Toke Makinwa, Bez, OC Ukeje, Others Dazzle On Red Carpet At TFA Nominees Reception

The-Future-Africa-Awards-Nominees-Reception-August-2014-BellaNaija0051-400x600United States Consulate hosted on Thursday, July 31, the nominees of The Future Africa Awards & Summit 2014 to an exclusive reception in Lagos, Nigeria.

The event was held at the residence of the Consul-General, Jeffrey Hawkins and guests present at the event were Rita Dominic, Toke Makinwa, Bez, Ice Prince, OC Ukeje, Brymo, Uche Nnaji, Gbemileke Oyinsan, Titilayo Oyinsan, Yvonne “Vixen” Ekwere, Mai Atafo, Noble Igwe, Fela Durotoye, Ivie Okujaye, Funlola Aiofioyebi, Stephanie Coker, Osas Ighodaro, and Pastor Ituah Ighodalo.

Channels Television is the host TV station.

 

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IBK Spaceshipboi Drops New Single With BEZ, Stan Iyke

IBK has released a new single, ‘Sticks And Stones,’ off his forthcoming debut album entitled, ‘I Come In Peace.’

He featured the soulful BEZ  while sensational Stan Iyke gave a smash verse before the outro.

“The record is to get the ladies out on the streets and believe in themselves other than sell their bodies for cream,” IBK says.

Listen below.

Davido’s Skelewu Is Not Music – Waconzy

Nigerian pop singer, Waconzy has emphasized the need for fellow musicians to create music that has meanings and positive messages.

The good looking ‘Celebrate’ crooner, while appearing as guest on ‘Rubbin’ Minds, spoke about his life, the businesses  he is involved with outside the entertainment industry and his music in comparison with other artistes.

Waconzy is most popular for the track ‘Celebrate’, and when asked about his view on being tagged a “one hit wonder”, he replied, “everybody has his mouth and you can say whatever you want to say…when there is no news then it’s bad news but it’s wrong when you say I am a one hit wonder because I’ve got so many hit songs”.

He went on to list several songs he had recorded as hit songs including his recently recorded collaboration with American singer ‘Truth Hurts’. He claimed: “a lot of times I have got this challenge of knowing which song I’m going to perform on stage”.

The Port-Harcourt raised artiste went further to declare himself as “Super Man” in an industry that has many artistes with similar lyrics. This was in response to a question about how he distinguishes himself among other artistes.

He claimed that his songs had good lyrical content and would live after him. “I don’t want to do my music because I wanna make all the money out of my music. I can as well make money from my company. My music must be there even when I’m gone.”

He further said: “I don’t believe in all these stuff these little children do these days. They do songs they don’t have meaning, they just wanna make noise, this is bull sh*t you know.”

With Ebuka probing further into the identity of the little children he considers as noise makers, Waconzy responded by mentioning Olamide, Timaya, Davido among some of the artistes who make hit songs but do not make music.

He advised artistes to embrace hiring song writers if they could not do the job themselves.

The interview wasn’t all about condemnation of his colleagues though as he commended artistes like Tiwa Savage, Waje, Bez, Tuface Idibia He stated that their music contained good lyrics and would remain evergreen.

Watch the video for more on Waconzy’s personal opinions about Tonto Dike, Terry G, D’Banj and many other Nigerian artistes.

Bez Drops New Video, Say

Nigeria’s foremost neo-soul singer Bez has dropped the third video from his acclaimed album, SuperSun.

The video was directed by Kemi Adetiba.

Bez hinted of his forthcoming album as he launched Say’s video with a post on Facebook, stating that “as we round up the Super Sun season and transition into that next phase of a more evolved Bez, I present to you all, with deep love, ‘SAY’.”

Banky W Plans ‘Grand Love’ Concert For Valentine

Empire Mates Entertainment Boss, Banky W is set to drop his much anticipated album titled R&BW at a concert tagged Grand Love.

The ‘Strong Thing’ crooner is set to thrill fans to his special music brew after a long hiatus taken to promote his record label and signed acts.

Grand Love concert will also feature EME acts and other A list R&B artistes including Bez, Darey, Tiwa Savage, Faze and Wande Coal.

The concert will hold at the Civic Centre on the 15th of February 2013.

Vector, DavidO, Psquare clear Headies awards

The 2012 edition of Africa’s prestigious entertainment awards The Headies took place on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at the expo hall of the Eko Hotel and Suites

The event was cohosted by singer Omawumi and rapper M.I.

The high point of the event, which started three hours later than scheduled, was when fast rising lyricist, Olanrewaju Ogunmefun, popularly known as Vector the Viper was announced as winner of two awards, Best Rap Single and Lyricist on the Role.

M.I and Omawumi thrilled the audience with their little song titled ‘The Headies’.

Omawumi, who often tease herself with the name ‘Urhobo mama’ because of how she blends the pidgin English with the regular English language, promised the audience that she was not going to speak an atom of pidgin while hosting the event placing a bet of N500,000.

