Over the years, Afro Music has ascended to massive heights of global accolades. Fela Kuti popularized the Afrobeats sound but this generation of musicians have not only made it more popular but have also reinvented the Afro sound thus making it more consumable.
Like every father, we are sure Fela would be proud of what this generation has done with the Afrobeats sound. But there is a very important element that is missing in today’s Afro Music that was very evident in Fela’s music.
Find out what is it in this episode of “Vibes with Vheektor”.
Kevin De Bruyne has praised Manchester City for their transfer dealings so far, saying they have the future in mind.
Manchester City were a good side last season, but had players who were old and some that were out of form.
Guardiola has brought in new blood in the form of Mendy, Walker , Bernardo Silva , Ederson and Danilo and this has pushed De Bruyne to praise the club.
“City are building for the future,” De Bruyne told Sky Sports ahead of Saturday’s visit to Bournemouth. “[We] want to create a team for the next five or six years and not buy six players every window. It takes time and you cannot spend all the money in one window.
“They [the new signings] have added power and pace especially, which is maybe something we lacked a bit.
“They are very strong, very quick and also very direct; that’s a bit different to last year. They can get up and down for 90 minutes so that will help us.
“The team is much younger than it was when I arrived two years ago. I was one of the younger guys, now I am one of the oldest, so that’s strange.”
Celtic manager, Brendan Rodgers has hit out at Paris Saint-Germain for their transfer policy in the summer transfer window.
Rodgers Celtic side were drawn in the same group as the Ligue 1 giants, alongside Bayern Munich and Anderlecht.
PSG will be the main focus of the group, following the acquisition of Neymar for €222 million. They are also looking to sign Kylian Mbappe.
“If they sign Mbappe, you can rip it up. Since it was brought in you could argue it’s gone the other way. It’s obscene now.
“It is frightening when you look at what you’d consider to be an average player at a valuation between £20-30m, but it works its way down. There are players in the English Championship going for £15-17m.”
This is contained in a statement signed by the Acting Director of Information, Naval Headquarters, Suleman Dahun, a navy captain, in Abuja.
“We want to inform the general public and the candidates, who were successful in the 2017 Recruitment Aptitude Test held nationwide on Aug. 12, that a newly-adjusted timetable for the final selection interview has been released online.
Manchester United FC and France midfielder, Paul Pogba has been announced as the UEFA Europa League Player of the 2016/17 season during the 2017/18 UEFA Europa League group stage draw in Monaco.
The midfielder, who won the UEFA Europa League title with his club in Stockholm last May, claimed a total of 140 points ahead of his Manchester United teammates Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Armenia) and Zlatan Ibrahimović (Sweden), who came second and third with 129 and 109 points respectively.
This is the first time UEFA has given an award for the best player in the competition.
While receiving – the newly introduced – award, 24-year-old Pogba said:
“I am very happy to be the first person to win the UEFA Europa League Player of the Season award. Hopefully, the new season will be as successful as the last one for both me and my club. Thank you so much.”
The voting jury was composed of the coaches of the 48 clubs that participated in the group stage of the 2016/17 UEFA Europa League, together with 55 journalists selected by the European Sport Media (ESM) group.
The coaches were not allowed to vote for players of their own team while the final result was based on the total number of points from all the votes cast by the coaches and journalists.
In the application, the Federal Government is seeking an order of court revoking the bail granted Kanu on April 25.
The government is also seeking an order of court directing the arrest and committing Kanu to custody pending trial as well as any such order the court may deem fit in the circumstance.
The application which has the name of the lead prosecuting counsel, Mr Shuaibu Labaran, explained that the call for revocation of Kanu’s bail was on the grounds that Kanu had breached his bail conditions.
It read: “The 1st defendant (Kanu) is standing trial for alleged offences of conspiracy to commit acts of treasonable felony and other related offences before this court.
“The offence for which he is standing trial is not ordinarily bailable but due to the magnanimity of the court and its quest for justice and fairness, he was granted bail on health grounds.
“Among the other conditions for his bail is that he should not be seen in a crowd exceeding 10 people and he should not grant any interviews, hold or attend any rallies.
“And that he should file in court, medical updates of his health status every month. But rather than observing all of the conditions listed above, Kanu, in flagrant disobedience to the court order, flouted all conditions of the bail.”
