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Thursday, 2 June 2016

OPEN LETTER TO UPCOMING ARTISTES (Written by Wale Applause)

Wale Applause is an entrepreneur, brand manager, talent manager, exporter of agricultural products who has worked for YBNL, most especially Lil Kesh and so on, released his own version of Open Letter to Upcoming artists titled #LoveLettersToUpcomiingArtists via his twitter handle @waleapplause01
Read Below:
  1. #LoveLettertoUpcomingArtistes.
  2. Let's go on a tweeting spree. Love letter to upcoming artistes
  3. We ALL don't care about you as an upcoming artiste, know this and you will go very far.
  4. First thing is, you are 'just' an upcoming artiste. Let that drive you always.
  5. Music is not just music, it is music business and supposed to put food on your table.
  6. Music business has several cabals that naturally work against you. Always know this.
  7. Loyalty is everything!
  8. Music business is not child's play. This is big business and a lot dirty like drug peddling.
  9. Always stand up for yourself, don't let anyone put you down, what you do is a profession too. You are a very important service provider.
  10. Respect every Dj. Respect the 'small' Djs more, these are the people that can put in work for you.
  11. Don't let any OAP scare you, they don't own the radio station. They are hustlers like you too. They need you just as much. YOUR MONEY!
  12. As an upcoming act, treat every song as important. Even oldies don't drop songs for dropping sake.
  13. Always advertise yourself!
  14. Understand and respect your sponsor or investor, it took a lot for him to believe in you.
  15. Remember all dads won't be Davidos!
  16. Prioritize!
  17. Let the fake life slide!
  18. Make sure your manager is sackable, this doesn't mean you be rude to him/her or react to every flaw.
  19. Get a good artiste mansger. Your manager is your face, and he must be very humble and respectful.
  20. Good music doesn't guaranty a hit, but good publicity does, take a cue from Vic O
  21. Find or create your generic sound!
  22. Always dwell in your comfort zone!
  23. Define yourself! Your lifestyle, dressing etc
  24. Women are friends as much as they are foes! Deep!
  25. Stop bothering about being a star, be worried about being a great musician first!
  26. Give as much as you wish to receive!
  27. Think let there is no box, we all are tired of hearing about weed women and wine.
  28. Stop flooding our TLs, some of us are only interested in politics, some of us are single and trying to set P, don't kill our vibes.
  29. We won't naturally download your song as an upcoming artiste, you need to devise a means to get us to.
  30. Know that the economy is bad, there are bigger problems and this is supposed to affect you too.
  31. Even if you send your song to our phones all at once via Bluetooth, know that most of us still won't listen. We have a playlist already
  32. Have a lawyer friend right from school, you will be needing him so much in life.
  33. Understand that there is a heirarchy, respect the elders.
  34. Be humble, if you ain't please learn, if you too dumb to learn, fake it. You will get used to it.
  35. Only GREAT materials should leave the studio or your gadget. NEVER I REPEAT NEVER let your unmixed songs get out.
  36. Understand that too much everything kills, even water!
  37. Don't be fooled by most online critiques, most of them have a 9-5. Social media is a way out of their boring lives.
  38. Never bite than you can chew!
  39. Respect prostitutes, they are your biggest fans and PR! Key!
  40. The best most of these critiques can do for you is criticize you. Some are in order tho.
  41. Know what weed does to you. It's not for us all.
  42. I'm sure you won't watch Burnley vs. Bolton same way most of us here won't download your music. Know this!
  43. Respect your sponsor. Cannot be over emphasized!
  44. Not very time club, please save to record in a good studio with a good producer!
  45. We all love beautiful use of words, we love good lyrics. Please respect us a lil bit.
  46. Mixing and mastering is as important as the entire song!
  47. If you can, please make good covers!
  48. Avoid recording in a rush, don't use studio time. Create a relationship with a good studio.
  49. UPCOMING PRODUCERS ARE THE BEST, THEY ARE JUST AS HUNGRY AS YOU
  50. Be afraid!
  51. When you blow, gays will approach you. Please don't be rude, most of them are in high places. Decline politely and you may end up rich
  52. As an upcoming artiste you cannot afford to be homophobic. Even if you are please pretend. GOSPEL!
  53. Use song writers, it's no crime. Neyo wrote for the great MICHEAL JACKSON!
  54. Don't be fooled, it's not compulsory to adore Fela, but even if you don't, keep it in your mind of minds. Say it and be a victim of hate.
  55. Remember when you blow, we will all famz you. Kindly forgive us of our past sins.
  56. Lastly, ALWAYS ALWAYS ADVERTISE YOURSELF!


Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Sean Tizzle Confirms Coming to Ibadan this Friday..

Popular musician Sean Tizzle has confirmed his coming to Ibadan via a short video
Topside Lounge will be hosting the shole crooner, Sean Tizzle this Friday June 3, 2016 at Topside Lounge Oluyole from 10pm.
Topside Lounge CEO Mr Tope Adedeji has declared the night free for all plus free drinks for the ladies.. He tagged the even "Million Ways To Turn Up Friday" with music by DJ Sezzybeat and the hype an B Sparks will also be live at the playboy's paradise...
Only Topside does it better😋
Topside Lounge is located behind Rehoboth Cathedral inside Oluyole Estate off Ring Road Ibadan
Be There👍🏼

WATCH VIDEO VIA INSTAGRAM


Wednesday, 18 May 2016

OPEN LETTER TO OYO STATE GOVERNMENT (Written by Wale Waves)

Musician "Wale Waves" is back again with an open letter this time to the Government of Oyo State. Read Below:

Seeing the pictures attached, you should be reminded of what transpired between myself and the loyalists/organizers of the Governor's campaign concert held at the Agodi Gardens ground on the 22nd of March 2015 in Ibadan. It later became a sensitive case in the State Secretariat after over several comments on Facebook, Twitter and blogs from different people, reasonable and even the Governor's Loyalists and Campaign Team, wrote a lot of things to respond to my post. I was called by 9ice, My Lawyer, some Special Adviser to the Governor, just to mention few on this same case.

Now, it is a great disappointment that I have to write another open letter again to the Governor, his Loyalists, Campaign team, the Government and to whom it may concern, of the so called state that I started my career from 'Oyo State'.

My major points of view are these;

1. Why does the Oyo State Government 'hate' entertainment and not see it as a form of income revenue generation?
2. If the Oyo State Government can't even discover new talents among the youths of the state, then why can't they encourage and support the ones that have helped themselves to a reasonable stage of their career?
A Case Study;
Dremo (was) an Ibadan artiste, hardly could you find an Ibadan indigene that could sing any of his songs back to back. He was not supported nor appreciated by the state government by creating the appropriate entertainment platforms for his fellow indigenes to hear him aloud so they can celebrate him too as their own indigenous celebrity. Instead, his talent was discovered and appreciated few weeks ago by a foreigner, almost the youngest of all entertainers in Nigeria 'Davido', in Lagos, which wasted no time in signing him up under his Record Label, which by God's grace, the same Oyo State Government will soon foolishly now pay millions to bring him back for their coming campaign. Just watchout!.
If you build your own house, why going to rent an apartment.

This same thing goes to our so called Ibadan based OAPS, Radio Stations, TV Stations and the Deejays. When you don't make your indigenous artistes' materials popular, then how do you want the artistes to be heard by his people? How does the listener that are meant to be his fans be, or request for his songs or videos?

Ibadan songs are not played in Lagos stations but their artistes songs, then do you need to be told that Ibadan songs should dominate Ibadan Stations? Are we not learned? Why do they have Beat Fm in Lagos and still have another Beat Fm in Ibadan if they believe we listen to their stations in Far Lagos? Why don't you embrace your environment and talents?
For example, on HipTv for like a week now, the Station has being showing and commending the great brilliant effort of the Lagos Government Administration led by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on the 1st Lagos concert he held and made possible, whereby a lot of different Lagos indigenous artistes performed at the concert. The Governor and different dignitaries were also present. Even, I saw the former Governor of Cross River State - Donald Duke perform live with a saxophone. Instead, our own governors will be demolishing platforms for entertainments like clubs and concert grounds. So this is why I used the word "hate" in my 1st question.


