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tz Tiffany ‘Fake London Boy’ music video Tags: Music Ghana tz Tiffany Artists Female artists African Hip-Hop
Itz Tiffany, Ghana hottest rap artist has decided to release a video for her all time hit tune-Fake London Boy…Though the song is old and may not be currently enjoying huge air play, I think the quality of the video and its relevance to the tune will rejuvenate things for the song.

I am not sure why it took years for a video to come out but I think I love it…Good work Itz Tiffany!
 

Reggae Star Alpha Blondy: Deep Spiritual Connection to Israel Tags: Alpha Blondy Ivory Coast Music Artists Famous Africans Celebrity
With album and song titles like Jerusalem, Elohim, “Yitzhak Rabin” and Masada, it’s clear that African reggae artist Alpha Blondy has got Israel on his mind. Known as the “Bob Marley of Africa,” the Ivory Coast native has been enamored with Israel since visiting the country for the first time in 1985.

“I was welcomed like an old friend – I got to visit Jerusalem and Masada, and it touched my heart,” said the 58-year-old African rasta from his home in Abidjan last week.
 
A staunch supporter of world unity, Blondy became one of reggae’s most prolific artists in the 1980s and 1990s with Jah-centered anthems promoting morality, love, peace and social consciousness. Appearing with his world class band Solar System, Blondy sings mostly in his native language of Dioula, but also in French, English and sometimes even in Arabic and Hebrew.
 
An album he released the same year as that visit to Israel was emphatically titled Apartheid is Nazism, but Blondy insisted that the subject was referring strictly to South Africa.
 
“I’ve never felt any apartheid in Israel,” he said. “I’m not a politician and I don’t let politics take over my impression of things I see. Politicians have their way of seeing things and me, as an artist and a citizen of the world, have my own vision.”
 
Blondy truly does feel like a citizen of the world. Born a member of the Jula tribe in Dimbokoro and named Seydou Kone, after his grandfather, he was raised by his grandmother but spent much of his later childhood in Liberia and in New York.
 
“I was lucky to be raised by my grandmother, she gave me lots of love and spiritual direction that has helped me all the way through my life,” he said.
 
Music also provided a direction for Blondy, first the African folklore music he was exposed to, then Western rock and soul, and finally reggae, especially the roots music of reggae pioneer Burning Spear.
 
“The first live concert I ever saw was Burning Spear in Central Park – I was captivated by his voice, which was similar to African singers from the villages I grew up near,” he said. “I was also moved by the emotion that carried in his voice. I identified with his Patois [Jamaican dialect] phrasing – even though it was in English it sounded to me like African dialect.”
 
For Blondy, African reggae is a natural blend, since according to him, the music originated there before being transported to Jamaica.
 
“Reggae originally came from Africa. Before they were Jamaicans, they were Africans,” he said. “We have a proverb – ‘A piece of wood in the water will never turn out to be a crocodile’ – which means that even though Africans left to go to the islands like Jamaica or the Caribbean, those guys remain African.
 
So for me, I chose reggae music because it was a part of my African culture.”
 
Blondy studied English at New York’s Hunter College, and began performing with bands outside in Central Park and in Harlem clubs. However, various scrapes with the law forced him to return to the Ivory Coast, where in 1982, he recorded his first album, Jah Glory, which featured a song about police harassment called “Brigadier Sabari” which became a symbol of civil disobedience in the Ivory Coast.
 
By 1984, his name was spreading across Europe, and his second album Cocody Rock was recorded in Jamaica with Bob Marley’s backup band. By the time his 1987 album Revolution was released, Blondy was considered one of reggae’s top attractions, and the spate of albums that followed in the subsequent years only added to his reputation.
 
A bout with depression and a stay in a psychiatric hospital curtailed Blondy’s career in 1993 and 1994, but he rebounded with the spiritual album Dieu and tracks like “Heal Me” which dealt with his illness and recovery. Celebrating 20 years as a recording artist in 2002, he released Merci, which was nominated for a Best Reggae Album Grammy. But despite the accolades, Blondy said his main focus was to bring people of different religions together via his music.
 
“It’s a difficult task, but one that needs to be attempted,” he said. “My vision is simple – religion divides people but God brings us together. So I have decided I don’t want to put any label on my faith. If people ask me which religion I am, I always answer ‘God.’” 
 
Blondy, who will be headlining the Zion Reggae Fest which is taking place on August 28 in Jerusalem’s Sacher Park along with Jamaican artist Barrington Levy, and local hip hop-reggae band Hatikva 6 and Shabak Samech, said that Israel is among the places he receives the most inspiration.
 
He still fondly recalls during his last visit meeting Dalia Rabin-Pelossof, the daughter of slain prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and receiving a personal tour of the Rabin Museum in Ramat Aviv. The visit ended up as the inspiration for the song which bears Rabin’s name.
 
“Singing is my way of encouraging peace, and of giving tribute to all the people who gave their lives in the name of peace – because peace is prime for me,” he said. “That’s the reason I wrote the song for Rabin, because he deserved it. At least he tried to bring peace.”
 
Blondy, who will be accompanied on his visit here not only by his band but by his wife and four of his children (including a 13- month-old boy), said that he’s looking forward to reintroducing himself to Israeli culture and hearing the Israeli version of reggae.
 
And of course, to get the outdoor audience in Sacher Park on their feet.
 
