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LAMI  releases NEW SINGLE, but you

Popular Neo-Soul and Afro-pop singer, Lami Phillips is out with her latest single, But You. This is the third single, a spin off the sophomore album of the UN Ambassador titled ‘Pieces of Love’. She had previously released ‘Ori Mi Wu’ featuring Ice Prince and ‘Titi Laelae’. The two songs received considerable airplay on radio as well as massive downloads on the internet.

Lami, known for her stage presence and strong live performances has not failed to push on her creative piece when it comes to what she knows how to do best. Being naturally inclined to RnB, Soul and Jazz, from an early age, the diva has strategically branded her style of music.

The new single, But You is a well crafted melodious love song with well arranged strings and horns accompanying Lami’s smooth vocal delivery. Produced by MOBO Awards nominee producer, Femi Tones, the song requires no second listening through before worming its way into the heart and bringing out the hidden emotions of even the most cynical pundit. With this new single, many couples will definitely fall in love again.

On her new single, Lami said she wants to help people to believe more in love. “With this new single (as with the first two), I’m hoping I can help people regain their faith in love. There are way too many sad stories and many people have stopped believing in love. I’m hoping in my little way I can change that. My sophomore album is titled ‘Pieces of Love’. I’m exploring the different facets of love. The getting to know you phase; falling in love; heartbreak; finding the one, etc. I’m working with FemTones for now but over the next few months, my team and I might be exploring other creative options”.

Lami’s love for working with live bands has also distinguished her from her female counterparts in the industry. Selected alongside 2Face and Soundsultan as an Oxfam ambassador, the Chicago born singer cum songwriter has almost effortlessly earned the admiration of music enthusiasts.

Her debut album, Intuition with fourteen tracks which featured MI and eLDee has beautifully mapped out for her a strong lead in the music world. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Seal and Sade, her fans will definitely be thrilled with this new single and her sophomore album billed for 2013.

 
CHEERS FOR SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR AT CARNIRIV

The city of Port Harcourt became strangely enlivened on Sunday, 9th December as the South African Gospel Music Sensation, the Soweto Gospel Mass Choir thrilled residents and visitors of the state with spirit-lifting songs during the CARNIRIV Praise Jam organised as part of this year’s edition of the River State Carnival, CARNIRIV, holding from 8 December to 15 December, 2012.

The gospel group’s performance was not just a game changer for the night, it turned out that a good number of the audience had come out to see them perform their energetic dance moves on stage. They capped the night with an intriguing performance of Miriam Makeba’s signature tune “Pata Pata”, as a tribute to the late Empress of African Song and Mama Africa.

The event which held at the Civic Centre, Port Harcourt also featured other top Nigerian gospel artistes such as Samsung, Heritage crooner and Jadel. There were also electrifying performances by several Port Harcourt based upcoming artistes and a glorious presentation by Thefused Ensemble Mass Choir.

GTB PARTNERS SELFRIDGES IN PROMOTING NIGERIA’S BEST IN FASHION

Guaranty Trust Bank recently launched its partnership with Selfridges UK to project authentic designs by talented African fashion designers. The collaboration tagged “Guaranty Trust Bank presents Ndani” stems from the bank’s commitment to the projection of African Art to global audiences as a Proudly African and Truly International financial institution.
Ndani represents the beauty of Africa and this is clearly demonstrated at a distinct pop-up shop in Selfridges’ departmental store on Oxford Street in the UK. The designs on display at the shop express the deep creativity, ingenuity and originality of African designers and attributes which the designers share with the GTBank brand.

The exhibition has already attracted several reviews and visits by fashionistas from all over the world and is set to be a high point at the store throughout December 2012 and January, 2013. Participating designers are from Nigeria and include: Agu, House of Silk, DOT Handbags, Odio Mimonet, Lanre Da Silva Ajayi, Jewel by Lisa, Eki Orleans, Ituen Basi and Tiffany Amber. These designers are showcasing their Christmas/Cruise collection exclusively at the Nigerian world pop-up store during the project.

Commenting on the GTBank – Selfridges project, the Managing Director and CEO of Guaranty Trust Bank plc, Mr. Segun Agbaje stressed that, supporting and promoting African arts is one of GTBank’s major Corporate Social Responsibility thrust. “We will continue to forge strategic partnerships to create platforms for the contributions of Africans to the different genre of Art as an organization positioned to harness the hidden potentials in Africa, he said.

FRED AMATA, OTHERS SING AT CHICO EJIRO’S  NOLLYWOOD XMAS GIG

Lately, more and more celebrities are showing their kind nature and one of such characters who have since fallen in line is talented movie producer, Chico Ejiro.  Fondly referred to as Mr Prolific, Delta State born Chico has decided to stage a show aptly dubbed, the Nollywood Xmas Show where Nollywood acts will entertain guests with carol singing, comedy, dancing competitions and what they know how to do best – drama. Star artistes like Fred Amata, Rita Dominic, Emeka Ossai, Segun Arinze and a host of others are preparing to wow the waiting audience. On the charitable and human angle of the show, apart from an endurance walk which will take place on the Christmas day, proceeds of the gate takings at the show which will take place on December 20th at Terra Culture will be expended to feeding the poor and needy at Christmas with several Nollywood stars in attendance to serve them meals.

