President Muhammadu Buhari has continued the trend of breaking the daily Ramadan fast with players from different sectors of the country.
On Thursday it was the turn of artistes and youths.
Among those who joined the President to break the day’s fast were popular musician, Temitope Adekunle (Small Doctor), Ali Jita, and Olanrewaju Fasasi (Sound Sultan).
The President had previously hosted the leadership and members of the National Assembly, Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote and members of the business community, and traditional and religious leaders to break the Ramadan fast.
Top Nigerian celebrities are teaming up to play basketball and compete with a top Nigeria Basketball league team in a friendly game.
The annual event tagged Face Off is a creative blend of basketball, music, dance and all round entertainment facilitated by intensive media coverage as a medium to drive key social values among young Nigerians.
The organisers say it is also a movement to revive Nigerians’ interest in basketball as an “absolute urban sports genre”.
The 2015 edition of the basketball event would feature a host of A-List Nigerian celebrities vs. the popular basketball team ‘Lagos Islanders’ on November 27, at Landmark Centre, Lagos.
Celebrities that will be playing include, Sound Sultan, Tuface, Darey, Burna Boy, MI, Peter (PSquare), Kaffy, Iyanya, Jimmie, Praiz, N6, Vector and many more.
Although the main ‘Celebrities vs. Islanders’ game is scheduled for 7PM, the event starts by 5PM and will also feature other games like, Celebrities vs. Basketball Veterans, 3-point shooting competition, free throw competition, and a Slam Dunk contest.
Fans of Face Off have been encouraged to purchase tickets online. Free tickets will also be won in a competition on the official Facebook and Instagram pages of the event.
Face Off is a product of Playcenter Ltd in partnership with Lagos Islanders and produced by Tobems Media Ltd.
Nigerian celebrities, including super star 2Face and his wife, Annie, Sasha P, Sound Sultan and several others, partied hard with Chris Brown’s DJ, Babey Drew at the second Green Light Party, in Lagos.
Other celebrities spotted at the event were DJ Xclusive, DJ Spinall, DJ Humility, Kaylah, Wale Ojo, DJ Caise, Kelvin Orifa, Kessiana Edewor, Shade Ladipo and others.
The Green Light party kicked off early October with Akon’s DJ, Benny D and will be wrapped up in a few weeks’ time with another international superstar DJ.
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.”
Nigerian 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.
Nigerian pop artiste, Sean Tizzle has insisted that veteran Hiphop musician and producer, Sound Sultan cannot take the credit for writing his debut hit single, ‘Sho Le’.
The young man who studied Theatre Arts at the University of Ibadan was the guest of Rubbin’ Minds on Channels Television on Sunday.
Discussion started with Tizzle having to define his brand of music and he explained that although he started out as an R&B act, making music that sells has become the most important factor to him as a musician.
He insisted that mixing different genres of music in his recordings has worked very well in his favour and it did not matter if fans cannot identify him with a particular genre as long as he makes music that is appreciated by those fans.
He also acknowledged the growth of the industry, especially with the advent of international shows, adding that he was willing to work with any Nigerian musician.
Tizzle admitted that he indeed used to work with Sound Sultan and the older act made technical contributions to his popular debut hit “Sho le” since he started recording the song while still signed to the record label, Naija Ninjas. He however insisted that Sound Sultan did not write the song, contrary to allegations by the older act.
He also spoke about the allegation of breach of contract levelled against him by the label, which he did not deny. He revealed that they had resolved all the issues, with him having to “settle him somehow”.
Tizzle’s rapid success was further validated as he won the Next Rated awards at the Headies – Nigeria biggest music awards, beating the likes of Burna Boy and Sheyi Shay to clinch the ownership of a brand new car that came with the victory.
There had been rumours that one of the contenders, Burna Boy, stormed out of the award venue, but Sean Tizzle debunked the rumour, claiming that he discussed the allegations with Burna Boy who explained that he left after the announcement of their category since he had been due to leave the venue earlier but was only waiting for that part of the night to be over.
He, however, said that his victory at the awards was not about him but about God and the fact that he has a good team to work with. He also revealed that his album would be released in April 2014. He boasted that the album would be too exciting for any track to be skipped.
Sean Tizzle also spoke about his attraction to Ghanaian actress, Jackie Appiah. Having declared his feelings on a major Ghanaian radio a week before, he believed that she would get to know about his feeling and perhaps “Jackie Tizzle” may become more real than it did when Sean said it during the interview.
Nigeria’s music stars, Sound Sultan, D’Prince, Chidinma, Skales and Jaywon recently thrilled fans to good music at the Remy Martins’ ‘At The Club’ event where music lovers got to party with their favourite musicians in Lagos and Abuja.
Multiple music award winner and entertainer Dapo Oyebanjo popularly known as D’banj, recently opened up on his signing of popular producer Jeremiah Shelika, popularly known as Jaysleek as an ambassador for the newly formed D’banj Records.
In a statement released and signed by D’banj, the Koko Master expressed so much excitement saying ‘it is a sure sign of great things to come. ‘ “This has been a long time coming so we are really happy to see Jaysleek join the D’Banj family. It’s exciting to be working with one of the best; Jaysleek is a fantastic producer, hardworking, humble, and immensely creative.”
I’m so certain that he will carve a niche for himself here at D’Banj Records and inspire us to even greater music,” he added.
Jaysleek in his reply said “I’m honoured to be part of such a young, fresh, innovative team; there’s so much energy here, it’s simply incredible. We’re going to keep on making great music for our fans for a very long time to come, you can be sure of that!”
The prolific producer has produced for topmost artistes like 2face, Faze, Wizkid, Sound Sultan amongst others.
He also produced the latest single from D’banj “Oyato” after the split of Mo’Hits Crew.