Sunday, February 19, 2012

Whitney Houston's voice soars at hometown funeral

whitney Houston; Funeral Programme

NEWARK, N.J. — After all the testimonials from relatives and friends, the songs from legends and pop stars, the preaching and even laughter, the raw emotion of Whitney Houston's funeral came down to just one moment: The sound of her own voice.
As the strains of her biggest record, "I Will Always Love You," filled the New Hope Baptist Church at the end of the nearly four-hour service Saturday and her silver-and-gold casket was lifted in the air, the weight of the moment was too much for mother, gospel singer Cissy Houston, to bear.
As she was held up by two women, she wailed, "My baby! My baby!" as she was led out the church behind her daughter's body.
A few steps behind her was the pop icon's daughter, Bobbi Kristina, also crying uncontrollably as she was comforted by Houston's close friend, singer Ray J.

It was the most searing scene on a day with mixed moods as family, friends and a list celebrities — sometimes one in the same — came to the humble New Hope Baptist Church where she first wowed a congregation to remember one of music's legends, but also a New Jersey hometown girl.
Houston died last Saturday in Beverly Hills, Calif., on the eve of the Grammys at the age of 48. Her death marked the end of a life that was marked by stunning achievements: Blessed with a voice of great power and beauty, Houston became one of pop music's most successful artists over a career that spanned nearly three decades and segued into film with hits like "The Bodyguard."
But her struggles with drugs and very public fall from grace during tumultuous times, including a union with ex-husband Bobby Brown, were among the many valleys in her life.


Both sides of Houston were recalled at the service at New Hope, which was filled with about 300 mourners, including Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Forest Whitaker, Jennifer Hudson, Diane Sawyer and Houston's cousin, Dionne Warwick.
"She was someone with a charmed and a beautiful life, sometimes misunderstood, even by herself," said her sister-in-law and manager, Patricia Houston. "But a life nevertheless that gave joy, happiness, enthusiasm, peace and beautiful music to millions of people around the world."

