Showing posts with label music. Show all posts
Showing posts with label music. Show all posts

Friday, August 19, 2011

Nigerian Star of the Month: J'odie - Kuchi Kuchi (Oh Baby)

Nigerian Singer, J'odie, released her first video, for the baby-inspired Zouk song which was produced by Phat-E and released at the tail end of 2010. The song exudes innocence and is extremely melodic in its delivery and her style can be described in three words; Soulful, Artsy... Simply African.

Artist Summary
Genres: Pop / Neo-Soul / zouk
Management: +234 803 334 7467
Artist Bio

Joy Odiete, popularly known as Jodie, born on the 22nd of June, is a young soulful singer from Nigeria with a personality that exudes African freshness and originality.

Being one the favorite finalist in the premier edition of Idols, West Africa, her debut has been anticipated by fans not only in Nigeria, but among other African viewers.

Finally, her first single, “Fighter”, is out. “Fighter” was born out of her determination to achieve her musical dream and never to give up.

Jodie is a singer, songwriter and jewelry artiste. She loves being African and so keeps her virgin hair… Jodie is simply “Jodie”!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Christy Essien, Nigeria's Queen of Soul has Passed On

Christy Uduak Essien-Igbokwe
11th November, 1960 - 30th June, 2011.

Nigeria has lost one of her greatest women, the "Queen of Soul", Christy Uduak Essien-Igbokwe, who passed away at about 9.15a.m. Thursday at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, Lagos.

Popularly known by her maiden name Christy Essien before she got married, she was a great singer who was like a sister to millions of her fans in Nigeria.

She was the first Nigerian Queen of Soul music admired and loved by millions of music lovers in Nigeria and other countries.

I have been one of her countless fans since her successful acting career as a colourful TV actress in the popular TV comedy series Masquerade of the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), playing the drama queen as "Apeno", the wife of "Jegede", played by the late Claude Eke.
The television series was created by James Iroha who played the role of "Gringory", one of the houseboys of "Chief Zebrudaya Okoroigwe Nwogbo, alias 4:30." played by Chika Okpala.

Christy Uduak Essien-Igbokwe was born on the 11th November, 1960, Her talents as an actress and singer were discovered in her teenage years in secondary school, acting and singing at various clubs until she passed the audition for one of the leading roles in the Masquerade in 1976. Christy was an instant hit and became a household name in Nigeria. In 1977 at only 17, she began her professional musical career and released several top selling albums and her 1981 hit album "Ever Liked My Person" produced by Lemmy Jackson was rated the best.

She was the first female President of Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN) and the Chairman and Managing Director of Soul Train Entertainment Limited. She was honoured with many laurels incuding the Nigerian Lady of Songs award, Africa Music Mother award, International Special Achievement award in Mexico, World Song Festival Award in Los Angeles, Queen of Music International award, Association of Theatre Arts Practitioners award and Outstanding Achievement in Female Uplifting award.

Click here for the discography of Christy Uduak Essien-Igbokwe

May God grant her peace in her transition to eternal glory and comfort her bereaved family, relations, friends, associates and millions of fans in Nigeria and abroad.

~ Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima

Monday, June 27, 2011

Chris Brown, 2Face Idibia and D'Banj shine at 2011 BET AWARDS

Sensational American R&B singer Chris Brown was the star of the night at the 2011 BET AWARDS Sunday night at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, hosted by Kevin Hart. Chris went home with the awards for Best Male Artist, Coca-Cola Viewer's Choice, Best Collaboration, and Video of the Year Awards.

Popular Nigerian artistes 2Face Idibia and D'Banj shared the Best International Act award.

Chris Brown

The following is the full report.

27 Jun 2011 07:55 Africa/Lagos


PR Newswire

NEW YORK, June 27, 2011

NEW YORK, June 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The hilarious Kevin Hart kept the crowd laughing out loud as a Hollywood House Husband during the BET AWARDS '11 opening act with Bobby Brown , Jermaine Dupri , Anthony Anderson , Nelly, and Nick Cannon . Chris Brown's powerful performance medley of "She Ain't You," "Look at Me Now," and "Paper Scissor Rock" illustrated just why he was named the 2011 Best Male R&B Artist, Video of the Year, Best Collaboration, and Coca-Cola Viewer's Choice Award winner when he took to the stage in two performances collaborating with Busta Rhymes and Big Sean. Later, a precocious Justin Bieber propositioned Nicki Minaj on stage when he said, "I'm all grown up now. I turn 18 next year so...what's up?"

