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Top 10 Notable Breakups in the Naija Music Industry

Nothing seems to last for too long in this fast paced world where change has been said to be the only constant thing. Sadly though, changes of certain kinds are upsetting on the people involved and even observers of the ensuing drama. This brings us to the issue of popular music groups/collaborations “breaking up”.

We bring to you today a countdown of the top ten notable breakups in the Nigerian Music Industry climaxing with the most recent- that of everyone’s beloved Mo’hits crew.

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Remedies- Comprising of the talented trio of rapper cum singer Eedris Abdulkareem, Tony Tetuila and Eddy Remedy, this was one of the groups that defined the style now known as “Naija Hip Hop”. The Remedies was formed in 1997 and hit songs like “shakamo” and “omoge” endeared them to millions of people all over West Africa. The group split up in 1999 when the henchman of the crew, Eedris Abdulkareem decided to launch a solo career.

Eedris Abdulkareem’s solo career started off to a glistening start with the release of 3 successful albums with the Kennis Music label imprint between 2002 and 2004. His fortunes however took a downturn in 2004 after a fracas with the American rapper 50 cent. His subsequent album “King is Back” was released on his La Crème record label and he is still has a visible presence on the naija music scene.

Tony Tetuila also did very well on his own with smash hit songs like “omode meta”, I’m in love with 2 women”  and “my car” which became a street sensation. He has 5 albums to date.

The third member of the group Eddy Remedy was unfortunately not able to kick-start a successful solo career. He has an album “Leave Eddy Alone” to his credit.

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Plantashun Boyz- This defunct group of 3 comprising of 2face, Faze and BlackFace needs no introduction, especially as one of them- 2face- has gone on to become a legend of African contemporary music. They released two albums, Body and Soul(2000) and Sold Out(2003) before going their separate  ways in 2004.

2face has since gone on to release 4 multiple award winning albums (Face 2 Face (2004), Grass 2 Grace (2006), The Unstoppable (2008) and The Unstoppable International Edition in 2010, bag numerous prestigious awards and nominations and become an Icon of Nigerian and African Music all over the world.

Faze has released three albums since- Faze Alone (2004), “Independent” which spawned several hit singles in 2006 and Originality (2008).

BlackFace has only one album to his credit. He also co-wrote 2face’s breakthrough single- African queen.

The Plantashun Boyz collaborated on a reunion album titled “Plan B” in 2007.

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Maintain- The trio of Olu, Tolu and Bamo came to national prominence on the back of hit songs like “I catch cold” and “Nibo la wa gbe lo”. After six albums between 1998 and 2004, the group split up after the exit of Olu in 2005.

Olu Maintain went on to release two albums- “Yahooze/Maintain Reloaded” a successful effort which spawned the mega hit single, “Yahooze” and Kentro World(2009).

Big Bamo released a well-received album “popotiti” but since seems to have taken a leave from recording music.

Except from occasionally featuring in a few songs Tolu has not had a significant solo career since the breakup of Maintain.

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Eedris Abdulkareem and Kennis Music- The then number one Naija artiste parted ways with the premier record label after the 2004 scuffle between Eedris and 50 cent and it marked a significant change in the artiste’s career.  The artiste released his fourth album on his own La Crème imprint but has subsequently signed back with Kennis Music.

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2face and Kennis Music- After a mutually beneficial relationship that gave birth to 2 award winning albums, 2face left Kennis Music without much ado in 2008. He has his own record label- Hypertek Entertainment.

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Kelly Handsome and…. You Know Already J- Kelly Handsome came to national prominence with the release of his chart topping hit single Maga in 2007. Mr. Maga” left Kennis Music amidst a lot of controversy in 2010 and he has even been said to swear that he will never forgive Kenny Ogungbe and Dayo Adeneye, the Kennis Music top men although he later tendered an apology. He released only one album (Too much money in 2008) on the Kennis records imprint.

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9ice and Id Cabasa- Not too long after the release of platinum selling album “Gongo Aso” in 2007,  9ice and longtime friend and producer Id Cabasa fell out due to settlement and payment issues. “Basorun Gaa” does not seems to have been slowed down by this as he has within a short while built up his own record label, released 3 successful albums and has even signed a few upcoming acts as well.

The singer and ace producer seems to be back on good terms of recent and it will be interesting to see if they will still work together in the studio.

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KC Presh- The flashy duo of KC and Presh won the first edition of Star’s yearly musical contest, Star Quest in 2002. They went on to release 5 albums before going their separate ways in 2011.

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Mo’Cheddah and Knighthouse- It caught us all by surprise when we heard a few weeks ago that Mo”Cheddah was leaving the record label which had brought her to limelight after just 1 album which had given her recognition all over the continent. Mo’Cheddah is yet to announce her new plans as regards a management deal or recording contract.

