NMVA Organisers Announce Winners of 2015 Edition

NMVAOrganizers of the Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA) have announced rapper Vector’s video for ‘King Kong Remix’ as the 2015 Video of the Year.

The awards ceremony was postponed indefinitely last year with the organizers citing logistic challenges for calling off an earlier announced date in 2015.

Although the ceremony never held, organizers have announced winners from the last year nominations including Mavin Records as the Record Label of the Year, Mattmaxx as the Best Director and Reekado Banks’ Katapot named for Best Use of Visual Effect in a Music Video.

See the full list of winners:

Best RnB Video – Timi Dakolo – Wish Me Well

Best Highlife Video – Harrysong – Raggae Blues

Best Soft Rock / Alternative Video – Adekunle Gold – Sade

Best Gospel Video – Humblesmith – Osinachi

Best Video By Minors – Young Bobby & Lexxy Eye – Famous

Best Afrobeat Video – Wizkid – Ojuelegba

Best Raggae/Dancehall Video – Sheyi Shay – Right Now

Best Afro Hip Hop Video – Falz – Karishika

Best Afro Pop Video – Oristefemi – Igbeyawo

Best Pop Extra Video – Tekno Miles – Duro

Best Video By A New Artiste – Kiss Daniel – Laye

Best Contemporary Afro Video – Korede Bello – Godwin

Mainstream Hip Hop Video – Vector – Kingkong Remix

Best Use Of Dance In A Video – May D – Ibadi

Best Use Of Costume In A Video – Tipsy – O Wunmi

Best Use Of Visual Effect In A Video – Reekado Banks – Katapot

Best Cinematography – Mr Moe Musa – Melo by Olamide

Best Director – Mattmax – Kingkong Rmx by Vector

Best New Director – Wole Siren – Okoro by Jowana

Best Editor – Unlimited LA – Aww by Dija

Record Label Of The Year – Mavin Records

Video Of The Year – Vector – Kingkong Remix

 

ClassiQ Drops ‘Hoto’ Remix

ClassiQHausa speaking rapper, ClassiQ has dropped the remix of his hit song, ‘Hoto’.

ClassiQ featured Vector and Jesse Jagz on the remix of the track.

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Face Off 2015: Nigerian Celebrities Set For Basketball Friendly

Face OffTop 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.

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Vector Out With REMIX II Of KING KONG, Feat. Sarkodie

VectorNigerian rapper, Vector Tha Viper teams up with award winning Ghanaian rapper, Sarkodie in a second remix of his hit song, King Kong.

With a previous remix featuring fellow celebrated rap artists, Phyno and Reminisce, Vector like a king decided to further stun his fans with this new remix.

The new remix has an infusion of strong rhythmic rap flow from Sarkodie and also features Ugo, Project Fame season 7 finalist on the bass guitar.

“I decided to have two remixes for this song so as to delight my fans with different renderings of the same song”, said an excited Vector. “As you know, this is one of the few songs in Nigeria that two remixes have been done for and this ability to bring different artistes on board the same song goes to show the quality of the song.”

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!

 

 

Vector And Record Label Resolve Contract Dispute

vector-kilodephotoshootAward winning rapper Vector and his record label YSG have reached an agreement to settle contract issues, after about a year of protracted contract dispute.

The rapper tendered an open apology to his record label and cited irreconcilable difference as the cause of the dispute in the first place.

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

PHOTOS: Star Studded Launch Of The Juice Season 2

ToolzNigerian celebrities trooped out in their numbers for the launch of a popular TV show, “The Juice” hosted by Nigerian On Air Personality, Tolu ‘Toolz’ Oniru.

Guests included Osas Ighodaro, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi, Tomi Odunsi, Toke Makinwa, Adebola Williams, Noble Igwe, Sasha P, Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju, Yemi Black, Vector, Tunde Demuren, Niyola, and others.

Performers included hit artistes Kcee, Seyi Shay and Yemi Alade. It was a fun-filled evening of surprise guests interviewed live and a dance competition anchored by Kcee with 1000dollars for the best dancer.

Celeb contestants were Noble Igwe, Toke Makinwa and Ebuka Obi-Uchendu.

Emmah Ebuka Obi-Uchendu DJ Spinall Anita Ifeoma Isedah a.k.a Omalicha

Kcee and Olise Adebua Kcee Lala Akindoju NiyolaYemi Alade (2) Harrysong Sasha P (1) Seyi Shay (1) Toke Makinwa (1) Tunde Demurin, Toke Makinwa, Sasha PTitilope Sonuga and Onos Toyin Jolapamo and Vector

Burna Boy Hosts Album Listening Party

It was a huge turnout at Burna Boy’s Album listening party which held recently at the Café Vanessa, Victoria Island.

Guests who stormed the party include Dj Caise, Dj Lambo, Tola Odunsi, Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi, Audu Maikori, Dj Jimmy Jatt amongst others.

Dj JamJam was announced as the official DJ for Burna Boy at the listening party.

Burna Boy will be hosting Industry Nite , Wednesday 14th August.

 

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PHOTO: Price Tillaman Rides Into Party On Horseback

Nigerian Afro pop singer, Tillaman stunned attendees of a party when he rode in on a horse.

The ‘Ko ma roll’ crooner who headlined a recent music concert, Industry Nite, wowed the audience riding  to the event on his new beast!