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Legendary songstress and diva extraordinaire Patti LaBelle was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award and her tribute was a performance unlike anything ever seen before. Beginning with a special introduction from another musical icon, Gladys Knight , Cee Lo Green took to the stage in a throwback Patti LaBelle costume performing "Somebody Loves You Baby," while Marsha Ambrosius jazzed up the room with her spot on rendition of "If Only You Knew," before the great Shirley Caesar took the crowd—and Patti LaBelle —to tears singing "You Are My Friend." But it was Patti herself that brought the house down performing two of her greatest hits, "Love, Need and Want You" and "Lady Marmalade." Steve Harvey uplifted the audience in his acceptance speech for his Humanitarian Award.

The cast of the Five Heartbeats movie surprised the audience with a reunited performance with R&B crooners After 7 with the famous hit, "Nights Like This," for the 20-year anniversary of the film. The beautiful Kerry Washington graced the stage for BET's Shine A Light moment to honor individuals who make the world a better place for young people.

Celebrating the 10-year Anniversary of her first album, Songs In A Minor, Alicia Keys graced the BET AWARDS '11 stage for a medley of her hits with Bruno Mars and Rick Ross as well as for the world premiere her latest song, "Typewriter."

Additional highlights of the 14 performances include: Trey Songz sexy, shirt-ripping rendition of "Making Love Faces" and "Unusual," and was later joined by Kelly Rowland to perform her smash hit, "Motivation," Donnie McClurkin, Deitrick Haddon and Mary Mary uplifted the audience with their rendition of the gospel hit, "Thank You Lord," in tribute to the late Walter Hawkins; Mary J. Blige , Anita Baker , DJ Khaled, and Jadakiss kicked off the show with a monumental mix of hits "All Night Long," "Joy," "Happy," Dreams," "Real Love," "Rapture," and "Over Til It's Over"; Jill Scott performed a soulful rendition of "Rolling Hills" with actor and DJ Idris Elba ; DJ Khaled, Rick Ross, Drake and Lil' Wayne amped the crowd performing "I'm the One"; and Beyonce closed the show singing "Best Thing I Never Had" and "End of Time" via live telecast from Britain's Glastonbury Festival.

This year's In Memoriam tribute celebrated the lives of Cali Swag District member M-Bone, Clarence Clemons , Teena Marie , Gil Scott Heron and Nate Dogg with performances and appearances by Doug E. Fresh and Cali Swag District, Queen Latifah, Ledisi, Scott Mayo, Snoop Dogg and Warren G.

In continuing the good that BET's S.O.S.: Saving Ourselves initiative has made over the years, the BET AWARDS '11 contained a special moment to show support for the victims of the tornadoes in the Southeast through a special message from Rev. Al Sharpton .

In addition to all of these spectacular moments, the full list of BET AWARDS '11 winners are:

* Best Female R&B Artist: Rihanna
* Best Male R&B Artist: Chris Brown
* Best Group: Diddy-Dirty Money
* Best Gospel Artist: Mary Mary
* Best Female Hip Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj
* Best Male Hip Hop Artist: Kanye West
* Best New Artist: Wiz Khalifa
* Best Collaboration: Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes "Look At Me Now"
* Video of the Year: Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes "Look At Me Now"
* Video Director of the Year: Chris Robinson
* Best Actress: Taraji P. Henson
* Best Actor: Idris Elba
* Young Stars Award: Jaden Smith and Willow Smith
* Best Movie: For Colored Girls
* Subway Sportswoman of the Year: Serena Williams
* Subway Sportsman of the Year: Michael Vick
* Centric Award: Marsha Ambrosius "Far Away"
* Best International Act: 2Face Idibia (Nigeria) and D'Banj (Nigeria)
* Coca-Cola Viewer's Choice Award: Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes - "Look at me Now"
* Humanitarian Award: Steve Harvey
* Lifetime Achievement Award: Patti LaBelle

About BET Networks:

BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is the nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions:, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the 25- to 54-year-old African-American audience; BET Digital Networks - BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company with festivals and live events spanning the globe; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.


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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Award Winning Educational Hip Hop Program Killed by Budget Cuts

22 Feb 2011 13:45 Africa/Lagos

Award Winning Educational Hip Hop Program Killed by Budget Cuts

One of the nation's first programs to bring full-time Hip Hop education to high school students seeks new partners after financial crisis terminates its 5-year run

PR Newswire

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 22, 2011

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Since 2006, The Global Awareness through Hip Hop Culture program has been at the forefront of legitimizing the use of Hip Hop culture in mainstream education. Based at a charter school in South Los Angeles, it has been one of the only educational Hip Hop programs in the nation offered as a regular class to middle and high school students. Sadly, due to ever-increasing budget cuts, the program will no longer have a home come June 2011.

