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AFRIMA Gets Nigeria’s FG Full Support To Hosts 2019 Edition

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The Federal Government has promised its full support for the successful hosting of the 2019 All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA), as the country prepares to host the glamorous event in Lagos 20-23 November 2019, with the theme: ”Feel Africa”.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made the promise in a statement in Lagos on Sunday.

”When you look at the All Africa Music Awards, it’s one of the biggest awards for the music industry in Africa, and what government has done in the past is to provide the enabling environment for the awards to take place.

”We provided support services for AFRIMA, we gave them the backing they need and I think it’s on record that the AFRIMA editions that have been held in Nigeria have been among the most successful.

”This year again, we are ready to partner AFRIMA professionally, give them the maximum support such as effective media coverage and also help them in reaching out to other critical stakeholders,” the Minister said.

He said part of the reasons why Nigeria has successfully hosted the music awards is because the country has relaxed its visa regime, with the visa on arrival policy, thus making it easier for people to come in.

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AFRIMA, which was first held in 2014, was established in collaboration with the African Union (AU) to reward and celebrate musical talents and creativity in Africa as well as to promote African Cultural Heritage.

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Healing is here As Sean Dampte’s timely hit ‘Adura’ debuts

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Previous months have been devastating throughout the world. Thankfully, the world may have just been saved by a Nigerian ‘prayer’.

Plagued by what appears to be a precursor to the apocalypse, the earth may have just found longlasting respite as Nigerian singer, Sean Dampte, signed to Savage Music Limited, offers a melodious prayer in this new tune titled ‘Adura’, which is currently going viral just as wildfire.

According to the sensational act, ‘Adura’, a language spoken among the Yoruba in the Western part of Nigeria, which means Prayer, projects a feel-good, groovy swirl of Afrobeat and Pop, served on a genius instrumental with elements of reggae, more reason why a lot of people couldn’t do without the tune.

Echoing its way through the fans’ senses, this prayer for life, money and happiness by hitmaker, Sean Dampte reminds one of the need to stand firm in our hearts as our bodies pay obeisance to the rhythm of ‘Adura’.

A part of the lyrics resonates upliftment and hope. “Adura gbemisoke.. loke loke..” suggests a lifting up from the depths of worry, and a projection into the light.

Speaking further, the Awoodah General, as he is fondly called, expressed that the song came at the right time to rescue the world.

More so, listening to the tune, one would find oneself smiling ever so often as the lyrics of the Awoodah General resonates through the listener’s spirit.

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Another replay is one of many feelings this song elicits as you approach the final seconds of the awesome number. The track Audra is available on all digital platforms! Have a listen and join in the ‘Adura’ that the world needs desperately right now.

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Majek Fashek: Nigerian reggae lord dies aged 57  in New York 

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Nigerian reggae lord, Majekodunmi Ifakiisheeke popularly known as Majek Fashek, who helped bring African music through his reggae, rock genres to world audiences with hits like Prisoner of Conscience, which included the multiple award-winning single “Send Down the Rain” has died in New York.

The legend, aged 57,   was born March 7, 1963  in Benin City to an Edo Old Bendel State mother and a Ijesha father and died June 2, 2020.

It was reliably gathered that the singer songwriter and guitarist died after battling with cancer for almost a year.

Fashek’s manager, Uzoma Day Omenka who confirmed the sad news on the singer’s Instagram page on Tuesday morning disclosed that he died 11.45 pm June 1, 2020, Nigerian time.

According to him, the ‘Rainmaker’ died in New York,  where he was  receiving treatment and not  in London. The manager added  that the doctors advised he should be moved close to his family, which informed his being moved to New York where his wife and children live.

Uzoma informed that the singer,  Majek was separated from his family for 10 years until last year September when he reunited with them on the advice of his doctors.

“We moved him from London to New York last September on the advice of the doctors that he should stay close to the family. Majek reunited with his family last year after 10 years of separation. He died in their company, ” he added.

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 Fashek worked with various artists worldwide including Tracy ChapmanJimmy CliffMichael JacksonSnoop Dogg, and Beyoncé.

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Anigilaje Hits The Market

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As part of activities marking the 40th anniversary of the exit of an Apala icon, Alhaji Waidi Ayinla Omowura, an album titled ‘Anigilaje’ has been released in his honour.

Packaged by a university don, Professor Oyetola Oniwide, who is also the presenter of ‘Orin Apala’ on Family FM, Abeokuta, Anigilaje is a collaborative effort of the sensational Fuji star, Alhaji Sefiu Alao, an Apala singer and daughter of Ayinla Omowura, Queen Halimat Omowura, a surviving member of Omowura Band, Chief Sikiru Oyewole and a former member of the band, Alhaji Kemuye Ramoni. Ayinla Omowura’s lead talking drummer, the 95-year- old legendary Alhaji Ramoni Adewole Oniluola spiced the record with his unique drumming dexterity.

With versatile Sefiu Alao taking the lead as vocalist, the 13- track Anigilaje features tracks like, ‘e je ka f’orin se ‘ranti’ where the late Apala maestro was eulogised for his contribution to the music industry. The trio of Oyewole, Halimat and Kemuye sang separate tracks like: ise ere, ka f’adura siwaju ohun gbogbo and others.

The immediate past governor of Ogun state, His Excellency, Senator Ibikunle Amosun was highly appreciated for his unprecedented effort of renovating the Itoko, Abeokuta residence of Omowura. The track ‘Amosun se bebe’ is a dedication to him.

Anigilaje also has a philosophical message of admonition for Nigerians. It cautions the populace against being wasteful, especially in this period of austerity. ‘e ma f’ounje sofo’ delivered the message.

It will be recalled that Late Alhaji Ayinla Omowura was murdered by his estranged band manager, Fatai Bayewumi during a barroom brawl at Ago ‘ka Abeokuta on May 6,1980.

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