Lagos, June 11, 2019 A gospel artiste, Jeremiah Ekundayo, popularly known as `Jere Jesu’ has urged the nation’s leaders to lead lives worthy of emulation that will impact positively on the masses.
He made the call on Tuesday in Lagos in an interview with the News Agency of .
Ekundayo said he was not impressed with the moral decadence prevalent among the country’s ruling elite.
He urged Nigerian leaders to develop lifestyles that would bring positive development to the country.
He said such should help promote loyalty, honesty, and faithfulness for the unity and growth of the country.
“Our leaders need to build lifestyles that will inspire the led to join hands with their leaders to build a united society and become worthy ambassadors,’’ he said.
He implored other musicians to speak the truth; speak to the minds of the people through music for them to see what is good and what is bad.
“The more you tell people the truth, they will be acquainted with it and by so doing, be liberating themselves from mental slavery.
“Staying united helps individuals and the society to play a major role in nation development and work toward achieving a common goal for the people.
“When people live in unity with each other, they will look forward to work toward growing the economy rather than satisfying their own selfish motives,’’ he said.
The artiste said that morals were eternal rules that govern people’s actions in determining what was wrong or right.
“Good morals bridle societal ills such as: embezzlement, disunity, ethnicity, corruption, misinformation, killings, kidnappings, and lack of being ones brother’ keeper.
“ The moral imperative for the human race is to love one another and to breed generations that will live right.
“Unfortunately, these drives are easily twisted and perverted through abuse, harmful upbringing or through personal choice,’’ he said.
Ekundayo blamed some pastors for not helping matters by focusing their preaching mainly on miracles, seed sowing and tithes.
He advised clerics to talk more about unity, love, peace, being ones brothers’ keeper, integrity, respect for one another and living by examples.
The musician said that he used to sing about unity in his music because Nigeria is endowed with diverse ethnic groups, cultures, languages and beliefs.
“What makes a nation great is to give its citizens welfare, safety, shelter, defend and protect them,’’ he said.
He said that when these things were in place, it would help the society to move forward and encourage the citizens to be law abiding.
He said that Nigeria needed patriotic citizens to move the country forward; that is why “I advise people through my gospel music.
“Several people listen when you use hip-hop sounds to do it, it is why I touch every aspect.
“That is why I preach about the need for good governance, provision of amenities and preach against kidnapping, rape, and the abuse of the girl-child in my music,’’ he said.
Musicians of Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra perform in Croatia
A conductor of Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra conducts a concert on Swan Island of the Zagreb Zoo in Zagreb, Croatia, May 23, 2020. (Emica Elvedji/Pixsell via Xinhua)
Rihanna debuts on Sunday Times Rich List of musicians at no.3
Singer Rihanna has stormed into the Sunday Times Rich List of musicians at number three, with an estimated wealth of 468 million pounds ($576 million), thanks partly to the success of her fashion and cosmetics brands with Louis Vuitton-owner LVMH.
Barbados-born Rihanna, 32, now based in London, leapfrogged some of Britain’s most famous musicians such as Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones, Elton John and Rod Stewart into the list of the country’s most wealthy.
Hit musical composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and former Beatle Paul McCartney jointly top the list with some £800 million each.
Known for her daring, colourful looks on the red carpet, Rihanna has become an increasingly influential force in the fashion world as well as having eight hit album.
“Rihanna typifies the seismic change we’ve seen in the Rich List in recent years.
“Once dominated by inherited wealth, the bulk of our 1,000 entries are now self-made people with modest and even troubled starts in life who are driven to work exceptionally hard,” said Robert Watts, compiler of the list.
Ed Sheeran tops the ranks of Britain’s richest young musicians (aged 30 or under) with a fortune of £200 million.
“Touring remains the big earner for many of the stadium-filling acts on our musicians’ list,” Watts said.
“But the Covid outbreak has wrecked concert plans and so we expect the wealth of many of these musicians will flatline over the coming year.”
Edited By: Emmanuel Okara/Ekemini Ladejobi (NAN)
Turkish musician dies in hospital 2 days after end of hunger strike
A member of a Turkish left-wing music band died on Thursday in an Istanbul hospital, just two days after he ended a nearly one-year hunger strike protesting government persecution, his lawyer told dpa.
Bassist Ibrahim Gokcek died on Thursday at a hospital in Istanbul’s Beylikduzu district, lawyer Gorgun Danaci said.
He said lawyers found out about Gokcek’s death during a trial in which Gokcek was accused of alleged terror links.
Turkey considers music band Grup Yorum as being linked to the far-left Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C), which Ankara labels as a terrorist organisation.
There was no clear evidence against Gokcek except for statements from “secret witnesses,” his lawyer added.
Gokcek had started his strike in prison and was only released on the 290th day.
Gokcek ended his hunger strike on Tuesday after 323 days.
He was one of two Grup Yorum members on hunger strike, demanding the government end targeting of the group, lift the ban on their concerts and release the two remaining jailed members.