Sebastien Elkouby, the program's founder, created this class to address the educational crisis that affects about 50 percent of inner-city students across the U.S. He says, "For a variety of reasons, many students feel completely disconnected from the traditional educational process. This class uses the positive elements of Hip Hop culture that aren't usually promoted in mainstream media as a medium to develop critical thinking skills while teaching them language arts, social studies, and life skills."

For the past two years, Elkouby watched budget cuts terminate programs nationwide and suspected that his program would eventually suffer a similar fate. "I can't expect my program to be safe when thousands of teachers across the country are receiving pink slips. When it comes down to choosing between a Hip Hop class and a science class, it doesn't take a genius to figure out who's getting the ax first, no matter how enriching my program has proven to be."

During its run, the program experienced great success. Elkouby says, "We've achieved a lot. We've had Hip Hop legends like MC Lyte and KRS-ONE as guests. We've sent kids to DJ retreats. We've been awarded state-of-the-art studio equipment. We've received international media coverage and been featured in documentaries ... and this doesn't even cover a third of what we've achieved. But what I'm most proud of is the impact that the program has had on the students. For hundreds of them, this class has been life-changing."

Former student A. Dominguez says, "Taking this class has made me realize how much I have changed as an individual and has given me the hope to pursue my wildest dreams. Everyone should be able to participate in such a life-changing experience!"

In 2007, Elkouby began working with the International Visitors Council of Los Angeles, advising educators from around the world on how to use Hip Hop culture as an educational medium. In 2008, the National Society of High School Scholars selected Elkouby as "Educator of Distinction." Unfortunately, this wasn't enough to prevent the program from being terminated.

Elkouby is hopeful that the program will find a new home. "It doesn't even have to be offered at a school," he says. "I'm open to bringing the program wherever the need is. I know that there's money available to fund creative programs. We just have to find it. Who knows? It may even come from someone in the Hip Hop community."

The Global Awareness through Hip Hop Culture Program is currently in session until June 2011.

About The Global Awareness through Hip Hop Culture Program

The Global Awareness through Hip Hop Culture Program is an innovative music, language arts, and social studies program designed to assist low-performing students in developing their language skills, life skills, and global awareness through culturally responsive pedagogy. For more info, contact Sebastien Elkouby at or 310-654-1681. Visit

This press release was issued through eReleases(R). For more information, visit eReleases Press Release Distribution at

SOURCE Global Awareness through Hip Hop Culture Program

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Friday, February 4, 2011 or Won't He? with Escama Studio Masha bag of 100% recycled aluminum pull tabs. (PRNewsFoto/Escama Studio)

4 Feb 2011 14:40 Africa/Lagos or Won't He?
'Big Game' Half Time Show Will Tell

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 4, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- He's worn it on Oprah, on stage with Tom Cruise, at concerts from London to Brazil, at L.A. Laker games, and in US Magazine, but that's the question Escama Studio, a small cooperative design studio based in San Francisco and Brazil wants to know. Will of the Black Eyed Peas wear their bag made from 100% recycled pull tabs and intricate crochet when he performs at Sunday's "Big Game" Half Time Show?

(Photo: personally owns five of these handmade bags, but it would mean so much to this small company, with no advertising budget to speak of, for to wear his bag in front of millions. It would validate their mission to create a line of high style, sustainable bags and accessories while improving the lives of the women who make them.

In Brazil, the studio works with more than 100 women from three different cooperatives. This gives the artisans the means to support themselves and their families. Escama Studio donates a percentage of annual sales towards computer-based educational programs, along with computers, furniture, training, and assistance opening bank accounts. Escama Studio is a member of the Fair Trade Federation and has always paid fair wages.

At first glance it's not clear what the bags are made of. Upon closer inspection it becomes clear that they are works of real ingenuity, wearable works of art. Its Leda Bag is the winner of the 2010 Independent Handbag Design Award for "Best Green Handbag".