“My band and I are ready to give the very best of ourselves to Israel. We’re honored to have been invited to the festival, and we won’t disappoint. Shalom and l’hitraot.”
 
Source: jpost.
P Square and May D part ways: Chop My Money Palaver Tags: P-Square Music News May D Nigeria News Artists
It is no longer news that the once beautiful romance that glowed between pop artiste May D and  his supposed record label, Square Records and Northside Entertainment has since dimmed. What is new to the affair is the way and manner the relationship ended.

Weekend Groove  gathered authoritatively that the deal turned sour because his record company could not meet with his demands.
 
 
 
According to insiders, May D whose relationship with his record company was without a legal contract refused to sign when he  was presented with one because his demands were considered outrageous by Mr Jude Engees Okoye.
 
“May D who virtually lives with P-Square and drives a car courtesy of his record company had as part of his demands asked for a brand new car. In addition, he insisted that he be given a different accommodation.
 
An enraged Jude queried his demands insisting that the company had spent more than N10 million on the debutante artiste whose rise to fame came on the heel of his collaboration with P-Square and Akon on the track “Chop My Money”.
 
Unwilling to reason with his management May D whom sources said never had a contract with his record company was immediately dropped and asked to stop parading himself as an artiste on the label. Earlier in the week, Weekend Groove’s interest was heightened in the unfolding drama after a press statement allegedly issued by Jude Okoye on behalf of Square Records, stating that the label has parted ways with May D.
 
I, JUDE ‘ENGEES’ OKOYE of Square Records Limited and Northside Entertainment Limited hereby announces to the general public that Mr. Akinmayokun Awodumila, otherwise known as MAY D is no longer an artiste under the aforementioned outfits due to irreconcilable differences.
 
We at Northside and Square records wish him all the best in his career and life. Further investigation into the matter revealed that although Jude may have issued out the statement however, Psquare’s publicist and even May D seem to be in the dark as touching the matter, as phone calls made to both parties prove they are not in the know of it.
 
However, a source close to May D himself revealed that since the deal was struck with the label, May D isn’t happy with his deal with Square Records. According to our source, Square Records hasn’t been doing much to promote May D’s career.
 
Reacting to the story making the round that his relationship with Square Records has gone sour, May D simply said “I don’t know what they are talking about. You know I don’t stay in their house so how I’m I meant to know this?”.
 
A graduate of the University of Lagos, May D joined Psquare’s Square Records in 2011. He featured in two singles from P-Square’s fifth album, Invasion, one of which is Chop-Chop.
 
Square Records has also shot two videos for May D – Soundtrack and Ile Ijo, both directed by Clarence Peters.
 
Source: vanguardngr

 

Meets Timaya's New Family - Baby And Baby Mama Tags: Timaya Musicians Artists Celebrity News Nigeria News
Pop singer Timaya welcomed his first child – a baby girl in May 2012n but the identity of his baby mama has remained a secret. Well now there’s a photo for you to check out.

NET learns that the lady who stole Timaya’s heart is Barbara, a singer and budding actress. The dark skinned lady, who is in her 20s, is believed to have met Timaya in 2010.

 
Fans of the ‘Dem Mama Soldier’ boss might be disappointed to know that there won’t be any wedding bells ringing soon, as Timaya says he’s not considering marriage for now. ‘I wanted to have a baby by Barbara because she is my kind of woman; the kind of woman I’d like to spend the rest of my life with and this was why I decided from the outset that I’d go the whole hog with her. But she knows that marriage is not something we will dabble into now’, Timaya told E-Punch a few days after Barbara gave birth.
 
However, he is focused on catering for their needs. Timaya (whose’s real name is Enetimi Odom) named his daughter Emmanuella Perere Timaya. ‘I’m building my own dynasty which is why my baby and the other ones that would come after her would bear Timaya as their surname, not Odom’ he explains.
 
‘Marriage comes with a lot of responsibilities which are beyond financial or material things. God has blessed me with everything a man needs to have a successful married life and you can bet that Emmanuella and Barbara will get the best of everything money can buy, but personally, I don’t feel ready for it‘.
 
Reports say Timaya put Barbara and Emmanuella in an apartment in the heart of Ikeja, and bought her a GL Fomatic 450 Benz, valued at about N13m.
 
Since breaking up with former lover Empress Njamah, Timaya has managed to stay out of controvers – He recently released his fourth album ‘Upgrade,’ cut his hair, and is said to be busy performing at high-paid shows.
 
‘The music industry is growing bigger by the day and very soon, indolent artistes would be swept to the background. I don’t want to be a yesterday star; neither do I want to end up being a fleeting star, I want to continue being relevant. That is why I am putting my everything into music and God is blessing the work of my hands‘ Timaya says.
 
 
Source: thenetng
P Square's Mom is Dead Tags: P Square Music News Nigeria Music Famous Africans Artists Male Artists Nigeria News
Mother of famous pop singing duo P Square, Mrs Josephine Okoye is dead. Mrs Okoye was reportedly flown to India  a few months ago after her earlier admission at St Nicholas Hospital, Yaba, Lagos, for  an undisclosed illness.

It would be recalled that Mrs Okoye was in support of her sons’ career and was also a huge pillar to their success while she was alive. Her last public appearance at her children’s performance was at the Psquare Invasion concert in August 2011. She was a Christian minister before her death.
 
 
Source: vanguardngr
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