Ambrose Campbell lifted the lid on his life and music in this memorable discussion with five devotees of his music and personae. An enigma up to his death, this as well might have been his last known interview.
On Sunday 24th October 2004, five men who are as diverse in background as professional orientation travelled to Plymouth on the south coast of England, bound by a theme: their consummate love of music. Especially, music of a rare gem as in Ambrose Oladipupo Adekoya Campbell. Armed with a mini-disk recorder, a digi-cam and an unbounded enthusiasm to share the elder’s knowledge, little did they realize that it would be the last formal chitchat that Papa would share with kindred from his musical family. They all met with the trademark Campbell conviviality and shared in an evening of fun, taken on a trip back in time. The ensuing encounter of that blustery day in 2004 would remain more than just an interview; it is an insight into the life and times of the man described as part of the story of Soho in the 1950s. Beloved by London’s jazz community, including saxophonists Tubby Hayes and Ronnie Scott, his acknowledgment as a cultural figure traverses an astounding assortment of fans including the playwright George Bernard Shaw.
Shaw, despite being famously vegetarian, reportedly had chicken cooked for ‘Les Ballets Negres’, Britain’s first black ballet company formed in 1946 and in which Campbell prominently featured. Back home, many musicians also tapped into Campbell’s musical inventiveness.
And despite that scores of Nigerian musicians are proud beneficiaries of his rare gift, it is astonishing that none of these artistes gave Ambrose Campbell credits for his works copied in either the lyrical or inspirational form. This much was acknowledged by the genial man of music himself.
Ambrose Campbell, the octogenarian musician who bestrode the 50’s musical terrain in the United Kingdom like a colossus was born in Lagos on August 19 1919 and passed away in the UK on 22 June 2006. He was survived by two daughters and three sons.
What you are about to read is a condensed extract from the over two hours of interview conducted with Ambrose Campbell in Plymouth. It bears largely the mark of philosophical reflections of a soft-spoken man of great dignity.
Q: Tell us about your music and the underlying philosophy
A:There is not much one can say than to thank God, that me at 86, I still have music that a young man like you appreciates. That shows you that somehow, good things last. Music is a universal language and it’s a thing which is very close to man. The heartbeat of a child right from his mother’s womb is his first connection to beats, and to music. I hope that one day, in the nearest future I’ll be able to tell my story in full because, if anybody had told me that I will become what I became, I would not have believed it, it was pure determination.
I was born into a very prominent family but I was warned not to disclose my background to the public because, mine was a family of judges, and one of them may have passed judgments that were unfavourable to some people, and if they could not get at you, they might want to go after the children. So I was warned to guide my background. I was also warned not to go after money as if it was the end to life. That’s why I’ve lived this long because if I was after money, I’d have long destroyed myself. I’d have been so pompous and big headed. But then, I love women. Always give your best to whatever you do and whatever you sincerely believe in. Don’t give up, you’ll surely get there.
I made a decision in life to play the kind of music I’m playing today, not for anybody but because it was what I felt deep inside that I wanted to do. Every instrument I play is what I feel, and it comes from the inside but, the only thing I haven’t got the chance to do is to really put together the kind of band of musicians I would have loved to assemble, to express what I feel. If I could do this then, I would have been fulfilled.
Music is a thing that tells you to speak as you see it and, as you feel it. Children are just like that. They talk as they feel but, we should be able to control what we feel.
Poison scare: God will Expose Wicked People Around Me- Davido
Multiple award-winning Nigerian singer, Davido, has taken to his verified Twitter account with over nine million followers to state that God will expose any “wickedness” around him.
In his tweet, the iconic singer wrote, “God will expose and deal with any wickedness around me; near or far, Amen. I’m blessed.”
His tweet comes shortly after a video snippet surfaced online where a cleric claimed that he had a revelation the pop star would be poisoned by someone living under his roof.
“I told you about one singer, Davido. They will poison him; I don’t know him and I have never seen him in my life. They will put something in his drink; he will be rushed to the hospital, will be admitted, and unconscious. The person that will poison him is sleeping in his house,” the cleric said.
More so, the singer’s former personal assistant, Aloma, in a recent interview, revealed that in 2017, he was offered N100m by someone in the music industry to implicate Davido in the death of his friend, Tagbo.
Aloma said, “When we were at the Police station, Lion Building, they took me to a room and said that I am a ‘fall man’. Beware of this music industry, everyone is trying their best to pull David down.
“They told me to write a statement which will state that David killed Tagbo. They gave me a cheque of N100m just for me to write that David killed Tagbo.”
Actor, Donyayo Dumps Etisalat Lucrative Job, Plans Double Movie Release
Adeyemo Adeyemi aka DONYAYO, a Nollywood Actor, was born in 1981 Oct 31st into a family of 5..four boys and a girl.
Yayo Who is from the Brown roof city of Ibadan, the political capital of the Yorubaland,attended Ikolaba Grammar School and passed through The Poly Ibadan and Later graduated from the University Of Ilorin.
Well traveled, Adeyemi has visited a lot of countries in Africa and outside Africa of the continent. Donyayo, started his art career in 2004 and produced his first Movie in 2005. He has since then produced many other movies.
Among them ALE EREBE ,OMO KAMPUS, OPA ORO, BACHELOR’S EVE, SCHOOL LIFE with his latests awaiting release :DONYAYO and DRAMA which features saidi balogun, shola kosoko, rotimi salami, bukola awoyemi, bose akinola, ayoola Benedict and tunde odejimi. The movies are directed by BEN O BEN..
A dedicated and focused worker, Yayo once worked with Etisalat, now 9mobile. in his quest and passion for entertainment he dropped his white collar Job with the telecommunications outlet, for car selling business.
LAGOS CLUB CUP SEASON 3 ENTERTAINERS, HOSPITALITY OWNERS PLAY FOR PEACE IN LAGOS.
Entertainment Celebrities and Hospitality Business Owners are set to kick off the 3rd Edition of the annual Lagos Club Cup (LCC), which will hold between Sunday 13th & Monday 14th of June 2021.
The football competition, which is in its third year, is aimed at promoting social interaction through grassroot football in the country.
This year’s edition tagged #FootballForPeace, will see Entertainers and hospitality companies ranging from different night clubs, lounges & Bars in Lagos gather at the Landmark Beach Football Arena in Victoria Island for a novelty match against Entertainment Celebrities in both male and female categories.
Speaking ahead of the event, Project Manager and Lead Consultant at 5Stars Football Consultancy, Olumide Aturu explained that this year’s edition is aimed at lending voices towards peace advocacy for the country amid the violence, insecurity and social injustice.
According to Aturu, “Considering the whole unrest and other vices in the country, this year’s edition is tagged #FootballForPeace, because we intend to create awareness about the role of Nigerian Youths in becoming lead advocates for Peace and not Violence in the country”.
Notable Stars including Ex-BBNaija & Supersport Analysts, Ozo, Neo, Jimmy, YoungJohn, Naira Marley, WofaiFada, Beverly Osu, Pearl Hart and popular Instagram and YouTube comedians like Josh2Funny, BelloKreb, Amadi Man will feature in the match, which will have English FA Cup Winner, John Fashanu & Ace footballer Odion Ighalo in attendance.
Beer barn won the inaugural edition of the Lagos Club Cup in 2019 after beating Quilox in the finals, before they were dethroned by current holders, Czars lounge who won the last edition.
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