Just after the success of D'banj's glory in the just concluded BET Awards were he was tied with 2face, my keys are already so engaged with typing different infos about this artist. Infos that can be tiring but must be said because of the weight it carries.
Not only that a foreign website (JEZEBEL) voted Dbanj as the best dressed at the just concluded BET Awards that took place on June 26 at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Where according to the writer, she said and I quote; "I'm not familiar with Nigerian singer/songwriter D'banj's work, but he's my pick for best dressed. Such attention to detail! His pants look like they were crafted out of some Italian nonna's tablecloth. And those aren't ruffles on his shirt—they're tasseled beads."
The big news among the known rest now is that D’Banj is set to Release All Future Records Under Def Jam Based On Deal With G.O.O.D. Music. Kanye West‘s label G.O.O.D. Music is now a subsidiary of Island Def Jam Music Group after agreeing to a “long-term worldwide label agreement,” according to an issued press release.
Under the terms of the deal, Def Jam will release future records from the label’s most recent signees – D’banj, Pusha T, CyHi da Prince and Big Sean. Big Sean’s debut LP – “Finally Famous” will be the 1st to drop; The LP hits stores today, June 28th, 2011. However, a rep for Def Jam confirmed that longtime G.O.O.D. Music members John Legend, Kid Cudi, and Mr. Hudson are not included in the deal.
Mr West will continue to record and release music under Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam Recordings. Another big up to D'banj and the MoHits crew.
African entertainment, most especially its music and comedy has evolved in the last 5 years seeing it come to the forefront of popular culture and thus attaining world recognition- evidence of this is MTV Europe Awards, the just concluded BET Awards and the MOBOs having a Best African Act category and very recently Choice FM; the UK’s Number 1 urban radio station launching the first ever music slots dedicated to African music tagged Afrobeats with DJ Abrantee, a move which made Choice FM a trending topic on Twitter for the first time in the history of the station since the advent of social media.
Now, the fear is that the general problem associated with Africa as a whole has began to affect the success of this blooming industry in the UK. Or isn't it classified as a problem? Well, come Sunday (Carnival Sunday) 28th August 2011 an expected 5000 Afrobeat and Comedy lovers will converge at the world famous HMV Apollo featuring Africa’s biggest and brightest stars, and on this same day another fun-filled comedy night with a variety of popular performers and musicians that will also be entertained.
One is the AFRO BEATS FESTIVAL 2011 and the other the CRACK YA RIBz 2011. Both Event organisers have since the past 5years been seen to promote the industry with the best of their abilities. And the truth be told, they have successfully made it work. They have also both been referred to as the oldest and biggest in the UK. Rumour has it that both organisers failed to agree on a change of date for one of the party, as they have to be on the same time frame as a result of the traditional Carnival Sunday.
Now that African Pride and African Heritage are openly celebrated in the UK, the question now is, will this be a major problem for the same market that this event organisers hold. A market of Young people who now openly identify with their cultural heritage- a fete which 10 years ago encountered stigmatism. People who have dropped their fear of being ashamed to be African for fear of exclusion- a time where they are proud to be African and are thus expressing their pride in their music, movies, comedy and entertainment in general.
For the Crack Ya Ribs event this year, it will be a Ghana and Nigeria combo with confirmed guests on the night such as: I go die, Seyi Law, Gordons, Bauchi, Funny Bone, Osama, Senetor, just to mention a few. It will also include Artists like: Timaya, Flavour, 9ice, Sarkodie, Dr.Cryme and more, with Deejays like: Dj Jimmy Jatt (NG) and Osa Jatt( UK).
The Afro Beats Festival in its glory will take to the stage award winning Afro Pop sensations P Square, Wiz Kid, Ice Prince and many more to bring an electrifying event never before seen in the UK. A fusion of Music and comedy, the show will be hosted by Choice’s DJ Abrantee and also feature the best of UK and African comedians Basket Mouth and Elenu.
