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PSquare’s Peter Okoye debuts dance reality show

Peter Okoye, one half of Nigeria’s afro-pop duo, PSquare, has launched dance television reality show,…

Olamide, Reminisce headline Dagrin memorial concert

The 5th memorial concert for late rapper, Dagrin – real name, Olaitan Olanipekun – will…

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Afro-pop is the next big thing in the world – Black Chiney

Four-time Grammy award winning DJs, Black Chiney, made up of four Chinese-Jamaicans – DJ English…

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I abandoned oil firm job for music – Mr 2kay 

Singer Mr. 2Kay – real name, Abinye Jumbo – broke onto the music scene in 2013. Known for his hit, Bubugaga, 2kay has performed with artistes such as May7ven and Moelogo. In 2012, he started a charity event where he goes to the waterside in Port Harcourt to give food…

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My imagination is very wild – ​Nigerian artist, ​Toby Grey

Nigerian Pop/ R&B singer, Toby Grey, born Tobiloba Adeyemi in this interview with PREMIUM TIMES talks about her budding music career and why she did a Gboju, a cover of Kiss Daniel’s hit single, Woju. The 20-year old final year student of the University of Lagos, who is also a…

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How I helped discover Ayinla Omowura, 88-year-old Apala drummer narrates

One of the members of the musical crew of Ayinla Omowura, the late Yoruba musician who sang a genre known as Apala, has narrated how the band was formed. The 88-year-old Rahmon Adewale spoke to PREMIUM TIMES at a public function in Abeokuta, about 35 years after the death of…

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I’m the first white singer signed to a Nigerian label- Lioness Oyinbo

Lioness Oyinbo is a blogger, journalist, fiction writer and singer. The entertainer whose real name is Lynn Siri Martinussen is Norwegian but an afrobeat singer. Her latest single is a duet with Nigerian singer, Lace, Let's Go Party. She is signed to Slim Entertainment Records, a Nigerian label. In this…

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T​aylor Swift named Global recording artist of 2014

American singer, Taylor Swift, has been named the 2014 International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, IFPI, Global Recording Artist for the most popular recording artist across music downloads, streaming and physical format sales worldwide. No African musician made the top 10 selling artist list as UK/Irish band, One Direction, who…

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Don Jazzy says Reekado Banks’ Kataput not dis at Dbanj

Mavin boss, Donjazzy, has denied insinuations that Reekado Banks’ single, Katapot, was intended as a “dis” towards former Mo’Hits artistes, Dbanj and Wande Coal. Mo’hits dissolved in 2012 following a series of misunderstandings between co-founders, Don Jazzy and Dbanj, Wande Coal, who after the split joined the producer’s new label,…

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Sam Smith wins big at Grammys 2015

The Grammys 2015 took place at Staples Centre Los Angeles on Sunday, February 8. British born singer and songwriter, Sam Smith won big, taking home four awards in four major categories. The categories were Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year for his hit song Stay With…

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Beyonce, Sam Smith, Pharell top Grammys 2015 nominees’ list

The event is set to hold at the Staples centre, Los Angeles California on February 8. At the top of the nominees list this year with six nominations are Beyonce, Sam Smith and Pharell Williams. Other nominees include Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Wiz Kalifa, Nicki Minaj and many others. See…

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D’banj celebrates 10th year anniversary

Afro-pop star, D'Banj, kicked off the celebration of his tenth year anniversary as an artiste in Lagos with a party attended by fans with a quick appearance by American celebrity, Amber Rose. The show ‎which held at Oceanview, Victoria Island, Lagos,‎ started late- 12:30 am against the stated 7pm. Tickets…

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Nigeria2015: Fuji musician, Pasuma, calls for violence-free elections

As the general election draws closer, popular Fuji musician, Wasiu Alabi Odetola, popularly known as Pasuma, has called on all Nigerians to ensure a violence-free poll. Pasuma, who has over 35 albums to his credit, made this call while speaking with a radio station in Aarhus, Denmark, Planetmundus.com , about…

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Davido releases single, video, The Sound