Singer Helin Bolek died in April after being on a hunger strike for 288 days.
Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)
Turkish musicians mark Children’s Day with special concert
Turkish musicians on Thursday held a special concert broadcasted live from seven iconic locations of Istanbul to mark the 100th anniversary of the National Sovereignty and Children’s Day.
“The concert will convey a message of hope, peace, fraternity, and love to all the seven continents of the world, from seven exclusive venues of Istanbul,” Firuz Baglikaya, head of the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies, said at a press release.
Artists played several favorite pieces of Turkish and western classical music at the venues, which were empty as four-day curfew was declared in 31 provinces across Turkey to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The landmarks included Topkapi Palace and the Hagia Sophia Museum on the ancient peninsula of the city, the July 15 Martyrs Bridge over the Bosphorus Strait connecting the European and Asian parts, the Galata Tower, the Maiden’s Tower, the Pierre Loti Hill, and the Dolmabahce Palace on the Bosphorus coast.
“We undoubtedly believe that we will overcome these hard days together and re-celebrate the joy of standing as a global citizen,” he added.
The concert was hosted by the Presidency of Turkey.
On April 23, 1920, the Turkish parliament was founded and the day was dedicated to children seen as the nation’s future by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish Republic.
COVID-19: Fuji musician, Adewale Ayuba, advises Nigerians to stay indoors to effectively curb spread
Fuji musician, Adewale Ayuba, on Tuesday advised Nigerians to obey the Federal Government’s rule of social distancing or stay indoors for proper curtailing of COVID-19.
Ayuba gave the advice while speaking with the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos.
He attributed the consistent spread of the virus to people’s disobedience to social distancing.
He said that government needed to sanction offenders just as it was done in some countries and were able to combat the virus to a reasonable extent.
He also advised the Federal Government to do everything within its power to mandate everyone to stay at home.
” The government of Wuhan, China , where the virus was said to have started had been able to control the spread because people’s movements were restricted and they complied.
” Government must be able to set out sanctions for people still violating its rules, as offenders should be made to pay some fine.
Ayuba urged Nigerians to look inwards and take personal evaluation of themselves very serious.
He advised them to desist from unholy act saying lots of people havd jettisoned God’s commandments as stated in the Holy Book.
“I don’t want to sound too spiritual, but the outbreak of COVID-19 might be as a result of negative behaviours people engaged in across the globe, over the years.
” I am always sad when I see people engaging in same sex marriage, changing their sex, money rituals, legalising prostitution and other obnoxious behaviours.
” As human beings,this is the period for us to reflect, have a re-assessment of our lives, desist from the negative behaviours, go back to God and obey his commandments.
” We should all improve on our personal hygiene, wash our hands regularly and adhere to the preventive measures stated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Federal Ministry of Health.
” I pray God answers our prayers and keep us safe at this critical period,” he said.
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Artiste’s life behind scene challenging – musician
A musician, Chiedu Njoteh, has described the life of many artistes behind the scene as challenging.
Njoteh, who goes by the stage name ”Guzzoro”, made the disclosure in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos on Tuesday.
According to him, the worst hit by the situation are independent artistes struggling to find their footing.
“There is much stiffness in the music industry. Behind the scene of an artiste is not always pretty especially independent artistes in the quest to find footing.
“Many discouraging factors line up – lack of government support, lack of structures, poor finance and disregard by some older colleagues.
“These make the whole process a thug of war,” Njoteh, a graduate of Fine and Applied Arts, Oko Polytechnics, Anambra State, told NAN.
He said that he had got his own share of stiffness in the music industry, noting that while attempting to secure attention of well-known people in the industry through social media platforms, they blocked him.
“They will treat as if you are nothing, but once you hit the limelight, it will be a different story.
“I have heard my lyrics in an A list artiste’s song called Magnito in 2016, dropped my album “High Star”; to my surprise, in 2017, an A list artiste, Yung6ix, named his album same as mine, but none of them came out to, at least, give one the credit.
“Nevertheless, we will strive and emerge from nothing to something in the industry,” he hoped.
Njoteh said that he had been inspired to write his latest song ‘Blow a Blow’ to motivate emerging artistes and others in various sectors.
He urged them to remain steadfast and diligent in their chosen fields.
“One day doors will open and their hard work would pay off,’’ Njoteh who started writing songs as a student, said.
NAN reports that Njoteh won the best Indigenous Single Award in Top Naija Music Awards, in 2015.
In his contribution, a musician and song writer, Akintunde Brown, advised emerging musicians to endure challenges and carve a niche for themselves.
He told NAN that plagiarism was a major problem facing musicians, blaming it on lack of research by some musicians.
Brown said that research would enable a musician to dig out enough material for his music instead of copying others’ works.
“Some musicians can write songs while some find it difficult to do, but look for whom to copy from.
“They must understand that music influences people.
A musician must use his music to correct, entertain, inform and educate.
