Tekno Gifts Twitter Fan 500k

Singer and songwriter Tekno, surprised his fans on Wednesday.

The ‘Pana’ crooner fulfilled his promise by awarding a twitter fan with the sum of 500 thousand Naira.

He had made the announcement on Wednesday that he would be giving half a million Naira to a lucky person which he would pick at random.

Augustine Miles Kelechi as he is originally known has continued to thrill his fans with various hit tracks from ‘Duro’ to ‘Pana’, ‘Wash’, and many others and even recently this philanthropic gesture.

The Bauchi born singer who started his career signed under K-Money Entertainment, later left and signed a music contract with Made Men Music Group in 2013.

He has recently signed a deal with Sony Entertainment.

How Maleek Berry Turned From Music Producer To Performing Artist

maleek-berryMaleek Soyebi, Popularly known as Maleek Berry, is a British born, Nigerian record producer, whose break into the Nigerian music circle
came in 2013 with his collaboration with Wizkid on the track ‘the matter’.

A graduate of computer sciences, Maleek’s early contact with music came from listening to classics from the likes of Michael Jackson.

Speaking of his early years in music, he told Channels Television that although he had always loved and practiced music, he took it a notch higher by creating a rap group in his local church.

This later inspired his introduction into music production.

“I started teaching myself how to produce and I was the one producing the music for the group, writing the hooks and that’s how I just fell in love with production”.

According to him, everyone in his family always knew he would go into music one day, although they insisted he must conclude his University education, before going ahead to pursue a music career.

Speaking of artists he has worked with, Maleek said he met with Davido in 2010 when the pop singer was still up and coming.

“That was the early stage of me attempting to make afro beats.”

Having worked with the likes of Wande Coal among others, Maleek’s brand has so far grown to become a household name in Nigerian music.

In 2016, he released an extended play body of work titled ‘the last days of summer’, clearly introducing himself as a performing artist.

The EP, puts together a couple of impressive singles including ‘Control and ‘Eko Maima’.

The 29 year old, however explained that when it comes to production, he still always knows how to take off his artist hat.

“When I’m a producer, I like to see myself as a servant. I take away the pride because it’s all about the artist and its all about helping the artist become a bigger star than they already are,” Maleek said.

New Music: Phyno Drops Album ‘The Play Maker’

phyno, the play makerRapper Phyno has released his sophomore album, ‘the Play Maker’.

The 20-track album includes earlier released singles such as fada-fada, E sure for me, and Pino
-Pino.

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Onyeka Onwenu

Prominent musicians Onyeka Onwenu, Tu-face Idibia, as well as P-square, all feature in the body of work.

The album was produced by Mastercraft, Major Bangs, Del-b, T-spice and Kezzy Clef.

The artist, originally named Azubuike Chibuzo Nelson, got into the music industry in 2010, first as a producer then later on in 2012, he started recording his songs.

He has since carved a niche for himself with his unique rap style, rendered in the Igbo language.

New Music, Phyno, 'The Play Maker' So far, his popular hit tracks include: ‘Ghost Mode’, ‘Man of the Year’, ‘Alobam’, ‘Parcel’ and ‘O Set’.

Asides his blooming music career, Phyno has signed major endorsement deals such as Guinness Nigeria’s ‘Made of Black’ campaign, alongside Olamide and Eva Alordiah.

After years of hard work, the ‘Ghost Mode’ crooner, appears to have tele-ported himself from underground hype to a household name in Nigeria and beyond.

Artist Megaloh Brings German-Nigerian Vibes To Lagos

megaloh, nigerian, german, lagosIt’s a full moon homecoming to remember for Rapper Uchenna Van Capelleveen, better known by his stage name Megaloh as he brings his German-Nigerian vibes to Lagos.

Uchenna, an acclaimed name already within the German hip-hop circle, presented his craft to Nigerians and received impressive response even though delivery was in a foreign language.

The artist who was bred in Germany but Born by a Nigerian, admitted that leading a multiracial life initially came with a bit of identity crisis.

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(Megaloh) German-Nigerian Artist

However, at a crucial period in his life, he found rap music and that eventually helped him define his personality.

Through his music, he transformed the perceived negativity associated with him being multiracial, to his advantage.

Although hip-hop isn’t a mainstream genre in his home country Germany, according to him, he has been able to record impressive success that has gotten him mainstream attention.

While he grew as an artiste, he continued to think about his roots in Nigeria as well as monitor from a distance, the Nigerian music industry and at some point he created the track ‘oyoyo’ as an ode to Nigeria.

Seeing the incredible growth of hip-hop music in Nigeria, the artist has resolved to initiate his integration into the Nigerian music circle.

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Ade Bantu and Megaloh

As his career advanced, Megaloh found an associate, Ade Bantu, who is also a German-Nigerian entertainer, and one who he says he will help him realise his dreams.

Megaloh has taken the bold step to bring his music back to his roots and although it is impossible to pre-determine how this would pan out, he has gone ahead to start a new chapter in his life.

He said he hopes to connect more with the Nigerian language and people.

Old Wine New Skin: Terry ‘Apala’, Thrills With Old Vibes

Terry apala, Old Wine,New Skin, ‘Apala’, Old VibesIn an era where the Nigerian music takes new forms, and indigenous genres gradually succumb to the dominance of pop and hip hop, comes Terry Alexander who strives to revive the Apala music genre.

