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.

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)

Shizzi Accuses Tunde Ednut, Masterkraft Of Jacking ‘Kosowo’

Tunde EdnutPopular music producer, Shizzi has accused singer, Tunde Ednut and producer Masterkraft of infringing on his intellectual property by using his instrumental on their newly released track titled Kosowo.

The matter has been taken up legally as lawyers representing Shizzi have served Tunde Ednut as well as popular Masterkraft a letter, threatening a suit.

The letter, which has been made available to Entertainment News on Channels TV, alleges that the instrumental for Kosowo was created in 2014 by Shizzi and that the instrumental was initially given to an unnamed A-list artiste, even though the project was pended after a few studio sessions.

Shizzi also claims Tunde Ednut released the song with the lyrical content of the A-list artiste playing a dominant role and is now demanding the song and newly released video titled be removed from all websites and social media.

Entertainment News reached out to Tunde Ednut, who said “write anything you want to but I have not copied anybody. If you want anything, ask Wande Coal, because he is the owner of the song.”

In a swift reaction, a representative of Wande Coal, Henry, confirmed to Entertainment News that the Black Diamond singer is the un-named A-list artiste in Shizzi’s letter.

“I know Shizzi produced the track for Wande and Tunde just came to our studio, heard it and just ran with it. It was Tunde who f***ed up and we are trying to clear this mess now”.

He added, “Last year, Tunde Ednut came to our studio and Wande Coal played different unfinished songs that he was working on for him.

“Wande never gave him Kosowo because he was still working on it with Shizzi. It was a surprise when we heard it on NOTJUSTOK.

“We’ve been calling him to come but he has refused. We never gave him the rights to the song because Wande still hopes to complete the song with Shizzi and release at a later date.”

Tunde Ednut has however gone ahead to release a music video for the controversial song.

Below is the letter from Shizzi’s lawyers and the newly released ‘Kosowo’ video.

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Wande Coal Says ‘God, Not Don Jazzy Made Me’

wande coalBlack Diamond Entertainment boss and lead act, Wande Coal on Thursday spoke about his journey to success during a press session in Lagos, saying God and not former label executive/producer, Don Jazzy ‘made’ him.

WC, as he often calls himself, came into mainstream music when he joined the now defunct Mo’Hits label, under which he released his debut album, From Mushin To Mo’Hits.

When a disagreement between label executives, Don Jazzy and D’Banj led to the end of the label, Wande Coal joined Mavin Records, alongside Dr. Sid, Tiwa Savage and D’Prince, under the leadership of Don Jazzy.

However, Wande Coal quit the label in 2013.

[Click here to watch: God, Not Don Jazzy Made Me – Wande Coal]

However, during the interview, Wande Coal was quick to give kudos to his former boss, revealing that he misses him.

[Watch Video Here]

Wande Coal is getting set to release his first full body of work since leaving Mavin Records. The album is titled WANTED.

Wande Coal To Drop First Album Post-MAVIN

Wande CoalRnB/Pop singer, Wande Coal is set to drop a brand new album titled Wanted, as a date in October has been fixed.

The Black Diamond star has also unveiled the album cover for the full body of work which will be his sophomore project and the first since he quit Don Jazzy led Mavin records.

His first album, Mushin to Mo’hits, released under the now defunt label, recorded commercial and critical success.

Recently, Wande Coal released a music video, Ashimapeyin, off the album, which also became an instant hit and then his feature on Patronaking’s ‘My Woman, My everything’ prepared fans for his return to the music scene.

In a message ahead of the album release, Wande Coal said: “Finally, Black Diamond presents “WANTED”, My sophomore album. This is for the die hard fans, the critics, haters, the media houses and more importantly, those who never stopped believing. This is a reminder of who I was and who I have evolved into. This is where I want to be; WANTED”

The album #WCWanted will be out on the 26th of October 2015.

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Coffee Drops ‘Wata Gbemu’ Video, Features Wande Coal

coffeeThe British-Nigerian soul and afro-pop singer, Coffee, drops a new summer video titled “Wata Gbemu,” which translates to “That Beard” in Hausa.

The track also features R$B singer, Wande Coal.

The visual for the Josh Beatz-produced track was directed by Edith Nwekenta with cameo appearance by Maleek Berry.

 

Watch Video Below!

Wande Coal’s Second Album On The Way…

Wande CoalSeven years after his debut album, former Mo’Hits and Mavin singer, Wande Coal is set to release his sophomore album.

The singer whose debut, Mushin to Mo’hits, recorded comercial and critical success, is now running solo for his second album after having to deal with management issues on his former record label.

According to reports, his yet to be titled album will feature collaborations with Skuki, Phyno, Burna Boy and others with enlisted producers including Sarz, Shizzi and Maleek Berry.

Don Jazzy To Work With D’Banj On 10th Music Anniversary

DonJazzy DbanjTwo years after the controversial breakup of their Mo’ Hits record imprint, hip hop music heavyweights D’Banj and Don Jazzy will be reuniting to make new music.

The two former friends and music partners, who have since gone ahead to form different record labels, would be working together on a couple of tracks to celebrate D’banj’s 10th year musical anniversary.

According to an insider, the track would be for a D’Banj album which is expected to drop soon.

It is however, yet unclear if the album would receive any input from other former Mo’ Hits artistes including Wande coal, D’Prince and Dr. Sid.

Phyno, Wande Coal Rock At Grand Finale of L’Original Fashion Competition

fayrouz l'original fashion contestIt was a night of exquisite fashion and raving music as two teams of fashion enthusiasts sparred to gain supremacy at the L’Original Fashion show in Lagos.

The teams, Team Elan led by upcoming designer Temitayo Enitan and Team Loud Tribe – led by Francis Udeh, had bettered other contestants across the country to get to the final stage.

Contest Judge, Mai Atafo, appreciated the efforts of both teams before announcing the winner, Team Elan.

The event ended with dazzling performances by by Raving rapper, Phyno and former Mavin star, Wande Coal, as they entertained the guests.

Wande Coal’s Record Label Searching For New Talents

Wande CoalWith a new album underway and numerous plans in the works, former Mavin artiste, Wande Coal is looking to expand his music outfit, Black Diamond Entertainment.

“The Kick” crooner said that the search for new talents to grace Nigeria’s entertainment industry was on. He made this known while having a quick chat on Harvest FM, Makurdi, in preparation for his performance at the Makurdi wing of Star Music Trek 2014.

So, fingers crossed, some upcoming talent’s life may soon take a 360’s turn for the better as the Black Diamond Entertainment is obviously leaving nothing to chance as it takes entertainment to the next level in 2014.

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Nigerian Superstars Set To Go On Tour

Wizkid-Tiwa-Savage-Pepsi-ambassadors-featNigerian 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.