“If such is lacking in your song, it means you have no business being on the line, and if you are a copycat, it means you need to do something else not music,” he said.
A musician and producer, Oluwanishola Akinyade, popularly known as “oluwanishola” also told NAN that lack of good education by some musicians compounded their challenges.
He advised those in the category to enroll into good music schools for proper training that would reduce issues such as singing off beat, which he described as a major challenge.
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Gospel Musicians elect Reuben Okala as new chairman
The Fellowship of Gospel Music Ministers of Nigeria (FOGMMON), Abuja Chapter, has elected a new chairman.
Mr Reuben Okala, veteran broadcaster and former NTA reporter, emerged winner in the keenly contested election held in Abuja.
He defeated two other contestants to become the new chairman of the Abuja chapter of the body of all Gospel Musicians in Nigeria.
Speaking at the occasion the national President of FOGMMON, Prince Asu Ekiye urged the new executive led by Reuben Okala to ensure unity of all Gospel Musicians in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Ekiye, who affirmed his optimism in the Reuben Okala led exco, stated that they will perform excellently, after haven proven themselves in other duties given them before now by the Fellowship.
Ekiye, therefore, called on the Federal Government to support Gospel Musicians in their quest to impact spirituality and morality in the society.
For his part, Reuben Okala, in his acceptance speech stated categorically that FOGMMON will soon outshine Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN).
He, therefore, called on Gospel musicians, especially members of FOGMMON to support the new EXCO in its quest to advance the course of Gospel Music in Nigeria.
NAN reports that the Fellowship of Gospel Music Ministers of Nigeria (FOGMMON) is currently in 23 states of the Federation, Europe, America as well as South Africa.
Edited By: Felix Ajide
Court grants musician Inyanya N20m bail over alleged car theft
An Igbosere High Court in Lagos on Thursday granted bail in the sum of N20 million to a musician, Iyanya Mbuk, popularly known as Iyanya, over alleged car theft.
Iyanya, who rose to fame after winning the first season of Project Fame West Africa and best known for his hit single “Kukere”, is facing a count charge of stealing.
The charge was preferred by the Special Fraud Unit (SFU) of the Nigeria Police.
Justice Mobolanle Okikiolu-Ighile, while granting Iyanya bail, said: “I have perused the affidavit and the counter-affidavit of the parties; there is a prima facie case of criminal conversion against him.
“However, there is nothing to show that the defendant will interfere with the proceedings of this case and nothing to show that he will jump bail if granted.
“Bail is, therefore, granted to the defendant in the sum of N20 million with one surety in like sum”.
She ordered that the surety should have a landed property in Lagos and possess its certificate of occupancy.
She also ordered that the bail should be perfected within the next seven days “otherwise the bail shall be revoked”.
The judge adjourned the case until May 27 for trial.
The Nigeria News Agency reports counsel to the defendant, Mr D. I. Onyiwara, had filed the bail application supported with a 30-paragraph affidavit and a written address, urging the court to grant him bail.
He argued that the alleged offence was not capital.
Onyiwara said that the charge resulted from a broken down business transaction.
He added that the defendant would not jump bail.
“The defendant had always submitted himself to the SFU whenever needed,” Onyiwara said.
Prosecution counsel, SP Chukwu Agwu, had filed a 13-paragraph counter-affidavit, urging the court not to grant bail to the defendant.
NAN reports that the police filed the charge against the singer since March 15, 2019.
His arraignment was adjourned six times after the charge marked LD/9024c/2019 was filed, due to his failure to appear before the court.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty on Feb. 4, after Okikiolu-Ighile threatened to invoke the power of the court to ensure his attendance to take his plea.
The SFU alleged that Iyanya dishonestly converted to his personal use or of another person, a black Toyota Land Cruiser Prado jeep marked MAVINIY, with chassis No. JTEBX7FJ7EK165480 and engine No. 2TR1385954.
It said that the vehicle belonged to the complainant, Temple Management Company Ltd. represented by a lawyer, Ayodeji Olomojobi.
The SFU alleged that Iyanya committed the offence sometime in September 2018, in contravention of Section 285 (10) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde/Ijeoma Popoola
Don calls for proper documentation of works of indigenous musicians
Dr Olupemi Oludare of the Department of Creative Arts, University of Lagos, on Tuesday, urged the Federal Government to ensure proper documentation of works of Nigerian indigenous musicians for the upcoming ones to learn from.
Oludare, a Music Lecturer, made the call while speaking with the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos.
He said works of legendary musicians like: King Sunny Ade, Victor Uwaifo, Salawa Abeni, Essien Igbokwe, Ebenezar Obey, Osita Osadebe, Kolawole Ayinla, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Victor Olaiya, and more, should be properly documented.
He advocated for comprehensive research on each musician’s works as well as interview to know about their distinct musical ideology and philosophy, while the information should be documented and kept in the archives for others to access.
