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‘My Performance for then Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo in Aso Rock remains Evergreen’-Paul Play I.K.DAIRO, ace Nigerian musician …Reveals untold lessons learnt from father-Chief Dr. I.K Dairo, Africa’s legendary Highlife icon *Nigerian Musicians have been home without job for 8 months and nothing has been done to alleviate their financial losses due to Covid-19, PMAN riddled with leadership controversies *Only source of income for musicians during this pandemic is streaming song on Apple Music and other major platforms *Remarkable success attained on my debut album ‘Mo So Rire’ was on the Lord’s wings *Plus how Dr Mike Adenuga, Chairman Glo mobile showered me with much love, Why I stay out of scandal *BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN Foreign Bureau Chief

‘My Performance for then Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo in Aso Rock remains Evergreen’-Paul Play I.K.DAIRO, ace Nigerian musician …Reveals untold lessons learnt from father-Chief Dr. I.K Dairo, Africa’s...

BREAKING SILENCE AFTER 25 YEARS ON WORLD MUSIC STAGE! Africa’s Queen of Reggae, EVI EDNA OGHOLI ready for international collaboration with AKON, Senegalese born America’s Grammy Award Winner * Europe’s Amazon of Rhythm was the first Nigerian mainstream female reggae artist that took music all over Africa * Remains first female musician to work with Ivorian music legend Tiken Jah Fakoly * New EP ‘Peace and Love’ released has a French track, titled ‘Paris Est Belle’ (Paris is Beautiful) with an Isoko reggae Jazz hit titled ‘Urehe’ meaning ‘It is not Over Until is Over’ * Signed mouth-watering contract on Enorecords LLC in Italy, where she made a record deal, artist management and distribution for five years * Reveal how Nigerian musicians can survive in face of on-going COVID-19 pandemic * “The death of Majek Fashek, was a great lose to Nigerian music industry and Africans at large. I felt Majek Fashek went on holidays because Rastas don’t die”-Evi Edna Ogholi *BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/America Foreign Bureau Chief

BREAKING SILENCE AFTER 25 YEARS ON WORLD MUSIC STAGE! Africa’s Queen of Reggae, EVI EDNA OGHOLI ready for international collaboration with AKON, Senegalese born America’s Grammy Award Winner * Europe’s Amazon of...

Meet Toronto’s Music Star JAY DAVIS HARMONY, The Queen of Soul in Canada …ready for music collaboration with any top African musician, searching for Mr. Right: an intelligent, spiritedly calm man willing to spoil her, love music and be supportive of her career * ‘My first major concert was at the Bamboo club downtown Toronto with artists like Culture and Mutabaruka on the line up’ * Performs on Facebook Live concerts and attract huge following on social media * ‘America is the biggest platform where any musician can get worldwide recognition’ * ‘My current Album ‘No Giving Up’ is titled track ‘No Giving Up’, being a song that is empowering, motivational; tells of dreams and aspirations in the music industry’ * ‘My models are singers like Whitney Houston, Jennifer Hudson, Rihanna; Beyoncé, The Beatles, Elton John; Bob Marley, Beres Hammond, Dennis Brown; Gregory Isaacs, John legend, Etta James, R. Kelly, Prince’ *BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN Foreign Bureau Chief

Meet Toronto’s Music Star JAY DAVIS HARMONY, The Queen of Soul in Canada …ready for music collaboration with any top African musician, searching for Mr. Right: an intelligent, spiritedly calm man willing to...

CONSPIRACY OF LIES THROUGH ENVY: ‘I served Nigerian A-list Comedian, I GO DYE for 12 years, he sold me out to Nigeria Police that I hired assassins to kill him over phony N36million’-TUNDE Biletiri, former publicist, entertainment journalist * ‘He ruined my hard-earned reputation, labeled me a common criminal, a fraudster, a swindler, yahoo boy in street parlance’ * ‘I was picked up by police team from Zonal Investigative Bureau Zone 5. They allegedly called me a Notorious cultist, Assassins’ patron’ * ‘I was forced to write false statements under duress and tortured severely in police custody’ *’In Police custody, I was forced to write a cheque of N25million by Corporal Lazarus despite pleas by Inspector Ebilayefa not to allow me write it since the case was not fraud related. They vowed to use dud cheque to rope me in. They tortured me with a cutlass and threatened to kill me assuring nothing will ever happen to them’ * ‘My unlawful detention and remand in prison for three months was a set up’ *BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN Foreign Bureau

CONSPIRACY OF LIES THROUGH ENVY: ‘I served Nigerian A-list Comedian, I GO DYE for 12 years, he sold me out to Nigeria Police that I hired assassins to kill him over phony N36million’-TUNDE Biletiri, former publicist,...

ONE-ON-ONE-CHAT: SONNY OKOSUNS’ evergreen World Music Concert happened in United States-Robert Okosuns, brother, President of Trans Atlantic Promotion Inc …my family, his wife and children witnessed his last moments at the hospital in Washington DC *Recalled in-performance sold-out shows at Music Against Apartheid Apollo Theatre, NY in 1984, African Music event in Detroit, USA in 1985, Soweto Day at New York Park in 1986, Zimbabwe Independence Concert in 1987 and the Nelson Mandela Welcome Concert *Revealed what he missed most in the Ozziddi King, Real reasons the Nigerian press labeled his home ‘The United Nation’ * After he became an ordained evangelist, he named his band Ozzidi and released hit songs like ‘O.Jesu, Mercy, Esselle, GOD of Abraham, Issac and Jacob, and Let there be light * Hails David Adodo of praise and worship fm 106.1 in Baltimore MD, Sonny Vanderpuye of sunlight radio in Virginia, others for positively re-branding Nigeria’s image Overseas *Why African artists hardly break even in the American music industry *BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN Foreign Bureau Chief

ONE-ON-ONE-CHAT: SONNY OKOSUNS’ evergreen World Music Concert happened in United States-Robert Okosuns, brother, President of Trans Atlantic Promotion Inc …my family, his wife and children witnessed...