Whitney Houston Home going service list 

Kevin Costner, her co-star in "The Bodyguard," said for all of Houston's beauty and success, she was still yearning for approval from the public — and still somewhat insecure, a superstar who "still wondered, 'Am I good enough? Am I pretty enough? Will they like me?'"
"It's a tree we could all hang from — the unexplainable burden that comes with fame," he said. "Call it doubt. call it fear. I've had mine. And I know the famous in the room have had theirs."
Many who spoke talked about Houston's unshakable faith in Jesus Christ, which got her through some of her most difficult times. Perry recalled a conversation where Houston would look sad when reflecting on her troubles, but then would hasten to add that God was taking care of her.
"The other thing I know for sure — and this is more important than anything that she's done in her life — Whitney Houston loved the Lord," he said.
Fittingly, music played a major role in the send-off to one of music's greatest voices.
Stevie Wonder rewrote lyrics to "Ribbon in the Sky" for Houston — "you will always be a ribbon in the sky," he sang.
So did gospel's the Rev. Kim Burrell for "A Change is Gonna Come," which Warwick said was Houston's favorite song of all time. R. Kelly brought the New Hope Baptist Church to its feet with a stirring version of "I Look to You," the title of Houston's final studio album.
And Keys, her voice breaking at times, dedicated her song "Send Me An Angel," to Houston
Brown briefly appeared at her funeral, walking to the casket, touching it and walking out. He later said in a statement that he and his children were asked repeatedly to move and he left rather than risk creating a scene.
Close family friend Aretha Franklin, whom Houston lovingly called "Aunt Ree," had been expected to sing at the service, but said early Saturday she was too ill to attend. Franklin said in an email to The Associated Press that she had been up most of the night with leg spasms and sent best wishes to the family.
Warwick presided over the funeral, introducing speakers and singers and offering short insights about her cousin; she joked that Houston's Super Bowl performance of "The Star Spangled Banner" became almost as big as the telephone book.
Hudson, who sang "I Will Always Love You" a night after Houston's death in a Grammy tribute, mourned Houston along with Monica, Brandy, and Jordin Sparks — representing a generation of big-voiced young singers who grew up emulating the star of the '80s and '90s. Sparks stars with Houston in the remake of the 1970s film "Sparkle," due out in August.
As the funeral began, mourners fell quiet as three police officers escorted Houston's casket, draped with white roses and purple lilies. White-robed choir members began to fill the pews on the podium. As the band played softly, the choir sang in a hushed voice, "Whitney, Whitney, Whitney."
A program featuring a picture of Houston looking skyward read "Celebrating the life of Whitney Elizabeth Houston, a child of God." Pictures of Houston as a baby, with her mother and daughter filled the program.
"I never told you that when you were born, the Holy Spirit told me that you would not be with me long," Cissy Houston wrote her daughter in a letter published in the program. "And I thank God for the beautiful flower he allowed me to raise and cherish for 48 years."
"Rest, my baby girl in peace," the letter ends, signed "mommie."
To the world, Houston was the pop queen with the perfect voice, the dazzling diva with regal beauty, a troubled superstar suffering from addiction and, finally, another victim of the dark side of fame. To her family and friends, she was just "Nippy." A nickname given to Houston when she was a child, it stuck with her through adulthood and, later, would become the name of one of her companies.
A few fans gathered hours before the service as close as they could get to the church, some from as far away as Washington, D.C., and Miami. Bobby Brooks said he came from Washington "just to be among the rest of the fans."
"Just to celebrate her life, not just her death," said Brooks, "just to sing and dance with the people that love her."
Others were more entrepreneurial, setting up card tables to sell silk-screened T-shirts with Houston's image and her CDs. Fans were kept blocks from the church and the invitation-only funeral, but their presence was felt. A huge shrine of heart-shaped balloons and personal messages that covered the street corner around the church entrance.
Houston's death marked the final chapter for the superstar whose fall from grace was years in the making. Houston had her first No. 1 hit by the time she was 22, followed by a flurry of No. 1 songs and multi-platinum records.
Over her career, she sold more than 50 million records in the United States alone. Her voice, an ideal blend of power, grace and beauty, made classics out of songs like "Saving All My Love For You," ''I Will Always Love You," ''The Greatest Love of All" and "I'm Every Woman." Her six Grammys were only a fraction of her many awards.
Her last album, "I Look To You," debuted on the top of the charts when it was released in 2009 with strong sales, but didn't have the staying power of her previous records. A tour the next year was doomed by cancellations because of illness and sub-par performances.
Houston is to be buried Sunday next to her father, John Houston, in nearby Westfield, N.J.

Contributing to this report were AP Global Entertainment and Lifestyles Editor Alicia Quarles and Entertainment Writer Mesfin Fekadu.

Saturday, February 18, 2012


When men were boys...


ELbEE - Lean on Me ft Shalom

Lionel Ebikake is a consummate entertainer who can rap and can also sing! A 300 level mechanical engineering student of Igbenedion University, he started exploring his artistic side when he joined a hip hop/RnB group back in high school.

Fast forward to today, he has perfected the art and he now is a solo act signed under Offdrops Entertainment. Rated as one of the best hip hop acts at Igbenedion University, check out his single which is already making waves on TV stations around Nigeria, Lean On me featuring Shalom.

Download & Listen To: eLBee - Lean On me ft Shalom





Bred in the streets of Lagos and raised by a single mother, 18-year old Ajayi Oluwatimilehin aka TIMIX found Music and Arts as his first love. He professionally kicked off his musical career in 2009 after being introduced to Smyl (Producer) & MIcworx Production and has been mentioned by several tastemakers as one of the New School Nigerian emcees to watch out for. Timix’s much anticipated debut mixtape #MixedBreed

