The Boobie Master returns with a solid joint, Fido Dido featuring Trybes Record First Lady,Eva. Fido DIDO Surfaced the internet few hours ago. You can Call it a leak though.
The Boobie Master returns with a solid joint, Fido Dido featuring Trybes Record First Lady,Eva. Fido DIDO Surfaced the internet few hours ago. You can Call it a leak though.
If you’re not familiar with Evaezi then maybe you have been living under a rock for the past couple of years. In her “X” number of years in this life, and in this industry she has been through her fair share of ups and downs. From smashing her voice box in an accident to an extensive rebranding process which we all know is never easy in this industry.
In addition you can count multiple singles, and award nominations, the likes under her belt. Without revealing too much about the interview let’s get right into it.
Aribaba: For those who don’t know who you are, Please introduce yourself
Evaezi: My full name is Evaezihifue Ogoro, stage name Evaezi. I used to be called Eva D’ Diva. I was born July 13 198’none of your business lol. I am a graduate of University of Lagos where I studied English Language. I sing, I write, I’m trying out acting and production and I’m also into business management; I’m basically a Jill of all trades. I used to be in a family band, my dad used to literally force us to be a traditional band. It was horrible lol. I’m Isoko, from Delta state but my mum is Urhobo. Erm… what else? I’m not married and I don’t have kids.
Aribaba: A lot of people up until the past few months have known you as a singer, how did you get into music and at what point did you say ‘I want to get into music?’
Evaezi: Well, I wasn’t thinking about it in secondary school but my mates would drag me to the seniors’ hostel telling them I could sing, then I’d sing a little something for them. But I’ve always wanted to sing, ever since I was a kid. I grew up watching Whitney Houston’s live performances. I was and I still am into live performances ever since I watched Whitney Houston perform the American National Anthem at a football game. It was a divine performance and since then I knew that that was exactly what I wanted to do. It wasn’t so much about the fame, it was the relevance. She was like the voice of America at that time, and I thought “This is the point I want to get to in my life”; whereby I would be relevant with my music and with my presence at a particular place. So I did a lot of lip syncing to the songs of famous musicians like: Mariah Carey, Tony Braxton, Mary J Blige and others. I always tried to sing it exactly as they did… adlibs and all. I didn’t go to any music school or have any voice training… that’s how I developed my voice.
Then in 1997, we were involved in an accident. Let’s just say after that accident was when this vocal texture I have now appeared. Because I crushed my voice box in the accident. We were speeding home after a performance, the tyre burst, the car somersaulted and unfortunately for me, the car landed on my side. The irony is; before the journey my sister and I were arguing on who would sit on THAT side of the car. The car was sliding into a gulley when it landed, (this happened on ore road) a vine was wrapped around my neck and it was pulling me as the car was sliding in the opposite direction. It was just a little tree that held the car from tumbling over into a very large gulley. I was kind of blacking in and out. We got to the hospital, the doctor examined me and out of everybody I sustained the most injuries. My sister had a scratch on her shoulder; my dad had an old wound reopen on his ankle and my brother a broken wrist. I was the one with a fractured spinal cord, a crushed voice box and a narrowing trachea. So I couldn’t walk, talk or do anything.
It’s a long story; at a point my trachea closed and I couldn’t breathe, the nurses didn’t notice I was going pale. I was trying to signal them but I finally got the attention of one, then they rushed me to the resuscitation room but the two oxygen tanks were empty. They got the suction machine to suck out what was blocking my airways, (which was dangerous). They were going to call the electrician which we learned had gone to the village to see his wife.
Aribaba: I noticed you mentioned Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston & Tony Braxton. I guess those are your influences, what other artists influence/influenced you? Especially when you started getting active in music?
Evaezi: Yes they are. somewhere there along the line in terms of local content. My mum also influenced me. She’s a great singer in the bathroom (laugh). Well inside and outside. Also, She sings with so much heart and soul that she doesn’t care if she’s singing off tune. So when I sing, I remember how the music The late Whitney Houston is number 1. I guess Esse Agesse was causes her to transcend out of this mortal place. So I guess those are my major influences in.
Aribaba: Being a woman in Nigeria professionally is tasking. And the entertainment industry (the music sector in particular) is dominated by men. So tell me how it has been, being a woman in the music industry; the struggles or the benefits if there are any.
Evaezi: I can’t say this enough; As much as I would like to play the weaker sex card, the truth of the matter is the men are hard working. They know what they want and they go for it. They are up 3am in the morning, working. We women spend most of our time shopping for the latest shoes, what is reigning now from Prada to Fendi, to Brazilian, Mexican, Nigerian weaves and all that crap. We are concentrating on looking good, and we don’t care about the art anymore.
