AfroSoul Singer, Asa Talks About Her Life and Career

Asa, AfrosoulAfrosoul singer says her journey to international stardom in the music business has been an uncertain existence fuelled by good fortune.

In an interview with Entertainment News, the ‘One Who Never Comes’ crooner, admits to facing her fair share of challenges, and paying the price for her quest for fulfilment.

Despite the challenges, there are moments that compensate for the hard times. Asa, shares one of those touching moments.

About a decade after her debut album, titled after her, shot her to instant fame, Asa can say she has earned her spot in music.

 

In light of the unfortunate loss of entertainers in the music industry, Nomoreloss, Prince and Papa Wemba, Asa reminds all of the humanity of music icons and gives an insight into the struggles of successful artistes, who are in demand.

Living for the music, which she says is her religion, Asa is faced with the arduous task of connecting with her fans all over the world, from Istanbul to Belgium, France and Nigeria.

She revealed how she manages to refresh.

Born Bukola Elemide, in the early 80’s, Asa moved from her birthplace, Paris, France, to Lagos, Nigeria at the age of two, where she grew to become an artiste, influenced by music greats including Bob Marley, Sir Victor Uwaifo, Sade Adu, Onyeka Onwenu, Miriam Makeba and a host of others.

From her first album, Asa, a Cobhams Asuquo produced body of work which achieved critical acclaim in 2007, to ‘Bed Of Stones’, her 2015 album and several international tours in between, the singer’s songs evoke a myriad of emotions, from sombre meditation as experienced in ‘Bibanke’ to holy rage with ‘Satan Be Gone’.

Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz Endorse Wizkid, ‘Ayo’

WizkidStar Boy, Wizkid is getting more international recognition as Grammy award winning singers, Alicia keys and her singer/producer husband, Swizz Beatz have endorsed the young star and his latest album, Ayo.

Alicia keys and Swizz Beatz both posted videos of themselves dancing to Wizkid’s Ojuelegba and Caro on their instagram pages, which have a combined followership that’s 4.6 million strong.

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Nollywood’s Genevieve May Sing Again!

Genevieve NnajiMusic and movie lovers are in for a double deal as Nollywood star actor, Genevieve Nnaji, may hit the studio to wax new songs, if “the right song comes”.

Geneveive told Channels Television’s entertainment correspondent, Mayowa Ogundele, that much at the VIP showing of her re-launched fashion line, St Genevieve, in Lagos, on Sunday.

Celebrities including Funke Akindele, Zainab Balogun, Betty Irabor, Mo Abudu, Stephanie Linus, Olisa Adibua, Oluchi Orlandi, Chigurl, Anika Okoye, Lola Maja, Mai Atafo, Lanre Da Silva, Yvonne Vixen and many others turned up at the event, which held at the Social Place, Victoria Island.

About her singing, she said: “I think everything comes at its own time, fashion is here at its own time. I don’t fight anything.

“I don’t believe I must do everything but if the right song comes and the right situation arises for me to lend my voice, I would definitely. So no, it’s not ruled out (don’t worry)”.

Genevieve, one of the most successful actors in Nollywood, re-launched her fashion line, after two years of it being off-radar. However, it appears she’s back full force, with a ready-to-wear collection named ‘Philomena’ after her grandmother.

Although she has played few roles in recent times, she certainly has been busy, endorsing brands and working on her new collection.

However, fans should not worry as she has said that her side projects will not deter her acting.

“Nothing affects my acting,” she said.

“Acting for me is something I do with soul, so it embodies a lot of things

“For me (I don’t know about anyone else) acting is spiritual , so if I do not embody a character, or a story, or a script, it’s going to be extremely difficult for me to be convincing and I don’t like that because I’m somewhat of a perfectionist.”

 

Fela’s Kalakuta home turned museum

The home of Afro-beat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti was on Monday unveiled as a museum with the support of the Lagos State Government to mark his 74th posthumous birthday and  promote cultural heritage.

Located on No 8, Gbemisola Street, Allen Avenue, Ikeja, the museum which is named “Kalakuta Museum” contains items such as Fela’s unique stage costumes, dozens of his shoes and covers of albums released by the late musician.

Various portrait pictures of him and his family and other household items used while he was alive are also on display.

The burial site of the late Afro-beat legend is also within the refurbished compound.

Speaking at the event,the Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism and Inter-Government Relations, Disun Holloway said, “it is only appropriate to have chosen a day as this to declare this monument open today to mark the 74th posthumous birthday of the legendary musician.”