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Mo’Hits Records- Perhaps this should be titled D’Banj and Don Jazzy as the long term friends and associates have apparently made yet to be clearly announced changes in the structure of their record label. D’banj has 3 solo albums(No Long Thing(2005), Rundown/Funk U up(2006) and Entertainer in 2008). He also has 1 collaboration album with the other Mo’Hits artistes.

 

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Over the past week the main buzz in the Nigerian music industry has been about the BET Cypher. For those that aren’t familiar with Cypher it’s a “freestyle” video clip with various artists dropping rap lines in a hip-hop themed video. The true hip-hop heads appreciate it and so do lovers of good music.

This year Nigeria was selected to feature its rappers on the BET Cypher, and the video was shot and scheduled to air when the BET Hip-Hop awards airs.

About a week ago, the BET Hip-Hop awards aired in the US and to the surprise of many, there was no “Naija Cypher.” As expected there were a lot of pissed off Nigerians, and it was all BET did this, and BET did that. Eventually the Naija Cypher aired on BET International (UK and Africa only) and everyone was happy. Right?

2 burning issues bothered me over this whole Naija Cypher fiasco.

1. Hip-Hop is a borrowed music genre and so we (Africans) are fighting a losing battle trying to get recognized internationally.

Before anyone jumps on my neck, I appreciate African rappers. I love them. Anyone who knows me knows that. So I’m not getting at any rapper, but the fact is Hip-Hop is borrowed. It’s a borrowed genre and the true hip-hop lovers in Nigeria are in a minority.

The American public for the most part are not looking to recognize the fact that we have rappers that can compete with theirs (even though we do), and besides there are tons of upcoming acts in the North American continent alone fighting to break through.

Africa is not the only continent to have rappers with dope mic skills. Europe, The Carribeans, Asia all have their fair share hip-hop acts and not many have broken into American mainstream. The simple fact is that the American mainstream media is for Americans and they would always be first priority before what the other people in the world like.

A lot of us grew up listening to Hip-Hop in Nigeria, and so it’s understandable that we have a lot of rap acts now, but our Hip-Hop should be customized and repackaged for our mainstream and not the mainstream of Americans who probably don’t even know we have a hip-hop culture here.

It’s a borrowed culture that we grew to love, but we should never forget that it’s not originally african and will always be considered second grade hip-hop to the American mainstream media.

2. Why Do We Kill Ourselves For “Western” Approval or Recognition?

Eldee said on twitter a few days ago and I agree with his series of tweets “…why all the fuss about breaking naija music in America, is Nigeria not big enough to support our music?… whether they (western world) like our music or not, they will acknowledge it when we get our house in order and make sense of our numbers.

He echoes my thoughts exactly. It seems like we as a continent feel like we’ve only arrived once we’re recognized by the western world… and this goes beyond music but we’ll stick with music for this post. International recognition is always great but will always come once we do “our” thing and not try to impress some outside authority of what’s good music or not. In the past 5-6 years there’s a been a huge music revolution in Africa and we’ve gone from making 2nd grade version of american songs to making music that we as a people appreciate. I don’t need to tell you what has resulted from that. You can see the results for yourselves if you have 2 eyes.

Reggaeton crept into the American mainstream by being unique with its sounds. Nothing else sounds like reggaeton, and nothing else sounds like Dance-Hall. Dance-Hall is just dance-hall and it came from a group of people making music for themselves and with that came the international appreciation.

We make music for ourselves to enjoy and it’ll speak volumes to anyone looking from the outside in. We have our background and culture and with that we have music that’ll appeal to us, made by people that understand us.

The other day Zara tweeted something about Terry G, Timaya on “Akpako” Cypher and even though I thought it was funny I couldn’t help but think.. “Hey… But that’s original Naija music sha. Why don’t we showcase that instead?”

Fela is probably the most internationally recognized African Artist and he didn’t try to imitate anything else, instead he created his own genre of music based on our culture and the influences around him. Bob Marley did the same in Jamaica. Sunny Ade, Oliver de Coque and co were all original in their day.

There’s no doubt that we’ve been heavily influenced by western culture, but that doesn’t mean we can’t continue recreate the perfect blend of music based on us as a people.

If we continue to do that without caring too much about if XYZ in ABC place likes it, then it’ll be natural appreciation coming from the outside. Before you know what’s happening there’ll be a whole generation of people who can’t even point Nigeria on the map but will Dance alanta like they were there when it was invented… and if it doesn’t happen? So what? We made the music for ourselves anyways :)

But if we decide we have to get approval from the western media or do things that’ll appeal to the western masses then we’ll continue to fight a losing battle.

Peace.

 

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Just like my last article I have been thinking of what to call this one….hmm….well, maybe by the time I am done, I’ll come up with one. I am a music lover…especially naija music but I find some of our artists really annoying especially the up-coming artists who want to start flying without walking first.

