Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Africa’s leading Film and Television Programmes Expo known as BOBTV which holds annually is back for its ninth edition.
The international event which attracts over 5,000 delegates including content-providers, programme developers, and auxiliary industries practitioners from around the world provides an all-round platform for business networking.
Organisers say the Expo' will also attract top government personalities, policy influencers, opinion moulders as well as notable figures from the Nigerian movie and music scene.
The three-day event which will showcase various exhibitions on the creative industries, provide master classes, market screening, capacity building and business networking will hold between Tuesday, March 13th and Friday, March 16th, 2012 at the Ladi Kwali convention centre, Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Abuja.
"The past eight editions have been amazing in many ways. We are convinced that, now more than ever, we need to begin to see the entertainment industries as creative industries and bring about worthy growth” says Amaka Igwe.
According to the UN Creative economy report 2012 “the Creative Industries are proliferating in Europe and North America, revitalizing the economy of urban centres through cultural and social developments offering attractive jobs, particularly to young people. The turnover of the European creative industries amounted to 654 billion Euros in 2003, growing 12.3 per cent faster than the overall economy of the European Union and employing over 5.6 million people.”
Igwe continues “the aim of this year’s Expo is to work towards a repositioning of the Nigerian entertainment industries which is rapidly growing in Nigeria and Africa, to a more robust and sure footed Creative Economy in line with world best practices by 2015”.
Apart from exhibitions, trainings, workshops, conferences and seminars, BOBTV has since inception, recognized various individuals who have excelled in their service to various industries and rewarded them with the BOBTV Honours List Awards. Past awardees include: Mr. Peter Igho, Executive Director, NTA (2007), Mr. Andy Amenechi - Film Director (2007), Liz Benson - Actor (2007). In 2008, Late Mr. Sam Loco Efe, Dr. Raymond Dokpesi, and Dr. Umar Farouk also received awards. In 2009, pioneering Nollywood producer, Okechukwu Ogunjiofor, Lekan Ogunbanwo, Nkem Owoh, Bukky Ajayi, Zainab Bewal, Efere Ozakor and the Cast and crew of MNET’s Jacob’s Cross also received awards.
Last year’s BOBTV Honours list includes Chairman Silverbird Group Ben Murray-Bruce, Nollywood movie marketer Ossy Affason, copyright lawyer Efere Ozako and Make-up and special effects Virtuoso Dagogo Diminas.
This year’s edition will begin with a Music Fiesta organized by Storm 360 and hosted by Celebrities. Past editions have been hosted by the likes of the Bayelsa State Culture Ministry, Soundcity and Lagos State Tourism Board. There have also been performances from top artists like P-Square, 2Face, M.I, Mamuzee and many others.
“BOBTV 2012 seeks to prepare Africa to address “The Content Question in a Digital Economy” and expects the participation of various telecommunication services like mobile networks, digital broadcasters, ISP’s, Broadband services, and DTT platforms. Workshops and seminars will also be organized for participants at the Expo.” Executive producer Amaka Igwe says.
BOBTV started in 2002 by the pioneers of the Nigerian Film and TV Programmes Industry who wanted to create structures that facilitate the foundation and exchange of high quality TV programmes. The first edition was held in Lagos at the Sheraton Hotel Ikeja, supported by the National Broadcasting Commission and Multichoice Nigeria.
Subsequently, the demand to participate required a much bigger venue and BOBTV moved to the Ladi Kwali convention Centre in Abuja; the biggest convention centre in Nigeria today.
By 2005, the African film and Television Programmes expo had become an international event, attracting visitors, participants and resource persons from Canada, Zimbabwe, Namibia, England, United States, South Africa, Ghana and many more.
This also revealed the wide gap in the infrastructure that should support the growth of the audio-visual industry in Africa. "BOBTV is always fun and I'm looking forward to even more fun this year as we exchange ideas and reinvigorate the system’’, Amaka concludes.
According to the organizers, a schedule of activities for this year's edition will be released next week.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
I.C.E consists of three young talents - Sam, Clem and Ernest. The group was formed in 2001 by the three using the initials of their names; Ogunleye Samuel IDOWU, Okpala CLEMENT and Okpala ERNEST. The group started as a five man crew but were later reduced to three after two members left to pursue personal dreams. They recorded their first single "Dirty Dancing" in 2006 after which they decided to take a break and concentrate on their education. A reunion took place in 2010 to birth the name - I.C.E. The boys are currently unsigned and are busy
working on their debut album.
