Single and Married Premieres
Come Friday, September 28, it will be a parade of stars as Ghanaian actress Yvonne Nelson brings her debut production, Single and Married to Nigeria. Directed by Pascal Amanfo, Single and Married will premiere at Silverbird Cinemas. Described by the actress as a no-holds-barred movie, Single and Married, she said, is loaded with excitement and movie enthusiasts should brace up for a thrilling experience when the movie finally hits the big screens later this month in Nigeria and Ghana.
The actress, who also clinched the Face of Ghana Best Actress 2011/2012, said the release of the movie in both countries will be preceded by a red carpet movie premiere which will be attended by Nollywood and Ghollywood stars alongside her fans and supporters who have been anticipating the release of the movie since production began. She said she was feeling very excited about the Nigerian premiere of the movie based on the acceptance she had received from corporate brands who are supporting her brand. In this vein, she thanked Corporate World Entertainment and Peekaboo Global Consulting who are packaging the premiere for her. She also expressed her gratitude to Blackwater Entertainment for powering the premiere which she said will an evening of Ghana meets Naija.
Among the lineup of cast in the movie are Yvonne Nelson herself, Chris Attoh, Nadia Buari, Afro neo-soul singer Efya, hip life rapper Tiffany, Kofi Adjorlolo, Kweku Elliot, Eddie Watson and Anita Erskine alongside Nigerian TV presenter turned actress Tana Adelana and a host of others.
The movie was produced by Media GH in partnership with Yvonne Nelson Productions. Among Nigerian artistes to be present at the premiere include Susan Peters, Nyanya, Don Jazzy and a host of others. Single and Married is told in a narrative form, with Anita Erskine as the narrator while Yvonne, Nadia and Chris play the lead. The movie centres on the drama, the intrigue and the dirty little secrets of three male friends, their sex lives, being single or married and all the in-betweens.
LAGOS will be on lock down this Independence as Opa Williams’ Nite of A Thousand Laughs Xtra is poised to make this season of national celebration a memorable one as always. So, come Monday, October 1 at the MUSON Centre, Onikan-Lagos, this year’s Nite of A Thousand Laughs Xtra will rock Lagos to her foundation. To make this happen, comedians from Nigeria and across Africa are set for the performances as of their lives. Leading the trio from across Africa is Eric Omondi, the hottest comedian from Kenya with Patrick Salvador from Uganda and Cotilda from Zambia alongside. Seasoned comic act, Okey Bakassi is ‘captain’ of the Nigerian side with top ‘players’ such as Bovi, Funny Bone and Akpororo.
Lagosians will have a rare opportunity of seeing legendary pop star Mike Okri perform after about a decade’s sojourn in the United States. Afro hip hop stars Brymo and Omawumi are also billed to perform that evening. “Lagos edition of Nite of A Thousand Laughs Xtra is always something different because this is where we started the whole thing from in 1995 and as part of appreciation to the Lagos crowd that has kept us going for this 16 years, we always go out of our way to reward them with prizes and special performances every October 1. This year which marks Nigeria’s 52 Independence celebrations won’t be different because aside the artistes on the bill, we have surprise packages for Lagosians. You know Nite of A Thousand Laughs Xtra is a night we ensure that audience members must laugh a thousand times and more, so there will be a surprise appearance by a magician and lots of young artistes waiting on the wing to take the nation’s music industry by storm. Up and coming comedians will first set the right mood for an explosive evening,” comedy merchant Opa Williams, C.E.O of Virgin Leisure Organisation, organizers of the yearly show said in a statement signed by his media company, Media Image Managers, MIM.
Lanre Fasasi otherwise known as Sound Sultan celebrated his 12 years on stage amid pomp and pageantry last Saturday at the Harbour Point, Wilmot Road, Victoria Island, Lagos. The roll call of guests who graced his anniversary celebration undoubtedly suggests his clout in the industry. Sound Sultan successfully dragged other heavy weights like Femi Kuti, Tuface, MI, Adewale Ayuba, Tiwa Savage, Baba Dee, Dr. Sid all of whom he sang with. DJ Jimmy Jatt was on the wheels of steel. It was also a platform for some budding singers to engage the excited audience and was interjected by Sound Sultan’s pantomime with a dance group called Crowne Troupe.
