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Monday, 3 December 2018

LEGACY PROJECT by the Jesus Haven Choir


On Friday, November 9, 2018, I was at The Redeemed Christian Church of God – Jesus Haven, Area 015, Oyo Province 4, Apapa Family, Sango Ota, Ogun state.

I got to the church, the venue of the live music recording, at fifteen minutes past three o’clock. The musical instruments and sound system were being set up by a music rental company in preparation for the live recording of the Legacy Project by the House of David choir. The recording was scheduled to begin at six o’clock that evening.

I met Mr. Ayodeji Ebadan, my host, the music director of this church and we had our interview in the church pastor’s office, away from the hustle and bustle of the preparation going on within and outside the church.

Read our interview below and get ready to be transformed by the music of the House of David’s Legacy Project.


DJ Irawo
Lagos is known to be the home of music and entertainment in Nigeria and not Ogun State. Mr. Ayodeji Ebadan, why have you decided to spend so much resources on a music project in this part of Nigeria?

Ebadan
It does not matter where we are. Whether one is under the ground or we are in the town of Ota, we must pursue the same goal like that of every Apapa Family church - EXCELLENCE. 

Despite our location we are able to do whatever we can with available resources. It is about maximizing our resources, it is not about being the richest. It is about being able to use whatever resources at our disposal to produce tangible results. 

Basically, Apapa Family is known for excellence in ministry. 

When one meets an Apapa Family worshiper in the office, how we comport ourselves is different. Everything we do is excellence-oriented. This is why you will find this kind of event happening in Ota.

DJ Irawo
Does the Apapa Family originate from a branch in Apapa, Lagos?

Ebadan
Yes, that is right. The Apapa Family originated from RCCG Freedom Hall, Apapa but now the headquarters of the Apapa Family worldwide is the RCCG City of David, Victoria Island, That is, Region 20. Basically, our source is from the City of David. It is now headed by Pastor Idowu Iluyomade. 

DJ Irawo
You have been the music director for Jesus Haven for about thirteen years. What has been your experience?

Ebadan
I have been a member of Jesus Haven for fifteen years and a music director for thirteen years. 

The experience has been amazing. 

However, I have experienced lows and highs and everything in-between but I am driven by the vision of the church. So, in whatever situation I find myself I will keep on pursuing the vision. This church is very fortunate and blessed. 

DJ Irawo
Could you dwell on your personal experience here?

Ebadan
It has been wonderful. It is a family church. It is a wonderful family church. You would have met my pastor if not for some exigencies. He is quite busy now. This is his office. We know one another. We relate to one another like brothers and sisters. My pastor is my brother and that is the similar relationship that I have with everyone here. This good relationship is what has kept me in this church. 

For me to spend fifteen years here it means that I am enjoying what I am seeing. It is not very easy but God has made it possible. How old am I that I have spent fifteen years in a particular church? 

So, it has been an amazing place. It is a great place. Since I joined the church, it is as if I should not leave. The atmosphere is wonderful. 

The priority of this church is worship and relationship. What else can one expect from a good church especially for a musically inclined person like me? 

If my pastor’s priority is worship then I want to stay here and not where the congregation does not value music or value what I do as a music minister. 


DJ Irawo
How did you arrive at the name of the choir; House of David?

Ebadan
This church is nineteen years old. I joined when the church was four years old and I met it as House of David. We took it up from there and believed God that this same name, that was a small name, would be great. 

At some point, we were only four people in the choir. Today, we are twenty-two. At that point, it was not easy. I had to program the drums and bass guitar on the keyboard for praise worship and choir ministrations. There were only two singers back then.

We had a beginner drummer at the time.

Today, we have five musicians. We never gave up on our dreams for the future. To the glory of God, here we are having a live music recording. 

This shows that we have really moved forward. 

DJ Irawo
Indeed, you have. You call the project a Legacy Project. Is that the title of the music album?

Ebadan
Yes, that is the title of the album.