Please, after Governor Ambode paid this artistes, made all of them perform, being televised by his state and private TV/Radio stations, and made the event to be an annual celebrated one. Which in his statement was so proud of by saying, "If the Americans can say the Washington DC Jazz concert is the best in the world, then he proclaims his own 'Lagos Jazz concert' to be the best Jazz concert in the whole Africa."

Can this type of Governor want to campaign tomorrow and all these appreciated talents won't rush down to support him with their fans and followers?
Instead see what we heard few days ago; "Oyo State government has just announced that anyone doing shows/events in Ibadan MUST collect permit/pay levy. Imagine such circular,  when they have NEVER supported entertainment since they came in?"
Please, I am using this medium to plead to these arms and system to adjust so that 'WE' youths can say we don't regret ever being born in this part of Nigeria.

I must speak for my industry. Thank you.
Written by Wale Waves

Sunday, 15 May 2016

REPLY TO WALE OZOLUA of Beat FM


 Thanks to everyone who has been calling  and texting me for sharing an advice instead of an insult in my last article but guess what, I got a reply which didnt get to me right. I am sorry if I have disappointed you by replying one Mr Wale who claims to be working with Beat FM in the city..Sorry the first question is. Are you an Artist?. I thought my last article was an 'Open Letter to Artistes' and not "OAPs"... Yes I have always wanted to write an Open Letter to OAPs and been planning to use you as a Case study secretly but you know what, now in this reply, I need to let the good people in the entertainment industry of the city know that You are one of the Problems we are facing.
I have worked with almost all the artists in this city, one way or the other, either during my events or promotion of their songs. I remember early this year, it was during one of those promotion movements I called you to play the song this particular artiste was releasing and i was trying to promote. you charged me a specific amount of money that i'm sure your salary is not up to, I jokingly told you that "in this city nobody charges me" but nobody works for me for free, I pay everybody, why will you charge so much just because you want to play just a song on your programme, not even your radio station. Yet, you are writing an article in defence of these same artistes you have refused to help. I have a lot of questions for you. when was the last time you played a song by an Ibadan artiste apart from the ones you "attach" yourself to or interview them without asking them for money which you are not supposed to be collecting from them?. Now to correct your perception of what I said in my preceeding article, I said " most of the people living in ibadan are Yoruba, I did not say it was 'everybody'. You live a triangular life in Ibadan,from Ring Road - Bodija and probably wherever it is you live. do you know places like Olorunda-Abba, Isebo, Amuloko, Alakia, Igbo-Oloyin, Moniya e.tc. Are they not part of Ibadan?, as an OAP, do you even know that rural parts of the city listen to radio stations (I don't blame you if you don't know since your programme does not have an impact on them and they don't have any reason to listen to you or even call you) more than the elites who have access to television, internet and other sources of entertainment and information. Now the question is, are all these people enlightened enough to relate with any type of english content in a speech, talkless of in music. So what's bad in advicing my brothers to find their market and explore it, you don't want them to progress or what?
And this brings us to the next question, what do you know about Music and Business?...Now if you were talking about sitting in a studio talking about irrelevant things or issues, then I don't know about that but when we are talking about Music and Business, you should Shut Up.. In this same city, I have been an artist pr, an artist manager, a club pr, a club manager, an event organiser,an event pr, a publicist, a promoter and most importantly a blogger, abeg apart from sitting behind the mic, talking about what doesn't concern the ancient city of ibadan people and attaching yourself to talents and brands, what else do you do?. oh probably begging for free drinks in clubs. Remember you spend your day in the studio doing and talking jabajaba, I spend mine on the Street.
The last time i checked, the radio station you work for is about 2 years old and that's exactly how long you've stayed in this city, So when it comes to entertainment in Ibadan, I am one of your bosses. You don't tell me to get my facts right because i'm talking from experience and research but you are probably saying what you were told. So whenever I am advising my brothers on what i think they should do to help their careers, you should never interfere. IT IS A FAMILY MATTER!!
 So you should only comment or reply articles that has to do about the growth or success of the city's Entertainment when you start supporting every talent in the street of Ibadan at no cost.
The only reason why I have decided to reply you is because I have a reputable brand I am protecting and I don't want you to misguide the innocent people of this city. Stop trying to make people believe you are a Solution, YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM!
And Listen, All those wonderful songs by codename Dremo became hits when he got to Lagos then started spreading like virus before it got to Ibadan, then the rest of the world  and not the from ibadan to the world. And you told me to call Dremo, I don't need to call him, we know where we meet in Lagos when we have important issues to discuss not about issues like yours. Please stop attaching yourself to someone's success just because you want to get a penny from them...Build Yours!!
I know you want attention but don't use me to get that... I'M A LION, I DON'T MINGLE WITH DOGS.
Thank you for atleast reading my article and Happy Birthday to you, Please use this new year of your life to support the ministry. God Bless You, Long Life and Prosperity. I have a gift for you tho.
Till we meet for business.
I'm your Wahalafully,
Oba Ade Nelson
(REAL PUSSINESS)
@realPUSSINESS