We believe that our body parts ought to get us to where our male counterparts are. And I’m not going to throw that line and say the industry is difficult for women. Because the truth of the matter is in the days of Christy Essien Igbokwe and Onyeka Onwenu, these women practically ran the industry in their time. You could not mention music without mentioning Christy Essien Igbokwe or Onyeka Onwenu. We just need to work harder. Forget all that crap about we are all women and no one is giving us attention, WORK for goodness sake. I’m not there yet, I’m also struggling to be relevant with my music, and I’m also struggling to get that successful brand in
Nigeria and beyond. We don’t have internationally known female artists except Asa, Sade Adu and those people who have paid the price, who are willing to pay the price. We just need to work, it’s not that difficult. The industry doesn’t owe us any free entry ticket to fame and fortune; we just have to work like everyone else. It’s that simple.
Aribaba: One of your most popular songs ‘God hand’, it has a very strong message. How did it come together?
Evaezi: ‘God hand’ was written at that point where I was frustrated. It just seemed like I was working and I wasn’t seeing the fruit of my labor. It seemed like I could see my destination but there were thick headed asses standing in the way of me and my destination and I couldn’t lash out at them because I had a manager who always said “In this industry you can’t afford to make enemies, just keep quiet and keep smiling”. So my way of escape was writing that song.
There is a particular industry folk, he’s quite popular (I can’t mention his name); he approached my manager that he was going to get me on some shows but he’s going to take 40% of whatever I make. And my manager said if he (the artist) takes 40% and he (my manager) takes 30%, what will I have left? And you won’t believe it, that guy shut down that show. He made sure I didn’t get it. Then there were some radio hosts, who whenever I approached them to play my songs, they would take my CD and ask for money. And money wasn’t growing on trees at that time. I mean, I believe in appreciating people but I didn’t have to give at that point. They literally threw my CD into the bin. I was too frustrated, and that was when I wrote that song.
Gbenga Salu who shot the video was shooting a video for ‘NA SO’ at the time. When they paused to get the lighting right, the DJ played the song (God Hand) by mistake. He (Gbenga Salu) looked at me, ran up to me and said “I’m begging you I want to shoot the video for this song. As a matter of fact, I’ll shoot it for free”. I was like “Really?” He was like “Yes, the message of this song applies to so many Nigerians and so many working class people who are trying to make their way in the world and they see some very arrogant people that just don’t want others to succeed”. So I guess that’s how the song came about.
Aribaba: So, you mentioned you’re getting into movies. And I have to ask, what’s the inspiration behind that series ‘ODIRI’?
Evaezi: I’ve always had a very wild imagination and in school, my lecturers told me that as well. So I used to date this particular guy who always told me I needed to write a book. Truth is once I hear ‘a book’, I just fall asleep. (laughs) I’m not a reader, people don’t know that! I thought writing a book was too tedious, so for some reason – I want to believe it was God – I got the idea to break it down into series instead of writing a whole book. So I decided to write about stuff that people don’t talk about. Being a very open person, I believe if I can do something, I should be able to talk about it. I didn’t want to write a normal boring book that just had to do with juju; you know the normal Nollywood scenario. I wanted something that was quite real and captivating, interesting, different, something part of Nigeria that was also not really Nigerian. I chose to write about sex, incest, rape, arranged marriages… everything! I never know what the next episode will be about, I just sit down with my laptop and it starts to flow. It’s not like I know the end of the series myself; it’s not pre-meditated.
The name ODIRI is my aunt’s name (my favorite aunt). It means Patience. I’m rubbish at naming things, I hate naming things, so when I started writing I was thinking “What am I going to call this?” And then I realized I was writing about a particular person; a girl who was going through a lot of crap and of course if you’re going to go through tough times, you’re going to need a lot of patience and courage. So I decided on ODIRI, I love the name.
Aribaba: You have a good number of hits under your belt, of recent ‘Tonight ft Goldie’ which is also very interesting. So what’s next for you?
Evaezi: I guess I’m just pacing myself. I don’t want to get swamped or overwhelmed in all I’m trying to do. But this is the major project I’m working on (I’m not yet sure on a lot of things like the timing though); Odiri is going to come out as a book. Hopefully if I get a very good producer and Director, it MIGHT come out as a film as well. Of course I’m working on a double CD album which will present my Old and New styles; a sequel to my recent EP called ‘WHISPERS’. I’m also in touch with a particular Tv channel to get my own show called ‘EVAEZI’S LOUNGE’. I have my events and Management Company as well. But my music remains paramount. SO once the album is out I’ll probably be able to relax and focus on the other things I have on my plate.
Aribaba: What would you say is the sexiest thing about a man to you?
Evaezi: LOVE YOU IDRIS ELBA!!!!! (screaming) lmao A great smile and that James Bond kinda look (laugh). I’m an eyes and lips person.
Aribaba: If you weren’t into music and entertainment, what else would have been doing?
