MUSIC SPOTLIGHT- CELEBRATING THE AMAZING KING SUNNY ADE – THE KING OF JUJU MUSIC

King Sunny Ade is the undisputed king of juju music, the dance-inspiring hybrid of western pop and traditional African music with roots in the guitar tradition of Nigeria. Although he’s yet to equal the success that he enjoyed with his early-’80s albums and American tours, Ade and his band, His African Beats, continue to weave an infectious blend of electric guitars, synthesizers and multi-layered percussion. Born to a family of Nigerian royalty, Ade left school to pursue a career in music. In the mid-’60s, he performed with a highlife band, Moses Olaiya’s Federal Rhythm Dandies. Ade formed his own band, the Green Spots, in 1967. Frustrated by the exploitation of the record industry, Ade launched his own record label in 1974. In the decades since, the label has released more than 100 of Ade‘s recordings in Nigeria. Ade began to attract attention in the western world when three of his albums — Juju MusicSynchro System, and Aura — were released in the early ’80s on the Mango label, a subsidiary of Island Records. Ade & His African Beats made their debut American performances to enthusiastic crowds in 1983. Although Juju Music and Synchro System showed signs that Ade was going up to live up to billing as “the African Bob Marley,” Aura was a commercial disappointment and the group was dropped by Island Records. While they released an album, Authority of Your Ticket, in 1990, it too failed to stir much commercial interest. E Dide (Get Up), released in 1995, offered hints that the best days of Ade and His African Beats were yet to come. The group followed it with Odu, a collection of ancient Nigerian songs, in 1998; the album was nominated for a Grammy. Its follow-up, Seven Degrees North, appeared in 2000. Ade has remained a powerful force in Nigeria. Money received from his early albums has been used to launch an oil firm, a mining company, a nightclub, a film and video production company, a PR firm, and a record label specializing in recordings by African artists. It’s been estimated than more than 700 people are employed by Ade‘s companies. In the mid-’90s, Ade founded the King Sunny Ade Foundation, an organization that includes a performing arts center, a state of the art recording studio, and housing for young musicians and performers on a five acre tract donated by the Lagos state government. Ade currently serves as chairperson of the Musical Copyright Society of Nigeria. In 1996, Ade formed a supergroup, the Way Forward, featuring top-notch Nigerian musicians. He and His African Beats have been featured in three films — Juju Music in 1988, Live at Montreux in 1990, and Roots of Rhythm in 1997.

 

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SOURCE-   ALL MUSIC.COM

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ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK, TIMOTHY ARCHIBONG ESU, CEO OF GOLDMINE CRECHE & SCHOOLS

A BIO ON TIMOTHY ARCHIBONG ESU

Timothy Archibong Esu, a husband, father of five (two biological and three non biological), teacher, social crusader, community and youth and community leader, a preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, without sounding immodest, is a lot more than any single individual can describe.

This fact stems from his birth into the families of the late Obong Daniel Asibong Ekpe Esu, a retired Commissioner of Police (Operations) of Ikot Esu, Creek Town, Odukpani LGA and the late Giftie Daniel Esu (nee Duke) of Ikot Edem Odo, Akpabuyo LGA both of Cross River State, Nigeria on 5 th April, 1976.

An avid believer in education of the mindset for personal and societal development, Timothy, in spite of certain setbacks such as being completely orphaned at a time when advanced education was on his mind, was educated at infancy in Ironbar Memorial Primary School (1983-1988); Duke Town Secondary School (1989-1991); Hope Waddell Training Institution (1991-1995); University of Calabar (1996-1999 forDiploma in Religion and Philosophy and 2009-2013 for LLB Law and Legal Studies) – all in Calabar, Cross River State; Loveworld Ministerial College, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria (Certificate in Ministerial Arts) – and in a number of other professional, management, technical, artisanal inclinations.

While in basic school, Timothy has been an athlete with laurels in marathon, high and long jump; Commandant, Man O’ War Bay, Hope Waddell Training Institution; Vice President, Press Club, Hope Waddell Training Institution; accomplished bass singer, Glorious Voices of Hope Waddell Training Institution (a role extended to his Family Church, The Presbyterian Church, Duke Town Cathedral – 1996-2003).

Timothy has garnered work experiences beginning in 1995 as an auxiliary teacher (later, full classroom teacher) with the Family Support Programme Schools, Parliamentary Village Road; Amazing Grace Foundation Schools, Ikot Ansa.

Timothy has supported as a Consultant at no cost the establishment of Redsand Schools, Jebs Road; Nta Memorial Schools, Parliamentary Extension for upcoming entrepreneurs among other side visit trainings for schools in Calabar Metropolis.

