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Loud Drugs And Artistes; Are Managers Vicariously Liable ?

March 2, 2020 |

In the List of top 10 managers in music industry who messed over their clients, managers who were greedy and the ones who thought drugs was a good escape for their artistes topped the charts. Yeah! bad managers have their charts too. We are just yet to make a list of them as far as Nigeria and Africa is concerned. From Colonel Tom Parker who received 50% of Elvis Presley’s earnings to Mathew Knowles who had the habit of stealing his daughter’s money, greed is the known ailment for artiste managers. There is an ailment we all have tolerated and might just be the reason why our favorite artistes end up in rehab. If you are an artiste manager, I know you are probably angry saying “What more could I do. That is where (s)he gets inspiration from. I also don’t want to lose my job.” Hollup! Hollup! Dear Angry…    read more 

3 PREDICTIONS ABOUT THE NIGERIAN RECORDED MUSIC INDUSTRY IN 2020

2019 was an eventful year for the Nigerian recorded music industry. We saw some major international mainstream cross overs from Nigerian artists, foreign investment and partnerships with music companies, as well as continued growth in music streaming across the board. A lot of articles documenting the various highlights of the year are already out there, so here are three predictions about the Nigerian recorded music business for 2020. 1. New Wizkid Solo Project Wizkid has had an interesting couple of years. On the one hand he has barely put out any solo music (singles/projects), but on the other his brand — primarily through non-music related activities — has been growing from strength to strength — meaning his lack of solo music releases has not affected his relevance or standing. However, one can fully expect a project from him this year. The first reason for this prediction is that it has…    read more 

Wizkid and Anatii win BET Soul Train Awards

November 25, 2019 |

Nigeria’s Wizkid and South Africa’s Anatii have bagged BET Soul Train Awards for their contributions to Beyoncé’s hit song ‘Brown Skin Girl.’ Wizkid. The award ceremony took place at a sound-optimised amphitheatre of the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas at the weekend. After performances from Wale and Luke, ‘Brown Skin Girl’ was announced as the winner of the Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award 2019, also referred to as Record of the Year. This comes after its release earlier this year off the soundtrack for Disney’s remake of the The Lion King. The film’s soundtrack was helmed by Beyoncé who involved some of Africa’s biggest musical acts, including Burna Boy, Yemi Alade and Sarkodie, among others. Wizkid’s performance on the award-winning track, in particular, is a departure from his usual offerings, which rely heavily on familiar melodies, harmonies and non-word vocalisations that his fans have come to know and love. In…    read more 

Burna Boy, Angelique Kidjo nominated for 2020 Grammy

November 22, 2019 |

Nigerian Afro-fusion artist Burna Boy and Beninese singer Angélique Kidjo were nominated for the 2020 Grammy Awards after the Recording Academy announced the nominees in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Burna Boy and Angelique Kidjo were nominated in the World Music category. The two African musicians were nominated in the World Music category for their albums African Giant and Celia, respectively. They will compete against Altin Gün (Gece, Netherlands), Bokanté and Metropole Orkest led by Jules Buckley (What Heat, US) and Nathalie Joachim with Spektral Quartet (Fanm D’ayiti, Haiti/US). Burna Boy and Kidjo are the only African artists nominated in the World Music category, as opposed to the previous Grammys where four out of the five nominees hailed from Africa. The eventual winner was Ladysmith Black Mambazo for the South African a capella group’s album Shaka Zulu Revisited: 30th Anniversary Celebration. Kidjo will be gunning for her fourth Grammy after winning…    read more 

The House Of Mcquitty (THOM) Is Hosting Famous American Drummer, Jaylen Moore For The First Time Ever In Nigeria…

November 22, 2019 |

Drum Affairs is a subsidiary of The House of Mcquitty (THOM). It is a platform created by the House of Mcquitty, in order to Empower, improve and promote the Daily Art of Drumming in Africa at large, showcasing different unique talents in drummers. The drum Affairs, which started as an online platform and has over 257 active drummers in participation from every part of the world, had her first online empowerment program for drummers early this year, tagged: “FORTRESS SESSION” and has since evolved from being an online platform to a real time gathering of drummers in workshops and concerts. The drum Affairs 1st Edition was held in the city of Abuja, Nigeria, featuring one of Nigeria’s A list Drummer(MK STIXX) and had over a 100 drummers in attendance. This 2nd Edition of the Drum affairs Drum Clinic has become the major talk in the whole of Nigeria, because The…    read more 