According to him, this will improve each of the genres the musicians represent, like: Apala, Afrobeat, Waka, Fuji, Sakara, Highlife, Juju music and more.
He said these were musical assets the nation was endowed with that must be guided jealously.
“We need to preserve the knowledge of Nigeria’s indigenous musicians who had laboured for the nation to achieve greatly in the global entertainment scene.
“Documentation is necessary to guide against gradual death of indigenous music and the genres like Apala, Waka, Fuji, Juju, Afrobeat music and more.
“Government must look into how we can research into our music, gather knowledge from indigenous musicians and preserve information gathered for the up-and-coming ones to learn from,” he said.
Oludare said that lack of proper documentation of the musicians’ works had affected the up-and-coming musicians who only imitated past musicians rather than studying their style, ideology and philosophy before making their music.
He said studying the past musicians would enable the up-and-coming ones to further develop the music while the entertainment industry also improved over time.
According to him, lack of proper documentation had also given rise to negative musical contents because the up-and-coming musicians were not well guided before embracing music as a career.
“We have the likes of King Sunny Ade, Ebenezar Obey, Fela Kuti and others, whom present day musicians only imitate instead of studying their works to make their unique contributions.
“At this stage of national development, we should have musical archival materials cutting across all genres of music in our libraries.
“Foreigners come into the nation to make research on our musicians and they take their findings away but we do not value what we have. We are allowing our music to waste away,” he said.
Oludare who is a lover of classical music, is currently working on how Nigerian indigenous music can be promoted through his research on traditional African music to ensure standardisation and for more international acceptance.
Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Adeleye Ajayi
Vendor killed, musician injured after police attack opposition supporters in Oromia – NNN
NNN: Police in Ethiopia launched an attack on opposition party supporters in the Oromia Region on Saturday, killing one person and arresting and injuring scores more.
Just hours after the date for Ethiopia’s parliamentary elections was announced, the Oromia Liyu police raided the inauguration of an Oromia Liberation Front (OLF) office in Welenchiti, firing live bullets and tear gas, killing one OLF supporter who was a clothes vendor.
Later that day, police arrested around 30 guests at a hotel launch party in Burayu and drove them to a sports stadium where they were beaten and humiliated for hours.
“These brazen attacks show just how dangerous it is becoming to assemble and express political stances in Ethiopia,” said Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for East and Southern Africa, Seif Magango.
“Raids on opposition gatherings must not be allowed to become a feature of the pre-election period. The authorities must immediately launch an independent and effective investigation into these attacks and hold suspects to account in fair trials.”
Following the attack on the OLF office in Welenchiti, the regional Liyu police beat up the gathered supporters and pursued those who fled, hitting them with sticks. They also immobilized a parked vehicle belonging to a local news crew, from the Oromia News Network (ONN), by shooting its tyres, then later moving it to a local police station with the journalists’ filming equipment still inside.
The second attack by the Liyu Police took place later the same day at the launch of a new hotel in Burayu. Police descended on the guests as the party was winding down, bundled about 30 of them into a police van and drove them to the Burayu Stadium.
Here detainees were beaten again, forced to do laps around the stadium on their knees and roll on the ground late into the night.
Hawi Haile Yesus Keneni, a female musician, was among those seriously beaten up in Burayu, sustaining injuries that require surgery. She told Amnesty International that members of the Oromia Liyu Police in green uniforms beat her on the head, hands and other parts of her body.
While the Burayu town administration has, on their Facebook page, dismissed the violence as a “brawl that broke out over a disagreement about the choice of song”, victims and witnesses told Amnesty International the party was over by the time the police arrived. One of the artists said he heard the commanding police officer at the scene accuse the detainees of being OLF supporters.
“It is outrageous that the authorities charged with ensuring the security and safety of members of the public can brutally attack people going about their business with no regard for human life. The Ethiopian authorities must denounce these attacks in the strongest terms and ensure such scenes are not repeated,” said Seif Magango.
The country’s parliamentary elections are due to be held on 29 August 2020.
Fayemi mourns ace musician Victor Olaiya
Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State on Thursday commiserated with the family of the doyen of High-life Music, Dr Victor Olaiya, who died on Wednesday at 89.
According to him, Ekiti State and Nigeria have lost a global music icon in the passage of Dr Olaiya.
He described him as one of the foremost and finest musicians in the country.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olayinka Oyebode, the governor described the Ijesa-Isu Ekiti-born musician as “Ekiti’s precious and priceless gift to the whole world”.
He noted that the late Olaiya was a passionate singer, great entertainer, multi-talented instrumentalist and composer who had a good mastery of the stage.
The governor said he was consoled knowing that Olaiya did not only live long, but lived well and impacted many lives through his music before taking his final bow.
He added that it was the impact and uniqueness of Olaiya’s music that earned him the Ekiti State Honour in 2011, in addition to a car gift.
Fayemi further said that “Dr Olaiya’s name has been eternally etched in the Nigerian music hall of fame, for creating an identity for himself as a multi-talented musician.”
