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Monday, 9 January 2017

OKOROJI PREDICTS BUMPER YEAR FOR THE NIGERIAN ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY


OKOROJI PREDICTS BUMPER YEAR FOR THE NIGERIAN ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY

Chairman, Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), Chief Tony Okoroji has predicted that the Nigerian entertainment industry will witness a bumper year in 2017. In his New Year message to the industry, Chief Okoroji asked practitioners and investors in the industry to have faith and take every necessary step to professionalize and that as better value is placed on Nigeria’s entertainment products resulting in significant growth, the industry will play a key role in revitalizing Nigeria’s struggling economy in 2017.

According to Okoroji, his optimism is based on the fact that the government is finally beginning to understand the huge potentials of the creative sector and has shown the willingness to effectively activate a number of initiatives that were scandalously ignored in the oil boom days.

In the words of the former president of PMAN, “just before the end of last year, the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation assured me that he will take all necessary steps to ensure that the Private Copy Levy scheme is activated without further delay. That will bring a new stream of income to musicians, movie makers, authors, publishers, etc. The AG also promised that the Nigerian Copyright Commission will be revitalized and given the muscle to protect producers and investors in the creative industries. That should have a major impact on income.

“At the end of 2016, we began a major conversation with MTN, the biggest telecommunications company in the country. We do have a significant meeting of minds with Airtel. I am looking forward to what has so far been an adversarial relationship with the telecommunication industry becoming a virile partnership in 2017. Imagine the possibilities if we begin to speak with one voice with the ‘telcos’ and work together to harness the huge potentials of the Nigerian entertainment industry for the benefit of all the parties and our country”

Chief Okoroji also said that he has had several conversations with the Minister of Information, Culture & Tourism, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and that he is convinced that the Minister is ‘pumped up’ and wants to take those steps that will energize the industry.  Said Okoroji “the Minister is clearly taking steps to get the National Endowment Fund for the Arts up and running. This should provide badly needed funding for different projects in the sector. There is the growing engagement with the Tony Elemelu Foundation which the minister is supporting. Anybody who knows Tony Elumelu, knows that he has no business with failure”

With respect to COSON, Chief Okoroji said that renovations and installations will begin shortly in the newly acquired ‘COSON HOUSE’ in Ikeja and that in the second quarter of 2017, COSON should move its operations from Opebi to a fully paid for ultra-modern edifice with the space and technology to properly drive a forward-looking organization. He also said that he is looking forward to starting discussions soon with the John Momoh led new Executive of Broadcasting Organizations of Nigeria (BON) on the significant debt owed COSON by broadcasting organizations in Nigeria and ensure that an agreement is reached and the debt redeemed.

Chief Okoroji assured all members of COSON that the organization will robustly protect their interests in 2017 and work towards increasing the distributable income to members. The Chairman vowed to do everything in his power to make sure that COSON continues to be an exemplary Nigerian organization, maintaining complete transparency and accountability and safeguarding the culture of respect for intellectual property rights which it has vigorously promoted in Nigeria.     



Friday, 25 November 2016

COSON DIRECTOR, EFE OMOROGBE CELEBRATES WIFE AS THEY MARK 15TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY


Now Muzik C.E.O and COSON director, Mr. Efe Omorogbe on November 24, 2016 took to social media networking site; Instagram to celebrate his wife, Mrs. Bukonla Omorogbe on their 15th wedding anniversary.

He wrote:


@efeomorogbe  -  If I had to start from scratch and do it all again, I'll choose you. Again and again. Thanks for 15 fabulous years. You have been the best part of my entire life. Love you die!



The entire COSON family wishes Mr. Efe and Bukonla Omorogbe many more blessed years together.


COSON CELEBRATES GOSPEL STAR, KSB AS SHE ADDS A YEAR

(L - R) COSON's consultant, Mrs Lucy Ajay; COSON's HOFA, Ms Bernice Eriemeghe, COSON chairman, Chief Tony Okoroji, Gospel star, KSB, Music star, Essence and Energy Band Leader, Maureen.

Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), Nigeria's sole approved collective management organisation for musical works and sound recordings on Wednesday, November 23, 2016, held a gathering to celebrate gospel star and copyright activist Kenny Saint Best.

The celebration which held at the COSON headquarters in Opebi, Ikeja, had in attendance top COSON executives such as the COSON chairman, Chief Tony Okoroji, COSON General Manager, Mr. Chinedu Chukwuji, and COSON's public affairs consultant, Mrs Lucy Ajayi.

Also present was music songstress, Essence and leader of the energy band, Maureen, among others.

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Thursday, 10 November 2016

FULL LIST OF WINNERS AT AFRIMA 2016



The 3rd edition of the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) took place at the Eko Convention Centre, Eko Hotels, VI, Lagos.

The hosts, who were drawn from the three majorly spoken languages in Africa— English, French and Arabic—were Ahmed Soultan (Morocco);  Bonang Matheba (South Africa; and Ika Jang(Congo).

The award night saw several top class performances from music stars and COSON members such as Phyno and Seyi Shay.
Phyno on stage
There were also mindblowing performances from Tanzania’s Diamond Platnumz, Ghana’s VVIP, and Nigeria’s Aramide, Ycee, among many others.
Ycee performing at the AFRIMA 2016
The music award ceremony which was well attended by dignitaries such as the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, and the COSON team made up of the COSON Chairman, Chief Tony Okoroji, General Manager, Mr Chinedu Chukwuji, Head of Finance and Administration, Ms. Bernice Eriemeghe, Communications Manager, Tolu Balogun and a host of others, saw Falz the Bahd Guy take home the award  of ‘Revelation of the Year’, Star boy, Wizkid won ‘Artist of the Year’ while Aramide pulled a surprise by winning the award for ‘Best Female West Africa’.

(L - R) Ms. Bernice Eriemeghe, Mr. Chinedu Chukwuji, TY Mix and a friend
Nigerian music maestro, King Sunny Ade was awarded a Special Recognition Award for his role in music development.
KSA receiving his award
Singer and Dancer, Korra Obidi with Tolu Balogun
Simi on stage

The AFRIMA 2016 WINNERS are: 
1. Best Male East Africa – Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)
2. Best Female East Africa – Cindy Sanyu (Uganda)
3. Best Male South Africa – Black Coffee (South Africa)
4. Best female South Africa – Sally Boss Madam (Namibia)
5. Best Male Central Africa- Wax Dey (Cameroon)
6. Best Female Central Africa- Bruna Tatiana (Angola)
7. Best Male North Africa – DJ Van  (Morocco)
8. Best Female North Africa- Zina Daoudia (Morocco)
9. Best Male West Africa – Flavour (Nigeria)
10. Best Female West Africa – Aramide (Nigeria)
11. Best Inspirational Female – Naomi Achu (Cameroon)
12. Best Artiste/Dou/GroupBand in African Contemporary- Flavour (Nigeria)
13. Most Promising Artiste- Amine Aub (Morocco)
14. African Fans Favorite – Phyno (Nigeria)
15. Song writer of the year – Unique (Uganda)
16. Special Recognition Award- King Sunny Ade (Nigeria)
17. Best Artist/Duo/Group African Hiphop- Stanley Enow (Cameroon)
18. Best Artist/Duo/Group African Ragga & Dancehall- Patoranking (Nigeria)
19. Best Artist/Duo/Group African Traditional music- Zeynab (Benin)
20. Best Artist/Duo/Group African Electro -Such (Zimbabwe)
21. Best Artist/Duo/Group African RnB – Henok & Mehari Brothers (Ethiopia)
22. Best Artist/Duo/Group in African Rock -M’vula (Angola)
23. Best African Jazz – Jimmy Dludlu (South Africa)
24. Best African Group -VVIP (Ghana)
25. Best African Collaboration – Mbilo Mbilo by Eddy Kenzo (Uganda) ft Niniola (Nigeria)
26. Video of the Year – Dogo Yaro by VVIP (Ghana)
27. Revelation of the year – Falz (Nigeria)
28. Album of the year – Ahmed Soultan (Morocco)
29. Song of the year- Utanipenda Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)
30. Artist of the Year -Wizkid (Nigeria)


Friday, 28 October 2016

SOLIDSTAR UNVEILS 'W.E.E.D' TRACK LIST, ALBUM SET FOR OCTOBER 31ST


Nigerian singer Joshua Iniyezo, better known by his stage name Solid Star has released the track list to his anticipated album 'W.E.E.D'.