ONE-ON-ONE-INTERVIEW: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Nigeria is a Scam -Stereoman Ekwe Akpor Oghene, a Glo ambassador …lament how musicians are suffering, claim: ‘No money, no show, no relief package from government for artists’ survival’ * Claims: “Envious musicians alleged that I killed the mother of my baby which led me to prison where I was placed in remand, but set free after the Federal Ministry of Justice argued that I had no case to answer” * Reveal: ‘I was professionally trained a Tailor, where I made and sew clothes in the past. I channeled the fund I made there to release the music which led to my been signed on a record label’ * Confess: ‘I used to smoke Marijuana very well, but at a time I stopped because I discovered it was not good for my brain, so I quit in 2010’ *Plus how he discovered his unique traditional dance steps, latest album on the way *BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN Foreign Bureau Chief

ONE-ON-ONE-INTERVIEW: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Nigeria is a Scam -Stereoman Ekwe Akpor Oghene, a Glo ambassador …lament how musicians are suffering, claim: ‘No money, no show, no relief package from government...

IN THE EYES OF STORM! Nigerian Musician, D’BANJ sneaked into my hotel room with a spare key, RAPED Me repeatedly and threatened my LIFE-BABATAYO Seyitan, assaulted lady cries out for help ….’I was kidnapped, coerced to recant my allegation, forced to delete my earlier tweet’ * ‘Kokomaster locked me up in police cell with criminals for speaking up against him’ * Bold to share story after artist joined in preaching against rape on Instagram page *Angry Nigerians petition United Nations to remove D’banj as a Youth Ambassador * Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police orders full probe of rape allegation with reference number CB.7000/IGP.SEC/ABJ/VOl.484/801 * D’ Banj fires back angrily: “I have sued the lady (Babatayo Seyitan) for N100million for defaming my hard-earned reputation. I am innocent until proven guilty. Stop social media trial. #SAY no to rape and human rights violation” *BY RAYMOND AMADI/ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR, LAGOS

IN THE EYES OF STORM! Nigerian Musician, D’BANJ sneaked into my hotel room with a spare key, RAPED Me repeatedly and threatened my LIFE-BABATAYO Seyitan, assaulted lady cries out for help ….’I...

BREAKING NEW GROUND @ FEDERAL RADIO CORPORATION OF NIGERIA: Nigerian Ace broadcaster, SEGUN OGUNJOBI brings Fela Kuti’s ideology into COVID-19 album, set to duet AKON, America’s multiple Grammy Award holder …says: ‘I won BBC Media Action/ USAID Award in Investigative Reporting in Nigeria’ * Graduate of performing arts University of Ilorin inspired by global unrest affecting humanity * ‘At four years, ‘Abami-eda’ electrified me into new age Afrobeat music of philosophy and prophesy’ Confesses: ‘Lyrics of Bob Marley, Tupac Shakur, Michael Jackson had influence on me’ ‘My music is born out of vision of the future, rekindling hopes for poor masses, separating bad from good, pointing out dangerous trends people should avoid and celebrating essentially workers as heroes of our time’ *GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICA Foreign Bureau Chief

BREAKING NEW GROUND @ FEDERAL RADIO CORPORATION OF NIGERIA: Nigerian Ace broadcaster, SEGUN OGUNJOBI brings Fela Kuti’s ideology into COVID-19 album, set to duet AKON, America’s multiple Grammy Award holder …says:...

Nigerian-British Mercury award nominated rapper, BEN CHIJIOKE, a.k.a TY dies of COVID-19 in London…Tears as tributes pour in for 47-year old music-maker * Deceased released debut album “Awkward” in 2001, ‘Go-FUND-Me’ raised for him * His follow-up, “Upward”, nominated for the Mercury in 2004 alongside Amy Winehouse * “Ty was admitted to hospital with complications related to COVID-19, and was put in a medically-induced coma. He woke up and appeared to be getting better but last week contracted pneumonia in hospital, and died on May 7”-Diane Laidlaw, Fund-raising page organiser *BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF & RIKKY EDWARD/ENTERTAINMENT REPORTER, UK

Nigerian-British Mercury award nominated rapper, BEN CHIJIOKE, a.k.a TY dies of COVID-19 in London…Tears as tributes pour in for 47-year old music-maker * Deceased released debut album “Awkward” in 2001, ‘Go-FUND-Me’ raised...

AFRICA MOURNING: TONY ALLEN, World’s greatest Drummer, godfather of Afrobeat Rhythms dies of Heart Attack at Pompidou Hospital in Paris …Fela Kuti’s former music director battled Aortic rupture disease to stay alive, plus his last interview few weeks ago in France *79 years old musician latest album titled ‘Rejoice’ in collaboration with south African trumpeter, Hugh Masakela trend on Billboards * ‘Tony Allen is dead. He died of heart attack. He had no contact with Coronavirus disease. He was the greatest drummer that ever lived’-Eric Trosset, manager to Tony Allen * Why publicist earlier tried to hide the demise of Afrobeat maestro-INVESTIGATION * BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN Foreign Bureau Chief & DAMIEN YERMT/Reporter, France

AFRICA MOURNING: TONY ALLEN, World’s greatest Drummer, godfather of Afrobeat Rhythms dies of Heart Attack at Pompidou Hospital in Paris …Fela Kuti’s former music director battled Aortic rupture disease...