“Although Dr Olaiya is dead, his legacies will continue to live on especially in the hearts of millions of his admirers all over the world.
“On behalf of the government and people of Ekiti State, I commiserate with the family of the late Dr Olaiya.
“I urge the children to be consoled with the fact that Baba lived well, made a name for himself, and was honoured in his life time.
“Our prayer is that God will grant him eternal rest.”
Edited By: Emmanuel Nwoye/Donald Ugwu
PMAN mourns legendary musician, Victor Olaiya
The Performing Musicians Employers Association of Nigeria (PMAN) on Thursday described the late musician, Victor Olaiya, who died on Wednesday as one of Nigeria’s greatest men influence.
The PMAN President, Mr Obi Casmire, told the Nigeria News Agency that the death of the music legend was painful.
NAN reports that Olaiya, a former President of Nigeria Union of Musicians, was born Dec. 31, 1930 in Calabar. He hailed from Ijesha-Isun, Ekiti.
He died at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital following an ill-health at age 89.
“We are indeed pained over the death of Dr Olaiya which occurred yesterday afternoon, it is a sad news that has left the PMAN family in mourning.
“A generation of great Nigerian music legends have finally taken a bow. Dr Olaiya was in every way one of Nigeria’s greatest men whose influence on Nigerian music and musicians was immeasurable.
- Late Victor Olaiya, a trumpeter
“His shoes are too large to be filled; never will another Dr Victor Olaiya be again. Rest on great trumpet maestro,” Casmire said.
The PMAN boss, known as Voombastic Uncle P, also described the late Olaiya as a great high life superstar, singer and trumpeter who distinguished himself in the entertainment industry.
“He was a good entertainer, and many people subscribed to his kind of music in parties and occasions. This is why many Nigerians are mourning him today,” he told NAN.
NAN reports that Olaiya is survived by wives, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He had to his credit tracks such as Ompupa, Jemila, So fun mi, Tina, Meta, Baby Jowo, Pa Orinoco, Aigana, Odele Ore, Mo fe Muyan, Opataritius and Omolanke.
In 1954, Olaiya formed his own band – the cool cat; he traveled to Congo to perform for UN troops. He also performed at the state house ball in Nigeria.
His band was chosen to play at the state house ball when Queen Elizabeth 11 of United Kingdom visited Nigeria in 1956.
He also played at the state ball when Nigeria became independent in 1960 and a republic in 1963.
Edited By: Dorcas Jonah/Ijeoma Popoola
PMAN plans to support upcoming musicians with loans
Mr Pretty Okafor, National President of Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN) has disclosed plans to provide upcoming musicians with loans to support their careers.
According to him, this would get them busy with work, while keeping them off the streets .
“Plans are huge for the year, there’s a programme we’ve been able to initiate, where every registered member of the union can go to the bank and submit their intellectual property.
“Their collateral is what is in their heads, their intellectual property is what they’re going to be banking on for the loans .
“Before now, Intellectual properties were not recognised in Nigeria, we are going to start now, a singer can wake up in any state he finds himself and submit his intellectual property as collateral for the loan .
Okafor explained that musicians got discouraged because whenever they approached a bank for loans, the banks would ask them for huge collateral.
“How will they bring collateral when they don’t even have food to eat and their parents don’t even have property?
“Only registered members can access the loans, a musician can walk up to the bank and get a loan and submit his intellectual property as collateral. The loan is going to be like a grant.
“We are doing this, so that our musicians don’t litter the streets anymore,” he said.
Okafor said that his regime was introducing the new generation and now have a uniform system where Musicians can enjoy welfare and other working structures.
We’ve been able to harmonise the states, so we are moving to actualise our plans, musicians are going to have welfare,with health insurance, pension plan and much more.
In the past four years, we have been here pushing the industry forward, running the association and some people have been trying to form a faction.
“In my tenure young musicians are coming for meetings, coming together to run the association, people i n my exco are Sunny Neji, Rugged Man,Tu face, Mi, Zacky Azzay, Asa Gangali and Terry G.
“his has never happened before, we are working hard to re-orientate upcoming musicians, ” he said.
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Revitalising culture to bring people together, my mission – U.S based Nigerian musician
An Afro-beat Nigerian musician, based in Ohio, U.S, Mr Moses Baoku, says his mission is to revitalise culture to bring people of the world together.
Baoku Stated this at the Maiden Edition of African Karaoke Night organised by Jinuset Travel and Tours Ltd., in Badagry.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that Baoku is the leader of World-Fusion Band in U.S.
He is a professional cultural African performing artist and an Afro-beat musician, singer, song writer, band leader and a composer from Nigeria based in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Baoku trained and performed professionally as an African drummer and dancer in Nigeria for eight years, before moving to the U.S in 2002.
According to him, I came home to do a cultural exchange called explore Nigeria with karaoke.
“What I am bringing into Nigeria is revitalisation of culture, I want to continue to promote culture and revitalise it.
