Monday, August 30, 2021

VICTOR UWAIFO THE NIGERIAN HIGHLIFE MAESTRO & GUITAR VIRTUOSO (1941-2021)

Highlife Maestro and Professor of Visual Arts, University of Benin, Sir Victor Efosa Uwaifo was born on 1st March 1941 in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria and obtained his secondary school education at the Western Boys' High School Benin and St. Gregory's College, Lagos, from 1957 to 1961.


He began playing guitar when he was 12 years old and grew up playing the instrument with dexterity and displayed kinetic dancing steps in his heydays. Some of Uwaifo’s albums ‘Joromi’ and ‘Mammy Water’ released in the early 60s, were instant hits and have remained evergreen. He was the winner of the first gold disc in Africa (Joromi) released in 1965 and seven other gold discs in Guitar boy, Arabade, Ekassa series and Akwete music. He recorded under the name Victor Uwaifo and His TItibitis.


Victor Uwaifo was also a writer, sculptor, and musical instrument inventor, University lecturer, and the first Honorable Commissioner for Arts, Culture and Tourism in Nigeria, having been appointed by the administration of former governor Chief Lucky Igbinedion in Edo State 2001–2003. The music legend has travelled to many countries including the United States, Russia, Japan, United Kingdom, Bulgaria, Romania, Germany, France, Hungary, Rome, Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire, Togo, Benin Republic, Spain, and Canada.



Sir Victor Uwaifo died at 80 after a brief illness in Benin City, Nigeria on 28th August 2021. His legacies live on.

Friday, July 2, 2021

BURNA BOY THE TRAIL BLAZER IN THE NIGERIAN MUSIC INDUSTRY

Grammy award winning Nigerian singer Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulum popularly known as Burna Boy has made history as the first African artist to achieve over 100 million streams on Spotify, a Swedish audio streaming and media services provider. He made this mark with his last three albums; “African Giant”, “Outside” and “Twice As Tall” each of which had hit 100 million on the Spotify platform.



Earlier this year Burna Boy’s album “Twice As Tall” had won the best global music album at the 63rd Grammy Awards. He is the second Nigerian artist to achieve this feat after Sikiru Adepoju won it at the 51st edition in 2008.

Burna Boy had said in his acceptance speech ‘‘This a big win for my generation of Africans all over the world and this should be a lesson to every African out there, no matter where you are, no matter what you plan to do, you can achieve it because you are king’’. What an inspiring and encouraging words to the African youths in general.



Congratulations to this Trail Blazer in the Nigerian music industry!

Friday, March 5, 2021

LIFE AND TIMES OF BUNNY WAILER (1947 -2021)

Bunny Wailer, Reggae artist and co-founder of the Wailers reggae band died on Tuesday March 2, 2021 at the age of 73. Bunny Wailer, a baritone singer was born Neville O'Riley Livingston in Kingston, Jamaica on 10th April 1947.


The Wailers were founded by Bunny Wailer, Bob Marley, and Peter Tosh in 1963. Bunny Wailer was the last surviving founding member after Marley and Tosh died in 1981 and 1987, respectively. 

The Wailers and other Rasta musicians also popularized Rastafarian culture among better-off Jamaicans starting in the 1970s. Though Bob Marley and the Wailers were known for their music, they were also activists calling for action through their lyrics. 
 

Johnny Nash signed the group to an exclusive publishing and recording contract with his JAD record label, formed in 1967 with Danny Sims, and financed some of the band's recordings.
      

Bunny Wailer won three Grammys for his work on "Hall Of Fame - A Tribute To Bob Marley's 50th Anniversary," "Time Will Tell - A Tribute To Bob Marley" and "Liberation (Album)."

The passing of Bunny Wailer, the last of the original Wailers, brings to a close the most vibrant period of Jamaica’s musical experience.






 

Sunday, January 24, 2021

SO NSOGBUKWA PHILOSOPHY

So Nsogbukwa is a concept, it is a theory and it is a philosophy. The proponent of So Nsogbukwa idea, Emeka Eustace Okeke is an idealist with a checkered experiences in the world of Decision Making and Problem Solving. He has made some impacts in Training and Development.
Emeka Eustace Okeke is also a song writer and musician known as Emeka Okeke in the music arena. His song "So Nsogbukwa" an Afro-Gospel song is making waves on the internet and radio.
His personal experiences in life have taught him that there's no end to the problems in the world. Be it personal problems, political problems, social problems, environmental problems, religious problems, ethnic problems and racial problems; there's not going to be any end to all these.
However, the way one perceives a problem and attitudinal disposition will go a long way in finding solutions that will facilitate quick decision making. The leeway according to Emeka Okeke is putting our trust in Christ Jesus, the master problem solver to see us through as it was already stated in the Holy Bible; Matthew 11:28 "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest"


Saturday, October 31, 2020

JOHNNY NASH BOWS OUT AT 80

The American reggae and pop singer-songwriter Johnny Nash, best known for the 1972 hit "I Can See Clearly Now" died on 6th October 2020 aged 80.The musician began singing as a child and made his major label debut with the 1957 song "A Teenager Sings the Blues".

