Well you have been hearing gist from places and sources about the album launch, but just so you know, they are all unofficial. We are the only ones allowed to give you certicfied true, Ccity gist. So, it went down at the Indigo O2 on the 28th april 2011! Do we want to know why they chose that date? Well, let me tell you 29th was the Royal wedding… and we didnt want the Queen of England, the Royal family to have an empty church, because all fans would be at the show. So they entered into an agreement with the Royal Family and chose 28th. It was also part of the agreement to not publish any of our news until they finish their buzz, so we had to respect that. We wish! we wish oh! That is our portion in a couple of years oh! When political and royal events will revolve aroundour functions. But until then… the choc boiz are Big but not bigger than the Royal family…especially in England We didnt want to spend all we spent on hype and then have an empty hall! NEVER.
The MI2 album launch was bigger than the Abuja and Lagos put together, that goes to prove the truth about Jesus not appreciated in his home town so his people could not be healed! I was almost in tears, when i saw the clip, i said to myself! “I missed!” And i thought the launches in Nigeria was nice! oh well…
So lets get into the main gist. The show wasnt just Music, it was a mix of Music obviously, comedy and dance.
For the Comedy, We had Seyi law. He was great as usual, but he got knocked out by a fellow comedian called “Kevin Jay” a white man who has perfected his nigerian accent and knows all Nigerian jokes! o boy! i dont know which was funny, the fact that it was a white dude trying to act Nigerian or the fact that the jokes were actually funny. For dance, we had an energic dance group to warm up the dance floor.
Music!! the part we have all been waiting for… MI knocked it off from track one, with the crowd helping him out. The Choc boiz marched out with so much swag and wardrobe on point. Ice prince performed his hit single “oleku” feat Brymo,Jesse Kags performedhis hit song “Jargo”, Waje landed in London and went straight to the Venue and MURDERED the track 10 song, one naira. Words cannot describe the excitement. You need to stay glued to this page, because the video clip will be upsooner than you think. The Show, climaxed with MI giving out pieces of clothing to the fans! In reference to the “He calls her Ruth” article we know what that means. Over all it was a great show.
Just after the MI2 album launch in London, we were all set for the shoot of the Ice Prince second video for his song Superstar.It was special for two reasons. It was Ice Prince’s Video, obviously and also it is Katungs first video for CCITY as Head of Chocolate City Movies.
Top shot singer/record producer Lanre Dabiri better known to the public as eLDee da Don has brought up through his record label Trybe Records a talent search program called ‘Top Talent’.
‘Top Talent’ is ‘a platform for unsigned Nigerian artists of all genres that allows for them to showcase their talent and possibly get a record deal’. It requires the unsigned talents/artistes to send their songs in via E-mail (email@example.com) for free, to qualify to enter for the competition.
eLDee and his team of A&Rs at the label will review the songs and then a final list of 10 songs will be selected from the entries.
This list of ten songs will then be made available on a website for online voting by the public. The artiste whose song has the highest vote will be named the ‘Top Talent’ and will get to feature on eLDee’s forthcoming ‘Is It Your Money Vol. 2’ album and possibly sign a recording deal with Trybe Records.
Entry closes on Friday April 22, 2011.
By Osagie Alonge
Photos of Dbanj And Nude Dancer Hit The Internet
After the release of his sophomore effort, the movie themed ‘MI2‘: The Movie, many fans of Mister Incredible better known as M.I have waited patiently to watch the videos of their favourite songs that may hit the screens.
Months after the release of the album, M.I finally pleases his fans with the video to ‘Undisputed Champion’, the first single off the album. The wait is over…the short black boy has returned.
The concept is a metaphor of his ‘reign’ as a champion in the hip-hop circle. With a sober theme to blend with his vocals and persona, M.I might have very well proved his point. The ending looks like it may have a continuation, hence the movie theme. Watch and enjoy:
By Osagie Alonge
EME act Wizkid is lucky to be alive, after armed bandits attacked him around 8PM on Saturday March 5, 2011 and made away with his car.
The 20 year old yet-to-debut hit-maker was reportedly riding with his friends (an unnamed lady, and Wande Coal‘s younger brother) in his Black Honda Accord i-VTEC when the incident happened.
Multiple sources tell NET Wizkid was on Ikorodu road, (in Lagos) on his way home, when the robbery incident happened.
‘There was an accident around there, and the robbers made away with several cars’ an inside source, who pleaded anonymity because the label was yet to make any announcement, tells us.
While Wizkid’s friends were let off, the robbers made the singer accompany them to Third Mainland bridge, where they dropped him off and left him stranded.
‘They took everything he had on him, including his mobile phones, so he had to trek all the way from third mainland bridge, back to the mainland’ a friend and associate tells us.
The car in question, we understand is the controversial Honda believed to have been a gift from his friend Tonto Dikeh.
By Victoria Ige and Tomiwa Fawunmi (thenetng)
The hit Broadway musical about the life and music of Nigerian performer and political activist Fela Anikulapo-Kuti is scheduled to be performed in his home town of Lagos, Nigeria making it the first Broadway show to be performed in Sub-Saharan Africa.
the landmark Broadway musical, which won three Tony Awards (Broadway’s highest honor) including Best Choreography (Bill T. Jones), is coming to Lagos from April 20th to 25th. It will be performed at the prestigious Eko Hotel’s New Expo Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria. This critically lauded musical will star its original Broadway cast with Sahr Ngaujah reprising his Tony-nominated role of Fela Kuti with music provided by the internationally renowned Antibalas as well as other members of the New York City Afro-beat community.