Evaezi: I probably would have been a school teacher. Yea, I love kids and I think we have a problem with education all over the world. I’m not just talking about academics; I’m talking about morals, etiquette. The men today are becoming angrier and the women are becoming more artificial. There is something wrong somewhere. So yea, I probably would have been a school teacher. We need to start teaching them at a tender age.
Aribaba: What will you say is your favorite past time?
Evaezi: MOVIES!!!!!!!! I could sit down and watch movies ALL DAY EVERYDAY. If you left me in my room with a bunch of movies for a week, you would come back and meet me there. I wouldn’t come out or do anything else. It’s that bad. People who go to watch movies with me at the cinema come out crying because when we come out from one movie, I’m going back to watch another one.
Aribaba: Give the top 5 songs, besides yours that you like.
Evaezi: Bumpy ride by Mumbai, that boy is sexy (laugh). Tuface – Raindrop. That’s 2 right? Whitney Houston – I look to you. Jamie Foxx- your kind. And of course; my baby Tyrese – why you gonna act like that. That’s a baby making song (laugh)
Aribaba: What would you like to be remembered for in the industry?
Evaezi: I entered music because I want to change the world and that’s the truth. I just believed that with my music I was going to be relevant, I was going to be like the musical Mother Theresa or Ghandi… so I want to be remembered that way. Not winning the Grammys (even though it will be nice), that’s not the ultimate price but I want to be remembered as someone who changed the world with her music.
*** Last Words
*** Check out some of Evaezi’s Songs
*** The Break Up Song
*** God Hand Video
I feel like I just took a nice shower. I feel very refreshed. That’s what this song has done. Super-refreshing sound from Evaezi as she gives us The Break Up Song.
Evaezi is a story teller and it’s no surprise she gives us the details in this new tune from her. We like it, and we’re sure you will too.
Produced by BigFoot for Micworx
EVAEZI IS BACK!!!!!! And she is spotting a new sound off her newly released EP ‘WHISPERS – Love & Other Things’. The ‘Break Up Song’ is not your typical love song gone wrong but is actually a deep yet comical piece portraying pain and yet confidence during break ups.
The 7 track EP which got released on February 11th, 2012 following a successful pre-valentine’s Day mini concert bearing the same title as the EP features 5 songs and 2 Spoken word pieces read by super talented poet Wana ( OAP of Inspiration fm).
The event had the likes of Yinka Davies, Ese Peters, Ibiyemi, kefee, Gbolahan Odukoya, Wana, Donah and more belting out love songs to the amazement of the audience.
The EP which has controversial songs like ‘One Night’, ‘Your Mama’, ‘Somebody Shoulda’, ‘Weight loss’ and Evaezi’s playful and interactive persona shines brightly in this EP and promises to be the start of something fresh and ‘jaw dropping’ in Music.
‘WHISPERS – Love and Other Things’ also happens to be the first out of the WHISPERS series which will run through the year.
As the Valentine season draws closer, Evaezi – the contemporary afro soul singer formerly known as Eva (D’Diva) and her team have been vigorously working round the clock putting together an intimate, exclusive and uncensored evening for young adults and above called WHISPERS: Love and Other Things with Evaezi.
The 18+ event which is poised to hold at TERRA KULTURE located at Tiamiyu Savage, VI on the 11th of February, 2012 will begin by 6pm and features Live music, Poetry, Spoken Word, classical dance, Excerpt Scenes and more from the likes of Alibaba, Yinka Davies, Ego Obaro, Ibiyemi, Ese Peters, M’trill, Rraz, Gbolahan, Ini D’ Minstrel, Nene the Soul diva, Wana (Inspiration fm), OC Ukeje, Lala Akindoju and more. Tickets go for N5000.
One of the major highlights of the event is the premiering of Evaezi’s long awaited EP which bares the same title as the event; WHISPERS: Love and Other Things; a 7 track mix of music and spoken word with an ‘adult’ intellectual and comical perspective of love and the baggage that comes with it. The EP was produced by chartered accountant by day and producer and engineer by night – Bigfoot for Micworx Music. This combination promises a new and exciting addition to the music industry in Nigeria. Evaezi proudly bares all in this one. The Valentine event is the first off the WHISPERS series which is scheduled to run throughout the year, with EVAEZI and a number of Nigerian celebrities
treating sensitive and blanket topics that affect us as individuals and as a people. Evaezi also plans to start a campaign and tour within secondary schools educating and sensitizing young female adults on the ‘hushed’ issues that affect the female gender like Rape, AIDS, Cancer, Genital Mutilation, Sex, Teenage Pregnancy and more.
Evaezi partners with the likes of SIGNATURES AND SCENTS, GOZEL GREEN DESIGNERS, EVERGREEN EVENTS, BIMBEADS CONCEPT and a list of media partners like Nigezie, SWITCH on Infinity TV, Music Africa, TVC,
The Bisi Olatilo show and more to contribute to the spice of the event.