“Then, I will preserve culture and use it as a means to bring people together, then promote it to the world.
“I want to show the world that in the middle of all that is a rich beautiful culture,” he said.
Moses advised youths in Nigeria not to give up their dreams, continue to work hard, pray and respect every living thing especially elders.
“Youths need to continue to do their best for themselves, families and the next generation,” he said.
Mr Setonji Oketonjinu, the Director, Jinuset Travel and Tours Ltd., said the African Karaoke night was to showcase the African culture that was almost forgotten in another way to fun seeker and tourists in Badagry.
“Through this platform, we are telling the world that Badagry, Lagos, Nigeria and Africa have culture.
He said that one of the major problems in Badagry was that after tourists had visited museum and other tourist attractions, they asked for where to relax for the night.
“Having at the back of our mind that tourists would not be thrilled by our bars and clubs here because they have better ones in their countries, so we packaged rich African songs for them.
“With this, tourists will come over to Badagry to enjoy cultural tourism than coming to see the museum and other things.
“The music is reflective on the body to the soul, things like this always capture the heart of tourist to visit Badagry, again and again,” he said.
NAN reports that tourists and fun seekers were entertained with Afro-Karaoke performances and kegite gyrations, alongside undiluted palm wine and bush meat served in gourds and calabashes.
Musical bands that thrilled fun seekers included Moses Baoku’s World-Fusion Band (USA) Akere Metonu Troupe from Badagry, Pepti Dance Troupe from Nigeria and Kegites from environs.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma
Reggae musician wants FG intervene in negative musical content
Nigerian reggae musician, Austin Peter, popularly known as ‘King Wadada’ on Thursday called on the Federal Government to wade into the negative musical contents ravaging the entertainment industry.
Peter told the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos that the government should look into the activities of the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB).
NAN reports that the NFVCB is the regulatory body that evaluates films, music and videos before they are released to the market or can be aired on the electronic media.
The musician said that it was part of the statutory responsibilities of the NFVCB to censor musical contents.
He said through that , they woukd be able to determine whether such works of art were good for public cobsumption before they could be released to the market by the producers or the marketers.
He alleged that the NFVCB seemed to have abdicated its responsibilities, adding, that had made all sorts of lurid musical contents to flood the market.
“NFVCB is expected to ensure that it properly censored musical videos and movies before they are released to the public in order to salvage the future of the Nigerian youths,’’ the musician said.
He added, “Circulation of music laced with vague languages, obscene movies and musical videos have negatively affected the youth, making them get derailed morally,’’ the musician said.
Wadada also said that the media had its own blame for promoting obscene, provocative movies and musical videos through their stations.
“Government has a lot to do as regards obscene views and negative musical contents because it is obvious both media owners and the NFVCB are not doing enough.
“The future of our youths is at stake here.
“They are being exposed to social vices prematurely and these are beginning to send wrong signals to them as they want to practise whatever they see on the screens.
“Some of the content providers on entertainment television channels are projecting more of obscene musical videos, the media should also be checked,” he said.
The musician commended some of the contemporary musicians for working tirelessly to ensure that the sector continues to thrive despite the various challenges confronting it.
He urged up-and-coming musicians who are secretly involved in internet fraud to desist from such illegal means of acquiring wealth.
He said such illegality could ruin their musical careers.
He said that musicians ought to be good role models for the youth and be able to use their music to correct societal ills.
“The up-and- coming musicians are trying their best in contributing their quota to the development of the entertainment industry.
“They must be mindful of the messages they pass across to their fans and desist from internet fraud and cybercrimes.
“Musicians should not take internet fraud as a lifestyle.
“Music is the most powerful means of communication; as musicians, we should use that medium positively to bring about positive change in the society and the individuals,” he said.
Wadada also urged Nigerian youths to be cautious of the musicians they emulate as role models.
Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Peter Dada
Musician seeks stiffer laws against piracy
A female musician, Doyinsola Olatunji, popularly known as ‘Doyinsola,’ on Wednesday urged the Federal Government to promulgate stiffer laws that would curb piracy in the entertainment industry.
Doyinsola, who spoke with the Nigeria News Agency in Ibadan on the telephone, said that government must be proactive in the fight against piracy.
“Government should give the right punishment to culprits, stop the street hawking of intellectual materials and create more awareness among the general public about the damage piracy does to the individual and the economy at large.
“Until the Federal Government introduces strong measures and laws, and implement it to punish those involved in piracy, it may be difficult to stop piracy.
“The Alaba guys make billions from our brains and works, while the artiste that put in their sweat remains poor. Some get frustrated and resort to crime and illegality.
“Songs are aired and artistes are not paid royalty, instead it’s the other way round. Piracy in Nigeria is as bad as it sounds. It is theft of intellectual property.
“After putting in efforts and resources into production, some individuals will decide to pirate your work when you’re yet to make your profit or even break even.
” They rob you of the income you could have made from your intellectual material and render you helpless.
