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The Town wears the Gown as AJOBIEWE Celebrates

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Sulaiman Ayilara (Ajobiewe)

It was a day to remember when the legendary Esa Oriki Orile Exponent visited one of Nigeria’s leading Universities, University of Lagos.   The hall was almost filled to capacity as students thronged in their numbers to await the grand entry of the Esa Oriki Orile Yoruba exponent Dr Sulaiman Ayilara popularly known as Ajobiewe.

 For many who have watched, read and written books about this enigma it was a great opportunity to see him live. The event which took place at the Creative Arts Department, University of Lagos had students, lecturers and people from different walks of life in attendance. Few minutes to the arrival of the great legendary act his music blared the air which resulted to serious anxiety amongst the participants of the award/workshop particularly the students of Creative Arts and Yoruba / Asian and African studies.

According to the convener of the event and founder of Evergreen Music Heritage Foundation Bimbo Esho she said the foundation is a cultural ambassador and harbinger of Nigeria/ Africa’s musical heritage dedicated to the continuous preservation, promotion and celebration of indigenous music and musicians. In her recitation she said the whole idea is to bring the town to wear the gown which invariably means to foster the relationship between the practitioners of Nigerian music and the academic environment to be able to encourage a healthier environment through music.

She is of the opinion that when students see many of the musicians they read about it stops being just a fairy tale but rather they will be encourage to do more  research into the life and music these  indigenous musicians  . She encouraged the students on the need to further their studies and research into ewi music.

For Ajobiewe words was not enough for him to express his appreciation for celebrating him and recognizing his contribution to Nigeria’s music. The legendary act who started reciting chants at the age of 7 years never attended the four walls of any primary, secondary or tertiary institutions. Little wonder the famous quote that says “Some men are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them.  For Ajobiewe he was born great no doubt and today deserving of a national award.

Bimbo Esho and Ajobiewe

 Ajobiewe mesmerized the audience with his ewi chants particularly Mr Femi Esho Chairman of Evergreen Musical Company who was also at the event. Ajobiewe used his chant to speak extensively about Esho’s ancestral root. In wonder Esho gazed nonstop at this enigma and couldn’t help it when he stood up to hug him.   Ajobiewe as part of his contribution to Yoruba Linguistic department donated a complete musical compendium of his works and biography to aid further study into his music.  Lectures were presented by two prominent academia’s. Professor Tunji Vidal a former dean of faculty of arts, University of Ife presented “Chant and Music in Yoruba Culture” where he recited different forms of chant in a call and response form which communicated well to the students who reciprocated in return. Also Professor Orimoogunje of Linguistist/Yoruba/Asian and African studies took the audience on a memory lane on the different forms of Ewi, Functions and its relevance in our present time.

It is to say the least that it wasn’t a great event as the climax of the event witnessed   Ajobiewe being presented an award by the chairman of Evergreen Musical Company, Mr Femi Esho for his contribution to Nigeria’s music.

Femi Esho, Ajobiewe Professor Orimoogunje and Bimbo Esho

Also in attendance were some music lecturers from the creative arts department ie Professor Stephen Olusoji  and Dr Pemi Oludare who moderated the workshop,  Professor Albert Oikelome,  Dr Lekan Alabi, Dr Saheed Bello, Dr Sheyi Kehinde, Professor Bisi Ademakinwa, Dr Mrs Florence Nweke, Dr Ezeagwu , Mr Seun Owoaje, all from department of music were also in attendance. Mr Tayo Ogunlade convener of Yoruba films and music fair, Mr Ayo Bankole one of Nigeria legendry pianist, etc.  Students of Igbobi Boys College were also in attendance. Few media house came to cover the event ie City People Entertainment,   Silverbird Television, NTA, Flip Tv, etc.

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THE VOICE NIGERIA HONOURS LATE SOUND SULTAN AS RACE FOR N10M, OTHER PRIZES ENTERS FINAL STAGE

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…As six vocalists battle for a chance to make the last four on The Voice Nigeria Season 3. Late legendary Nigerian rapper, singer and lyricist, Olanrewaju Abdul-Ganiu Fasasi popularly called Sound Sultan who passed on July 11 was honoured with a medley performance of his songs by the celebrity coaches and their talents as a glowing tribute in recognition and celebration of his contribution to the music industry. 

 

Sound Sultan, a highly influential but jovial and unassuming singer is renowned to have mentored many award-winning musicians and wrote many hit songs.

 

The grand finale of the Voice Nigeria Season 3 is billed for this weekend, with the top six talents seeking viewers and fans’ votes to win the N10m grand prize and other mouth-watering gifts.

 

Meanwhile, Episode 17 saw great vocalists Anu and Nuel Ayo exit the show while Naomi Mac, Esther, Dapo, Kitay, Kpee and Eazzie continued the race as the last six out of the 25 talents who scaled the

Auditions and started the contest.

 

Kitay in Team Yemi-Alade, Dapo and Naomi Mac in Team Falz, Eazzie in Team Waje with Esther and Kpee in Team Dare all survived by numerous votes from their fans.

 

The race to the finals of the Voice Nigeria season 3 continues to heat up as the six finalists gun for the N10 million cash, a car, and a record deal with Universal Music Nigeria.

 

During Episode 17 last weekend, the last six vocalists performed various songs and are hoping with their powerful performances to get maximum votes from fans for a chance to remain in the

competition.

 

Esther opened the weekly show with a beautiful performance of Beyonce’s Love on Top, then Dapo with Michael Bolton’s When A Man Loves A Woman, followed by Kitay with Marvin Gaye’s Sexual Healing.