Here we have "OYOKOYO", a recently released single by I.C.E... Please press play, download and leave a comment.
Friday, February 24, 2012
Have you heard Harrysong's new single, "Taiye, Kehinde"? The song was produced by Shizzi, the beat chef behind Davido's hit single, "Dami Duro" and it's the first off his upcoming sophomore album.
"Taiye, Kehinde" are nomenclatures for Twins from the Yoruba tribe of Nigeria but on this song, Harrysong takes it from the angle of searching for love and a soulmate regardless of what it takes.The song was unleashed today - Friday, February 24, 2012 and I believe it is worth copping.
Full name Harrison Okiri, Harrysong is a talented singer, songwriter and voice coach. He is signed to Questionmark Entertainment owned by Kevin Lucciano Gabriel.
Nickelodeon recently announced the nominees for the milestone 25th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards (KCA), helmed by international superstar Will Smith and taking place in Los Angeles' Galen Center on Saturday, 31 March 2012. The show premieres on Nickelodeon (DStv Channel 305) on 3rd April at 18:00 CAT.
A star-studded line-up will be vying for the coveted Kids’ Choice Blimps at this year’s show, as kids honour their favourites spanning the worlds of film, music, TV and sports, including Jessica Alba, Antonio Banderas, Justin Bieber, Big Time Rush, Jack Black, Ty Burrell, Jim Carrey, Miranda Cosgrove, Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez, Victoria Justice, Bruno Mars, Taylor Lautner, Danica Patrick, Katy Perry, Michael Phelps, LMFAO, Taylor Swift, Daniel Radcliffe, Sophia Vergara, Adam Sandler and Kristen Stewart.
Beginning March 1, kids will be able to cast their votes in 20 total categories across all of Nickelodeon’s digital outlets, including www.2012KCA.com as well as Nickelodeon’s Facebook page and Twitter feed. For the first time ever, kids in Africa can cast their votes for their favourites by logging on to www.2012KCA.com!
Wizards, Smurfs and martial arts panda dominated the movie categories, with the Harry Potter franchise conjuring up top nods with four nominations for Favourite Movie, Favourite Book (the Harry Potter series), Daniel Radcliffe for Favourite Movie Actor and Emma Watson for Favourite Movie Actress. The Smurfs nabbed three nominations, including Favourite Movie, Sofia Vergara for Favourite Movie Actress and Katy Perry for Favourite Voice in an Animated Movie. The mega-hit Kung Fu Panda franchise ate up nominations for Favourite Movie, Favourite Cartoon and Jack Black for Favourite Voice in an Animated Movie.
This year’s dual nods include The Muppets for Favourite Movie and Amy Adams for Favourite Movie Actress and the Twilight franchise for Favourite Book (the Twilight series) and Kristen Stewart for Favourite Movie Actress. In the music categories, international superstars LMFAO, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift go head-to-head, all receiving two nods for Favourite Group/Female Singer and Favourite Song.
In television, the stars of Nickelodeon’s hit comedy iCarly - Jennette McCurdy, Nathan Kress and Jerry Trainor - duke it out as they dominate the Funniest TV Sidekick category. Additionally, American Idol grabs its eighth nomination for Favourite Reality Show up against returning contenders, America’s Funniest Home Videos, America’s Got Talent and Wipeout.
Check out the complete Nominees list.
Favourite TV Show
Good Luck Charlie
Wizards of Waverly Place
Favourite Reality Show
America’s Funniest Home Videos
America’s Got Talent
Favourite TV Actor
Favourite TV Actress
Funniest TV Sidekick
Kung Fu Panda
Phineas & Ferb
Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated
Favourite Male Athlete
Favourite Female Athlete
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Favourite Movie Actor
Jim Carrey (Mr. Popper’s Penguins)
Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides)
Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2)
Adam Sandler (Jack & Jill)
Favourite Movie Actress
Amy Adams (The Muppets)
Kristen Stewart (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1)
Sofia Vergara (The Smurfs)
Emma Watson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2)
Favourite Animated Movie
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots
Favourite Voice from an Animated Movie
Antonio Banderas (Puss in Boots)
Jack Black (Kung Fu Panda 2)
Johnny Depp (Rango)
Katy Perry (The Smurfs)
Favourite Music Group
Big Time Rush
Black Eyed Peas
Favourite Male Singer
Favourite Female Singer
Born this Way (by Lady Gaga)
Firework (by Katy Perry)
Party Rock Anthem (by LMFAO)
Sparks Fly (by Taylor Swift)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid series
Harry Potter series
Hunger Games series
Just Dance 3
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga
Mario Kart 7
Super Mario Galaxy
Come and witness the official launch of the most popular Nigerian made and owned T-Shirt line; 'Boyz Are Not Smiling' T-Shirt created by award-winning rapper, Terry Tha Rapman and designed by Marco Martinez tomorrow - Saturday, February 25, 2012.