The artists formerly known as Eva, and Eva D’Diva has completely rebranded and is now known as Evaezi. With that rebranding comes the Rebirth, a package which features 2 new singles Evaezi & I Don’t Give A F***. I Don’t Give A F*** has 3 versions and features in all Blaise, Mode 9, Cyrus Tha Virus & M’Trill.
All in all The Rebirth contains 4 solid joints that should please her fans and the hip-hop heads.
EVAEZI : THE REBIRTH
EVAEZI is not a newcomer to the music industry, with about 5 years of hustle going on and piles and piles of award nominations EVAEZI keeps getting better like fine wine.
EVAEZI, the singer who was formerly known as EVA D’DIVA recently did a whole rebrand and change of stage name from EVA to EVAEZI has stepped out with a follow up she titles THE REBIRTH!!!
The single consists of 2 tracks, one of which has 3 versions.
The song “EVAEZI” which shows us a hardened Evaezi with a much thicker skin, ready to face the industry squarely and to take her ‘rightful’ place is a nice contrast to the soul diva and songstress in “I DON’T GIVE A FUCK” which she features 4 phenomenal Lyricists. After listening to her vocal delivery in this song, it is almost impossible to believe that Evaezi once crushed her voice box and damaged her spine in an accident in 1997.
Most already know MODENINE and BLAISE… so here is a little info on the other two
Blaise like her name has been blazing through the industry since she first arrived. Her recent appearance in the BET cipher has done nothing more than re-establish her as the best of the best. She is currently working and re-working on her highly anticipated album… tightening up loose ends while balancing tons and tons of feature requests and compeering gigs.
Channel O winner, M’trill is a Delta boy who started his career in PORT HARCOURT city as a renowned rapper/lyricist creating a huge fan base there. He is known for his tiny voice, fiery flows and his suave with the ladies. He is currently working on his 2nd album (Untitled for now). He recently released his first video single “TRILLA” which is currently running up the charts on major music channels; MTV, SOUNDCITY and so on
CYRUS THA VIRUS
This hunky rapper/lyricists, well known for his well chiselled physique, never ending energy and grimey voice is South-south’s finest, often called THE KING OF BENIN. After successfully dropping his singles ‘Busy Body ft Locci’, ‘Carnival Queen’ and ‘We dey Come’, Cyrus tha Virus released his much anticipated sophomore album titled REBELLION on the 17th of September 2011. The multi-talented rapper/lyricist was the first runner up for the 2nd Season of AMSTEL MALTA BOX OFFICE, a Nominee of THE HIPHOP WORLD AWARDS in the NEXT RATED category, which he controversially lost to Wande Coal amongst other accolades. He is currently working on the video for CARNIVAL QUEEN. He is the CEO of ARROW (Alliance of Real Rap and Orthodox Wordplay) GANG made up og Mo’fame, Locci, Boyd Africa and Joe Black. He is definitely someone to keep an eye on in the industry
He has been called HIPHOP, THE LEGEND and more. Modenine, the tall, extra dark Veteran Emcee has been quite silent but not stagnant in his affairs. His recent appearance in the BET Cypher has paved the way for him to return and take his throne as the King of HipHop in Naija. He is currently working on a remix album before OPTIMUS NINE drops next year 2012
Before the release of her album, EVAEZI will release her mixtape she calls ‘WHISPERS’ , a 7 tracker of some of her comic and outrageous stories on sex and relationship. She will be working with Teekay Witty, the producer who produces most of her tracks including this current single. She is currently featuring a romantic comedy by Charles Novia titled ALAN POZA.
TRACK 1 – EVAEZI
TRACK 2 – I DONT GIVE A **** ft M’TRILL and CYRUS THA VIRUS
TRACK 3 – I DONT GIVE A **** ft BLAISE and MODENINE
TRACK 4 – I DONT GIVE A **** ft BLAISE, M’TRILL, CYRUS THA VIRUS and MODENINE.
*** I Dont Give A F*** ft. Blaise, M’Trill, Cyrus Tha Virus & Mode9
It is with great joy and excitement that Sonorous Singer, Creative Writer, Events Consultant/Manager, soon to be Actress and Public speaker; EVA (D’DIVA) and her team announces to her wonderfully faithful and supportive friends and fans as well as distinguished members of the press and the general public that as a result of personal evolution as well as the maturing state of her multi-faceted brand, she will be dropping the English stage name (EVA) which she has been known for professionally and proudly taking up her native name EVAEZI pronounced ( AY – VAY – ZEE ) meaning ‘A PURE AND HONEST HEART / SOUL’ in the Isoko speaking part of Delta State.