DJ Irawo
How did you arrive at this name?

Ebadan
The choir is about to experience a change of levels. We are going from being an ordinary church choir to becoming a professional music choir and this is our launching pad. 

We have a dream of making this House of David the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir of Nigeria and this is the launching pad and the threshold and a definite point in the life of this group that we can always refer to.  

In this album, you will dance, you will worship and you will also take time to reflect upon the goodness of Jesus. It is a robust album. It is a legacy. 

Every time we look back we will know that it is from this point that this choir moved up to the next level. 

DJ Irawo
How many songs will be on this album? 

Ebadan
The album will contain seven tracks, by the grace of God. As of today, we have planned seven tracks for the album. 

DJ Irawo
Do you intend to sell this album?

Ebadan
We intend to sell Platinum. Platinum is a million copies. 

DJ Irawo
With the introduction of piracy in the market how do you intend to sell so many albums?

Ebadan
We will leverage the digital space. The digital platform is our focus and what we are trying to produce is exportable. Basically, it is local content that we can export to the world. The music can be understood everywhere in the world. 

By God’s grace, we will go on ITunes, Shuzia.com, Spiricoco.com and Boom Play. We will get the music everywhere. 

We will also sell compact discs; premium quality CDs. 
We know that our compact discs may not be available for export to the United States of America, for example. Who will buy it? So, digital streaming is the way forward. 

Basically, for this music project we will leverage on the digital streaming online platforms. 

DJ Irawo
What musical instruments do you play?

Ebadan
I play five musical instruments. I play drums (drums set and conga), keyboard, bass guitar and lead guitar. 

DJ Irawo
Do you sing?

Ebadan
Yes, I do. In this album, I will be leading two songs. I play the keyboard and sing simultaneously. 

DJ Irawo
Where did you learn to play these musical instruments? Did you attend a music school?  

Ebadan
I have never attended a music school. I joined the choir in 1994. I am talented in playing musical instruments. The musical instruments that I went out of my way to really learn are the drums. My church sponsored my drum classes. 

So, when will the album be released?

Ebadan
It will be released on December 23, 2018 by God’s grace. It will also be our annual concert. 

DJ Irawo
Asides from being a music director at Jesus Haven, what else do you do for a living?

Ebadan
I am a media practitioner. I help businesses become visible for profit making. 
I run a digital printing press and I am publisher. 

DJ Irawo
Mr. Ayodeji Ebadan, thank you for your time. We eagerly await the launching of the Legacy Project on December 23rd, 2018.

Ebadan
Thank you, DJ Irawo.


I waited for a while to watch the live music recording before leaving Ota, Ogun state for the comfort of my bed in Lagos.

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Wednesday, 11 July 2018

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Drumline Entertainment Blogging Decision

I have decided to post all future blogs of this business directly to my Instagram and Facebook page accounts.

Now, you can follow me on Instagram @djirawo and  Facebook @djirawo  and @okemicoach

This decision was taken in order to pass information to my followers quickly as I have discovered that my readers find it time consuming to click on the blog link via my Facebook and Instagram pages.

You can always come here to read a broader explanation of my services and also read old posts.



Regards,

Oluwakemi Bamidele Famugbode
DJ Irawo
Creative Director
Drumline Entertainment

Friday, 8 June 2018

Blog or Instagram



 OR


Recently, I have been thinking about streamlining my business especially my blog for more efficiency and effectiveness.

I was having issues with making up my mind whether to delete my Twitter account or make regular use of  Instagram because it seems like more people are 'blowing' on Instagram these days. Well, that is what one of my sisters thinks. According to her, blogs are going out of fashion and Instagram is taking over.

I still think that blogs and websites have their place as these are avenues for explaining in details the purpose of a business.

I have decided to give constant Instagram presence a try as I need more followership for my business asides from sponsored adverts on Facebook and Instagram. I need more readers for my blog and viewers of my videos. The painful part of this decision is that I will not be able to insert pictures and videos within my blogs anymore. This is sad.