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Journey From Nigeria to Douye: Re-mastered Album From Pop Jazz Artist

26 Jan 2011 14:15 Africa/Lagos

Journey From Nigeria to Douye: Re-mastered Album From Pop Jazz Artist

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LOS ANGELES, Jan. 26, 2011

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Known for her smoothly textured and sultry vocals, Nigerian born, LA based, pop jazz artist, "Douye" oozes with jazzuality as she takes us on a personal, "Journey". Marketing and promotion pro Neal Sapper of the San Francisco bay area based New World 'n' Jazz,, spearheads "Douye's" newly re-mastered freshman album, "Journey," with new artwork, which officially drops January 2011. 2010 Billboard's #1 of the 50 sexiest love songs of all time, and new to Glee's compilation, "Let's Get Physical's" writer and co-producer, "Terry Shaddick" along with rhythm and lead guitarist, "Jeff Pescetto" throw it down on, "Fly Away," the first track and first single to hit radio. After favorable feedback on its previous limited release it became quite evident that, "Journey" deserved a broader audience.

"Douye" is the perfect expression of a caterpillar now butterfly, with lots of room to grow.

Her grace and that gorgeous, slightly gapped smile puts us in the presence of a dark angel, who, having been in waiting is now ready to show wings that are fully spread.

"Journey", promises then delivers "Douye's" soft, yet open mood leaving your musical palette wanting more.

"Journey" can be heard on,,,

SOURCE ankh entertainment

CONTACT: osiris munir of the ankh entertainment group, +1-310-435-8419, or fax, +1-323-661-2295,

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Corruption and Sexploitation Spread HIV/AIDS in Nigeria

Many Nigerian girls are commercial sex workers

There are over two million people living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria and the country ranks second to South Africa in the world for the spread of the pandemic.

The promiscuous life of majority of Nigerian girls is responsible for the spread of HIV. The disregard for family values and virtues is no longer news as parents have failed to lead their children by example. Sexploitation is common on the street, radio and TV as parents and guardians either watch helplessly as their impressionable sons and daughters engage and indulge in immoral acts at parties where psychedelic music promoting sexual abuse is played and pornographic music videos are given regular airtime on TV. 90% of the most rotated programmes on Nigerian TV are musical shows with uncensored music videos showing half naked girls dancing wildly for young men dressed in suits or fashionable apparels ranting or lip-synching about their lust for sex. You wonder why girls would love to dance half naked for fully dressed men. Over 90% of the ditties and music videos of the so called Nigerian hip-hop artistes display impressionable school girls or call girls who portray themselves as sex objects without inhibitions and scruples and these immoral acts of carnality are seen as normal by the younger ones. They spend more time imitating these wayward role models and no wonder over 98% of them flunk their exams and the graduates among them are unemployable, because of poor academic performance.

Where are their parents?
Their parents have given up, and preferred to compete for status symbols and social class trophies of the Joneses of the primitive upper class in Nigeria. In fact, mothers have been known to act as pimps for their daughters. Majority of the poor parents even encourage their daughters to use sex to make ends meet for their families. One woman encouraged her most beautiful daughter who sponges on randy men to sleep with a rich married man for cash.

What is the government doing about the crisis?
The Nigerian government is corrupt and in fact caused the breakdown of law and order in the society as public officials misappropriated public funds with their accomplices in the private sector and have been using their ill-gotten wealth to seduce, oppress and suppress the poor masses who are their regular suppliers of servants and low income workers and their daughters are the cheap sex partners of the corrupt rulers who patronize the clubs in the red light districts of Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Warri, Uyo, Calabar, Owerri, Asaba, Onitsha and other hotbeds of prostitution. They are also the ones promoting campus prostitution or using their pretty and sexy female bank workers for marketing to seduce and sleep with rich men to lure them to patronize their banks.

Immorality is the root of the rot in the country. Most of the corrupt people are shameless and unrepentant. So, the solution is the eradication of corruption at all levels. Behavior change is going to be difficult, but the family and the government must address the dangers of pornographic entertainment online and offline, by the strict regulation of censorship. X-rated movies, music and other X-rated publications must be checked and controlled in private and public places. Moral education must be taught and good and noble family values and virtues must be the order of life.

Checking immorality and corruption is the solution for the control and prevention of the spread of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria and save our youths from wasting their lives. This is the only way we can secure the future of Nigeria.

Counselling skills training in adolescent sexuality and reproductive health

A facilitator's guide, updated version

Authors: World Health Organization
Number of pages: 179
Publication date: 2001
Languages: English, French, Russian, Spanish
WHO reference number: WHO/ADH/93.3

English [pdf 642Kb]

French [pdf 3.3Mb]

Russian [pdf 1.35Mb]

Spanish [pdf 3.9Mb]


A guide to organizing and facilitating a five-day workshop with the purpose of strengthening the knowledge and skills of adults who counsel adolescents. Participants become familiar with the topics of adolescent sexuality and reproductive health. Emphasis is placed on interpersonal communication and listening skills.

