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Seven Sisters Rose symbolizes the true meaning of sisterhood. Uniquely created by a woman for women, its soft subtle hue epitomizes femininity. To celebrate our African Queens, Tendy Wine has come up with a competition to brand one lucky winner as the face of Seven Sisters Rose Wine.

The winner of this competition, in addition to being the face of seven sisters rose in Nigeria, would also win a Blackberry Torch 3 handset, complimentary bottles of wine as well as a cash prize of N50,000.

How to enter?

Follow @TendyWine on Twitter

1) Get a bottle of Seven Sisters Rose from any of the listed stores

2) Take a picture with it (Please do feel free to explore your modeling abilities but please note that any nude picture taken leads to an automatic disqualification)

3) Send this picture to faceofsevensisters@gmail.com with your Twitter handle. Be sure to attach your contact details to this email. Each picture would be shared on Twitter with the contestants handle copied as well.

4) Get friends to re tweet your picture and share it on Twitter.

Like Tendy Wine on Facebook

1) Get a bottle of Seven Sisters Rose Wine from any of the listed stores

2) Take a picture with it (Please do feel free to explore your modelling abilities but please note that any nude picture taken leads to an automatic disqualification)

3) Upload this picture on the Tendy wines page. Use this link: https://www.facebook.com/TendyWines 4) Get friends to like your picture and share it as well.

*Please Note*

  • Also contestants should attach a phrase or slogan about sisterhood/womanhood and wines to the post as this gives an added advantage.
  • The winner would be selected according to the number of re tweets on Twitter or likes on Facebook she gets.
  • This is a very simple competition that gives every lady an opportunity to show her boldness and beauty while also displaying the pride of being “a powerful sista“.
  • Please note that all pictures sent or uploaded could be used any time during and after the course of the campaign and that group pictures would not qualify for the competition.
  • All contestants should be 18 or older and sending your photo states that you have agreed to the terms and conditions of this competition.

For more inquiries or information on where to purchase the wine contact Abuja: Damilola at 08136634151 Lagos: Kingsley at 08032833950

Or visit www.tendywine.comwww.facebook.com/tendyWineswww.twitter.com/TendyWine

Email: faceofsevensisters@gmail.com This competition is only open to contestants in Abuja and Lagos

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Word reaching us is that G.O.O.D Music recording artiste D’banj will be taking it off at the closing ceremony of Africa Cup of Nations 2013. The mega-star will grace the stage of the 10th of February and serve live renditions of his hit ‘Oliver Twist’, and also will be supported by Kay Switch and label-mate J Sol alongside other acts that will perform at the ceremony. We will be watching, will you?!

Yemi Alade and Burna Boy represent the new generation of musicians that bring in a daring and new style to the Nigerian music industry. With the older generation taking a back sit, these acts have become the voice of the new age by not putting their abilities in little boxes and following their dreams since their teenage years. In this edition of Accoladez magazine, these two channel the glamorous side to Bonnie and Clyde, the notorious gang who rebelled for what they believed in and not what society wanted them to be. Though Bonnie and Clyde were criminals, they still had a strong passion for what they did. Yemi Alade and Burna Boy bring to life these two notorious youths in a soft and subtle way through their style for Accoladez magazine.

Accoladez Magazine is an entertainment and lifestyle youth magazine that relates the views of the older generation with the new generation.

Arguably the hardest working female in the industry, powerhouse vocalist Yemi Alade is set to unveil her long awaited video for her single ‘Ghen Ghen Love’ just after recently releasing her new singles ‘Bamboo’ and
‘Show Me’.

The Effyzzie Music Group recording artiste announced on Sunday that the video will be premiered at Ozone Cinemas, E-Centre, Lagos by 12:00 (GMT+1) on Wednesday, 12th December 2012. She is super excited, saying “I cannot wait for the world to see it! Hopefully I make everybody behind me proud”.

The Bamboo belter will be giving away tickets for the premiere on radio and Twitter via her official account @YemiAladee. It is also rumoured that she will also premiere the Gambit Pictures directed video coupled with a mind-blowing performance at the Industry Nite on that particular day.

Looking forward to connecting with fans, Miss Yemi Alade will be giving out exclusive clothing pieces from Effyzzie Clothing Apparel as well as autographed CDs and other merchandize at the premiere which will have notable celebrities, heavy weight artistes, and bloggers in attendance. It must be a ritual of something because the video is to be premiered by 12noon on 12-12-12.