EVA; now EVAEZI who first came on the scene with an afrocentric genre of music through her 2006 hit single ‘NO CRY’ went off the radar for a while following personal issues with paternal uncle; Kingsley Ogoro – one of the most decorated and celebrated film producers and directors in Nigeria till date. She resurfaced with a few more hits, one of which is GOD HAND, earning her 2 nominations in the upcoming 2011 HEADIES AWARDS in the Recording of the Year and Best Female Vocal performance categories along with the likes of Tuface, Asa, Darey, Waje, Ego Obaro and Tiwa Savage.
The extraordinarily gifted Diva who shows off not just the versatility and power of her vocals but the soul in her song writing abilities in her latest release titled “BETTER THAN HER” has made her way to quite a number of Nigerian billboard charts on radio and on TV. She is currently being noticed and identified more than ever as one of Nigeria’s most professionally sought after vocal divas; an amazing feat for someone once involvement in a fatal accident from which she suffered a crushed voice box, a narrowed trachea and a number of fractured cervical bones (bones in the spinal Cord) leaving her dumb and paralysed in 1997.
EVA now called “EVAEZI” admits that it was a bitter sweet step that had to be taken especially since she has been known over the years as EVA. “My music and I are evolving. My sound today is not what it used to be when I first came out in 2006 with ‘NO CRY’, my latest release BETTER THAN HER which is doing REALLY well proves that. I find myself wanting to experiment more… to bridge the gap between the African and the Western… to not stay boxed up. I wanna stay grounded in my roots in terms of identity as I reach for the sky, especially now that I am in talks with interested international distributors. The type of music I do today is AFROCENTRIC in nature but EXPERIMENTAL in pattern. I HATE BEEN PREDICTABLE”.
To assist her in the success of the new brand, EVAEZI formerly known as EVA put together a team comprising of AREGBE IDRIS M.D of Heritage Solutions, producers of SISI OGE – The Pride of Africa pageantry and also CEO of an impressive Africa inspired clothing line called ARANBARA. She also partners with the beautiful Mrs BIMBO BALOGUN, CEO of internationally recognized BIMBEADS CONCEPTS; makers and dealers of elegantly customized accessories. Fast rising photographer and media house – JESSE IMAGES and MURENGE MEDIA as well as budding designer, LEKOBACKS COUTURE were instrumental to the new and improved image of EVAEZI.
“I have always been one to mix the strong, stable richness and depth of the African culture with the ever reforming/experimental nature of the Western world but I had and still have soooo many ideas that I REALLY needed to work with people to keep me grounded and that is where SISI-OGE, BIMBEADS CONCEPTS, LEKOBACKS COUTURES and the likes come in. What they bring to the table in terms of my reformed brand is fresh, unpredictable and simply mind blowing. With their help I was able to be comfortable in my own skin in terms of appearance and professional veracity and versatility.”
EVAEZI is currently working on her album ‘THE CORE OF ME’ with long time friends and producers TEEKAY W’ITTY and WOLE ADESANYA. The album will also feature collabos with the likes of KEFEE, 2SHOTZ, RAW NWANNE, MODENINE, BLAISE, GOLDIE and more. The album is scheduled to be released early October 2011.
No matter the name she adopts or the song she sings… EVAEZI is her own woman who believes in handing out some form of advice or wise counsel about life, love and faith, which she says is never gonna change. She is currently joggling her album project, her events company, the writing of her online fiction series on Jaguda.com called ODIRI, a movie role in an upcoming Nollywood flick, a couple of NGO projects, one of which is the FIGHT AGAINST CANCER and other profound underground projects.
An all-star cast for peace collectively called Nigerian Artists For Peace. The cast features Kefee, Omotola, Eva, Uti, Skales, Terry Tha Rapman, Eedris, Jodie, Eben, Splash, Zeal and many more.
It’s no secret that over the past decade we’ve seen a ridiculous amount ethnic and political clashes through out the country. Time to really get something done about it.
The death toll in the trouble spots of Nigeria is alarming and like a virus, it slowly and steadily sips into the other parts of Nigeria. We shook our heads and gave off a little ?Eeyah? every now and then whenever we heard of the babies, young graduates and married couples dismembered and slaughtered, laying in a pool of their own blood.
Some of us resigned ourselves to our lofty beliefs that it was in a far away country this devastation occurred. That was until they felt their blood spill onto those troubled sands… when they lost a husband, a brother, a daughter, a dear friend… …to what is nothing more than… …a MINDLESS WAR!!!
Brand new video from Soul Singer Eva. Eva has been making waves over the past couple of months with her single, Tonight which features Goldie. Her new single, Better Than Her, released a few days ago is already getting a lot of great reviews. The video does justice to an already lovable song.
A deep and emotionally packed RnB song about love gone wrong.. or the paranoia of love, written and performed by one of Nigeria’s most powerful and alluring vocal divas called EVA.
Check it out.
