Sir Shina Peters: Still Relevant Many Years After

Sir-Shina-Peters.jpg

A lot of terms/adjectives are attached to the name of Sir Shina Peters. If one searches online, you’ll be sure to see terms like ‘veteran’, ‘legendary’ and ‘maestro’ attached to his name. permit me to include one more- Relevant. Let me tell you why.

The recent edition of Afropolitan Vibes (a monthly live concert series that invites artists of all genres to perform live alongside host band Bantu at Freedom Park’s Amphitheatre in Lagos.) held recently and even though I couldn’t attend the show in person, I had a colleague of mine attend. After the show was done, she came back with one major tale: Shina Peters gave an amazing performance. I was stunned. Shina Peters of all the acts who performed on the night gave the best performance? How? Isn’t he 58? Wouldn’t old age have caught up with him? These were some of the questions moving through my mind after me and my colleague were done talking about the show.

Still not satisfied with what I’d just heard, I went online to look for proof that SSP as he is fondly called had given a superb performance and boy, was I shocked! I saw video after video of him rolling back the years on the Afropolitan Vibes stage and to say I was impressed was an understatement. One of the commenters on a video I saw @OAUsingles who wrote via Twitter said: “For those of you that don’t know Sir Shina Peters.. He was the 2face, Wizkid and Davido your moms were tripping for in those days.”  (sic) He couldn’t be more correct. Before there was Davido, Wizkid and Olamide, there was Shina Peters.

Sir Shina Peters is part of a golden generation of musicians who some say practised true music. This is because they made most of their music without the aid of software as against what is obtainable today. If you heard a trumpet on a Shina Peters record, be rest assured that it was a human playing the instrument and not a machine. Anytime they had a show, these musicians performed with members of their band in tow. Tales abound of the retinue of musicians that accompanied Shina and other musicians in his class (including King Sunny Ade, Sir Victor Uwaifo, Ebenezer Obey, Victor Olaiya, K1 The Ultimate and Surprisingly Femi Kuti) on their performances around the world.

There is talk that the re-emergence SSP is currently enjoying boils down to luck. This is complete balderdash! Songs from Shina’s debut album as a solo artiste Ace (Afro-Juju Series 1) released 27 years ago are still being sung by people born years later. Apart from this, the rate at which SSP tours and performs has barely reduced despite his growing age.

I remember hearing SSP on 2010’s ‘Like a bottle.’ The song which featured MI, Nneka, Bez, Kas & Ice Prince was used as the official song for Hennessey Artistry that year. At first I didn’t understand what he was doing on a song with musicians who were not on his level but he did not disappoint. He held his own and his verse is one of the best on the song.

There are a lot of lessons to be learnt from the career of SSP. Even though he has had a less than rosy relationship with certain parts of the media, he has remained a stellar musician and performer. His professionalism especially when dealing with colleagues many years younger than him is worthy of note.

With the number of scandals that have dogged a number of our current star musicians, you won’t blame me for finding it hard to imagine them in SSP’s shoes 30 something years later. Will we or our kids still be interested in hearing them then? Only time would tell.

Advertisements

Why It Pays To Shoot Your Video in Nigeria: The Adekunle Gold Example

Aadekunle Gold.jpg

The first time I watched the video for Adekunle Gold’s smash hit single Orente, I couldn’t shake the feeling that something was strange about it.

Then it hit me, I recognised the locations used in the video. I had visited them once.

I was amazed that the director used places like Erin Ijesha Waterfall and Osogbo art gallery to bring the Orente video to life. It made me want to visit them all over again.

With this said, I still wonder why the bulk of our record labels still insist on shooting their videos in places like South Africa and other countries.

Yes, S.A has several pristine locations which may or may not aid the video director to interpete the song, or the artiste just wants to ‘feel among’ the musicians that have shot their videos in S.A.

Sometimes, the artiste or record label may want wider acceptance for the video. But there are songs which, in my opinion, are simply too Nigerian to have their videos shot abroad.

Examples include Dorobucci by the Mavins. Till today I can’t fathom why Don Jazzy and the Mavin crew chose to shoot this video in South Africa. In fact when it was released, Nigerian social media went up in arms!

A more recent example is Runtown’s Bend Down Pause. I don’t know where the video was shot, but it would have made for better viewing if it was shot in Nigeria.

To understand what I mean, compare Timaya’s Sanko video with that of Runtown’s.

Like I said earlier, I have nothing against South Africa or acts that choose to shoot their videos there.

I just feel video directors can shoot quality videos with the landmarks and attractions we have here. And of course, it will be cheaper too.

Kudos to Mex who directed the video for Orente. As for Mr Gold and his career, the sky remains the limit for him.