The principles of non-directive counselling are introduced. This approach aims to facilitate the young client’s overall development by strengthening self-understanding and enhancing their ability to deal personally with present problems and prevent future difficulties.

The original document published in 1993 was updated in the European region in 2000 and incorporates issues related to HIV.

Monday, November 9, 2009

The Rwandan Report

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I was in Rwanda from September 2002 to July 2003 for the primary mission of music evangelism. However I was able to work in a church as a Music Director, Youth Leader, Prayer Coordinator and Minister.

I was also given the opportunity to teach at the Adventist University of Central Africa (AUCA) Rwanda as a music teacher. I taught in English through an interpreter, because the school’s language of study is French.

At the Rwanda Music Academy, I led a team of Youth and members of the choir to Gisozi Genocide Memorial Centre, Kigali: where the remains of 800,000 Rwanda's Tutsis and Hutu who were slaughtered in the terrible genocide of 1994 were buried with their bones displayed as well. It was a shocking moment for me such that I could not eat well as I was emotionally disturbed for over five days.
The scars of the Rwanda genocide cannot be easily wiped out of a loving heart.

Every April, during the memorial of the genocide, the documentary of the killings is relayed on television and I saw many people who were traumatically affected and would end up in hospitals, because they could not imagine the cruel ways their children, husbands, wives and relations were “macheted”.

~ By Sam Olu, Middlesex University

N.B: The complete Report from Rwanda is going to be published before the end of 2009 on Nigerians Report.

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Monday, September 7, 2009

Gani Fawehinmi: The Conscience of the Nation is Gone!

Chief Abdul-Ganiyu "Gani" Oyesola Fawehinmi, (22 April 1938 - 05 September 2009)

Honorable Gani Fawehinmi was the conscience of Nigeria and there will never be another Gani Fawehinmi again. He and the late Afro beat legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti were the most outspoken Nigerian human rights activists of the 20th century. As Fela used his music as the instrument and vehicle for the social and political emancipation of the poor masses, Gani used his law to fight for justice and liberty in Nigeria.

For decades Gani risked life to defend the defenseless poor and powerless people of Nigeria and was imprisoned dozens of times for his protests against military dictatorship and injustice. Gani was a fearless and incorruptible prisoner of conscience. Gani was a great man and would be remembered as one of the greatest civil rights leaders of our time.

Nigerians Report hereby proposes that we should have a special day to be celebrated as a Gani Fawehinmi Day in Nigeria.

Chief Abdul-Ganiyu "Gani" Oyesola Fawehinmi, (22 April 1938 - 05 September 2009) was a Nigerian author, publisher, philanthropist, social critic, human and civil rights lawyer, politician and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) (the equivalent of the rank of Queen's Counsel in the United Kingdom).

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Sex-exploitation In Hip-hop And Hiplife Music In Nigeria

Two popular Nigerian Hiplife Artistes

Sex-exploitation is doing collateral damage to the psyche of Nigerian youths who have become addicted to the psychedelic and pornographic musical videos flooding the TV in Nigeria and the worse victims are the impressionable and vulnerable young girls and women who are paid to display and portray themselves as sex objects and are now seen more as prostitutes than dancers in Nigerian musical videos.

Please read The Exploitation of Women in Hip-hop Culture by Ayanna on My Sistahs.

The erudite Dr. Reuben Abati addressed the dangers of the negative influences of Nigerian music and how desperate to get-rich-quick Nigerian Hip-hop and Hiplife artistes are suffering from identity crisis and the tragedy is that the majority of them are ignorant of the grave consequences. Bella Naija and Linda Ikeji have addressed this in the so called Dr. Reuben Abati vs. Banky W debate. Many of the ignorant artistes called it the generation gap between them and Reuben Abati's generation.

How old is Reuben Abati?
How old are the producers of these ignorant Nigerian Hip-hop and Hiplife artistes?
I know them very well, from when they were all smoking garri decades ago to date.
I have produced a single in OJB's studios and OJB was not born yesterday.
DJ Jimmy Jatt and I were born on Lagos Island.
I was born in Obalende and I produced my first single in the United States in 1984.
The sheet-music is in the Library of Congress.

Even the highly gifted Nigerian Jazz artiste Mike Aremu knows the truth as he said:
"People now think that once they do Yahoo-Yahoo, the only cover-up they have to do is music." ~ Page 27, Saturday Punch, August 8, 2009.