The adverts of clients will still be included here as well as my Instagram wall. I simply need to clear my head and move ahead without having to worry so much about multiple social media media updates on all social media platforms. 

I like Instagram because it gives easy access to sharing of posts to  other social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. I have already linked my Instagram page to my Facebook page @djirawo.

As I gradually cross the bridge, I will be flexible. For now, allow me to go and blow on Instagram. I intend to surpass my current 1,204 followers and prayerfully make a lot of money in my quest to blow.
 


Going Higher


After a rigorous time spent watching online lectures from Professor Fisher, the American professor in charge of the Copyright X classes from the Harvard Law School, going for class discussions with the professors at the Advanced Legal Studies department of the University of Lagos, studying and burning the midnight oil, I stand tall to say that it was a time well spent on acquiring knowledge for the improvement of the entertainment, software and literary society in Nigeria.

I am optimistic about passing this exam because I studied well for it.

Surely, I am going higher, climbing the ladder of success and greatness in the areas of my passions; music, creative writing and business consulting.

When was the last time that you studied for a course? Learning never stops until we go six feet below.



Wednesday, 9 May 2018

12TH HEADIES AWARDS



The 12th edition of the Headies Awards held on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at the Convention Centre, Eko Hotels and Suites, Lagos.

Below is the list of nominees and winners; 

BEST RECORDING OF THE YEAR

BUTTERFLIES – OMAWUMI
HALLELUYAH – FUNBI
PONMILE – REMINISCE
HEAVEN – BANKY W
JOROMI – SIMI WINNER



BEST POP SINGLE
MAD OVER YOU – RUNTOWN
ALL OVER – TIWA SAVAGE
YEBA – KISS DANIEL
ISKABA – WANDE COAL AND DJ TUNEZ
IF– DAVIDO  WINNER
FIA – DAVIDO



PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
(FALL, MAMA) KIDOMINANT  WINNER
(ISKABA, MALO) SPELLZ
(IF, RARA) TEKNO
(MARADONA, COME CLOSER) SARZ
(YAWA, VIRTUOUS WOMAN)– MASTERKRAFT


BEST REGGAE/DANCEHALL SINGLE
LOVE YOU DIE – PATORANKING FT. DIAMOND PLATNUMZ
DANCE – TIMAYA FT. RUDEBOY
HOLY HOLY – 2BABA  WINNER
ROCK YOUR BODY – BURNA BOY
COME CLOSER – WIZKID
SOFA – KISS DANIEL


BEST RAP ALBUM

27 – FALZ
TRIP TO THE SOUTH – ERIGGA
EL HADJ – REMINISCE  WINNER
THE PLAYMAKER – PHYNO
THE GLORY – OLAMIDE
ROSE – AQ


BEST R&B/POP ALBUM

SOUNDS FROM THE OTHER SIDE – WIZKID WINNER
TIMELESS – OMAWUMI
SIMISOLA – SIMI
GOLD – ADEKUNLE GOLD
IJELE THE TRAVELLER – FLAVOR
THIS IS ME – NINIOLA


BEST MUSIC VIDEO

MA LO – TIWA SAVAGE FT WIZKID (MEJI ALABI)
FOCUS– HUMBLE SMITH (CLARENCE PETERS)
COME CLOSER – WIZKID (DAPS)  WINNER
BEEN CALLING – MALEEK BERRY (MEJI ALABI)
YOLO – SEYI SHAY (MEJI ALABI)
LIKE DAT – DAVIDO (DAPS)


BEST R&B SINGLE

TONIGHT – NONSO AMADI
FOLASHADE – PRAIZ
LET ME KNOW – MALEEK BERRY
ROMEO & JULIET – JOHHNY DRILLE
LOVE YOU BABY – BANKY W
SMILE FOR ME – SIMI WINNER