According to the government, Kanu has in furtherance to the offence he was charged, inaugurated Biafra Security Service adding that such an act was a grave threat to national security and unity of the country.
An affidavit deposed to by Loveme Odubo, a litigation clerk in the Ministry of Justice, claimed that Kanu held a rally at his residence in his hometown, Afara-UkwuIbeku in Umuahia, Abia.
And that the rally, with a crowd exceeding 10 persons, was captured in a video published on June 1 and circulated around the country through the internet platform of YouTube.
He further deposed that the bail granted Kanu was to enable him take care of his health and not for any other purpose.
In a written address attached to the application, the government wants the court to determine whether the defendant violated the bail conditions set by the court to warrant the revocation of same.
President Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday, aimed a dig at the #ResumeOrResign protesters who came to the Abuja House in London, United Kingdom, during his medical vacation, saying “I hope those who went there are not stuck there.”
The President also said now that he had returned to Nigeria, “(I hope) they will come back and join us.”
The president also said that he was happy about the national prayers held for his quick recovery, noting that the prayers cut across all religions and ethnic groups.
His words: “I am very happy with the national prayers that cut across religions and ethnicity; people were praying.
“In fact, some groups in London came and sang the national anthem and asked that I should go back home. Indeed, I have come back home. I hope those who went there are not stuck there. (I hope) they will come back and join us.
“Those that are stuck there with the Brexit, I hope they have weighed the implications that it won’t affect them, including those that have property there.
“Those who are not paying tax here; I hope when they sell their property there, they will bring some of the money here. We need it very badly here.”
Buhari also lauded his Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo, for effectively running the government in his absence.
He said: “The efforts by the vice-president are commendable. He used his intellect to run all over the place. I was seeing him 24 hours on NTA. I congratulate them and I allowed him to come and see him to thank him personally for what he has done.”
“I thank you very much for the national approach in your leadership. Those who are leaders at political level and those who are chief executives in their respective states. I had so much time to watch television NTA. I heard so much information about the states.”
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved a rail line from Kano to his hometown in Daura, and Jibia local government area of Katsina state, an official said on Friday, August 25, 2017.
The minister of transportation, Rotimi Ameachi, made this known at The Osasu Show Symposium — which borders on the economy and its effects on the less privileged — in Abuja yesterday.
The minister further disclosed at the event that the president also approved rail lines from Port Harcourt to Maiduguri, Kano to Maiduguri, Makurdi to Jos, Gombe to Yobe to Borno, Jigawa to Niger Republic.
According to him, the transportation infrastructure in Nigeria has been mismanaged for many years, and so much has to be done to restore the railway activities, and drive the economy.
He said: “GE came here and annouced that they would give us 100 locomotives, we did the audit of our; our narrow gauge can’t carry 17 locomotives, so by October 1st to October 2nd, we would be lauching about six to ten locomotives, because our narrow gauage cant carry more than that.”
“Government said concession this narrow guage, and we have successfully done that to the extent that we are able to sign an agreement with GE. By October GE will take over the narrow guage and begin to run from Port Harcourt to Maiduguri.
“When they stop at Umuahia, economic activities will be at Umuahia; the Umuahia station will become an economic hub. We the Ibos in Umuahia will be able to establish shops and sell goods we would like sell.
“That station from Port Harcourt to Aba, Aba to Umuahia, Umuahia to Enugu, Enugu to Makurdi, Makurdi to Jos, Jos to Bauchi, Bauchi to Gombe, Gombe to Borno.
“The president has also approved another rail line from Kano to Daura to Jibia and we hope to connect Jigawa from there and to Niger Republic.”
The minister also said the rail line from Itakpe to Warri will be resucitated by the 2018, after 30 years of neglect. He added that the rail line will also connect Itakpe to Abuja.
He continued: “When we came, there was no rail contract connecting any of the seaports, and the president gave a directive for Lagos-Calabar to connect pORT Harcourt seaport, Onne seaport, Calabar seaport, Warri seaport and either Apapa or Tincan seaport.
“He has approved the construction two new deep seaports, one in Bonny, and the Lekki deep seaport.”
