Sunday, 19 February 2012

Whitney Houston Home Going Ceremony

CreditLUCAS JACKSON/REUTERSDate: February 18, 2012 Singer Stevie Wonder (C) departs the funeral service of pop singer Whitney Houston at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey February 18, 2012. Houston, 48, died in a Beverly Hills hotel room on February 11, the eve of the music industry's Grammy Awards.

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Whitney's 'Home Going' Service Countdown!

Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston was due to be buried in her hometown of Newark

Whitney Houston's burial ceremony is a "home going service" rather than a funeral, according to the invitation issued to the singer's friends and family.

Featuring a picture of the smiling star that appears to date back to the peak of her success in the early 1990s, the invites states: "With heartfelt gratitude, the Houston family requests the honour of your presence at the home going service for Whitney Elizabeth Houston."
Due to begin at noon local time (5pm GMT), the service takes place at the New Hope Baptist Church in the singer's home town of Newark.

A tribute to Whitney Houston outside a church in Newark
Tributes to Houston have been left to the singer in her hometown
Her co-star in the movie The Bodyguard, Kevin Costner, is expected to lead tributes at the service, with Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin also set to perform.
Members of Houston's family attended a private viewing for the star yesterday, for which a program was distributed featuring photographs of the singer with some of those closest to her.
They included her daughter Bobbi Kristina, mother Cissy and record mogul Clive Davis.
Although he was reportedly belatedly invited to his ex-wife's funeral, Bobby Brown is not mentioned in the program.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Photos: Pop icon Whitney Houstons dies at 48

Tuface finally proposes to Annie Macaulay on St Valentines day

The hip hop star asked the mother of his 3 year old daughter, Isabella to be his wife

Tuface Idibia has proposed to his first love, Annie Macaulay.
According to eyewitnesses, Tuface proposed to Macaulay at famous club 10 on valentines day.
Macaulay who was astonished broke down in tears, apparently surprised at Tuface's proposal.
But was glad to show off her engagement ring.
Their long term relationship produced a 3 year old daughter, Isabella.

Monday, 6 February 2012

Onyeka Onwenu turned 60 Last week!

The Woman of Many Caps....Veteran Singer, Actress, Broadcaster and Politician Onyeka Owenu turned 60 years last week Tuesday, January 31, 2012.

Onyeka often referred to as the ‘Elegant Stallion’, stands as one of the few female Nigerian musicians who have over the years remained relevant and in the eyes of the public not just with her music but with activities in Nollywood and Politics.


Her career as a musician kicked off back in the late 70s with the help of the late celebrated musician Sonny Okosun and in 1981 she debuted with her first ever material, the self-titled ‘Onyeka’. Before then, Onyeka had tried out at journalism when she worked as a presenter-reporter at Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) during her National Youth 

Service. She had earlier worked with the United Nations Office of Public Information in New York.

She starred in her first movie ‘Not your wealth’ in 1999 but it was her lead role in ‘Chain Reaction’ (which dropped in the same year and featured Pete Edochie and Liz Benson) that threw the spotlight on her. She has starred in a total of 10 other movies, the last being ‘The Trinity’ shot in 2007.

In 2006, she won the prestigious AMAA awards for ‘best actress in a supporting role’.As a politician, Ms Onwenu has campaigned and contested for office in her native Imo state, at least twice, and lost. But she remains a card-carrying and active member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

She is currently a resident judge at the GLO Naija Sings music reality show.


1. One love

2. Wait for me featuring King Sunny Ade

3. Dancing in the sun

4. Iyogogo

5. You and I

Watch 'You and I' & ‘Wait  for me‘ below…

Recently, Onyeka Onwenu featured with Nigerian All-Stars  in A Massive SONG FOR PEACE in NIGERIA, Part of the Neighbour 2 Neighbour Peace Album. Click to Watch below.

Wishing One of the great Women of Africa, Ms Onyeka Onwenu a Happy Belated 60th Birthday with more blessings all round.

