• Is there trouble between Peter and Paul Okoye again ? By belladella, 2017-09-19

    While Peter was trying to downplay that there was a rift, his twin brother, Paul who just recently welcomed the birth of his twins with wife, Anita, took to his Instagram page on September 17, 2017, to issue a subliminal warning.

    He wrote, "Back to naija    don't take my silence for granted.... only a woman can come where brothers are working in peace and destroy it      #youknowyourself .... try me this time .... I swear Nyash go open   you will know that blood is thicker and stronger than juju..."


    This might have a lot to do with the birth of Paul's twins, as he also made reference to them in his message on Instagram

    " Since the announcement of the arrival of these two....i swear some people have been restless, they cant even sleep, they are not at peace #jelousy #envy....i swear if na plot of land some pple go don buy 10 plots lol.... all these distractions cant stop God's blessings.... #doubledouble #somethingisfishing"

    This won't be the first time that the Okoye brothers will be involved in a rift among themselves as it was first reported in 2014 of their rumoured split.

    In 2016 it took a very different turn when the brothers engaged in a public row over the restructuring of the business, with Peter Okoye leading the charge for change. Jude Okoye was fired in between, and Paul Okoye has shown his loyalty, even to a fault by sticking with Jude.

    That rift came to an end as the brothers were later in 2016, seen performing together in Holland.

    Are we to see the Okoye brothers beefing once again in 2017? Pulse will keep you updated.

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    Jesse Jagz Drops the 'Odysseus' Album By belladella, 2017-09-08

    Who would have ever thought that Jesse Jagz would ignore all the African gods and name his album 'Odysseus', as it turns out 'odysseus' is lifted from greek mythology and according to greekmythology.com


    Odysseus was a legendary hero in Greek mythology, king of the island of Ithaca and the main protagonist of Homer's epic, the Odyssey. He was also a prominent character in the other surviving Homeric epic, the Iliad. He was the son of Laertes and Anticlea, and is well known as an eloquent speaker, ingenious and cunning.

    Before the Trojan War started, Odysseus was one of the suitors that wanted to marry Helen, step-daughter of king Tyndareus of Sparta. 


    Hope you guys enjoy the Album and watch out for a full review soon.

    More songs from Odysseus

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    'Excellency EP' By Pupayannis By solomon, 2017-01-30

    Reggae sensation Pupayannis has dropped an 8 tracks EP tattled " Excellency " from his forthcoming album Special Mission . According to Pupayannis , he said he released the EP due to high demand from fans and friends, so he decided to come up with this 8 track EP.

    Pupayannis is also working on the video for ‘Change’ which is a piano based song where he sings about the state of the Nation and how things could get better in Nigeria. He also revealed that the album features a host of  A list entertainers and only mentioned  Eedris Abdulkareem .


    Watch this space for more updates.

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  • Mo-Hits Responds To Dbanj & Don Jazzy Drug Arrest Rumors By YZ23, 2011-09-28

    There were reports circulating via an online media outlet that Don Jazzy & Dbanj were arrested for drug trafficking. The Mo’Hits camp finally reacted with this official statement below.

    Dbanj and Don Jazzy are in Lagos. They are no where near New York. The two respected artistes are proud Nigerians doing the country proud worldwide. They do not need to peddle drugs as they are successful young men who worked hard to get to where they are today.

    The report making the rounds that they were arrested in America on Sunday is false and an attempt to tarnish the image of these proudly Nigerian artistes. Its a figment of someone’s evil imagination. D’banj’s media company, Media Image Managers are not losing sleep about this malacious campaign, but records must be set straight. D’banj and Don Jazzy are at their Lekki home in Lagos, Nigeria, they are well and okay.
    They have had no brush with the law for any reason, not even for a traffic offence. For further clarification, call 08023165380 or email bensoncane@yahoo.com. Signed. Mo’ Hits media company, Media Image Managers.

