Wizkid, a.k.a Star boy, has defeated his arch-rival Davido, to become the best African male artiste at the 2017 All African Music Award(AFRIMA) held in Lagos on Sunday. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Wizkid’s award included, Artiste of the Year, for his song “Come Closer’’, Song of the Year for the same song and Best Male artiste in Western Africa. This win has once again renewed the battle of supremacy between the two popular artistes and is coming shortly after Davido edged Wizkid out at the 2017 MTV EMA by winning the “Best African Act”. Wizkid got a rare international recognition in 2016 after he had a collaboration effort with American international Drake with their Collabo song “One Dance sold in 15 countries including U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia. Earlier this year, Wizkid became the first Afrobeat artist to appear in the 2018 Guinness World Records for his contribution to...
By Christopher Odey. Excitement and anxiety hits churches in the city of Abuja as all is now set for the first ever Hosanna Children Choir Challenge Season 1. This event is organised by precepts foundation Nigeria, a children foundation that focuses on winning children to God's Kingdom and mentoring them through music, arts and culture. The event count down is less than a week, is to hold on Sunday the 3rd of September 20l7 at the merit house, Maitama, Abuja, 3pm. According to spokes person of the foundation Rajuno Edem, " this year's event is a top-notch event to host over 30 participating children choir, ranging from, Mountain of fire ministries, Redeemed Christian Church of God, Shepherds House Assembly, TREM, Winners Chapel, Upper room Covenant Assembly, Winners house assembly WIHOFA, Church of God Mission, amongst others. Meanwhile popular Christian icons to play host judge at the event include music producer Wole oni,...
By SAMUEL ABULUDE Those who are saying that the P-Square brothers might return in their second coming should forget it because the centre cannot hold again as estranged singing duo, P-Square had a heated fight in their lawyer’s office following the ongoing disagreement and split of the group. The fight, purportedly recorded in a video currently trending on the internet showed Paul and Peter Okoye with their elder brother and manager, Jude Okoye in the lawyer’s office. Jude, whose wife gave birth to a baby girl Monday, was seen threatening to beat up Peter who was behind the camera while Paul was heard telling Peter, “shame on you.” Hours after the video began to trend online, Paul took to his twitter handle @rudeboypsquare to respond; “Wow!!!! And he finally released the all mighty video lol.” News broke on Monday that the hip-hop twins who have dominated the Nigerian music scene for many years, had...
D'Banj has walked the Nigeria music scene for more than a decade. In this interview with SAMUEL ABULUDE, the Kokomaster speaks on life after marriage, his CREAM project and other issues. With your CREAM project, is your own music career taking a back seat for now? Music is still on the front burner for me. Recall I released my latest album, King Don Come” in August. The project is my fourth solo studio album since I came into limelight 12 years ago. At the same time, I think that most artistes focus more on the creative side of showbiz than the business angle. Nigerian music industry needs more talented managers and business craftsmen, who know how to monetise contents and brand artistes. Musicians must endeavour to hire mangers that will manage their brands and turn N1 million into N10 million. You will agree with me that almost every family in Nigeria...
BY ANTHONY ADA ABRAHAM, ABUJA Kendrick Lamar emerged the biggest winner at the 2017 MTV VMAs on Sunday night, where he took home six of the eight categories he was nominated in. The MTV Video Music Awards was held at The Forum in Los Angeles, US. Lil Uzi Vert’s ‘XO TOUR Llif3’ beat Luis Fonsi’s ‘Despacito’ remix featuring Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber to win song of the summer, despite the latter’s popularity. Khalid was named best new artiste, while Kanye West won an award for best choreography. Katy Perry and The Weeknd who were the most nominated artistes after Lamar, with five each, didn’t receive any award.   Here is the full list of winners at the 2017 MTV VMAs: Follow along with Billboard while we update the complete winners list:   Video of the Year Kendrick Lamar - "HUMBLE." (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) -- WINNER Bruno Mars - "24K Magic" (Atlantic Records) Alessia Cara - "Scars To Your Beautiful" (Def Jam) DJ Khaled ft....
