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Artiste Wants Waiver On Musical Equipment

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Port Harcourt based hip hop artiste and CEO of 5 King Multimedia Studio, Old GRA, Port Harcourt, Mr Richmond Obinna McCarthy popularly known as MC Demokrat has called on the Federal Government to remove import duties on musical equipments to encourage upcoming artistes to procure modern ones.
The Ndoni, Rivers State born multi talented artiste in a recent interview with The Tide entertainment also called for the commercialization of Onne Port in the state to alleviate the problems faced by the Port Harcourt based artiste in procuring modern and standard music equipment, stressing that it would help in boosting the music industry in the state and make it more vibrant and competitive.
According to him, the Port Harcourt artistes are forced to travel to distant places like Lagos or Cotonou to buy the required equipment even as some have resorted to ordering on line with its attendant delays and exorbitant costs. He said the high cost of the equipment has led to poor quality productions due to he use of outdated instruments.
The CEO who studied Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST), and Civil Engineering at Linton University Malaysia, an affiliate of the university of East London said, “I abandoned my engineering profession for music because it is my childhood calling and my desire to be an artiste made me to invest in it, so far. I have over five albums to my credit, while 10 new albums are currently at their studio stages.”
The talented artiste who is into different genres of music such as Hip Hop, Afro hip hop, RnB, Gospel, dance hall, Ragga and Rap, said among his albums currently making waves in the  market, clubs, social events and airwaves include, my -cash my flow featuring Big heat and Maxy, Elevate your mind featuring-Vokulz, ‘your Body’ featuring Spontaneous Beatz, ‘We are Ready- Featuring Uchi Wali-et.c.
He also disclosed that his music studio 5 Kings multimedia has produced talented popular music stars such as Timaya, Terry G, Duncan Mighty, Ijaw boys
Stars, Late Mc loaf etc. He is also into music video production and coverages as well as training of budding artistes among others.
MC Demokrat noted that Rivers State is blessed with abundant talents in the music industry, but they are not encouraged. He therefore called on the state government to give financial and logistic support to the Performing Musicians Employers Association of Nigeria (PMAN) which he said is the umbrella body of all musicians in the state. He maintained that by so doing, the association could embark on talent hunt to discover hidden talents and groom them to stardom.
He noted that such stars will not only be self employed, but will bring glory to the state through their exploits in the industry like their indigenous predecessors in the entertainment industry.
The 5 King Multimedia boss thanked the State Governor, Chief (Barr) Ezenwo Nyesom Wike for creating an enabling environment for the growth of the music industry in the state. He however appealed for financial support, sponsorships and endorsement deals for the Port Harcourt based artistes to serve as incentive to bring back indigenous artistes who are based outside the state in search of greener pastures.
The hip-hop star disclosed that his role model in the music clan is an American-born hiphop and rap mega star, Late Notorious B.I.G while the Almighty God is his inspirator.

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Reno Omokri Writes Open Letter To BBNaija Enthusiasts

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Reno Omokri has written an open letter to BBNaija enthusiasts.
In his letter, the former presidential aide asked ardent followers of the reality TV show to campaign for their businesses as much as they campaign for housemates who do not know them.
His letter reads
‘’Dear #BBNaija enthusiasts,
You see how you campaign for that housemate? Good. Campaign for your success like that. Instead of selling a housemate you don’t know and who does not know you, to me, use that time and energy to sell a product you can profit from to me. Do not be afraid of business or think that it is wrong to make a profit. It is not wickedness for lions to kill and eat antelopes. It is life’s natural order. Don’t be sentimental in business. Set your price competitively. Make your profit. Don’t exploit customers. But dont cheat yourself. A lion that does not kill will itself be killed!’’

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A review Of Tiwa Savage’s Water & Garri EP

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Nigerian multiple award-winning artist Tiwa Savage returns with a brand new extended play “Water & Garri. This comes less than a year after the release of her critically acclaimed third studio album “Celia”.
Water & Garri, a five-track body of work features Grammy Awards winner and veteran rapper, Nas, singer Brandy, the Nigerian underground artist Rich King and Alte singer and soul music stunner, Tay Iwar.
Since her return to Nigeria in 2012, Tiwa Savage has raised the bar for female artists. She embodied the almost frowned on sex symbol attribute in the music industry, her music is filled with flirting words and expressions. No wonder when she called herself African bad gyal, no one disputed the assertion.
Garri is a staple food among Nigerians, water is used to take or make Garri. The title as used in this context refers to her mashed style and global collaboration. She sticks to her heartfelt style in the course of making this album.
Tiwa Savage infused Rnb/Soul with Afro-fusion. The end product is a 19 minutes run of music with themes detailing heartbreak, love, hard work, perseverance, etc.
Nas and Rich King were on the opening track “Work Fada”, the pensive and reflective song preaches hard work and perseverance with Nas almost going preachy in his thought-provoking verse.
The six minutes long track is the perfect opener to the avarde garde album, who opens an EP with this type of lengthy play? Only Tiwa Savage could do such, the theme is distinct and it’s a well-calculated risk.
In 2016, Tiwa Savage’s marriage with talent manager Teebliz hit the rock. Five years later, she seems set to speak her truth. She reveals a little on the Interlude on her last album—Celia. On Water & Garri, Tiwa Savage dedicates two tracks to that ugly incident.
Ade Ori is a soft-light take on past relationships/marriage. She is now independent while she is hopeful about future handling. The lyrics drip with pain and regretful lines.
Tale by Moonlight was a popular weekly storied program on national television. Tiwa Savage details her fairy tale love expectations on this soulful 90s house music. Even though she flirts and gushing about the guy, she is cautious. Amaarae’s whispery vocals compliment Tiwa Savage’s flirt takes.
Seven years ago, American artist Brandy visited Nigeria. At a press conference before her performance at Classic FM Valentine show, she revealed she loved Tiwa Savage’s vocals, she liked it to a 14-year-old. Unknown to her, Tiwa Savage considered the Grammy Winner her role model and one of the reasons she is into music.
When they finally collaborate on “Somebody’s Son”, it is a perfect blend of two songstresses.
They complement one another, Brandy even sings in Yoruba. This track is one of the up-tempo songs on the EP. Its production is filled with Drums and mellow strings. Somebody’s son retains the themes of Ade Ori: it pleads for reciprocal love.
Tay Iwar and Tiwa Savage jointly closed the EP with a rollercoaster of deep expressive expressions. The horn-filled disco makes it sounds like a potential track for a Friday night out.
Veteran producer Pharell Williams called this project a classic but the fans failed to realize his caveat of it not becoming commercially viable. Tiwa Savage is unbothered if her recent promotional talks are anything to go by.
Water & Garri explores Tiwa Savage Rnb/Soul forte with an infusion of Afro-fusion, the EP is a dart between hope and despair. The production is pristine, however, the songwriting is underwhelming.
The featured artists almost overshadowed her. Although it’s obvious that this project is destined for the international market, the collaborations could have been lesser.

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Wizkid Makes History As ‘Essence’ BeComes Most Shazam Song In US

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Nigerian singer, Wizkid has made history in the United States.
The Grammy award-winning superstar made the history with his hit single ‘Essence.’
The 31-year-old father of three registered his name on the book of musical history when ‘Essence’ was announced the most Shazam song in the United States of America.
Apple-owned Shazam, through its Instagram account, announced Wizkid’s ‘Essence’ as the most Shazamed song in the country.
The app, which is used to identify music and TV shows by listening to a short sample of their audio, posted a pictured Wizkid with the caption: ”Big Congrats to @wizkidayo!! #Essence is now the most Shazamed song in the United States.”

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