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Tuesday, 8 September 2020


Copyright: Femislide on Facebook

Oluwafemi Akinbodunwa, also known as Femislide, is an award-winning international afro-fusion musician.

He was born in 1978 in Musin, Lagos, Nigeria.

He is a trombonist, trumpeter, songwriter and vocalist. 

Femislide performs jazz, afro-funk and highlife genres of music.

He has been making and performing music for the past twenty-three years. 

His role models in the music sector of the entertainment industry are; the late Fela Anikulapo Kuti, the late Haruna Isola and King Sunny Ade. 

He has recorded and or performed music with different musicians such as; Seyi Solagbade, Blackface, Lagbaja, Jesse King, Charly Boy, Waje, 2Baba Idibia, MI, Yolanda Brown, Mike Aremu, etc. 

You can find Femislide's music at and follow him via his social media handles which can be found at the bottom right side of his website.



Copyright: Justin Verz on Facebook

What is Justin Verz's legal name?
My name is Elawure-Abowa Justin.

Where were you born?
I was born in Benin City, Nigeria.

What is your educational background?
I have a BSc in Computer Science. 

When did you start making and performing music?
I started playing and performing music when I was in senior secondary school one (SSS 1).

What are your areas of specialization in the music sector of the entertainment industry?
I am a music producer, rapper and singer.

Who are your role models in the entertainment industry and why?
I love Jon Bellion and Burna Boy because their music is inspiring and their lyrics are deep.

Where can we find Justin Verz's music?
You can find my old and new songs on my Audiomack account at; 



DJ Irawo

Today, the 8th day of September, 2020, DJ IRAWO'S FREEDOM debuts on Facebook live on my wall @djiraworocks.

The live show is a platform for me to showcase my drumming, disc jockey, dance and singing skills and to promote other artists' music, literary, fine and applied art creations.

Today, I kickstarted the show with a song from Justin Verz and four songs from Femislide.

Check out the show via this video at:

Wednesday, 12 February 2020


In Nigeria, there are two main categories of music and they are; gospel music and secular music
Some other set of people call their kind of music, inspirational.
I have discovered that before a musician sets out to create music for the public, he or she first decides whether to do gospel or secular music.
In my opinion, gospel music is not a class of music that a musician decides to choose. He or she must be led by the Holy Spirit to spread the gospel with his or her songs.
Some musicians simply compose music and because it consists of heavenly words like Olorun, Jehovah, Jesus, Father, etc, they categorize themselves as gospel musicians.
Some gospel musicians' way of life is a far cry from the songs that they minister. I am not their judge. It is simply my observation.
It is compulsory for gospel musicians to be born-again Christians before and during their music career. You must work with the Holy Spirit to save souls, praise and worship God.
If you are a full-time gospel musician, there will be times that you will run into problems of lack of finance but God will provide for you because He has called you to do this work and He will provide for your every need.
Those that are testing the gospel music waters for money will get frustrated and probably change to the secular genre of music because they have not gotten the wealth they seek from gospel music. 

For those who are into gospel music for the money, Frank Edwards has a few words of advice for you.
According to Frank Edwards in his interview with the Punch newspapers, I quote;
“Gospel music is a ministry and not an industry.
‘If you are a gospel minister, you have to know you are in a ministry. If you are in it for the money, you may be disappointed…. It is not that you will not make money in the long run but that is not the focus. The focus is to preach the gospel of Christ through your music. When your focus is to first do something that would sell, you would lose focus. If you want to do it for the business, then try secular music.
‘You need to be called to be a gospel artist because you would have to endure when the money is not forthcoming and you have to wait on the Lord and learn to use your faith. You would even be popular and you would still be climbing bikes.”
Secular music artists may also decide to write and perform gospel music at some point in their career. They should not be castigated for doing this because asides from being secular artists, they are also Christians and would love to worship God via their songwriting, singing and instrument playing skills and go back to their secular music afterwards.
For example, I intend to include my songs that edify God into my second album; ten songs in all. You may call it gospel music but I am neither a gospel musician nor a secular musician. I am not even an inspirational musician. I simply do great music.
With my second album, I just want to praise God as a human being and my fans and new converts may decide to worship and praise Him along with me.
R. Kelly wrote and sang gospel songs like YOU SAVED ME and THE STORM IS OVER. He also wrote I LOOK TO YOU for Whitney Houston and a few more gospel songs.
While singers like Simi are switching from gospel music to secular music, rappers like Kanye West, after serenading Lucifer in a lot of his previous songs, have switched to gospel music.
Kanye has two gospel music albums titled JESUS IS KING and JESUS IS BORN. From the great songs in these albums, it seems to me that Kanye West has converted to gospel music completely. Great!
Do what you will.
Jesus loves you anyway!