My own primary concern is the negative images of our young women in their musical videos. Their lyrics are shallow and they rush to the studios to voice-over already recorded sounds and music lifted from a software synthesizer. Most of them do not even know the rudiments of Music and they just Lip-synch to synthesize and synchronize to the dubbed music. Finis. What's next?Oya, omoge shake ya booty musical video is made and then they bribe the local DJs and VJs to play their music and videos showing shamless girls and women as sex objects.
No wonder the cases of HIV/AIDS are increasing among Nigerian girls and women when they are decreasing in America.

Are there no positive images of dignified Nigerian girls and women to show in musical videos?Must you use them as sex objects to sell your music!
Don't you have enough brains to compose sensible lyrics and produce good music like Asa?

Nigeria o ni baje o!

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Friday, June 26, 2009

Michael Jackson Has Gone

Michael Jackson (August 29, 1958–June 25, 2009).

Yesterday was one of the saddest days in America since 9/11 in 2001 and the catastrophe of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans on August 29, 2005, when the shocking news of the sudden death of the awesome Michael Jackson shook the United States of America and echoed all over the rest of the world within seconds. Hope Obioma Opara, the Publisher of Supple magazine woke me up at about 2 am Nigerian time to break the sad news to me in tears. His younger brother Outragiouz, a Nigerian Hip-hop artiste based in America had called him to tell him that MJ was no more among the living mortals on earth. I felt feverish and sat up in bed and could no longer sleep.
It could be a hoax, I said to Hope.
No Mike, Michael is dead! He said.
Hope is a fanatic of MJ since his teens and in fact his parents stopped him from going to America to prevent him from following in the footsteps of his idol.
We kept vigil to mourn MJ and listened to more news on him on the radio.

As we are still mourning Michael Jackson, then the news of the death of Farrah Fawcett, (February 2, 1947 — June 25, 2009) hit me this morning. She was one of my favourite actresses of all time and one of the most celebrated pin-up sex symbols on TV. What a weekend of sorrows in America.

Michael Jackson was phenomenal and like Elvis Presley who was the indisputable King of Rock 'n' Roll, Michael Jackson was the first King of Pop Music and there can never be another Michael Jackson.

Farewell in eternity, Michael Jackson.

26 Jun 2009 05:08 Africa/Lagos

Sony Comments on the Passing of Michael Jackson

NEW YORK, June 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Michael Jackson, one of the most widely beloved entertainers and profoundly influential artists of all-time, leaves an indelible imprint on popular music and culture.

Commenting on his passing, Sir Howard Stringer, Chairman, CEO and President, Sony Corporation, said: "Michael Jackson was a brilliant troubadour for his generation, a genius whose music reflected the passion and creativity of an era. His artistry and magnetism changed the music landscape forever. We have been profoundly affected by his originality, creativity and amazing body of work. The entire Sony family extends our deepest condolences to his family and to the millions of fans around the world who loved him."

Rolf Schmidt-Holtz, CEO, Sony Music Entertainment, said: "Michael Jackson's unsurpassed artistry and beloved music brought joy to every corner of the world. We join today with his millions of fans in expressing our profound sadness and we offer our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. It was a true privilege for all of us in the Sony Music family to work with one of the most talented superstars in the history of music. We will miss him greatly."

Martin Bandier, Chairman & CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, said: "Michael was the kind of amazing talent that comes along once in a lifetime. He was an incredible recording artist, an insightful businessman, an unmatched performer, and a true icon. To all of us at Sony/ATV Music Publishing, he was also a trusted and passionate partner, who was very proud of our accomplishments. He will be dearly missed. We wish his children and entire family our deepest condolences."

Five of Jackson's solo albums - "Off the Wall," "Thriller," "Bad," "Dangerous" and "HIStory," all with Epic Records, a Sony Music label - are among the top-sellers of all time. During his extraordinary career, he sold an estimated 750 million records worldwide, released 13 No. 1 singles and became one of a handful of artists to be inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Guinness Book of World Records recognized Jackson as the Most Successful Entertainer of All Time and "Thriller" as the Biggest Selling Album of All Time. Jackson won 13 Grammy Awards and received the American Music Award's Artist of the Century Award.

Michael Jackson started in the music business at the age of 11 with his brothers as a member of the Jackson 5. In the early 1980s, he defined the art form of music video with such ground-breaking videos as "Billie Jean," "Beat It" and the epic "Thriller." Jackson's sound, style and dance moves inspired subsequent generations of pop, soul, R&B and hip-hop artists.

