Dear Dagrin, it's still hard to believe that you are no longer with us and time may never be enough to heal the wound, let alone clear the scar you've left in our hearts. I tuned through a couple of radio stations today and your songs kept playing back to back. I browsed through blogs and websites and I wasn't surprised to see how much love your friends, fans and family expressed today. You are loved and missed for real. You will always be missed my friend...O le nu for shizzle!
We would have been somewhere today probably popping champagne to mark your birthday but as The Almighty will's, you are on the other side of life celebrating it with other great people like you....sad for us tho.
Real names, Olaitan Oladapo Olaonipekun, Dagrin died on Thursday April 22 due to severe injuries sustained from a ghastly motor accident on Wednesday, April 14, 2010.
HAPPY POSTHUMOUS BIRTHDAY DAGRIN....from the Jarmzone.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
'Franchise Celebrity' is an album loaded with beautiful renditions, carefully selected collaborations and brilliantly laced beats. However, it is amazing that DJ Clem solely produced 90 percent of the album while Legendury Beats produced "Ko Maa Roll" and Lanre Saver co-produced "What's Your Fuji" with DJ Clem.
"Gbedu" produced by Lanre Saver leads the 14 track and 1 bonus album. "Uncensored", one of the solo singles that built led the eventual album comes next – different percussions, fast tempo and yet, clear delivery. Running after the beat could have been disastrous but she maintained a reasonable pace, which makes the beat and voice stand at par. Playing to "Follow, Follow" at home may be such a bad idea because I see Alanta, breakdance, skank, and what have you? It's a groovy/club joint and if you don't have enough space to move to this song, just press the 'skip' button. The next song is a duet - "Best Friend" featuring Willy Bang. Although the beat reminds you of "Rock & Roll" by Rhymzo (2006) but the application of other elements of sound clarifies both beats. New kid Willy Bang leads this song while Mo'cheddah follows closely, making it difficult for a regular listener to notice the disparity in the depth of their voices.
The last single released before the album is "Ko Maa Roll" and it's still as hot as you can agree. The song, which was produced by Legendury Beats starts with the talking drums (playing softly) before the tenor drums, hi-hats, heavy bass and other percussions came through, chauffeuring the tempo to the fast lane. Another song that has earned appreciable nods and reviews across the local music scene is "If You Want Me" featuring Othello and it's sitting pretty cool at number 6 on the album. Mo'Cheddah makes Highlife sound like the new cool on "No Be Money". The song ends on a funny note but you have to listen yourself to catch the joke. She goes hard on "Wole Pelu Change" (Freestyle) but I would rather we leave it as a skit that it is meant to be.
Track 9 – "What's Your Fuji" is Fuji music delivered in a revamped manner. This song is more of a chant as the bridge and hook comes repeatedly, making you forget any other thing that has been said on the verses. The effect of this song is unpredictable but I'll say it depends on the listeners state of mind: some will skip over while some will groove to it. At number 10 is "In The Morning" featuring "10 Over 10" rapper, Naeto C. This track is actually a love song wrapped in rhythm and poetry - if you catch my drift. Saying Mo'Cheddah is gifted and versatile will be stating the obvious, ain't it? Well, she flaunts this on "Maybe" and in a convincing way. She kills it from the lyrics, fluid delivery to DJ Clem's guitar strums and drums; this is a love song for the lover-fans to cuddle.
If there is one thing Nigeria needs, even at this sensitive democratic time, it is U.N.I.T.Y. On "United", Mo'Cheddah paints a personified and third party picture articulating the message. If you think the party has been a boring one so far, you may have a rethink when "Free Worship (Part 1)" hits the speakers. This is a Gospel medley that you can rock to anywhere – club, church, traffic, work, kitchen and even in your toilet.
Late Dagrin makes a lyrical cameo on "Thank You", officially closing the curtain of the 'Franchise Celebrity' album by Mo'Cheddah. However, she adds "Shampoo" alongside Chuddy K as a bonus track for those who love the song for keeps. After all said and done, 'Franchise Celebrity' is evidence of hard work and if it took about 3 years to achieve, then it is worth it. It is a dynamic collection of Rap, R&B, Gospel, Highlife, Contemporary and Pop music.
