With 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.
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.
Osahon Asemota joins VJ Ehiz on the Top 10 this week to talk about the hottest videos making the rounds in the Nigerian music scene.
Dr. Sid continues to lead the MTV Base Official Naija Top 10. The “Talented” artist tops the definitive Naija music video chart for the second week running.
Showing progress this week is D’Banj’s “Finally”, which climbs to number 2, while Davido’s “Skelewu” jumps two places to number 5. Olamide’s “Duro Soko” is also up one place to number 4, as is Kcee’s “Pull Over”(number 7) and WizKid’s “Jaiye Jaiye” (number 8).
“I Swear” by Ice Prince, stays at number six while “Mama Eh” by Sean Tizzle remains at number 10.
Former number one “Natural Something” by Sound Sultan slips to number 3, while “I’m Sorry” by Illbliss drops out of the top 10 altogether.
This week’s chart sees just one new entry: “Rotate” by Wande Coal making its debut at number 9.
The MTV Base Official Naija Top
1 DR SID – TALENTED 2 D’BANJ – FINALLY 3 SOUND SULTAN – NATURAL SOMETHING 4 OLAMIDE – DURO SOKE 5 DAVIDO – SKELEWU 6 ICE PRINCE – I SWEAR 7 KCEE – PULL OVER 8 WIZKID – JAIYE JAIYE 9 WANDE COAL – ROTATE 10 SEAN TIZZLE – MAMA EH
It had earlier been rumored that Wande Ojosipe popularly known as Wande Coal had left Mavin Records to his own record label Black Diamond.
The management of Mavin Records has released a press statement stating the departure of Wande Coal.
“It is with deep regret that we officially announce the departure of recording artist Wande Ojosipe, popularly known as Wande Coal, from Mavin Records due to irreconcilable differences.
Over the past few months, Mavin Records has made a concerted move to consolidate its position in the Nigerian music industry. Mavin has pursued a renewed ethos to raise its standards of quality and professionalism to a world-class level. Wande’s vision has not aligned with ours and a few months ago all parties mutually agreed that a separation would be the best course of action.
Legal parties on both sides have spent the past six months trying to reach an amicable solution in terms of musical property rights. However, the decision by Wande Coal to release ‘Baby Face’ purportedly as his own material is a direct breach of intellectual property law and compelled an immediate clarification on our part.
Both Mavin Records and Wande Coal have enjoyed a remarkable run in the course of their working relationship. It is unfortunate that conflicting priorities contributed to the premature curtailment of a hitherto fruitful accord.
Mavin Records reaffirms its goal to constantly provide high quality music to our fans and introduce new and exciting talents into the industry.
We wish Wande Coal the best of luck in all his future endeavours”.
Signed Management Mavin Records Ltd
A few days back Don Jazzy called Wande Coal out on twitter due to the release of the controversial single “Baby Face” stating that Wande stole his song.
See tweet below :
some minutes later Wande Coal replied Don Jazzy on twitter.
Another reply from Don Jazzy below:
Below is Wande Coal’s version of the single Baby Face
Sensational singer and member of the Mavin crew, Tiwa Savage has been engaged by her boyfriend/manager Tunji ‘Tee Billz on the night she celebrated her 33rd birthday.
The engagement took place at the singers’ birthday party. After rendering a special birthday song for his girlfriend, ‘Tee Billz went down on his knees in the presence of friends and colleagues and in a very emotional voice proposed to her.
She said YES.
The moment was witnessed by a few celebrity friends, including Tiwa’s Mavin Records boss Don Jazzy, Dr SID, Banky W, Beat FM Personality Toolz and several others.
Barely a week to the commencement of the Calabar festival, the SA event Management, Cross River State, Mr Nzan Ugbe has released the itinerary for the 31 days event.
The S.A. events management of Cross River state; Mr. Nzan ugbe has reeled out the itinerary for the Calabar Festival; a 31-day event which will kick-start on Friday,
According to him, topping the list of the list of international and local musicians expected to perform at the event are R & B and hip hop recording artist, Akon and legendary South African trumpeter, composer and singer, Hugh Masekela at the 2012 Calabar Festival.
Akon who owns and manages two successful record labels, convict Muzik and Kon Live Distribution, will be performing at the festival for a second time.
Nigeria’s biggest music stars such as 2 Face, MI, Ice Prince, P-Square, Wizkid, J Martins and Naeto C are also billed to perform during the 31 – day event.
Other local acts include Timaya, Duncan Mighty, Ruggedman, Wande Coal, Iyanya, Nigg a Raw,Flavour and the Azonto exponent, Sakordie from Ghana.
Speaking Music Genres, Jazz music lovers have also been catered for by the organizers of the Festival they lined up Jonathan Butler, Kunle Ayo and Moses Philips to perform at the Jazz in Paradise segment of the festival.
Comedians have also been invited to be part of the event to put smiles on the faces of Nigerians.
The list includes I Go Die,Klint de Drunk, Shirman, Julius Agwu, Gordons, Akpororo, MC Mbakara, Prof. Aboki, White Nigerian, Last Prophet, Headmaster, Whokes and Robert Ekpo.
For the Calabar praise Night, the list of artists is no less impressive as respected acts like Sammy Okposo,Hope Davies, Sinach, Sabina, Ohen de prophet, Kingsley Agbor and Godswill Daniel.
The festival will also witness the commissioning of a cinema, where the movie; streets of Calabar will premiere.
There will also be the Festival of Arts and Craft, golf and football matches, the selection of a new Calabar Carnival Queen and the Green concert among other new additions to the yearly event.
The organizers of the Headies awards has announced that talented rising artiste, Chuddy K has been taken off the nominees list for the “Next Rated” category.
The organizers took the decision because Chuddy K had previously released an album titled “I Am Me” in 2010 and the major requirement for nominees is that s/he must be unreleased artistes as at nomination period.
Judges of the prestigious annual music awards have now taken Chuddy K off the Next Rated category and have now replaced him with talented rapper, Flowssick.
Following the rules of the “Next Rated category over the years, this category for the awards is for the most promising upcoming officially unreleased act in the year under review. The prize for this category also comes with a brand new car courtesy The Headies. Past winners of this category include Wande Coal, Asa, Skuki, Overdose, Omawumi and Wizkid
The Next Rated Category nominees are now DavidO, Eva Alordiah, Praiz and Flowssick.
The Headies 2012 is scheduled to hold at the Convention Centre of Eko Hotels and Suites, in Lagos on Sunday October 20, 2012. M.I and Omawumi will host the highly anticipated event.
See this year’s nominnees list for Headies award here.