Wednesday, May 27, 2020

YINKA AYEFELE THE GOSPEL FUJI CROONER AND PROLIFIC SONGWRITER

Yinka Ayefele is an Ekiti State born Nigerian gospel fuji artist, songwriter, worship leader and talented producer. Ever since his secondary school, he loved playing trumpet and guitar. He sang in the choir and really loved what he was doing, but he did not think about turning into a singer. He dreamt of a financial profession or future work in the office. This made him join the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria in Ibadan where he performed various journalist tasks and worked as a radio producer for different jingles and tunes.
YINKA AYEFELE ON STAGE
Yinka Ayefele began his music career in 1997 after he was involved in an automobile accident which damaged his spinal cord and confined him to a wheelchair. As fate may have it, while in the hospital after spending about 9 months, his friend, Kola Olootu visited and advised him to put some songs together using his experience as a former professional radio jingle producer.  This suggestion resulted in the release of his debut album titled, “Bitter Experience” in 1997 which incidentally brought him into limelight.
YINKA AYEFELE
The release of “Bitter Experience” was followed by the release of “Sweet Experience”. The rest as they say is now history, suffice it to say that Yinka Ayefele today has twenty-three albums to his credit: Bitter Experience (1997), Sweet Experience (1999), Something Else (2000), Divine Intervention (2001), Fun Fair (2002), Life after Death (2003), Aspiration (2003), Fulfilment (2004), New Dawn (2005), Next Level (2006), Gratitude (2007), Absolute Praise (2008), Transformation (2009), Everlasting Grace (2010), Prayer Point (2011), Goodness Of God (2012), Comforter (2013), Overcomer (2014), Upliftment (2015), Fresh Glory (2016), Living Testimony (2017), Favour (2018), and Beyond The Limits (2019).
YINKA AYEFELE ON STAGE
Yinka Ayefele has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Member of the Order of the Niger (MON) awarded by the former Nigerian President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in 2011 and the Ekiti Cultural Ambassador Award.
YINKA AYEFELE
On a sad note Yinka Ayefele’s Music House, which had in it a radio station Fresh FM and a studio, was on August 19, 2018 demolished by the Oyo State Government, stating that the property's location contravened the stipulations by the town planning authority. This sparked outrage from fans and sympathizers, especially in Ibadan, and host of others criticizing the government's action. According to the musician, the property was worth N800 million.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

BONEY M: THE INTRIGUES, SUCCESSES AND DISBANDMENT

Contrary to what many people thought, Boney M. a Euro-Caribbean vocal group was a creation of Frank Farian, a German record producer in 1976. None of the group members knew themselves prior to the formation. The four original members of the group's official line-up were Liz Mitchell and Marcia Barrett from Jamaica, Maizie Williams from Montserrat and Bobby Farrell, a performing artist from Aruba. 
BONEY M.
Frank Farian decided to use Liz Mitchell and Marcia Barrett voice along with his own studio-enhanced voice to create the Boney M. sound. Maizie Williams and Bobby Farrell were not allowed to sing in the studio. They only perform in live shows. This has been the standard for the group which achieved popularity during the disco era of the late 1970s. Since the 1980s, various line-ups of the band have performed with different personnel. 
BONEY M. ON STAGE
Boney M. has sold around 100 million records worldwide and is known for international hits such as "Daddy Cool", "Ma Baker", "Sunny", "Rasputin", "Mary’s Boy Child – O My Lord" and "Rivers of Babylon".
Boney M. recorded a total of eight albums: Take the Heat off Me (1976); Love for Sale (1977); Nightflight to Venus (1978); Oceans of Fantasy (1979); Boonoonoonoos (1981); Christmas Album (1981); Ten Thousand Lightyears (1984); Eye Dance (1985).
BONEY M.
Boney M. started to disintegrate from 1985 due to internal squabbles and disagreements and from this point, different versions of the group were formed by members, some with cooperation of the creator and founder, Frank Farian, others without him, for example by independently obtaining the rights to use the Boney M. name in a different country. One version began touring in the first half of 1987 with Marilyn Scharbaai (Carrilho) taking Liz Mitchell's place. Mitchell returned for a second leg of the tour late 1987, and Marcia Barrett soon left the band. At the same time, Bobby Farrell had set up a deal for a new Boney M. album to be recorded without Frank Farian in Belgium. 
BONEY M. ON STAGE
However, in October 1988, the classic Boney M. line-up reunited without producer Frank Farian for the album “Greatest Hits of All Times – Remix ’88”, but tensions ran high between the members, and Liz Mitchell left in the spring of 1989 to be replaced by Madeleine Davis. While Mitchell promoted her solo album, the group recorded the single “Everybody Wants to Dance Like Josephine Baker”, without Frank Farian's knowledge or approval. Threatened with legal action by the producer over the use of the Boney M. name, the single was subsequently withdrawn and Farian issued "Stories" with his own new Boney M. line-up featuring Liz Mitchell, Reggie Tsiboe and two new members, Sharon Stevens and Patty Onoyewenjo. Liz Mitchell continued to tour the world with her line-up of Boney M., which is the only line-up officially supported by Frank Farian. 
BONEY M.
Furthermore, the court ruling of 1990 did not help matters in the attempt for another unification of the original members of the group. The court ruling stated that all the original four members of the group are entitled to perform their own Boney M. shows. Bobby Farrell and Liz Mitchell have released solo albums containing their own re-recordings of Boney M.'s classic hits. Maizie Williams released her first solo album in 2006 and her own single version of Boney M.'s "Sunny". Marcia Barrett has released three solo albums also.
BONEY M. ON STAGE
On a sad note, Bobby Farrell died at the age of 61 from heart failure on 30 December 2010. His agent said Farrell was complaining of breathing problems after performing with his band the evening before. Farrell lived in Amsterdam until his death. The singer was found dead in a hotel room in Saint Petersburg, Russia, where he had been performing. With his death the original four members of Boney M. will never stage a comeback again!

