Tiwa Savage, Funke Akindele, Others To Perform At KSA’s Concert

Organisers of the grand concert in celebration of the 70th birthday of music maestro, King Sunny Ade’s has announced the addition of Mavin Records Queen, Tiwa Savage, to the impressive list of performers at the show.

Tagged Sunny On Sunday, the show for the Juju music icon promises a star-studded list of artistes including Awilo Logomba, Onyeka Onwenu, Sir Shina Peters, Darey, Omawumi, DJ Jimmy Jatt, Iyanya, Jeff and Tyson Noir.

Organisers of the show, Temple Management Company, have also unveiled the Jenifa’s Diary duo of Funke Akindele and Lolo Omotunde to join comedian Tee A as hosts for the night.

The concert which holds tonight at the Temple Balmoral Marquee, Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, will be shown live on DStv Channel 198 and GOtv Channel 29.

Speaking on her performance, Tiwa Savage enthused, “Personally, I have been looking forward to honouring King Sunny Ade and when this chance came, I grabbed it. Long before I dreamt of pursuing a music career, King Sunny Ade has paved the way for us especially on the international stage. On a personal note, I still remember how he cancelled other requests to perform at my wedding ceremony and I will never forget that rare act of graciousness”

Another major highlight of the event will be the auction of one of King Sunny Ade’s famous guitar masterfully painted by award-winning artiste, Victor Ehikhamenor. According to Terfa Tilley-Gyado, Director Communication, Temple Management, the master-piece is a collector’s item and has been receiving anonymous bids. The section will be moderated by United Auction House.

An ecstatic Ehikhamenor said, “When you are given the opportunity to add a line to the history of a legend, you’d better ask God to take your hand and guide your senses. I’ve loved King Sunny Ade’s music for the longest time and his rhythm is one of the best companions in my studio when working.

He added, “it was a pleasure creating on this guitar for his 70th birthday concert coming up this December. I just heard him say on TV “I have many guitars, but this is my favourite. I call it my baby.” Now Bellagio, Italy just got warmer for me this winter morning.

On a radio appearance, King Sunny Ade has promised his fans one of the biggest gifts. “This is one of my biggest nights ever and I promise to give my audience something to remember for a long time to come.”

Styl-Plus Stages Comeback, Signs New Record Deal

Styl-Plus duo Shifi and Zeal have been reportedly signed to Eskimo Records. The record label which has been busy signing upcoming artistes like Prokassy and Dunnie the guitarist, decided to go way back and sign Styl plus.

They are not upcoming artistes, but we really don’t know how to categorise them after going into hibernation for such a long time.

Styl plus are known for their hit songs, “Imagine that”, ” Olufunmi”, “Iya Basira”, ” Four Years”, and so on.

Fans will definitely be gladdened by this news because these group has become our very own West-Life and a lot of fans can’t wait for what they will churn out very soon.

Heineken To Host Celebrities, Others To #OneLastTime Party In Lagos

Premium beer brand, Heineken, will on Saturday, December 17, 2016, host celebrities, media personalities and industry leaders to an exclusive party at the Heineken House, Ikoyi, Lagos, to mark the end of an era.

Aptly themed; “One Last Time”, the party is strictly by invitation and will be a celebration of the fun times and relationships built at the Heineken House. The party will also feature top Nigerian DJs, celebrities and also Heineken’s highly interactive music experience system – The Takeover.

In its years of existence, the Heineken House Lagos became known as the premium home of new experiences and excitement to visitors, celebrities and industry leaders who gather at this location to witness a range of Heineken sponsored events and activities. The Heineken House Lagos is also a Champion Planet where football lovers were hosted on Champion League match nights to an unprecedented football experience.

Coming just weeks after the #HeinekenLiveYourMusic party which thrilled music lovers in Lagos, the Heineken House Lagos – One Last Time party is another reaffirmation of Heineken’s commitment to providing premium experiences to its consumers.

Tiwa Savage, Teebilz Unite Again

There is an indication that singer Tiwa Savage and her estranged husband, Tunji Balogun, may have decided to patch up the broken bits of their marriage and start again. The gossip mill is agog with a story that the couple has been making moves to reunite after a stormy breakup that generated so much noise in the mass media a couple of months ago.

Evidence that critics have been watching the celebrity couple closely emerged on Wednesday when a popular Nigerian blog reported that Tiwa and her husband had been attending a counselling clinic somewhere in Lagos. The report also insinuated that the couple were seen attending an event together on one occasion.

