PHOTOS: Iyanya Headlines Concert In London

The Afro-pop star and co-Founder of Triple MG, Iyanya, recently thrilled his London fans as he headlined a Coko Bar anniversary concert.

With his trademark waist wiggles melting the hearts of many fans, the star performer was no holds barred in dishing out to the ladies as the men cheered him on for representing. Iyanya dished out hit after hit as excited fans danced and sang along.

Other performers at the concert included Chidinma, Ice Prince, Awilo Logomba and Emma Nyra.

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Ja Rule And Ashanti Perform In Nigeria

Ja Rule and Ashanti pictureNigerians would be thrilled as American Rap Star, Ja Rule, and R&B Singer, Ashanti , will perform as part of an event to mark this year’s Independence Day celebration.

The international duet, would perform at a show, tagged: ‘Warri Again’, the flagship show, scheduled to hold on October 1 to mark Nigeria’s 54th Independence Day, according to Nigeriafilms.com. .

Other Nigerian Music Stars that would perform at the show, includes: Davido, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Iyanya, Seyi Shay, Yemi Alade, Dr Sid, Daddy Showkey, Flavour and Oritsefemi.

Part of the songs Nigerians would be looking forward to hearing at the event would be a collaboration by the artistes, “Always On Time”, which set the music scene on fire, years ago.

Warri Again is a show aimed at rebranding Warri and making it a destination for entertainment.

 

Nigeria Our Heritage: Davido, Rita Dominic, Don Jazzy, Flavour, Pres. Jonathan Storm DC

Nigeria-Heritage-Project-in-Washington-DC-August-2014-BellaNaija006-600x600The Federal Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and National Orientation, on Monday August 4, 2014 oragnised an evening of entertainment for the “Nigeria: Our Heritage Project.”

The project,which is centered on the centennial of Nigeria’s commonwealth was held at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall in Washington D.C.

Guests at the event were President Goodluck Jonathan, as well as celebrities including, Don Jazzy, Rita Dominic, Ali Nuhu, Davido, Flavour, Tiwa Savage, Tee Billz, Masterkraft, Tola Odunsi, Leslie Kasumba, Di’ja, Lola Ogunnaike, Obi Asika, Ubi Franklin, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, and Iyanya.

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Uk-Based Nigerian Crooner Pechstyle Unveils New Single “Selele”

SeleleUK-based Nigerian singer and songwriter Pechstyle has unveiled his official debut single titled “Selele”, as he draws upon his Highlife and Afrobeats sensibilities to great effects, to create a beautiful love song.

Written and composed by Pechstyle and produced by O.Y Beatz, “Selele” is a blend of Highlife and Afro-Pop music, while remaining 100% indigenous and true to Pechstyle’s Nigerian roots.

Greatly influenced by the likes of Plantashun BoyzP-SquareFlavour N’abania and Iyanya among others, Pechstyle wants to be known as much more than an Afrobeats singer, noting that his versatility ranges from R&B to Afro-Pop to Reggae and Highlife.

In the meantime, enjoy the brilliance that is “Selele” below and watch out for the “Selele” music video coming real soon…

Johnny Is An Experience About A Guy That Left Me – Yemi Alade

Yemi AladeNigerian pop music sensation, Yemi Alade, believes that the success of her hit single, ‘Johnny’ should not be traced to having done anything special asides pouring out her heart in the song.

Appearing as Ebuka’s guest on Rubbin’ Minds on Channels Television, she recalled the fact that since her debut, all the songs she had released have never been the same style, and Johnny was just another one of such tracks off her nature as a “music chameleon”.

In a religious tone, she aligned with her pastor, “do not for once think that it’s the work that you’re putting in that is making you as big as you are; it’s God’s gift.

“God chooses the time he wants to visit and I think God just decided to visit me as at the time I was releasing Johnny”, she said.

She said that the song was a product of her personal experience in the hands of a particular Johnny whose list of girls was longer than what the song could accommodate.

Ebuka, as usual, would not let Yemi off without a question about her relationship with men, but Miss Alade begged to keep her personal life out of the media. Attempts to make her open up were smartly beaten by her and on her relationship with actor, Alex Ekubo, she said, “Alex played the role of Johnny in my video; he’s an outstanding young guy and we are cool.”

