Misofunyi Entertainment in partnership with Stingomania Records will host ‘The Dagrin Memorial Carnival' on April 21 at National Stadium in Lagos. Speaking about the forthcoming event, Ope Banwo the chief executive officer of Stingomania Entertainment said "a Dagrin anniversary, particularly the first one, cannot be complete without his colleagues gathering together to salute him in the language he understands best, which is music. A carnival like this also gives his contemporaries a platform to express themselves on an annual basis.
We are therefore happy to be working with Dagrin's father on this project with KSB helping us with her experience as a seasoned concert organizer." With performances from musicians like Naeto C, KSB, DJ Zeez, Jaywon, YQ, Goldie, Edreez Abdulkareem, Sheyman, General Pype, Baba Nee, Kas, Flavour and Obesere PK1st, the carnival will include an awards session for the Best Dagrin Look-alike, Best Dagrin Tribute Song, Best Dagrin Collabo Song and Best Dagrin Collabo Video, Best Yoruba Rap, Best English Rap Artiste, Best Upcoming Hip-Hop Artiste and Best Upcoming Entertainer of the Year.
Banwo also revealed that "the proceeds from the concert will be applied to the Ghetto Dreamz Foundation for Young Entertainers" which he is organising while the rest will go to Dagrin's estate for the welfare of the parents and siblings. "It is a charity project that I am very proud to be associated with", Banwo said. In a related development Dagrin's biopic ‘Ghetto Dreamz' starring Trybson Dudukoko as Dagrin, Doris Simeon, Pa Kasumu, Rachael Oniga, and Gabriel Afolayan will be premiered on Friday April 22, 2011.
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K-Solo features Timaya in new song
Producer cum singer K-Solo has premiered a new song titled ‘I Don Know' off his latest album titled ‘Mr Pedigree'. According to K-Solo, the album "will highlight issues and matters that I have scaled through as a young Nigerian and street breed. My party-hard beats will get you off your feet. This one's for my fans that always love my bass line and hooks. It's an album to go for." The album which will feature collaborations from several artists including Timaya, DJ Zeez and Flavour N'Abania and will be released under the singer's record label, K-I-M (K-Solo Inc Musik).
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Kefee set to organize peace concert in Jos
Kokoroko crooner, Obareki Irikefe popularly known as Kefee will organise a peace concert in Jos,Plateau State on March 30. The singer disclosed that the project "was born out of a desire to contribute my quota towards the return of peace in Jos". "We just want to show love and preach peace. I don't have any biological relation in Jos but as far as the people are Nigerians, they are my brothers and sisters. Some of the things I hear from there make me cry hence I called several colleagues and friends who feel the same way to record a peace song. We can't change the situation in Jos but we can make a difference by going there to perform at a peace concert". According to the singer, the concert would feature performances from the likes of Ice Prince, Banky W, Uti Nwachukwu, and Kel. On the other hand,as a buildup to the the concert, Kefee alongside other artists have also recorded a peace song for the concert which was directed by Wudi Awa.
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Biodun Shobanjo joins lineup for MTV's ‘Real Talk'
Vice Chairman of Insight Communications, Biodun Shobanjo has been selected to join the panelist for MTV's ‘Real Talk' seminar. Scheduled to hold on March 30 at the Civic Centre, Lagos.
MTV's Real Talk is designed to help brands and marketers understand the most productive and authentic ways to interact with the Nigerian youth demographic. Shobanjo will join Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President & Managing Director MTV Networks Africa; Ben Murray-Bruce, Chairman, Silverbird Group and Leke Alder, Principal, Alder Consulting on the panel. Speaking on the recent inclusion, Okosi said ‘Mr Shobanjo's in-depth understanding of every facet of broadcasting, advertising and public relations as well as the challenges faced by marketers and brands, will significantly elevate the level of Real Talk and we are excited that Mr Shobanjo has confirmed his commitment to the event.'