The winner of the 2010 MTN Project Fame, Chidima opened the show thrilling the audience with her latest song“Kadike”

Psquare return to the Headies’ honours list after a two-year break and with their ‘Invasion’ album the pop twin won two awards – in the ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Best R&B-Pop Album’ categories. Also, Jude Okoye, Psquare’s elder brother received the award for ‘Best Music Video,’ beating tough competition from Clarence Peters.

The biggest award of the night ‘Artiste of the Year’ went to EME signee Ayo ‘Wizkid’ Balogun. The 22-year-old, who was the third and final act to walk away with two awards was also awarded the ‘Revelation of the Year’ award.

Wande Coal and Tiwa Savage of the MAVIN Records crew picked up awards for ‘Best Vocal Performance’ in both male and female categories – with Wande Coal’s ‘Private trips’ and Tiwa Savage’s ‘Love me 3x’.

The ‘Next Rated’ award which comes with the special prize of a Hyundai Sonata was won by  DavidO.

Highlights of the show were the live band performances from Bez and Praiz, who rendered their duet ‘Stupid song‘, Timi Dakolo who gripped the audience with his ‘Great nation’ song, and surprisingly rookies Burna Boy and Dammy Krane.

Winners of the Headies Rockie competition, Burna Boy and Dammy Krane performed also thrilled the audience with their performance.

The so much talked about “Stupid Song” by Bez ft Praiz got the audience excited.

Other performances were from Omo Baba Olowo also known as DavidO, Timi Dakolo , Chuddy K and Brymo.

The Headies brought together all the Nigerian musicians in the 80s and 90s as a way of reunion and letting them know the impact they have made in the music industry and the traces they have left behind.

These include Onyeka Owenu, Oris Wiliki, Mike Okori, Baba Fryo, Sir Shina Peters, Fatai Rolling Dollar, Daddy Showkey and many more.

Verve card gave an opportunity to the audience to win the verve surprise winner gift through a raffle draw. The lucky winner got the star prize of N500, 000.

Nominees and winners absent at the event included the winner of the Best Album of the year, P Square, winner of the Best RnB single May D, D’Banj, Mavin Crew, Wizkid, Ice-Prince and African Artiste of the year Sarkodie.

Below is a list of the winners:
• Best RnB single – May D (Soundtrack)

• Best pop single – Iyanya (Kukere)

• Best Rap single – Vector ft 9ice (Angelina)

• Best Street Pop – Chudy K (Gaga Crazy)

• Best RnB Pop Album – Psquare (Invasion)

• Best Rap Album – E.L.I (Ice-Prince)

• Best Vocal Performance Male – Wande Coal (Private Trips)

• Best Vocal Performance Female – Tiwa Savage (Love me, Love me)

• Best Collaboration – Soundsultan ft Excel and Flavor (Orobo)

• Song of the Year – Oliver Twist (D’banj)

• Recording of the year – Ara (Brymo)

• Producer of the year – TYMix (Super C Season by Naeto C)

• Best Music Video – Chop My Money Remix –Jude Okoye

• Next Rated – DavidO

• Hip-Hop Revelation of the Year – Wizkid

• African Artist of the Year – Sarkodie (Azonto Fiesta)

• Headies Hall of Fame – Femi Kuti

Bez tops nomination for 2012 Headies

The official list of nominations for this year’s HEADIES (formerly known as HipHop World Awards) has been released with RnB and soul singer, Bez, getting seven nominations.

The nominations for the categories are:

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Everybody Loves Ice Prince – Ice Prince
The Invasion – P-Square
Superstar – Wizkid
Super C Season – Naeto C

 

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

P-Square
Wizkid
Ice-Prince
Naeto-C
D’Banj

SONG OF THE YEAR

Chop My Money – P-Square ft. Akon & May-D
Dami Duro – Davido
Oliver Twist – D’Banj
Gaga Crazy- Chuddy K
Kukere – Iyanya

RECORDING OF THE YEAR

Stupid Song – Bez
Private Trips – Wande Coal
Ara – Brymo
I Love You – Praiz

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

Cobhams – Stupid Song (Bez)
Tee-Y Mix – Super C Season (Naeto C)
Shizzy – Dami Duro (Davido)
J Sleek – Private Trips (Wande Coal)
Jesse Jags – E.L.I (Ice Prince)

BEST MUSIC VIDEO (AWARD GOES TO DIRECTOR)

5 & 6 (Naeto C) – Clarence Peters
Chop My Money Remix (P-Square) – Jude Okoye
Ara (Brymo) – Ajeh
Kosorombe (Dipp ft. Da Grin) – Mex

BEST R ‘N’ B SINGLE

Private Trips – Wande Coal
Stupid Song – Bez
Nawti – Olu Maintain
Soundtrack – May D
Love Me (3X) – Tiwa Savage

BEST POP SINGLE

Dami Duro – Davido
Oliver Twist – D’Banj
Gaga Crazy – Chuddy K
Chop My Money – P-Square
Kukere – Iyanya

