Just like in the preparation of a meal; if all the necessary ingredients required to make a pot of soup are available but no skilled cook is present to effectively assemble and blend these ingredients, there will be no meal? So also is the process of making a movie.
The absence of a skilled director in movie making is like taking away a very important ingredient without which the movie will amount to virtually nothing.
The importance of a director cannot be over emphasized as he is the driving creative force in a film's production and acts as the crucial link between the production, technical and creative teams. Directors are responsible for creatively translating the film from a script to the images and sounds on the screen. He or she must visualize and define the style and structure of the film, then act as both a storyteller and team leader to bring this vision to reality.
One of Nigeria’s veteran director’s Teco Benson has over the years shown immerse skill, talent and expertise in his continuous delivery of films. He debuted into the Nigeria movie industry as an actor in 1994 and later went into script writing in 1995 after which he began his directing career in 1997. He has since maintained a very strong track record in the Nigerian Movie industry.
Originally a civil servant, the 42-year-old father of five prides himself as being a change agent. In 2011, Benson in collaboration with Stepping Stones directed a movie ‘The Fake prophet’ which was produced as an advocacy tool by the UK-based child rights charity.
The talented director’s wish for the Nigerian movie industry is to turn Nollywood into something better than Hollywood. Already, hundreds of people are coming from Hollywood to Nigeria to learn how to work. With his wealth of experience, Benson coordinates projects and workshops stationed in the rural and urban areas of the continent.
According to www.naijarules.com, he has been known to finish a movie in at least three months compared to some Nollywood movies that get released every two weeks.
Since 1997 after he quit his civil service career, Benson has written and directed about 50 films, which has made him a familiar figure in Nigeria. He directed his first Yoruba movie titled 'IKU DORO' in 2011.
As part of the federal government delegation via the Nigerian Film Corporation, he represented Nollywood in Ghana in 2005, as well as being a part of the five men delegation that represented Nigeria at the 32nd Cairo International Film Festival. In 2006, his movie Explosion was chosen to represent Nollywood in Israel.
Some of the movies he has directed are: High Blood Pressure, Mission to Nowhere, Silence of force, etc. He has become a force to reckon with in directing with his twist in movie production through the incorporation of modern technology that enables his movies to contest at international level. This is evident in his new block buster movie “Red Hot” starring, Bimbo Manuel, Uti Nwachukwu, Bukky Wright, Akin Lewis, among a host of others.
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The work of great individuals can only be told by those who appreciate their work and effortless contribution. The music industry is a typical example which has experienced enormous input from the rising, mainstream and musical legends too. Talking about legends, we can’t neglect the fact that we have lost some of them at an early stage neither can we deny that their music have been there for us when we needed a lift – the funniest thing is that these records sound like they were just recorded. They are timelss.
For the lovers of Rap and good music, if you haven’t heard one of Notorious B.I.G’s songs then you have probably been living in oblivion. Everyone must have heard at least one of his chart breakers and you will agree with us that Notorious B.I.G is hip hop’s greatest lyricist which has made many regard him as the originator of the world popular genre. Over the past decade and a half, even in his absence, “Biggie” has grown from a prominent rapper to a music icon. Even the most out of touch music fan knows his classics, including “Juicy,” “Hypnotize,” “Notorious,” and "One More Chance Remix." He definitely had a flow which is second to none in the industry.
If not for anything, there’s some significant factor that has endeared this great rapper to fans across the world even while he is sixth feet below – he is respected for his story telling ability which encompasses his freestyling skill and his simple with simple beats making it look easy. The game has changed now with the invention of music technology to ease off the stress involved in music production, Biggie did it the old-fashioned way: word of mouth, radio spins, flossy videos, and a whole lot of talent.
Unlike some other artist, Biggie had the special ability to create verses in his head and was able to freestyle tracks on the microphone without the use of paper and paper – today, stars like Lil Wayne, Common, Kanye West, Jay Z and Ja Rule have emulated this technique.
Notorious B.I.G is celebrated across the world for his contribution as one of the all-time greatest hip-hop artists. His songs and lyrics have been used by some of the famous faces in hip hop and R & B, such as Fat Joe, 50 Cent, Pharell, Snoop Dogg, Alicia Keys, Busta Rhymes, Jay Z and Ashanti just to mention a few.