“Most people have fame without money these days as a result of this piracy issue. You just see their faces everywhere, but they don’t have anything to show for it.
“From the perspective of a musician now, sometimes you even put your songs on sites where people can buy them, but in a matter of days they are everywhere for free download.
“Piracy is everywhere and eating deep by the day. Thousands of pirated compact disk are produced everyday and you find them everywhere on the streets.
“The fight against piracy has been on for a very long time. The truth is it might not be easy to completely stop piracy but it can be curbed.
“We keep fighting against it like we fight against fake and adulterated drugs, ”she said.
NAN reports that Doyinsola graduated from Bowen University, Iwo, Osun and participated in the 2007 Star Quest Reality Show where her group came fourth.
She has released five singles and worked with the likes of Abolore Akande a.k.a. 9ice, Olanrewaju Fasasi a.k.a. Sound Sultan, Babatope Temidayo a.k.a. Puffy Tee and Oluwole Adebayo a.k.a. Indomix.
(Edited by: Modupe Adeloye/Mufutau Ojo)
Court dismisses car theft charge against musician, Naira Marley
A Tinubu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Tuesday dismissed a car theft charge filed by the police against hip hop artist, Azeez Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley, his two brothers and cousin.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr Tajudeen Elias, dismissed the charges after receiving a letter from the police disclosing their intention to withdraw the case.
Marley, his two brothers: Idris, 18; Babatund, 24; and cousin, Kunle Obere, 22, were charged with four counts of of conspiracy, theft, assault and obstructing the police.
They were arraigned by the Police on Dec. 16, 2019 but Marley, the fourth defendant, was absent.
The court granted the trio N500,000 bail each with two sureties in the like sum.
Chief Magistrate Elias ordered the Investigative Police Officer (IPO) to produce Marley in court on December 31, 2019 so he could take his plea.
Following his failure to honour the court date and pleas for another chance by his counsel, Mr Awokulehin Ayodeji, the court threatened to order the artiste’s arrest if he didn’t show up in court today (January 14).
At the commencement of proceedings, only Marley’s brothers and cousin were present.
The prosecutor ASP Edet Okoi told the court that Marley and the three other defendants had reached an out of court settlement with the complainant, Mr Adelekan Ademola.
Okoi tendered a letter bearing the agreement to Magistrate Elias.
The defendants’ counsel, Ayodeji confirmed that a deal had been reached.
Chief Magistrate Elias also confirmed the agreement from Mr Ademola, and who was present.
He said: “In view of the letter of withdrawal, the defendants are hereby discharged.”
Afterwards, Marley’s lawyer told The News Agency of Nigeria why Marley was absent.
Awokuleyin said: “As we speak, he is not even in the country. He is abroad for medicals. But the most important thing is that the charge has been withdrawn and consequentially, the matter is dead.”
The lawyer declined to state the terms of the agreement.
Awokuleyin said: “We reached a resolution and parties were able to settle the matter. As we speak, the matter has been discharged from court and the charge has been dropped. The terms are confidential.”
The complainant in the case, Ademola revealed that his car had been repaired and the items taken from him returned by the defendants.
He also explained the reason for the prosecution.
It (what happened to me) could have happened to any other person.
That was my main reason for taking it up to this level, that’s what I gained out of it, to make an example. It’s not for any (financial) gain.
“Also, I don’t want a situation where I would have to be looking over my shoulders, the rest of my life.
He said he was not coerced into settling the case.
“I’m satisfied with the settlement terms. My items are intact, my car is fixed, my phone has been returned.
“I was not pressured to make the agreement I have never met Naira Marley. I have no relationship with Naira Marley. This is the first time of meeting him in person,” Ademola said.
In the dismissed charge, the police claimed that Marley’s brothers and cousins, while in a motorcade with Marley, stole a Toyota Camry vehicle with Registration No. FEE 120 AA valued at N1.8 million and an IPhone X5 worth N330,000 belonging to Mr Ademola.
The court heard that the three defendants and others at large assaulted the complainant by beating him up.
Okoi alleged that the second defendant, Babatunde Fashola and others at large obstructed the police while performing their lawful duty and prevented them from arresting Marley.
He said: “One of the vehicles in the musician’s motorcade hit the complainant’s vehicle from the back while he was throwing out money from his vehicle to his fans.
”When the complainant came down from the vehicle to inspect the damage, Obere entered the complainant’s Camry and drove it off with the motorcade. Ademola reported to the police and the vehicle was tracked to where it was parked at Jakande Crescent, Oniru in Lagos.
“When the police arrived at the location in company of the complainant, Naira Marley and his boys started beating the complainant.
“A group of boys obstructed the police from arresting the musician but they were able to apprehend the three defendants.”
He said the offence contravened the provisions of sections 112,172, 287 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
Edited by: Sadiya Hamza
Musician docked over alleged membership of unlawful society, breach of peace
A 24-year-old musician, Chimaobi Elele, on Thursday appeared before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos, for alleged membership of an unlawful society and breach of the peace.