BEST R ‘N’ B/ POP ALBUM

Superstar – Wizkid
Super Sun – Bez
Versus – 9ice
The Invasion – P-Square

BEST RAP SINGLE

Too Much Money – Iceberg Slim
Shutdown – Phyno
Angeli – Vector ft. 9ice
Oh My Gosh – Yung6ix
Young Erikina – Olamide

BEST RAP ALBUM

E.L.I – Ice Prince
The Dreamer Project – Show Dem Camp
Rapsodi – Olamide
Super C Season – Naeto C

LYRICIST ON THE ROLL

Vector – Angeli
Yung6ix – Oh My Gosh
Iceberg Slim – Too Much Money
Phyno – Shutdown
Erigga – Mo Street Gan

BEST COLLABO

Chop My Money remix – P-Square ft. Akon & May-D
Angeli – Vector Ft. 9ice
Carolina – Sauce Kid Ft. Davido
Stupid Song – Bez Ft. Praiz
Orobo – Sound Sultan Ft. Excel & Flavour

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (MALE)

Wande Coal – Private trips
Banky W – Low Key
Praiz – I Love You
Brymo – Ara
Bez – Stupid Song

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (FEMALE)

Tiwa Savage – Love Me, Love, Love Me
Chidinma – Kedike
Ijeoma – Oloomi
Waje – Na The Way

AFRICAN ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Sarkodie (Ghana) – Azonto
Camp Mulla (Kenya) – Feel No Pain
D-Black (Ghana) – Get On The Dancefloor
Zahara (South Africa) – Loliwe

BEST STREET HOP

Kako Bi Chicken – Reminisce
Gaga Crazy – Chuddy K
Akpako – Terry G
Roll – Rayce
Mo Street Gan – Erigga

NEXT RATED

Davido
Eva (Alordiah)
Praiz
Chuddy K

HIP HOP WORLD REVELATION OF THE YEAR

Wizkid
Ice Prince
Bez
Timi Dakolo
Olamide

HEADIES HALL OF FAME

Special recognition for excellence and outstanding impact to the entertainment industry
Femi Kuti

Hennessy Artistry unveils “Bartender” Video (Review)

Hennessy Artistry announced earlier that their headliners were World Famous Academy (WFA) Naeto C and popular rapper M.I,  to add color to the video was one of Nigeria’s best producers Clarence Peters.

Clarence Peters earlier on said, it’s a collage of different set pieces, styling and values’, , “Hennessy is a very premium brand, and the headliners – M.I and Naeto C – are also top notch. So we’ve created something that complements the brand and personalities while making sure it’s fun and spontaneous. In the video, everyone just blends and flows, and I’m sure the fans will like the result!”.

Truly with what we see he was very creative in the concept of the video, graphics was on point, shoots were very clear.
One of the cameos TY Mix who produced the song said, I’m so excited; the video is bright and brilliant. It was wonderful watching the artistes come alive with the song on the video set. Their live performances together on the Hennessy Artistry stage will be phenomenal I am sure!’,

M.I and Naeto C were also on point, they put in a lot of swag and energy although the Costumier would have done better.
The Artistry has had a mixture of different talented Nigerian artiste including, Sir Shina Peters, Nneka, Bez, Jesse Jagz, Tiwa Savage, Banky W, Eldee amongst others.

Watch the vide.

Complete Fashion celebrates Style Night

It was a night of glitz and glamour as the Complete Fashion Magazine celebrated its second year anniversary and award night.

The show attracted different dignitaries and celebrities including the First Lady of Lagos State Mrs. Abimbola Emmauella Fashola , Abba Folawiyo, Nollywood stars, fashion designers, international and local models amongst others.

The hosts of the night were Nollywood actor Joseph Benjamin and presenter Dolapo Oni.

Fast rising musician, Bez and Omawumi thrilled the audience with their performances as winner of BigBrother Amplified, Karen gave an awesome delivery of the famous Azonto dance steps, leaving the crowd very elated.

Other performances from Darey Art-Alade and the Mavin Crew, who gave their debut live performance as a group.

Awards were presented to every personality that has made the cover page of the magazine in appreciation of their contribution to the success of the magazine.

 

 

Karen Igho
Waje
Darey Art - Alade
Stephanie Idahosa
Tiwa Savage

 

Zaina
Omawumi
Bez and friend
Moriam Musa
Damilola Adegbite
Don Jazzy
Dr Sid
Lynxx
Julius Agwu
Dolapo Oni
Ene Maya Lawani
Models on the Runway
Runway

 

Runway
Runway

 

Praiz drops “Jekalo” video

R&B singer Praiz Adejo is back with a spanking new music video for his track “Jekalo”.

Since the release of his debut single and video, “I Love You” and his hit track “Stupid Song” with Bez a popular singer, the talented singer has continued to keep his fans wanting more.

Praiz released his club friendly single, “Jekalo” early this year and is now out with a video for lovers of his music to enjoy.

He has worked with artistes like M.I, Bez amongst others and  producers in the industry like TY Mix and Cobhams.