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Former Rivers PMAN Boss Pays Tribute To Sound Sultan

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Former Chairman of Performing Musicians Employers Association of Nigeria (PMAN), Rivers State chapter, Mr Robin Maja (The Farms) has paid tribute to late singer and song writer, Olanrewaju Fasasi, popularly known as Sound Sultan who died recently in America as a result of throat cancer.
   Robin Mama, who spoke with The Tide recently described Sound Sultan as one of the pace setters of modern hiphop music in Nigeria. He noted that Sound Sultan’s demise had left a big vacuum in the Nigerian music industry. He stated that Sound Sultan was a talented, resourceful and enterprising musician, who had contributed immensely to the growth and development of the Nigerian music industry.
    The former PMAN boss prayed God to give the late singer eternal rest as he prayed God to grant Sound Sultan’s family the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss.
  Sound Sultan, born Olanrewaju Fasasi, was a Nigerian rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, comedian and recording artiste. He was regarded as one of the pace setters of modern hiphop music in Nigeria. In 1991 he had taken an interest in music, mining at school parties and writing his own lyrics. He attributed his early stage experience through Baba Dee qe he started learning how to play the guitar after his secondary education and was in a band in 1999.
     Sound Sultan’s career in showbiz started in the 1990s when he hosted show to raise money for studio sessions, by 1999 he had won numerous local talent hunt shows. He released his first single “Jagbajantis” in 2000 which was a hit in Nigeria. After independently releasing other works he was signed by Kennis Music. He released four album. By 2007 his contract with the label expired and he partnered with Baba Dee to start Naija Ninjas, a parent organisation for a record label production, outfit and clothing line.
    After starting as a rapper, he has worked in different musical genres from RnB to Afrobeat, Soul and Nigerian Fuji music. He had said artistes should not be judged on the genre in which they perform, that the important thing was the message conveyed in the music. Under Naija Ninjas he released ‘Back From The Future’ (2010) and signed artistes such as Karma Da Rapper Young Greya Shawn and Black’s.
    Sound Sultan began a working relation slip with Wyclef Jean when featured alongside 2face Idibia and Faze on proud to be African from Wyclef’s welcome to Haiti Creole 101 album. They have collaborated on two other projects, King of my Country (2009) and People Bad (2012).
  In 2012, it was announced that Sound Sultan was made a UN Ambassador for Peace for his exemplary life style and career. In 2015, Sound Sultan released the rap single, ‘Remember’, after a long absence from the music scene.
   After a fallout of African Basketball league, Sound Sultan joined forces with the organisers of the continental Basketball league to become a team owner of Lagos City Stars, the 2017 champions and a facilitator of the league entertainment. Sound Sultan featured on the Honorebels 2019 single ‘Bridal’, with Joe EL.

By: Jacob Obinna

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Alliance Française Organises Exhibition For Students

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The Alliance Française, Port Harcourt has organized an exhibition programme tagged ‘The Endless World’ to mark the 2024 World Environment Day held at its Premises at Herbert Macaulay Street, Amadi Flat, Old GRA.

The Director, Alliance Française, Mrs Marina Lacal who disclosed recently said that the exhibition tour was part of activities mapped out to mark the ‘Day’.

According to her, the initiative was made possible by the *Embassy of France to Nigeria, a major sponsor of the initiative and Institut Français Paris, which provides the exhibition to its network to raise public awareness of the challenges of ecological transition.

She stated that the Exhibition “The Endless World,” is an Educational Visual Adaptation adapted from the graphic novel “Le Monde sans fin” by Jean-Marc Jancovici and Christophe Blain (over 800,000 copies sold in France in 2022), the exhibition illustrates the in-depth dialogue between the two authors. Jean-Marc Jancovici, as the guide, and Christophe Blain, in the role of the innocent, explore themes of energy: its historical use, the rise of fossil fuels, and humanity’s impact on the environment, particularly the climate. This exhibition calls for action by addressing essential questions such as non-carbon energy, food, transportation, and urban planning, while proposing concrete solutions.