Her response to stories making the rounds that she and Alex Ekubo attended the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards together as a couple in order to start a rumour to push their careers; “This is the first time I’m hearing that but we are friends and we just decided why don’t we go out together and we went out together. It’s no biggie.”

Yemi also shared her views about the Nigerian entertainment industry and the criticism that there were no genres anymore with everybody sounding alike. She admitted that indeed Nigerian artistes were beginning to sound the same way but this might just mean that Nigerian music was beginning to have its own sound and identity.

The pretty songstress referred to her music as Afropolitan, coined by her to describe the variation of the popular Afropop, Afro-hiphop, and other names by which Nigerian music has been described; all of which she said were inspired by the global recognition Fela’s Afrobeat got.

While saying that the success of the hit song ‘Johnny’ gives her the confidence that it is her turn, she referred to Waje and Tiwa Savage as those whose music have remained original and have been sources of inspiration to her, despite the seemingly shallow trend in the music industry.

Yemi promised to continue the story of that real Johnny in another song.

Reviewing 2013: It’s Been A Year Of Endorsements In Entertainment – Areh

The CEO of Wildflower PR, Omah Areh, has rated the Nigerian entertainment industry to have done very well during the year 2013.

Areh was a guest on the last edition of Rubbin’ Minds on Channels Television for the year, where she did a review of happenings during the year.

According to her, Nigerian musicians took their acts to the next level in 2013, considering how many of them had tours in foreign countries, most especially in Europe and North America.

Citing examples like P-Square, Iyanya, Flavour, Davido and many others, she said that the most notable part of this is not that they performed abroad, but that many of their concert tickets sold out, with massive crowds coming to watch them.

She also noted that the industry is now taken more seriously by Corporate Nigeria, as brands are appreciating the fact that there are a lot of things to be part of in the industry.

With telecom companies leading the pack, she commended the involvement of many local businesses in the industry; she said “It was a year of endorsements”. Afeez Oyetoro, popularly called Saka and his highly celebrated switch between two giant telecom brands was cited as example of the fact that brands have really taken the industry serious.

She added that at a point it looked like there were no more artistes without an endorsement deal. The artistes are now seen as brands themselves and companies are happy to identify with them as ambassadors.

She noted that the implication of this development is that more of these artistes now have better funds to invest in their careers and this has added to the quality of work being churned out from Nigeria.

“There are also more concerts” according to her, with singer, Dare’s ‘Love Like A Movie’ concert among the most eye catching in 2013.

She also noted that, beautiful actress, Omotola Jalade Ekehinde, being named by TIME Magazine among the world’s Top 100 influential people shows how much the entertainment industry grew in 2013.

There were expressions of hope that someday, concerts in Nigeria would be even greater with arenas fully packed with everyone standing.

On the gloomy side, the many deaths of Nigerian entertainers put a dent on Areh’s many reasons to celebrate the industry, especially with many of them being young people. Fatai Rolling Dollar, Justus Esiri, Goldie Havie, were among those mentioned with singer, Goldie’s drawing a lot of attention becasue she passed on at a time when she was just gaining prominence.

The industry also saw many weddings in 2013 but there were many crashed marriages too according to Areh. However she thinks that is nothing to frown about.

She advised that the art of peeping into people’s private lives is catching on in Nigeria because people find it amusing to see the privacy of their celebrities. She therefore expects that more Nigerian stars would take a cue from the likes of American superstar, Beyoncé (who shot a documentary of herself) and embrace the global trend of celebrity reality shows in 2014.

Emma Nyra Ditches Iyanya’s Music Label

Singer, Emma Nyra has parted ways with Iyanya’s music label, Made Men Music, for reasons unknown. In an exlusive with Channels Television, the ‘Kereshere’ crooner said she is now more interested in ‘female movement’ and working with female artistes.

Emma Nyra who signed with Triple M in 2011 released singles including ‘Ori Mi Wu,’ ‘Kereshere’ and ‘Everything I Do’ featuring the Kukere singer, Iyanya.

Until the time of their parting, Emma Nyra performed on stage several times with Iyanya and travelled on tour to the United States.

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May D Acquires N150 Million Duplex In Magodo

Popular Nigerian pop star, May D has now joined the list of artistes who live big as the ‘Ile Ijo’ crooner recently acquired a duplex in Magodo, a high brow residential estate in Lagos, Nigeria.

Born MayokunAwodunmila, May D who recently returned from his trip to United States of America, just released the video of his hit song “Get Down” last week.