We join the world to celebrate the progress of hip-hop today through Notorious B.I.G.
Charlie David isn’t your regular guy who kind of stumbled upon music because he’s bored and jobless; unlike most serious inclined individuals, Charles delved into music as a medical student, successfully combining both passions; music and medicine and today, he is a doctor with the passion for curing individuals with his skills and talent.
Charles Obidi Nnedu a graduate of Kharkiv national medical university, Kharkiv, Ukraine, where he studied medicine is the sixth out of seven children whose early inspiration were the likes of Bob Marley, Micheal Jackson, Sade Adu, Tracy Chapman, Westlife, Nsync, Fela, and a whole lot more.
Although not currently signed to any record label, there’s been no slowing down as the aspiring achiever has performed in lots of shows as well as in many clubs, University events and parties in Ukraine.
Talking about his genre of music and source of inspiration, Charlie says- “I'd say my music encompasses almost every popular genre however, specifically, I’d say it’s more of: World, Soul, RnB, Party and Country. Inspiration for my music comes from everything and everyone surrounding me and since I am guided my emotions I would also say my inspiration depends most importantly only my mood.”
In addition, Charlie a believer of sensible music adds “I would describe my music simply as everything but meaningless cos there is always something to learn from any of my songs as each carries its own message.”
Humorously when asked about whether he raps and sings he answers playfully saying although he wouldn’t categorically state that he sucks at rap, singing is his thing and that’s what he totally loves. Also, he lists 2Face, Seal, Michael Buble, Asa and others as people he would love to work with.
Expectedly as a relatively new dude in the music industry, lots of challenges are sure and to this he says- “ I have faced and presently still facing as i gain grounds in the music industry : Appeal ability and acceptability in the Nigerian market. This is a major problem as my style of music is new and many people are not used to it, so my fan base is gradually growing.”
Charlie who believes in a true artiste mastering instruments plays both the drums and Acoustic guitar and deliciously, he also writes songs and is passionate about medicine and acting. Lastly dropping his last words he gives his opinion about the current Nigeria breeds in music as compared to the earlier generation.
“In my opinion I'll say the Nigerian music presently is declining in potency and quality at a very rapid rate as opposed to what it used to be in the earlier years and as they say, music has a massive potential in influencing the listener and for our younger generations, what we give them now is very far from what they need to be given.”- he said.
Over the years R & B has become one of the pillars in the music industry with its flock of exceptional artists who have done the industry proud with some of their viral recordings, not only can they sing; some of them possess the extra dance ingredient that puts them ahead of every other person – which is why artists like Usher, Neyo, Chris Brown and Justin Bieber are on the top of their games at the moment.
Retracing the history of this great genre back to a century, you will agree with us that the story will be incomplete without the exploit of one of its finest individuals; we can’t forget to mention the resume of Marques Houston: as an actor, lead star of the early 90s boy band Immature/IMx (back when Houston was performing under the name "Batman") and later solo R&B star.
At a very tender age of 12-years-old he made his debut in the entertainment industry – a bold step which has witnessed tons of highs and low in his career and today that he is one of the proud flag bearers of R & B in the music industry, whether he is spitting on a record, or dancing to save his reputation in a movie, or his scored roles on television sitcoms like A Different World, Sister Sister etc. the fact remains that he is loyal to his hustle.
After much success with his musical group IMx and also playing a major role in the release of 6 albums, Houston called it quits as he forged ahead in actualizing his solo career which kick started in 2003 with the release of his debut album MH. Spawning the hits “That Girl” and “All Because Of You,” Houston’s album came in at number 5 on Billboards R&B charts.
He followed-up with his second album Naked two years later which featured sexually charged hits like, “Naked,” and “Sex With You,” and he made headlines with the release of his third album, Veteran which debuted at the number 1 on Billboard’s R&B charts upon its release in 2007.
His fourth and fifth albums, Mr. Houston and Mattress Music proved to be a success commercially after it hit the stores in 2009 and 2010 respectively.
After taking a break from the music industry, he hit the studio and released his sixth album Famous which has enjoyed massive airplay and rotation. But once again the “Lifetime” crooner has gone off the radar.
