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Reasons Why Nigeria Musicians Remain Poor despite Fame- King Omo Eqo

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If music be the food of love, play on, William Shakespeare said in the first line of the play Twelfth Night asking for music after he was frustrated in courtship. This no doubt picture where words fail and music remain the only voice for the voiceless. Ajiboye Olakunle Michael popularly known as King Omo Eqo is one of the few sonorous voice versatile singer who brings life to humanity through his music. His deep lyrics without exaggeration open the secret of life bringing peace while abolishing strife. The creative singer cum songwriter has been in the music scene professionally since 2010 with the launch of his debut single “My Eqo” that enjoyed tremendous airplay and download on radio and music blogs in Nigeria and international borders.

 This time around, Michael is not ready to relent on his effort to turn things around in the most competitive industry as he is ready to drop a new single “Keep Rocking” from his upcoming EP “Bo Lo Ya”. The cool dude in a quest to explore the world while showcasing his music dexterity, he left the shores of Nigeria in 2013 for South Africa where is making the country proud. King Omo Eqo as Michael is fondly called  has shared stage with various well known artists such as Tuface, Sound Sultan, Harry Song and artists around African continent like;  iFani from South Africa, SB from Mozambique, Buffalo soldier from Zimbabwe, CTEA BEAT from Ghana to name but a few. When he was asked, what inspire his music, he said “My music is a fusion of metaphorical street rap and Afro style and I make sure I choose my lyrics because life is like a beautiful melody, only the lyrics can lift a soul and Music is the language if the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.”On those he looked up to, he said “I started music at a time when Nigerian artists only look up to American artists. So, on the international scene I would say Wyclef Jean, Nas, Nate Dogg and back home people like Mode9, 2Face, 9ice Burna boy and few others I can’t remember right now”Meanwhile, as Nigeria artistes continue to make fame breaking world records but still live in penury, King Omo Eqo has this to say “If I’m given an opportunity to change something about the music industry in Nigeria it will be our publishing and distribution network because artist hardly make a living doing music due to poor publishing and distribution network.” He concluded

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Kallo.ng: Strictly Hausa Streaming Movie Platform Takes Off Today

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For the first time in the history of the entertainment industry, a purely Hausa speaking movie streaming platform has taken off today, called Kallo.ng.
Managing Director and Chief Executive of Kallo.ng, Maijidda Modibbo, said the streaming platform, will connect lovers of Hausa entertainment and culture from the comfort of their homes and make them further value their culture and heritage.
Noting that movies and music are reflection of the society, she said all the contents on Kallo.ng, will be such that entertain, teach morals and also educate the viewers more about the culture, standards, rules, accepted behaviours and expectations of the Hausa community.
She said: “The objective of Kallo.ng, is to entertain Africans on the continent and in the diaspora by providing quality content aimed at promoting culture, tradition and customs thereby bringing Africans closer to home irrespective of their location on the globe through this uninterrupted platform.”
Kallo.ng, according to her, provides content from classics to the latest modern movies, series, documentaries and music of all genres. You can watch on our website or by downloading the Kallo app on your laptops and android devices.”
All it requires to be a part of the Kallo.ng family is just to get it downloaded from your mobile phone play store or from the website.
Modibbo further explained that “At Kallo.ng, we understand the integral role Hausa movies play in informing and inspiring change through engaging and entertaining diverse audiences. In particular, classic dramas played significant roles at different stages of our lives and helped many connect with their cultural heritage…This is why we are connecting the present with the past by bringing to homes old classics and soaps that ruled the airwaves years gone by for the benefit of the new generations.
Kallo.ng, according to her, will also drive change in the industry through collaborations and innovation.
Kallo.ng is a product of Spacekraft Media Limited, an indigenous company founded by cultural enthusiasts.
 ~Femi Adepoju

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Wizkid Gets Double Nominations For 2022 Grammy Awards

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Grammy award-winning music star, Wizkid has earned two nominations for the 64th Grammy Awards.

On Tuesday, the Recording Academy announced the nominations for each of the 86 categories of the 2022 GRAMMYs scheduled for January 31, 2022 at the Microsoft Theater.

Wizkid bagged two nominations in the Best Global Music Performance and Best Global Music Album categories.

Wizkid’s hit collaboration with Tems, ‘Essence,’ got a nomination in the Best Global Music Performance while his fourth studio album, ‘Made in Lagos’ earned a nomination in the Best Global Music Album.

In 2021, Wizkid won his first Grammy award for his collaborative effort with Beyonce on the song, ‘Brown Skin Girl,’ off her 2019 album, The Lion King album.

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ThrillerbandZ Music Challenge Rejuvenate Liveband Music In Nigeria

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The ThrillerbandZ Music Challenge will be taking place at the National Theatre on Friday 17th December to 18th December. The primary objective of the LiveBand Challenge is to showcase an important aspect of our musical heritage for development into a viable Cultural product.

 

The initiative is to boost the composition of meaningful lyrics and lively songs, quality dance styles, stage appeal as well as excellent performances to delight music patrons even beyond the shores of Nigeria.

The 12 hours back to back music concert is put together by Evergreen Musical Company Ltd in Partnership with National Theatre.

Livebands play prominent roles in our day to day social activities ie weddings, burials, birthday, naming ceremonies, religious and Political conventions, etc.

 

Not less than 50 Livebands are expected to compete to showcase their musical appeal to thrill , pleasure and dazzle the audience and African music Aficionados in a relaxed environment with unique ambience , colourful lightnings, savory culinary delights and drinks.

 

This event which is no doubt a first of it’s kind event in Nigeria will overtime become a veritable platform that will help to boost authentic African music repertoire and tourism in Nigeria.

 

During the just Concluded Press Conference which held at the National Theatre Marquee the Lagos State Government represented by the amiable SA, Tourism, Art and Culture , Mr Solomon Bonu promised full Sponsorship support and commitment of the Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu’s administration for the event.

 

Some of the performers particularly amongst the youths showed their high hopes and expectations on the pleges made by the Babajide Olusola -Olu‘s administration through the SA, Tourism.

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According to Bimbo Esho the brain behind this initiative she said outstanding performers shall win laurels, fantastic cash prizes and musical instruments and many talents shall be exposed to the media and record labels.

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