The month of July has been quite scintillating so far with a large number of celebrity birthdays ranging from Weird MC, to Yinka Davies, Toolz of Beat fm, RMD, Essence, Rita Dominic, Kage, Yung6ix,Zdon Paporella and so many more. On the 13th of July, one of Nigeria’s most alluring and powerful vocal divas and performers joins the list, becoming a year older. We speak of the Diva known as EVA(the singer).
Niece to one of the most decorated and celebrated film producers and directors in Nigeria; Kingsley Ogoro, responsible for such internationally acclaimed and awarding winning films like The Prostitute, Osuofia in London, Across the Niger and so on – EVA, whose real name is Evaezi Ogoro partners once again with friend and producer Teekay Witty (Producer of her previous single TONIGHT (Oya baby) in which she features Goldie) to create a deep, emotional and traditional R&B track titled “BETTER THAN HER”. The song is rich with emotions of love, betrayal, pain, insecurity and rage as it speaks on fidelity and integrity in relationships. EVA yet again shows off the versatility and power of her vocals as she interprets and delivers this piece impeccably well.
EVA admits to being selfish while writing and producing the song, explaining that as a birthday gift to herself, she just wanted to release a song that made her feel really good about herself, her vocals, her writing and acting skills. As to whether there is or was a commercial and/or strategic angle to the choice and type of song and its release, she says “There are none. I am just having so much fun with life and love”.
EVA doesn’t just stop with the song alone. She also partners with long standing friend and award winning producer and director, Gbenga Salu, who jumped at the idea of directing the video after listening to the song. The video is made up of a very light all stars cast and was shot in two (2) days. It finds EVA playing a very dark role of a paranoid and obsessed woman who drives her husband to his death. The video shows a completely new and shocking side to EVA as never seen before, as well as shows off her hidden talent in acting. She acts alongside Uche Nwaezeapu (Winner of the 2010 Gulder Ultimate Search contest) who plays the leading male role and who she locks lips with in the video. She also calls on sister and very close friend Kefee Obareki along with Essence Okoro who both play opposite sides of the coin when it comes to friendly counsel.
For the video, EVA was fortunate to have been supported by Idris Demilade CEO and Founder of the fast rising Fashion Show and beauty Pageant, SISI OGE, who introduced her to upcoming designerLEKOBAKS, the genius behind the two amazing outfits EVA wears for her performance shots. Accessories were handled by BRANAMA AFRIQUE, a fashion and culinary outfit owned by good friend and colleague Kefee Obareki. Makeup was done by Chika, founder of CHEEKS MAKEOVERS who also plays the role of one of the falsely accused women, thought to be cheating with EVA’s man.
No matter the role she plays or the song she sings… EVA believes in handing out some form of advice or wise counsel about life and love, which she does with this video and song. Plans are on the way to shoot the video of her collabo song with Goldie – ‘TONIGHT’ as she joggles her album project, her events company, the writing of her online fiction series on Jaguda.com called ODIRI, a movie role in an upcoming Nollywood flick and other underground projects.
Here is wishing her lots and lots of Success and prosperity all the many many days of her life.
Enjoy EVA – Better Than Her
Check out Eva’s (the singer… we gotta clarify) new track Tonight which features Goldie. Nice track and if you listen to the words very well you just might be calling your significant other, or reaching for that black book.
She definitely takes it there with the lyrics to this tune. She drops the original and remix together so you got the slow version and club version. Suit any mood you’re in.
EVA is a singer and is not a new comer to the music industry of Nigeria. Since 1998 she has been gradually making her way in and out of Nigeria with her smooth but yet powerful and husky vocals. In 2006 she caught the eye of the media and the public with her deep and soulful single “No Cry’’- a classical piece that speaks to the fading optimism of the Nigerian people regarding the deteriorating state of the nation. The single got her a bag full of award nominations. EVA has seen been dishing out a few singles.
EVA who is fondly called Eva D’Diva by friends is currently working on her upcoming album titled ‘’The Core of Me’’. It is an edgy, exciting and unpredictable piece of work that exposes the person behind the name EVA to people in ways that make it hard to contest the fact that she is indeed a DIVA. She partners with a number of Nigeria’s finest musicians from the likes of BLAISE, GOLDIE, 2SHOTZ, NIGGA RAW, IGHO and so on.
What makes this new single titled TONIGHT produced by TEEKAY WITTY and the Remix by TYRONNE quite special is that it shows EVA stepping out of her usual conservative self as she collabos with controversial artist Goldie to inspire women to take the lead, be active and take charge of the intimacy and romance in their marriages and long term relationships. The song seeks to revive burnt out flares a 21st century lifestyle can cause between a man and a woman. The song is fun and bouncey as it is sexy and thoughtful.
The song has a House / Techno feel to it that creates a bounce and a feel good emotion… as should be the feeling between a man and a woman in love.