We miss this superstar and showstopper and we hope that he once again finds his feet in what he does best.read more
Single – Agidi
Artiste – Ruggedman, Wande Coal
Producer – Tyrone
Running Time – 3:49
Label – Rugged Records
It’s not surprising that every artiste have a different approach to their music rendition to suit their numerous fans and listeners which has worked for them over the years – this is a proof that recording needs the right approach and beat to go viral.
With an upscale beat by Tyrone , well mixed instrumentals by Sheyman, the right lyrics and flow to the beat by veteran rapper Ruggedman and Nigeria’s singing sensation Wande Coal aka Black Diamond Wande Coal; it’s no doubt that this track might signal the rejuvenation of “Ruggedy Baba”.
With over ten years in the Nigerian music industry as the most featured rapper having featured in over 180 tracks we didn’t expect less from him on his new track “Agidi” – in relation to our everyday lives, it means: “Only the stubborn gets it done”
A month ago, Wande Coal’s verse on this song leaked and it immediately went viral. Unknown to many, it was a part of this Ruggedman‘s new recording; this shows the quality of the “Black Diamond” – his flow with the beat and timing is awesome.
There are tons of good singers out there, but Wande Coal is different from the lot with immense talent.
In as much as we agree with Ruggedman on his bar on the track that: “Ten years in the game no be beans” we would like to rate it a 7/10.
Not many people stay true to their dreams, especially, if they have to battle it out with the hustle and obstacles of life. However, this musical superstar broke all odds, took the bull by the horn and came out victorious. He is a man that is very well respected in the Kenyan entertainment industry as well as considered as one of the most influential personalities in the country. He is a freestyle genius that many have come to know as “Nonini”.
Nonini, whose real name is Hubert Nakitare, is a hip hop artist originally signed to Calif Records, but later joined Homeboyz Productions. The young Nonini caught the ‘freestyling’ bug in 1999 like many of his peers when Urban Kenyan Music was kicking in. A friend and fellow MC called T.I.T.O. introduced him to Clement Rapudo and Paul Nunda, better known as Clemo (the producer) and Juacali (the artiste) and together they began the ‘Genge (Mass Music) Revolution’.
He was officially introduced to the Kenyan urban music scene through his debut single "Nonini ni Nani?" However, his steady rise to national and regional popularity did not begin until his 2002 track "Manzi wa Nairobi," a song which praised the beauty of Kenyan women: the song was more like the “African Queen” by 2face. His follow-up single "Weh Kamu" was equally a success. Nonini went on to release his debut album “Hanyaring Game” in late 2004 which included the hit "Keroro" - a sheng term for beer.
Like many other MC’s in the industry, Nonini represents Genge. Genge is a Swahili word meaning ‘masses’ thus his music is basically ‘Music for the Masses’. His music uses a raw format of slanguistic Swahili known as sheng which is quite understood on the Kenyan streets.
Nani Mwenza, his collaboration track with Tanzanian musician Juma Nature, became a regional hit. In his most recent great creations, he has collaborated with local artist, Nameless, to create a Friday anthem appropriately title "Furahiday" which received massive airplay. Both songs were on his second album Mwisho Ya Mawazo, released in 2007. The album featured number of more guest musicians, including Nyota Ndogo, Mercy Myra, Professor Jay and Q-Chief.
In August 2007, Nonini was among 100 most influential Kenyans as selected by The Standard newspaper. Nonini won the best music video category at the Chaguo La Teeniez Awards in 2008 for his video "Mtoto Mzuri"
Nonini is a half Luhya and half Kamba. Therefore, entrepreneurship has always been in his blood. He owns a clothing line called Nonini Wear and a Video Production Agency called Pro Habo. Nonini is currently a freelance artiste, recording music in the different production houses and recording studios as he feels fit for any particular song he does. He once endorsed a Motorola V550 phone during a Safaricom promotion through their dealer Com21 Ltd.
He was awarded “International Lifestyle Ambassador by Limkokwing University. This award has also been granted to distinguish VIP’s such as Mel Gibson, Bruce Davey, Festus Moghae (President Of Botswana 1998-2008), Prime Minister of Malaysia, amongst others.read more
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