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.
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.
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 ?
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
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?
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.
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
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.
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?
They should stick with one type of music, remain focus and shun negative vices. They should not look for the money at the beginning.
Davido To Feature On Chris Brown’s ‘Breezy’ Deluxe Album
Globally celebrated singer, Davido will be collaborating with American megastar, Chris Brown on the deluxe edition of his album, “Breezy.”
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Chris Brown revealed this on Friday via his insta story, sharing a post that shows a list of 9 songs to be added to the album.
Davido is expected to feature on one of the nine bonus tracks titled, “Nobody has to know.”
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Amid a divorce battle, legendary singer, Paul Okoye of the P-Square group, has been dragged to court by his estranged wife, Anita, over infidelity during their marriage.
Last year, the news about the sudden separation between Paul and his estranged wife, Anita, broke out with the latter reportedly citing unfaithfulness on the part of her husband.
Recall that the pair met in 2004 during their undergraduate days at the University of Abuja and got married on March 22, 2014, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Their union has produced three children; Andre — born in 2013 — and the twins, Nathan and Nadia, born in 2017.
Last year, Anita had filed for divorce. She requested the dissolution of her marriage with Paul, as per a partly redacted court document that surfaced and went viral on social media platforms.
According to the petition filed at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Anita cited “irreconcilable difference” as her reason, asking Paul to challenge it if he felt disgruntled.
But in another court document seen by The Nation on Friday, Anita filed a lawsuit against Paul Okoye at a High court in Abuja. She also revealed several chats with the singer and other women.
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Anita had accused the singer of having an affair with one of their housemaids named Florence.
According to the leaked documents, it was stated that Paul Okoye sent his estranged wife and her sister packing after they discovered the affair between him and the housemaid.
It was also stated that the singer boasted about it, claiming it was a means to clip his wife’s wings so she could have no one else to lean on.
Anita equally alleged that Paul Okoye showed little interest in his kid’s upbringing, and barely participated in training them.
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Embattled R&B singer, R. Kelly, was sentenced to 30 years in prison Wednesday for recruiting and trapping teenagers and women for sex.
Judge Ann Donnelly handed down the term in the Brooklyn federal court nearly a year after the 55-year-old Kelly was convicted by a New York jury.
“The verdict is in: R. Kelly has been sentenced to 30 years,” the US attorney’s office for the Eastern District of New York said in a tweet.
The prosecutors had urged the court to put the “I Believe I Can Fly” artist behind bars for at least 25 years, saying he still “poses a serious danger to the public.”
In September, the fallen superstar was found guilty on all nine charges he faced, including the most serious of racketeering.
“His actions were brazen, manipulative, controlling and coercive. He has shown no remorse or respect for the law,” prosecutors wrote in their sentencing memo.
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Kelly’s lawyers called for a lighter sentence with a maximum of approximately 17 years.
The sentence comes just over a month before jury selection is due to start in Kelly’s separate, long-delayed federal trial in Chicago on August 15.
In that case, Kelly and two of his former associates are alleged to have rigged the singer’s 2008 pornography trial and hid years of sexual abuse of minors.
The musician who once dominated R&B also faces prosecution in two other state jurisdictions.
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