Timothy is an Advanced National Training Officer of the Boys’ Brigade, Nigeria (having won laurels such as the Drill Instructor of the year 1999-2005); State Patron of the Girls’ Brigade, Nigeria, Cross River State Council (having helped resuscitate the Organisation in 1996 and was instrumental to organising it for commissioning as a Division in 2002); Resource Person, Hope Waddell Society of Music; Chairman, Action Committee, Hope Waddell Old Students’ Choir; President Emeritus, The Debonnaire Family Gospel Singers (an acapella Gospel singing group) – from inception in 1995 to2003; Chairman, Corporate Governance Committee, Esuk Ofuo Youths Development Council, Anantigha (a youths and community based organization) – having led the team to register the Association as a recognized group in Cross River State.

Currently, Timothy has settled down to the role of an entrepreneur having set up an educational facility with the name Goldmine Crèche and Schools in Calabar, Cross River State in 2014 to offer quality education to spark off creative inclinations in children while at the same time looking out for other opportunities to strategically fully express his vision in the field of early child care and educational services.

Getting to do personal business gives Timothy the allowance of functioning as not only a Pastor in the Messiah Deliverance and Salvation Ministries where he also serves the General Secretary, Ministerial Class Instructor, Proposed Captain of the Boys’ Brigade, Nigeria, 7 th Calabar Company, it gives him the sense of responsibility of handling personal and family affairs in addition to those of the Community where he serves selflessly.

His ideas has created initiatives that has led to community developments and youth empowerment programmes around Esuk Ofuo of Anantigha Clan in Calabar South LGA of Cross River State, Nigeria.

Timothy believes there is no ending to learning, one of the reasons he has devoted himself to online and real time learning opportunities. He is also unrelenting in his efforts to see that his communities (origin, operational and residential) are not lagging behind in any developmental aspects one of the reasons of his being on the lookout for beneficial programmes to keep relevant persons connected to opportunities.

He is also a member of the Efik Leadership Forum to promote the values of the upcoming generation of the Efik Nation.

 

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TONY TOKUNBO ETEKA FERNANDEZ , READY TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY AT THE 2ND HALF OF THE YEAR. CONTACT US TODAY

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T.T.F SET TO DELIVER A TALK IN ROMANIA THIS THURSDAY THE 29TH OF JUNE, TITLED “BEING THE CHANGE WE WANT TO SEE IN SOCIETY”

All roads lead to Timisoara in Romania on Thursday the 29th of June as I shall be delivering a talk titled “BEING THE CHANGE WE WANT TO SEE IN SOCIETY”

Over the years  I have discovered the importance and value of social responsibility and how important it is to set example .

I shall also be sharing my experiences with African migrants, community youth leaders and people from different social and ethnic backgrounds

 

This Event would not have been possible without the selfless support of three amazing organizations based n Romania :  AIDROM, Timisoara , Basca, Timisoara and Ambasada, Timisoara The Event shall be taking place at Ambasada,  Anton Seiller 2< Timisoara, Romania

 

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INFORMTION ABOUT TONY CAN BE FOUND BELOW

Tony Tokunbo Eteka  Fernandez is an International Award Winner, Published Author & Poet, Events Consultant , MC and Youth Empowerment Consultant   . He is also The CEO of AFRICA4U and The Founder of Africans in The Diaspora Online Network.

On Saturday the 20th of May 2017, Tony was named “An Ambassador for Peace” for The Universal Peace Federation and An Ambassador for Peace Award was presented to him at The Universal Peace Federation Headquarters in London.

People also see him as a Cultural and Social entrepreneur, which means he is skilled in working with many different communities, bringing people together in successful focused events. Tony has organised many cultural events …involving both BME and mainstream communities. He is skilled in hosting events that reinforce community cohesion and bringing different kinds of people together. He has organised events in The UK, The U.S.A, Holland, Germany, Eastern Europe , Nigeria  and Malta. Tony  has visited over  20 European Countries.

Tony has also organised The Black History Month Celebrations at The UK House of Parliament for four years in a row (2013,2014 ,2015 and 2016 ).

The annual events he has organised at the UK House of Parliament over the last several years have attracted the attendance and the admiration from Members of Parliament of Labour, Conservative and Scotish National party, as well as Councillors, Community leaders and Role models from at least 21 Countries.   Tony has a flair for bringing people together from different cultural backgrounds to celebrate their stories and connect collectively

In February 2017, Tony also made history once again, by organizing The first ever awards for African Migrants in The History of Malta in conjunction with The African Media  Association, Malta.  The event was well attended, not only by Role models from African communities, but also Role models from Malta, Spain, Serbia, Norway, Holland,  the UK and other nationalities

He continues to promote the true life and success stories of Africans in Europe and Africans around the world and has organised several small scale literary and awards initiatives aimed at empowering young people and aspiring Role models

 

Today he also manages a social media online network group of over 5.800 Members and has worked with various community groups from Nigeria, Cameroon, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Malta and many other countries

Tony has also been a Keynote Speaker for several International initiatives and network summits, some of which include The International Symposium for Cultural diplomacy in the The Commonwealth  organised by The Universal Peace Federation (Part of the United Nations) in conjunction with The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, Berlin, Germany

He has also spent time as an International broadcaster and was The Producer and Presenter for AFRICA4U International Radio Talk Show at Reading4u Radio Station for nearly three years.