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Music, no longer male affair — Yinka Davies

Her music is an eclectic mix of Jazz, soul and the drum. It defies definition. It encapsulates everything, the beat, the sound and the drum. It is a whole entity that cannot be divided as yet. Welcome to the sonorous world of Yinka Davies, one of the best female voices in Nigeria. Our guest on this week’s edition of Weekend Groove, Yinka takes us through a passage of time that defines her identity.
WHO am I?
I’m the first child of five children. We used to be six in number, but one is now late. I spent my childhood with my maternal grandmother and it was an exciting childhood for me.
My grandmother was a wonderful person to be with and much of who I have turned out to be now is thanks to her. I lived with her until I reached the age of 15, then I had to go back to my mother.
Surprisingly, music was not my first passion; my first passion was theatre and that love changed my life forever.
During a class excursion to the National Theatre in 1986, we chanced upon a stage play. Everything changed for me at that moment, I could not draw away from the stage; it was irresistible. This love was so much, that was the exact reason I left my grandmothers house.  I wanted to become an actor.
I started out at the theatre and you would find me doing anything just to remain in the place that I loved. I would clean, scrub floors, anything just because I loved the theatre.
Soon, I began to get roles. Some of my most memorable roles was one with the late Sam Loco Efe, it was a drama piece about polygamy and I enjoyed reprising that role thoroughly.
At 19, I was cast in a role as a 25 year old lawyer, I was on fire. I also enjoyed playing the role of a rich journalist who came down to live in the jungle and had a boyfriend, I enjoyed playing diverse, characters like that.
*Yinka Davies
I have also worked with some of the best hands in the business in different capacities. Thereeeeeee was Chuck Mike, the late Sam Loco Efe, Richard Mofe Damijo, Ben Tomoloju, Jahman Anikulapo, Philips Okoro  and so many others. I  also worked on projects with the Goethe Institute, Kaakaki concert and many others.
The Artist
I love sketching, painting, beautiful art. Between 1986-1988, I was tried to carve out a career as a painter. I had excellent teachers like the renowned sculptor Bisi Fakeye and Biodun Lakun who taught me how to paint. I wanted to be a serious artist, but the theatre always pulls me back.
I would return to my teachers, time and time again and they would chase me away: go back to the theatre. That is how I evolved into a prodigal artist. Many of my contemporaries from back then have gone on to become great artists and lecturers.
Her Passion
It had always been, I must tell you. I joined Alex O’s band in 1988 and I worked with them for quite sometime. During that time, I got to realise that I did not like that kind of music, it was too shallow, too flighty and lacked depth. I wanted a change of scene badly.
I met Bisade Ologunde producer to Lagbaja and the Colours band. For the first time, I was doing music that I loved; there was depth, originality and imagination that was addictive. I had to make a decision when Bisade was closing Bread and Butter, I made my choice to stick to music.
That  year, 1992 during the FAME awards, I won the ‘Best upcoming act’ award. I went on to do so much work with Bisade. However, in 1994, I had an accident that saw me break my leg after being hit by a car. I recovered as you can see. Even at that point when I was healing, I’d still be doing the job that I loved, singing.
No. I don’t have any regrets. If something is not working, then maybe I will have to change it. If you fail and fall at something, then it is time to get up, dust yourself and give it another go.
Her kind of Music
My music is an eclectic mix of Jazz, soul and the drum. It defies definition and I would like to say that I love it that way. My music encapsulates everything, the beat, the sound, the drum. It is a whole entity that cannot be divided as yet. I get inspiration from an elephant’s trumpeting sound.
Black Chiffon
Black Chiffon is imagination, light, invention, spirit. It is the person behind the veil, the perfection that is perceived by all. It is a spiritual conversation.
It started out with the working title ‘Revelation’ but a friend of mine suggested the name and it clicked and explained everything that I was dying to express. The inspiration for Black Chiffon came from everywhere and everything.
On stage
I cannot say for sure how exactly I feel on stage. When I am on stage, I get swept away by a supreme power that is not mine. I submit to God’s will and I live in him.
It is by his grace that I come out with powerful works.. It is the same thing with when I write my songs, I submit entirely and the work that results is amazing and out of this world.
My style is diverse and is not limited to one thing. I could be simple one day and the next day very colourful. It mostly depends on my mood. However, when I am not working on big projects like the Nigerian Idol, you are very likely to catch me in native and African inspired wear.
Nigerian Idol
Being part of the global Idol franchise is a huge deal to me. What makes it worthwhile is the huge responsibility of shaping and deciding on the future of very talented young people. It is a big responsibility and that makes it more than a mere job to me.
There is also the fact that the level of talents in this country are amazing. Not one, not two but a significant number of them.
As for my spontaneity, it is because I obviously love what these guys are doing. In the past week, I just followed my guts and did duets with two of these incredibly talented young people. And they did not fail; we made beautiful music.
Last Word
I believe in God, in my faith and I will say it everywhere I go. They have to submit to God and allow him to work through them. They also have to practice their art, so that they become perfect. I am happy at the good things happening on the Nigerian music scene now. The women are beginning to flex their muscles.