Those who attended the Symposium include, Okezie Ikpeazu, governor of Abia state; James Ibori, former governor of Delta state, Obong Victor Attah, former governor of Akwa Ibom state, and Lucky Igbinedion, former governor of Edo state.
Living your life daily can be fulfilling, but living your life and exploring your talents at same time is the ultimate form of satisfaction. That is the story of Gbenga Sanya, a trained accountant and owner of Arslord Band, a repertoire band which has been in existence since 2012. Gbenga aka Arslord took up his music talent to it’s oars with the creation of the band and has not looked back since then, plying his stock to the highest parties and making even the rich throw their inhibitions away and dance to their hearts delight. Arslord band in this brief chat with 360nobs tells us more about his hit single ‘Ashake’ and the next level in his music career.Enjoy his interview…
Who is Arslord band?
Arslord Band is an African repertoire team of professional singers and instrumentalists. The band is more of Highlife genre with fussion of Jazz; in both secular and contemporary music.
How long have you been an entertainer and what is your niche?
Arslord Band started professionally in 2012, hence we have featured in many shows, dropped many singles and participated in countless concerts across Nigeria and the West African Coast. The name Arslord emanates from ‘’AS LORD LIVETH”, formerly it was just a slogan before we shortened it to ARSLORD to make it more cultured and compatible.
Most people prefer hiring a DJ for their parties than lifebands, can you highlight three benefits of using a lifeband for your parties?
There are numerous benefits of engaging a Live Bands for our parties and occasions, chief among the benefits are;
It gives room for spontaneous personalization. i.e, praise singing the celebrants and other dignitaries in attendance.
Live Bands lovers can enjoy truly rich sound of the guitars, talking drums and other acoustic instruments on display.
Live Band helps to keep the transfer of instrumentalists knowledge alive, passing from one generation to the other. Because Live Bands music are not programmed beats.
You have few singles in circulation can you tell us about them?
We have over six (6) singles released recently from which we are shooting one video, among our singles are; Ashake, Cucumber, Disco Highlife, Jazz Hour, Sisi Obalende and Jenifer while we have in studio another hit, titled Spender featuring Superstar Durella aka King of the Zanga.
What’s up with your latest single Ashake and what plans do you have for it?
Ashake video will be tentatively released on 1st of October, 2017 by God’s grace. This is to celebrate Nigeria Independence Day. This video is going to be one of the best in Africa and none of its kind in the world.
There are so many music videos out there, what would make Ashake video different?
What makes ASHAKE so unique is; The Storyline. The Africanness. The Originality. The Wedding Appeal. The Promise kept Allure. My brother the list is endless. As they say,” the taste of the pudding is in the eating”. Just wait for the ASHAKE VIDEO to be out. It promises to be a banger!
What basic challenges have you experienced as an artist?
Challenges in music nowadays are beyond talent, it is no more a child’s play neither is it a business for the poor. In this 21st century, no matter how talented you are, you need huge money to fly the flag. Even our so-called Talent Hunt shows have become a scam, being a contestant now is like gaining admission into university. The industryis for the nouveau riche.
How do you balance your profession as an accountant, your music career and family?
As a father who is passionate to become great, my priority is education which can easily make a constant income for human growth. Without my profession as an accountant over the years, I wouldn’t have been able to raise money from my earning to build a studio or be who I am today. We have more than 14 band members (Male and Female) that made up The ARSLORD BAND, and to the glory of God we are doing very fine.
Managing a band which is made up of different creative individuals is tough. How do you ensure professionalism in your band members?
Having control over whatever that belongs to you is as simple as taking good care of that belonging. We work professionally because there is Do’s & Don’t, what bonded us together is sheer Responsibility. If you play your role, your return is this and if you do not, you get nothing. This is the core value of the Arslord Band administrations over the years.
What does the future look like for Arslord band?
Arslord Band recently secured the management of “SATTMEDIA” and since their advent, we have been able to do more exploits. Before this year runs out Arslord Band will be very more versatile and relevant in the entertainment industry. Right now we are fully ready to give all our cherished fans the fantasy of good music. As you know that our strength remains evergreen lyrics and sophisticated rhythms. We have come to make ARSLORD BAND a household name and all what we need to achieve this vastness is our fans support. Music is the food of Love!