Dance music rave and Dem Mama crooner, Timaya, has labelled the freshly released track, ‘I Don Know’ by producer cum performing artist, K Solo, as fraudulent. The Hip-Hop World Award winning singer, whose vocals were present on the track which premiered last weekend, denies ever being a part of the song on his Twitter page. ‘‘Pls my people, I didn’t record any song with ksolo, I have not seen him for the past nine months. My vocals on his song was copied from my song,’’ the self professed Egberi Papa 1 of Bayelsa tweeted in the morning of Tuesday, March 292011. Timaya also stated that he cannot remember recording any song with K Solo and suggested that the vocals were lifted from an old song he recorded at KSolo’s studio a long time ago. ‘I Don Know’ is the first official single off KSolo’s upcoming album, ‘Mr Pedigree’. KSolo, real name Solomon Oyeniyi, exclusively produced Timaya’s sophomore album, ‘Gift and Grace’, in 2008.
Havana Music carnival postponed
Organisers of the annual music jamboree, Havana Music Carnival, have announced that the 45th edition of the carnival earlier scheduled for 22 to 25 March, 2011 in Ibadan has been postponed. According to a press release from the event’s management company, Zmirage Marketing & Communications (ZMC), the carnival was postponed ‘‘due to the wave of political tension and the heated electioneering process in the country as these uncertainties would have implications on the security and safety of the stakeholders’’. Now scheduled after the election period, the organisers said, ‘‘[Having] considered many factors especially the peculiar political situation in Ibadan, the traditional venue for Havana Music Carnival, and as such agreed to hold the event after the general elections in Nigeria when the external environment will be predictable to a certain extent’’, the release reads.
Speaking on the recent change, Executive Director of ZMC, Mike Yomi Dada said, ‘‘while all is set for the effective activation of the longest running musical concert in Africa, it will be unprofessional to ignore the implication of key issues of environment intelligence on the project, but we promise the stakeholders an unforgettable experience at a new date that will be communicated soonest. This decision will allow us provide adequate security and best protection to all of our participants and the vulnerable society while maintaining the entire thrill that goes with the event’’. Tagged ‘Non Stop Action for Charity’, the carnival was expected to take place at The University of Ibadan campus and Trans Amusement Park, Agbowo, Ibadan with performances from musicians including Femi Kuti, King Sunny Ade, King Ayinde Marshal, Tuface Idibia, and Ice Prince.
The Perfect Church premieres at Easter
Wale Adenuga Production (WAP) movie, The Perfect Church’ will premiere at the National Theatre, Lagos, on April 23 and rescreened on April 25, 2011. According to the production outfit, the movie which stars Olu Jacobs, Ramsey Nouah, Funke Akindele, Ngozi Ezeonu, Jibola Dabo, Nobert Young, Hakeem Rahman, and Yinka Olukunga, ‘‘tells the story of a church with perfect reputation and holy people with unholy secret’’.
Speaking on the relevance of the movie, the producer Wale Adenuga said ‘‘a story like that which was told in ‘The Perfect Church’ is not one that should be limited to a few viewers; it is a movie everyone must see, so we are doing all we can to ensure it is is accessible for everyone’s viewing. According to WAP’s publicist, BigSam Media, the movie will also be debuted at the KS Cinema on Sunday April 24 in Ibadan, and on Monday April 25 at the Welcome Centre on Airport Road, Lagos, and at the Cultural Centre in Abeokuta.
Omawumi releases new video
Nigerian Pop music singer and first runner up at the 2007 Idol West Africa television show, Omawumi has released the video for the lead single, ‘If You Ask Me (Na Who I Go Ask)’, off her upcoming album. Released on Monday, March 28 across various entertainment websites, the Cobhams Asuquo produced track is directed by Capital Vision boss, Clarence Peters.
According to a press release from her PR company, the track ‘‘deals with child and sexual abuses and takes a musical journey through it’s painful experience’’. The singer released her debut album, ‘Wonder Woman’, in 2009 to commercial success. The album included monster hits, ‘Today Na Today’ and ‘In The Music’.
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