Wednesday, 29 January 2020



Below is what a lady tweeted about Naira Marley;

I guess that her outburst originated from a post by a Marlian and from the corresponding comment from another Marlian on that post as shown below;

....and most likely this....

In my opinion, education is important for any art creator. 

Education is how you protect your rights with respect to the business and legal sides of your art and craft.

If you are not enlightened, how will you know that you are being cheated by your manager and other members of your team?

How will you understand your music or acting contract?

How will you become an international musician if you are not educated?

Alongside your music, you will also be answering interview questions on radio, television, events and online platforms. 

Your fans will want to know how intelligent and eloquent you are asides from your art.

How will you communicate effectively in round table discussions as a musician?

Many musicians went back to the classroom to acquire an education after an inferiority complex set in for them during the course of their music careers.

Examples of these musicians and actors are; Saheed Osupa, KWAM 1, Odunlade Adekola, etc.

Musicians like Salawa Abeni hired private tutors to teach them how to read and write.

Certainly, their efforts have helped their careers tremendously.

So, while listening to the music of your favourite musicians, be guided. Do not let them mislead you whilst they seek for attention and catch their trips.

Certainly, Naira Marley's four children and probably his two wives will attend the best schools in the United Kingdom while you stick around in Nigeria sucking up to a misleading Marlian fantasy.

Saturday, 21 December 2019


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Tiwa Savage writes; 
"It has been brought to my attention that there is a viral video which includes me advertising an upcoming COZA event. I want to state that I have nothing to do with the church and generally do not endorse their events. I'm extremely disappointed that I was fraudulently approached to simply comment on how God has been good to me and it has been wrongly edited to use my image to create an advert to deceive people. COZA, this is wrong! I will be taking action if this is not immediately retracted."

Nigerian music superstar, Wizkid, retweeted Tiwa Savage's post as a sign of support for her stand against the church.

These two should get married and let us be!

Also, Davido warned COZA on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 after a doctored video was shared on Biodun Fatoyinbo's Twitter and Instagram pages. 

The video portrays Davido advertising an event, Twelve Days of Glory, which is billed to take place in the church soon.

The mother of the female child in the video, Elizabeth Omale, whom Davido created the video for, wrote;

"I would like to make some clarifications on the video recorded with @davidoofficial for my church, the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly COZA). The video was in no way intended to be an official advertisement from the church. It was simply my way of raising awareness for a program I am passionate about. I have read reports online claiming that Davido is coming to the program as an ambassador of COZA because of the video. These reports are false.
'He recorded that video with me and my daughter as a favour to a friend; nothing more. Also, my pastor, Pastor Biodun, only reposted the video from my page because he has been reposting videos about the program. My video wasn't the only one on his page.The video was a product of my excitement about 12 DG and there was no malice intended. I apologize for the confusion and misrepresentation and once again, I would like to say I acted as an individual and not as an official representative of COZA. Thank you."


Barawo pipu! Using opolo ori eja (fish brain) for us since 19-gbogboro!

So, who doctored the video if it wasn't you, Elizabeth Omale, just to support your rape accused pastor?

It nauseates me that you even refer to him as your pastor after all the rape allegations against him.

The rape case against him was struck out abi?! Kwantiniu to bask in your ignorance.

Anyway, Biodun Fatoyinbo has removed the controversial post from his Twitter and Instagram accounts.

It would have been nice to see him in court again. 

By the way, here is the link to the controversial video:


Friday, 20 December 2019


In the latter months of 2018, I made a call for songwriters on my Facebook wall and page and I got up to one hundred and one entries. Albeit, I was only able to choose five songs.

Unfortunately, two of these songwriters did not want to let go of their songs. They wanted to perform their songs by themselves. So, I am left with three songwriters.

These two songwriters do not understand what music publishing means. They assume that I am a record label owner.

Record label is not not the same as music publishing. They both perform different functions in the music industry internationally.

The truth is that it is not all music artistes that can write great songs. Some music artistes have lovely vocal expressions and enchanting stage craft but they write awful lyrics and compositions.