    Here is what the original news article looked like:

    Nigerian popular music sensation Dapo Oyebanji a.k.a D’Banj and CEO of MO’Hits Micheal Eneili a.k.a Don Jazzy, have been arrested by local authorities in the United States for alleged drug trafficking.
    According to our sources they were apprehended last night after the F.B.I recieved an anonymous tip that the Nigerian duo were arriving the JFK airport “loaded”.

    About 100kilos of substance suspected to be cocaine was recoverd from their luggage and the Nigerians are currently being detained by the F.B.I pending further investigations and subsequent court hearing.
    This comes as a big blow for G.O.O.D Music, who just recently, signed the multi- talented duo. Attempts to reach Mr. Carter (Jay-Z) C.E.O G.O.O.D Music or Kanye West had proved futile as at the time of this report.

    Culled from E! News.

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    Pop-highlife singer-producer Martins Okey better known as JMartins has signed a management deal with power house, talent management company Now Muzik.

    Martins joins the likes of 2Face Idibia, T.W.O, Sunny Neji and Timi Dakolo who are also signed to the management company.

    ‘Basically, JMartins needs a management team that can plan his itinerary and tours and engagements. We had a meeting and we just hit it off right away. He’s a super talented artiste’, says Tony Anifite, COO of Now Muzik.

    Martins who has released two albums ‘Get Serious’ and ‘Elevated’ is set to release his third installment ‘Selah’ (which is Hebrew for ‘Pause and think’) in a few weeks. The album according to his new management will contain 12 tracks.

    ‘The bar has been raised. So I believe it is time for us to pause and think on ways to generally up our game’, says Martins.

    Source: NET

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    Ice Prince and Jesse Jagz exit Chocolate City. By solomon, 2016-05-26

    This morning ,Chocolate City Group held a press conference at their Lagos headquarters  where they announced that Ice Prince would be leaving the label,  however his SCC (Super cool cats ) movement would become a record label under the umbrella of Chocolate city music.

    Same would apply to Jesse Jagz and his Jagz Nation brand which he started while on exile from Chocolate city.

    Believe it or not but this move has strategically positioned Chocolate city as a music cooperation a bit like Sony Music Group and Universal Group that have numerous independent labels and sub-divisions. This is a dream come true for any Artist with a major record deal because it would allow for absolute creative freedom.

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    Due to the ongoing crises in the country, Nigeria's highlife king, Flavour released this comforting song to sooth the pains of Nigerians. In the past few days a large number of artists have joined the protest against the removal of fuel subsidy. The early protesters included Jesse Jagz, Seun Kuti and Banky W, who all came out to voice out their plights. Others who joined later included Olu maintain, Eedris Abdulkarem, Tiwa Savage, Omawunmi, Waje, Pasuma, Zeez, Femi Kuti, Eldee amongst others. It has also been rumored that they are using these as an opportunity to do PR. Whatever the case may be, a strong voice is always needed to hear a cry.

    [color=orange]Femi Kuti had this to say: [/color]"When my father started this struggle, I was 13. I will be 50 in six months’ time. My son is 16, we still have no electricity, no healthcare. People are poor. People are dying because of N10, 000 in this country."- [color=orange]Femi Kuti[/color]

    [color=orange]Similarly Eedris poured out his heart saying:[/color] “the man wey say i dey craze because i sing Nigeria jaga jaga where him dey now inside this hardship. Na 2002 I sing Nigeria JagaJaga, na 2012 we dey so o”, Eedris lamented to the mammoth crowd.

    The rapper who has six albums credited to his career had released ‘Jaga jaga’, a single which described the country’s down-state back in 2002. Obasanjo supposedly replied him derogatorily.
    Eedris disclosed that he was also approached to campaign for the current president but he said ‘no’. ‘They called me too but I turned them down, D’banj can’t be here because he knows he has disappointed the people’, Eedris said.

