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Muthoni Drummer Queen Joins Spotify EQUAL Music Programme

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Muthoni Drummer Queen Spotify EQUAL Music

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

Kenyan rapper, drummer and cultural entrepreneur, Muthoni Drummer Queen, has joined Spotify’s EQUAL Music Programme as December’s Artist of the Month.

Having developed her love for music in choirs at school, Muthoni Drummer Queen has achieved acclaim not only for her own music but also for her wider work in the Kenyan music industry.

Fresh out of university, for example, she organised the Blankets and Wine music festival, which has provided a platform for alternative musicians in the region since 2008.

Since then, the festival has come to incorporate elements of fashion, art, and literature in addition to music. Having started out as a way to promote independent acts, the festival has also played host to a number of internationally-acclaimed acts from across Africa.

Muthoni also founded perFORM which is a music business and artistic development incubator. Started in 2019, perFORM aims to enable practitioners in the music industry to filter, order, refine, and master the business and artistic skills required to build a sustainable music career.

On November 19, the renowned Kenyan artist released a new album called River and the track, African Fever will be featured on the EQUAL Africa and EQUAL Global playlists.

River is Muthoni’s fourth studio album and the third made in collaboration with Swiss production duo GR and Hook.

It features a number of global Afro-diasporic sounds, blended with hip-hop, reggae dancehall, R&B, and traditional drum beats from various ethnic communities around Kenya.

The album’s genesis came during a Nairobi creative residency in 2019 and was further developed during a 50-plus date touring season that same year.

“When they don’t give you a seat at the table, make your own with and for the people that love and celebrate you as you are,” the entertainer said of her acknowledgement.

She is not the first African artists to have been featured on EQUAL as there had been Kenya’s SSARU, Nigeria’s Ayra Starr, and South Africa’s DBN Gogo.

Spotify EQUAL is a platform created to foster gender equality in music and provide an avenue to highlight influential female creators.

Modupe Gbadeyanka is a fast-rising journalist with Business Post Nigeria. Her passion for journalism is amazing. She is willing to learn more with a view to becoming one of the best pen-pushers in Nigeria. Her role models are the duo of CNN's Richard Quest and Christiane Amanpour.

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UniAbuja Student Wins N1.5m in Boomplay Campus Music Star Season 1

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

A 200 level student of the University of Abuja (UniAbuja), Ms Emmanuella Adejoh, has emerged as the winner of the Boomplay Campus Music Star season one.

The Guidance and Counselling budding singer won the grand prize of the competition, N1.5 million, due to her outstanding performance, according to the judges.

She defeated the other contestants, especially those that made it into the top three, to clinch the coveted prize.

The first-runner up was Iroenyenwa Nzubechukwu, a student of the Federal Polytechnic Nekede Owerri, studying Mass Communications; and the second runner-up, Godswill Sarah Iruoma, a student of Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, studying Hospitality Management.

It was gathered that the music hunt contest had the trio of Teni, OAP Do2dtun, and a renowned music producer Philkeyz as the judges.

They were involved in accessing the several entries received for the completion and pruned them to 10, who made it to the finale.

The rookie artistes underwent a series of activities, including a master class training session, a team bonding exercise, press conference and community display of their talents.

The Boomplay Campus Music Star competition was created to discover loads of talents in the country and provide them with a platform to showcase their skills.

The official partners of the programme were SHAREit Lite and Vskit, while the media partner was Trace TV.

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Legendary Singer Dayo Kujore Dies at LASUTH

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Dayo Kujore

By Aduragbemi Omiyale

A legendary Juju musician in Nigeria, Dayo Kujore, has died at the age of 63 at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) Ikeja, Lagos.

The singer, according to reports quoting his daughter, Ayinke Kujore, died on Monday morning at the hospital.

The Soko Extra crooner, who started playing the guitar at 10 and rose to become popular for creating a new tune from the Juju genre called Soko music, gave up the ghost after a brief illness.

However, his family is yet to formally state the actual illness that claimed the life of the veteran Juju musician today.

The report of his death is already generating reactions from stakeholders in the Nigerian music industry, with friends, colleagues and fans sending their condolences.

Dayo Kujore serenaded lovers of good music during his lifetime with albums like Soko Xtra, Joy, Easy Life, Wisdom, Elevation and Superjet, which turned him into a household name in 1991, though his first album was released in 1977 and was titled Ha! Jesu Mbe.

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Veteran Nollywood Actress Iyabo Oko is Dead

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Iyabo Oko

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

A veteran actress in the Yoruba movie industry, Sidikat Odukanwi, otherwise known as Iyabo Oko, has passed on.

One of the children of the deceased, Ms Bisi Aisha, who is military personnel, confirmed the death of her mother.

“May ur soul Rest In Peace mummy,” she posted on one of her social media pages.

Also, one of the colleagues of Iyabo Oko in Nollywood, Mrs Foluke Daramola-Salako, posted on Instagram the death of the prolific actress, who reportedly breathed her last Wednesday evening.

Iyabo Oko died after battling with an illness, which kept her away from movie locations. She finally succumbed to the illness yesterday.

“And finally, we lost her.. rip Iyabo Oko, we did our best but God knows best,” Foluke Daramola-Salako wrote.

In 2021, when one of the daughters of the late actress, Olamide, revealed that her mother was diagnosed with ischaemic stroke about five years ago but kept her health issues away from the public, some thespians rallied around with financial assistance to get her back on her feet.

Pictures of her on the internet showed the state of her health and spurred more reactions from fans and colleagues. She was treated and later discharged from the hospital. Thereafter, not much was heard about the 61-year-old actress until her death on Wednesday.

Iyabo Oko was born on November 15, 1960, in the Iwo Local Government Area of Osun State. She acted in several films before bowing out the stage.

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