There is a new guy I have noticed on facebook who is trying to get into the music scene. Nobody knows him yet and to my dismay, he is actually ranting about beef too o. Is that a new trend or something? Does beef add anything to your reputation in anyway? Their albums haven’t had the privilege of getting to the bins in Alaba or even being sold for 100 naira in Lagos traffic and here they are ranting about beef. We barely even know their names and they already have imaginary haters. They have seen all the attention some big time artists get when they rant about their haters so they have decided to follow suit. At the end of the day, their songs don’t make any sense when they eventually come out because quality writing time was spent on beef.

I believe this is the major reason some Nigerian songs tend to lack content because very few artists take their time to think and be creative. Some people just need a few hours to write a song. If they happen to get in an argument in a club, that’s a new track, a one-night stand after some drinks is another track. In fact in Nigeria, it seems the more sense a song makes, the less likely it is for the album to sell. I am not writing-off Nigerian music, like I said I listen to them a lot and that is why I can draw this conclusion. I have my favorites too…like MI…..i love his originality and swag. But I find out that I hear the same ol things every time from our artistes. All they talk about is women, sex and money….is that all there is to life? Sometimes a whole album of about 12 tracks talks about nothing else but these three things or only one of them……sad. I feel dirty singing some of our songs too because they tend to be so vulgar. What about videos…it doesn’t have to be a club scene, two people smooching themselves stupid or a pool side with naked girls everywhere. Don’t you guys watch Trace? Thanks to Dare Art-Alade, Omawunmi  I’ve seen a bit of creativity and a difference too. Spend good money on your videos don’t just get a camera and call your friends to marqee or the pool side in Eko Hotel. One hot video is better that five poorly shot ones.

I think Nigerian artists should try and be a bit more creative in their writing and constructive too. Let some of your songs inspire and educate us and not just entertain us. Let some of your songs give us a picture of what life really is and not the façade you have created for yourself and other upcoming artistes venturing into music for the wrong reasons. Sing from your heart. Let’s hear about other things instead of just Hennessey, Bentleys, parties, endowments and BEEF.

Finally, I think I’ll call this……….BRING OUR MUSIC BACK TO LIFE.

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Urban Dictionary Definition of a Hater: “A person that simply cannot be happy for another person’s success. So rather than be happy they make a point of exposing a flaw in that person.”

Note in there, it says a “person that cannot be happy for another person’s success.” With that being said, if I’m a fan of your music, and you release a sub-par song or video, and I say “I don’t like it,” then I’m not a hater. It just means I don’t like it, and guess what? If a lot of people (your fans and non-fans included) don’t like it either, then it probably really sucks. Period.

I get a damn headache on twitter and facebook when I see artists claiming that people are hating on them for their song or video, for x,y and z reason.  Oh please… how about you spend some of that time trying to figure out why you, all of a sudden, had so many “haters” spring up over night. It could very well be that what you just put out disappointed a lot of folks that expected more from you. After all, if you weren’t good at some point at what you do, you wouldn’t even have the “haters” you claim to have. No one would even notice you had a new song or video out. So please maybe we can spend some energy on upgrading our music and videos instead of releasing subpar material and claiming to have all these haters that are trying to bring you down. If you put out good shit, trust me, the “haters” will be few and far in between, and you’d definitely be able to spot them a mile away. The compliments will flow in till you’re tired.

Sometimes you end up hearing “Go and Do Your Own” from fans and sometime from the artist themselves. Really? Really? I should go and do my own? What kind of a response in that? When your phone doesnt work? Does Nokia or BB tell you to build your own phone? or does MTN say, “Go and Start your own network”? Or maybe one day M Knight Shyamalan will just vex and tell all of us to go and do our own movie. Please let’s all stop using that statement because all it shows is our ignorance and lack of willingness to take criticism.

I personally have not been too thrilled about a lot of Nigerian music videos released recently, and anyone that knows me well knows I’m a huge fan of the Nigerian music industry, but that doesn’t stop me from saying that I can watch the average music video, just once, and I’m not interested in watching anymore. Most of them never do justice to the damn near perfect songs, and sometimes it seems like there is a set formula for making videos and no one wants to dare to be different. No one seems to want to break boundaries. Does this make me a hater for feeling this way? Should I go and make my own video? Or give you money to do another one?…Maybe I should go and hug the transformer in my village (which coincidentally never has electricity so that might not be such a bad thing).

I love nigerian music, but I personally feel a lot of music material put out recently is getting very regular & stale, and the videos are seriously lagging behind.  To be fair, the quality of videos has drastically improved over the past couple of years, but at the same time, the quality doesn’t really make the video a good video. Please don’t shoot me abeg… It’s all out of love. Ok I’m done… Catch us on the next “Truth Tuesday.”

So you tell me.. Am I tripping?