 

 

Countries that Tony has visited 

Most parts of England, Many parts of Nigeria, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, U.S.A, Canada, Jamaica, Tunisia, Morocco, France, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Poland, Hungary, Latvia, Czech Republic, Portugal, Bulgaria and Malta

 

Tony has interviewed high profile Members of Parliament, Distinguished celebrities and some of Africas best musicians including Ivonne Chaka Chaka and Kanda Bongoman.

He has also been a guest on BBC Radio on numerous occasions to discuss the community cohesion events he organises at UK House of Parliament and also to recite some of his published work in memory of Nelson Mandela,  50 Years Anniversary of The race relations act and major community issues. Tony has also a Guest on popular Radio stations in Nigeria and The States

In the last few years he has been very passionate about Youth empowerment, Community cohesion and Cultural intelligence.

Tony was born in South London and has lived in several parts of England and Nigeria . He started writing at the tender age of nine, a habit he expressed with creative enthusiasm. Tony writes Poetry, short stories and proverbs on personal development. He is currently working on his 4th book which will also be his first novel. He is also very passionate about Youth Empowerment, Community development and African History

He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at The University of Lagos, Nigeria in English and World Literature. He later went on to attain a teaching qualification at The Frances King International Training Institute, South Kensington London, it was here he studied Teaching English as a Foreign Language. He also studied Web Design at The City University in London.

He published his first book in June 1999 called “The Beauty in the Dark” (A Collection of Poetry which received critical acclamation in many circles around the world). .Tony’s aim in life is to inspire the young generation and to encourage the youth to make the very best of their dreams and aspirations,. He published a 2nd book in June 2009 called ” The Sound of Running Water” – A Family gift book of proverbs and quotations on Personal Development and Positive Thinking .

In December 2009, he published his 3rd book called “One Moment of Peace”.- A collection of Poetry inspired by personal experiences and spiritual growth.

Besides the fact that the Artist has won International  awards, he is mostly inspired by Life experience, People, Places and the will to be The Change he wants to see in society

. He was Resident Poet at the 5th London Poetry Festival in 2009 and has been a guest on BBC Radio on very many occassions including The famous Anne Diamond Show. He has also been a guest on a few SKY TV stations and several International Radio Stations around The World in The UK, U.S.A, Germany and Nigeria

 

TONY IS A MULTIPLE INTERNATIONAL AWARD WINNER – A LIST OF THE AWARDS HE HAS WON CAN BE FOUND BELOW

 

AMBASSADOR FOR PEACE AWARD , UNIVERSAL PEACE FEDERATION – MAY 2017

MOST OUTSTANDING MAN OF THE YEAR 2016  by THE HIGHFLYER ENTREPRENEURS ONLINE AWARD- This award has been given to me for mentorship, leadership and advancing the cause of entrepreneurship worldwide.

GHANA NIGERIA ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS 2016, HELD AT THE BRITISH COUNCIL, ACCRA, GHANA –  AWARD FOR POSITIVELY AFFECTING THE LIVES OF YOUNG PEOPLE AND CONSTANTLY PROJECTING THE GOOD IMAGE OF NIGERIANS IN THE DIASPORA

PEACE AMBASSADOR AWARD FOR GOODWILL, LEADERSHIP and promoting CULTURAL DIVERSITY among African Communities 2016 –   TRUE AFRICAN HERITAGE AWARDS 2016

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 2016-  GATHERING OF GREAT MINDS AND ACHIEVERS BAOBAB AWARDS – LONDON

AFRICAN DIASPORA LIVING LEGEND AWARD FOR DIASPORA ENGAGEMENT – HAMBURG, GERMANY – 2016

INSPIRATIONAL MAN OF THE YEAR 2016 – MR AND MISS BLACK BEAUTY CHRIST COLLEGE UK SCHOLARSHIP PAGEANT 2016 INSPIRATIONAL AWARDS – LONDON