Julius Agwu (Crack Ya Ribs event host) and Ropo Akin (CEO Coko Bar, Afro Beats Festival organisers) have both made comments of showcasing the best of Africa, both working hard towards taking African entertainment to new heights.
Would you be choosing one of the event off the other, or would you be buying both and splitting your time in-between them? Well, make your decision as August the 28th 2011 is set to be jam packed with the best of African's entertainment in the UK.
Just heard this today and am so in love with it. Rooftop Mcs sound is an infusion of rock and hiphop.
The trio [Rooftop Mcs and Cohbams Asuquo] that brought you “Lagi Mo” now present “Eromplaini” – a song that reminiscences younger days when they dreamt of doing big things and owning big toys. This song goes to every young person with a dream. Their message is: pray hard, study hard, play hard, stay focused and your dreams would come true.
They deliver all the time. hot stuff, listen up and enjoy! This is a hawt one!
During the last year CR has grown from strength to strength, he managed to squeezed in time to present a special Nigerian Independence feature on OHTV’S AFRIKA RISING last year. He has also been able to collaborate with a number of artists including Ejiro, Faith Child (Mobo award Nominee and GMA Award Winner) GK REAL’S own Karl Nova and African UK Based gospel artists like Esther Adeyemi and Remi Odumesi just to name a few.
He has also worked on several projects with the world renowned producer Shabach who has now taken Chuka Royalty under his wing as part of his Beautiful Soundz Label. On his upcoming project he has worked on a number of songs with Shabach, the sensational producer/ artist Shaun ‘Hypertone’ Collins, J Swizz Entertainment, V Man Productions and more!
Chuka Royalty Currently has a single out on iTunes, Amazon and other good online store titled GO HARD
The Go Hard project gives a whole new meaning to collaboration
GO HARD Original GO HARD UK rappers remix (produced by Vman Productions) featuring: Ejiro, Faith Child, J Maino, GL and Mighty
GO HARD The African Remix (produced by Shabach of Beautiful Soundz) featuring: Andrew Bello, Karl Nova, Shabach, L Dubzy and True O’zee
The video for the original is out now and the videos for the remixes are coming soon!
UKGospel.com hails Chuka Royalty has been hailed as an artist to watch and by the looks things, this year he has opened for Sonnie Badu along side his Beautiful Soundz Label mates.
When it was announced that the late Dagrin's life was going to be captured in film (Getto Dreamz), with the foremost intention of ensuring that the life, works and ideals of the late award-winning popular rapper, is sustained for the future generations to learn from, we all were very excited with emotions, sympathy and passion.
Now that the movie is finally completed, controversies of its false intentions have began to surface. Popular music producer, Sosick last week for the first time opened up on the late Dagrin's movie "Ghetho Dreamz" put together by movie producer Ope Banwo's Stingomenia Records.
He was blunt when he was answering questions from across section of journalist last week about the movie.
When asked whether he has seen the movie, he says "no". "It was a home-video; it had nothing to do with Da Grin. It was just a bunch of producers that wanted to make money with the name that a young hustling hardworking boy made for himself" He opened up. "Somebody else just wanted to make money off that. Making a movie that you know nothing about? The story was FAKE.
They called me when they were wrapping up the movie and told me to come and be in it. I declined and they got pissed. I mean the whole concept was wrong. You can’t bring out a movie less than a year after somebody that special died. It feels like they are just trying to close his chapter". He opinioned. "People haven’t fully recovered and imagine them selling the car and displaying it. I wasn’t down with it at all.
When the guy behind the movie came to me and I was arguing with him because I told him “you don’t know Da Grin’s story, you don’t even know anything about him” and he told me he doesn’t care and he will make it fiction if he wants and that after all he is a movie maker, a film maker and he doesn’t want to know if the story is real or not but he just wants to make his own movie. He said he doesn’t owe me or any other person anything and that he will make his movie and that’s it.
Good luck with that though". He spilled.