What Is Wrong With Chidinma’s Career?

Chidinma.png

As Chidinma’s 2015 single Africa we are one played on the radio, I couldn’t help but wonder why Miss Kedike as she is also known hasn’t fully emerged from the her post-project fame persona to take her place amongst the queens of the Nigerian/African music industry.

I was excited to see how her career would kick-off following her win at the 2010 edition of the Project Fame. The song she put out immediately she left the academy Jankoliko which featured SoundSultan had potential, but due to one thing or the other, it fizzled out from our memories. Then came her biggest hit to date Kedike in 2011.  At this point, she had joined forces with the illBliss and Clarence Peters-led Capital Hill records. This move by her in my opinion should have placed her on the sure path to superstardom but instead, the reverse was the case.

She put out a slew of songs that in my opinion had no bearing. They all sounded the same. Especially, that song If E No Be God. I was so disappointed with that song and I’m sure other Nigerians were too based on the reception it got. Chidinma herself stated in an interview with Entertainment Rave that: “I’m working on my album right now. I’m working with different producers and artistes trying out new things. A lot of people wonder aloud: ‘are you sure this is Chidinma?’ So I’m just trying out a lot of things and testing waters. I’m moving out of my comfort zone actually.” Unfortunately this experimenting that she embarked upon has done more harm to her than good.

Most people thought that Chidinma and Capital Hill would have taken advantage of Tiwa Savage’s absence in 2015 like Yemi Alade and Seyi Shay did, but we were disappointed in this regard. The main question one is forced to ask concerning Chidinma is would she ever reach the heights expected of her based on her musical output so far? The logical answer would be no.

Females hoping to ‘make it’ in the Nigerian music industry are in for a tough task compared to the men. If you don’t have the complete packaging of Tiwa Savage, the pipes of Waje, the strong personality of Omawumi, the versatility of Yemi Alade, the panache of Seyi Shay and the ingenuity of Eva, then something different from the qualities listed above must stand you out. This is why I think Di’Ja and her ‘Bubble gum’ pop sound is catching up. Saeon and her brazen form of music is also slowly gaining followers.

But Chidinma’s case is different. She is obviously talented; why then hasn’t she made it like other top female stars? Some say it’s her label, others feel it’s because our expectations concerning her career were too much.  Some say the scandal that has rocked her career may be the main cause. For some reason, her personal life draws more interest than her music does. When news emerged that she was featured in a sex tape (an accusation which has been proven to be false), she trended online for almost a month. Then came reports that she was dating Clarence Peters, interest spiked again. Now thenet.ng has confirmed that she is dating budding star Lil Kesh. All these just proves she needs to work more on her craft.

Whatever the problem may be, Chidinma needs to wake up fast! Before she becomes an example of a musician who had so much promise but ultimately did not reach the top.

Celebrity Weddings To Expect In 2016

Toolz-n-Tunde-Demuren.jpg

Based on the slew of celebrity engagements that happened in 2015, there’s a good chance we’ll be seeing quite a few star-studded weddings in 2016! Join us as we take a look at the likely brides and grooms that will sign the dotted lines in 2016.

Some parts of this article first appeared on wonderwall.com

Chicago Fire star Taylor Kinney, who proposed to long-time girlfriend Lady Gaga on Valentine’s Day with a huge heart-shaped sparkler. Wouldn’t it be great if they marked their next V-day with a trip to the altar? Keep reading to check out more possible nuptials…

Robert Pattinson and FKA Twigs love to keep the public guessing about their relationship. We weren’t even sure they were actually engaged when the news made headlines in April 2015. And as of September, reports had emerged claiming the couple may be having trouble due to long-distance dating. But hey, there’s always a chance they could try to keep their romance more under wraps and surprise us all with a secret 2016 wedding.

In June 2015, basketball pro Nick Young asked for Iggy Azalea’s hand in marriage with a whopping 10.43 carat rock. The next month, he spoke to Entertainment Tonight about starting to plan the nuptials: “I am trying to figure it out. I got to figure out how many people are coming, and then we go from there.” So if the guest list is in order, we expect to see a wedding in 2016.

Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis have been happily engaged since 2013 and became proud parents to son Otis Sudeikis in 2014. So when are they finally going to tie the knot? Well, 2016 would be perfect in our book!

Popular OAP Tolu ‘Toolz’ Oniru got engaged to pilot Tunde Demuren sometime in 2015 or 2014. Since then, the couple have held their introduction ceremony and released pre wedding pics. 2016 is the year they make things official.

Eva Alordiah kicked in 2016 with a proposal as her boyfriend Caesar proposed while she was performing at the Headies award show. They haven’t announced a wedding date yet but we can expect them to tie the knot in 2016.