If this is true, it means that the celebrities must have made up their minds to push their differences aside and rekindle the spark in their relationship. This is by all means good news to many fans of the singer, who have privately wished for a development of this nature.
Source: Punch

Ex-ministers Daughter, Kah-Lo Nominated For Grammy

Wizkid is not the only Nigerian shortlisted for honour at the 59th Grammy Awards holding in Los Angeles on February 12, 2017 after all.

Joining the Starboy Records CEO on the list of nominees is Faridah Demola Seriki (aka Kah-Lo), daughter of former Minister of Defence and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, Demola Seriki.

The rising international star is nominated in the Best Dance Recording category of the Grammy for her vocal performance in ‘Rinse & Repeat’ by Riton.

Kah-Lo, a graduate of journalism from Hofstra University, New York was full of positive emotions after the nomination was announced on Tuesday.

Other tracks nominated in the category are ‘Tearing Me Up’ by Bob Moses, ‘Don’t Let Me Down’ by The Chainsmokers feat. Daya, ‘Never Be Like You’ by Flume feat. Kai and ‘Drinkee’ by Sofi Tukker.

‘Rinse & Repeat’ was released as a digital download in the United Kingdom on 26 February 2016.

The song entered the UK Singles Chart at number 13 and at number 2 on the UK Dance Chart.

Hofstra University too excited at the prospect of its alumnus winning a Grammy.

Needless to say that Kah-Lo’s father and Akinwunmi Ambode, the governor of her home state, are overjoyed.

Kogi Emerges Overall Winner In 2016 Abuja Carnival

Kogi won a total of six trophies and six plaques under different categories and emerged as overall winner of the Abuja carnival which started on Dec. 3.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the closing ceremony   started with a processional display by participants from the old parade ground in Abuja, through Ahmadu Bello way to the Eagle’s Square. Participants demonstrated enthusiasm in their bid to win laurels for their respective states.

NAN also reports that 22 states took part in the carnival. Mr Biodun Abe, the Artistic Director, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture and Chairman of the 2016 carnival committee said many states did not participate due to paucity of fund.

He added that “many states were  unable to come because they couldn’t access fund. “Lagos State was able to make it to Abuja today (Dec. 6) so they can be part of the closing ceremony. That shows that their commitment to the national agenda is not questionable.

“We are happy that the event was a huge success and hopeful that next year will be better,’’ Abe said. Other states which emerged first in other categories include Nasarawa, Bauchi, Abia, Katsina, Gombe, Ogun, Bayelsa and two secondary schools in Abuja.

However, Mrs Payeboye Festus-Lukoh, the Bayelsa State Dance Director, Ministry of culture and Tourism, said that the award for the children fiesta should have gone to  Bayelsa. According to her, Bayelsa was the only state that had children in their contingent. (NAN)

Singer, Wizkid Nominated For Grammy Awards

Ayo ‘Wizkid’ Balogun has earned his first-ever Grammy Award nomination.

The Nigerian singer was a contributor on ‘Views’, an album by Drake Aubrey Graham, which was nominated in the album of the year category.

The Grammy Award for album of the year is presented to the main artist, the featured artist(s), the producer, the engineer and/or mixer and the mastering engineer.

The nominations which were announced on Tuesday had a number of shocking omissions including One Dance, a song by Drake featuring Wizkid and British singer, Kyla.

The omission will definitely raise many eyebrows as One Dance was the number one song on the Billboard charts for up to ten weeks.

Wizkid, who has had a stellar year, has toured alongside the likes of Chris Brown.

In spite of the snub, One Dance has already won several awards in 2016, one of which was the Teen Choice Award for Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Song.

Beyonce, Drake, Adele, Chance The Rapper, Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Rihanna were the most nominated artistes by Recording Academy.

‘Blonde’, the latest album by Frank Ocean, an R&B singer and songwriter, was not nominated because he failed to submit his material for consideration.

“I’d rather this be my Colin Kaepernick moment for the Grammys than sit there in the audience,” Ocean told the New York Times last month

Tim Godfrey, Waje, Yaw, Others To Take The Stage For ‘Ewuro’ The Musical

Multiple award winning music artiste, Tim Godfrey, presenting the second edition of his hit play, ‘Ewuro’ The Musical, an emotional stage presentation that captures the struggles of women in Nigeria, with a focus on discrimination and violence.

‘Ewuro’ is the Yoruba representation of the popular ‘bitter leaf’ (vernonia amygdalina). The play leads a movement that exists to address discrimination and violence against women. The play is centered around the abuse women in Nigeria face on a daily basis from rape, to battery, molestation and widow’s funeral rites.

“Following last year’s edition, we’ve decided to make this edition even bigger,” says Godfrey, who is executive producer of the play. “’Ewuro’ The Musical highlights the challenges women in Nigeria go through on a daily basis. Audiences last year had a good laugh as the play went on, but more than that, they shed tears at stories that are popular, but which we have not really properly engaged as a nation.”