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

DEBORAH OLUSOGA IS OUR ARTIST OF THE WEEK

Nigerian-British multi-talented and award-winning gospel singer Deborah Olusoga releases her soul-stirring single titled ‘Alagbawi’ (Advocate) from her 5-track debut EP titled ‘Solace’ which was released in 2019. The single ‘Alagbawi’ is a heart to heart adoration to God; it encourages the listener to seek more of the presence of the Holy Spirit whom Jesus Christ promised to send to us to advocate on our behalf to the Father. Deborah promises to release subsequently more versions of this song to meet diverse listeners needs.
DEBORAH OLUSOGA
Deborah started singing in a Roman Catholic Church in Nigeria since primary school age and later became a member of the Pentecostal church in 1998 where she has continued to serve as a Worship Leader. Deborah was appointed the Choir Coordinator at the Redeemed Christian Fellowship (RCF) where she has won several awards for her effectiveness while in the higher institution. She is also a member of the RCCG National Choir Praise Team and ministered severally at the Redemption Camp Lagos with the Oyo State Zonal and National Choir before she relocated to the UK over a decade ago.
DEBORAH OLUSOGA ON STAGE
Deborah also became a member of the annual RCCG Festival of Life Choir in the UK for a few years before she relocated from London to the Midlands. She organized her first Youth Musical Concert in 2006 and a member of 2 gospel bands while in Nigeria. She has ministered at various churches and events in Africa and in other parts of the world.
DEBORAH OLUSOGA
In her quest to propagate the gospel, she also hosts a Radio talk show titled – ‘Step Forward on MZRadio London and CockFM which airs 9-10am GMT every Saturday which focuses on health and relationship. She is the author of the book titled – ‘The Godly Role Model’. Deborah is a graduate of University of East London and a Healthcare Manager by profession, she is married to Samson Olusoga and blessed with 3 amazing children.‎

Saturday, May 16, 2020

BETTY WRIGHT THE ‘TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT’ SINGER DIES AT 66

Bessie Regina Norris popularly known as Betty Wright (December 21, 1953 – May 10, 2020) was an American soul and R&B singer, songwriter and background vocalist, who rose to fame in the 1970s with hits such as “Tonight is the Night” and “Clean Up Woman”.
BETTY WRIGHT
Betty Wright was born in Miami, Florida, United States in 1953 and started singing gospel at the age of two, with her siblings in the group, Echoes of Joy. When they broke up, Wright was only 11. After switching to R&B she was signed at the age of 12. Her first hit was “Girls Can’t Do What the Guys Do”, which reached No. 33 in the US in 1968. The track was later sampled by BeyoncĂ©.
BETTY WRIGHT
Betty Wright won a Grammy Award in 1974 for best R&B song “Where Is the Love”. Throughout the late 70s and early 80s, the singer-songwriter would continue releasing music and her 1988 hit “No Pain, (No Gain)” would be her last significant song on the charts in a career spanning five decades. But this did not stop Betty Wright, who would continue performing, writing and producing, as well as being an active member of The Recording Academy.
BETTY WRIGHT ON STAGE
Betty Wright was celebrated not only for her characterful songs but also her voice, which could reach the kind of piercing, ultra-high register the likes of Mariah Carey would later adopt. She released solo music throughout her life and collaborated with the hip-hop stars she influenced. Her 2011 album Betty Wright: The Movie was made with hip-hop group, the Roots, while her most recent album, 2014’s “Living Love Lies” featured rapper Rick Ross and rap producer DJ Khaled. She appeared alongside rappers Kendrick Lamar and Big Sean on a 2016 DJ Khaled track “Holy Key”.
BETTY WRIGHT ON STAGE
Betty Wright died on May 10, 2020 at the age of 66 from yet to be disclosed illness.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