The venue of the launch is Quezville, Eko Gym and Spa Complex. 9B, Akarigbere Close Off Idejo Street Off Adeola Odeku Street, Victoria Island. Time is 8pm and admission is free.
Performing artists at the event are: Pope, Pherowshuz, Fecko, Vector, Gino, Sossick, Overdose, Olamide and others.
It may also interest you to know that the winners of Terry Tha Rapman's Zombie Rap contest will be announced on this day!
B.A.N.S T-Shirts will be available for sale... Don't miss it!
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Encomium weekly, Nigeria’s foremost soft-sell and awards company has announced plans to celebrate its 15th anniversary with their annual revelry of thanksgiving - The White Gig!
The Lagos- based publication says they are leaving no stones unturned in celebrating 15 years of absolute excellence, “We know that absolutely nothing guarantees success than standing firm and strong, we are aware that being lucky, persevering and long suffering, being smart and hard working count for a lot. But grace, the grace of God and your karma come into play when it concerns endeavors” Kunle Bakare publisher of Encomium says.
So on Sunday March 18, 2012 at The Haven in Ikeja GRA, Lagos, the annual White Gig will not only play host to achievers from all walks of life, but also kick off a series of events marking 15 years of excitement, adventure, achievements, hard work and God’s grace.
Apart from the White Gig, Kunle says other gigs on the card include The Green and White Groove, The Black and White Ball and an end of the year party. We’re told a special publication to commemorate the anniversary is also in the works.
Since its debut in 2007 The White Gig has become one of the most anticipated events in Nigeria’s social calendar. With celebrities and friends clad in gorgeous all white ensembles, the atmosphere is blindingly different, and of course there is enough to eat and drink “We can’t wait to pamper our guests” Bakare says.
Encomium’s White gig has hosted many stars over the years, including Sarah Sosan, Dr. Muiz Banire, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Funke Akindele, Genevieve Nnaji, Omowunmi Akinnifesi, Julius Agwu, T.W.O, Princess, Sunny Neji, Dayo Adeneye and Keke Ogungbe
Others include Alariwo, DJ Jimmy Jatt, Stephanie Okereke, Zizi Cardow, Segun Arinze, Bisi Olatilo, Frank Edoho, Prince Bisi Olatilo and Nikki Laoye.
Tagged “TAKE THE STEPS, WALK THE TALK”, the 6-hour event will kick off with an elaborate red carpet reception. The iconic DJ Jimmy JATT will guide guests through soft, smooth and at times wild music; and guests will have an opportunity to dance and prance from 4PM to 10PM.
In its fifth year, the White Gig started when Encomium marked her 10th Anniversary in 2007. This year’s event is supported by Kiss Events, Jatt INC, Couture Cakes, BlackHouse Media, and Replica Digital. It will take place at The Haven from 4PM to 10PM on Sunday March 18, 2012.
Founded in May 1997, Encomium Weekly has gradually but steadily risen to become the the celebrity journal to beat and copy. The magazine captures the triumphs and travails of celebrities, from music to movies, politics to big business, and those who dominate the social circuit. It has developed from being a purely black and white magazine with only color covers to one parading many pages of colour; and the most respected magazine in its category.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
It’s official! - Grammy award winning American musician Robert Barisford Brown (Bobby Brown) is coming to Nigeria for the first time ever. And he’s making the trip with his pop group New Edition!
The R&B Singer, Song writer and dancer confirmed his appearance for the high budget concert organized by R28 events in an audio statement released on Monday from his base in America. The concert is scheduled for Friday March 9 in Lagos and Sunday March 11, in Port Harcourt.