The acceptance of his music also earned him a big record deal, and with that came urban characteristics of fame, as prescribed by the fast paced industry.

His new single ‘Champagne Shower‘ rode on an explicit video, which according to him, even got the attention of his mother.

Popularly known as Terry Apala, the solo singer hails from Delta State but spent most of his growing years in Ajegunle, a suburb of Lagos.

It was then that he got introduced to the Apala music genre, made popular by Haruna Ishola, one of the most popular artists in the Apala genre.

Apala is a percussion-based music genre which came about in the late 1930s and even back then, it was less popular than the more predominant Fuji and Juju.

In the early 2000s, a direct descendant of Haruna Ishola, Musiliu, re-invented the sound into a funky hip-hop version, to create the track ‘Soyoyo’.

Although the track received great reviews and massive airplay, it quietly fizzled out over a period.

Now Musiliu hopes Terry Apala, will help him preserve the musical legacies of the great Haruna Ishola.

Terry’s music, however, already seems to be generating so much excitement within the Nigerian music circle as it rejuvenates a dying genre.

The up and coming artist expressed that the attention, the expectations and the pressure could be overwhelming and sometimes, gets him worried.

Copyright Infringement: Majek Fashek Insists Timi Dakolo Is Guilty

Majek Fashek, Timi DakoloNigerian reggae music icon Majek Fashek has insisted that singer Timi Dakolo committed copyright infringement for remaking his classic track ‘Send Down The Rain’.

In a video sent to Entertainment News on Channels Television, Majek who is currently in London to complete works on his comeback album accused Dakolo of not getting proper permission from him or his management before embarking on the remake.

Meanwhile, earlier in the year at an award ceremony, Majek Fashek happily performed the song alongside Timi Dakolo and guitarist Kunle Ayo.

In a statement, Dakolo maintained that he would not want to join issues with the music legend publicly but maintained that he had secured permission and actually paid a fee to Majek through his then management company, November Records.

In a separate statement, November Records confirmed Dakolo’s position saying they held the power of negotiation for Majek at the period and that Timi Dakolo completed all agreed terms before sampling the said track.

Da Emperor Drops New Video, I’m A Sinner

Da EmperorIndigenous rap act, Da Emperor, drops the video and audio for his new single – I’m A Sinner.

His previous single titled Firewood featuring Oritse Femi has been enjoying rave reviews and he said that the latest work, I’m A Sinner’ was carefully put together to ensure he does not fall below expectation.

The year 2016 promises to be a busy year, according to Da Emperor. Soon to be released is a collaboration titled ‘Shake It’. It features artistes from the United States and the UK.

Buhari Calls For Acceleration Of Economic Integration In Africa

BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari has called for an intensification of intra-African trade and acceleration of the pace of economic integration across Africa.

The President gave the call while speaking at a banquet in his honour at the conclusion of his state visit to Kenya.

According to a statement released by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, President Buhari said that the expansion of trade relations between Nigeria and Kenya in recent years should be replicated by all other African countries to speed up the pace of economic development on the continent.

Part of the statement reads; “We now have Nigerian industrialists establishing cement plants in Kenya while Nigerian telecommunications operators are learning and adopting the Kenyan mobile banking model as a tool for financial inclusion in rural Nigeria.

“We have Nigerian farmers coming to learn from successful Kenyan farms while at the same time, we have many up and coming Kenyan oil and gas businesses partnering with Nigerian oil companies.

“We have Nigerians drinking Kenyan coffee in their homes and offices, while we have many Kenyans listening to Nigerian music and watching Nollywood movies,” President Buhari said.

“These developments point to a real integration on the continent beyond formal diplomatic relationships. Greater intra-Africa trade will ultimately result in the creation of millions of jobs within Africa for Africans,” the President added.

The President also expressed hope that Nigeria and Kenya will continue to build on the mutually-beneficial trade and economic relations between them.

He called for the rapid implementation of all bilateral agreements already signed by the two countries and the convening of their Joint Commission for Cooperation.

“As our two governments move ever closer, our business communities will also take full advantage of this momentum to increase trade and economic activities,” he said.

“I feel confident that by the end of this visit, new and solid bridges for movement of persons, goods and services would have been constructed,” President Buhari added.

The Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, announced that both leaders agreed to intensify bilateral cooperation on trade, investment and the fight against corruption and terrorism.

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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Davido Drops ‘Fans Mi’ Featuring Meek Mill

fans miMusic star, Davido has finally released one of the international collaborations off his yet to be released second album, ‘Fans Mi’, featuring U.S rapper, Meek Mill.

‘Fans Mi‘ was produced by Shizzi.

The video for the new song was directed by Sesan Ogunro.

All Hail Vector’s ‘King Kong Remix’

Vector-King-Kong-Art-capture-imageThe much anticipated remix of rapper vector‘s ‘King Kong‘, featuring music heavyweights Phyno, Reminisce as well as Classiq and Uzi is finally out!

 

 

Chocolate City Unveils Artwork For Joint Album

One of Nigeria’s leading record labels, Chocolate City has unveiled the official artwork for ‘The Indestructible Choc Boi Nation’ compilation album.

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The artwork shows all Chocolate City acts including Jesse Jagz, who recently reunited with the team.