Source: Sony Corporation

CONTACT: Sandy Genelius of Sony Corporation of America, +1-212-833-6975;
Liz Young of Sony Music Entertainment, +1-212-833-8558; Jimmy Asci, Sony/ATV
Music Publishing +1-212-833-4513

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Nigerian Lesbian Gospel Singer Rocks America

15 Jun 2009 13:25 Africa/Lagos

'Come Out' Album's Message: God Loves You Just as Gay as You Are

LOS ANGELES, June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Gospel singer and an out lesbian member of clergy in the Gospel Truth Music Ministry (, the Rev. Rizi Nasele Timane' is unveiling her new album "Come Out," a collection of original songs that call for full human rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. As part of the album's promotion, Timane' is touring the United States during the summer of 2009.

The album's title song challenges the fundamentalist notion that God and the Bible condemn homosexuality and strives to educate the public about what the Bible really says and does not say about homosexuality. "I have extensively studied the Greek and Hebrew translations of the Bible, and I found that, when interpreted properly, the Bible does not condemn homosexuality at all," stated Timane'.

"I'm the first out lesbian reverend and gospel singer from Nigeria, West Africa," Timane' continued. "I was one of the first people to identify as openly gay in homophobic Africa, and I know firsthand how that rejection translates to drug addiction and suicide." According to the Massachusetts 2006 Youth Risk Survey, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth are up to four times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers. Additionally, San Francisco State University's Chavez Center Institute has found that LGBTQ youth who come from a rejecting family are up to nine times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers because of the negative treatment endured.

"For LGBT persons, this painful struggle with religion or spirituality and sexuality is responsible for depression, low self-esteem, drug addiction, self-abuse, isolation and the entering into of false heterosexual marriages," said Timane'. "Worst of all, it's responsible for thousands of suicides each year in the LGBT community, especially amongst our teens and young adults. It is my hope to put a stop to these negative traits and suicides by re-educating our community."

"Anti-LGBT arguments like the one contending that California's Proposition 8 ensures children's wellbeing by providing them with a mother and father are totally absurd. In the case of Proposition 8, the state's laws permit adoption by gay and lesbian parents as well as single parents and even allows courts to assign a single grandparent, aunt, uncle or even a non-blood relative to be a child's guardian or caregiver," continued Timane'.

"The goal of my new album is to enable any LGBT person seeking God to know that God loves them just as gay as they are," states Timane'. She also wants to help those who are struggling with their spirituality and sexuality, just as she did for many years, to finally find complete reconciliation and affirmation.

Gospel music lovers and Timane' fans will be able to attend live performances at the following times and events:

-- June 20 at 2:50 p.m., Rhode Island PrideFest in Station Park

-- June 27 at 3 p.m. and June 28 at 12:30 p.m., San Francisco Pride Celebration in Civic Center Plaza

-- July 9 at 7:30 p.m., Annual Fellowship Convention in Westin Atlanta Airport hotel

-- July 18 at 2 p.m., San Diego Gay Pride 2009 in Balboa Park

To learn more about Timane' and her experiences as a gay Christian that inspired her music, visit

"Come Out" video:


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Gospel Truth Music Ministry

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Sound That Changed America: Motown Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary

The Supremes


SANTA MONICA, CA January 28, 2009 /PRNewswire/ — As an irresistible force of social and cultural change, Berry Gordy's legendary Motown Records made its mark not just on the music industry, but society at large, with a sound that that has become one of the most significant musical accomplishments and stunning success stories of the 20th century. Diana Ross & The Supremes, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations,, the The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson & The Jackson 5, Lionel Richie & The Commodores,, The Contours, and Martha and the Vandellas., Gladys Knight & the Pips, their music communicated and brought together a racially divided country and segregated society, around the world, touching all people of all ages and race. No other record company in history has exerted such an enormous influence on both the style and substance of popular music and culture. With more than 180 No. 1 hit songs worldwide and counting, that influence is still being felt today, from pop to hip-hop, Motown celebrates the 50th anniversary of the company's founding.

Motown, of course, stands for more than just the historic music. The label and its remarkable legacy is a reflection of the hard work of dedicated individuals overcoming incredible obstacles to achieve great success. Nearly a half-century ago, on January 12, 1959, to be exact, a young African-American songwriter named Berry Gordy founded Tamla Records with a loan of $800 from his family, marking the birth of the "Motown Records Corporation." A man of vision, drive, talent and determination, Berry Gordy was also a producer, innovative entrepreneur, and teacher. The phenomenal success of Motown Records is a tribute to all that he embodies and all the talent that he brought out in others. Under his leadership, and through determination and support of the Motown family of artists, Gordy forged new grounds for minorities and made the "Motown Sound" a worldwide phenomenon beloved by millions.