In the audio message, Bobby Brown confirms he’d be in Nigeria in March “We’ll be rocking the stage live in Nigeria live on March 9 and 11. Don’t you dare miss it.”
This is the first time New Edition will be performing in Nigeria, a city where they have millions of fans and followers.
According to their management, the former group members will travel to Nigeria with a crew of 50 band members and associates.
And as fans, the music industry and R&B lovers gear up for the event that has been tagged “The show of the year”, the organizers have confirmed that 2face, Banky W, Duncan Mighty are getting set to perform alongside the visiting group.
Other co-headliners include Omawumi, eLDee, Burna Boy and Modenine.
“Music fans who appreciate the quality of good musical performances will be thrilled by the collection of the finest musicians we are putting together, this is a concert you don’t want to miss,” Gbolahan Balogun MD of R28 Events says.
R28 Events is a Lagos-based events solutions company set up to deliver simple, insightful and creative solutions through events, experimental marketing and corporate hospitality. The company says they are organizing the two-city concert as a way of redefining the quality of events in the country. ‘This promises to be a world-class concert, not like anything you’ve seen here before. Both in terms of production, and the quality of talent…’
Bobby has been touring the world with his group New Edition since last year. Although he cancelled a performance in honor of Whitney Houston two weeks back, the event producers say “Bobby Brown considers performing as therapy to get him through a difficult time. He wrote to us last week that he’d like to do this concert in memory of Whitney, and we said fine”.
The Lagos and Port Harcourt concerts will be dedicated to Bobby’s ex-wife Whitney Houston who passed on February 11. 2012.
Bobby was openly emotional at a show in Mississippi on Saturday February 11, 2012 following news of Whitney's death, then pulled out of a New Edition performance in Nashville on Sunday February 12, 2012 and flew to Los Angeles to be with his daughter.
New Edition is made up of Ronnie Devoe, Ricky Bell, Mike Bevins, Ralph Tresvant and Bobby Brown. The group's hits include "Candy Girl", "Cool It Now", and "Mr. Telephone Man”
Produced by R28 events, the concert will hold at the Eko Hotel and Suites on Friday March 9, 2012 and at the Polo Club, Port Harcourt on Sunday March 11, 2012.
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Thursday, February 16, 2012
Today (February 16), is the birthday of one of one of Nigeria's fast growing rapper, Redkad. And to mark his day, he launched two singles - "Follow Dey Go" and UnderAttack". However, we shall be featuring only one of the songs which is "Follow Dey Go"... download/play listen and tell us what you think about it.
We just bumbed on an audio recording announcing that Bobby Brown will be in Nigeria with New Edition in March!!!
Bobby has been touring the world with his group new edition since last year. Although he cancelled a performance in honor of Whitney Houston this week, it looks like the singer plans to join his crew for a gig in Nigeria next month.
"Whaddup Nigeria, its Bell Biv Devoe season, and this is your man Big Ronnie Devoe, aka what about Ronnie, and I’m coming along with my boys Ricky Bell and Mike Bevins, we are not coming alone, we are coming with New Edition Alumni Bobby Brown" Big Randevouz member of New Edition says.
Bobby Brown coming to Nigeria is a big deal – dude’s never been here. Matter of fact he’s never been to Africa. And that he’s coming weeks after Whitney passed? Is he going to perform Whitney tributes, and will he come with his daughter, Bobbi Kristina?
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
I was in an editorial meeting with my colleagues two days ago (Monday 13) and one of the items on the minute was choosing stories for the next edition of the magazine. My colleague mentioned an interview he conducted with 2Face where the star talked about his kids, women in his life and marriage intention…
The last time I checked - Annie Macaulay was on a location playing out a role in an upcoming Nollywood movie and according to a close friend of hers - on Monday (13) Morning, her BB status read “I miss Ene”… apparently because she was far from her daughter.
Now, certain situations cannot be analyzed mathematically but I guess, Annie returned eventually to spend Val’ with her daughter and family. It is also natural that she would hook up with 2Face if he was available. Moreover, they were together on Tuesday evening - February 7 to be precise.