#onasimilarnote: Retweeting only the compliments from fans you get on twitter to make it look like the song or video is hot is not the way forward. #justsaying

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this column “Truth Tuesday” does not express the views of Jaguda.com but rather the views of the particular individual writing the article. Thanks.

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Styl Plus is back this year with a fresh track featring Choc City’s Jesse Jagz. This is the follow up single to their last album “Unbreakable” which performed less than expected from them. This might be a good enough comeback… thoughts?

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Beazy Music Monday continues, as we usher into the new year. Bad Guy was was one of his Hit song last year. To start off the New year with Beazy Music Monday, Bad Guy remix
“Bad Guy Remix Pt.2″ featuring Teeto, KB, D-Black, X.O Senavoe, Show Dem Camp and El Flaco delivering some killer verses with Shank, Efya, Myst, Djinee and Chykay each giving us their version of the “Bad Guy” chorus. Enjoy.

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Elegant stallion and Music Legend Onyeka Onwenu has restricted the sales of her new album ‘Legend’ to churches ONLY for now, until she finds a credible marketer. The album which is not all gospel contains 13 songs and it’s being sold for N1, 000. This is very interesting to be honest.

So if you want a copy of this great album…go to the nearest church!

Source: Nigerian Films

Raise your hand if you knew who MI was in 2007. Or if you heard of Dbanj in 2005. Let’s even get recent… Who knew who wizkid was early last year? I personally had to go back to MI’s fast money, fast cars to remember who he was. Contrary to the way it looks on the surface, artists rarely “blow up” out of nowhere. A lot of times these artists spend a considerable amount of time on the grind, underground, and somehow somewhere, they blow up, and instantly everyone knows their name. If I did this article a year ago, you’d have WizKid, Mo-Cheddah, IcePrince and co on this list, and now you can say those artists are official celebrities. Well without too much gist, I’ll get into the point of this post.

Here are 6 artists/groups that you should know going into the next year, cos they are about to be the big names in the Naija/African Music scene. This is all in my opinion, and not in any order of importance or anything. Actually, we’ll do this alphabetically.

1. Eva Alordiah

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Eva hails from Delta State but grew up in Lagos. She’s been rapping since the age of 13. At age 16 she decided to take her talents seriously and started rapping professionally. What makes Eva unique? Well let’s start with her unique voice that can’t be duplicated easily, and in many ways is very sexy – in a Toni Braxton type of way. Her delivery is eloquent, and all the tracks I’ve heard from her so far have been very easy, laid-back, and enjoyable listens. She might not have the club bangers yet, but she’ll have the songs that everyone will have in the car stereo, riding to. Look out for this female MC to creep into everyone’s playlist soon.

*** I Stay ***

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2. GRIP Boiz

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This trio (Yung El, J-Milla, & Endia) is probably best known for their remakes, but don’t get it twisted, these guys are super talented. Almost a perfect blend of a hip-hop, reggae & RnB genre, the GRIP Boiz repping J-Town are slowly turning heads in the industry. If you’re a fan of the Choc Boyz (Jesse Jagz, IcePrince & MI), then you’ve probably heard them somewhere, as they have worked with their fellow J-Town ambassadors. What makes them unique? Well they isn’t any other group in Naija with their sound. Period.

*** FIRE ***

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3. Meaku

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In many ways, I feel it’s almost an insult to have him on this list seeing as he’s already kinda major, but at the same time, some folks that need to know who he is still don’t, so I’m throwing him on here. You need to know him! Chibuike Omeaku aka Meaku was raised in LA, and has been singing since his early age. He draws his inspiration from Fela, Osita Osadebe, Michael jackson, Phil Collins and a host of others. On the American scene, he has worked with Cash Money Records, and is a well known writer for a lot of artists.

On the Naija side of things, you can catch him with Sauce Kid on “Nigerian American Idol,” and a host of others. Check out his vid for his single “She Like It”, and tell me he’s not solid.

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4. Oyinkansola

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A lil bit of Asa, and a bit of 9ice, throw in some Lagbaja, Sunny Ade with a mix of Tracy Chapman and India Arie and you have a very unique sound from this lady named Oyinkansola. Oyinkansola grew up in Abeokuta where she started singing in the church choir. It didn’t take long before her choir mistress recognized her talents and it’s been music for her ever since. Oyinkansola plays the acoustic guitar.

This lady is very talented, and listening to her songs, I just feel, all it takes is the right person to hear this and it’s a wrap. Her track with GT The Guitarman from Storm Records, Hands Up, stays on my playlist.

*** Hands Up feat. GT The GuitarMan***

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5. Teeto Ceemos

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Another artist I feel like I’m half-way insulting by adding to this list, but again, I just have to stress that this guy is on some major stuff. Some of you already know him from the KnightHouse track “Da Finest” which also features Mo’Cheddah, & Sauce Kid, and from his joint with Suspect – Oshamo. His lyrical delivery is supreme, and his flow is next to excellent.