Born in Houston, Jonny Nash was one of the first non-Jamaican singers to record reggae music in Kingston, Jamaica.
His single "I Can See Clearly Now" sold more than a million copies and reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1972, where it remained for four weeks.

He also had a No. 1 hit in the UK in 1975 with "Tears on My Pillow".

It was Nash that brought the reggae legend Bob Marley to limelight and helped him to sign a recording contract. Nash's covers of songs like "Stir It Up" helped bring Marley's music to a broader audience, and the pair later collaborated on a track called "You Poured Sugar On Me".

Thursday, October 1, 2020

SONGS THAT PROMOTE NIGERIA UNITY AND CELEBRATE HER DIVERSITY

As we celebrate the 60th independence anniversary of our dear country Nigeria, we present some of the music by Nigerian artists that centre on the motherland and promote her unity.

Which Way Nigeria (Sunny Okosun)


The song "Which Way Nigeria" was about the growth trajectory of the nation many years after independence. Sunny Okosun sang in part:
Which way is Nigeria is heading to;
Many years after independence;
We still find it hard to start;
How long shall we be patient till we reach the promise land;
Let’s save Nigeria, So Nigeria won’t die. Which way Nigeria, Which way to go;
I love my fatherland, I want to know;
Which way Nigeria is heading to…”

Peace Song (Onyeka Onwenu)


Onyeka Onwenu released this song which, as the name implies, called for peace in in the country. It contained the lyrics:
“We’re the women of Nigeria
And peace is what we bring
Let it reign, let it reign everywhere
We’re the children of Nigeria
And peace is what we need
So that all can live as one…”

The Way Forward (King Sunny Ade)


King Sunny Ade's song "The Way Forward" was an instant hit with fans as it inspired the spirit of patriotism in many. The song called on all Nigerians to join hands in lifting the country. The musician sang that no matter where one travelled to, there could never be any place like home.

Nigeria My Beloved Country (Funmi Adams)

Funmi Adams contributed to shaping a positive perspective for the nation with her song "Nigeria My Beloved Country" in which she sang about her love for the motherland.

Nigeria Go Survive (Veno Marioghae)

Veno Marioghae's song “Nigeria go survive” which was released in 1985, was a favourite of many back in the day. Accompanied by a funky beat, the track proclaimed that regardless of what happened to it, Nigeria would survive. And no doubt, some may now see Marioghae in the mould of a prophet because though the country has gone through many turbulent times, it is still standing strong.
The song contained the lyrics:
“If they steal our oil,
Even if they burn the oil o,
Nigeria will survive.
I say if they drink the oil o,
No matter how they try o,
Nigeria will survive.
Our roots dem strong for ground o, Ancestors no go gree o,
Nigeria will survive…”

Arise, Make Nigeria a Better Place (Emeka Okeke)

This song was a track in Emeka Okeke's debut album "True Messages" released in 2000. The song promotes Nigeria unity by calling on all tribes and ethnic groups to come together and unite to make Nigeria a better place. Part of the lyrics goes thus:
"Arise arise make Nigeria a better place,
All my brothers wake up wake up,
All my sisters this is the time,
Umunne m o ngwanu ngwanu,
This is the time to call white white,
This is the time to call black black,
This is the time to say all the truth,
This is the time to forgive ourselves,
Arise arise make Nigeria a better place."

Green Land (TY Bello)

Bello was able to endear herself to fans with the song "Green Land". The lyrics included,:
“The land is green―it’s green,
The land is green― it’s green,
Can’t you see? The harvest is ready,
Cos the Lord of the harvest told me so,
It’s green― it’s green for me,
It’s green― it’s green for me…”

Great Nation (Timi Dakolo)

Timi Dakolo's song ,"Great Nation" was another song that promoted Nigerian unity. The song contained the lyrics:
“We’re all we have, We’ll defend our land, We believe in this nation,
And we know we’ll get there,
We’re all we have, we’ll defend our land,
We believe in Nigeria and the promise she holds,
And that one day we’ll shine like the sun, We’re a great nation…”

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

SAMSONG IS ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR GOSPEL ARTISTS IN NIGERIA



Samsong is a Nigerian gospel artist, based in Abuja, Nigeria. He was born Samson Uche Mogekwu in Delta State, Nigeria. In 1991, he formed a quartet known as Praise Creation. They were signed to Ivory Music Label and released their debut album in 1996 titled "Best of Life". The group however broke up, and Samsong became a solo artist, releasing his debut CD in 2002, titled "Count Your Blessings". His album was a success, garnering airplay, and resulting in winning The Psalmist Award that same year.
SAMSONG
Samsong has had a successful recording career with radio hits like Bianule, and a handful of accolades such as The Psalmist Award in 2000, and recently being nominated as "best Gospel Artist" by Nigerian Entertainment Awards (NEA) in New York in 2008. He has graced the stage with Gospel greats like Marvin Winans, Donnie McClurkin and Panam Percy Paul, as well as successful mainstream artists like Donell Jones, Kenny Latimore, etc.