Timix is back with a brand NEW video for his hard-hitting “Plan B” record produced by TDotC. Directed by burgeoning teenage film-maker, Damie Okulaja and shot on location in Anthony Village, Lagos City, “Plan B” sees the 18 year-old emcee throwing down the gauntlet and giving an ode to his single mother in rather touching and heartrending fashion. Timix rounds up the visuals by switching from poignant to fierce with a short freestyle filled with quick-witted and cleverly executed bars and punch lines for you to bite on…

Rihanna & Chris Brown To Reportedly Reunite On "Birthday Cake" Remix

Rihanna and Chris Brown

Rihanna and Chris Brown have supposedly recorded a remix to her album cut. Rihanna and Chris Brown are reportedly set to reunite on the remix to the full version of her album cut “Birthday Cake.”

The song’s co-producers Da Internz recently told MTV News that “the feature on [the remix] is gonna shock the world,” fueling speculation that Breezy would grace the new version.

According to, Brown recorded two verses for the remix, including a sung and a rap verse, though Da Internz took to Twitter to deny that he would appear on the song.

The news comes three years after Brown was convicted of assaulting Rihanna in their highly publicized domestic abuse scandal. They have apparently reconciled, with Brown attending Ri’s birthday celebration this past weekend.

RIP Madonna trending on Twitter


Death rumours on Twitter are nothing new. After Chris Brown, Keanu Reeves, Taylor Swift, Bon Jovi and Snooki, Madonna is the latest celeb to be declared dead on Twitter. RIP Madonna is trending worldwide on the micro-blogging website.

Tweet by Dekendrick Samuel (@DekendrickS) in support of the singer has been retweeted over 2 thousand times. The tweet reads: "I don't find the 'RIP Madonna' TT funny at all, we just recently lost Whitney Houston. Now is not the time to be joking. RT if you agree."

Whatever, please don't joke at someone's death... whew! Get a LIFE



Ja's forthcoming "Pain Is Love 2." Mind the gaps...

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


Nicki Minaj in a Versace Nun Dress at Grammy 2012

From the comments and video responses the world over, it's clear people are way off the BIG PICTURE.

Nicki Minaj did what she did so the whole world will do what they are doing right now.

Enjoy the show folks! What is your take on Barbie?

Shakira Almost eaten by Sea Lion in Cape Town


Singer-dancer-philanthropist Shakira, 34, was attacked by a sea lion Sunday afternoon during a nature tour out of Cape Town, South Africa, and had to be rescued by her brother Tony, whom she says literally saved her life.
After seeing some seals and sea lions, the Colombian singer said on her Facebook page, "I thought to myself how cute they were so I decided to get a bit closer than all of the other tourists and went down to a rock trying to pet them doing a baby talk while taking pictures.... Suddenly, one of them jumped out of the water so fast and impetuously that it got about one foot away from me, looked me in the eye, roared in fury and tried to bite me."
(Maybe the critter was just a rabid fan? OK, that's not nice, especially since a male South African sea lion can weigh more than 600 pounds.)
"Everyone there screamed, including me. I was paralyzed by fear and couldn't move. I just kept eye contact with it while my brother 'Super Tony' jumped over me and literally saved my life, taking me away from the beast."
The "Hips Don't Lie" singer said she thought the animal mistook her BlackBerry for a fish, and believed she was teasing it. Brother and sister escaped with scratches on their hands and legs from clambering over the rocks.




MUSIC CAFE: NEW MUSIC: QUEBEX-Spoken Word: Quebex, a member of the musical crew called "Pokahuntaz" which also includes artistes like Alvena, Dexycreap and Yunniq is a versatile ...


MUSIC CAFE: NEW MUSIC: QUEBEX-Spoken Word: Quebex, a member of the musical crew called "Pokahuntaz" which also includes artistes like Alvena, Dexycreap and Yunniq is a versatile ...

MoCheddah Dumps KnightHouse


The entertainment company announced today that MoCheddah is no longer under their management, and will no longer be recording for the company’s record label division.

The joint statement when you continue...

Rapper-singer Mocheddah and her management company KnightHouse announced today, that they will no longer be working together.