Teeto started rapping in the mid-nineties while in secondary school drawing influences from Biggie, Jay Z, & Busta Rhymes. Once he started school at Unilag, he took the campus by storm and eventually went on to represent Nigeria in the Channel O/Sprite MC Africa competition.

Without giving too much gist, Teeto is nothin to play with for real. Write his name down somewhere so you don’t forget this guy. Check out his freestyle to the I’m Ill beat.

*** I’m ILL FreeStyle ***

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6.  X.O (NoHairDontCare)

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The last on the list, is so far from the least. I’m almost tempted to say he blew up already, seeing as ever since his release of Taxi Cab freestyle a few months, he’s been buzzing all over the place. Interestingly enough, less than 2 years ago, X.O (Senavoe to Ghanaian and Nigerian parents) was practicing law. Yes, he’s a lawyer, and he’s not out of a job either. Call this music thing, his passion.

I can go on and on about this guy here but I wont. I’ll let his music do his talking. He’s already hailed by MI as the next big thing in hip-hop so you know he’s for real. Watch out for him on some future tracks with R2bees and DBlack. Plus word is he is featured on MI’s next album, MI2. I give him 6months and he’ll be everywhere… Check out Victory, produced by another person you should know, KidKonnect.

*** Victory ***

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Well there you have it folks, 6 upcoming artists that you should know. Write their names down, and be one the folks to claim that you were a fan way before they were headlining shows all over the world.

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The Naija DJs summer jam this year will be held in Houston TX. Anyone that has been to this event know that’s mad crazy and has visitors from all over the country, including Artists, Producers and most importantly DJs from all over the world. It’s definitely an event worth checking out. For more info visit www.nigeriandjssummerjam.com. Below is the video promo, check it out.

Press Release!!!

NIGERIAN DJS – GROWING STRONG WITH MUSICAL CELEBRATION

Nigerian DJs Coalition 4th Annual Summer Jam

Friday June 4th through Sunday June 6th in Houston, TX

On June 4th through the 6th, 2010 the “Hottest Coalition of Nigerian DJs” celebrates its fourth annual “Nigerian DJs Summer Jam” in beautiful Houston, TX, home of the largest body of Nigerians in the United States. The “Summer Jam,” as fans call it for short, is the superlative event in the world inviting all cultural tastemakers and Nigerian musicians and celebrities to celebrate Nigeria’s ever-popular musical heritage.

Nigerian DJs Coalition, known as Naija DJs for short, connects the world with Nigerian music through events, workshops, radio programs, mix-tapes and seminars. Naija DJs Summer Jam (SJ) initially started as a party in Maryland in 2006 but has since evolved into a meeting place for members of the coalition, artists and fans to celebrate Nigerian culture through music and consists of a welcome party, the official Summer Jam, and other engagements. SJ attracts many popular artists who employ this medium as a networking opportunity, talent showcase, and publicity platform to get their music to the world through Naija DJs. Artists such as Kelly Handsome, eLDee, NAIRA, Duncan Daniels, and others graced the stage at past SJ events. As a primary highlight of the coalition, Nigeria’s finest DJs such as the legendary DJ Jimmy Jatt, DJ 3k, DJ Dee Money and other members of the coalition consistently bless the “1s and 2s” at the annual SJ event.

Naija DJs Chairman DJ 3k states, “This year’s Summer Jam promises to be another big one.” Houston’s own DJ Tunes will be in attendance along with other Nigerian DJs members, and the musical line up is currently in development with details released soon.

With 90 members spanning several regions of the world, Naija DJs continues to fulfill its purpose and promote Nigerian music. Chapters have emerged under the Naija DJs umbrella such as the Naija DJs UK chapter formed on April 9th, 2008.

More information about SJ can be obtained at the coalition’s official website:http://nigeriandjssummerjam.com/ Detailed information about the coalition and its events including a video and photo gallery of past events are available as well.

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DJ Neptunes New Mixtape… Press Release Below:

YOUR FAVORITE AWARD WINING DJ EVA BLAZIN NEPTUNE JUST RELEASED A CONTINUATION TO LET’S PARTY NAIJA VOL 1 MIX TAPE CD.

THE LET’S PARTY NAIJA MIX TAPE CD VOL 2 CONTAINS SONGS FROM NIGERIA’S ARTIST ROCKING THE RADIO AIRWAVES, CLUBS, STREETS ETC. THIS MIX TAPE CD IS FOR FREE AND WAS MIXED BY DJ NEPTUNE. FEEL FREE TO DOWNLOAD AND LISTEN TO IN YOUR CAR, PLAY AT PARTIES, RADIO AND ONLINE SHOWS ETC AND PLS DONT SELL THIS MIX.