The play is powered by Republic of Xtreme in partnership with Swift Think Limited and the Lagos State Government

Performing at this year’s edition are Waje, Yaw, Tim Godfrey, Lepacious Bose, Segun Obe, Chinonso Young, Nedu, Micheal Ejoor, Gbolabo Gibbs, Gloria Young, Isaac Geralds, Amaka Iruobe, Chioma, and Xtreme.

M.I, Olamide To Headline Maiden Edition Of Lagos Street Party

Leading Nigerian rappers, Olamide and MI, are expected to headline the maiden edition of Lagos Street Party.

The party, which is expected to hold on December 3 and 4, on the Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, was put together by the Lagos state government.

Anofiu Elegushi, the acting commissioner of transportation, has announced that traffic would be diverted to accommodate the street party.

“Traffic would be diverted at the Bishop Oluwole end of Ahmadu Bello Way and at Kuramo Fall end and participating individuals can park their vehicles at the Eko Atlantic City while all other motorists will use alternative routes.

“Tiamiyu Savage, Akin Adesola and Bishop Oluwole will be closed from emptying traffic into Ahmadu Bello Way.”

Adebimpe Akinsola, the acting commissioner  for culture and tourism, told journalists that the street party is different from the One Lagos Fiesta.

“The Lagos Street Party is different from One Lagos Fiesta, Lagos Street Party is to usher in December.

“Plans for One Lagos Fiesta will be unveiled very soon.”

King Sunny Ade Is First Nigerian Musician To Donate To Hard Rock’s Memorabilia Collections

Grammy Award-nominated icon, Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye, popularly known as King Sunny Ade, is now officially the first Nigerian musician to donate pieces from his personal reserve to Hard Rock’s world-famous memorabilia collection. On Wednesday, November 30, 2016, the Juju maestro donated a vintage Fender Guitar and other personal items including an album cover and a pair of shoes at Hard Rock Cafe Lagos.

“I’m thrilled to be the first Nigerian musician to donate personal items to Hard Rock’s world-famous collection and to be showcased alongside other legendary artists,” said King Sunny Ade. “For me, this is more than just a ceremony; it’s an opportunity to pass on a cultural legacy and inspire new generations of musicians around the globe.”

King Sunny Ade’s donated personal items will join more than 81,000 pieces of music memorabilia that Hard Rock has acquired over its 45-year history. Other iconic pieces include Madonna’s wedding dress from “Like a Virgin,” John Lennon’s wireframe tinted glasses, Jim Morrison’s famous brown leather pants, and many more.

“It’s a great honor to be able to pay homage to the rich and historic musical roots in Lagos with a memorabilia donation from King Sunny Ade,” said Sanjay Mathani, CEO of Hard Rock Cafe Lagos. “Hard Rock embraces all genres of music, and we are proud to support such a talented and influential artist.”

The first-of-its-kind donation was brokered by leading talent agency and event management company, Temple Management Company, who are also putting together the highly-publicized grand concert for King Sunny Ade tagged “Sunny On Sunday” scheduled for Sunday, December 11, 2016 at Federal palace Hotel in Lagos.

“Celebrating King Sunny Ade is something of a national assignment for us at Temple Management Company that must be carried out,” said Terfa Tilley-Gyado, Director of Communications, Temple Management.

“An induction into the Hard Rock’s famous memorabilia collection is just one of such responsibilities that will culminate at a grand concert that Nigerians have never witnessed come December 11,” he added.

King Sunny Ade Looks Dapper Ahead Of 70th Anniversary Concert [Photos]

Ahead of his grand 70th birthday concert on December 11 tagged, ‘Sunny On Sunday’, a fresh set of photos of Nigerian music icon, King Sunny Ade has been released.

The very stylish photos, taken by the industrious Logor, were released by talent management and event company, Temple Management Company, and portray a side of the juju maestro that has never been seen before.

KSA pulled off varying looks and donned a bespoke suit, regal Agbada and even had time to look leisurely in tracksuits.

King Sunny Ade has promised to give fans the performance of his life at the concert scheduled to hold at Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos. Other acts featuring at the concert include Congolese icon, Awilo Logomba, Onyeka Onwenu, Sir Shina Peters, Darey, Omawumi, Niniola, Terry Apala, Jeff and Tyson Noir.

KSA who has been performing on stage for over 50 years will also be honoured as the first Nigerian to join the Hard Rock Hall of Fame at induction ceremony scheduled to hold on Wednesday November 30th at Hard Rock Cafe, Landmark Village, Oniru, Lagos.

Photo Credit: Logor

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