The debutant, who has just obtained her B.A in Creative Arts from the University of Lagos, told journalists in Lagos she's 'moving on to search for other opportunities' while still maintaining a close personal relationship with KnightHouse, the label that discovered and nurtured her to stardom.

KnightHouse CEO Rogba Arimoro says the label is proud of what it has achieved with the act in over half a decade and ' we wish her very well in all her future endeavours'.
'We will continue to support one another and make sure the relationship remains as cordial as possible' both parties said in the statement.

Mocheddah has in the past year, won the prestigious Channel O awards for most gifted female video as well as being named the MTV Brand New act in 2011.
Her debut album Franchise Celebrity was released to enormous critical and commercial acclaim in 2011.

'I'm working on new projects both for myself and with my colleagues. And I'm excited about the promises the future holds and I pray God sees me through all the way.
No word yet on whether she's planning to become self-signed, or if she's moving to another label.

Mocheddah's new contact details
For enquiries and bookings
08030667544, 08054128979,


DCUBE – real name Dawodu Deji Dickson - also known as Mr Undull is a talented young rapper and vocalist with great musical ability and flair. He brings with him, a lush combination and mix of several musical genres and styles - from Afrobeats to Hip Hop to High life to Dance music - and is poised to explode on the Afrobeats scene in 2012. His massive party anthem, “Undull'' is his introduction into the game and we implore you to support the rising star by downloading and sharing the impressive new party anthem! #Teamundull

Produced by Neggizzy and 100% set to set Nigerian dance floors and clubs alight all through the year is this brand new party anthem titled “Undull” from rising rapper/vocalist DCube aka Mr. Undull. Serving as his debut single, Dcube is about to make a big splash into the Afrobeats landscape with the infectious and catchy floor filler “Undull” and is set to get the clubs buzzing and everyone singing “Je Ka UNDULL” all through 2012!


Please direct all media and booking inquiries to Chux_ddon >>


Quebex, a member of the musical crew called "Pokahuntaz" which also includes artistes like Alvena, Dexycreap and Yunniq is a versatile and talented rapper, songwriter and Beat maker who hails from the "Red Soil City" known as Benin City. About two months ago he released a single titled "Let It Go" which is a very sick tune, Quebex decides to drop something which he recorded a while ago for his fan as they await his next single. This one he titled "Spoken Thought"... This is definitely
something y'all are going to love.


NEW MUSIC: Dude Tetsola-That's the Way

R&B singer cum producer DUDE TETSOLA  drops new single titled "That's the way", a melodious song for the valentine season.

Dude who is the younger brother to former miss Nigeria Vien Testsola collaborated in Tribute to Dagrin All stars and he has also worked with top notch artiste like M.I, SHANK, RUGGEDMAN, KEFEE also features in OMAWUNMI's  forth coming album. Enjoy "Thats the way" off his forth Coming album.

Check it out.


NEW MUSIC: Kanye West ft. BunB- Roses Are Red

Washington  DC based DJ/Music Producer Teffler releases another track from his forthcoming The Francis DuBois EP. This track features Kanye West and Bun B trading verses over a vintage old school sample. This track was produced by DJ Teffler. For professional production


NEW MUSIC: Jay Tat ft Common: She's Gone

Ogbonna “Jay Tat” John was born and brought up in Lagos (Nigeria). After primary and secondary education in Nigeria, he proceeded to the prestigious Deltas University in Ghana where he currently studies Microbiology. With a passion for music that started with voice training in his local church, to
learning the piano with his bosom friend and producer, H.TEE. He started rapping professionally in 2009. While at Upper Room Studio, He collaborated with X-Nuel, D-Bam and Jefak. His collaboration with H.TEE in 2009 produced the single “Who be Dat”. He cites Common, Drake, Lil Wayne, Tyga, Twista, Snoop Dogg and J. Cole among his influences while he adored the musicality of Tuface Idibia and Dipp. He is currently working on his mixtape.