Nashville star Hayden Panettiere confirmed her engagement to pro boxer Wladimir Klitschko in October 2013. Then the couple welcomed daughter Kaya Klitschko in December 2014. Hayden seems to be in a better place since completing treatment for postpartum depression in November 2015, so wouldn’t 2016 be the perfect time to plan a wedding with her baby daddy?

Rappers Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill have been fueling engagement rumors with Instagram posts of huge rings on the Anaconda singer’s finger throughout 2015. Still, in May, he told Fader that he wasn’t ready to walk down the aisle: “It ain’t really time to get married yet. We’re still learning each other, feeling each other out.” But we wouldn’t be surprised if these pranksters spoof us and jump the gun in 2016.

In August 2014, Kevin Hart proposed to model Eniko Parrish after five years of dating. We’re hoping that their engagement isn’t quite so long — and that they’ll tie the knot in 2016.

Christina Aguilera and Matt Rutler announced their engagement on Valentine’s Day back in 2014. But so far, it seems as though their baby-making has gotten in the way of a wedding! Xtina, who has a son named Max Bratman from her first marriage, gave birth to her and Matt’s daughter Summer Rain Rutler in August 2014. We think it’s about time for a wedding now that Summer’s big enough to walk down the aisle with her parents.

We’re not even sure if Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart are still seriously dating, as they’ve been quite elusive about their status since reportedly splitting in June 2014. But they have been spotted together a number of times since, which makes us wonder… If they’re trying so hard to conceal their romance, what’s to say they’re not planning a secret wedding in 2016?

Jennifer Hudson has been engaged to David Otunga since 2008. They also have a 6-year-old son together, David Otunga Jr. But still no wedding? It’s time in 2016, guys!

In September 2015, news broke that music producer Jimmy Iovine and Liberty Ross were engaged! The couple started dating in 2013 after she filed for divorce from director Rupert Sanders. Recall his cheating scandal with Kristen Stewart? After all that drama, we hope she has a fabulous 2016 ceremony.

What to Expect From Nigerian Entertainment In 2016

Dbanj-2face-Wizkid-Tiwa-Savage-Olamide-and-Psquare.jpg

We were ushered into the New Year with the now rested beef of Don Jazzy and Olamide. Immediately after that, Cynthia Morgan brought up her issues with Davido. We were still grappling with that when Burna Boy and his record label were accused by an upcoming act of embezzlement and ‘swagger jacking’, a charge that Burna Boy has not responded to as at the time of writing this article.

What does this portend for Nigerian music in 2016? Does it mean our musicians will focus more on their ‘street credibility’ instead of putting out good songs? Or is this the year where diss songs shall come aplenty? Looking at it from another perspective, all these events show that our music industry is slowly coming of age. Musicians now know that they are no more sacred cows in the industry. You misbehave and you will be called out immediately. You put out a mediocre song; you and your music will be labelled mediocre. You steal someone else’s song idea, beat or video; you will be punished for it. The definition of an A-List artiste is slowly changing. The amount of upcoming acts with better sounds and all round packaging is partly responsible for this.

Davido, Wizkid, Vector and Kiss Daniel have confirmed plans to release albums in 2016. The names mentioned above are amongst the top acts we have presently in Nigeria. And judging from the singles they have put out, we should be in for a treat music wise. I just hope we haven’t already seen the best of what they have to offer.

Based on the fact that our music offers some sort of instant gratification, the movie industry is often overlooked.

This should not be the case. Nollywood has grown amazingly. We now have higher quality films, better actors, sound technical crews and an all-round efficiency that is simply a pleasure to watch.

Knowing that Nigerians are amongst the most judgemental and opinionated people in the world, Nollywood practitioners are constantly putting in more efforts to make sure they deliver the best films to the public. But one disturbing feature is the fact that some filmmakers have to copy or remake Hollywood movies. Are they saying that there are no Nigerian stories worth telling? What happened to the hundreds of books we grew up reading? Wouldn’t it be nice to see a film adaptation of Eze Goes To School or The Bottled Leopard? Or have Odunlade Adekola star in a remake of D.O Fagunwa’s Ogboju Ode Ninu Igbo Irunmole. Whatever the problem is with Nollywood, the lack of stories is not it.

2015 also saw an emergence of a number of well put together theatre shows. Some of them were even musicals. Musicals! To say they were impressive is an understatement. Nigerians can’t wait to see what the Nigerian theatre has to offer in 2016.

No matter the number of predictions one makes about our entertainment industry, the fact remains that without support, our entertainment will remain stagnant. So, if it’s via criticisms, commendations or something else, just show your support.