Work begins on late Xty Essien Foundation office

Work has begun in earnest at the proposed premises that will serve as the headquarter of the late Chief Christy Essien-Igbokwe Memorial Foundation. The office space is located in Ogba, Ikeja axis of Lagos.
The foundation when fully operational, will serve as a base for charity and philanthropic work as originally designed by the late musician .
Legendary Nigerian musician, Christy Essien Igbokwe, died on June 30, 2011 following a brief illness, Aged 51, she died at the Lagos University Teaching hospital Lagos.
The Christy  Essien Memorial Foundation an original concept of the late musician had the memorial added to it after the woman whom the world had come to know as the Lady of Songs passed away..
The dream is to  immortalise the legendary musician who was also an accomplished actress and philanthropist.
Showtime  investigation revealed that, interior decoration work in the office has reached an advanced stage while all the electrical fitting and furniture are almost in place.
In a telephone interview with our reporter, the late musician’s husband, Chief Edwin Igbokwe while confirming our story disclosed that “the idea of a Christy Essien-Igbokwe was my wife’s. She’d dreamt of setting up a foundation that will cater to the needs of the less privileged especially the talented youth who had no sponsors to help actualise their dreams.
Since she’s passed away, we decided to add the memorial to the foundation and continue with objectives of the foundation”     .

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Don Cornelius, ‘Soul Train’ Originator & Creator, is dead

Don Cornelius, the producer and television host who created the dance show “Soul Train,” was found shot dead in his Los Angeles home early Wednesday morning in what appears to be a suicide, the Los Angeles Police Department and the county coroner’s office said. He was 75 years old.
A person called the police from Mr. Cornelius’s house on Mulholland Drive in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood just before 4 a.m. and reported shots had been fired, a police spokesman, Chris No, said. When officers arrived, they were let into the house and found Mr. Cornelius lying lifeless on the floor with a gunshot wound to the head that appeared to be self-inflicted, said the Los Angeles County assistant chief coroner, Ed Winter.
Mr. Cornelius was taken to Cedar-Sinai Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 4:56 a.m., Mr. Winter said. “It was reported as a suicide, a self-inflicted wound,” he said. “I have investigators at the hospital.”
“Soul Train” was one of the longest-running syndicated shows in television history and played a critical role in spreading the music of black America to the world, offering wide exposure to musicians like James Brown, Aretha Franklin and Michael Jackson in the 1970s and 1980s.
“I am shocked and deeply saddened at the sudden passing of my friend, colleague and business partner Don Cornelius,” said Quincy Jones, according to the Associated Press. “Don was a visionary pioneer and a giant in our business. Before MTV, there was ‘Soul Train.’ That will be the great legacy of Don Cornelius. His contributions to television, music and our culture as a whole will never be matched. My heart goes out to Don’s family and loved ones.”
Mr. Cornelius, a former disc jockey, created the show in 1970 in Chicago on WCIU-TV and served as its writer, producer and host. Quickly becoming a success, the show was broadcast nationally in 1971, beginning its 35-year run. Besides the performers, the program showcased young dancers who would strut their stuff, laying the groundwork for countless dance programs, including current hits like Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” and MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew.” “We had a show that kids gravitated to,” Mr. Cornelius said.
In a 2010 interview with The Los Angeles Times, Mr. Cornelius said he was excited about a movie project he was developing about the show. “We’ve been in discussions with several people about getting a movie off the ground. It wouldn’t be the ‘Soul Train’ dance show. It would be more of a biographical look at the project,” he said. “It’s going to be about some of the things that really happened on the show.”
Mr. Cornelius stopped hosting the show in 1993, and “Soul Train” ceased production in 2006. Two years later, he sold the show to MadVision Entertainment.