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How Nigerian musicians helped my victory in 2015 presidential election — Buhari

Buhari thanks Nigerian musicians for helping him to power

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​Tuface, Wizkid, Zango, others to star at Kaduna Music Festival

Tickets go for between 500 and N5000.

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Police unveil musician, Korede Bello, as Youth Ambassador

“Korede Bello, you are the positive representation of Nigerian youths and on this occasion, the Nigeria Police celebrates you.”

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Tuface receives traditional title

Tuface was turbaned ‘Tafidan Kudenda’ in Kaduna.

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Don Jazzy’s Mavins to hold ‘almost-free’ concert

Tickets will be bought via the Pay with Capture application.

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Copyright infringement: ​Nigerian artiste​ ​seeks N500m compensation from MTN

Barely a week after the Nigerian Communications Commission slammed MTN Nigerian a $5.2 billion fine for disobeying regulatory directives, a N500 million suit has been filed against the telecoms giant for alleged copyright infringement.

The suit was filed at the Federal High Court, Abuja by a musician and entertainer, Omenuwoma Dovie, popularly known in entertainment circles as ‘Baba 2010’.

In the suit, No. FHC/ABJ/CS/895/15 dated November 4, 2015, Mr. Dovie sought a declaration of the court that the sale of four of his songs, namely “Gentlemen”, “Omotena”, “Twisted”, and “Unity Song” originally titled “Buy Africa”, to customers without a contractual agreement with him violated his copyright.

In his statement of claims filed in support of his suit, the musician said the songs were contained in MTN’s 2005 Compact Disc album titled “Twisted”, allegedly reproduced and sold to over 60 million of the telecom company’s subscribers and customers nationwide at N50 each for a month.

The Counsel to the musician, Ogaga Ifowodo of Felix, Igelige & Associates, said the suit became necessary following the breakdown of negotiations for an amicable settlement of the “flagrant and sustained violation by MTN Nigeria of copyright to the four original musical compositions and recordings of the musician.”

Mr. Ifowodo asked the court to declare the sale of the four songs by MTN to its subscribers for about six years without ascertaining the copyright constitutes, a flagrant violation of his client’s copyright.

He said notice of copyright violation, which included the musician’s moral rights in one of the compositions, was sent by the musician through his counsel to MTN in a letter dated August 6, 2015. The letter also included a demand for compensation for damages.

Following the notice of copyright violation, Mr. Ifowodo said his client had demanded for compensation from MTN.

In the suit, Mr. Dovie said at no time did he assign, lease, permit or license any or all four songs to MTN for commercial use. He listed his witnesses to include Zino Dovie, ThankGod David and Chinonzo Owuwa.

Having waited in vain for the period to be contacted by MTN for a formal permission and for payment for the long unauthorised use of the four songs and profiting from his work, he said had no option than to seek for protection of his property.

Rather than meet his demand, Mr. Dovie said MTN management opted to remove the four songs from its website, although the sale of the songs to subscribers continued through the telecom company’s network.

To demonstrate the illegal act by MTN was a wilful, flagrant and deliberate infringement of his copyright, the musician said MTN wrote to him on October 13, 2015 through its solicitors, Abraham & Co.

Curiously, he said after the telecom company denied any wrong-doing or act of infringement on the copyright to the musician’s songs, it however offered to pay him N10million ex-gratia for an amicable resolution of the matter.

The musician said he promptly rejected the offer, pointing out that it was grossly inadequate as a remedy for the prolonged and flagrant violation of his copyright.

Consequently, he asked the court for an order for MTN to pay him N300 million as general damages for derogatory use of the song, and N100 million each as special damages as well as aggravated and punitive damages for the unlawful infringement of his copyright.

Describing the demand for compensation as conservative, Mr. Dovie said the calculation of the amount MTN m
​ight have made from its illegal sale of the four songs showed that at N50 per song, about N2.5 million was realised a month; N30 million a year and N180 million for six years.

The musician also asked the court for a perpetual injunction restraining MTN, its agents, servants and privies from further selling, offering for a fee or as ring-back tones or caller tunes to customers without first reaching a contractual agreement with him.

The musician wants MTN to pay the damages to him within 30 days.
When contacted for the company’s reaction to the allegation in the suit, its spokesperson, Funso Aina, asked for a formal request from the reporter, to enable MTN respond accordingly.

Mr. Aina did not, however, send the response to the request sent to him as at the time of publishing the story late on Tuesday.

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Majek Fashek urges govt to create system to rehabilitate mental health patients

Fashek himself recently suffered mental imbalance after he was wrecked by drugs and alcohol abuse.

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Reggae musicians back Nigerian govt’s anti-corruption agenda

The musicians demand national recognition for their musical contributions to the country’s development.

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Why I titled my new song “Somebody Great” – Korede Bello

Korede says song aimed at alleviating people from oppression and mental poverty.

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Wizkid, Davido, Olamide, others shine at 2015 NEA Awards

Ace comedian, Bovi, won Comedian of the Year award, just as Stylelezz won the Best Diaspora Artist of the year.

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Musician to drag MTN to court over copyright

MTN says it has noted the claims and was conducting further investigation into matter.

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Why we stopped airing P-Square music videos – Soundcity TV

The TV channel stopped broadcasting P-Square videos January 01.

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Rapper Kanye West to run for 2020 U.S. presidency

If Kanye wins, Kim Kardashian West will become FLOTUS.

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Recuperating Majek Fashek speaks to PREMIUM TIMES, says “I’m responding”

Majek says: “My family is in America, my wife is in America, my children are in America.”

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Majek Fashek admitted to Abuja rehab as band-mate, Swaida, moves to save icon

The fund raising campaign to save the life of the ailing reggae star has so far raised $2,793.

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Davido, Psquare, Dbanj win MTV 2015 awards   

Nigerians won most of the awards.

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Nicki Minaj, Sam Smith, others win ​2015 ​BET Awards

The event held at Staple Centre.

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Iconic Nigerian musician, DanMaraya Jos, is dead

His last known public performance was at the Peoples Democratic Party’s fund raising dinner in Abuja before the 2015 general election.

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Best ​African ​Artist​​ to get $1million at Kora Awards

The 2015 edition of Kora will take place on December 13 in Windhoek, Namibia.

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MTV MAMA 2015: Davido, Wizkid, Yemi Alade, others lead nominations

Nigerian artistes dominate 11 categories again.

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Mtv Base to sponsor 4 ‘creative minds’ to African Music Awards event

The MTV Africa Music Awards 2015 will broadcast live on Saturday July 18, 2015.

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I don’t want “shoki”, “shake your bum” that all Nigeria musicians are doing – Singer, Jah Bless

The rapper says his album is “mad,” “superstar.”

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MTV Africa Music Awards 2015 holds in Durban on July 18

Some African stars who have been awarded at the events are 2Face Idibia, Big Nuz, Davido, D’Banj, Flavour, Gangs of Ballet

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I’m more of a story​teller, says DNA Baba

DNA Baba is a UK returnee.

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Wizkid, Yemi Alade nominated for Best International Act Africa at BET awards

This year’s edition of the award will hold Tuesday, June 30.