One Saturday morning, my Internet service provider just cut me off for no damn reason. They claimed I had finished my 10gb per month plan…I was furious needless to say. “Why was I sitting in their lobby at 9am on a Saturday morning?”


While waiting, I was thinking of all the browsing I had done in the last week, I was trying to figure out how 10gb would just disappear like that…hiss

Thinking, I suddenly realised that most of the things on the Internet about Nigeria was bad news, except for the music…I love music in general, thankfully there is no race or tribe in music,  I figured that if Bob Marley could use good  music to put Jamaica on the map, then we can change Nigeria’s reputation with good quality music with a different message about our people.

But we can only do that with top quality songs.

Light bulb moment!

The honest truth is that most Nigerian songs are less than impressive. They all sound alike and hide under auto tune and sample beats. I know we can definitely do better, our fans want better. Someone has to do the job of making them do better! It is not a nice job but someone has got to do it if we want to ever have the chance of being acknowledge on the world stage.

Having Nigerian artists win top music accolades (not a special category reserved for Africans that is never broadcasted live) will go a long way in fixing our reputation. That, I want to help make happen.

Although we have great beats and production, that’s about it. So right there in the lobby, I decided to help improve Nigerian Music. That was the seed I needed to start this movement with.

If you watch ” who wants to be a millionaire”, you will be familiar with the life line   ”phone a friend ” – that friend is Chucky..lhl.

He came through and we coined a lifestyle show and called it- RadioHit Show. The plan was to produce a weekly show that reviews 5 new songs without ass kissing or wolf packing. Our intention was to syndicate it everywhere, So 14 months later, we have reviewed over 240 new songs and on over 50 blogs and about 7 radio stations. If you are one of our email subscribers, you would be familiar with our progress in the time we have been around.

I hear a lot of people get mad about the reviews from the show. Well, that is given. It’s difficult to hear other people’s truthful opinion. There is no right or wrong answer, however, we should be thankful we have an idea of what people think truthfully. The smartest artist and producers should know what to do with feedback. Hence, I implore every other artist listening or reading to use this show as a platform to know how your listeners really feel and work within the parameters of these opinion leaders.

That said, my mission is pretty simple. I intend to work tirelessly to inspire a positive change in Nigeria’s reputation by pushing out artists and producers to create quality music, just  the way Hollywood has helped the reputation of America. If we produce and export top quality Nigerian content, we can easily fix our bad reputation.

I would rather the rest of the world think of us as entertainers than fraud stars. Maybe we can finally stop being seen as  2nd class citizens of the web and PayPal will allow us to do international transactions.

How can you help? Please subscribe on RadioHitShow.com, share it with friends, listen while it is on air, most importantly, give me feedback via my email – YomiBlack@gmail.com or  Twitter – @YomiBlack. Let me know what you really think.

Remember, no ass kissing.. lhl.

Yomi Black

If you saw Femi Kuti strut his stuff at the recently concluded Sound Sultan concert, that was a teaser as the team at The Headies has unveiled the legend as a performer in this year’s ceremony. Details below;

Afro beat maestro and one of Africa’s greatest music exports, Femi Kuti, is set to perform at Nigeria’s most prestigious music awards, The Headies, scheduled for October 20, 2012 at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

This is the first time an Afrobeat musician of Femi Kuti’s clout will be aligning with a Nigerian contemporary music award scheme. No doubt, The Headies, also known as Hip Hop World Awards, is fast becoming a blend of generational genres of music.

The Afrobeat legend and Grammy nominee, Olufela Olufemi Anikulapo Kuti, popularly known as Femi Kuti, began his international career in 1988 when he was invited by the French Cultural Centre in Lagos and Christian Mousset to perform at the Festival d’Angoulême (France), the New Morning Club in Paris and the Moers Festival in Germany.
Femi Kuti, in the course of his music career, has shown strong commitment to social and political causes. In 2001, Femi collaborated on his album Fight to Win with a number of U.S. musicians, including Common, Mos Def, and Jaguar Wright. He created his own band, Positive Force in the late 1980s with Dele Sosimi (Gbedu Resurrection), former key-board player of Fela Anikulapo Kuti.

“My career is not based on awards. I sincerely mean what I sing about. My music is truly fighting for electricity, good healthcare service, good roads, equal education for my people and African unity. It’s neither a love song, nor commercial and it still gets headlines and good reviews.  I’m especially touched when young people appreciate what I am doing,” Femi Kuti says.

