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Nigeria's Fast-Rising Duo, Bracket, To Receive Honorary Award In The U.S

by Nigeria Music Network / 8,442 Views

Nigeria's fast-rising duo group, and 'Yori Yori' crooners, Bracket, is highly becoming a house hold name in North America.

Thanks to their fans and supporters in diaspora, the Enugu born duo, Bracket, is poised to receive a Honorary award from the city of Philadelphia at the African American Museum of Philadelphia in a  Banquet event scheduled for August 3, 2012.

They will join the likes of Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey who received a similar recognition in Boston.

Although, Bracket have been met with challenges and unforeseen circumstances along the way, they aren’t slowing down either and are taking North America by storm with their new album release, even though Yori Yori still remains indisputably the most popular. Also, they will be performing at the 5th Annual African Music Festival, September 4, kicking off a one month tour in Philly – BRACKET-MANIA RELOADED, AUG 5 through September 2, 2012.

The ACANA festival is hosted  by ACANA in collaboration with AfriQtalk, the African American Museum of Philadelphia, Delaware River Waterfront Corporation,World Audience Promotions, and Peco Energy. The African Music Festival is a one day free event, sponsored by the Philadelphia Mayor’s Commission on African & Caribbean Immigrant Affairs, Department of Behavioral Health & Intellectual Disabilities, Children Crisis Treatment Center, Browns Family Shoprite, Cozen O’Connor, The Welcoming Center, Chester Avenue Business Association, Funtimes Magazine, and Liberian United Women in Progress.

Who is ACANA? African Cultural Alliance of North America Inc., ACANA was founded in Southwest Philadelphia in 1999 in order to bridge the gap between African immigrants and the existing African American communities in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, an area of the city where most of the agency’s targeted clients, (African refugees, asylum seekers, and other immigrant populations) have been resettled. ACANA was originally started by Voffee Jabateh, MSW, as a cultural organization to support African artists/ musicians in their efforts to establish themselves within the United States.

The goal is to help African immigrant artists ensure continuity within their new location, as well as to assist in cultural preservation within this new environment. However, due to overwhelming requests for additional help by the ever-expanding population of African refugee, asylee and immigrant community members in dealing with the stressors associated with adjusting to their new community; ACANA was incorporated in 1999 as a non-profit social service agency.

Source: XlusiveMedia

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BRYMO BIOGRAPHY (Nigerian Artist)

by Nigeria Music Network / 8,369 Views

Ashimi Olawale Brymo” was Born in Lagos in 1986, He is the only child of a carpenter father and a petty trader mother. He was raised in a suburb called okokomaiko in Lagos state. And like most ghetto kids he grew up in a community where opportunities were hard, but despite all the hardship, his parents ensured that he got an average education, and a good up-bringing.

He attended Aganju aka primary school okokomaiko, lagos. 1990-1997 He later attended Ajangbadi high school 1997-2003). Olawale gained admission into Lagos state university in 2007 where he studied zoology.

In 1999, Olawale wrote his first chorus at age 14. In 2002 he came together with three other friends and they started a band called ALIENS. Brymo played a very important part as a member of the group, his job being writing and compositions of songs. In a period of two years, he wrote over 85 songs. In 2005 the group broke up as some members had to go back to school.

Later that year he moved on to a solo career, recording his 1st single. In 2007 He came in contact with a local talent manager who helped him record his debut Album ‘BRYMSTONE‘. Later that year Music was slow in the year as he got admitted into the lagos state university. In 2008, he went on to promote his then hit single Shawdy with a video that gained maximum airplay nationwide which got him nominations and rave reviews. The video went on to be the number 2 spot on the MTV base African top ten countdowns and number one on the Nigezee top ten.

In 2010 he hooked up with Nigerian sensational Rapper M.I, whom later introduced him to Jesse Jagz and Iceprince ushering him into chocolate city music label.

He has been described as the master of hooks; this is because of his contribution to the success of Iceprince monster hit single Oleku’.

On 18 September 2011 Brymo dropped his 1st single under Chocolate City. Within 12 months of being in the limelight, and without a mainstream single to his name, Brymo has already being touted by many as Nigeria’s hook master but this changed as soon as the single ARA dropped.

ARA is Brymo’s 1st official single as an artiste under Chocolate City. ARA was the number 6 trending topic globally on twitter and the song rose to the top as the number 1 song in the country on cool fm Top Ten as well as dominating the MTN Nigeria top 10 jamz chart.

He has had collaborations as well as featured on the works of M.I, Ice Prince, Jesse Jagz, Ill Bliss, Sasha, 2 Shotz, Playboy, SARZ, Mikky, just to name a few.

Courtesy Chocolate City Group
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PAYDAY: Wizkid Gets N3 Million For One Hour Of Performance

by Nigeria Music Network / 8,287 Views

For those wondering, 3 million naira is equivalent to 20,000 USD and about 13,000 GBP.

Fortune must really be smiling on the newest kid on the block in the music scene in Nigeria at the moment and if possible, for a very long time; I am talking about no other person than Ayo Balogun Ibrahim known in the entertainment industry as Wizkid “Weezy”. There is no doubt in the fact that he is right now the best thing happening in the music industry at the moment.

Since his debut album “Super Star”, he has been head lining musical concerts and growing from strength to strength which makes him the envy of all other artistes at the moment. This also means more money to the singer. Just recently, he was contacted to perform at an Oando sponsored event which was held at the city hall penultimate week where he performed alongside O4kasibe crooner DJ Zeez.

It will interest you to know that he was paid a whopping N1.5million for his less than 1hr performance; but just after his performance and he was about leaving the stage, the MD/C.E.O of Oando PLC, Mr. Wale Tinubu, beckoned on the young singer and told him to continue and as a result, eyewitness said an additional N1.5million was added to his fee.

The elated Wizkid obviously amazed and short of words sang Wale Tinubu's praises to heaven. He was heard singing something like “Uncle Wale, Wan bad gan; Uncle Mi, Uncle Wale wan bad gan”. If Na you nko, sey you no go turn hip hop music to Fuji, not when you see the money involved. It's your time bro; make you spend it well and not laolao like they say.

-Nigeria Music Network
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