Tekno Features Zlatan In ‘Agege’, Launches Record Label

Afro-Pop singer and dancer, Augustine Kelechi, popularly known by his stage name, Tekno, has released the video of his buzzing single, Agege.

Featuring the Zanku master, Zlatan, the visual for the Club banger was shot by TG Omori and produced under Tekno’s new music label, Cartel Music.

The music video was released days after the Chief Executive Officer of Made Men Music Group (MMMG), Ubi Franklin announced Tekno’s departure from his label.

Tekno left MMG after the expiration of his five-year contract to start his own record label – Cartel Music.

Ubi Franklin made the announcement of Teckno’s departure from MMMG on his Instagram page.

He also eulogising Tekno as a talented singer.

Read Ubi Franklin’s post on Tekno below…

 

 

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5 years ago I was asked why I was signing you. Because they saw you as rude and arrogant, my reply then was Talent and self confidence most times comes out as rude and I believe the results show today that I wasn’t wrong. Most of the issues I had from that day with the former was because I took that decision to sign this great talent. One of the successful growth of Made Men Music is as a direct result of your outstanding talents, Your dedication and commitment to the label is priceless. Congratulations Tekno! This is a significant year for you as you celebrate an important part of your career. And as you reach this milestone with MadeMen Records, it is with great pride that I say I appreciate your outstanding exemplary character . This message reflects my appreciation for your dedicated years of service and is a symbol of your personal and professional commitment and loyalty to the label. Outstanding talents like you are and always will be my greatest asset. I always believed in you. Please know that you are an important member of the Made Men Music Group for life and your abilities and contributions is an important part of our continued success. Thank you Tekno for all that you do and please accept my good wishes on your new career journey. It’s a Family Thing Congratulations CARTEL MUSIC @teknoofficial

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My Voice Is A Selling Point For ‘Green Light’ – DJ Cuppy

With Over six years of professional DJ’ing, billionaire daughter, Florence Otedola, better known as DJ Cuppy, has set the tone for her singing career with the release of her official debut single ‘Green Light’ featuring rave act, Tekno.

In those years, some of her achievements of note include an 8-african country tour as well as a number of performances at international events in major cities around the world.

Speaking to Channels Television, the 24-year-old shared her experiences from growing up, to schooling, her love for music and how it has evolved, finding her sound, as well as being a female in a male dominated industry.

“Despite representing Nigeria from outside, I really feel like I’ve been trying to make music, but it wasn’t really clicking. It wasn’t until I came back and I really brought myself back to the roots that I was able to really get that sound and I’m really proud of Green Light. I think it’s an amazing song and I really hope everyone likes it as well.

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She also explained that coming back for her was an intentional decision she had made because she felt it was necessary to return to her roots and create the kind of music that she actually loved.

“Coming back for me was making that choice, despite having options, making sure that actually, I don’t forget where I’m from and that was very important for me because I found myself sort of DJ’ing in amazing places like Dubai, New York, Las Vegas, Spain, everywhere but I felt like actually I really wasn’t catering to where I love which is Lagos.”

About Green Light

Furthermore, Cuppy explained that although she may not have an amazing voice, she has a voice that still needs to be heard.

“This is the first time and I’m very proud – I sat down in the studio, Tekno and I made this song, wrote the song and performed it. The unique selling point of this song is the fact that my vocals are on there.

“I don’t have an amazing voice, but I have a voice that I want people to hear.”

According to her, the desire to challenge the status quo and conquer new heights moved her to releasing the song and while she has built a reputation as a DJ, the industry might be seeing more of her as a singer.

“The concept of the song is about having that moment where you decide to go for something. I feel like despite doing a lot of things, I actually, am really taking this as a full-time profession, it is my bread and butter, it is really what I’m passionate about.

“So green light for me means really taking that time to go – deciding that despite what everyone thinks Cuppy should do, this is me deciding my own future.”

Beyond growing her personal brand, Cuppy is working to help other talents grow in the industry through her Red Velvet music imprint, managed by an all-female group which she says is a way of empowering women.

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.

Artiste Wants More Government Support For Music Industry In 2017

sammie-crossA Nigerian artiste, Sammie Cross, is asking the government to increase its support for the music industry in 2017 to empower the sector to create more jobs.

He is optimistic that with more investments in the sector in form of recording facility provision and other forms of loan, jobless youths could earn a living.

The artiste from Edo State says a lot has happened to the industry in the past decade, describing the music industry in Nigeria as flourishing.

“The music industry is vast and flourishing and I want the government and other investors to see music and entertainment as a source of employment and invest in it especially now that we are faced with the problem of unemployment,” he said.

He also sought more support for upcoming artists, saying that if they should be encouraged in anyway, other talented individuals out there would be motivated.

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Sammie Cross and Dele Momodu, a Nigerian journalist and publisher

The artist, who released a single “Take Alert”, says he will drop another song, ‘Shebi’, in February 14, 2017.

He also wished his fans a prosperous and buoyant New Year.

The artiste also revealed his interest in politics saying “I have always had great enthusiasm for music and politics from childhood.

“I am always in support of good governance and I feel it is one of the ways I can contribute to the growth and development of our great country.

“I also look forward to being able to develop my society in the nearest future”.