Concurrently with the Broadway production, FELA! opened and triumphed at London’s Royal National Theater for a three-month sold-out run. That production was nominated for three Olivier Awards, London theatre’s highest honor, including Best Musical, Best Actor (Sahr Ngaujah) and Best Choreography (Bill T. Jones). This Nigerian engagement will be the first since the closing of the Broadway and London productions and the NTLive performance which was broadcast to in 370 cinemas worldwide.
The aim of FELA! in Lagos is to unite and connect Africans in spirit and unity, to serve as a catalyst for cultural revival in Nigeria, and to celebrate Fela Kuti, for the contribution he has made to Nigeria and the world. FELA! depicts the true story of the legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, whose soulful Afro beat rhythms ignited the spirit of empowerment and cultural awareness in a generation. It is a tale of courage, passion and love featuring Kuti’s captivating music and the visionary direction and choreography of Tony Award winner, Bill T. Jones. FELA! in Lagos is being produced by a Nigerian production company, Broken Shackles in conjunction with Lagos State Government.
‘Greenland’ singer and professional photographer TY Bello has returned with a new record Produced, Mixed and Mastered by the same man that produced ‘greenland’ M.O.S.A. “The Future” is written by TY Bello. The former KUSH singer’s new single is as inspirational as her debut. It also has a remix that features Mr Fischer.
No one is sure what the management of Kennis Music intends to achieve, but their decision to sign and promote Joe El has caused a big ripple. Fans of Tuface are by no means enthused.
According to reports this is because Joe Everlasting, whose stage name is Joe El, is a split image of Tuface Idibia.
Apart from their striking physical similarities, Joe El’s music has the unmistakable rhythm of Tuface’s music.
His current single entitled ‘I No Mind’, and his promotional video have left several fans of Tuface believing they had listened to the MTV Base and MAMA awards winner.
While some simply saw this as a ploy by Joe El and his crew to help launch Joe El’s career on the back of Tuface’s fame, some are not convinced it would last though
It started as hearsays and whispers. But, we can now confirm what many have been trying to know: one of our favourite singer-performers, Omawumi Megbele is pregnant and expecting her first baby.
The West Africa Idols finalist, who has refused to comment on pregnancy rumours that had been circulating for days, stepped out on Wednesday, to do a set of radio rounds, before hitting Tribeca, later in the evening, to deliver an amazing performance at Industry Nite.
Sources that spotted her at Rhythm FM could not hide their shock, when they spoke with NET. ‘She’s very heavy; maybe about three to four months gone. Her tummy is giving her away already’, one informant told us.
At Tribeca, she kicked off her performance seated; with her baby bump glaring for all to see. And when she stood up to rock, her signature mini-gown did little to hide the fact that she’s in the first trimester of her pregnancy…
Omawumi has not denied out rightly, the pregnancy tales chasing her around. But she has also not publicly admitted that she indeed is planning to become a mother. But those close to her tell us she has confided in them.
And who’s responsible? No one can say for sure yet. While some fingers are pointing the way of her ex Dokta Frabz, a producer with whom she still enjoys a robust relationship; others say ‘the only man that can put Omawumi in the family way’, is a yet-to-be-named part owner of Lagos club Zamunda.
Repeated efforts to get the singer to comment have proved abortive.
With her second album on the way (a lead single ‘If you ask me’ was only recently released), it would appear all Omawumi would have on her mind right now are songs and lyrics and beats. But, the amazingly gifted entertainer will be willing to add more, in the coming weeks – as she combines ante-natal sessions with a recording schedule that promises to be hectic.
We’re still working to unveil the identity of the man responsible for this blessing. And when we do find him it’ll be nice to know: Is marriage on the cards?
Meanwhile, the glaring bump notwithstanding, Miss Megbele still delivered a great performance at the INDUSTRY NITE held at the Tribeca night club on Wednesday, January 19, 2011.
Her back-up singers and instrumentalists joined her to thrill guests including her mum, Omoni Oboli, Olisa Adibua, Waje, Timi Dakolo, Evelyn Ibru, Dj Jimmy Jatt, Zara, Dj Zeez among others to an evening of music and dance and groove.
The award winning songstress performed songs from her previous and forth coming albums including Enough is Enough, When breeze blow, Chocolata, In the Music, and her emotional single ‘If you ask me’, with everyone including her mum paying rapt attention and hanging on to her every line.
By Tomiwa Fawunmi
Popular On-air personality and CEO of M54, Wale Ewedemi has apparently quit his job at 92.3 Inspiration FM.
Wale who was the General Manager/Chief Operating Officer at the radio station before his resignation was a pioneer staff and one of the brains behind the radio station’s success.
The 2008 British Council Music Entrepreneur of the Year Award winner tells us he’ll be venturing other projects as he feels his work there has been done.
A Graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Ewedemi earlier worked at the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria and at Cool FM where he was the General Manager for the Abuja Station.
There are speculations his departure from the station is premature, and that he may have been asked to quit, but NET cannot confirm this at this time.
By Osagie Alonge