The Ekiti State indigene moved into his new house which is a six bedroom duplex in Phase II GRA of Magodo.

May D who is also called ‘Sure Boy’ hit the limelight when he released his hit single “Ile-Ijo” and has featured in songs of other Nigerian and international artistes like; Psquare, Akon, Iyanya, Davido and South African singing duo – Mafikizolo.

 

Iyanya, PSquare Get Soul Train Award Nominations

Popular Nigerian musicians PSquare and Iyanya have been nominated among other African artistes for the Best International Performance Category at the 2013 BET Soul Train Award.

The award will honour artists in 12 different categories, sensational rapper Kendrick Lamar leads with six nominations across multiple categories, including Best New Artist, Album of the Year and Song of the Year.

A strong tie between Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown, Robin Thicke and Tamar Braxton leaving each with five nominations.

Soul Train Awards will be hosted by actor/comedian Anthony Anderson who will entertain throughout the night.

The event is slated to hold November 8th 2013.

Below is a list of nominees

Best New Artist
Bridget Kelly
K. Michelle
Kendrick Lamar
Tamar Braxton
TGT

Centric Certified Award
Joss Stone
Luke James
Lyfe Jennings
Solange
Stacy Barthe
Talib Kweli

Best Gospel/Inspirational Performance
Break Every Chain – Tasha Cobbs
Confessions – Lecrae
Every Praise – Hezekiah Walker
God Will Make Away – Shirley Caesar
If He Did It Before…Same God – Tye Tribbett
Life & Favor – John P. Kee & New Life

Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year
Bad – Wale feat. Tiara Thomas
High School – Nicki Minaj feat. Lil Wayne
Holy Grail – Jay Z feat. Justin Timberlake
Poetic Justice – Kendrick Lamar feat. Drake
Power Trip – J. Cole feat. Miguel
Started From the Bottom – Drake

The Chaka Khan Best R&B/Soul Female Artist
Alicia Keys
Chrisette Michelle
Fantasia
Janelle Monáe
Kelly Rowland
Tamar Braxton

Best R&B/Soul Male Artist
Bruno Mars
Charlie Wilson
Chris Brown
John Legend
Miguel
Robin Thicke

Album of the Year
20/20 Experience, The – Justin Timberlake
Good Kid, m.A.A.d City – Kendrick Lamar
Kaleidoscope Dream – Miguel
Magna Carta… Holy Grail – Jay Z
The Side Effects of You – Fantasia
Unapologetic – Rihanna

Song of the Year
Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell & T.I.
Diamonds – Rihanna
Fine China – Chris Brown
Love and War – Tamar Braxton
Poetic Justice – Kendrick Lamar feat. Drake
Suit & Tie – Justin Timberlake feat. Jay Z

The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award
Crooked Smile – J.Cole (Jermaine Cole, Meleni Smith)
Fire We Make – Alicia Keys feat. Maxwell (Gary Clark Jr., Warren Felder, Alicia Keys, Andrew Wansel)
Lose to Win – Fantasia (Francine Golde, Dennis Lambert, Andrea Martin, Walter Orange, Harmony Samuels)
Love & War – Tamar Braxton (Tamar Braxton, Darhyl Camper Jr., LaShawn Daniels, Makeba Riddick)
Mirrors – Justin Timberlake (James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley, Justin Timberlake)
Q.U.E.E.N. – Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu (Roman GianArthur Irvin, Dr. Nathaniel Irvin III, Charles Joseph II, Janelle Monáe Robinson, Kellis Parker Jr.)

Best Dance Performance
Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke
Body Party – Ciara
Fine China – Chris Brown
Q.U.E.E.N. – Janelle Monáe feat. Erykah Badu
Suit & Tie – Justin Timberlake feat. Jay Z
Treasure – Bruno Mars

Video of the Year
Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell & T.I. (Diane Martel)
Fine China – Chris Brown (Chris Brown, Sylvain White)
Love & War – Tamar Braxton (Walid Azami)
Poetic Justice – Kendrick Lamar feat. Drake (The Lil Homie, Dave Free, and Dangeroo Kipawaa)
Q.U.E.E.N. – Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu (Alan Ferguson)
Started from the Bottom – Drake (Director X)

