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Why Young Artist Must Shun Negative Influence – Cole Uyiekpe

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Music is a medium of communication; it is one way people send messages, music can either be pop, reggae, highlife e t c. Some people take music as a means of livelihood but other do it for fun or as calling. In this interview with Cole Uyiekpen Manners ( CEO) Talents Of Benin, x-ray what form his choice of allying with highlife music: he speaks with our guest writer Timothy Omobude.

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Who are you?

My name is Cole Uyiekpen Manners ( CEO) Talents Of Benin Entertainment, TOB, a Benin by tribe and an Edo man to the lettersi’m the son of the legendary Idamudia Cole. I’m a musician, i play highlife music.

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When did you start your musical carrier?

I have being into music for the past fifteen years, as a professional musician, i was born into music, so music is me and i’m music. I grow up from a music home, i leant the art of music from my father.

Why highlife music as your choice ?

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I choosed highlife because that is what my father was into as well, highlife music is the highest, that is what my father was doing, we can improvise; play some afro but the base for my music is highlife. I’m not saying other kind of music is not important.

Do you think, you drive home your message when you push it via highlife

Mr. Cole Uyiekpe

Yes, that is the best way i can express myself musically, although music is a way of life in my family. I have played with some many other artist then in Lagos before moving to Benin City to start up my own band. That is why i’m maintaining my father stage name Talent of Benin, TOB.

Which musical instrument do you play best?

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Ah, i can play every musical instrument but i’m a genius in the art of playing drum, i enjoy playing drum. So music is my calling.

What has been the challenges you face?

My challenges occurred while i was in Lagos, i was not haven my band, no finances, trying to meet up with this digital age.

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How many album do you have?

So far, i have just one album but I have numerous tracks, i’m launching another album early next year before easter celebration.

Which among your tracks is your best

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My best tracks is OSARUESE because is all about praising God.

As entertainers, do you enjoy the needed synergy from the present state government in Edo?

Yes, i’m a member of Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria, PMAN, i will commend the governor, we have had meeting with the governor were he solicited for partnership, he showed us how he is keen on developing that state entertainment industry and we are confident on him because is music is life.

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What is the correlation between the music genre with what your father played?

Personally, i can not compare them, for me i went to music school. But some of us are doing wonderfully well, if you listen to EDO LEGEND SONS the 24 beats (story story) produced by one Osarobo Osa’s, we the young musician sang the songs from our heath and at the end the song was lovely and went viral, i don’t know if you have listen to it. Mr Osarobo is trying to put another one in the United Kingdom which is coming up soon. Our fathers also did excellently well musically.

Advise to upcoming musicians?

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They should stick with one type of music, remain focus and shun negative vices. They should not look for the money at the beginning.

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I Know 3 Nigerian Celebrities Who Have Felony Charges – Seun Kuti

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Grammy-nominated afrobeat musician Seun Kuti has described his recent assault on a police officer that landed him in prison as a mere “misdemeanour charge.”

The singer stated this during an Instagram live session with fans recently.

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Slamming those attacking him on social media over his assault on a police officer, Kuti said he was aware of Nigerian celebrities with felony charges, but fans never criticised them the way they did him.

He said, instead, fans celebrate and defend those criminal celebrities on social media.

He said: “I know at least three celebrities in Nigeria who have felony charges. Mine is a misdemeanour charge. Whether they talk as if heaven is falling and thunder is crashing, my charge is still a misdemeanour. If we are going to be just, assaulting a police officer is a misdemeanour. That is the charge I have.

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“But felony charges—fraud, assault, rape—you people come online, and you fight for these people with felony charges. Real criminals.”

Kuti said someday he would rent the National Stadium for one week to apologise to Nigerians for any crime he might have committed against them.

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Recall Seun Kuti was last week released from the State Criminal, Investigations and Intelligence Department, SCIID, Panti, Yaba, Lagos, after spending eight days in detention for assaulting a police officer in a viral video.

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Abia: Why I Accepted To perform At Alex Otti’s Inauguration – Davido

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Famous Afrobeat singer David Adeleke, popularly called Davido, has revealed why he performed at the inauguration ceremony of the Abia State Governor, Alex Otti.

Recall that a video of Davido’s performance in Umuahia, the Abia State capital, after the swearing-in of Alex Otti and his deputy, Ikechuckwu Emetu, on Monday surfaced on the internet.

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Reacting to Davido’s performance, many Nigerians speculated that the new governor might be a waster of resources considering the amount of money that might have been spent to bring the musician to the event.

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Responding to the critics in a tweet, Davido said he wasn’t paid any amount to perform.

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”Not a dime. I’ve known Excellency (Alex Otti) all my life, and I’m sure he will do well for the people of Abia State,” he said.

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Seun Kuti Slams AY Over Reason For Accepting National Award

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Seun Kuti, popular musician and the youngest son of the Afrobeat pioneer Fela Anikulapo Kuti has slammed comedian Ayo Makun, a.k.a AY, over his reason for not rejecting his national honour.

Recall that former president Muhammadu Buhari, through the Ministry of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs on Sunday, listed comedian AY, singer Davido, actor Kunle Afolayan, Super Eagles and Napoli striker Victor Osimhen and other celebrities among 337 Nigerians to be conferred with national honours on June 1st 2023.

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Reacting to the announcement on Monday, AY, in a tweet, addressed critics who queried him for not rejecting the honorary award by the Federal Government, stating that a national honour is the highest recognition anyone could get.

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Explaining why he will not reject the award, AY said, “Those of you shaming or asking me to reject ‘A National Honour’ are clearly missing a vital point. Our country is bigger and more important than any president or political party awarding it. National honour is the highest recognition anyone can get for his or her contributions to nation-building.

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”So my allegiance is to a country where I have contributed my own quota, and I am more than happy to be rewarded by the same nation.”

Responding to AY in a post on his Instagram page and story, Seun Kuti described the comedian’s explanation as unnecessary. And taunted the comedian to receive his ‘Buhari’ award and stop explaining.

“Let me reiterate. No be public opinion poll them take dey choose national award na by presidential committee then the president will accept the nomination of certain people. In as much as it’s a national honour, it’s a presidential appointment. Biko, receive your BUHARI award and stop to dey Shalaye.

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“This is what I hate about sellouts. Is it that you don’t have a chest, or you can’t do anything with the chest? Resist the URGE to SHALAYE (explain), Don’t try and dress HYPOCRISY as NATIONAL LOYALTY OR PATRIOTISM. With una 2 Homes and 2 Passports,” Seun Kuti said.

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