When the gist about 2Face proposing to Annie Macaulay crawled in on Twitter today, most people thought it was a joke until closer friends (Peter-Psquare, Ruggedman and May D) and other eyewitnesses, present at the scene confirmed with pictures - very sweet. 2Face is a public figure – it is almost impossible for him to do anything without people talking or spreading it. The ‘proposal ceremony’ took place at Club 10 at the early hours of today (Wednesday, February 15).
Earlier this year, words broke out about 2Face and Pero expecting another baby together – baby number six for Mr. Idibia and the third with Ms. Pero Adeniyi. This news came as a surprise to most fans who would have thought 2Face was done with having children. But then again I asked – who is to blame? My answer – none of the above. I believe, like every sexually active couple in the absence of contraceptives and condom, pregnancy is imminent. 2Face’s song “Rain Drops” speaks volumes, if you know what I mean.
With all sense of responsibility, we should compliment Annie Macaulay who many refer to as the real ‘African Queen’. She has been a part of 2Face for over a decade and trailing stuffs that have gone down over the years, we can say destiny is about to put everything in place.
Even though, Annie was like the closest 'off and on' girlfriend of 2Face, Sumbo Ajaba was the first to bear children for the star and it is apparent that Sumbo is not a fan of the media and the social circle. She is said to be born again right now and deep into church activities.
Pero Adeniyi’s affair with 2Face was scandalous due to words that she was married and already had a child with her husband. Oh well, the marriage crashed and not too long, she got pregnant for 2Face and had the third baby for the multiple award-winning artist. I’m sure you know the rest of the story… how Annie was pregnant and had a miscarriage to how she got pregnant again and eventually had Ene Idibia. Pero had a second child to make it five for 2Face and yes – she’s due again in April.
Now, Annie has been announced as the soon to be ‘Mrs. Idibia’ and with some of the pictures shared of the moment, it appears, Ms Macaulay was expecting this day and was overwhelmed by its eventuality. Pero’s reaction to this news is unknown right now but I can bet this will be one hell of a ‘tablet’ to swallow, considering her possessive concern for 2Face and past brawl with Annie. Fingers crossed in anticipation for a sequel.
Like any other woman who could have been in this position today, I advice Annie to treat 2Face’s proposal like the electoral process that says: REGISTER, VOTE AND PROTECT YOUR VOTE. A lot of us applied this phrase during the elections but some politicians are unpredictable, they have a tendency to forget what they promised yesterday… (readers, please decipher at your own risk).
From the Jarmzone – we wish 2Baba and Annie the best. I guess we should also expect the wedding date and more babies after.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
On Saturday, August 13, 2011,Tosan Scott debuted into Nigeria's music scene with a single titled "Suga Suga". This song got countless reviews on major blogs, websites and listeners - the motivating factor that led her to shoot a video for the song. "Suga Suga" was produced by D-Tunes while budding director, Lekan a.k.a Unlimited LA gets credit for this video.
Tosan is from Delta State, Nigeria. She is a former member of a music group in Ghana called ‘RECKLESS DOLLS’ formed in 2010. She left the group this year (2011), to pursue a solo career in her home country. Her kind of music is R&B and Pop but a listen to some of her other songs reveal that she has a thing for Hip hop as well. Her influences include the likes of Pink, Eminem, Lil Wayne, 2Face Idibia, Zeal and Ghanaian singer, Becca.
Tosan Scott is signed to Fluid Entertainment.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Top African record label, Grafton Records, known for mentoring and developing raw African talents in Nigeria especially in Port Harcourt revealed its latest act, Mr 2Kay in 2011 and he's still on his mission to take over the Nigerian music scene with his unique style of street music!
Real name Abiye David Jumbo, Mr 2Kay, has had his fair share of the hardship of life and sees himself as a motivational artist who inspires other struggling youths through his music. He grew up in the rough areas of Port Harcourt and at a very young age, helped his struggling mother sell kerosene by hawking on the streets just to make ends meet for the family.
2Kay attended Community Secondary School, Bonny Island and then moved to Port Harcourt in the bid to enter into the university but this proved unsuccessful due to lack of funds. He later made his way back to his native, Bonny Island to take advantage of the booming oil and gas business in the South South and get a job that would help him save enough money for his university education.
