Wednesday, July 1, 2020

TINUADE ILESANMI IS MAKING WAVE WITH “IGWE” VIDEO



Tinuade’s new single and music video titled "IGWE", which is an Igbo word meaning "King" is making waves in the Nigerian music space. The song is an up-tempo, upbeat, and joyful dance song produced by the amazing Dami Ayeni for Diadem Multimedia International (DMI). Directed by renowned video director and colourist, Lexten (DMS Pictures), "Igwe" visuals feature a jubilant yet inspired Tinuade and her band alongside a cross section of indefatigable praise singers dancing to the ONE who is most deserving and worthy of praise - JESUS!

The Ogotun-Ekiti born Tinuade Ilesanmi is a Port Harcourt based gospel songwriter, music minister, praise, and worship leader. She is signed to Nigeria's fast-growing record label, Diadem Multimedia International. Her humility and meekness has always proven her worthy to secure all the great blessings which God has entrusted to her despite her will and they have flourished, and her music is not left out as she keeps commanding leading results in every platform and different stages of her ministration. 
TINUADE
Tinuade’s music ministry is a testimony, which has always been a sole inspiration and motivation to her act of worship, her lyrics are soul lifting and mind elevating, her sound comes from a refined heart as an acceptable offering. These are the tenets of a good gospel singer.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

MUSICIANS AND SONGS THAT RULED THE NIGERIAN AIRWAVES IN THE 1990s (1)

1. Alex O ‎– Celebrate
Alex O was born in Imo State and started his music career as a singer under "Uncle Steve Rhodes." He later joined the Lemmy Jackson music company and worked as a production assistant and songwriter, later signing to PolyGram Records which is also known as Premier Music of Nigeria in the year 1988. Alex O, a Swingbeat, Neo Soul and Pop Rap singer rose to fame in the music scene and became popular in the Nigerian music scene in 1990s, after the release of his most popular song "Celebrate" which became a Nigerian disco hit in the 1990s. Alex O's song "Celebrate" has been featured on several music television shows.
ALEX O
2. Daniel Wilson ‎– Mister Ragamuffin
Daniel Wilson, a Reggae, African and Boogie singer was the original lover boy of the 1990s as he had this outlook and style which most ladies loved. He was a hitmaker of his era, every song he touched turned to gold. We cannot forget some of his monstrous hits like ''Mister Raggamuffin'' which gave him his nickname ‘Mr. Raggamuffin’. 
DANIEL WILSON
3. Blackky ‎– Rosey (About Tyme)
In the early 1990s, Nigeria saw the emergence of an artist who was not making the traditional social conscious kind of music. Blackky, a Ragga HipHop singer was different as he blew us away with the hit song ''Rosey'' which at that time was the biggest love song. Blackky despite his young age at that time was able to stay away from controversies and was one of the biggest celebrities of the 1990s.
BLACKKY
 4. Alex Zitto‎ – Walakolombo
Alex Zitto, a Reggae, Highlife and Folk singer was born half Nigerian half Ghanaian. He started out his music career in the early 80s as a bass guitarist in Ebenezer Obey’s Miliki Band. Alex Zitto gained prominence when he won The Lekki Song Context in 1988, with his song ‘Tickle Me’. He then got signed to PolyGram Records. He released ‘Walakolombo‘ in 1991. The song was a big hit, a national anthem, and a crowd favorite in the 1990s. 'Walakolombo’ is a fusion of Reggae and R&B. It tells a story of Alex Zitto getting played and fooled by his lover.
 
ALEX ZITTO

5. Sir Shina Peters – Shinamania
Sir Shina Peters’ "Shinamania" swept Nigeria in 1990 as young music fans rushed to buy the electrifying album. The album which was a follow-up to his monster hit “Ace” was produced by Laolu Akins. It was a powerful fusion of Juju, Afro-Beat, and intense Fuji-style percussion with the use of electronic keyboards, saxophone, and guitar. The album broke new ground in its use of synthesizers to complement the Fuji drumming.
SIR SHINA PETERS
To be continued.....

