Thursday, October 26, 2017

LUCKY DUBE (1964 – 2007) A REMEMBRANCE

Lucky Philip Dube was born on 3rd August 1964 in Ermelo, Mpumalanga, South Africa. He was a South African reggae musician and Rastafarian. He recorded 22 albums in Zulu, English and Afrikaans in a 25-year period and was South Africa's biggest-selling reggae artist. Dube was murdered in the Johannesburg suburb of Rosettenville on the evening of 18 October 2007.

Lucky Dube started his music career early in life in a local choir from where he formed his first music group The Skyway Band with his friends. At age 18, he joined his cousin’s band The Love Brothers playing Zulu pop music known as Mbaqanga. He was later exposed to the Rastafarian Movement and began to write and perform reggae songs. He noted that his fans were responding positively to his reggae songs. Lucky then drawing inspiration from Jimmy Cliff and Peter Tosh felt the socio-political messages associated with Jamaican reggae were relevant to a South African audience in an institutionally racist society.

Lucky Dube’s big break in the commercial reggae came with the release of “Think About The Children” in 1985. It achieved platinum sales status and established Dube as a popular reggae artist in South Africa, in addition to attracting attention outside his homeland. The rest they say is history, suffice it to say that Dube continued to release commercially successful albums till his sudden death in the hands of armed robbers in Johannesburg. Some of the most popular and successful albums recorded by Lucky Dube include: Slave (1987); Prisoner (1989); Captured Live (1990); House of Exile (1991); Victims (1993); Trinity 1995); Soul Taker (2001); and Respect (2006).

Lucky Dube won several international awards including "Best Selling African Recording Artist" at the World Music Awards; and the "International Artist of the Year" at the Ghana Music Awards both in 1996.

Rest on Great Son of Africa! Your music lives on!

Emeka E. Okeke
EMEKS MUSIC

Friday, June 23, 2017

PUFF DADDY (SEAN JOHN COMBS) IS THE WORLD’S RICHEST ENTERTAINER IN 2017

Rapper and music producer Sean “Diddy” Combs formally known as Puff Daddy was named the world’s highest-paid entertainer in 2017 by Forbes with an estimated net worth of $820 million. It said that Combs, earned an estimated $130 million in the 12 months ended June 1, 2017, which was attributed to the big pay-out to his Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour, earnings from his Sean John clothing line, and his partnership with Ciroc vodka.

Sean John Combs was born on November 4, 1969 in Harlem, United States and was raised in Mount Vernon, New York. He is also known by his stage names Puff Daddy, Puffy, P. Diddy and Diddy. He is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, record producer and entrepreneur. He worked as a talent director at Uptown Records Uptown before founding his label Bad Boy Entertainment in 1993.

Puff Daddy’s debut album “No Way Out” (1997) has been certified seven times platinum and was followed by successful albums such as “Forever” (1999), “The Saga Continues…” (2001), and “Press Play” (2006). In 2009 Combs formed the musical group Diddy-Dirty Money and released the critically well-reviewed and commercially successful album “Last Train to Paris” (2010).

Combs has won three Grammy Awards and two MTV Video Music Awards, and is the producer of MTV’s “Making the Band”. He is the Chairman and CEO of Combs Enterprises.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

“DESPACITO” THE BIGGEST SONG IN THE WORLD IN 2017!

After two years without releasing new music, Luis Alfonso Rodríguez López-Cepero with a stage name “Luis Fonsi” wanted to create a fun track that had that Latin feel with a melody that he feels very comfortable singing and that will make people just dance.

The song “Despacito” was originally composed as a cumbia and pop song with lyrics written as a ballad, but Luis Fonsi began to consider giving it an "urban injection" and contacted reggaeton artist Daddy Yankee (Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez), who agreed to collaborate on the song after Fonsi played him the demo.