Few months ago, revealing the reason for their taking up interest in the late rapper, Barrister Ope Banwo, the producer of the movie and CEO of Stingomania records, said "Dagrin was an emerging star in the Nigerian music scene, it is only imperative for stakeholders in the industry to do something about memorilizing his name in a CONSTRUCTIVE AND ENDURING MANNER, there is need for something to be done to keep his hopes and dreams alive for the next generation of struggling and upcoming artists".
The question I am putting across therefore is that; is this process of Film Making 'CONSTRUCTIVE AND ENDURING' as the producer had put it? Should a better and more generation/time lapsing movie that weighs the success of this late rapper and icon be made to displace 'Getto Dreams'? should money or fame be the aim for making a movie that will signify the life behind the memory of an icon?
Sosick also mentioned, "We didn’t really have time to work on his next album. We planned it out, we planned the blueprint".
He continued. "We were like so and so date we will start recording. I had got all the beats and all the hooks we hadn’t just recorded anything yet. I have maybe one or two; one of them is on Poor but I’ve got some other verses that he did with some other people. They brought them to me, they felt like it was only proper for me they gave them to me and see how I can make music with them. Those ones are chilling in the cooler.
Eventually there will be an album. Of course it’s a post-humous album so it will sound like Biggie Duets. That’s the plan for me. Depending on how much data I can gather I am going to just go back and dig up those verses and out put them on new beats and put people on them so that people can still feel him. I want to make sure the materials last because we don’t have like too much. We want it to have that impact and don’t waste anything"
Stumbled on this video yesterday and couldnt resist posting it. It just proves to the outside world that African Children are far more than hunger, starvation, AIDS and diseases. Something the African press fail to document and potray to the outside world.
Despite the fact that only six (6) out of fifty two (52) African nations engage in war, Africa is still potrayed as a place of war, killing, kidnapp and the rest. As we all know that other countries in the world have their various problems, so do we. If the media in Africa cant step to show how beautiful and lovely Africa is, I think we as individuals can.
If the intention of the developed world is really to help poor and starving African countries (note the word 'POOR', because not all African countries are poor), then they should give them tools to produce and control their food, instead of giving them food and still having control of Africa's resources.
In this video, meet Alex! He is a happy, healthy, 9 year old boy from Tanzania. He is intensely enthusiastic, has a wild imagination and loves action movies. Does this sound like any 9 year old boys you know?
Lets all Stop the Pity and Unlock the Potentials. On this note I give kudos to the persons involved in the production of this shot documentary...
Enjoy this funny and educative video. Funny african kid talks about the terminator
Two of Africa’s Finest Musicians have created a nitch for themselves that makes every other African musician work like there is never a limit to be reached in success. 2face Idibia and Dbanj have once again taken the reach of their success to as different and never before witnessed level. Apart from the fact that they are both recently been nominated for the forth coming BET Awards for the same category, they have also proven that their music (although different) can attract the attention of any one in the world.
Recently, it has been all about rumors on R.Kelly working on 2face’s next album and Kanye West signing a partnership deal with D’banj’s Mo Hits Records. Well, not anymore.
It is already official that 2face Idibia is recording his next batch of songs for his forthcoming album in the US at Robert Kelly’s personal studio. While this may sound strange to most people, it is actually true because ever since they became best of friends from One Eight project and the last year’s Star Mega Jam, their relationship has grown in leaps and bounds traversing music among other things, and don’t be surprised if another collaboration makes the next album of 2face which many close to him say is a banger.
As for Mo hits records, a press conference was held at Koko lounge earlier today 16th of June, 2011 certifying their collaborative partnership with Kanye West’s Good Music.
Although D’Banj and Don Jazzy are not relocating to United States of America, rather they would be shuttling between Nigeria and U.S.A but more of U.S working on his forthcoming album which would feature G.O.O.D Music artiste Kid Cudi, Wande Coal, including 2face Idibia etc.