    [color=orange]Enjoy Flavour’s Video as well as other musicians who saw necessary to voice out.[/color]

    [color=orange]Enjoy Flavour’s Ebezina (Subsidy)[/color]

    [color=orange]Enjoy Eedris Nigeria My Country (JAGA JAGA PT.2 )[/color]

    [color=orange]Enjoy Tha Suspect Subsidy Video[/color]

    [color=orange]Short Film By Tha Suspect[/color]

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    This marks Sarkodie’s second nomination at the renowned MOBO Awards, following his nomination in the ‘Best African Act’ category in 2012, the same year he won the prestigious BET Award for ‘Best International Act’. Alongside the just announced MOBO Award nomination, Sarkodie has also been nominated for ‘Best Artist In West Africa’ in the 2017 All Africa Music Awards, after winning the ‘Best Rap Act’ award at the just concluded AFRIMMA 2017 in New York.


    News of Sarkodie’s MOBO Award nomination, where he will be vying for the ‘Best African Act’ crown alongside Davido, Wizkid, Tekno and Mr. Eazi, to mention a few, also comes on the back of a sold-out European tour in September, and the announcement that the next official single from his Highest album, will be none other than fan-favourite ‘Ur Waist’ featuring Flavour, the video for which, has already racked over 600,000 views on YouTube.

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    Information from several sources has lead us to know rapper Eedris Abdulkareem and singer Jaywon where engaged in a fight that lead Jaywon to the hospital. The story is that Eedris and Jaywon amongst other artistes had attended and performed at a street carnival held in National Bank Estate, Satellite Town on Thursday, December 29, 2011. Sources say after Jaywon’s performance, his excited fans had followed him to the bus which conveyed the acts to the show.

    [color=orange]‘Eedris started insulting him. Jaywon didn’t want any drama, so he decided to get down from the bus so that things wouldn’t escalate’, an insider who would rather remain anonymous speaks. The summary of the whole saga is that the younger singer Jaywon had blood stains all over him‘,[/color]

    Jaywon twitted (@JAYWONJUWONLO) saying ‘Funny how people that are supposed to be good role models turn out to be really ‘good’….#SMH’. He continued by saying “This iroko tree wasn’t planted by human so no evil shall befall me cuz am covered by the blood of the most high. #SMH’,.”

    Eedris also twitted (@idris_Abdulkarm). ‘Don’t blv evrythn u read… Don’t blv rumours. Stay positive. 1luv’.

    [color=orange]Comment from fellow Label Mates leads to this response “There was a misunderstanding but everything is under control”[/color]


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    This marks Sarkodie’s second nomination at the renowned MOBO Awards, following his nomination in the ‘Best African Act’ category in 2012, the same year he won the prestigious BET Award for ‘Best International Act’. Alongside the just announced MOBO Award nomination, Sarkodie has also been nominated for ‘Best Artist In West Africa’ in the 2017 All Africa Music Awards, after winning the ‘Best Rap Act’ award at the just concluded AFRIMMA 2017 in New York.


    News of Sarkodie’s MOBO Award nomination, where he will be vying for the ‘Best African Act’ crown alongside Davido, Wizkid, Tekno and Mr. Eazi, to mention a few, also comes on the back of a sold-out European tour in September, and the announcement that the next official single from his Highest album, will be none other than fan-favourite ‘Ur Waist’ featuring Flavour, the video for which, has already racked over 600,000 views on YouTube.

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    Tiwa Savage’s offers romantic diabetes on “Sugarcane” EP By belladella, 2017-10-05

    6 songs, with a running time that just pushes just into the 20-minute mark, Tiwa packs this EP with expressions of love. It reads out like a local love letter shared between a hopelessly romantic Juliet to her Romeo. “Na because of you wey I get goosebumps…This one na Julie Julie and Romeo, Original ogbongolo bo bo oh (bo bo bo bo bo bo),” She explains on ‘All over’, a record which has become popular, powered by its passionate theme.

    A kind of urban pop-iness runs deep through the EP, and the ‘Pon Pon’ softness of ‘Ma lo’ even features superstar Wizkid. The mid-tempo vibe is cut through by unmitigated title banger ‘Sugarcane,’ but this EP is definitely the project for the mushy times. Get ready to embrace love.