“It is the beginning of Felabration – a week long series of festivities to celebrate a Nigerian multi-instrumentalist musician, human activist,tourism stakeholder and political maverick.”

“This is a deliberate attempt at bringing the old social life back to Lagos through the creation of places of relaxation within safe and secure environment. As demonstrated by the involvement of the state government in this museum, it is pertinent to reiterate our commitment towards boosting tourism” Mr Holloway stated.

Making his own remark, Femi Kuti, son of the late Afro-beat legend, applauded the Lagos state government for its support and emphasized that the museum would only serve its value if the legacies his father fought for were realised.

Fela Kuti’s outsized personality and social activism made him a hero to many while he was still alive, and his funeral in the city of Lagos drew massive crowds, fifteen years ago.

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Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey fight on American Idol set

female Rap star Nicki Minaj is reported to have threatened Mariah Carey after her American Idol co-star allegedly called her a ‘b***h’.

The show producers were forced to stop filming and cancel Charlotte, North Carolina on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 after Minaj allegedly threatened and swore at Mariah Carey.

Witnesses however insist that it was Mariah Carey that started it all, according to reports.

‘Nicki Minaj walked off of set because Mariah Carey kept making jabs at her.

Nicki’s manager and team convinced her to come back to the show. Mariah kept at it and called Nicki a b**** and then proceeded to cuss her out. Producers had to stop filming and call it a night’, a source told Mouthtoears.com.

Reports say producers are now quite worried about how the pair will manage to work together for the rest of the season.

‘Mariah wants a panel of bright, inspirational and constructive judges. Not some freak show! Mariah thinks Nicki will just be a distraction and it will all be about her and her outrageous behaviour. Mariah will not be happy if Nicki joins the panel and she has let the producers know just how she feels’, a source previously told Hollywoodlife.

The whole drama began back in New York in September 2012 when Nicki was critiquing a contestant, but ’Mariah kept butting rudely’.

Other judges include long standing Randy Jackson and New Zealand-Australian country music singer Keith Urban with Ryan Seacrest as host.

 

 

Fans launch website to honour 2face

Ace musician 2face Idibia has over the years inspired music lovers with the message and melody in his music, gathering a huge number of fans around the world. Some of his fans have come together to give back to him.

On his 37th birthday, a group of fans who call themselves ‘2facemaniacs‘ launched a fan website www.2facemaniacs.com to honour him. The website according to one of the site admins will serve as a meeting point for all 2face’s fans across the globe.

“We wanted to bring all 2face’s fans to one portal, you know he does have millions of fans across the globe. It’s our way of saying a big thank you to him”, Tayo one of the site admins told Nigerian Entertainment News.

Baba Suwe to shoot movie on his NDLEA ordeal

Renowned  Yoruba actor and ace comedian, Babatunde Omidina, popularly known as Baba Suwe has disclosed that many film-makers have approached him to make a movie from his ordeal in the hands of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), which detained him for weeks on allegation of drug trafficking

The comedian who lost his wife barely over a year ago, admitted that the experience was one of the most trying times in his life as he was left confused and devastated.

He said he would never forget the experience and prayed that even his enemies should not have to go through what he went through.

According to him, “There is a film I am working on right now but whether I plan to do a movie on that matter, I will say yes. Maybe in the future though many people have contacted me to do a movie but I am still taking my time and God’s  willing, I shall visit that matter as soon as I can get myself together”

Baba Suwe is expected back in court on October  19, 2012 to continue hearing at the Court of Appeal, Lagos Division, on  stay of execution of the judgement of Justice Yetunde Idowu of a Lagos High Court, which ordered the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to pay N25 million to the actor  as compensation for detaining him  unduly  over allegation of drug trafficking.


Lose weight to resemble Beyonce, Kanye West tells Kim Kardashian

Kanye West desperately wants his girlfriend Kim Kardashian to lose weight. The ‘Mercy’ rapper urged the reality TV star – who is famous for her curvy figure – to slim down and shed up to 20 pounds.

Kanye thinks his good friend Beyoncé, who gave birth to her first child Blue Ivy last January  has a better body than his girlfriend of six months and is encouraging her to follow the singer’s grueling Dreamgirls diet, OK!magazine reported.

A source close to the couple said “He says he wants her to be the face of his clothing line… but to do that she has to fit into the clothes.  He has a long-term fantasy of turning them into the new Beyonce and Jay-Z power couple”

After he turns Kimmy into a slimmy-trimmy, he’s going to work on the way she carries herself.