Elele is facing a three-count charge of conspiracy, breach of peace and belonging to an unlawful society.
He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Prosecutor, Sgt. Modupe Olaluwoye, told the court that the defendant committed the offences with some others still at large at 5.43p.m. on Dec. 24, 2019, at Ajegunle-Apapa area of Lagos.
Olaluwoye said that the defendant belonged to a cult known as “Aiye”.
She said the defendant and his accomplices were fighting and breaking bottles; disturbing the peace of the neighborhood and chasing some church members holding a crusade.
Olaluwoye said that a church member called the police and the defendant was apprehended, while the others escaped.
She said the offences contravened Sections 411, 42 (a) and 168 (d) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).
The Nigeria News Agency reports that Section 42 (a) stipulates three years jail term for belonging to unlawful society, while 168(d) prescribes three months for breach of the peace.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Oluwatoyin Oghere, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum.
Oghere said that the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction.
She said that the sureties should be gainfully employed, with evidence of three years’ tax payment to Lagos State Government.
Oghere adjourned the case until April 17 for mention.
Edited by: Edith Bolokor/Oluwole Sogunle
Musician says funding, lack of infrastructure, bane of upcoming artists
A fast-rising artist, Tonton Raymond, on Tuesday said funding and lack of infrastructure were the bane of upcoming artists in Nigeria.
Raymond told the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja that with proper funding, what an artist could achieve will be limitless.
“Money is always a major challenge for most upcoming artists and that is why I needed to crowd-fund my musical show and call-in many favours to meet the budget for the show.
“I had to risk trying out crowd-funding for my musical concert tagged ‘Live On The Line’ in Abuja.
“I felt the usual anxiety while raising funds for the show but said within me that failure is the worst thing that can happen and there is nothing wrong with failing.
“Then the donations started coming and my optimism was rooted in the fact that I have people willing to support me,” he said.
Raymond said that there were many and various talents in Nigeria, adding that they needed the right funding to showcase their craft.
He said that there were skilled producers, instrumentalists, bands, musicians, photographers, videographers, dancers, and other creative spaces full of highly skilled artists.
Raymond, however, said that funding was a major hindrance to what many people needed to do, adding that it was the reason they tried out many things like the ‘Live on the Line’ concert to make a headway.
He added that infrastructure to help them earn from their creativity would go a long way for upcoming artist to make a headway.
Raymond said that he was motivated to crowd-fund his music show as he wanted to experience real life reactions to his music, adding that the Abuja music space was none conforming and unique in sound and style.
He said also that he wanted a show where hip-hop was the dominant genre as it did not happen much in Abuja.as well as showed fans that the atmosphere could be right for a hip-hop-dominated concert.
The musician said that the music atmosphere in Abuja had a kind of energy that kept an artist creative.
He said that when compared to Lagos usually described as the entertainment capital of Nigeria, Abuja-based artists were pushing through and committed to letting the world understood the purpose of their unique craft.
NAN reports that Raymond shocked the world November when he hosted a once-in-a-lifetime crowd-funded music show in Abuja.
The show, entirely funded by fans of his music, was tagged ‘Live on the line’ after his extended play (EP) of the same name.
Edited by: Chidinma Agu/Ifeyinwa Omowole
U.S-based Nigerian musician involved in accident to undergo another surgery
The U.S-based Nigerian musician, Folashade Akinboboye, popular called Folaship, who was involved in a fatal car accident in November in Los Angeles, California has been scheduled for another spinal surgery.
Akinboboye’s General Manager, Mr Victor Akinbobola of Westland Records, California, USA/Lagos Nigeria disclosed in a statement sent to the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos on Sunday.
Akinbobola said the condition of Folaship, who recently dropped a new Extended Play (EP) record titled: Motherland had been stabilised after his initial surgery.
“He has however been scheduled for another spinal surgery,” he said.
The General Manager explained that the musician would be undergoing another surgery because the accident affected his spine and that he had been unable to sit or walk erect.
“After the spinal surgery in a few weeks’ time, he would also be going for a physical therapy session for his full recovery.
“Meanwhile, his new EP titled `Motherland’ released on Oct. 25 before his accident is heavily rocking the airwaves with his previous songs as Afrika, Excuse Me Sir and You and I,” Akinbobola said.
According to him, Folaship also plan to release another new album in April 2020 after he must have fully recovered.
Akinbobola said the artiste would also be visiting Nigeria with his band to appreciate his fans after he has been medically cleared to embark on promotional tours and concert performances.
“Folaship, however, appreciates his fans and well-wishers for standing by him and showing him love at his trying time.
“We also urge everyone to continue to pray for him for a successful operation and also his rehabilitation after his surgery,” he said.
He was, however, rushed to the hospital for an emergency surgical operation following injuries he sustained.
Edited by: Edwin Nwachukwu/Ali Baba-Inuwa