The rest is history, suffice it to say that the collaboration yielded a super hit “Despacito” which has become the longest-running foreign language number one in UK chart history. And it's been viewed more than a billion times on YouTube! “Despacito” is currently the most popular and the biggest song in the word.
"Despacito" is a reggaeton-pop song composed in common time 4/4 and written in the key of B minor with a tempo of 89 beats per minute and a chord progression of Bm—G—D—A.

Apart from toping the charts in USA since February 2017, “Despacito” has continued to top the charts of Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Scotland, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Uruguay and Venezuela. In short all over the world, the song to sing now is “Despacito”!


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

GOSPEL AND CHRISTIAN MUSIC: ANY DIFFERENCE?

Christian music is a music that reflects the good values and morals of human beings, often categorized as edifying music. Music that causes you to think positively, do, or desire to do things inline with the Christian value system. It reflects God's good nature, values and morals. 
Don't be fooled by people expecting the word of God to come up in every lyric for it to be Christian and the lack of a religious word in the song makes it secular. That is just based upon many Christians misunderstanding between church music and Christian music.
Christian music is a branch of the music industry which includes many genres of music. For hundreds of years, Christians have been writing music in all types of genres with a Christian message. Generally, Christian music can exist in any type or genre! Every good thing comes from God. 
Gospel music is different because it is solely about good news. What makes Gospel music is the message. Gospel music is not always happy. Sometimes it is sad, but with understanding that it will be better. Gospel music is a personal testimony, that restate the word of God, and his many promises to his people.



Sunday, May 14, 2017

P-SQUARE: THE NIGERIAN R&B MUSIC SUCCESS STORY

P-Square: Peter & Paul Okoye

Peter and Paul Okoye are identical twins born on 18th November 1981 to Pa Moses & Mrs. Josephine Okoye of Ifite-Dunu Town in Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra State, Nigeria. When their parents relocated to Jos, Plateau State, North-Central Nigeria the twins were enrolled in a Catholic owned St. Mulumba’s Secondary School. Their talents started to manifest when they joined the school’s music and drama group where their passion for music and dancing were developed. They developed a great love for R&B music genre with Michael Jackson, Bobby Brown and MC Hammer as their role models.
The professional music journey of P-Square began in 2001 when the twins won the prestigious “Grab Da Mic” show which was a talent hunt show sponsored by “Benson and Hedges”, in the same year, the group secured their first major record deal and released their first album titled “Last Nite” under Timbuk2 Music label. This debut album was a success.
The duo won a 2003 Amen Award for “Best R&B Group”
In 2005, P-Square released its second album titled “Get Squared” under its own record label – Square Records. The video for the second album held the No. 1 position on the MTV Base chart for four straight weeks!

In 2007 P-Square released its bestselling album so far, “Game Over” on T Joe Entertainment label. It was a smash hit that sold 8 million copies worldwide!
In 2009, P-Square released its 4th studio album, “Danger” on Square Records label. The album featured collaborations with 2-Face Idibia, J Martins and Frenzy. The first single “Danger” is a hip hop song with cutting synths and a frog bass baseline like an Eminem song.

In 2010, the group won the Best African Act award at the KORA All African Music Awards held in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. 
In December 2011, they were signed to Akon's Konvict Musik label which has enabled them to reach a worldwide audience. Their 5th Album “The Invasion” was released in 2011 on Flytime Music.
In May 2012, they also signed a record distribution deal with Universal Music of South Africa.

In August 2012, P-Square released a single titled “Alingo”, it became a monster hit that took the whole of Africa by storm. The video shot which was co-directed by their elder brother Jude “Engees” Okoye and Clarence Peters of Capital Hill Production was rated as the best video in Nigeria that year.