 

Naomi Mac sang Brenda Fassie’s Vuli Ndlela, Kpee with Fireboy’s Vibration while a very emotional Eazzie closed out with I’m Not Telling You by Jennifer Holiday before Host, Nancy Isime announced that Season 4 will be coming soon.

 

Episode 18 which comes up this weekend will have only four talents perform and fight for the grand prize via the highest viewers votes while the two talents with the least votes are dropped.

 

To keep their favourite vocalists on the show, viewers have to dial *894*7*talent’s code#.

 

The voting code of your preferred contestant to win the competition is in the embedded Instagram post below:

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/CRjP3zwpOzJ/?utm_medium=copy_link

 

Voting, which opened on Saturday at 9:00 pm, closes at 11:59 pm on Thursday (today).

 

For over three months, with an electrifying mix of pulsating musical performances, music training, glamorous fashion and awesome entertainment, The Voice Nigeria 3 continues to dazzle to the very grand finale.

 

UN1TY Limited and Livespot360, producers of the global talents reality series, also emphasised that public voting has become very crucial at this final stage to keep participants on the voice Nigeria season 3, as sponsored by FirstBank, Baba Ijebu and Airtel.

 

Scores of vocalists have performed on the highly competitive musical TV reality series but dropped out going through the Auditions, Blinds, Knockouts, Battles and Live Show stages.

Whoever emerges as the winner will automatically make his or her coach the winning coach of the season. Waje, who has been part of the show since its inception, won the inaugural season.

 

Apart from versatile singers including Darey, Yemi Alade, Waje and Falz who doubled as both celebrity coaches and judges, Nancy Isime and Toke Makinwa, co-hosts of the show have added great colour to the third season.

 

The first season of The Voice Nigeria was broadcast on Africa Magic from April 10 to July 31, 2016.

Agharese Emokpae popularly known as A’rese, a 28-year-old stage actress, won the first season while Daniel Diongoli, professionally known as Idyl, won season 2.

 

The music reality TV show is designed to discover and promote talented singers to actualise their dreams of becoming international stars.

 

Lead show sponsor, First Bank in a statement by its Group Head, Marketing and Corporate Communications, Folake Ani-Mumuney, reiterated that The Voice Nigeria 3 is a Reality TV show designed to discover and promote talented singers to actualise their dreams of becoming international stars which aligns with First Bank’s commitment to providing a platform for nurturing

and showcasing talents and driving social cohesion.

 

The Financial giant added that its support for The Voice Nigeria 3 is a demonstration of First Bank’s commitment to contributing to the projected revenue of US$86m by 2021 from Nigeria’s music industry aimed at promoting a diversified economy in line with the Federal Government’s

diversification policy.

 

For more details on the show, do visit the Bank’s official website https://www.firstbanknigeria.com/the-voice-nigeria/

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Popular Gospel Singer, Kemi Adeyale To Hold 2-in- 1 Event

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Evangelist Kemi Adeyale and her glorious voices is one of the very few Nigerian born gospel singers making strong waves in diaspora. The band is based in United state of America.

 

The sonorous voice singer who is also a professional caterer is ready to set the city of Annapolis agog with his two in one event

 

The event, according to the humble singer of God is the launching of her new album titled ‘His Praise’ and her annual praise concert.

 

The epoch making event would hold on September 19th at 13711 old, Annapolis road, Bowie MD 20729.

 

Kemi Adeyale has been in entertainment world over a decade with many albums to her credit.

 

She however, enjoined all her fans to come out enmass to celebrate her on this special day.

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Entertainment Has Lost Mr Cool” Laface Laments Sound Sultan’s Demise

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One of the architects of what is today known as the New Age Nigeria entertainment industry, Tunde Oshinibusi popularly known as Laface, has lamented the death recently, of Lanre Fasasi aka Sound Sultan.

 

 

In a tribute to Sultan, by Laface and made available to ThePageNews,  Laface recounts his first meeting with the young, late talented singer,actor and Master Compere whom he described as a great asset to the industry.

 

Laface tribute is reproduced below unedited:
My first meeting with Lanre as I fondly call him was in the company of 2baba who had just left plantation boys with Faze and Black.

 

We met to discuss a planned gig,  I took a special liking to the multi talented instrumentalist which was quiet strange considering the simplicity of 2baba himself,that initial meeting brought us closer over the years, so when the opportunity came to be a major part of history and rebirth of todays naija music scene, he could not be ignored and he indeed stood up to be counted in that defining moment, Lanre was one of the few artistes I called to have a one on one with Clef which was then a taboo in Nigeria,back then International artists were seen as demi-gods who there Nigerian counterparts must never be allowed to relate with,they were just in Nigeria to perform and go, I did the unthinkable I broke the jinx.

 

Lanres one on one with Clef became a major catalyst for today’s success story.

 

This benevolent act signalled the birth of a great friendship between Clef a chart busting American act and the then young Sound Sultan which I believe lasted until he passed on.

 

In Lanre at the time Clef saw greatness in its raw form and a unique penchant for creativity and I remember him saying Damm Laface u sure this kid is Nigerian,at the first ever showcase nite of Nigerian artistes for Clef, he was blown away by Lanres composition, delivery and of course his instrumental dexterity he went on to do a track and video with Sound Sultan 2baba Faze and Ara the first of its kind to date by an International artists on tour of Nigeria, Lanre can easily be referred to as a great pioneer for today’s music culture, knowing Lanre his kind soul and over a decade long friendship with Clef must have impacted on a lot of aspiring and younger artistes.

 

We LOVE you Lanre but the Almighty Allah knows best, to his amiable and loving family I say the almighty God will grant you the fortitude to bear his monumental loss as Naija mourns our own Mr Cool

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