This will be the first time Femi Kuti will be honoured on Nigerian soil as he will be inducted into The Headies Hall Of Fame. The Afrobeat legend says “It’s a kind of privilege, its good. I mean I would drink a bottle of champagne when I get it, we will celebrate here.”

Ayo Animashaun, executive producers of The Headies is extremely excited over this year’s line-up of artistes. “Every year, our target is to surpass our very best efforts. With notable artistes such as Femi Kuti and many more gracing The Headies this year, our fans should expect to watch the most exciting awards ceremony to be held in recent times.”

The full list of artistes scheduled to perform at the award ceremony will be announced in due course  by the organisers.
Other Hall Of Fame Inductees includes Dayo D1 Adeneye, Kenny Ogungbe, Phillip Trimmel, Olisa Adibua, Obi Asika, Femi Akintunde Johnson, Sir Shina Peters and DJ Jimmy Jatt.
 
Femi Kuti’s Bio
He was born on June 16,1962 in London, United Kingdom. In 2002, Femi’s mother, who had played an influential role in Femi’s life, died at the age of 60. Femi’s son,,Made, currently appears as part of his act, playing alto saxophone.
Also in 2002, Femi contributed a remake of his father’s classic song, “Water No Get Enemy”, to Red Hot & Riot, a compilation CD in tribute to Fela Kuti that was released by the Red Hot Organization and MCA. His track was created in collaboration with hip hop and R&B artists, D’Angelo, Macy Gray, The Soultronics, Nile Rodgers, and Roy Hargrove, and all proceeds from the CD were donated to charities dedicated to raising AIDS awareness and fighting the disease.
Femi Kuti’s voice is featured in the videogame Grand Theft Auto IV, where he is the host of radio station IF 99 (International Funk 99, described as “playing a great selection of classics from West Africa, the US and elsewhere”). In similar fashion as his father, there have been complaints of Kuti’s criticism of his homeland Nigeria, specifically in the song Sorry Sorry.
 
Femi’s Discography
1.     FEMI ANIKULAPO-KUTI & POSITIVE FORCE – ‘No Cause For Alarm’ (LP, Album) Polygram, 1989      
2.     FEMI ANIKULAPO KUTI & POSITIVE FORCE – M.Y.O.B. (LP) Kalakuta Records, 1991                
3.     FEMI KUTI – Tabu Records, 1995    
4.     SHOKI SHOKI – Sound Of Barclay, 1998                
5.     SHOKI (REMIXED) – Sound Of Barclay         , 1999
6.     TRUTH DON DIE – Sound Of Barclay, 1999                     
7.     SHOKI (REMIXED) – Nuphonic         , 2000
8.     FIGHT TO WIN – MCA Records, 2001                     
9.    AFRICA SHRINE – MK2 Music, UWe, 2004            
10.  LIVE AT THE SHRINE – MK2 Music, UWe, Palm, 2004                  
11.  DAY BY DAY – Wrasse Records, 2008        
12.  AFRICA FOR AFRICA – Wrasse Records, 2010

Nigerian artistes D’banj and P-Square has bagged nominations for the 2012 Music Of Black Origin Awards for the category of ‘Best African Act’. Superstar Wizkid took home to award last year scoring one for Nigeria’ see the complete list below;

Best UK Female in association with Tresor Paris
Emeli Sandé
Rita Ora
Jessie J
Jessie Ware
Rebecca Ferguson
Tulisa

Best Newcomer in association with HTC
Delilah
Stooshe
Angel
Rudimental
Lianne La Havas
AlunaGeorge
Conor Maynard
Jessie Ware
Misha B
Rita Ora

Best UK Male
Labrinth
Ed Sheeran
Plan B
Professor Green
Wiley
Rizzle Kicks

Best Video
Emeli Sandé – ‘My Kind Of Love’
JLS – ‘Do You Feel What I Feel’
Plan B – ‘Ill Manors’
Rizzle Kicks – ‘Mama Do The Hump’
Rita Ora ft. Tinie Tempah – ‘R.I.P.’