Friday, 13 May 2016

Ibadan Musicians Are Going On Strike (Written by Rotimi Ige)


Today i saw this on one of Nigeria's most read newspapers Tribune, written by Rotimi Ige. Its a very good write up with a bad advice.... If Ibadan Artists go on stike, abeg who go suffer?. Though i am meant to reply this immediately but due to my extreme busy schedule, it will take a while to reply this message/advice.. while i am doing my research and writing my own version of article, read below: 
Music, as widely claimed, is food to the soul and has been a source of inspiration and solace to many. In Nigeria, over the past two decades, the music industry has grown into a multi-billion naira industry, metamorphosing from the hobbies of many into a veritable source of livelihood. The industry has produced talents, mavericks and legends, with the likes of Tuface, Davido, Wizkid, P Square, Olamide and the like.

As the industry grew, it, after a while, was categorised (though unofficially), into strata: A-list, B-list and C-list artistes. A-list artistes are any set of artistes who are the raves of the moment. They are the ones dominating the music scene at any point in time, for instance, Olamide, Davido, Wizkid, Yemi Alade etc are current A-list artistes and are in heavy demand from show promoters and commanded hefty sums as performance fees and corporate endorsements.

The B and C listers are said to be artistes who may be somewhat popular, but are not raves. They may have videos and songs on rotation, but are not as successful as their A-list counterparts. However, a common attribution to success in any of the cadres has been closely linked to Lagos, the acclaimed entertainment capital of Nigeria.  This is because the biggest shows are organised there and the sponsors for events are easily accessible. Hence, it is believed that money goes round in Lagos.

In Ibadan, the music industry is vibrant but according to stakeholders, quite a struggle. Last week, an Ibadan-based rapper, BK GMB, released a new track, ‘Open Letter’, where he highlighted the pains of Ibadan-based artistes who were talented in every right, but were being ‘financially raped’ by show promoters. In a chat with Friday Treat, BK GMB said: “We have been patient for so long, waiting for things to change but it seems some people want to keep taking us for granted. Many show/club promoters in the city would go to Lagos and pay good money for struggling acts that many of us are better than, but when they come to us, they beg us to perform for free or offer peanuts and still expect us to help them sell the show to our fans. 

“Many times, because they know us, they employ familiarity to get favours from us, but we are wiser now. We have had enough of free drinks or hotel rooms to barter for our services. We pay through the nose for studio fees and song recording/promotion, spend a lot to look the part of the showbiz industry among other things. For these reasons, I and my colleagues have decided to embark on a strike. No more local free shows except the platform is one that is worth it,” he said.