She noted that in line with this year’s UN theme, ‘Generation Restoration’, about 165 students, ranging from wards from 6 primary schools in Port Harcourt, as well as students from the French department of both the University of PortHarcourt and those from the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education participated in the exhibition tour.

The UN theme, this year, ‘Generation Restoration’, is based on the premise that while we cannot turn back time, we are the generation capable of restoring our relationship with the Earth, saying that the exhibition offers a selection of content that illustrates and questions the major issues of the environmental crisis, while providing avenues for solutions to reduce our impact.Activities and Target Audience.

The Alliance Director, further said that the programme which is educational was aimed at creating awareness, foster connectivity of cultural propagation and proffer solutions to climate crisis affecting the earth with French Language.

“The Alliance Française, Port Harcourt has planned guided tours and mediations around the proposed solutions, aimed at primary and secondary school students, French department students, and learners at the Alliance. The goal is to raise awareness among the generation that will be active tomorrow. About 165 youths already booked their tour of the exhibition. An Educational and Cultural Opportunity The exhibition, provided by the Institut Français, is a boon for the Alliance Française. It fits into its cultural projects and idea debates, which aim to reconcile cultural dissemination with the learning of the French language,” she explained

“The Endless World” combines the aesthetics of a French comic book with the expertise of two ecological figures, offering a unique opportunity to work on vocabulary related to eology.Ecological and Sustainable Solutions,” she said.

The Tide reports that the exhibition was printed on flexible PVC banners, a material that is both durable and lightweighted. Also, to avoid waste production, accessories such as bags, pouches, and keychains were made from these banners and distributed to participants. These accessories will also be used by the Alliance Française teachers for their professional needs. Seats were made for permanent installation at the Alliance. Additionally, the exhibition was mounted on wooden panels, thus reducing its ecological impact.

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Kizz Daniel Set To Drop Two  New Singles

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After kicking off 2024 on a strong note, Kizz Daniel is set to continue his fine form with the release of two new singles titled ‘Double’ and ‘Baby Sha’.
Kizz Daniel made this revelation on Tuesday, May 28, 2024, in a post of him and his wife in what seems like a video shoot for the new single ‘Baby Sha’.
The new singles were expected to be released yesterday, May 2024, and they will come off the back of the release of his hit-filled EP ‘Thankz Alot’.
Kizz Daniel has been in fine form in 2024 first releasing the Davido-assisted remix of his hit single ‘Twe Twe’ before sharing a 4 track EP that packed the hits ‘Showa’, ‘Too Busy To Be Bae,’ and ‘Sonner’.
The  Tide Entertainment reports that the award-winning sensation recently marked a high point in his career after a sold-out show at the OVO Wembley Arena in the UK where over 10,000 fans filled up the hall to see him perform his hit single.
Since revealing his marital status, Kizz Daniel’s wife has been a recurring figure in his promotional videos on social media.
Kizz Daniel’s new singles can be expected to convey the groovy signature that combines Indigenous elements with pop music and relatable writing that makes him a brilliant songwriter.

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‘I Was Told Playing Talking Drum Might Prevent Me From Having Kids-Ara The Drummer

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Famous talking drummer and the cultural ambassador of the Ooni of Ife, Aralola Olamuyiwa, simply known as Ara, has recalled how people tried to discourage her from playing the talking drum.
Ara, who is Africa’s first female talking drummer, disclosed that she was told that playing the talking drum might prevent her from having children but she broke the jinx.
”There are some drums females cannot play. I started with the traditional drums. But I evolved over the years. I played different instruments like bass guitar, keyboard, and set drums.
“But I wanted something different, so I started learning how to play the talking drum. People I asked to teach me were skeptical about teaching me because I am a woman. So I am self-taught.
“Although at some point, I was afraid. I was like, ‘what could happen to me?’ They were like, ‘you might not be able to have kids.’ It’s a traditional thing but I broke that jinx,” she said.

 

 

 

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