Berry Gordy always learned from all his experiences and applied them to his business. He put the tedious time he spent working on the assembly line at Detroit's Lincoln-Mercury automobile plant to good use: "Every day I watched how a bare metal frame, rolling down the line would come off the other end, a spanking brand new car. What a great idea! Maybe, I could do the same thing with my music. Create a place where a kid off the street could walk in one door, an unknown, go through a process, and come out another door, a star." That little thought that came to him while running up and down that assembly line became a reality we now know as "Motown."
When Motown was housed in its famed "Hitsville U.S.A." offices at 2648 West Grand Boulevard in Detroit, it was not just a location; history would be made there. In fact, Berry Gordy created a twenty-four hour hit-making and artist development factory, nurturing the artistic talent of the singers, writers, producers, as well as, corporate executives. Today, Motown is not only the greatest pop music hit factory ever heard, but an institution, a state of mind, a way of life, a style, the "Sound of Young America." The distinctive, upbeat and uplifting music brought together pop and soul, white and black, old and young, like never before and continues to this day. Regardless of race or social background, teenage girls admired Diana Ross and teenage boys pretended to be Smokey Robinson. Motown became the heartbeat of American pop music. With multi-platinum artists ranging from the Miracles, Temptations, Four Tops and Supremes to Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and Jackson 5, the House That Gordy Built had and has no rival. Motown defined the term "crossover" not only on record and stage, but also behind the scenes. After breaking down barriers and having pop radio embrace Motown artists, Berry Gordy set his sights on television. He booked his artists on popular shows such as American Bandstand and the Ed Sullivan Show, making history as the first African-American artists on these shows. After captivating national audiences with repeat performances on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Supremes were the first R&B act to play the country's most prestigious night club, New York's Copacabana, which paved the way for other R&B acts into the top cabaret circuits around the world.
Motown was the first African-American-owned record label to reach widespread national acclaim, Motown broke down racial prejudice by becoming the most successful independent record company in history and the most successful African-American owned business in America.

After Gordy purchased that first Detroit property, he converted the garage into a small recording studio and the kitchen into the control room. The company's first signing was the Miracles, led by Smokey Robinson, and its first release was Marv Johnson's "Come to Me," January 21, 1959. But its first major hit was Barrett Strong's "Money (That's What I Want)," a song co-written by Gordy himself, which reached #2 on Billboard's R&B chart in 1960. A year later, the Miracles would score the company's first million seller with "Shop Around." That same year, teen girl group the Marvelettes landed the company's first pop No. 1, "Please Mr. Postman," while the label signed two young groups, the Supremes and the Temptations. Within three years, those two groups would lead Motown into the mainstream, when the Supremes launched an unprecedented string of five consecutive No. 1 hits, starting with "Where Did Our Love Go," while the Temptations released the eternal Motown classic, "My Girl." In 1968 the company had five records out of the Top 10 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart and accomplished another unprecedented feat by seizing the top three spots for a full month.

Upon his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, Motown's founder was given the following tribute: "Gordy endeavored to reach across the racial divide with music that could touch all people, regardless of the color of their skin. Under his tutelage, Motown became a model of black capitalism, pride and self-expression and a repository for some of the greatest talent ever assembled at one company… Motown's stable of singers, songwriters, producers and musicians took the concept of simple, catchy pop songs to a whole new level of sophistication and, thanks to the music's roots in gospel and blues, visceral intensity… After Motown, black popular music would never again be dismissed as a minority taste… Aesthetically no less than commercially, Motown's achievements will likely remain unrivaled and untoppable."
Today, the label is part of the Universal Music Group, with its classic recorded music catalog managed by Universal Music Enterprises (UMe). The timeless songs from Motown between 1959 and 1985 are represented by EMI Music Publishing.
From late 2008 to the end of 2009, Universal Music Group and EMI Music Publishing will mark the historic Detroit label's musical achievements with a series of initiatives. Notably, Universal Music Enterprises will issue monthly music releases in both physical and digital formats, with bonus tracks enhancing these packages. Details will be announced as each new package approaches.

Also upcoming throughout the celebration are releases of classic Motown Television specials in a series of DVD collections and INSIDE MOTOWN, a multi-part documentary on how the company was built.

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