On what he would like his 2017 to be like, he said he would love to collaborate with great minds like 2baba, Davido, Wiz Kid, Patoranking, Burna Boy and Tekno.

The video of his single ‘Take Alert’ was released  in November 2016.

Wizkid Bags Artist Of The Year Award

Wizkid, artist of the yearStarboy singer, Wizkid, has added another feather to his cap as he wins ‘Artiste of the Year’ for a second time in 2016.

He was nominated along-side Tekno, Uganda’s Eddy Kenzo, Tiwa Savage, among others, at the AFRIMA 3.0 concert held on November 6, 2016 at the Eko Convention Centre, Lagos.

Although he was also nominated in the Best Male Act Western Africa, Song of the Year, and Best African Pop act categories, he lost to Flavour, Diamond Platnumz’s ‘Utanipenda’ and Diamond Platnumz again, respectively.

This comes shortly after he bagged the Best Artist Of The Year Award at the recently concluded MTV Africa Music Awards.

With his music gaining more international recognition, Wizkid has no doubt had a phenomenal career year.

Over the weekend, he was also awarded the Best African Act and Best Worldwide Act at the MTV EMA’s, while he was awarded the Best African Act at the 2016 MOBO Awards about a week ago.

Nigerian Acts Win Big At 2016 MAMA Awards

yemi alade 3Nigerian artistes had a good outing at the 2016 MTV Africa Music Awards with Wizkid, Yemi Alade and Tekno emerging big winners.

Wizkid won three major awards on the night as Artist of the Year, Best Male, and Best Collaboration.

Sensational singer, Yemi Alade, won the Best Female, while Tekno was named Best Breakthrough Act.

In that category, she went up against Tiwa Savage, Supreme Mavin Dynasty (SMD), Josey, Vanessa Mdee and Mz Vee.

From South Africa, Cassper Nyovest won the Best Live Act while Emtee came tops in the Best Hip Hop Category.

Controversial athlete, Caster Semenya was named the 2016 Person of the Year while South African trumpeter, composer, and singer, Hugh Masekela got a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Sauti Sol from Kenya got the award for the Best Group.

The event held at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg on Saturday was hosted by Television personality and businesswoman, Bonang Matheba.

See below a full list of the winners.

  • Artist of the Year: Wizkid (Nigeria)
  • Best Female: Yemi Alade (Nigeria)
  • Best Male: Wizkid (Nigeria)
  • Best Group: Sauti Sol (Kenya)
  • Best Breakthrough Act: Tekno (Nigeria)
  • Best Live Act: Cassper Nyovest (South Africa)
  • Best Hip Hop in association with MTN: Emtee (South Africa)
  • Song of the Year in partnership with Google: “My Woman, My Everything” Patoranking feat. Wande Coal (Nigeria)
  • Listener’s Choice: Jah Prayzah (Zimbabwe)
  • Video of the Year: “Niquer Ma Vie” – Youssoupha (Congo) – Director: Antony Abdelli & Jose Eon
  • Best Pop & Alternative: Shekinah & Kyle Deutsch (South Africa)
  • Best Francophone: Serge Beynaud (Ivory Coast)
  • Best Lusophone: C4 Pedro (Angola)
  • Personality of the Year in association with DSTV: Caster Semenya (South Africa)
  • Legend Award: Hugh Masekela
  • Best Collaboration in partnership with ABSOLUT: DJ Maphorisa feat. Wizkid & DJ Buckz – “Soweto Baby” (South Africa/Nigeria)
  • Africa Reimagined: Vivian Onano and Mary Taedzerwa
  • Best International: Drake (USA)

Professor Pat Utomi Celebrates 60th Birthday

Pat UtomiThe Founder of the Centre for Value and Leadership, Professor Pat Utomi, has joined the league of those in the diamond age.

The one-time presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Mega Party, called up friends, family and admirers for a celebration of the new era in his life.

Known for being outspoken, he is a professor of Political Economy, a Management Expert and Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants of Nigeria.

Born in Kaduna, the north-western part of Nigeria, the professor who is an indigene of Ibuzo in Delta State, served as a Special Adviser to former President Shehu Shagari during Nigeria’s second republic.

 

He cuts a jack and master figure in all his trades, leaving a trail of excellence as he moves on to the next one.

Professor Pat Utomi spoke to Channels Television’s Metrofile and reflects on the state of the nation as he marks another milestone in his life.

“We are not where we should be,” he said.

Enjoy the interview and happy scenes from the 60th birthday celebration.

Here, the usually serious minded professor shows the other side of him with unbelievable dance steps to upbeat Nigerian hip hop music.

Seyi Shay, Timaya, Bracket Drop Hot New Videos

seyi shayA number of Nigerian artistes including Seyi SHay, Timaya and music duo, Bracket have just released hot new music videos.

New Island records artiste, Seyi Shay has dropped a new video for her song ‘Right Now’. The video was directed by JM Films.

 

DM Records star, Timaya has also released a double dose of song and video, titled ‘Some More’.

The song which is a fusion of dancehall and afrobeats was produced by Legendary Beatz.

 

The duo of Vast and Smash, popularly known as Bracket has also released the visuals to their previously released song – “Panya” featuring triple mg artiste; Tekno.

The video was directed by Patrick Elis.