'W.E.E.D' which is an acronym of Witness Everything Exceptionally Different is a 21 track album, and features collaboration with top music stars such as 2baba Idibia, Diamond Platnumz, Oritse Femi, Burna Boy, Timaya, Flavour and Reminisce among others.


Solid Star released the track listing along with the following; 

'This moment right here; is incredibly special to me. This is a moment that would go down in history!

I am beyond proud to show the world; especially my amazing fans the body of work I've dedicated ample amount of time and effort to...
I present to you; 'WEED' album cover.

I can't even begin to express the amount of joy my heart abounds right now - I just want you all to get a feel of this amazing piece of art.
I really can't wait for ya'll to get a feel of 'WEED'. For now, all I can say is; this is an appetizer for what's set to come! 

Anticipate the release of #WEED; Witness Everything Exceptionally Different! #WEEDTheAlbum 

God bless everyone that contributed in making this piece of Work a great art! From the producers and engineers @pbanksdbeatmaker @kukbeatz @iamdelb, Orbit,  @iambrainmix  @sukasounds @indomixng @swapsondmix for the sleepless nights and all the efforts you put in to perfect this sound, And all my talented brothers that contributed their bundle of talents to #WEEDtheAlbum  @official2baba  @timayatimaya  @mreazi @tiwasavage  @patorankingfire @burnaboygram @davidoofficial @oritsefemi @duncanmighty @iamreminisce @zoroswagbag @iamharrysong @attitudeonline @falzthebahdguy and Small Doctor, my record label @achievasent and team for all your immense contributions. As you have all blessed mine, may the Lord bless each and  everything you set out to do in. Amen.  #WEEDtheAlbum drops in a bit and you know my music always speak for itself. God bless you as you download, share and repost. SOLIDSTAR #SHABA.'

FALZ AND SIMI CREATE 'CHEMISTRY' AS JOINT EP


After teasing fans with several ‘Pre –wedding shoot’ themed photographs on social media, Folarin Falana best known as ‘Falz the Bahd Guy’ and Simisola Bolatito Ogunleye known as ‘Simi’ have jointly released an EP (Extended Play) titled ‘Chemistry’.
This was unveiled on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 12:01am during their joint host at the Industry Nite event held in Victoria Island, Lagos, which also coincided with Falz’s birthday.

Chemistry, which currently sits atop iTunes charts, contains 7 music tracks namely; Foreign, Want to, Show you pepper, Cinderella, Chemistry, Shake Your Body and Enough.


Purchase Chemistry -  HERE

KSB TO HOLD FIRST CHURCH CONCERT IN 18 YEARS


For the first time in her very successful 18 year career, renowned musician, label executive and politician Kenny Saint Best has announced plans to hold her first ever concert in a church.

Tagged ‘KSB live in worship’, the music concert will hold on Sunday November 20, 2016 atRCCG The Kings Court, 3 Keystone Bank Crescent, Off Adeyemo Alakija Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The concert will also feature an all women line up of musicians and entertainers including, YINKA DAVIES, MONIQUE, ESSENCE, BOLA UDOM, EFE NATHAN, LEPACIOUS BOSE, VIBE DANCERS and many many more.


Speaking on the concert and its concept, KSB says, 'I've had two different concerts in the past at Muson Center, but this one is very special to me because it's the first concert I'll be doing in a church auditorium and it’s an all worship concert'.

credit: KSB & The Net NG