It was a music-filled night as Tillaman, his band, DJ XGee, DJ Spinall and guests artistes like Zyhno Spikes, Trigga, Vector, JJC, Tunde Ednut and others thrilled the audience.

Speaking about his song, Ori Owo, which many say deserves more airplay than it is currently enjoying, Tillaman told Channels Television in an exclusive chat that “Ori Owo is a great song and it deserves all the exposure a song can get. But then again, you will be surprised at how far the song has gone.”

He also expressed his desire for priracy to become history in the entertainment industry, “so artistes can actually reap as much as they deserve”.

Also in attendance were Euphoric Dynasty: CEO The General, DJ Xclusive, Morachi, Shank, Modenine, Nivvy G, General Pype, Jahborne, Uzi, Blink, DJ Kentalky, Mr 2K, several radio and TV OAPs amongst others.

Tillaman recently released the video for his song, Ori Owo.

 

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Terra-Culture Book Store Hosts Channels Book Club

In this bumper episode, the Channels Book Club visits the terra-culture book store in Lagos, introduces the Nigerian writers shortlisted for the 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing.

We also  have a chat with Kemi Ogunniyi, a talented writer, blogger, singer and author of a new children’s book titled ‘The Tales of Mr. Tortoise’.

Rap sensation ‘Vector’ also reaches out with advice on the joy of reading…
Enjoy…

 

Vector, DavidO, Psquare clear Headies awards

The 2012 edition of Africa’s prestigious entertainment awards The Headies took place on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at the expo hall of the Eko Hotel and Suites

The event was cohosted by singer Omawumi and rapper M.I.

The high point of the event, which started three hours later than scheduled, was when fast rising lyricist, Olanrewaju Ogunmefun, popularly known as Vector the Viper was announced as winner of two awards, Best Rap Single and Lyricist on the Role.

M.I and Omawumi thrilled the audience with their little song titled ‘The Headies’.

Omawumi, who often tease herself with the name ‘Urhobo mama’ because of how she blends the pidgin English with the regular English language, promised the audience that she was not going to speak an atom of pidgin while hosting the event placing a bet of N500,000.

The winner of the 2010 MTN Project Fame, Chidima opened the show thrilling the audience with her latest song“Kadike”

Psquare return to the Headies’ honours list after a two-year break and with their ‘Invasion’ album the pop twin won two awards – in the ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Best R&B-Pop Album’ categories. Also, Jude Okoye, Psquare’s elder brother received the award for ‘Best Music Video,’ beating tough competition from Clarence Peters.

The biggest award of the night ‘Artiste of the Year’ went to EME signee Ayo ‘Wizkid’ Balogun. The 22-year-old, who was the third and final act to walk away with two awards was also awarded the ‘Revelation of the Year’ award.

Wande Coal and Tiwa Savage of the MAVIN Records crew picked up awards for ‘Best Vocal Performance’ in both male and female categories – with Wande Coal’s ‘Private trips’ and Tiwa Savage’s ‘Love me 3x’.

The ‘Next Rated’ award which comes with the special prize of a Hyundai Sonata was won by  DavidO.

Highlights of the show were the live band performances from Bez and Praiz, who rendered their duet ‘Stupid song‘, Timi Dakolo who gripped the audience with his ‘Great nation’ song, and surprisingly rookies Burna Boy and Dammy Krane.

Winners of the Headies Rockie competition, Burna Boy and Dammy Krane performed also thrilled the audience with their performance.

The so much talked about “Stupid Song” by Bez ft Praiz got the audience excited.

Other performances were from Omo Baba Olowo also known as DavidO, Timi Dakolo , Chuddy K and Brymo.

The Headies brought together all the Nigerian musicians in the 80s and 90s as a way of reunion and letting them know the impact they have made in the music industry and the traces they have left behind.

These include Onyeka Owenu, Oris Wiliki, Mike Okori, Baba Fryo, Sir Shina Peters, Fatai Rolling Dollar, Daddy Showkey and many more.

Verve card gave an opportunity to the audience to win the verve surprise winner gift through a raffle draw. The lucky winner got the star prize of N500, 000.

Nominees and winners absent at the event included the winner of the Best Album of the year, P Square, winner of the Best RnB single May D, D’Banj, Mavin Crew, Wizkid, Ice-Prince and African Artiste of the year Sarkodie.

Below is a list of the winners:
• Best RnB single – May D (Soundtrack)

• Best pop single – Iyanya (Kukere)

• Best Rap single – Vector ft 9ice (Angelina)

• Best Street Pop – Chudy K (Gaga Crazy)

• Best RnB Pop Album – Psquare (Invasion)

• Best Rap Album – E.L.I (Ice-Prince)

• Best Vocal Performance Male – Wande Coal (Private Trips)

• Best Vocal Performance Female – Tiwa Savage (Love me, Love me)

• Best Collaboration – Soundsultan ft Excel and Flavor (Orobo)

• Song of the Year – Oliver Twist (D’banj)

• Recording of the year – Ara (Brymo)

• Producer of the year – TYMix (Super C Season by Naeto C)

• Best Music Video – Chop My Money Remix –Jude Okoye

• Next Rated – DavidO

• Hip-Hop Revelation of the Year – Wizkid

• African Artist of the Year – Sarkodie (Azonto Fiesta)

• Headies Hall of Fame – Femi Kuti