Kanye recently got Kim to ditch her trashy style and start taking fashion tips from Britain’s Duchess Kate Middleton after buying her an entire new wardrobe of more conservative designer clothes.

A friend further revealed that ”Kanye has been urging Kim to tone down her make-up and style her hair in a more conservative style, like Kate.

“And it’s not just Kate’s regal look that Kanye wants Kim to mimic. He’s also told her that she could learn a thing or two about poise and sophistication from Kate.”

K-Solo and wife apologise to fans over purported fight…saying “we were acting”

Ace musician and  producer , Solomon Oyeniyi also known as K-Solo and his wife, Kikelomo, have denied the perceived end of their marriage earlier in the year following series of battery allegations.

The couple have come out to deny the battery, claiming they were ‘just acting’ and having fun ‘playing pranks on their fans and the media.’

In an exclusive session with Channels Television entertainment desk, ‘The K-Solos’ as the couple want to be called, cheerfully denied the wife battery allegation, that went viral in June.

Kikelomo released pictures of her bruised face on the internet and granted a number of interviews for the prank.

According to reports, K-Solo allegedly beats and steals from his wife but the couple claimed that they were ‘just acting and having fun’ and that nothing of the purported fight and destruction of properties ever happened.

Pictures of Kikelomo’s bruised face and gadgets destroyed in their home during the purported fight were released on the internet in May, when Kikelomo allegedly revealed her assault by her husband, who she also claimed, stole from her.

The very cheerful couple claimed they were “just acting and playing pranks on the media and friends with the reports.”

Referring to her husband as ‘Oba (Oba) K-Solo’, the pregnant wife also named herself as ‘Olori (Queen) K-Solo’, as she apologised to all the fans of the couple and promised to release a movie-for the cinema’s only-on the pranks and how they’ve evolved.

The movie, titled ‘Lo ba tan’ will feature an expected Prince K-Solo (the royal son of K-Solo royalty) and the likes of Funke Akindele and many others Nollywood acts.

Mrs K-Solo also gave a special apology to her mother-in-law and sisters-in-law, who she claimed she invaded their homes after the ‘purported fight prank’ lasted.

See the latest Nollywood’s controversial couple in this chat with Channels Television.

Court grants Usher full custody of sons

After a long court battle between famed singer Usher Raymond and ex-wife Tameka Foster, Usher has been awarded full primary custody of their two sons.

Since Usher filed for divorce in 2009, ending a two-year marriage, the separated couple have been battling in the court wrangling through allegations of drugs, cheating, excessive partying and child neglect.

It’s more bad news for Tameka who recently lost her 11-year-old son from an earlier relationship, Kile Glover back in July.

Foster’s fourth and Usher’s first child, son Usher Raymond V, was born November 26, 2007 and on December 10, 2008, Foster gave birth to her fifth child, son Naviyd Ely Raymond.

The official court documents are yet to be released to the public.

P-Square and May D part ways

P-Square’s record label, Square Records, released a statement this morning, announcing the end of their business relationship with the only other artist on their label, Mr May D.

Square Records’ first signing, Akinmayokun Awodumila, popularly known as May D was signed by the label some months ago and has released few hit tracks under the label including ‘Ile Ijo’, ‘Soundtrack’, and the remix he did with Akon and P-Square.

According to the statement, the split is due to the irreconcilable differences between the two parties. The Okoyes further wished May D all the best in his career.

Reacting to the statement, May D in a phone conversation with the NET, claimed that he had no idea of what the Okoyes were talking about.

“I don’t know what they are talking about..you know I don’t stay in their house so how am I meant to know this?”

 

 

Afolayan, Asa, Tinubu bag leadership awards

Award-winning film director and actor, Kunle Afolayan; ace singer, Bukola ‘Asa’ Elemide; and entrepreneur, Wale Tinubu have been recognised for their contributions in their chosen fields by the African Leadership Network.

The African leadership Network awards are meant to search for a new generation of leaders for Africa, who despite their relatively young age, are uniquely positioned to play a role in taking Africa to a new era of prosperity.

Afolayan, who won the award for the Best Achievement in Art Direction at the 2012 African Movie Academy Awards for his latest film production, Phone Swap, was quoted as saying, ‘‘I will put in my own contribution as an African and as a young entrepreneur. “

Asa has consistently extended the frontiers of global discourse for a peaceful world via her songs. Also awarded by the network is the Managing Director, MNET, Biola Alabi.