Fatai Rolling Dollar Is Dead

Juju and highlife musician Fatai Rolling-dollar died at Age 88 at a specialist hospital in surulere, Lagos state, south west Nigeria.
The singer died early Wednesday morning from respiratory failure after spending over three weeks in the  hospital.
According to family members, the ‘wan mere si number wa’, crooner took ill in the united state of america where he had gone to perform. He left the shores of the country on march 17 this year and returned ill after two months.
The multi-instrumentalist who is best known for his popular comeback to mainstream recognition after years of obscurity during his over 60 years musical career, is survived by two wives and many children and grand children.

Fashola Mourns

The Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola has expressed sadness on the passage of highlife icon, Fatai Olayiwola Olagunju saying the loss of the musical innovator would reverberate around the musical world and beyond.

In a condolence letter to Funmilayo Olagunju, the widow of the late musician popularly known as Fatai Rolling Dollar, Governor Fashola said he was a first rate guitarist under whose tutelage several other musical legends learnt to play the instrument. ‘’Your husband was a musical innovator who made a great contribution to the profile of Nigerian Highlife music on the global stage,’’ he said.

According to the Governor, Rolling Dollar is assured of his place amongst the pantheon of Nigerian musical greats with hits like ‘Won Kere si Number Wa’ and ‘Saworo’ enduring in the memory of generations to come.

‘’Growing up in the 1960s and 1970s it was impossible to escape the presence of this iconic genius across Lagos. I am pleased and gratified that in the latter part of his life Lagos State was able to reacquaint itself once again with his singular talents,’’ he said.

While praying for the peaceful repose of the soul of the departed musician, Governor Fashola urged the family to find succour and comfort in the love of  the legion of fans that admired your Fatai Rolling Dollar’s work.

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