Eva D’Diva welcomes us into the new year with a new track “Echoes”, and as opposed to giving us a make-belief happy tune, she reminds us that the same issues we faced in 2010 await us in 2011. Religious and ethnic/political clashes still plague our society, and doesn’t seem to be ending anytime soon. The song definitely touches the soul, and gives us something to think about… Eva D’Diva doesn’t disappoint at all.
ECHOES (I hear the Cries) is a song written and performed by EVA D’DIVA which was not scheduled to be released outside the upcoming Album but the situation in Nigeria in relation to JOS, YENOGOA, NIGER DELTA and other troubled spots demanded that the song be released at THIS TIME. This song is DEEPLY emotional and in my opinion, one of EVA’s finest… lyrically and vocally.
Bonus track – Happy Day
HAPPY DAY by RUDDY TEE ft EVA D’DIVA is EVA’s FIRST FEATURE. This will be the first official song which EVA is a feature. Ruddy Tee is an upcoming artist that has a bit of the late Da Grin’s swag and who also is quite deep in his own way. The song is a reflective and appreciative song of one’s struggle and hustle. The two are quite natural and as real as they can be in their delivery.
If you’ve been on twitter over the 2 past months, you’ve probably seen all kinds of top 10 rapper lists. From MI, to DJ MightyMike, to Ovie of NotJustOk, and DJ DeeMoney. Everyone had some sort of top 10 rapper list, and various opinions were brought as well as rebuttals. That’s all good and dandy, and I’m not going to drop another rapper list for you. I think by now we know who is hot and who’s not. Instead I’ll be shedding love to the ladies of vocal power in Nigeria. Too often we get caught up in this male dominated industry that we forget that the women are also making their impact in there.
This list is not an attempt to diss anyone or neglect talent, and for the most part it’s my opinion (Aribaba). I did however get validation from a mini sample set of music listeners to get a more refined list. This isn’t really a popularity contest, so just because someone is popular doesn’t mean she will be number 1. Without too much long gist, here goes…
In some ways, folks might be puzzled by my #5 pick, but like I said earlier, this is far from a popularity contest, and so in my opinion and the opinion of a few others, Eva D’Diva (EVAEZI OGORO) deserves to be on here. After listening to her song “God Hand” a few months ago, I was more than convinced that she has to be one of the top female voices in Nigeria. Here’s a little kicker though; 13 years ago her voice box was crushed after a ghastly auto accident. Today, her voice can move furniture in a banquet hall. Under her belt are a slew of hits including “God Hand”, “Na So”, “Mo Fe Be.” She’s been nominated for numerous awards, and has nice collection of hardware in her possession. Don’t take my word for it though… Check her out on our music player & on you-tube.
The first time I heard Waje (Waje Iruobe) on P-Square’s “Do Me” I wasn’t really moved in all honesty. I guess the gbedu aspect of the jam kinda drowned her vocals out, but then years went by, and then I heard “For A Minute”, “Thief My Kele” by Banky W, “So Inspired” and a few other features, and I was sold on her. She has that star factor that any singer wants; A consistent voice that never disappoints. My favorite work from her is “So Inspired.” Her album is one I’m definitely waiting for. Doubt me? Check her out. She’s all over this site.
*Sigh*. My beautiful, wonderful crush, Omawumi (Omawumi Megbele). If I wanted to do partia I’ll put her at #1, but I’ll refrain from that. Omawumi has probably had the biggest year of anyone on this list, and for good reason. Omawumi the semi finalist of West African Idol 2007, burst into the scene shortly after the show, and gave us a wonderful track, “In The Music” where she seriously stamped her name in our minds as a voice to be reckoned with. I don’t really think I need to justify this pick too much. The proof is in the music. Her songs, Love Nwantinti, Today na Today, and Niger Delta speak for themselves. Probably my favorite work from her is what she did on Da Grin’s “Thank God”. Her hook took that song from a level 8 to a level 12. Omawumi na pure talent and there’s no denying that.
If this was based on success alone, Asa would be #1. She is probably the most successful female artist of the past 2-3 years. Hit after hit, she’s proved that she is here to stay. I see her being very relevant in the next 10 years. With Asa it’s not just about the vocal ability, but the intangibles she possesses with her music. She is a musician in the true sense of the word. 2 albums under her belt, and multiple hits including, Jailer, Be My Man, There’s a place, Fire On The Mountain… I mean do I need to continue? No I don’t. You get the point.
I have a feeling some people might jump on my #1 pick, but nah that one concern you…jk. I’ve seen a lot of performers live, including some on this list, and no one… I mean no one (no offense to other singers) can hold a candle to Lara George on stage. This gospel artist flies under the mainstream radar, but anyone that has heard her sing knows that she’s the real deal. Her hits include “Nobody Like you”, “Ijoba Orun”, “Forever in my heart” just to name a few. Still not convinced? Just ask a friend that was at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards 2010 in New York. They are all living (i hope) testimonies to her vocal power on stage. Or better yet, ask the good people at BET; Yes she was featured on BET Now earlier this year. Check out my #1 female singer in naija Lara George – Nobody Like You.