BEFFTA AWARD WINNER 2014- SPECIAL HONORARY AWARD FOR LEADERSHIP

BRONZE AWARD WINNER- NIGERIAN MC OF THE YEAR 2014 HELD IN THE UK

AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE – PRESENTED BY AFRICAN WALKFRONT NETWORK- HELD IN LAGOS

NIGERIAN EUROPEAN AWARDS RADIO PRESENTER OF THE YEAR – HELD IN ROME

SPECIAL TRIBUTE AWARD FOR CHAMPIONING BLACK AND MINORITY ETHNIC VISIONS- PRESENTED BY EBONY BUSINESS RECOGNITION AWARDS

MALE BUSINESS COACH OF THE YEAR 2014- PRESENTED BY EBONY BUSINESS RECOGNITION AWARDS

BEST MALE PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR- LEADERSHIP AND MIND AMBASSADORS AWARDS

SPECIAL AWARDS FOR PEOPLE AND LITERARY DEVELOPMENT PRESENTED BY MARKETING MINISTERS UK

WINNER OF THE ANNE SHINE AWARDS PRESENTED BY ANNE SHINE LTD- CEREMONY TOOK PLACE AT THE NOVOTEL HOTEL IN HEATHROW

 

 

 

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MUSIC SPOTLIGHT, CELEBRATING THE AMAZING MANU DIBANGO FROM CAMEROON

Dibango is Cameroon’s, and perhaps Africa’s, best-known jazz saxophonist. Starting in the 1950s, he became a globe-trotting musician, living and performing in France, Belgium, Jamaica, Zaire, and Cote d’Ivoire, as well as in Cameroon. In 1960, Dibango was one of the founding members of the Zairean band African Jazz, with whom he spent five years. World attention came to Dibango with the release in 1972 of Soul Makossa, a work that actually had precious little of the makossa sound in it, and scored later hits with Seventies and Ibida. Dibango‘s output has been prodigious and multi-faceted. He has worked with musicians as diverse as Fela KutiSly DunbarRobbie ShakespeareDon Cherry, and the Fania All-Stars.

In addition to being one of the leading jazz saxophonists of his generation, Dibango has also run nightclubs, directed orchestras, and started one of the first African musical journals. A later release, Polysonik — featuring English rapper MC Mello, Cameroonian singer Charlotte M’Bango leading a choral section, and sampled pygmy flutes — shows that Dibango is continuing to flourish and expand in challenging new directions.

 

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SOURCE  – ALLMUSIC.COM

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THE AMAZING TRUE AFRICAN HERITAGE AWARDS TAKES PLACE ON SATURDAY THE 7TH OF OCTOBER, DO NOT MISS IT

TRUE AFRICAN HERITAGE TAH PRESENTS.

AFRICANS UNITES IN PEACE AND UNITY

This year we will be celebrating NIGERIA as one of its largest city LAGOS is 50 years this year. It will be a celebration of Culture, Tradition and Unity.

Next year we will celebrate another Country or City.

The True African Awards is a yearly event organized by True African Heritage in United Kingdom, in recognition and celebration of Africans whose outstanding achievement and contribution in various field of life has brought pride to the African community at home and abroad. A colourful day showcasing different African Cultures like Traditional foods, Different Music, Poems, Arts, African wear and many more.

The Dinner Ceremony And Award for this year will be coming up on 7 October 2017 at Links 353 Rotherhithe New Rd, Old Kent Road London SE16 3HF

 

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Come and celebrate Nigerians on the day.

TO SPONSOR TAH WITH ANYTHING CALL:
-Ambassador Kaizt Kenee 07943199191, -Ambassador Nabila Bangura 07534985001
-Ambassador Tokunbo Omoluwabi (Esoe Remo) 07940419171

Together We Are One!

Yours Sincerely
TAHA Committee

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ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK, EDMOND EBOT FROM CAMEROON – CEO OF 1ST AFRO ENTERTAINMENT PLATFORM IN ESTONIA & 1ST AFRICAN FOOD STORE

Edmond Ebot is popularly know as Eddy. He is a Promoter, Artist Manager, Event Planner and a Businessman.

He is also  the C.E.O of Afro entertainment Estonia (The first African entertainment platform in Estonia) and also the C.E.O of Mama Afrique Estonia ( The first afro-carribean food shop in Estonia.)

Eddy has been described  on many  occasions as the standing father of African entertainment in Estonia, his inspiring leadership has given birth to a chain network of African artists, dancers and Deejays .

He supports any African developmental project which outlines the need of togetherness, growth, unity, community cohesion  and the promotion of African heritage .

His collaboration with African entertainment platform initiatives  has given him the opportunity to touch the lives of so many who are inspired by what he does and how it penetrates the hearts and mind of others.

There hasnt been any doubt to his professional carrier. Edmond, grew up loving music. His love for music and entertainment pushed him further at  high school to manage and facilitate activities in the social department which acted as a stepping stone to his carrier.

Today, He has Worked with over 110 deejays ,  50 artists , 13 dancers and a crowd ever ready to show up at his events.

He has never stopped looking back from where he came from by helping those who are talented and wish to follow their dreams in music.

 

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Achievements

. CEO and founder of afro entertainment estonia

. CEO of Mama Afrique Estonia

.Promoter at Afro Parties Estonia

.Artist manager at Winks Management

.Event Planner at Ed’s Corner.

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