Archive | March, 2014

New York Police Shut Down Davido’s Concert for Being Over-packed

Nigerian singer, Davido is seething at the moment as his much anticipated NewYork Spring Mega concert eventually never happened as the New York Police Department NYPD stormed the venue and stopped the show for being over-packed. The singer revealed this himself via twitter… The show was already sold out with regulars paying $40 (N6,600) and […]

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Wizkid, Tuface, MI, Others To Air on BBC Live Lounge Show

The Britsh Broadcasting Corporation BBC has announced that for the first time ever, it will air a special edition of 1Xtra Live Lounge focused on Nigerian artistes. The show (Live Lounge) is always filmed in London, for the first time, this edition is shot in Lagos, Nigeria. The edition will feature top-of-the-food-chain artists; Wizkid, 2face […]

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Big African Names for UK WOMAD Festival

WOMAD is one of the grand musical festivals of the south-west of UK. It’s not only prominent for the quality of artists and talent it brings together every year but also for its diversity. Founded by Thomas Brooman and Bob Hooton and hosted in Shepton Mallet, it has given its audiences over the years a reach […]

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Wizkid: Music has brought more recognition to Nigeria – BBC

Interview by Sinead Garvan, words by Sinead Garvan/Karlene Pinnock (BBC) Newsbeat reporters Music has brought more recognition to Nigeria than anything else, according to one of the country’s biggest stars. Wizkid has told BBC Radio 1Xtra’s DJ Edu that the music coming out of the capital Lagos is “crazy”. “Where sports used to do it, […]

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Hugh Masekela Still “Just Making Good Music” Nearly 50 Years After “Grazing in the Grass”

“When I started playing music, there were no categories.” Hugh Masekela arrived in 1960s New York with dreams of joining a hard-bop group like Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. It was a vibrant period for jazz clubs, and the South African trumpeter met many of his heroes, like Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie. They all told […]

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Africa, On the Rise (Analysis) – Billboard

If you were to take the latest global recorded music data from the International Federation of Phonographic Industries (IFPI), published last week, you could be forgiven for thinking that there isn’t a whole lot going on with digital music in Africa. It’s understandable why the highly regarded report is still conservative towards the continent; the data […]

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Wizkid Breaks Up With Girlfriend; Says He is Now Single

Nigerian music sensation, Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun known on stage as Wizkid has broken up with his long time girlfriend, Tania Omotayo. The breakup was preceded by several rumours that the two were having a coarse relationship. ‘The Matter’ hit singer confirmed during an interview with Gbemi on the Drive Time show on Beat FM in […]

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I Really Don’t Know What Will Make Me Leave Pokello – Elikem

Elikem Kumordzi has cleared rumors making the rounds that he had an affair with one fashion designer Theresa Boateng. “I just modeled for Theresa; I am not dating and I have not impregnated her; she is a good friend. That is all I can say about Theresa” Elikem said. A story published in the Graphic Showbiz, suggested he […]

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Super Rich Nigerian Musicians Living their Dreams

While many Nigerian musicians have gained recognition within and outside the shores of the country, the impact was fully felt  when Forbes rated seven Nigerian musicians as part of the 10 top richest musicians in Africa. Today, most Nigerian musicians are living their dreams. They live in opulence like their counterparts in other parts of […]

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Let’s be Proud of Africa – Dudu Manhenga

International collaborations in music have come to stay. Thanks to communication, Ghanaian artistes can now have artistes in Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire, just mentioning a few feature on Ghanaian music. The same can be said of other countries having Ghana artistes feature on their music. This is similar to movies and sports. Dudu […]

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MTV Africa Music Awards To Be Held In South Africa This June

MTV Base has announced that the spectacular awards show and music celebration, MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) will hold on 7th June, this year. The announcement was made on Thursday at a press conference in Durban, South Africa by Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa, Alex Okosi along with […]

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PREVIEW: Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival – New Orleans, LA, USA

WIll Coviello previews the lineup at Congo Square in Armstrong Park March 22 and 23 The Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival features an array of international visitors and heavyweight local rappers. The lineup on Sunday closes with DJ Mannie Fresh (4:15 p.m.), 3D Na’Tee (6:15 p.m.), Dee-1 (pictured, 6:45 p.m.) and Curren$y (7:15 p.m.). […]

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