I’m Motivated More By Musicianship – Tosin Martins

Tosin MartinsInspirational musician, Tosin Martins, admits that Nigerian music had become more lucrative with the new generation of artiste but insists that standards and content must not be sacrificed.

Speaking on Rubbin’ Minds on Channels Television, the ‘Oloo Mi’ crooner admitted that he had sometimes wished his career emerged during the current era of big money deals in the music industry but would not compromise on certain standards.

While speaking on the need to pay attention to playing good music with a sense of sending a message, he said that music, for him, was about the arts and not the money or the classification of his genre, as he was asked if he was a gospel artiste or not.

“I sing love songs because I’m a man in love, I share my faith through my music because I believe in a person called Jesus and I follow him to the best of my ability. I’m an avid follower of current affairs with what’s happening in my nation – developmental issues, so I would talk about that; I would sing about Lagos, Nigeria, issues going on.

“I don’t know how to be labelled but maybe because people know you to be a Christian, the easiest category to put you under is gospel. I have no quarrels with what they call it but I’m an artiste, that’s what I know”, he explained.

Tosin Martins, at some point in his career, was signed to Storm Records but has since moved on and he admitted that although there were issues that necessitated a separation in the business relationship, they would remain as family.

He refused to give details of the circumstances that led to the breakup in his business arrangement with the record label but gave a hint that his music might have been too classic or vintage for Storm Records, adding that there was need for them to understand that “there is a market for every form of art.”

“My kind of music cannot be pushed or promoted the way you promote a Naeto-C for example and I have no quarrel with that. Anybody who is doing business and you feel that this is what is popping and this is what you need to push, it OK”, he said.

Tosin also spoke about the ‘Peace Concert’ his collaboration with music diva, Onyeka Onwenu.

He revealed that the project which was done in commemoration of Nigeria’s centenary celebration was done from his conscience, as he believed that Nigeria being together after 100 years, during which it fought wars, was a miracle which portends the possibilities of some benefits for the country.

“There’s more to lose than to gain in division…anything that’s positive, whoever is doing it, I’ll be part of it and I’ll honour relationships.

“If you call me to come and do something and I think it’s a decent thing to do, it does not in any way fall below a good name, I’ll do it.

“I have no personal contact or relationship with Government or any political association”, he said.

He, however, shared his opinion about making songs for politicians, political parties and campaigns.

“Whether by foresight or by accident, if you believe in something be open about it, be bold about it. Jay-Z came out to let you know he believed in Obama. If I can vote for somebody, I can as well sing for the person.

“I don’t have a problem (with it) as long as I’m not in any way going to compromise my standards, my values and the ideals I believe in. Any candidate who is short of that, no”, he stated.

Tosin Martins has an album slated for release at the end of July 2014. The album, according to him features a lot of major artistes like Tiwa Savage, Waje, Vector and two other big names he would not like to reveal until the album hits the market.


Seyi Shay, Patoranking, Phyno, Others Shut It Down At Gidi Culture Fest

seyi shayMusic stars, Seyi Shay, Patoranking, Phyno, Ice Prince and many others shut it down at the inaugural edition of the Gidi Culture Festival, which held in Lagos.

Girlie O crooner, Patoranking performed his hottest track without Tiwa Savage, who he gave a shout-out to.

Seyi Shay performed dressed in white crop top and hot pants, paired with a pink blazer.

Many others including Phyno, Naeto C and Ice Prince raised the roof with their hit tracks.

Check out the video…

Omawumi Releases Spanking Classic

omawumiPopular songstress, Omawumi Megbele, has released yet another spanking classic.

The song is in honour of Chief Frank Amirejotitse Megbele, and its video was shot in Warri.

The video, which was directed by AJE Filmworks, showed the beautiful side of Warri town.

It also has cameo appearances by her mum, Queen Megbele, Daddy Showkey, Bovi amongst others.

Omawumi has hit singles like Bottom Belle, If you ask me, Love Nwanti, and has performed alongside Flavour, Waje, Naeto C amongst others.

Nigerian Superstars Set To Go On Tour

Wizkid-Tiwa-Savage-Pepsi-ambassadors-featNigerian music stars, 2face, Tiwa Savage, M.I, Olamide, and 20 other artistes are set to thrill fans in 10 cities lined for the annual Star Music Trek.

After weeks of speculation, the full artiste line up for Music Trek 2014 has finally been unveiled.

The sensational unveiling, which held at the Federal Palace Hotel Victoria Island Lagos on March 19 in a scintillating sign-on party was well attended by dozens of celebrity guests, including Olisa Adibua, Toni Kan, Uti Nwachukwu, Tee-Y Mix, Mark Redguard, Gbemi Olateru Olagbegi, Tunde Ednut, Mo’ Eazy, D’Tunes, HarrySongs.

Hosts, Gbenga Adeyinka, DO2UN of Cool FM and Laf Up ensured that the suspense was fully maintained with guests left guessing right up to the final unveiling of who would eventually make up the Star 2014 Trek line up.

This year’s selection of Nigerian stars comprises an exciting combination of artistes at the top of their game with a few major surprises. Still on the Trek this year are fans’ favorites, Tiwa Savage, 2face, M.I, Olamide and many others. Noticeably missing, however, are D’banj and dynamic duo P’square, who featured prominently on the 2013 Trek.

The surprise introduction of Davido, and Wizkid promises to spice things up!

Artistes on Music Trek include 2face, Tiwa Savage, M.I, Olamide, Davido, Wizkid, Wande Coal, Sound Sultan, Pasuma, Mr Raw, Dr Sid, Naeto C, KCee, Sean Tizzle, Phyno and May D.