In June 2013, the twins released another smash hit “Personally”. The video was a tribute to late Michael Jackson who inspired their musical career till date. The video and song was such a hit that it got the attention of Jermaine Jackson, late Michael Jackson’s brother who commended the stars for doing such a tremendous job and hoped to meet with them.
In 2014, P-Square released its 6th Album “Double Trouble” on Square Records.
Childhood to Adulthood: Metamorphosis of P-Square

P-Square is the highest paid Artiste in Africa in terms of performance fee, endorsement fee, contract fee, and album sales. The duo is one of the most successful African acts, and this is evident with the massive success of their numerous concerts in the continent. Over the years, the three time MTV award winning group has made an enviable impact in Africa, doing sold out concerts. And till date, the demand is still waxing stronger. 
In 2015 P-Square were involved in a very devastating dispute that nearly torn them apart, the world thought it had seen the end of the duo, but they made up after a few months.
Bank Alert Video 2016

In September 2016, the duo again released another hit single titled “Bank Alert” on Square Records label. They have also released a single titled “Away” February 2017 and the song is already making waves on the Nigerian airwaves.






Sunday, April 23, 2017

THE RICHEST & MOST SUCCESSFUL AFRICAN MUSICIAN ALIVE: YOUSSOU N'DOUR

Youssou N’Dour of Senegal is the most trilling, fascinating and successful African musician alive! This Grammy-Award winning artiste is an intelligent businessman who owns a nightclub, a record label and a television station.
He was born in Dakar to a Wolof mother and a Serer father on 1st October, 1959. He started performing at age 12, and was performing regularly with the Star Band, Dakar's most popular group during the early 1970s. He is one of the most celebrated African musicians in history.

N’Dour’s mix of traditional Senegalese Mbalax with eclectic influences ranging from Cuban Rumba to Hip HopJazz and Soul won him an international fan base of millions. His work absorbed the entire Senegalese musical spectrum, often filtered through the lens of genre-defying rock or pop music from outside Senegalese culture.

Youssou N’Dour wrote and performed the official anthem of the 1998 FIFA World Cup with Axelle Red "La Cour des Grands". Folk Roots magazine described him as the African Artist of the Century. He toured internationally for thirty years. He won his first American Grammy Award (best contemporary world music album) for his CD “Egypt” in 2005.

N’Dour is the owner of “L'Observateur” one of the widest-circulation newspapers in Senegal, the radio station RFM (Radio Future Medias) and the TV channel TFM.


In his four decades career in music recording and performance, N'Dour has collaborated with several great world renowned musicians such as Peter GabrielAxelle Red, Sting, Alan StivellBran Van 3000, Neneh Cherry, Wyclef JeanPaul Simon, Bruce SpringsteenTracy ChapmanJames Newton HowardBranford MarsalisRyuichi SakamotoDidoLou ReedBruce Cockburn and others.


CITATION FOR YOUSSOU N’DOUR
In 1979, Youssou N’Dour formed his own ensemble, the Étoile de Dakar. His early work with the group, in the Latin style, was popular all over Africa during that time.
In the 1980s, he developed a unique sound with his ultimate group, Super Étoile de Dakar featuring Jimi Mbaye on guitar, bassist Habib Faye, and tama (talking drum) player Assane Thiam.
By 1991 he had opened his own recording studio, and,
In July 1993, Africa Opera composed by N'Dour premiered at the Opéra Garnier for the French Festival Paris quartier d'été.
In 1994 N'Dour released his biggest international hit single, the trilingual "7 Seconds", a duet sung with Neneh Cherry.
By 1995, he established his own record label, Jololi.
In 1998 N’Dour wrote and performed the official anthem of the 1998 FIFA World Cup with Axelle Red "La Cour des Grands".
In 2002 N'Dour was honoured with a Prince Claus Award, under that year's theme "Languages and transcultural forms of expression".
In 2006, N'Dour played the role of the African-British abolitionist Olaudah Equiano in the movie Amazing Grace, which chronicled the efforts of William Wilberforce to end slavery in the British Empire.
In 2011, N'Dour was awarded an honorary doctoral degree in Music from Yale University.
From April 2012 to September 2013, he was Senegal's Minister of Tourism.

In 2013, N'Dour won a share of Sweden's $150,000 Polar music prize for promoting understanding between faiths as well as for his music.