Davido kicks off 2015 with the release of ‎The Sound, featuring South Africa's Uhuru and Dj Buck. The Sound, a single off his untitled sophomore‎ album was produced by Uhuru and Shizzi‎. In the video shot by Sesan in Dubai, Davido goes sky diving, ‎jumping out of a plane, He…

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I’m not broke; have a deal with Apple – D’banj

Nigerian artiste, D’banj, has denied rumours that he is broke. D’banj, who in 2012 left the record label he co-founded, Mo’Hits, following conflict with his partner Don Jazzy, has been rumoured to be on the brink of financial ruin. Critics have also lambasted him for failing to produce a hit…

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“He was jealous” – D’banj blames Dr Sid for Mo’hits split

Nigerian artiste, D’banj has blamed Dr. Sid for the rift between Dbanj and his former partner, Don Jazzy, which led to the break-up for their famous label, Mo'Hits. Dbanj recently spoke on the show, The Truth With Olisa, the video of which PREMIUM TIMES retrieved from YouTube. The Kokomaster, as…

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God instructs my music – Kee

Kee is a gospel artiste from a musical family. He is the second of three children in his family. His passion for gospel music has heightened since he joined the choir at 10 years old and has not looked back since. PT: Tell us about yourself! Kee: My name is…

Nigeria’s music, film industry regressing –​ ​​Veteran Manager, ​Biosah

A veteran artiste manager, Dili Biosah, says Nigeria’s music and film industries are regressing in contrast to applauses they are receiving. Speaking in an interview in Abuja, he observed that the industries ought to have gone beyond their present status. He said that with technology, sounds are now clearer but…

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5 Nigerian artistes fans expect new albums from in 2015

2014 is gone with its disappointment and 2015 is fresh, full of hope. PREMIUM TIMES takes a look at five Nigerian artistes who need to release an album in 2015 to continue their rise, end long droughts or make up for dismal efforts in 2014. ‎ Wande Coal The former…

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Davido, Shoki, 30 Days in Atlanta, other​s​ top entertainment news in 2014

PREMIUM TIMES takes a look at the winners and losers of 2014 in Nigerian entertainment. Winners Davido: The multiple award winning afro pop sensation, Davido, ruled the airwaves with his music and crowned it with awards and endorsements. With his 2013 hit single, Skelewu, still fresh, he released the monster…

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Why I have a double CD debut album- Praiz

The 2008 MTN Project Fame runner up, Praiz -real name, Praise Adejo - has finally released his debut album after several hit singles. The album, titled after one of his hit singles, Rich & Famous, was released as a double CD album. Praiz, who is signed to the label, X3M,spoke…

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Patoranking, Davido, Olamide emerge biggest winners at Headies

Budding dancehall artiste, Patoranking, emerged the star of the night at the 2014 edition of the Headies Awards which took place at Eko Hotel and Suites on Sunday, December 14, 2014. Patoranking, who became well-known in 2014, won three awards: Best Collabo alongside WizzyPro, Skales and Runtown on the hit,…

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INTERVIEW: I​ started singing to lure girls — Shaydee

EME artiste, Shaydee - real name, Shadrach Adeboye, talks about his in music, his label, and hitting the limelight. ‎ PT: Tell us about yourself. Shaydee: I'm the second child in a family of four. I was born in Kano state but moved to ​Lagos at an early age with…

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My life as a female drummer – Ibikunoluwa Akinrinde

Ibikunoluwa Akinrinde is a drummer and member of a gospel band in Abeokuta. She specialises in playing the talking drum. She talked to PREMIUM TIMES about her passion for drumming and inspiration. PT: Tell us about yourself. Ibukun: I am the first child in a family of six. I have…

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Plaintainshun Boiz reunite at Hennessy Artistry 2014

The 2014 Hennessy Artistry ended on Saturday, December 6, following weeks of a club tour headlined by Tuface and Wizkid. The event, which went old-school, took place at the Landmark Event Centre in Victoria Island, Lagos. There were performances by late 90s and early 2000s Nigerian stars including Daddy Showkey,…