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

PARIS JACKSON (MICHAEL JACKSON’S DAUGHTER) LAUNCHES HER MUSIC CAREER


Michael Jackson’s daughter, Paris Jackson and her boyfriend Gabriel Glenn have formed a band, The Soundflowers, a folk-indie duo that Paris Jackson admits is not what anyone expects from someone in her famous family. Nevertheless, her dream with her music according to her is to influence self-acceptance and courage. She said she would love if her music connects with someone and helps in some way.
PARIS JACKSON
Their debut EP titled “The Soundflowers” was released on Tuesday June 23, 2020 via Imperial. The five-track EP features lead single "Your Look (Glorious)" with its simply romantic music video and "Geronimo," which Paris Jackson wrote when she was 15, inspired by loss, heartbreak and letting go. The other tracks are: “Notes on a Ghost”, “In the Blue”, and “Best Version of Myself”. The Soundflowers’ sound blends indie acoustic and folk with influences of blues, soul, bluegrass country and beach reggae.
 
PARIS JACKSON & GABRIEL GLENN (THE SOUNDFLOWERS)
The EP which was produced by Mike Malchicoff (King Princess) with mix engineer Rob Kinelski (Billie Eilish), is accompanied by video vignettes created by Hannah Lux Davis (Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, Nicki Minaj).
THE SOUNDFLOWERS


Saturday, June 20, 2020

RCCG PASTOR ‘JESUS PIKIN’ IS MAKING WAVES AS A GOSPEL SINGER


Kunle Oluleye popularly known as Jesus Pikin is a multi-talented gospel music artiste. He has this unending thirst for Music, especially African music from his early age. He is a lead singer at The Redeemed Christian Church of God National Praise Team, who with the help of God has become one of the best gospel artists that Nigeria has produced.
JESUS PIKIN ON STAGE
Jesus Pikin’s debut single “Koyipada” which translates as “He Changeth Not” was a Praise Medley released in 2016. The track was carefully produced and arranged to keep you dancing and giving thanks to God.  In 2018 he released yet another wonderful song titled “Me 2 You”. A song born from the place of thanksgiving and gratitude. Jesus Pikin has come with a new song “All My Life” released in 2020. He said that the song was birth during a personal fellowship with God. It comes as a plead to God saying please accept me as I am though not perfect. And then giving all to Him as a sacrifice.
JESUS PIKIN
God has helped Jesus Pikin to bless many lives within and outside the country, like USA, UK, United Arab Emirates, South Africa and Ghana. As a youth pastor he is leading and affecting the youths of this generation positively to achieving a purposeful life.‎

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

TANZANIAN SUPER STAR DIAMOND PLATNUMZ HITS 1BILLION VIEWS ON YOUTUBE


Tanzanian bongo flava recording artist, actor and dancer from Tandale, Dar es Salaam, Nasibu Abdul Juma Issack, popularly known as Diamond Platnumz is now the only African musician to hit 1Billion views on YouTube. He achieved this feat after sharing at least 600 videos that entail music, behind the scenes, and tour performances.
 
DIAMOND PLATNUMZ
 
Diamond Platnumz’s main competitors in the YouTube numbers game are Nigerian Afrobeats stars; P Square – 810 million; Davido – 618 million; Flavour – 617 million; Tekno – 574 million; Burna Boy – 507 million; Wizkid – 480 million.
DIAMOND PLATNUMZ ON STAGE

Diamond Platnumz, the 30-year-old award-winning musician has over the last 10 years popularized “bongo flava” – a uniquely Tanzanian offering: romantic melodies with an urban beat influenced by traditional taarab music from the East African coast. Diamond is considered influential among his fans and is said to be the most loved and decorated East and Central African artist now.
DIAMOND PLATNUMZ
Diamond Platnumz has won numerous awards at Channel O, MTV Awards, Soundcity, Kilimanjaro Music Awards, Headies, Afrima, Afrimma, Kora, AEA, the HiPipo Music Awards and more.