Better times are here for The Headies as one of Nigeria’s best; Femi Anikulapo Kuti has declared his intent to be part of this year’s awards. The Grammy Award nominee is identifying with this season of Nigeria’s most prestigious music award, in fact, the vastly talented musician is getting an award. This is the first time Femi Kuti will be decorated with such honour in Nigeria and the self-styled entertainer is already feeling fly about it. And for the executive producer, Ayo Animashaun, it’s still going to be many sleepless nights to see that the show scheduled to hold on October 20 is the best ever.
Gaga Crazy singer, Chuddy K dropped a new single, Brazilian Hair a few days ago. The sophomore has all the street condiments to be a banging club number and party choice, but the lyrics which has a fusion of his fast-paced chorus and rested Mokassa tunes makes little or no sense at all. He’s probably following the footstep of TerryG who believes that what it takes to rock is neither excellent lyrics nor velvet voice. The beats will provoke a lasting dance, but it’s nothing to place beside his reverberating debut.
Tunde and Wunmi
The singing pair, Tunde and Wunmi Obe, T.W.O. has added to their estates. The mansion which sits atop two plots of land in Alausa, Ikeja is completed with some other detached units. One of the detached facilities in the estate is to accommodate a state-of-the-art studio that is currently taking shape. We have it on good authority that the celebrity couple will relocate there before next Valentine with their family and continue their music enterprise in the facility they are equipping with some of the most sophisticated gadgets money can buy around the world, but would like to keep this away from the media for now.
Innocent Idibia, popularly known as 2face, one of Nigeria’s finest vocalists and music exports turned 37 last Tuesday, but he chose not to roll out the drums. Understandably, the African Queen singer desires a party only when he’s 40. But many fans and friends ganged up to make what he wanted ‘low-key’ a loud affair. His fans as well as the management of his new club, Rumours situated in Ikeja GRA put together an eventful party to celebrate him and his milestones.
Backlash of a failed marriage
Discussing this would have been belated but for the tweet on Michael Collins, a.k.a. Don Jazzy’s page on September 17 evoking a sober reflection of ‘how the mighty fell’. The tweets were praise songs for Da Prince, Wande Coal and D’banj, all from the defunct MoHits record, but it wouldn’t take a second eye to know that Don Jazzy was echoing his regrets. The D’banj version of the tweet reads; “Kudos to my brother D’banj for without him, the production skills I gathered from JJC might be a waste.” If he were a don as being called, he should know by now that it’s too late to cry over spilled milk. Running murderously amok over at this stage of the fiasco to massage Dapo Oyebanji’s ego will amount to a rat race. If D’banj was honest in the rare interview he granted Adekunle Ayeni of NET sometime in April, where he described the union between him and Don Jazzy as a marriage, then Don Jazzy practically called for the divorce. When a spouse moves for a divorce, he or she no longer wastes time eulogizing the other when the chips are down, except of course in the case of regrets. Don Jazzy was that one man who went as far as browbeating photojournalists who wanted to do a shoot on him at pubs, no thanks to his overzealous aides who made that possible. He had become a thin god that D’banj made him in exchange for the tuneful beats he skillfully churned out and still would not be content with the ceremonial figure head he was. Like a mayor who later starts asking for the moon’s loyalty; he’s now so humbled that he drives self to media houses for interviews, how time and circumstance change people! From all indications, the Don can no longer exert a viselike grip on his MAVIN boys the way he did before things fell apart. And now that Don Jazzy has become a free meal interview for every Dick, Tom and Harry, wouldn’t he rather revert to his old identity? Let him answer, simply Michael, at least in the mean time, now that he’s a Don over nobody. And Dbanj, the power house of a failed marriage who has since moved on with his tall dream of being “Africa’s biggest entertainer, not musician” by the measure of influence and affluence should also not blink from his focus; Nigerians don’t have the leniency to wait for a straying stars. D’banj had better get his arithmetic right with the Universal/Def Jam Africa deal or the business man in him looks towards other enterprise.
JAYWON duets with flavour
Kennis Music artiste, Oluwajuwonlo Edahi a.k.a. Jaywon is bracing his game. The songster in his mid twenties has recently concluded a duet with rave of the moment, Chinedu Okoli popularly known as Flavour in a song titled, Afuruginaya. This tuneful melody is gradually enjoying airplay and with the fine blend of R&B.