Hosts are Gbenga Adeyinka, DO2TUN of Cool FM and Laf Up with DJ Xclusive, DJ Neptune, DJ Switch, DJ Blaise as official DJs for The Trek.

The Trek 2014 will be touring the following cities across the country, Nsukka (29th March), Makurdi, (5th April), Uyo (12th April), Umuahia (19th April), Orlu (26th April), Ekwulobia, (3rd May) Onitsha Fegge, (11th May), Benin (17th May), Ado Ekiti, (24th May), and Lagos May 31st.

PICTURES: Ill Bliss, Tha Suspect, Chidinma Thrill ‘At The Club’

Nigerian music stars, Ill BlissTha Suspect and Chidinma partied with music lovers and fans a few weeks back at Club Ace (The Place) in Ikeja GRA, performing their bevvy of hit singles.

The party also featured the Remy Martin Dance Off hosted by Bovi.

Check out pictures of the celebrities at the event.

Naeto C, D’Prince, Skuki and DJ Zeez are lined-up to perform at this month’s edition of ‘At The Club’ with Remy Martin.

MI, Naeto C, Dr SID, Celebrate Lokoja Fans At Star Music Trek 2013

The second leg of the annual Star Music Trek concert lived up to its billing and more. The event, which featured high energy performances from MI, Jmartins, IcePrince, Dr Sid, Naeto C, Jukebox and others, was rated by fans as being undeniably the biggest concert in Lokoja in 2013.

Thousands of excited fans who came from Lokoja, Jos, Abuja and other surrounding states were treated to some of the hottest music in Nigeria from winners of Star Quest Nigeria, Jukebox, hip hop Mavin super act, Dr Sid, prolific rapper and entertainer, Naeto C,  award winning artiste, IcePrince, Africa’s number one rapper, MI, JMartins, as well as other local Lokoja talents.

“This is my first time in Lokoja and I’m really happy to be there,” said, Naeto C, who drew fans in a rush from all corners of the stadium who were itching to catch a glimpse of him.

“It doesn’t get any better than this,” noted MI, as he worked the crowd to fever pitch.; “You guys make the effort we put into making these concerts a tremendous success, worth it.”

With an exciting live band, JMartins offered his signature powerful performance and also managed to stun a loyal fan, Musa Isa, as well as the entire audience with a surprise gift of a watch valued at over $10,000.

Music lovers were seen dancing and singing along to the hit makers throughout the night with many clutching and exchanging concert memorabilia.

To wrap up the night, award-winning rapper, MI, proved a superb finish to an already outstanding evening.

Other artistes who will be performing at the nationwide event include 2face, D’banj, Psquare, Timaya, Wande Coal, Obesere, Mr Raw, Tiwa Savage, and Sheyi Shey.

Music fans in Aba, Abeokuta, Lagos, Asaba, Enugu, Nnewi, and Owerri, are not left out as the concert will also tour these cities over the next two months.

The Star Music Trek will present The Trek Ends with a major finale on August 10th at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.

Naeto C Shows off New Baby On Instagram

Award winning rapper, Naetochukwu Chikwe, who welcomed his first child on Tuesday posted a picture of his son on Instagram.

Naeto C, who tied the knot with Nicole took to the social media to appreciate his fans and well-wishers for the congratulatory messages.

“Thanks 2 every1 for all the messages…words arent honestly enuff to express this moment…its ironic especially for some1 like myself who is used 2 putting words 2gether…mayb later…but right now i’m just Thanking God w/my Family and enjoying my son’s company! I wish u all similar moments at some point(s) in your lives!.” He wrote.

The Chikwes are currently in the U.S where Nicole delivered the baby boy.

Naeto is expected to continue his North American tour in Winnipeg, Canada.

Ice Prince and South African model to host Channel O Music Awards

The 2012 edition of the Channel O Music Award will be hosted by Nigerian rapper, Ice Prince and South African model Bonang Matheba.

The combinations of both host is to bring unique individuality when hosting the music awards, the organizers have stated.

13 Nigerian artistes received the nods for this year’s award.

Nigerian stars such as 2face, D’banj, Psquare, Wizkid, Wande Coal, Davido, Mo’Cheddah, Brymo, Orezi, Flavour, Tiwa Savage, Naeto C and the host-Ice Prince, made the nominee list.

The event is scheduled to hold Saturday November 17 at Walter Sisilu Square in kliptown Soweto.

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.

Naeto C collabo with D’banj to recreate Tony Montana

Rapper Naeto C has featured multiple award winner Dapo Oyebanjo popularly called D’banj in the remix of Tony Montana. 

The single was produced by TY Mix, D’banj being the usual entertainer was able to entertain and draw his fans back to his music.

Starting the 4 minutes song with his usual vibes, “Am D’banj” and “file”, he was able to make the song danceable for club goers.

Naeto C rap well could have been better or not needed at all in the song, but with the help of D’banj’s rhymes the song sounds well.

Both singers were able to be articulate in the song, one could hear the words of the songs.

Naeto C maintained the upbeat tempo; filling his voice with positive energy that suggests he is still possessed by that soul so far from giving up.

Listen to Tony Montana (remix) here.

BBA: Davido to perform at Eviction Show

The prolific Nigerian singer, David Adeleke popularly known as Davido has been confirmed for an appearance on the Eviction stage of the Big Brother Africa Stargame.   

Davido a recording artist and music producer from Nigeria started his music profession a year ago.

The star has been performing since age 11, in a short space of time Davido has developed a huge fan base in Nigeria, US, UK as well as throughout Africa.

This young fresh talent’s hit single “Dami Duro is a guaranteed club banger and enjoys massive airplay throughout the continent.

Davido has shared the stage with incredible artistes including Fabulous, Keith Sweat, Cabo Snoop, D’banj, Naeto C amongst others.