partnering the annual Felabration celebrations as the highly anticipated Felabration music night holds this Friday, at the Balmoral, Federal Palace hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos. Fela According to the world’s best-selling single-malt whisky, ‘Fela, embodies the key message of its campaign, as he proved to be a true maverick, leader, political activist, ambassador of culture and heritage, all in all, a true icon.’ The event is centered on the Glenfiddich Mavericks campaign, which aims to celebrate people who have made exceptional efforts to forge their own path, adopt unconventional creative thinking and have excelled in their own space. Four great performers; Femi Kuti, Seun Kuti, Bez and Nneka are lined up to d...

Oje partners Sound Sultan on social transformation in ‘Naija I love you’

BY ROTIMI AGBANAWith the release of his debut single titled Naija I love you, featuring legendary singer and UN Peace Ambassador, Sound Sultan, budding Nigerian artiste, Oje, has begun carving a niche for himself in the Nigerian entertainment industry as he trails the blaze left behind by Nigerian artistes who have built a pedigree in the music industry by making music that encourage social transformation. Oje, who was a mentee of Beyonce’s father, Matthew Knowles, while he was a student at Texas Southern University, seeks to be a pioneer and ambassador for the new Nigerian creative arts renaissance. According to Oje, the Nigerian music industry currently lacks substance and direction for social causes and therefore has decided to saddle himself with the herculean task of engaging in anyth...

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