MTV Base Africa Indefinitely Postpones 2021 Music Awards
By Ahmed Rahma
The 2021 MTV Africa Music Awards ceremony has been postponed, the organisers announced on Thursday night.
The event, which was scheduled to hold in Kampala, the Ugandan capital, on February 20, has been postponed indefinitely.
The prestigious ceremony is being organised in partnership with Uganda’s Ministry of Tourism.
In a message, MTN Base Africa said it was moving the date of the programme to a yet-to-be-announced date.
The MTV Base Music Awards is one of the key events on the music calendar in Africa with performances from leading African and international artistes.
“MTV Base is postponing the 2021 MTV Africa Music Awards.
“We will keep fans updated as we have more news,” MTV Base Africa posted on its official Twitter handle.
However, MTV Base Africa did not give reasons for the decision to postpone the event.
A Ugandan musician-turned-politician and opposition leader, Mr Bobi Wine, held a news conference following MTV Base’s decision.
He said it was painful to see that MTV was being used to sanitise the oppressive regime in Uganda.
“I am glad MTV is also seeing it and acting in respect of all the rights of artists. It will be such a shame for the MTV Music Awards to be held in Uganda under gunpoint,” he said.
The Kampala edition was set to be the first-ever live-streamed virtual MTV Africa Awards due to complications arising from the coronavirus pandemic and also, the first time the awards would be held in Uganda.
The awards, known as the MAMAs, first held in 2008 in Abuja, and last held in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2016 as well as East Africa in 2009 in Nairobi, Kenya.
Meanwhile, MAMAs voting is ongoing and the public could vote via the awards’ official website.
Some of the top Nigerian artistes and comedians nominated into various categories of the award are Tiwa Savage, Adekunle Gold, Naira Marley, Wizkid, Mark Angel, Simi, Burna Boy, amongst others.
Excitement as Bigi Sponsors Nigerian Idol Season 8
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
The Nigerian Idol Season 8 will start on Sunday, April 23, 2023, at 7 pm on DStv and GOtv and for the third season, Bigi, the Naija favourite soft drink, is sponsoring the music talent show.
The main live episodes will air weekly afterwards till Sunday, July 16, 2023. There will also be a special channel on DStv – Channel 119 dedicated to the music show.
Bigi has assured viewers of a fun time during the period of the reality show as it would refresh fans and show lovers with a lot of thrilling activities.
The Nigerian Idol Season 8 retains its previous season judges, D’Banj, Simi and Obi Asika, while IK Osakioduwa will anchor the programme.
The organisers of the show, MultiChoice, during a press briefing, said by analysing the trends, this year’s Nigerian Idol would showcase the incredible talents of young and energetic performers, as well as the stories and inspirations behind their talents.
With stunning visuals and state-of-the-art sound, viewers would enjoy pop, rock, jazz and classical entertainment as if they were in the audience, experiencing the music first-hand.
On her part, the Assistant Brand Manager of Bigi, Ms Biola Aransiola, while speaking about the sponsorship, said Rite Foods was committed and always eager to support the discovery journey and promotion of talents as it is a chosen way of giving back to the consumers and resoundingly showing what the carbonated soft drink stands for, Truly Nigerian; Proudly African.
“We are delighted to see talents grow and emerge, most especially in Nigeria and more of a reason we’ve been keeping tabs since we started the sponsorship in 2020.
“Nigerian Idol is a leveraging platform to help hold talents hand-in-hand into stardom as they get the necessary support to keep the ball rolling even beyond the show,” Ms Aransiola stressed.
Nigerian Idol season 7 was won by a budding singer, Progress, after defeating Zadok in the final, going home with prizes worth N100 million.
Yul Edochie Loses First Son to Death After Exam
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
A popular Nigerian actor, Yul Edochie, has lost his first son, Kambilichukwu Edochie, to the cold hands of death.
According to a report by Vanguard, the Nollywood star’s son was rushed to the hospital on Wednesday after he was unconscious.
The 16-year-old deceased was said to have prepared for his school examination on Tuesday night, and after the exercise the next day, he joined his friends to play football, where he allegedly slumped and was quickly taken to the hospital for medical attention.
However, the teenager could not make it alive as he was said to have given up the ghost, leaving his parents devastated.
The death of Kambilichukwu came about two months after his parents, Yul and May Edochie, celebrated his 16th birthday.
Spotify Invests in Emerging Artists in Ghana
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
To support emerging artists in Ghana, a global streaming platform, Spotify, has announced a multi-year investment through its Creator Equity Fund by donating to Accra-based Vibrate Space.
Vibrate Space, a non-profit organisation operated by Surf Ghana, is a community recording studio and music business programme offering education, mentorship and space to young Ghanaian artists so that they can create, connect and collaborate.
Spotify first partnered with Vibrate in September 2022 with a donation that facilitated the launch of the studio. Over the past six months, the platform has registered over 200 studio bookings and hosted many more creators for events and classes.
To help Vibrate achieve its robust plans to grow and support the creative economy in Ghana, Spotify is making a sizeable donation from its Creator Equity Fund to be administered over multiple years.
“Since Spotify’s arrival in Africa five years ago, we have worked to identify opportunities to support artists in ways that speak directly to each of our markets.
“The partnership with Vibrate allows us to continue supporting emerging artists and cultural entrepreneurs in Ghana in addition to the on-platform work we are doing in the country,” the Head of Music for Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) at Spotify, Ms Phiona Okumu, said.
Also commenting, the Global Head of Artist and Audience Partnerships at Spotify, Mr Joe Hadley, said, “Spotify is proud to continue our efforts to support and uplift creatives with our Creator Equity Fund.
“I’m excited to share that from that fund, we’re announcing a donation to the Vibrate Space in Accra, Ghana. They have been incredible partners to us, continually pouring into the local community and creating a space where artists can come together to grow creatively. We’re looking forward to hearing the music, stories, and success that will come out of Vibrate.”
Similarly, the Managing Director for Spotify SSA, Ms Jocelyne Muhutu-Remy, said, “Spotify is constantly seeking new and innovative ways to promote African music and celebrate and support its creators.
“We see ourselves as a global platform with a local focus, and we really drill down to understand what is happening across the continent and how we can support both artists and users in those markets.
“Our partnership with Vibrate is one way that we are doing this in Ghana, but we have plans and projects in place to support artists both on and off platforms across the region.”
On her part, the founder and director of Surf Ghana, Ms Sandy Alibo, said, “We are happy to be partnered with Spotify. They’re really supportive of the alternative scene, and not every brand understands that.
“We work with young and emerging artists and creators who are looking to make a mark in the music industry, and Spotify is a brand that speaks to young people and has played a significant role in taking African and Ghanaian music to the world.”
Vibrate intends to use the additional funding for artist support and establish an artist-in-residency and exchange programme to fuel creativity, collaboration and cultural exchange, as well as a women’s programme aimed at supporting women’s growth in the industry.
The platform also wants to expand its educational offerings by extending the highly successful monthly masterclasses for another two years and introducing a three-month instrument learning programme, starting with piano lessons and expanding into other instruments.
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