LOOK OUT FOR OTHER VOLS OF DJ NEPTUNE I AM HIP HOP VOL 2 MIX TAPE CD AND DJ NEPTUNE ALL AROUND THE WORLD VOL 2 DROPPING SOON.

DJ NEPTUNE PRESENT LET’S PARTY NAIJA MIX TAPE VOL 2

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LIST OF MIX TAPE CD :

1. P SQUARE- I LOVE YOU
2. KONGA – KIN KONG
3. RUGGEDMAN FEAT. ICE PRINCE – FEEL MY SWAGGA
4. BANKY W FEAT. WIZ KID – TANKER
5. PINCODE – YOUR CODE
6. IKECHUWU FEAT. D BANJ – CRITICAL
7. Mc LOPH FEAT FLAVOUR – OSONDI OWENDI
8. BLACK TRIBE – ADDICTED
9. KECHA – MAKE I YARN YOU
10. D PRINCE – OMOBA
11. TERRY G – FREEMADNESS
12. BEE-ZEE SQUARD – LIKE DAT
13. JESSY JAGZ – WETIN DEY
14. OBJAZZ FEAT. TUPENGO – KINLOSE
15. P SQAURE – THROWAY
16. TITO DA FIRE – OYIN LOMO
17. ONE SOUL FEAT. SHEYMAN – NASO
18. 2SHOT FEAT. YQ – OYOYO
19. DURELLA – MY LIFE
20. SIDE ONE – ONE BY ONE
21. YQ – I LIKE GIRLS
22. JAYWON FEAT. TERRY G – GBON GBON
23. DAGRIN – KONDO (DJ NEPTUNE UK FUNKY REMIX)
24. SKUKI FEAT. DJ ZEEZ – BANGER
25. NAETO C FEAT YQ – DURO
26. LYNXXX – CHANGE YOUR PARADE
27. PROTO FEAT. ELDEE – SHAYO DEY GO
28. ZARA – MOMMI MI
29. DR SID – SOMETHING ABOUT YOU (UK MIX)
30. 9ICE – GBAMU GBAMU
31. DUNCAN DANIELS FEAT. MI – LIKE THIS
32. OMAWUNMI – TODAY NA TODAY
33.DR SID FEAT. D BANJ – POP CHAMPAIGN FOR

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Every year since her musical career took off in 2005, this Afro-German warrior princess has built on her successes, stretched her muscles, and widened her range. Her debut album Victim of Truth (released in the UK in 2007), an inspirational mix of hot loops, black consciousness and 21st-century soul music – was garlanded with praise by the British media. ‘As good as The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,’ said UK’s The Sunday Times.

Her sophomore release was every bit as lush and visionary as her first. A record where brains, beauty and beats collide No Longer At Ease made its mark across Europe and beyond. It’s a record that Lenny Kravitz and Lauryn Hill both heard and said: ‘I want this girl opening my show!’

It’s easy to see what got Lauryn and Lenny so animated. Nneka’s music has still got a big splash of Bob Marley in the recipe, a measure of Nina Simone and a lick of Erykah Badu.

Tour Dates

Tue, 02/09/2010Atlanta, GAVinyl – Atlanta, GA
Thu, 02/11/2010Nashville, TN3rd & Lindsley Bar & Grill – Nashville, TN
Sat, 02/13/2010St. Louis, MOThe Gramaphone – St. Louis, MO
Sun, 02/14/2010Chicago, ILDouble Door – Chicago, IL

Source: www.nnekaworld.com

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NYAB 2010 Winter Masquerade Ball
NYAB 2010 Winter Masquerade Ball

NYAB is hosting a Winter Masquerade Ball! The event will feature traditional entertainment and plenty of food, drink, and dancing! Come dressed in your best tux, fancy dress, or traditional wear. And please don’t forget your Venetian mask!

We attended this event last year and it was very classy.  NYAB has promised that this year will be a time to remember.  The NYAB troupe dancers and male masquerade will be in the building.  Appetizers and drinks will be served prior to a delicious three course dinner. The bar will be wide open all night. So that means you can shaiyo all night.  Tickets are $35 and can be  purchased by contacting Ijeoma Ikpeama (301) 379-1702, Uche Chinwuba (301) 512-6431, Onyeka Obodoako (678) 372-9164, Ikem Nwolisa (301) 704-5079 or buy online @ http://nyab2010.eventbrite.com/ So with $35 you get food, drinks, entertainment, and a party … Sounds like a good deal.

You must be 21 to enter so no kids allowed. Dress Code is Formal or traditional so go organize yourself .  Ladies rock the traditional or  rock that ball room gown that is floor length. Fellows I beg no hand ball. The ladies are already talking that we can’t dress. Let’s show them. Don’t come to the door rocking jeans. This will not be accepted and you will be sent away. NYAB  wants you guys in a tux or traditional. If you no get tux I beg borrow one (borrow borrow make you rich). We no be pikin no more lets bring that swag with the way we dress.