From the Jarmzone 'Franchise Celebrity' scores 3½/5.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Like most talented artistes,(local and abroad), Matayas started singing in church and continued in the University (Ladoke Akintola University of Technology) to form a group called GQ. The group, which also had the "Overkillin" star, Djinee as a member, became very popular and placed them on most of the school's social events and platforms.
Apart from learning his keys and notes in the church choir, Matayas paid close attention to the likes of Michael Jackson, Boys 2 Men, R Kelly and Craig David; their music and craft inspired him a great deal. His music is about giving hope to the troubled spirit in every nooks and crannies, "my mission is to redefine music in Nigeria, and be seen as a symbol of creativity and an artiste beyond a singer" he adds.
It may interest you to know that Matayas is also a fine artist who can create almost any image the mind can think of, either with pencil, brush and watercolours or computer. He is multitalented indeed and a single encounter with him is all it requires to assert this claim.
His debut album will be unleashed in bits, starting with the recently released single, titled "Unbreakable" (inspired by a true story). The video for "Unbreakable" is in works already and it's in collaboration with Mex - same guy that directed outstanding videos like "Safe" by M.I, "Overkillin" by Djinee and "Ogini" by Lil Jojo to mention a few.
Finally, Matayas is here to stay and in his words, "people should expect the unusual".
Listen to Matayas' song....and leave a comment please
Posted by James Silas at 12:12 PM
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
According to Darey and his management, the singles, titled "Don't Let Me Know" and "The Way You Are" will be released online this week, but the official radio release is scheduled for Monday October 25. We also gathered that the songs will be available on artiste's website www.dareyonline.com and on iTunes.
The two singles, lean towards different distinct directions: the first one, "Don't Let Me Know", is a slow, smooth and sensitive joint while "The Way You Are" is soulful, more upbeat and yet groovy enough to earn heavy spins in the clubs and dance halls.
In an environment where there's so much crime, confusion and crises, many are focusing on functional relationships to keep their sanity. From work to school, neighbourhoods and family units, many are holding on to interpersonal bonds to help take their minds away from everyday issues. Darey's music focuses on some of these relationships; weaving lovable and lovelorn lyrics on creative and strategically made music that'll undoubtedly live up to world standards.
According to Darey, "we're nothing without love' Darey says. 'So I like to share life experiences with my music, using love, living, and learning".
His last album 'un.DAREY.ted', released in March 2009, received tremendous critical and commercial acclaim. Propelled by major hits like "Carry Dey Go", "Not The Girl", "More", "No Stars" and others, un.DAREY.ted remains a fan-favourite across the continent – winning over a dozen local and international awards so far.
It may interest you to know that Darey, suspended the release of his US album following the death of his label Chairman Dick Griffey (of S.O.L.A.R Records) in September this year. He has been busy working with producer extraordinaire, Cobhams Asuquo on the coming album which is also his third. The album is planned for a Nigerian and international release at a soon-to-be announced date.
Posted by James Silas at 11:29 PM
The comedian, whose real names are Ajibola Adebayo stepped on the comedy scene ten years ago and has distinguished himself from his contemporaries by keeping his jokes clean and decent.
The event marking his 10th year anniversary will come in two folds. The first will take place at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island on Friday, November 12 and it will be exclusive to just clients and corporate bodies who have been supportive to Holy Mallam's career over the years. The second event will be for the general public and it's billed to take place on the Sunday, November 14 at the Lagoon Restaurant.
Both events will not only feature the comedian, it will also see some of his colleagues on stage delivering excellent routines from their vast bags of tricks.
Apart from being a highly successful comedian Holy Mallam is also a very talented singer whose album in 2005 proved his dynamism.
The comedian also runs a company called Holy Mallam Events which specializes in organizing and planning events, parties, and weddings.
Posted by James Silas at 6:03 PM