LITTLE RICHARD THE FOUNDING FATHER OF ROCK MUSIC (DECEMBER 5, 1932 – MAY 9, 2020)


Richard Wayne Penniman, popularly known as Little Richard, was an American singer, songwriter, and musician. Richard was an influential figure in popular music, his most celebrated work dates from the mid-1950s, when his dynamic music and charismatic showmanship laid the foundation for rock and roll, leading him to be given the nickname "The Innovator, The Originator, and The Architect of Rock and Roll". Characterized by his frenetic piano playing and raspy singing voice, Richard's music also played a key role in the formation of other popular music genres, including soul and funk. He influenced numerous singers and musicians across musical genres from rock to hip hop, and his music helped shape rhythm and blues for generations to come.
LITTLE RICHARD
Born in Macon, Georgia, United States Richard was the second of 12 children. He was kicked out of his family's home as a teenager and taken in by a white family, who ran the club where he first performed. He got his start performing jump blues, but his most famous and successful songs like “Tutti Frutti,” “Long Tall Sally,” and “Good Golly Miss Molly” came in the mid-1950s.
LITTLE RICHARD WAS A FRENETIC PIANO PLAYER
His music was covered by contemporaries like Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, and Bill Haley. A wave of young British musicians: the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Rod Stewart, and Lemmy Kilmister, to name a few cited Little Richard as an influence. Elsewhere in the world, Richard was being studied by soul stars including Otis Redding, James Brown, Michael Jackson and rock icons Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, AC/DC.
LITTLE RICHARD HAD A RASPY SINGING VOICE
Little Richard sold more than 30 million records worldwide and was among the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's first class of inductees in 1986. He received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy and performed at Bill Clinton's presidential inauguration in 1992. The Library of Congress added “Tutti Frutti” to the National Recording Registry in 2010.
LITTLE RICHARD ON ELECTRIC PIANO
Little Richard died on May 9, 2020 and will be remembered as a founding father of Rock and Roll Music alongside with Fats Domino and Chuck Berry.

Monday, May 11, 2020

A TRIBUTE TO BOB MARLEY THE REGGAE LEGEND (FEBRUARY 6, 1945 – MAY 11, 1981)

We remember today May 11, 2020 in a special way the Legend, Robert Nesta Marley who died exactly 39 years ago. Bob Marley was a classical testimony of grass to grace story. The only crowned King of Reggae Music, a prolific and inspirational song writer, a master guitarist, an outstanding band leader, a philosopher, a freedom fighter per excellence and a Rastaman.
BOB MARLEY ON STAGE IN THE MID-1970s


Born in Nine Mile, British Jamaica on February 6, 1945, Bob Marley began his professional musical career in 1963 when he formed a band called the Teenagers with his friends, Bunny Wailer, Peter Tosh, Junior Braithwaite, Beverley Kelso, and Cherry Smith. They later changed the name to the Wailing Rudeboys, then to the Wailing Wailers, at which point they were discovered by record producer Coxsone Dodd, and finally to the Wailers. Their single "Simmer Down" for the Coxsone label became a Jamaican No. 1 in February 1964 selling an estimated 70,000 copies. The Wailers, now regularly recording for Studio One, found themselves working with established Jamaican musicians such as Ernest Ranglin, the keyboardist Jackie Mittoo and saxophonist Roland Alphonso. By 1966, Braithwaite, Kelso, and Smith had left the Wailers, leaving the core trio of Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer, and Peter Tosh. The trio were soon to break up also and each started a successful solo career.
BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS


Bob Marley continued recording as "Bob Marley & The Wailers". His new backing band included brothers Carlton and Aston "Family Man" Barrett on drums and bass respectively, Junior Marvin and Al Anderson on lead guitar, Tyrone Downie and Earl "Wya" Lindo on keyboards, and Alvin "Seeco" Patterson on percussion. The "I Threes", consisting of Judy Mowatt, Marcia Griffiths, and Marley's wife, Rita, provided backing vocals. In 1975, Marley had his international breakthrough with his first hit outside Jamaica, with a live version of "No Woman, No Cry", from the Live! album. This was followed by his breakthrough album in the United States, Rastaman Vibration (1976), which reached the Top 50 of the Billboard Soul Charts.
BOB MARLEY THE MISTIC MAN