Single's Cover Art

Jay Tat – She’s Gone” The Review*
A “commonesque” take on strings of love interest in the rapper’s life. In *She’s Gone Jay Tat* sampled Common’s *I used to Love her* with boundless energy. *Jay Tat*’s* She’s Gone* is an excellent exercise of musical harmony between musician/producer; H.TEE’s distinct and signature beat loops
producing. With a hook so original and fresh that makes his solo flow tuneful and , His approach on the hook sees him meandering two styles with the ease of a veteran. Lyrically, Jay-Tat was at metaphorical level not seen in most Naija rappers. He is not sticking with the formula; rather he sticks out his neck and he’s ready to explore. His ability to write witty lines and deliver faultless vocal brings the perfect synergy of pop and hip hop in a wonderful fusion. Enjoy the wonderfully fresh and calming sound of
Jay Tat


Thursday, February 09, 2012

Chris Brown and Rihanna Timeline: 2009 Grammys To Now

It will be three years this weekend since the last time Rihanna andChris Brown were supposed to both perform at the Grammys. It will also be three years since the violent altercation which ultimately changed both of their lives, professionally and personally.

On Feb. 8, Chris Brown and Rihanna got into a physical altercation which reportedly took place before both were scheduled to perform at the 2009 Grammys. Brown was charged with two felonies after brutally attacking Rihanna, who at the time was his girlfriend. Brown was sentenced to five years probation and six months of community service in Aug. 2009.

On Sunday night, Rihanna and Chris Brown will meet at the 2012 Grammys, as both are scheduled to perform.

It may not be the first time they have seen each other, for it's been rumored that the ex-couple have been meeting up, most recently spotted (separately) at a 2012 Super Bowl XLVI after party at LA's Grewystone Manor nightclub.

As we anticipate the pair's separate Grammy performances,'s The Juice takes a look at Chris Brown and Rihanna's highlights through the past three years, from the unsettling night before the 2009 Grammys to this years show.

Feb. 8, 2009: Brown is charged with two felonies stemming from a brutal attack on then-girlfriend Rihanna that took place in his car.

May 5, 2009: Rihanna makes her first public appearance since the Grammy night assault, at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala.

Sept. 20, 2009: Chris Brown returns to the music scene with his first single off "Graffiti," titled "I Can Transform Ya." 

October 20, 2009: Rihanna releases "Russian Roulette," a dark ballad about a dysfunctional relationship, that previews her fourth studio album, "Rated R." The music video features the pop singer being held in captivity

December 2, 2009: "Rated R" debuts at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 with 181,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album would go on to spawn hits like "Rude Boy" and "Hard."

Dec. 5, 2009: Chris Brown's "I Can Transform Ya" peaked at No. 11 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Dec. 26, 2009: Chris Brown's revealing, synth-heavy album, " Graffiti," peaks at No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and No. 7 on the Billboard 200 chart.

April 16, 2010: Rihanna kicks off her Last Girl on Earth world tour in Belgium, just as "Rude Boy" spends its fifth week atop the Hot 100.

June 27, 2010: Chris Brown breaks down and sheds tears at the 2010 BET Awards when performing a Michael Jackson tribute. You can't fake snot!

July 22, 2010: Rihanna scores another No. 1 on the Hot 100 -- this time with Eminem on "Love The Way You Lie." The track, which details an abusive relationship, would be performed by the pair at the MTV Video Music Awards that year and score 5 Grammy nominations.

September 7, 2010: Rihanna reveals "Only Girl (In the World)," the first single from her fifth album, "Loud." The song is in the top 10 of the Hot 100 within two weeks.

Sept. 11, 2010: Breezy returns to the top of the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for the first time since 2006 as "Deuces," from his and Tyga's collaborative mixtape, "Fan of a Fan," jumps to No. 1.

February 13, 2011: Rihanna performs "What's My Name?" at the Grammy Awards, three months after the song hits No. 1 on the Hot 100.

February 22, 2011: A court order that prevented Chris Brown and Rihanna from coming into close contact is lifted, allowing Brown to speak to Rihanna without harassing or annoying her.