Close calls in no particular order:
Tiwa Savage – Still waiting for an over the top tune from her. Solid work so far though.
Lami – Love her work. If this was top 7 she’d definitely be in it.
Chidynma – One more song from her that is 80% as good as Obimmo and she’ll jump to #3 for me.
Well there you have it. My top 5 female singers in Naija. This is mostly my opinion with some input from a few music listeners I know. I don’t expect everyone to agree with me… actually I predict only about 20% of the readers of this post will agree with me. So you have an issue? Drop a comment and let me know what your top 5 is, or who you are pissed off is not on the list. Or maybe you feel I know nothing about music… Let me hear it. I would insert 9ice’s famous line, but it’s getting played out. Peace.
*Look out more top 5s*
Brand new video from Naija soul singer, Eva D’Diva for her single, God Hand. Lovely video, and lovely tune. Here is some info on Eva. Check out the video too. Directed Gbenga Salu.
EVA D’DIVA a.k.a EVAEZI OGORO*, niece to one of Nigeria’s most celebrated movie producers and directors- KINGSLEY OGORO, was born on the 13th of July to Engr. and Mrs. C.E Ogoro. She is the 4th of 5 children and hails from the
Isoko speaking part of Delta State.
EVA began her journey from a very tender age, spurred on by her undying admiration for the likes of Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton and Mary J. Blige. She was soon enrolled into her father’s gospel family band called *EMONENA GOSPELLERS* as the alto singer in 1996; an act that was soon cut short in 1997 following *a car accident she was involved in that crushed her voice
box, narrowed her trachea and fractured a number of cervical bones in her spinal cord, leaving her both dumb and paralysed.*
Her speedy recovery was nothing short of a miracle as she once again ventured into music during her undergraduate days at the University of Lagos. Her completion of the program which earned her a B.A in English Language in 2006 saw her birth one of her strongest and proudest tracks, which is still being celebrated today – *‘NO CRY’*.
EVA has been nominated for numerous awards like:
BEST CONTEMPORARY VIDEO OF THE YEAR (Nigerian Music Video Awards 2007 & 2008)
BEST FEMALE VOCAL PERFORMANCE (HipHop World Awards 2010)
BEST SOUL / NEO SOUL ACT OF THE YEAR (Nigerian Entertainment Awards 2010)
MOST PROMISING ACT TO WATCH (Nigerian Entertainment Awards 2010) among others.
EVA is a writer at heart. She has done some writing for a couple of Magazines and was at some point asked to be the Editor in Chief of one of them. She dabbles into Event Management and currently runs AN EVENT and PRODUCTIONS Company called VAE HOFE LIMITED; A company which specializes in Event Management, Consultancy, and Outsourcing as well as jingle and advert productions among other things.
The uncommon mix of the murky nature and yet strength of her vocals as well as the uniqueness of her stage craftsmanship has landed her on the stage of some of Nigeria’s most prestigious events, awarding her standing ovations from the likes of the current Governor of Delta State – Governor Uduaghan at his boxing day event held in Warri 2009 which was also attended by his cabinet, including Commissioner of Tourism and Culture – Honourable Richard Mofe Damijo. Other dignitaries include Her Excellency, Mrs.
Abimbola Fashola at the 500 Women for Children fundraiser, which was held in her honour. It was also an event sub-contracted to Vae Hofe Limited to manage amongst others.
EVA is also becoming quite popular with her rather distinctive version of The Nigerian National Anthem which has earned her riotous ovations at THE PREMIERE OF ‘ACROSS THE NIGER’- A movie by Kinglsey Ogoro in LeicesterSquare, London 2007, THE NIGERIA MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS 2009, THE GREEN BALL 2010 and countless others as she captures both the old and new glories of
EVA is highly creative and is a hard worker. She applies herself 110% into what she sets out to do. She is currently considering a major role in a movie by yet another of Nigeria’s most celebrated directors and producer, which she was recently presented with. She is also working on her 2nd album.
EVA loves children and is a humanitarian who constantly thinks of ways to contribute to the young generation. In 2006, she was a freelance Guidance Counsellor in Queens College; helping out with the children with no form of payment and was also a counsellor as well as a teacher in her place of NYSC posting in Zamfara State.
Another artist to watch out for, Eva D’Diva has been slowly making a name in the Nigerian music scene. After hits like Jungle, Cry and Na So, she has delivered yet again with two new hot tracks, ‘Mo Fe Be’ and ‘Kilode’. Really feeling the Mo Fe Be track, starts off mellow and picks up speed without missing a beat. All in all they are both a very good listen!
Mo Fe Be