During this time, with music still in his mind, he made ends meet by drawing portraits of people and selling it to them for cash. He later secured an employment during the constructing of the Nigerian NLNG project which helped him raise enough money to continue his education. 2Kay later gained admission into the University of Port Harcourt on a part-time course in Visual Arts. However he had to drop out of school again as he ran out of funds and decided to finally pursue his true love - music.
He went after the music industry with a strong passion and objective to make his music known. He attended various talent hunt competitions hoping to “catch the eye” of a producer or a label. He finally caught the attention of Grafton Records CEO, Tonye Ibiama in a competition that selected local acts that would perform at the 2009 Bonny Beach carnival. Finally, the deal was sealed and a delighted Tonye knew that he had found a diamond fit for the new Grafton Streetz label.
"This man had paid his dues where it really mattered, on the street. There was no fake with 2kay, it was all real-life experience going into that sound. That intertwined with his undeniable talent and hunger is why I had to have this guy on our label. There is nobody going to work harder to make his music work for the audience than 2kay. And people are really going to appreciate and love the passion and commitment he brings. And believe me, this guy can bring it big style." CEO Grafton Records, Tonye Ibiama emphasizes.
With the release of his debut single, “Run This Town” which scored major success across the Niger Delta and the South South, 2Kay plans to make a mark with his music in the Nigerian music scene. He also got the regions highest selling artiste, Duncan Mighty to work with him on a remix of the song called “We run this town”.
His follow up single called “Waterside boy” established Mr. 2Kay as one of Port Harcourt next rated artistes getting him attention from music lovers and the media and he performed in major concerts that held in Port Harcourt and neighbouring cities.
2Kay is seen as the hope of the youths from the ghetto as he was once part of that life and is now aiming to reach the highest point of his career.
“Throughout my days growing up, I encountered a lot of trying times especially when I was trying to put my music out there for people to listen to and appreciate. My music is all about giving hope to young thriving artistes out there who have no means of making their music heard”, Mr. 2Kay explains.
Grafton Records has worked with various artists like Channel O Awards winning De Indispensables and M Trill as well as Port Harcourt based artists like Tha Ibz, Jesus Boy, Dj Big Mouth along with Mr. 2Kay. Grafton has also hooked up with international artist, Junior Reid, the US-based Jamaican super star of former Grammy award winning group Black Uhuru. Junior Reid provided vocal support on De Indispensables number one hit, “I am Free".
Mr. 2Kay plans to release his debut album this February, titled “Waterside Boy” under the stable of Grafton records and the album features some of Nigeria’s top artists including Duncan Mighty, Ruggedman, Lyrical, Double K, Big Mouth, Valo among many others.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
So I have been up and about on this sunny Wednesday to hustle for my daily bread as usual – hopping from one meeting to another okada to justify what comes in and even if nothing comes in, the clouds can bear witness that it saw me amongst many heads that stepped under it today. Tomorrow is another day.
Getting home, work continues – oh yes the hustle goes round the clock and paper works are not done on the road. I’ve gat emails to read, send and reply. Part of my job description is receiving songs, new song releases and press releases to spread the word on the Jarmzone.
One of the songs that caught my attention today is “Oh Nana” by this upcoming, yet talented artist by the name El Prince. This apparently is an official re-introductory single and from all indications, this dude sounds as one that has been around for a while. Adept beat chef, Del B prepared the beat to this song, giving it a groovy tempo and a clear excuse for listeners to either bop their head or pick a dance step to further express appreciation for it.
“Oh Nana” is a love song but rendered with intent to appeal a wider audience; hence it will also come handy to club DJs and private party organizers. It has that sing-along factor and the repetition of the hook makes it stick in your ears. Delivered in English with a touch of Ibo and Yoruba in between, “Oh Nana” if well promoted and as fast as possible, should find shelter in the hearts of music lovers across the country especially at a this time, when there’s not a lot of new songs in rotation.
Real name Prince Chimaobi Adieze is a singer-songwriter, dancer, instrumentalist and entertainer. He started singing and playing instruments like the guitar, piano and drums from the age of nine. Since the 90s’, he has been crawling his way up Nigeria’s music scene, performing hooks for other artists, and appearing as young talent alongside veterans - Daddy Showkey, Marvelous Benji and other great names from the star-studded Ajegunle area of Lagos, Nigeria.
El Prince is signed to Awestar Entertainment and his other works include “Liki Liki” and “Giri Die” ft. Igho. He already has a growing fan base across the country and he regularly organizes gigs in his hood for other upcoming talents.