Jaguda photography will be in the building to cover this classy event.

See below for places to purchase mask
*Party City: http://www.partycity.com/category/holiday+parties/mardi+gras+party+supplies/masks.do

*Mardi Gras Outlet: http://www.mardigrasoutlet.com/C103D4/Venetian-Carnival-Masks.html?gclid=CKCM96zZi58CFdA65QodnV5BRQ

*Costume Discounters: http://search.costumediscounters.com/search?asug=&w=venetian

*Venetian Masquerade Masks: http://www.venetianmasksociety.com/

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DJ Dee Money is back again with another mixtape, Naija Freestyle Mix… Download a copy and get to jamming.

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Track Listing:

1.Klever Jay – Konikoni Luv Feat. Danny Young & Prince Banton
2.Bigiano – Shayo
3.Dbanj – Fall in Love
4.Bracket – Yori Yori DJ faze remix
5.Kelly Hansome – Party Don Start (Like play, Like Play)
6.Jay Martins Feat Timaya,P Sqaure – Good Or Bad(DJ Faze Remix)
7.DJ Zeez – Fokasibe
8.9ice – Ganja Man
9.Bracket – No Time feat. P Square
10.Durella – Shayo
11.D’ Prince – Omoba
12.Ikechukwu – Critical Feat. D’banj
13.P Square – E no easy Feat. Jay Martins
14.Terry G – Testing Microphone (Free Madness)
15.Jesse Jagz – Wetin Dey (Radio Edit)
16.Duncan Mighty – Dance For Me Sandaz Black
17.eLDee – Bosi Gbangba
18.Mo Hits All Stars – Pere
19.Klever Jay – Egboro Ti Daru Feat. Eedris Abdulkareem
20.DeeBee – Collabo
21.DJ Stramborella Remix – Egbe final
22.Durella – My Life
23.Side One – One By One
24.Ay.com – Pass me you love (DJ Faze remix)
25.Mc fricker – kulujaja (DJ Faze remix)
26.Wande Coal – Se Ope
27.Wande Coal Ft. D Banj – You Bad (DJ Smart Remix)
28.Da Grin – Kondo
29.eLDee ft. LKT – Ota mi (enemies)
30.K.C Presh – Ginja Your Swagger
31.Skuki – Banger
32.D’banj – Suddenly
33.Ikechukwu – Now is The Time Feat. Don Jazzy
34.Neato C Ft. Y.Q – Duro
35.Wande Coal – Bumper to Bumper
36.Wale – My Sweetie
37.JJC – We Are Africans Naija Remix
38.Timaya – Yankuluya(Dem Mama Remix)
39.AY.COM Ft Timaya & Terry G – Pass me your Love rmx
40.Terry G – Sangalow
41.JJC a.k.a.SkillzFeat. Smokey – Jigi Jigi lale (stunners on)
42.Lambo Da Virus Feat. Chuddy K – Motiyo
43.Zara – Mommi Mi
44.2Face – Implication
45.Dr Sid – Something About You
46.Ikechukwu Feat. Don Jazzy & Dbanj – Wind Am Well
47.Philflow feat General Pipe – Freaky Things
48.D’banj – Why Me
49.M.I Feat. Gabriel – Anoti
50.Dr SID – Pop something ft D’banj
51.Durella – Enu Ose
52.Ayuba – Ijo Fuji Remiz
53.X Project – Lori le Feat. Konga
54.Mo Hits All Stars – Close To You
55.Proto ft. eLDee – My Guys Dem
56.Banky W. – Lagos Party Remix feat. Naeto C, D’banj, Muna, eLDee,
57.Airis – Without You
58.Lala Feat Da Grin – Idi Nla
59.Wiz Kid – Holla At Your Boy
60. Gbedu Hour Commercial

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Even Colin Powell parties with Nigerias now...lol
Even Colin Powell parties with Nigerians now...lol

Once again I’m back with part 5 of my series, 10 things I love about Naija. Well for part 5 I originally was going to write about Naija parties, but then I realized you can’t have a real Naija party without naija music, and so I decided to combine both… sort of. So here goes; Another thing I love about Naija is “Naija Partying with Naija music.”

For those that grew up Naija (apologies to those that didn’t), who remembers those 10-Year old birthday parties (or 1-year old for that matter) that we all used to attend? We would all wear our extra-colorful clothes, and have dancing competitions where we would compete for bags of treats that had all our favorite sweets – Chocomilo, Tom Tom, Eclairs, etc. My favorite competition was “Chair Dance” or Musical Chairs as yankee people dey call am. Chair dance was some serious competition. Folks were quick to bounce you off that seat for that bag of Eclairs. Those were the days of Ras Kimono, Onyeka Onwenu, Alex O, Felix Liberty, and Evi Edna Ogholi (see video below). These folks’ songs were played constantly at any birthday party you attended… ahhh… the memories.