BEST COLLABO

MA LO – TIWA SAVAGE FT WIZKID  WINNER
TEMPER REMIX – SKALES FT BURNA BOY
JUICE – YCEE FT MALEEK BERRY
NO FORGET – ADEKUNLE GOLD FT. SIMI
COME CLOSER – WIZKID FT. DRAKE

BEST RAP SINGLE

YOU RAPPERS SHOULD FIX UP YOUR LIVES – MI  WINNER
SOMETHING LITE – FALZ FT YCEE
LINK UP – PHYNO FT. BURNA BOY, M.I.
UP TO YOU – SHOW DEM CAMP FT FUNBI
ME VERSUS ME – ICE PRINCE


BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (MALE)

A NON-VOTING CATEGORY:

PERFECT WOMAN – FAZE
FOLASHADE – PRAIZ  WINNER
ROMEO & JULIET – JOHNNY DRILLE
TONIGHT – NONSO AMADI
LOVE YOU BABY – BANKY W


BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (FEMALE)

A NON-VOTING CATEGORY:

IN THE AIR – WAJE
GONE FOR GOOD – SIMI
JOWO – ARAMIDE
SARO – NINIOLA
WHERE’S THE LOVE – NIYOLA FT. ADEKUNLE GOLD
BUTTERFLIES – OMAWUMI WINNER


NEXT RATED

MALEEK BERRY
MAYORKUN WINNER
DICE AILES
JOHNNY DRILLE
ZORO

HIP HOP WORLD REVELATION

NINIOLA
ADEKUNLE GOLD
MR. EAZI
REEKADO BANKS WINNER

LYRICIST ON THE ROLL

YOU RAPPERS SHOULD FIX UP YOUR LIVES – MI WINNER
POLITICAL SCIENCE – AQ
LIQUOR NIGHT – BOOGEY
INDUSTRY NITE – ERIGGA


BEST STREET-HOP ARTISTE

PENALTY – SMALL DOCTOR  WINNER
WO – OLAMIDE
SAI BABA – CDQ
SHEPETERI – IDOWEST FT. DAMMY KRANE, SLIM CASE
PASS THE AGBARA – SKUKI
LEGBEGBE – MR REAL FT. IDOWEST, KELVIN CHUKS, OBADICE


BEST ALTERNATIVE SONG

MONEY – ADEKUNLE GOLD
RADIO – NONSO AMADI
ROMEO & JULIET – JOHNNY DRILLE
PONMILE – REMINISCE
FUN MI LOWO MI – ARAMIDE FT. SOUND SULTAN & KOKER WINNER
LAGOS BARBIE – BANTU


ALBUM OF THE YEAR

SIMISOLA – SIMI WINNER
GOLD – ADEKUNLE GOLD
KLITORIS – BRYMO
IJELE THE TRAVELER – FLAVOUR
SOUNDS FROM THE OTHER SIDE – WIZKID
THE PLAYMAKER – PHYNO

ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

DAVIDO WINNER
WIZKID
OLAMIDE
SIMI
TIWA SAVAGE


SONG OF THE YEAR

PENALTY – SMALL DOCTOR
WO – OLAMIDE
IF– DAVIDO WINNER
YEBA – KISS DANIEL
MAD OVER YOU – RUNTOWN
FIA – DAVIDO


AFRICAN ARTISTE

SARKODIE
CASPER NYOVEST
NASTY C WINNER
SAUTI SOL
VANESSA MDEE


HEADIES’ VIEWER’S CHOICE

COME CLOSER– WIZKID WINNER
IF– DAVIDO
WO -OLAMIDE
MAD OVER YOU – RUNTOWN
YEBA– KISS DANIEL
YAWA -TEKNO

 

BEST PERFORMER

FLAVOUR
FALZ
M.I.
2BABA
YEMI ALADE WINNER
TIWA SAVAGE



ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

KIDI
AIR BOY
TENI WINNER
JUNIOR BOY
PERUZZI

SPECIAL RECOGNITION

KAFFY- WINNER
HALL OF FAME
CHRIS UBOSI



Below are images from the event:



















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