MUSIC

Talent hunt encounter with Sound Sultan, 21 years ago

Pius Amolo, presenting 1st Prize to Sound Sultan at NISOFES 2000 Grand Finale, in Lagos. Pic: c/o NIsOFES.

IN the year that Olanrewaju Abdul-Ganiu Fasasi, known by his stage name Sound Sultan, released his debut single, he was one of the contestants at a 2000 edition talent hunt show Nigeria International Song Festival (NISOFES). Born on November 27, 1976, Sultan died July 11, 2021.Read More.
 
Three generations of evergreen Nigerian vocalists

Queen Salawa Abeni, Pic: c/o the artiste.

AS much as clear voice can be linked to successful musical career, not all vocalists of great pitching always make success of every song. However, it's important to recognise those musicians or singers, across genres and languages, whose natural vocalist chords have been of tremendous boost to the Nigerian music industry. Read more.
 
Future of Fuji music against past golden four decades
 
Founder of Fuji music, Chief  (Dr) Sikiru Ayinde Barrister (February 9, 1948-December 16, 2010). Pic: c/o of Siki Oluyole Records.
  
AS a teenage boy, growing up in Mushin, a Lagos suburb of the 1970s, the unfolding interest of the people in modern traditional music was, subconsciously, observed. Irrespective of what religion anyone belonged, it was impossible not to notice how every dawn period in the month of Ramadan included the 'Ajisari' culture, a musical known then as 'Were.' MORE.  
How Majek Fashek boosted black consciousness
Majek Fashek. Pic: BBC.

Majekodunmi Fasheke, otherwise known as Majek Fashek, was announced into stardom by the rain in 1988. Again, the raining season, in Nigeria, announced his death, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. He was 57 when death took him away from his home in New York. Read more.

Allen not co-founder of Afrobeat, says Yeni Kuti

Yeni Kuti. Pic: Gettyimages.

It took the death of Tony Allen for a sudden change of narrative in the trajectory of Afrobeat to surface. After the death of Allen, quite a number of media outlets within and outside Africa described him as "co-founder of Afrobeat," with Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Read more.

Celebrating Ayinla Omowura with 'Life and Times of an Apala Legend

Book cover. Pic: c/o the author.

Four decades after the death of musician, Ayinla Omowura, a deserved honour has been accorded the then maestro of apala music. A book titled Ayinla Omowura: Life and Times of an Apala Legend, wriien by Festus Adedayo has been unveiled, Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at the palace of Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III. Read more. 

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