Best Collaboration
Alicia Keys feat. Maxwell – Fire We Make
Brandy feat. Chris Brown – Put It Down
J.Cole feat. Miguel – Power Trip
Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu – Q.U.E.E.N.
Miguel feat. Kendrick Lamar – How Many Drinks
Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell & T.I. – Blurred Lines
Wale feat. Sam Dew – LoveHate Thing

Best International Performance
Differentology – Bunji Garlin
The Fog – Machel Montano
Next To Me – Emeli Sande
Personally – P-Square
Ur Waist – Iyanya

Best Traditional Jazz Performance
George Benson feat. Wynton Marsalis – Unforgettable
Jeffrey Osborne feat. Chaka Khan – Baby it’s Cold Outside
Tony Bennett feat. Marc Anthony – For Once In My Life
Nicole Henry – Waiting In Vain
Terrence Blanchard – Pet Step Sister’s Theme Song

Best Contemporary Jazz Performance
Jose James – Trouble
Boney James feat. Rick Braun – Batucada (The Beat)
Michael Bublé – It’s A Beautiful Day
Dave Koz – Got To Get You Into My Life
George Duke – Missing You

Best Independent R&B/Soul Performance
Ashanti – Never Should Have
Brian McKnight – Sweeter
Kenny Lattimore – Find A Way
Maysa – Love Me Good
Raheem DeVaughn – Love Connection
Ronald Isley – Dinner And A Movie

I Compete Only With Men In Nigeria’s Music Industry – Tiwa Savage

Nigeria’s RnB diva, Tiwa Savage has thrown down the gauntlet against her female peers in the music industry as she deems none of them a threat.

When asked on this week’s edition of Rubbin’ Minds, who she considered the biggest threat to Tiwa Savage amongst the female vocalists, she replied, “none actually.”

“In my head the people I compete against are the male artistes” she affirmed, adding that “for me I look at the bigger picture fortunately.”

“I look at people like Wizkid, Iyanya, Tuface, D’banj, Ice Prince. They are getting MOBOs, BET awards, MTVs, so I’m like I’m coming for you guys” she stated.

She traced the immense success of male artistes to the typical male dominance in Nigeria as seen across diverse profession and this; she is willing to take on.

She however gave kudos to other female artistes saying “we are working harder to close the gap.”

Lola Rae Features Iyanya In Brand New Single, “Fi Mi Le”

Following on from just being nominated for a Nigerian Entertainment Award as ‘Most Promising Female Act To Watch’ and with her music video for “Watch My Ting Go” recently picked as ‘Video of the Week’ on BET’s 106 & Park, British Nigerian Pop star Lola Rae is back with her brand new warm-up titled “Fi Mi Le.”

The song features Iyanya and  is produced by P2J, who also produced “Watch My Ting Go”. “Fi Mi Le” is an instantly captivating and unforgettable tune with its infectious drum-heavy musical backdrop supported by lush synths and catchy hand-claps, over which Lola Rae and Iyanya both bring their A-game – Lola Rae with her amazing vocals and Iyanya with his heart-melting harmonies and undisputed smooth flow.

With several taste makers continuing to praise Lola Rae and describe her as “one to watch”, it is not hard to see why. Her debut music video has already garnered over 450,000 views on YouTube and her singles are on constant radio rotation, both in Nigeria and in the UK, with “Fi Mi Le” featuring Iyanya bound to continue in the same vein!

You simply cannot argue that Lola Rae – who has just been confirmed as supporting Davido on his forthcoming UK tour in September – is a huge star in the making, join her on her next step into super stardom and enjoy “Fi Mi Le” featuring Iyanya below:

Ajemina Releases Music Video For “Felele,” Featuring Iyanya

Nigerian Afro-Pop rising star and Slick Mo Entertainment recording artist, Ajemina, has finally unveiled the brand new music video for “Felele”, her massive debut single and collaboration with Pop/R&B star, Iyanya.

With the “Felele” single hitting the internet in 2012 to rave reviews, having been featured and supported by several key UK online and radio tastemakers, the brand new visuals come hugely anticipated by fans and critics alike and just at the right time for Summer 2013.

Shot and directed by Don P Films and Sixx for 135Sixx Filmworkx with cameo appearances from Orezi, 2Sec Twins, Chuddy K and the producer of the song, the award-winning DJ Klem, the “Felele” music video is an energetic dance visual that brings the original dance floor filler further to life with its infectious choreography by Dance Machine and lush cinematography.