DIAMOND PLATNUMZ ON STAGE
Here are the 5 tracks that earned Diamond Platnumz 1billion views on YouTube:
1. Innoss’B Ft. Diamond Platnumz – Yope Remix. This Lingala song introduced the Yope dance style to the world. It has garnered over 94million views.
2. Diamond Platnumz Ft. Mr. Flavour – Nana. The Nana video which was shot in South Africa has over 63million YouTube views. 
3. Diamond Platnumz Ft. Fally Ipupa – Inama. This song that featured the new king of Lingala Fally Ipupa has garnered over 61million views less than a year after its release.
4. Diamond Platnumz Ft. Omarion – African Beauty. This was Diamond’s second collaboration with an American artist after Ne-yo. The video has now amassed over 48million views.
5. Diamond Platnumz Ft. Ne-Yo – Marry You. Shot in Beverly Hills, the ‘Marry You’ video has garnered over 43million views.

Saturday, June 13, 2020

ABBA THE SUPER POP GROUP OF THE 1970s AND EARLY 1980s

ABBA was a Swedish pop supergroup formed in Stockholm in 1972 by four independent musicians: Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. The group's name is an acronym of the first letters of their first names. They became one of the most commercially successful acts in the history of popular music, topping the charts worldwide from 1974 to 1982.

ABBA ON STAGE
"Waterloo" was ABBA's first number-one single in big markets such as the UK and West Germany. ABBA released a total of eight albums as a group: Ring Ring (1973), Waterloo (1974), ABBA (1975), Arrival (1976), The Album (1977), Voulez-Vous (1979), Super Trouper (1980), and The Visitor (1981).
ABBA
During the band's main active years, it was composed of two married couples: Fältskog and Ulvaeus, and Lyngstad and Andersson. With the increase of their popularity, their personal lives suffered, which eventually resulted in the collapse of both marriages. The relationship changes were reflected in the group's music, with latter compositions featuring darker and more introspective lyrics. After ABBA disbanded, Andersson and Ulvaeus achieved success writing music for the stage, while Lyngstad and Fältskog pursued solo careers. Ten years after their disbanding, a compilation, ABBA Gold was released, which became a worldwide bestseller.
ABBA
Estimates of ABBA's total record sales are over 380 million, making them one of the best-selling music artists of all time. ABBA were the first group from a non-English-speaking country to achieve consistent success in the charts of English-speaking countries, including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States. They had eight consecutive number-one albums in the UK.
ABBA ON STAGE
The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2015, their song “Dancing Queen” was inducted into the Recording Academy’s Grammy Hall of Fame.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

SPOTLIGHT ON GODFADA A NIGERIAN GOSPEL ARTIST

Eteobong Inieke Uko popularly known as Godfada is a gospel artiste, performer, prolific singer, composer, and songwriter who majors in Reggae and Highlife. He hails from Etinan LGA, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria and is a graduate of Business Administration /Management. He Started singing in 2001 and released his debut single ‘Thank You Father’ in 2008. Godfada has been performing with his band the Rhythm Affairs within and outside Akwa Ibom state.
GODFADA
He is the Organizer of ‘I Believe in Etinan Concert’ for 11 years now in his hometown and is a former vice Chairman of Performing Musician Association of Nigeria (PMAN). Even after being appointed the Special Assistant to the Governor of Akwa Ibom State on Project Monitoring, he has not lost his love for making and performing music. 
GODFADA AND EMEM BASEDA
Godfada in early 2020 collaborated with Emem Baseda in a wonderful worship song titled “Afo’do Abasi” (You Are God) produced by prolific producer King Baseda. The song which was delivered with a dexterous mix of English and Ibibio language in an emotional and prayerful manner which could not have come at a better time than now. The duo has already shared the same stage with prominent gospel acts within and outside the country and their very inspirational songs have enjoyed massive airplay and blessed lives around the globe.