By Odey Christopher. There’s a thin line between incessant noise and a pure filtered music, but a few Rock artists understand this. Our spotlight focusses on the multi talented Efe MacDonald Idu, MAC-ROC. He has undoubtably achieved consistency in his music genre and has over the years proven himself. He is a music producer, actor and a model and has been active since 2010 to date. The second of two children, Efe was born in Lagos, Nigeria and had a brief spell of schooling in Yaba-Lagos before his family moved to Yola, Adamawa State, Nigeria where he completed his Primary School Education and subsequently moved to Benin City to complete his secondary education at University of Benin Demonstraton Secondary School (UDSS) and then graduated from Benson Idahosa University, Benin-City, Edo, Nigeria with the Class of 2006 were he studied Computer Science. He started out his professional career in 2010 as a music producer and had...
Adeleke Emmanuel Omosuyi, popularly aka AMOTA (King Of Africa) was born on September 4,1993 State- Ondo State.  The Nigerian singer, songwriter and a performer rose to limelight after one of his single titled "Sepe Sepe" which features vocals from Danny Young, earned him two nominations at the 2010 Nigeria Entertainment Awards. He was nominated in the "Bet Artiste in Afro Pop" category at the 2010 North Central Music Awards and best collaboration category at the 2011 Africa Music Awards. In this interview with ANTHONY ADA ABRAHAM when he visited LEADERSHIP Newspapers Group head office in Abuja, he speaks on his song and what to expect from. What type of music do you do? Afro fusion. Basically African sounds What song are you promoting now? Presently I’m promoting a song titled ‘Maji Maji’, its African sound. The promotion is going on around the nation right now and some collaboration from Ukraine. How many songs do...
By Anthony Ada Abraham After the successful signing with one of the biggest record labels in Nigeria, Victor Enwere Ogbonna (born September 27) is ready for his official unveiling . Popularly known by his stage name as VICTOR VELMO, the  Nigerian rapper, singer, songwriter and hip hop producer, from Umuhaia north, Abia state started music back in high school and took it professional in 2014 and has since released chart topping singles. He has worked with the likes of Jaywon, Magnito, Yung6ix, LK Kuddy and more. His approach to music is lightly different from the rest, his sound is a blend of Hip Hop, Afrobeat, and a touch of indigenousness owing to his Igbo background. Musical influences are Drake, Jay Z, Olamide, Phyno, Flavour & Wizkid. After several singles, in 2016 he released his first body of work 'The Sprout EP' in February on soundcloud for free. The EP was received with positive reactions...
By SAMUEL ABULUDE, Lagos  Multi-award winning African-American music star, Akon, has been unveiled as host of the 4th annual All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) scheduled to hold on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at the Eko Convention Centre of the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria. According to a statement by the African Union Commission and the International Committee of AFRIMA, made available to the media on Tuesday, October 31, the Senegal-born superstar will handle the event proceedings of the live broadcast award show scheduled to air live on over 80 television stations and online platforms across the world with support from the co-host, Ms Sophy Aiida, a Cameroonian-French entertainment broadcaster. With a track record of outstanding success in the global music industry that has brought immense recognition to Africa’s creative energy and originality, Akon, a multi-Grammy award winning singer, songwriter, record producer and actor, has put his name in the...

All Is Set For Ijebu Praise Concert

By SUKANMI FABAMISE, Lagos Come next week Friday, 1st of December 2017, at the Dipo Dina Memorial Stadium, Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, the Ijebu Praise Concert holds, bringing different musicians who will sing and praise God at the concert. Leading the pack is gospel artiste, Lanre Teriba, popularly known as Atorise. Others include Esther Igbekele, Bola Obi, Iya Saudi, Ifemide, Funmi Sennaike and other talented Muslim and Christian gospel singers. The event, which is the first of its kind, is to reinforce the unity and peace among indigenes and others in Ijebu-Ode as men and women praise God in their own way. Organised by Hon Kehinde Odeneye, member of Federal House of Representative from Odogbolu/Ijebu North-East Federal Constituency, the praise concert brings important personalities from both the political and social sphere as traditional rulers and others are set to honour the event. Speaking on the event, Lanre Teriba stated that he is honoured to...