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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

COSON'S GM, MR CHINEDU CHUKWUJI TALKS MS. TARJA KOSKINEN- OLSSON'S VISIT, COPYRIGHT ISSUES AND DECEMBER'S AGM


We recently had a chat with Intellectual Property expert and activist, Mr. Chinedu Chukwuji; General Manager, Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) on the visit of Ms. Tarja Koskinen – Olsson to the organisation. In this interview, the GM also shed more light on COSON’s activities, why COSON goes to court, as well as what to expect from this year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) slated for December.

Q: Hello Mr. Chinedu Chukwuji, how are you?

A: I am doing great, thank you.

Q: What brings world renowned Copyright expert Ms. Tarja Koskinen – Olsson to COSON? Considering the fact that you run a thriving collective management organisation which definitely implies your team already understands the copyright subject.

A: At COSON we’ve always believed in continuous improvement and that is one of the planks upon which our vision and drive has been put on, and as part of that initiative it is good to train, and retrain your work force and for me the satisfaction of your employees, in terms of giving them the appropriate training, especially in the kind of environment that we find ourselves where the knowledge level is still at its lowest. It becomes incumbent on us to provide training opportunities to enhancing their capacity in terms of technical’s and I think that is one of the reasons we have brought in Tarja, who for us has seen it all with respect to collective management, she has previously headed a collective management organisation in her country, she has ran a music cmo, audiovisual cmo, she has several years of experience and I’ve worked closely with Ms Tarja in the last 5 years and I know she has got substance in terms of the right elements COSON staffs will need to help them do their jobs better. My belief is that a well trained work force is a huge advantage to the entire system. For us, it is part of our drive to train and re-train our staffs most especially in this area where knowledge keeps developing, information keeps changing and we want to be at the top of things and not caught napping. For us, if at the end of the day we can be the cutting edge of happenings in intellectual property, then we’ve done much. Then at the same time, if we can reach our users in the language that they best understand and at the end of the day are able to improve our collection and pay more royalties to the right owners, and then we can say yes, we are doing the right thing.

Q: A while back Rob Hooijer, a copyright specialist was in the country and at COSON to train the workforce and now Ms. Tarja, COSON surely has invested heavily in ensuring in-depth understanding of Intellectual Property and Copyright by staffs, but I have to ask, in COSON’s 6 years of existence, how do you rate the level of public acceptance towards avoiding Copyright Infringement?

A: Let me start by saying you did mention that Rob was here about 2 months ago and you look at what the 2 personalities bring, though similar, they bring 2 different things based on the experienced gained from where they are coming from. Rob has headed SAMRO for a number of years and has also being at the helms of CISAC at one point in time, for us bringing them says alot about COSON in terms of workforce improvement. Now going back to the perception and acceptance of what COSON has come to represent, it hasn’t always been this easy. At the beginning, alot of people said to us it could never happen in Nigeria, that people will not pay for usage of music in their commercial or public setting and then yes it is true that for a long time music had been used for free but we are consistent with our mandate and what we decided to do is to keep pushing. While it is not yet Eldorado, while we haven’t arrived at our promised land, we can say to you that we are far better off than where we were 6 years ago. The level of perception in terms of respect for intellectual property is gradually changing and also understanding that the richest people on earth today are not owners of oil wells, steel mills. The age of brick and mortal generation is fast passing, weare now in the information age and with information you talk about knowledge and that’s where we are right now. We need to seen to keep educating our different stakeholders group about the need to respect intellectual property. You can’t build an information or knowledge technology without building it on the fulcrum of respect of intellectual property. If we do not respect intellectual property, then we as well kiss our knowledge and information economy goodbye. That is why more attention must be paid to the respect of copyright and related rights as it concerns what we do at COSON. We are far better than where are coming from but they are still alot of people who think we are joking, but I want to say we would keep educating and informing our users and where we need to make use of the instruments of the law, we would do that very well.

Q: Talking about using the instrument of the law, COSON is known to have sued some of the biggest organisations in Nigeria, what gives COSON the impetus, considering that these are organisation giants that many will be scared to sue?

A: I would say that first and foremost, COSON is approved by the law and Nigeria is a law abiding country, so when people say laws don’t work here, it is perhaps they have not tested the law. Secondly, we are not a fly –by – night organisation; we are approved by the Federal Government. Thirdly, we’ve been given a job to do both by the government and owners of the works we represent, so it’s common to say that if we’ve done our best to get people to fulfil their obligations by using moral suasion and that is not working, as a responsible organisation, what do you do? You approach the 3rd party to intervene in the matter and when COSON goes to court, COSON is simply asking the court to intervene in the matter and that is what civil societies do, rather than going on the streets with cutlasses and causing a riot. We have approached the court and we believe that is a descent and most honourable thing to do. We go to court armed with the necessary facts and figures that we represent XYZ. The law has not said you can use another man’s property and go scot free, so we go to court with concrete evidence to show that we have these rights within our cover and you cannot use these rights without the appropriate license. COSON is not afraid to approach the court when it has to do with the issues we are mandated to deal with, whatever organisation you represent, it is to your best interest if you are using music for commercial or public purposes that you get licensed by COSON to avoid any form of litigation because at the end of the day, it will cost you more to deal with an issue that is already in court. We are not crazy people or wackos like some people have made the public to believe, we are very reasonable people, we do not just go to court without first exhausting other reasonable options, it is when all other alternatives fail that we proceed to the courts to interpret the law.

Q: Finally, COSON is known to always spring up surprises at the tail end of the year, the AGM is coming up also. What are we to expect from COSON before the year ends?

A: Even though we are called a collective society, our job is beyond just collection of royalties. One of the critical assignments the government and our members have given to us is to make sure we collect and distribute. Like it is in our tradition, for the last 5 years, we have been consistent with our pledge that we will keep distributing royalties without fail, come December 2016 COSON will distribute royalties to its member, and we hope and believe that it will be more than we have distributed in the previous years and we hope to put smiles on the faces of the right holders come December. Right now we do not know what amount we are distributing but we do believe it will surpass what we have put out there in the last 5 years.

Q: Thank you so much Mr Chinedu Chukwuji for your time

A: Thank you. You are most welcome.