Nigeria Copyright Commission declares zero tolerance on piracy

November 11, 2019 |

The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has expressed determination to stamp out piracy in the West African country. NCC director-general John Asein. The declaration was made by the commission’s director of public affairs, Vincent Oyefeso, at the 30th anniversary of the NCC in Ilorin on Wednesday, pulse.ng reported. “The NCC is not just a compliance agency, it has the power to arrest and prosecute anybody caught pirating other people’s intellectual properties,” Oyefeso said. “Copyright owners could institute civil suit against copyright offenders, apart from the criminal suit the commission normally institutes against such offenders.” One of the guest speakers at the event, Dr Kayode Adam of the University of Ilorin’s faculty of law, said copyright law in Nigeria was outdated and modelled on the the laws set by the British colonial government. He called for Nigerian copyright law to be updated in order to meet the challenges of the digital era….    read more 

Nigerian vice-president Yemi Osinbajo has acknowledged that Afrobeat originator Fela Kuti deserves national recognition.

November 5, 2019 |

Nigeria vice-president Yemi Osinbajo. Speaking at a town hall meeting in Benin City at the closing of the National Festival for Arts and Culture last weekend, Osinbajo said the decision could not be made by him alone. A member of the audience put the question to Osinbajo, suggesting that the National Arts Theatre in Lagos should be named after the Afrobeat legend in honour of his immense contribution to Nigerian music. “Well I don’t see any reason why not,” Osinbajo said. “The only problem, of course, is that it is not in my place to decide what national monument should be named after any individual. “But I must say that I agree with you that Fela is as deserving as any to have such a preferred monument named after him”. Fela, a frontline social crusader and iconoclast, was at constant loggerheads with Nigeria’s military leaders in the 1970s and 1980s….    read more 

Burna Boy wins 2019 MTV EMAs award

November 5, 2019 |

Nigerian artist Burna Boy won in the Best African Act category at the 2019 MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) in Seville, Spain, at the weekend. The ‘African Giant’ hitmaker triumphed against such top African artists as Nasty C (South Africa), Prince Kaybee (South Africa), Teni (Nigeria), Toofan (Togo) and Harmonize (Tanzania). Other winners in different categories were Taylor Swift, Rosalía, J Balvin, Billie Eilish, BTS, Green Day and Halsey. “African music continues to make significant contributions to global entertainment and culture,” Viacom International Media Networks Africa and BET International executive vice-president and managing director Alex Okosi said. “We are proud of and congratulate Burna Boy from Nigeria for winning the Best Africa Act at the EMAs, which showcases and celebrates the best talent from the world.” Below is the full list of winners: Best Artist Shawn Mendes Ariana Grande J Balvin Miley Cyrus Taylor Swift Best Song ‘7 rings’ –…    read more 

Musicologist, Michael Bakare talks About the Uniqueness Of His Music Composition

November 5, 2019 |

The Nigerian Musical elements are quite glaring in my music because i always want my music to be conceptualized in that way, as music written by a Modern Nigerian composer. I deliberately make painstaking efforts to infuse a lot of the African church known as the “Aladura church” musical element into my music. Some of the elements are the rhythmic pattern, tonal organization, parallel harmony, formal structures, instrumental resource, indigenous language, existing church airs, as exemplified in this work Ayo Keresi. Thereby combining European pitch collections, with indigenous tonal schemes such as diatonic, pentatonic, hexatonic, octatonic scales, atonality, as well as the 12-tone row method. Structurally, the form of my music ranges from simple binary, ternary, rondo, theme and variations, sonata form, aria, strophic, through composed, canonic imitation, contrapuntal forms to other freestyles. ABOUT Micheal Bakare Micheal Bakare studied music at Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, ijanikin, where he obtained…    read more 

MEET GOSPEL SINGER, AKAY GLORIOUS

November 2, 2019 |

AKINTIMIILEHIN OLAITAN AKINBODE is an Award winning Gospel Artiste, Song writer, Director, Entertainment Icon, popularly known as AKAY GLORIOUS. He started his music career at the age of seven(7) in primary school days .when he was in secondary school, @ unity secondary school Epinmi Akoko Ondo State he was made the Social Prefect Boy, Music Director of the School.He was named and popurlaly known by his Fans as ‘Ayefele’. His passion to reach the world through music has being a great impact and blessing to Mankind and Ministries. A graduate of Olabisi Onabanjo University Ago Iwoye Ogun State,Studied Industrial Chemisty (Chemical Science)where he started and formulated his own live band known as AKAY GLORIOUS MUSICAL BAND in the year 2008. He has received several Gospel Music Awards.Among of it’s kinds is the Award of honour received as an ‘ENTERTAINMENT ICON’ from society of Chemical Science of Nigeria (SCSN OOU CHAPTER)…    read more 

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