DAPHELLA ENTERTAINMENT  PICKS K’ZED

His real name is Adio Kazeem Olawale but popularly known as K’zed, a native of Ibadan in Oyo State born and bred in Lagos. This burden songster is proving self a repository of musical potentials.

The Polytechnic, Ibadan graduate of Accounting has jettisoned the figures for the notes and his prowess in delivering Yoruba rap has just won him a deal with Daphella Entertainment, the entertainment company spotlighted Skuki and a few success others. And with him, there’s a glimmer of hope of one to thrash late rapper, Dagrin’s record.

His music is a promise of the return of quality rap, heart fluttering lyrics and pulsating percussion.

His debut singles, ‘Dreams’ and ‘Wagbayi’ are evidence of his versatility in representing Naija street pop and Hip-hop.

WALE ADENUGA BAGS ANOTHER AWARD

Penultimate Sunday, December 2 Wale Adenuga (MFR) was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2012 edition of the Nigerian Broadcasters Merit Awards (NBMA) for his immeasurable contributions to the growth of the Nigerian Electronic Media and this explained the celebration in the WapTV family.

Widely admired by Nigerians at home and abroad for providing quality ‘edu-tainment’ for over three decades as well as being the creator and producer of SuperStory, This Life, Papa Ajasco & Company, Nnena & Friends TV Show and the periodic Nnena & Friends Live Show through his company Wale Adenuga Productions Limited, Adenuga is martyring self beyond doubts.

In October, 2012, he upped the ante as his TV station, WapTV commenced broadcast on StarTimes Channel 222 across Nigeria and has since begun to enjoy positive reviews for its unique programming.

Ososami: I Started Singing At 10  

HER SINGLE ‘BEREMOLE’, THE DEBUT EFFORT OF UK BASED ARTISTE; ADEOLA OSOSAMI IS FAR REACHING IN TERMS OF CONTENT. AN UNDERGRADUATE STUDYING DENTISTRY, THE ARTISTE BY THE STAGE NAME, DEOLA TOLD LANRE ODUKOYA THAT THE INSPIRATION FOR HER SOUND WAS A FUSION OF GENRES AND A RANGE OF ARTISTS INCLUDING ASA, CORINE BAILEY RAE, ERYKAH BADU AND MORE TRADITIONALLY, THE KUTIS

How did you end up in the music scene?

Music has really been part of me since I was young. My earliest memory was probably when I was 10, when I was doing some singing in church and bits of performances. Since then, I have really loved music.  That was when it came into my life really.

How would you describe your style of music?

My style of music is Afro hip hop with a tint of soul and jazz and so I have a range of fast songs like Beremole. Also, I have done some slower songs as well which springs out more of the jazz style in my voice.

What stage are you with your first album?

So far, there is not an actual album. What I am working on is a mixtape. It is like a mini kind of album and it will just have a selection of songs showcasing what Deola is, my kind of music. I am working on that at the moment. So, hopefully, you should be hearing a few more new songs from me in the near future.

What issues are you addressing in the mix tape?

With my songs, I intend to address a variety of issues. I have love songs in the mixtape; I also have some kind of inspirational songs as well. It is a variety of topics but it is all based around people having more confidence in themselves.

How many songs are we to expect in the mixtape?

That is still in the works. I can’t give you any numbers but definitely, there will be enough for people to get a good feeling of what I am about.

How much of the Nigerian culture reflects in your music?

Definitely the music always has the Afrobeat style. I think one of the things that make me unique is that I try to mix different styles of music but I still give it that Afrobeat edge. All my songs will definitely have that Afrobeat edge and style to it. I like to sing in a mixture of English and Yoruba most of the time but once every while, there might be a song that is fully English. Definitely, I am trying to give a nice blend with the languages as well.

What record label are you signed on?

I am signed on a label called Lunakidz Music based here in the UK but they are also looking to expand. They are already building collaboration with some Nigerian artistes as well. It is an upcoming label.

Are you collaborating with any Nigerian artiste?

You will have to wait for that. I don’t want to say anything yet but definitely watch out for that. Soon, you will be seeing some collaborations in the near future.

Given the fact that music is a far cry from your field of study, how supportive are your parents?

My parents are very supportive. They have always encouraged me and my music from a young age. They are very supportive. Obviously, they want me to finish my degree and I am definitely going to finish it. Then I would be able to focus more on the music as well.

What song are you working on at the moment?

Like I said, I am working on my mixtape. I should also be releasing another song within the next few weeks; if not by the end of the year, then definitely at the start of next year. I am working on that at the moment. So watch out for that.

Who are your influences in music?

My music is influenced by a lot of people I listened to. They influence my style of music.

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