    Rating: 3.5/5


    3-Worth Checking Out
    4-Smoking Hot

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    “We can’t talk about Biafra with our music because it is illegal,” Eastern Musicians By belladella, 2017-10-05

    To find out why this is so, I have called endless list of musicians who are from the East, both popular and rising ones to share with the public the reason why they have never publicly confronted the topic. None has declared their support or openly criticised the group. If your entire consumption of social media, is from musicians then you would tend to believe that this isn’t one of the most controversial and trending topics in the country.

    It’s almost like our musicians don’t exist in Nigeria, neither do they follow the news or social media outlets. Not one tweet, one Instagram clip, one share of anything related, or anything else has elicited a reaction from them, and this has created a gap, one that feeds neither part of the conversation about the desires of a people for self-actualization.

    Almost every musician who I called to comment on the Biafran situation refused to talk to me. The most recurrent official response was “No comment.” And then a couple of artists were, “Omo, you want make I enter trouble’.

    During the civil war in 1967, everybody was affected. All Eastern musicians who generally were dominating the music scene in the country with Highlife were affected. Although there are no records of them contributing to the war effort, they were affected.

    After the civil war in the 1960s, Igbo musicians were forced out of Lagos and returned to their homeland. The result was that highlife ceased to be a major part of mainstream Nigerian music, and was thought of as being something purely associated with the Igbos of the east.

    “I think none of us wants to be associated with something that might affect our possibility to achieve success,” a young rapper told me under the strict plea for anonymity. “Nobody would like to have their chance at personal success hindered by fighting for a cause that might not be successful.”

    “Let’s face it, nobody is sure that we will get the Biafra that our fathers fought for, and our youths are struggling to achieve.”

    Another artist, who also pled anonymity said although he is led in his heart to pursue the cause due to what it stands for, the fact that it is now illegal means he might lose a lot. “I don’t want to be picked up and locked up for the cause. My family will run mad,” he explained soberly on the phone.

    These were the only two people who could speak to me about it. Some others simply begged that I don’t even mention their name in this story because whether they comment or not, it would have an effect on their personal lives.

    The whereabouts of the Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of IPOB is uncertain at the moment. And so is the future of the group. There are conflicting opinions on his disappearance, with sources claiming that he either fled back to the UK or got arrested by the Nigerian army. No one truly knows.

    I ask another Highlife artist if he would sing a song about him, or praise his efforts at rally Igbo youths to a cause. His answer was speculative and conditional.

    “If he is alive and one day Biafra becomes real, I will be the first to record a song for him. But for now, there is no way I will do it. I don’t anybody to pick me up.”

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    Afrobeat singer questions Eedris Abdulkareem's role model status By belladella, 2017-10-05

    "I have seen different videos of him talking about different artistes that are young enough to be his kids.

    "I would have thought that if he was such a role model, there were better ways he could pass his message across but I have nothing against him. I have nothing more to say about him. I feel people just have different ways of expressing themselves."

    Eedris Abdulkareem has always had a reputation of being belligerent thanks to a 2004 altercation with American rapper 50 Cent. A brawl was set in motion when he attempted to occupy a seat reserved for the world star.

    The latter's bodyguards however prevented him for doing so which resulted in a fight that caused 50 to cancel the remainder of his performance. History remembers this as the beginning of a decline in Abdulkareem's career.

    Three years after, the singer renders an apology to the rapper at the KORA Awards held in Abuja. Hatchets were buried but Abdulkareem's career stayed dead.

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    Afrobeat is Naija's main music contribution to global music By belladella, 2017-10-05

    His work in the genre has made him one of the most influential musicians of the world.  His albums The ’69 Los Angeles Sessions, Best of the Black President, Expensive Shit, Live!, Zombie and The Underground Spiritual Game remaining popular.

    2017 marks 20 years since the death of Fela, and his music has spread across the world. Fela’s genre has become engrained into world music traditions, birthing movements and inspiring thousands of records. Away from his sons Femi and Seun Kuti who have furthered Afrobeat, outside Nigeria, the genre has taken root. Bands such as Antibalas, Tony Allen, London Afrobeat collective, and many others have performed the genre in various continents.