As we got older, and started hitting puberty, dancing around with little children around chairs was no longer the thing to do. We’ve hit secondary school, and boys have started liking girls,and vice versa. We all dropped the colorful dresses, threw away the flowery christmas shirts, and started hating matching with our siblings all of a sudden. We are “grown.” Of course with being grown comes new partying style. Now we’re dancing with the opposite sex (no grinding), and learning the latest dance steps (flex, butterfly & co) to display to all our peers. Although there wasn’t a huge amount of memorable naija jamz from then, cos we all danced to Tupac, Biggie, SWV, Patra, Mark Morrison (every naija person then loved his song), TLC, Puffy, etc,  there were still some naija jamz that peeps would dance to at parties sometimes. Those days we had people like Daddy Showkey (see below), Junior & Pretty, Alex Zitto, Tony One Week. Pasuma Wonder, Baba Fryo etc make their appearance into the naija music scene. By the way, my goodness Daddy Showkey was razz… whoever said Razz is the new Cool definitely hasn’t seen how razz Daddy Showkey was. Chei!! I still love it though…lol.

In the past 5-7 years, Naija music has completely blown up and at a typical Naija Party you’d barely hear any American jam. 60% naija music, 20% general African, and 20% other. If you don’t like it, then you can go to Club Love…I’m sure you’ll hear “Stanky Leg” there enough times…lol. It’s like there is enough Nigerian music now to have 3 parties over without having to repeat one song. The likes of Dbanj, 2face, P-square, Wande Coal, MI, Naeto C, Eldee, Flavor, DJ Zeez, Olu Maintain, Styl-Plus, Faze, etc have made this period one of the best times to be partying at naija party. You could be sitting at a party, dulling yourself, and all of a sudden you hear “Don’t get it twisted, Love is a beautiful thing… Don Jazzy again.” Your blood just goes up to 40 degrees celsius, and Boom!!!… You’re on the dance floor sweet potatoing and being someone’s sugar banana. What is sweeter than partying to music from your own people that is top quality, and culturally grounded? Not too many things I tell you. Naija partying for a good number of people these days is not even about impressing anyone, chasing babes, doing efizzy, or anything like that. It’s about having fun and celebrating life. If you want to toast babes, you’re allowed… pop bottles? u’re allowed… flirt with one fine boy? It’s allowed…. Dance like you’re possessed? It’s allowed…. It’s all allowed. Heck i’m about to listen to Dbanj now sef… Join me please :)

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So there you have it. Another thing(s) I love about Naija. Where would I be without my Naija Music… Chei! I don’t even want to know. Sometimes I feel like if I ever have to come back to this world in another life, I’d rather not come back at all than to come back as a non-Nigerian. The song below is one of the classics when it come to Naija partying… This song is one of the few songs I know that will make 7 year olds, and 77 year olds be on the dance floor at the same time. Naija Kwenu!!

The Nigeria Entertainment Award is an annual event focused on recognizing the many contributions of Nigerian Artists to the entertainment industry across the globe. The producers of this year’s Award Show are dedicated to promoting the image and rich culture of Nigeria. This dedication has increased the awareness of this new edgy style of African Entertainment and has helped promote Nigerian acts to mainstream America.

Here are the Winners of the

CATEGORIES / WINNERS:

BEST ALBUM OF THE YEAR
ENTERTAINER BY D’BANJ

HOTTEST SINGLE OF THE YEAR
GOOD OR BAD BY J MARTINS

BEST NEW ACT OF THE YEAR
MI

GOSPEL ARTIST OF THE YEAR
MIDNIGHT CREW

MUSIC PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
ID CABASA

BEST RAPPER
MI

BEST MUSIC VIDEO OF YEAR
NOT THE GIRL BY DAREY

BEST INTERNATIONAL ARTIST
ICEBERG SLIM

BEST INTERNATIONAL PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
DAPO TORIMIRO

EVENT OF THE YEAR
THIS DAY/ARISE NY FASHION WEEK BY THISDAY

BEST WORLD DJ
DJ NEPTUNE

BEST COMEDIAN
I GO DIE

BEST ACTOR
JIM IKYE

BEST ACTRESS
FUNKE AKINDELE

INDIGENOUS ARTIST OF THE YEAR
9ICE
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For full gallery of Nigerian Entertainment Awards click here

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This is a clip of a coverage of Nigeria’s Hip Hop Industry by CNN. Good to know we’re pulling enough waves to hit the ears of CNN. Featured in this clip is P-Squared, Kenny Ogungbe, 2face, MI etc. Enjoy!!

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Paul Okoye of P-Square