A person called the police from Mr. Cornelius's house on Mulholland Drive in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood just before 4 a.m. and reported shots had been fired, a police spokesman, Chris No, said. When officers arrived, they were let into the house and found Mr. Cornelius lying lifeless on the floor with a gunshot wound to the head that appeared to be self-inflicted, said the Los Angeles County assistant chief coroner, Ed Winter.
Mr. Cornelius was taken to Cedar-Sinai Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 4:56 a.m., Mr. Winter said. "It was reported as a suicide, a self-inflicted wound," he said. "I have investigators at the hospital."
"Soul Train" was one of the longest-running syndicated shows in television history and played a critical role in spreading the music of black America to the world, offering wide exposure to musicians like James Brown, Aretha Franklin and Michael Jackson in the 1970s and 1980s.
Don Cornelius conducted us on the "hippest trip in America" for more than two decades on Soul Train, and in the process shone a light on R&B stars that mostly performed in the shadows of the mainstream. At the same time, he invited the nation to a multicultural, cross-generational dance party that was broadcast into living rooms every Saturday morning.
With his smooth, resonant baritone, Cornelius introduced hundreds of stars to the TV audience, including Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, James Brown, Jerry Butler, Marvin Gaye, The O'Jays and Barry White, while overseeing a colorful menagerie of partiers who influenced dance and fashion. It opened a window to African-American culture that had received scant media exposure.
"Back then, there was no targeted television and I just had the sense that television shouldn't be that way," Cornelius told USA TODAY in a rare interview in 2010, when the show's 40th anniversary was celebrated with a VH1 documentary. "The primary mission of the show was to provide TV exposure for people who would not get it otherwise. People who didn't get invited to The Mike Douglas Show, or (Johnny) Carson. There was no ethnic television, just general-market television, which meant mostly white people."
"I am shocked and deeply saddened at the sudden passing of my friend, colleague, and business partner Don Cornelius," said Quincy Jones in a statement. "Don was a visionary pioneer and a giant in our business. Before MTV, there was Soul Train, that will be (his) great legacy. … His contributions to television, music and our culture as a whole will never be matched. My heart goes out to Don's family and loved ones."
The Rev. Al Sharpton said he was shocked and grief-stricken, "I have known him since I was 19 years old and James Brown had me speak on Soul Train," Sharpton said in a statement from New York. "He brought soul music and dance to the world in a way that it had never been shown and he was a cultural game changer on a global level."
Cornelius developed his brainchild while working as a journalist and DJ in Chicago. Soul Train started in 1970 as a daily after-school dance show on WCIU and it was supported by such local acts as Curtis Mayfield and The Chi-Lites. The show was sponsored by Johnson Products, makers of Afro Sheen, and with owner George Johnson's help, Cornelius was able to move production to Los Angeles for the weekly syndicated show that premiered in 1971. Stations skeptical of the unproven series were won over when Gladys Knight agreed to do the pilot. Other artists were quick to jump on board.
Cornelius would host the show until 1993. The Train stayed on the tracks for another 13 years with assorted hosts. By the time he sold it to MadVision Entertainment in 2008, he had created an empire that included the Soul Train Music Awards and the Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards.
The show, the longest running, first-run, nationally syndicated program in television history, was rife with iconic elements. There was the Soul Train line in which pairs of dancers popped creative dance moves and flashed outrageous fashions on their way down. The Scrabble Board gave two dancers 60 seconds to unscramble the name of a notable African-American entertainer or historical figure.
The dancers became stars in their own right and created moves such as locking, roboting and waacking (later known as voguing) that would be replicated at clubs and parties around the world. Singer Jody Watley and dance partner Jeffrey Daniels, who would become part of the hit-making trio Shalamar, got their start on the show. (Daniels' "backslide" step is credited with influencing Michael Jackson's moonwalk.) So did Rosie Perez (Pineapple Express) and Fred "Rerun" Berry (What's Happening!!).
When it was time to go, the host always reassured viewers with his signature sign-off: "And you can bet your last money, it's all gonna be a stone gas, honey! I'm Don Cornelius, and as always in parting, we wish you love, peace and soul!"
USA TODAY - By Steve Jones
The NY Times - By JAMES C. McKINLEY Jr.