Best Hip-Hop/Grime
Devlin
Plan B
Professor Green
Wiley
Wretch 32

Best Album
Ed Sheeran – +
Emeli Sandé – Our Version of Events
Labrinth – Electronic Earth
Plan B – Ill Manors
Rita Ora – Ora

Best R&B/Soul Act
Angel
Emeli Sandé
Labrinth
Maverick Sabre
Rebecca Ferguson

Best International Act
Azealia Banks
Beyoncé
Drake
Jay Z and Kanye West
Frank Ocean
Nas
Nicki Minaj
Ne-Yo
Rick Ross
Rihanna

Best Song in Association with PRSforMusic
Ed Sheeran – ‘Lego House’
Emeli Sandé – ‘Next To Me’
Plan B – ‘Ill Manors’
Labrinth feat. Tinie Tempah – ‘Earthquake’
Michael Kiwanuka – ‘I’ll Get Along’

Best African Act
Fatoumata Diawara
P Square
The Very Best
Spoek Mathambo
D’Banj
Fally Ipupa
Sarkodi Duncwills
Cabo Snoop
Camp Mulla
Amadou and Mariam

Best Reggae Act
Popcaan
Sean Paul
Konshens
Damian Marley
Mr. Vegas

Best Jazz Act
Ayanna Witter-Johnson
Femi Temowo
Zara Mcfarlane
Roller Trio
Zoe Rahman

Best Gospel Act
V9 Collective
Rachel Kerr
Ni-Cola
Ram1
El Mafrex

Saucekid recently shocked fans and critics when changed his name officially to Sinzu, but it seems this is not the only announcement the ‘SMG’ boss is making. The veteran rapper took to the micro-blogging site on Monday the 20th of August 2012 to hint signing two acts to his imprint.

Fast rapper ‘TraQstarr’ who first made buzz when he was featured in DJ Neptune’s “Battle of the Engima” mixtape and released a couple of buzz singles and the grandson of Ambrose Allie who already goes by ‘Allie SMG’; were the acts in the spotlight as Sinzu tweeted;

“Look out for SMG… Allie SMG, n TraQstarr”

Although the details are still sketchy, TraQstarr retweeted and commented; “#SinZuuu!!!” on the original tweet. A source has confirmed that the ‘E Don Dey Madt’ crooner means business and is taking SMG seriously.

The music hub wouldn’t have been overtly interesting without the songs of bonafide artistes like Naeto C, D’banj, Wande Coal, Sasha, GT, Jaywon, Timaya, Bouqui, The defunct Mo’hits crew, to mention a few, but behind the success of their club bangers, monstrous hits and other tremendous tracks lies a vibrant producer by the name Victor Perez N, though fondly called VC Peraz.

Unarguably regarded as one of Nigeria’s foremost producers, his convincing skills made and is still making music stars enthrust their productions with him. Music tracks he’s worked brilliantly on include You know my Pee’, ‘sitting on Top’, ‘why me remix’, (which he co produced by D’banj), ’ Booty call’, ‘Ololufe’, ‘That Igbo boy and many more.

However, In a gallant move to leverage on his success as a renowned producer, put his timeless footprints on the sand of time and further convince fans, friends and colleagues of his proficiency in music, the brain box of Perez music studio has wrapped up plans to launch his movement! He simply and strictly describes it as THE MOVEMENT’. Wonder what THE MOVEMENT is about? THE MOVEMENT will be introduced later today, till then, keep your fingers crossed.

Black Entertainment Television (BET) is set to end this season’s finale of
the BET Spotlight series with the talented R&B singers Praiz and Chidinma.

The show which will air on Friday, June 22, 2012 will focus on the budding
and buzzing careers of the soul singer, X3M Music signee Praiz who
recently released his two singles and follow up videos and is already
considered as one of the most inspiring voices in Nigeria. Chidinma has
also done pretty well for herself, stepping out of her Project Fame
shadows and releasing appealing singles.

This BET Spotlight series which debuted on March 23, 2012 has featured a
total of 26 Nigerian artistes including Ice Prince and M.I, Wizkid and
P-Square, Retta and Tiwa Savage, Sauce Kid and Modenine, IllBliss and
Naeto C, Muna and Eva, music producers Tha Suspect and Cobhams Asuquo,
video directors, Jude Okoye and Clarence Peters and others.

‘I created the series because I wanted to showcase the amazing talent out
of Nigeria while I was in Lagos shooting the cyphers for the BET Hip-Hop
Awards last year. It made sense to meet and chat with some of the artists
I thought were doing great things in the industry. It was never planned to
be a show, just drops initially. When I got back and reviewed the footage,
I strongly felt I had enough content to create an up close and personal
series’,Lilian Blankson, the producer of the series says.

‘It has been an amazing journey and I think it is befitting to feature
Praiz and Chidinma, the future of Nigeria’s music industry, as our Season
Finale episode in a show I have dubbed Rated Next – they are the ‘Next
Great Thing’ to watch out for and I am sure everyone will experience this
after they watch the show’, she adds.

Tune in!