Another fast rising artiste, Keanzo, corroborated BK GMB’s submission. He said, “We have given a lot to the industry without much to show for it. If we were based in Lagos, we would be stars by now but because the exposure here is limited, we have been managing to stay relevant by God’s grace. I believe that if artistes in Ibadan can unite and speak with one voice to stake a claim to our rightful entitlements, no stakeholder will under price us. You can imagine a show promoter calling to say he/she wants to help me with an event only to discover the promoter had actually collected money on my behalf for the show without actually paying me a dime. It is as bad as that. We need to take bold steps and if a strike will change things so be it.”

When Friday Treat sought to understand the aim of the strike, one of the artistes concerned explained, “We have agreed not to go below a particular price/cost range for our services per artiste. If any event organiser cannot pay for our services (per artiste contacted), by the time he/she exhausts the roll call of the most sought after Ibadan acts, let him go to Lagos and pay heavily for the artistes there. Most clubs/event organisers cannot afford most of the A or B-list acts or may be able to cough up money for one or two of them which is not enough for any real event. Most of us don’t even charge half of what the B or C-list Lagos artiste charges, yet we are not appreciated. We believe that if we boycott local events for at least three months, people will begin to get the message,” he said. 

Friday Treat’s chat with one of the show promoters was very interesting. Speaking under anonymity, he said, “Ibadan is coming up and we are doing our best to promote our artistes. However, they do not have full knowledge of the dynamics of the entertainment business. We are yet to have satellite TV stations in Ibadan and the shows we solicit for are part of what gives the artistes presence. Many of our artistes are lazy. We have about only six to nine notable or bankable hip hop acts in Ibadan. Only a few of that number are really working. Some still want to come upstage and perform the same songs that they released two years ago and get paid for that kind of performance.  Few of them have music videos. Yet, they want to get good money to perform at shows! Let’s be truthful to ourselves.

“Dremo was one of us until recently when Davido signed him. But it was after he gave us hits back to back alongside videos with heavy promotion before he got real attention. Unless our artistes wake up to their responsibilities, they can’t demand top payment.”

When contacted, another top artiste in Ibadan, Fabulous Pizzy, said, “It is true that we are facing a lot of challenges, but I believe that artistes in Ibadan deserve better remuneration. For instance, I try to release new songs at least once in two months and a normal song production, costs nothing less than N80,000. If produced and mastered by the big names in the industry, the bill rises to about N150,000 minimum. We are under pressure to release songs that would stand their ground anywhere they are played in the world and it isn’t encouraging when our services are solicited for free or peanuts because in Ibadan, there are no record labels. Everyone is responsible for his/her career. We are expected to do good songs and videos, dress well and not repeat clothes, not take ‘okada’, among other things. How can we achieve all these on our own if we only do free shows or take peanuts? I concur that we need to come to a consensus.”

While no particular day has been fixed for the proposed ‘artistes’ strike’, it remains to be seen what lengths the affected artistes are willing to take it to press home their claims. While the claims and counter claims continue, it is important to note that the entertainment industry is very important in today’s society, and affected parties are encouraged to come to a meaningful compromise.

Written by Rotimi Ige
Published on tribuneonlineng.com

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Pictures & Video from City Buzz Concert 2016

It has been said that Ibadan never rejects a turn up,well this fact was proven right again at the City Buzz Concert 2016. an event put together by Super Kharot Entertainment and lots of supporting brands, it was a concert featuring Reminisce, Jayru and some great Ibadan Artistes, DJs, Producers, OAPs and Comedians such as the Popular Alhaji Taiye Currency, Fabulous Pizzy, Tuwyze, Sheun Natural, Tunde fa Tundey, Shade Black, Jisola, Toaster, Dj Gavpop, Peteru(Naija 102.7fm), Wale Ozolua (Beat97.9fm), Rapindady, T-Piano, Bayo Highflyer, Oduaboi.....

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