Under the name Bob Marley and the Wailers 11 albums were released (4 live albums and 7 studio albums). In 1977, Marley was diagnosed with acral lentiginous melanoma; he died because of the illness on May 11, 1981. His fans around the world expressed their grief, and he received a state funeral in Jamaica. The greatest hits album Legend was released in 1984 and became the best-selling reggae album of all time. Marley also ranks as one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with estimated sales of more than 75 million records worldwide. He was posthumously honored by Jamaica soon after his death with a designated Order of Merit. In 1994, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Rolling Stone ranked him No. 11 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

SINACH BECOMES NO. 1 GOSPEL ARTIST AND SONGWRITER IN THE WORLD

The Eboyi State born Nigerian multiple award-winning gospel artist and songwriter, Osinachi Joseph popularly known as Sinach has become the first African gospel artist to rank at number one on the Christian Songwriters’ category of the USA Billboard, for her song ‘Way Maker’, which has dominated the chart for the past seven weeks. 
SINACH
Sinach’s award winning song ‘Way Maker’ also has more than 149 million views on YouTube. Since the song was released on December 30, 2015, it has been covered by a number of globally acclaimed Christian music artists such as Michael W. Smith, Leeland; Christafari; Passion Worship Bank; Maranda Curtis; and Bethel Music to mention a few.
SINACH ON STAGE
Sinach was born on March 30, 1973 and as a child she had dreams where she saw herself singing to large crowds. However, she started singing for family and friends in 1989 as a hobby, while working as a staff and choir member in Christ Embassy, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome’s Church.
 
SINACH
Sinach had written many songs before she released her first album ‘Chapter One’ in 2008. Her song ‘This Is Your Season' won the Song of the Year Award in 2008 and the rest as they say is history suffice it to say that she is a prolific songwriter with 9 studio albums to her credit.
 
SINACH ON STAGE
Sinach has performed and headlined concerts in over 50 countries including Kenya, Dominica, South Africa, United States, Canada, Antigua and Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Grenada, Uganda, The British Virgin Islands, Zambia, Saint Maarten, the United Kingdom and India.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

TONY ALLEN, CO-CREATOR OF AFROBEAT

Tony Oladipo Allen popularly known as Tony Allen  was a legendary drummer, who created afrobeat along with his old bandmate Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Born on August 12, 1940, Allen taught himself to play drums from the age of 18, drawing inspiration from American jazz greats Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker as well as contemporary African music. He was later to become the musical director of Fela’s band ‘Africa ’70’ in the 1960s and 1970s. During that time, the pair created afrobeat, combining West African musical styles such as highlife and fuji music with American imports jazz and funk. Afrobeat went on to become one of the totemic genres of 20th century African music.

TONY ALLEN
It was over Tony Allen’s thrilling beat that Fela laid out his revolutionary and pan-African message, which led him to become one of the abiding icons of the struggle for freedom across the continent. Allen and Fela recorded around 40 albums together in Africa ’70 Band, before parting ways after a mythic 26-year collaboration.
TONY ALLEN WITH FELA ANIKULAPO KUTI & AFRICA '70 IN THE STUDIO

Tony Allen has remained hugely influential and beloved by generations of musicians both in Nigeria and abroad. Allen was the drummer in the supergroup The Good, the Bad & the Queen, also featuring Blur singer Damon Albarn and The Clash bassist Paul Simonon, which released its second album in 2018.
TONY ALLEN ON STAGE
Tony Allen lived in the Paris suburb of Courbevoie in France until his death on Thursday April 30, 2020.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

WINTER AMADIN IS A PROMISING NIGERIAN GOSPEL RAP ARTIST

Winter Amadin is a young Nigerian gospel rapper who is poised to praising God with his unique funky sound. Winter is an acronym for “WIN Through Every Round” which is driven by his love for God, love for mankind and love for music, the rapper whose real name is Amadin Moses Winter was born in the mid 80’s and grew up in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria.
WINTER AMADIN
Winter Amadin an accounting graduate from Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma started out with music in the year 2000 by writing for young artistes, he was a member of the choir in a Christ Embassy Church in Benin city in 2003-2004, but later went professional with his musical career in 2010.
He has been performing many shows, church programs, youth conferences etc, and he has also worked with other upcoming artistes like Tb1, Protek, SamJamz, Viva, Tru-South only to mention a few. His three best singles “Church Boi”, “Amazing” and “Reign” are very danceable gospel groove that is sure to get one’s toes tapping as the lyrics take your mind away. He also has a 6-track album “Church Got Street Credibility” released in 2017 to his credit.