D’Banj, also known as the KokoMaster, celebrated his 10th year in the music industry and to kick-off the anniversary was a party at Ocean view which was hosted by Vixen Amber Rose.
D’banj fans created a lot of buzz in anticipation of the event.
The party had several industry colleagues in attendance such as Banky W, Praiz, Lami Phillips, Yvonne Ekwere, Kemi Adetiba, Toke Makinwa, Tola Odunsi, Ehiz, Shaydee, Charles Ahize, Wizkid, Davido, Phyno, Seyi Shay, Iceberg Slim, Emmanuel Ikubese, Lisa Omoridon, Kayswitch, Orezi, Toolz, Oritsefemi, Yvonne Ekwere, Sharon Ojong, Efe Tommy, Omowunmi Akinifesi, Zaina, Osi Suave, Fade Ogunro, Leslie Okoye, DJ Spinall, Sensei Uche, Adams, Jimmie and many more.
Jagbajantis star, Sound Sultan, has explained why he has not had any major song that emphasises issues bothering Nigerians recently.
The singer whose “2010”, a song about the epileptic power supply in Nigeria, was a major hit, told Channels Television’s Entertainment Correspondent – Mayowa Ogundele – that he still sings conscious music but that people don’t look out for those songs as they should and that they only wanted to use him as a town crier.
“That Sound Sultan is still here. He’s not gone anywhere. It’s the people that are listening that are no longer there anymore.”
He also complained that media stations, especially OAPs, did not play some of his conscious music, which is why his fans do not get to hear them.
“When the airplay reduces on conscious music, then people keep asking me – have I stopped it. No! I have a song Temporary Turn Permanent and that song – I shot a video to it but nobody played the video.
“I gave it (video) to them (media stations), the way I gave them other songs but you’ll never see it anywhere; Because I had inserts of the subsidy riot and everything, people said it’s too confrontational. I don’t feel it’s like that.
“If you start depriving the people of the truth, they will never get it,” he said.
He also explained that he had all kinds of music, including the feel-good ones on his album.
“You can’t be too predictable with your music. You need to be a little bit of everything. Even Fela (Kuti) had “Lady” as his song.”
He urged fans who want more of his conscious music to search for them because many of the OAPs (On Air Personalities) select which songs they like and give them prominence, relegating other songs on the album to relative obscurity.
“You should go and get that song. You should go and download it on iTunes,” he said, adding that artistes only get courage to shoot music videos when the songs have good airplay.
Sound Sultan also said he’s tired of being a mouth-piece because it makes people lazy to demand their rights.
“What I try to spark from people is individualism. For you to know that everybody is a part of that voice that those people (implying government) need to hear.”
Inspirational 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.
Vanguard Newspaper in Nigeria held its 2013 Award, with Africa’s richest man and the President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, Governor of Delta State, Emmanuel Uduaghan and Chairman of Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company, Innocent Chukwuma, honoured.
The event held at the Oriental Hotel in Lagos brought together dignitaries from all walks of life.
In style, Waje rendered the Nigeria’s national anthem at the beginning of the award.
Guests were thrilled by Nigerian artistes – Waje, Omawunmi and Limpopo master -K’cee – and a popular comedian, Bovi was on hand to make the guests laugh in excitement.
It was like another feather to their cap, as these men may have gotten used to such recognition of excellence and contributions to the development of Nigeria.
The 3rd runner-up of Nigerian Idol’s third season, Joshua Enakhimion aka Jayfeel, has released a brand new single titled, Ghetto Love, produced by Samklef.
Nigerian Idols season 3 was fun, especially for the quality of contestants that took part. Although he didn’t win, one contestant people won’t forget in a hurry is Jayfeel.
After thrilling on the show and having fun while doing it, Jayfeel went on to sign a $150,000 deal with Optima Media Group (OMG) and is set to debut on the scene as not just a charismatic face and beautiful voice, but also a great performer and relevant brand to music in Nigeria and beyond.
Signed on to Klefsound Management founded by award-winning producer Samklef, the young act is releasing his debut single not just as a music file but with a video to express himself to fans better before the official video drops.
It is fast becoming a trend on twitter for Nigerian celebrities to distribute freebies. It first started with Don Jazzy who began the generous act by distributing free Recharge cards via his twitter handle, then he stepped up to distributing cash …N100, 000.
Well, Nollywood actor Chidi Mokeme and Musician Iyanya Mbuk have joined the league.
Today on twitter, ‘Kukere’ singer, Iyanya Mbuk distributed free MTN, GLO, AIRTEL and ETISALAT recharge cards to his followers.
Few minutes later, Chidi Mokeme also started the distribution of his freebies too, but unlike his previous counterparts, he made no announcement.
He caught his followers unaware by tweeting fastest fingers and the card nos. The followers that were smart enough won it and they joyfully tweeted back in appreciation.