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Nigerian Highlife legend Victor Olaiya dies at age 89

The “Evil Genius of Highlife” reportedly passed away at exactly 12 noon on Wednesday, February 12.



Nigerian music legend Victor Olaiya passed away yesterday, February 12 at the age of 89. He reportedly died at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital after a brief illness.

The Managing Director of Evergreen Music Company Limited, Bimbo Esho confirmed the story yesterday on a Facebook post.

“The entire music world wishes to announce the death of a legend of highlife music, one of the last man standing, and the last of the original, Dr. Victor Abimbola Olaiya.

“This untimely incident happened at LUTH hospital Lagos State at exactly 12 noon today (Wednesday) February 12, 2020. We pray that the doyen of highlife music finds repose with the creator while wishing the family and entire music community the fortitude to bear this irreplaceable loss,” she shared.

Victor Olaiya and 2baba (TV360 Nigeria)

Victor Olaiya is a much-celebrated highlife musician who rose to fame in the 1950s. After playing as a trumpeter for the Old Lagos City Orchestra and the popular Bobby Benson Jam Session Orchestra, Olaiya formed his band the Cool Cats in 1954.

In 1956, he was selected to play at the state ball on Queen Elizabeth II’s highly publicized visit to Nigeria. He also played at state balls when Nigeria became independent and became a republic in 1960 and 1963 respectively.

In 2013, Victor Olaiya released a remix to his classic Baby Jowo (Baby Mi Da) featuring Afropop act, 2baba.

The singer officially announced his retirement from six-decade-long music career in 2017.

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Entertainment Post Covid | Nigerian Cinemas Count Losses



It’s been months since COVID-19’s initial impact on the industrial sectors of the economy, resulting in losses among many businesses and complete shutdown of others.

The film industry was not spared and cinemas across the globe have also paid a huge price.

The Nigerian Cinema industry is believed to have lost about N8bn in revenue according to Filmone co-founder, Moses Babatope.

News Central spoke with the Executive Director of Genesis Cinema, Opeyemi Ajayi on the current struggles and the future of the Cinema business in Nigeria.

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Kampala to Host 2021 MAMA Awards



MTV Africa has announced that its music awards in 2021 will be hosted in Kampala, Uganda.

The music television station made the announcement on Wednesday in a conference held simultaneously in South Africa and Uganda.

MAMA Awards 2021 is to be hosted in partnership with Uganda “The Pearl of Africa”.

The announcement of venue of the award was disclosed in a virtual press conference broadcast from Johannesburg and Kampala by Monde Twala and Craig Paterson, Senior Vice Presidents and General Managers at ViacomCBS Networks Africa (VCNA), The State Minister for Tourism, Godfrey Kiwanda at Ugandan Ministry of Tourism and CEO of the Ugandan Tourism Board, Lilly Ajarova.

The Question and Answer session featured Ugandan music stars, Sheebah Karungi, Bebe Cool and South African rapper, Nasty C.

Monde Twala, Senior Vice President of VCNA said: “We are excited to bring this amazing showcase to audiences across the continent and globally with an innovatively re-imagined awards show and celebration.

“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, content production has embraced innovation as the new gold and we are excited to take Africa to the World and showcase its immense talent and culture as we stage the biggest music awards show on the continent.”

See Categories in MAMA awards;

  1. Best Female
  2. Best Male
  3. Best Group
  4. Best Breakthrough Act
  5. Best Collaboration
  6. Best Hip Hop
  7. Best Alternative
  8. Best Ugandan Act
  9. Best Lusophone Act
  10. Best Francophone Act
  11. Best International Act
  12. Video of the Year
  13. Song of The Year
  14. Artist of the Year
  15. Alone Together Lockdown Performance
  16. Listeners Choice
  17. Best Fan-Base Award
  18. Personality of the Year
  19. MAMA Legend Award
  20. MAMA Generation Change Award

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Nigeria’s Burna Boy, Mali’s Tinariwen Receive Grammy Nomination



Nigerian Afro-fusion star Burna Boy’s ‘Twice As Tall’ has received a 2021 Grammy nomination in what is the musician’s second straight selection.

Burna Boy’s second Grammy nomination on the trot was expected, as the title of his album represents everything he has become in the last one year.

The strategy behind the TAT album was to corner global attention to the quality of Burna Boy’s music. In the album, he had P-Diddy and Timbaland work with him on some songs and throughout the production of the album.

He must feel a level of vindication for his choices.

After the success of his ‘African Giant’ project, which earned him his first Grammy nomination, Burna Boy will walk with his head held high, should he win the much-coveted award but this won’t come easy.

Burna Boy’s Twice As Tall album has been nominated alongside “Fu Chronicles” — Antibalas, “Agora” — Bebel Gilberto, “Love Letters” — Anoushka Shankar and “Amadjar” — Tinariwen, all of whom will be deserving winners of the award.

He’ll slug it out in the Best Global Music category with another African group, Tinariwen, a Tuareg music group from Northern Mali.

Tinariwen group

Tinariwen was formed in 1979 and has won many awards. The globally-reputed group was nominated for its 2019 project, Amadjar.

Recall that Burna Boy lost to Beninoise singer, Angelique Kidjo in the same category in the 2020 Grammy Award.

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