Like the saying that you cannot relocate the captain of a ship and abandon his crew, the contract is between the two labels MoHits and G.O.O.D Music. The negotiations for the deal started since November 2010 and were concluded on 8th June 2011 (Kanye West birthday). MoHits part of the deal is up to the sum of $3, 000, 000 (three million dollars) which they have provided
The only untrue aspect of the rumor which Don Baba J debunked is the Numerous track list circulating on the internet about Kanye West forth coming album and said he is not yet certain any of his works or D’Banj would be on Kanye West album.
I personally have engaged in numerous discussions on who is better (2Face or Dbanj) or whose success is more worthwhile, but I will want to stress a point that these artists need our love and support. Despite the fact that I stay true to my number one idol, I believe that these two artists are doing us very proud, and that alone is enough for us not to compare them but praise their displayed and hard working competence.
Although artists like Knaan & Will.I.Am have showed that the prospects exists, it still is a blessing to see music achievers like R.Kelly and Kanye West appreciate our own very stars and grass root talent. We also hope that in the nearest future artists like M.I., Psquare, Wire, 9ice, Proverds, Naeto C and their likes will make this wide boundary between Africa and the rest of the world look like a mere music promo feature.
Enjoy the feature videos of 2face & R.Kelly, and D’banj & Snoop Dogg…
R Kelly + One8 [2Face,Ali Kiba,Amani,Navio,JK,Movaizhaleine,Fally
The last four months of my life has been chock-a-block with life changing self-development experiences that have realigned the course of my life and career. From a two month jagged Lagos and Abuja experience, to the passing away of a very close friend who I was opportuned to spend his very last moments with (RIP Oscar MacDubus), to the kick off of my short-film/musical project titled “Forever” and a few other things crammed with love and emotions.
With so much learnt in a very short period without a single blog post, write-up, update or review, I am ecstatic to introduce what many say is one of the very best in a long line of movies that have been flowing out of the Nigerian film industry for the past few decades. The Mirror boy! It has its world premier this February at the world famous Empire Leicester Square.
Written, produced and directed by Obi Emelonye, an award winning UK based Nigerian filmmaker and starring Genevieve Nnaji and Osita Iheme – the biggest screen talents Africa has to offer.
The Mirror Boy is soon set to captivate global audiences and become the blockbuster that fans of Nigerian cinema have been waiting for.
The Mirror Boy is a universal family adventure film that tells the uplifting story of a young teenage African British boy taken back to the land of his mother’s birth, but then gets mysteriously lost in a foreboding forest and embarks on a magical journey that teaches him about himself and the mystery of the father he has never seen.
Shot in the truly beautiful terrain of the Republic of The Gambia and boasting high quality production values, despite its low (by international standards) budget, The Mirror Boy is said by many in the international movie business to be the Nollywood movie that can finally match it’s industry’s new found status, The Mirror Boy’s much anticipated success is hoped will elevate and redefine Nollywood and turn international curiosity into a bold statement of cinematic identity, creating a landscape where new Nollywood will ‘crossover’ and become more widely recognised within mainstream channels.
It was in 2010 that the world finally became aware of the enormous growth in the fledgling Nigerian film industry, now popularly known as ‘Nollywood’, as it surpassed Hollywood to become the world’s 2nd biggest movie producer.
Nollywood already holds the position of being the No. 1 cinema art form across Nigeria, Africa and the global African Diaspora, with many millions of eager fans worldwide.
The Mirror Boy was produced by The Nollywood Factory in association with Akin Salami and Patrick Campbell of OH Films, the film arm of OH TV (SKY199), the UK’s fastest growing channel for African Caribbean audiences.
From June 10th, The Mirror Boy will be in showing in Nigeria, Ghana and in selected Odeon cinemas in the United Kingdom:
Odeon - Lee Valley / Odeon- Birmingham
Odeon- West Thurrock / Odeon- Milton Keynes
Odeon- Streatham / Odeon-Manchester
Odeon - Greenwich / Odeon- Dudley
Odeon- Liverpool / Odeon- Surrey Quays