    Elements of Afrobeat have been passed down, stripped and utilised to create new records. In Fela’s home country, Nigeria, a new generation of artists have tapped into his music to create hit records. Artists such as Wizkid, Davido, Tekno, Runtown, Mr Eazi and more are pushing for international recognition.

    It is this root that has made Western media coin the controversial term Afrobeats, - Adding an ‘s’ – to classify African pop sounds.

    “I think the fact is a new population of the world are calling our new strain of pop music coming out of Nigeria Afrobeats. We have chosen to interpret that in a positive way, while acknowledging very clearly and repeatedly the difference between ‘Afrobeat’ and ‘Afrobeats’,”   says Sam Onyemelekwue, Managing Director, Trace Nigeria.

    “And the fact that the world is now calling Wizkid, and others Afrobeats. We will continue to highlight that difference. What we don’t want is for the young movement of music to lose the power of what Afrobeats is, what people make that connection to. So we don’t mind the term. We are yet to get Yeni onboard because she said Baba (Fela) is still knocking her head for the mistake,”   he said.

    Varied and strong as the current Afrobeat scene is, no performers so far are going to take the style away from Fela Kuti.

    Fela’s influence stretches beyond Africa into distant lands. And artists from all over the world continue to draw inspiration from him. The latest is   Wyclef Jean   who released a new song titled ‘Fela Kuti’.

    Global superstar and famed Hip hop artist, Wyclef is working on a new album titled “Carnival III: The Fall and Rise of a Refugee.” The project which will be released under the label, Heads Music is due to hit the market on September 15, 2017.

    The 12-track project will be Jean’s eighth studio album since releasing his debut album “The Carnival” in 1997.

    To lead the album though is track drawn straight from Fela’s breast, and named after the legend. The track, ‘Fela Kuti’ samples  “Eko Ile.”   It was produced by Supah Mario, who also worked on Young Thug’s ‘Wyclef Jean’ single, housed on his 2016 “Jeffery” album.

    Fela’s vocals, the gongs and horns come on, reworked with a rattling emphatic drum creating an immersive yet muscular groove, upon which Wyclef delivers his story about a lady who is on an adventure in Hollywood and wants to have fun. He tells her:   “The voodoo is workin' on me, Dance like Fela Kuti, Mama say ma coosa Energy”

    “I decided to name it    Fela Kuti  because, for me, I feel like we be thinking of [Bob] Marley, we give a lot of people from our past props, so when the kids hear Fela Kuti, I really want them to Google it,” Wyclef tells XXL.

    “Fela Kuti studied jazz in England. Wyclef studied jazz at Vailsburg High School. Fela Kuti then went back to his country and tried to help his country by running for president. Wyclef, you know, did the same thing.

    Then, Fela, through all his obstacles and all that, his music is what pillared him right back to the top. He understood the strongest way to help politically was to make sure the music was bangin.’

    So for me, the same way kids can have songs called ‘Wyclef Jean’ who are influenced by me, I want kids to know who Fela is and what he means.”

    Beyonce have recorded a full-length album based on the Nigerian’s material. Her recent African-themed baby shower also had Fela’s music as part of its soundtrack.

    Wyclef isn’t the only popular international artist to get inspired by Fela.   “We did a whole Fela album that didn’t go up,”   Producer The-Dream wrote, in an entry for Beyoncé song End of Time on lyric annotation site Genius.   “It was right before we did [album] “4.” We did a whole different sounding thing – about 20 songs. She said she wanted to do something that sounds like Fela.”

    2017 marks 20 years since his death from AIDS in 1997. And as the years go by, Fela’s music continues to inspire across the world.

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    D'banj was stupid to leave Don Jazzy' veteran rapper says By belladella, 2017-09-22

    "You must be a stupid man. You are a fool. Number one you sound like Ghanaians. That's why you are accepted, that's why you are not original but because its African music that's why you are accepted. Who are you to say a thing like that? That's pride" said Eedris Abdulkareem.

    Eedris Abdulkareem referenced Davido in his diss to Mr Eazi and berated the HKN singer for dissing Dele Momodu on a couple of songs in 2016. The veteran rapper aired Mr Eazi and Davido for lacking respect for their elders. 

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