April 9, 2011: Brown earns his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as  "F.A.M.E." with 270,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. "F.A.M.E." debuted at No. 1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop albums chart also.

April 2, 2011: Count "Look At Me Now," feat. Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes, as another R&B/Hip-Hop Songs No. 1 under Brown's belt.

May 14, 2011: People notice that Rihanna and Chris Brown are following each other on Twitter. She tells a fan, "It's f----n Twitter... calm down."

May 22, 2011: Rihanna teams up with Britney Spears for a special performance of "S&M" at the Billboard Music Awards. "S&M" becomes Rihanna's 10th No. 1 single on the Hot 100 one month earlier.

June 4, 2011: Rihanna embarks on her Loud tour, with artists like Cee Lo Green and J. Cole serving as support.

Nov. 27, 2011: Brown takes home a hefty prize at the 2011 Soul Train Awards: Album of the Year for "F.A.M.E."

Jan. 18, 2011: Us Weekly runs a report that Rihanna and Chris Brown are still secretly dating. A rep for Brown denies that the pair are romantically involved.

Jan. 26, 2012: Fans get a taste of Brown's upcoming album, "Fortune," with the release of the first single, "Turn Up The Music."

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Thursday, February 02, 2012

Ara Remix - Brymo Saeon


You all remember the sensational RnB artist, Saeon? She was recently a part of the MTV Brand New Unsigned Act. Saeon is popular for her "Recover From You", "I'll Be Gone" amongst others and a feature on two of Black Magic's songs.

Recently, the hit singer of Ara, Brymo, tweeted about waiting for a remix to his hit song. Well, now one has been put out. This is not just a remix, but a reply by a woman,Saeon, to Brymo.

Watch for Saeon's upcoming single within the next month which features a superstar you all are fond of.

Enjoy this cover track ; DOWNLOAD



Emperur – real name Abraham Bolarinwa - is a talented upcoming Nigerian born Artist who is bursting into the Nigerian music scene with something different. Starting with his new single and collaboration with Leo’nel, “IFERE”, Emperur - who only started making music towards the end of his high school education - is looking forward to dropping many more massive tunes in 2012 and is promising to always impress his audience and critics alike. Presently studying Information Technology Management in the University of Bradford, UK, we implore you to stay tuned to Emperu.

In his new single, links up with up and coming R&B singer Leo’nel to create an infectious and massive Hip-Hop opus titled “Ifere” especially for the ladies to serve as his official debut single. This single is supported with smooth synths and lush drum kicks and of course Leo’nel’s distinctive and captivating vocals on the contagious hook and bridge, makingEmperur and his collaborator Leo’nel ones to watch in the Nigerian music landscape for 2012…
Enjoy this wicked single from Emperur : DOWNLOAD IFERE

PMJM ENt (People Making Jolly Music) presents  Big Chance & Cypha Tyte; a musical duo with different styles that beautifully blend. They have been in the industry for a while now. They announce their coming on the big stage with two hit singles " Edikwanza" and "Ur Turn " and now out wit a brand new single "Shangbash"... Download and enjoy.

Enjoy the sound of Big Chance and Cypha Tyte:  DOWNLOAD SHANGBASH
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Midé is a twenty-something year old, singer/songwriter who has been mesmerizing audiences with his third arm (Guitar) and soulful voice before and since the launch of his debut EP, 2011’s Travellin’ Light. According to Midé, “I worked hard writing songs and composing music long before it hit me that this is who I am”.

Midé calls it Acoustic Soul and there is no denying the soul in the delightful songs and melodies he delivers. Ever since listening to “Continuum” and “Room for Squares” by John Mayer, a big influence in Midé’s sound, he has developed so much as a songwriter and you only need to hear his new single “City Lights” and new EP to understand. Midé also citesIsrael HoughtonEric ClaptonJonathan Butler and a host of other greats (united by their expressiveness, soul and their guitars) as his inspiration.
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