Meanwhile, some people can write great lyrics and melody but they have a terrible voice or they are shy or they lack stage craft or they do not want to become performing artists; they prefer to work a 9 to 5 or work in some other business ventures.

At the same time, some music artistes are also great songwriters. If this is the situation, then it is a plus for the record label.

Music artists like DJ Irawo, 2 Baba, Wizkid, Simi, Adekunle Gold, Teniola the Entertainer, etc can hold the stage spellbound and also write great lyrics. 

Thus, in simple English language, record labels represent music artists while music publishers represent songwriters.

One of the songwriters that I signed on in March 2019, is yet to submit his requirements. Albeit, he has promised to do before the end of 2019. When he does so, I will add his details to the two songwriters on my blog.

Marketing these songs have not been easy and at one time, I almost gave up the idea of publishing music but because of my passion for this section of the music industry, I have decided to bear my cross.

Music Publishing is the act and art of renting out music by a songwriter to users of music such as record labels, music artists, performing artists, movie producers, television producers, etc.

You may liken music publishing to the way we rent a movie tape of compact disc at a video club.

The tape of compact disc is not yours. You did not buy it. You rented it. So, after you finish watching the content, you return it to the owner of the tape of compact disc. 

In reality, the video club owner is not the copyright owner of these VHS tapes and compact discs but this analysis should suffice.

According to the Nigerian copyright law and the copyright law in many countries of the world, the copyright in a published song belongs to a songwriter for the duration of his lifetime and seventy (70) years after his death after which the song goes into a public domain and it becomes free for anyone to use. 

In a Creative Commons the songwriter makes his songs free from inception for the purpose of making the world a better place.

After the death of a songwriter, his next of kin or those that the songwriter has specifically listed has been entitled to his royalties will collect these royalties for seventy years after the death of a songwriter.

A songwriter can administer his royalties by himself or sign up with a music publisher to get a better deal.

I do not sign songwriters forever. I sign them up for a period of five years and if they intend to renew their contract with me, they can do so.

However, it is my intention that with or without a contract, songwriters who have signed up with me in the past can always walk up to me for advice. Our relationship after a contract must remain cordial.

However, there is a clause in my contracts that if a songwriter intends to sell off his song(s) and all the rights attached to it, he may do so. It is a win-win situation but licensing a song is much better.

The overall management of royalties accruing to a songwriter, music publisher, record label, etc is managed by the collecting society in a country.

In Nigeria, we have the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) and the Musical Copyright Society of Nigeria (MCSN).

Registering with a music professional like me will ensure that you do not only get your general royalties but in addition, you will get your specific royalties as at when due because I know the ropes to pull and the nuts to crack in this section of the industry.

I have the experience and certifications to practice as a music publisher all over the world. 

In addition to managing the songs of songwriters who do not intend to perform their own music on stage, I also manage the songs written by performing music artistes. 

These type of performing music artists/songwriters will need my services especially if they are independent music artists.

An independent music artist is one who is not signed to any record label.

I will stop for now.

I will like to read your comments and answer your questions.

Musically yours,

DJ Irawo

Thursday, 1 August 2019


"AFRIMA withdraws Hosting Rights from Ghana for lack of commitment to fulfill contractual obligations … Thanks to the youth and media of Ghana for their tremendous support … New host country to be announced soon."

The International Committee of the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) has withdrawn the hosting rights from Republic of Ghana for the 2019 and 2020 editions of the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) over lack of capacity by the Host Country to meet the financial and contractual obligations entered to on July 12, 2018, necessary to retain the hosting of the biggest music event in Africa.

The decision was reached on Monday, July 15, 2019, after several months of meetings and consultations with relevant stakeholders to remedy the situation with the expectation that the Republic of Ghana would provide concrete assurances and guarantees to discharge its contractual obligations for hosting the 2019 and 2020 editions of AFRIMA after its disappointing performance on the contract during the 2018 edition of the Awards held in Accra between November 21 and 24 which the organisers successfully put together against all odds.

It would be recalled that decision of the African Union (AU) and AFRIMA to award a three-term hosting right (2018-2020) of the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) to Ghana followed the declaration of the President of Ghana, His Excellency, Nana Akufo Addo of his desire to host the AFRIMA Awards in Ghana made on May 21, 2018 during the AFRIMA 2018 Calendar Unveiling Ceremony held in Accra. 

After initially complying to some of the host country responsibilities, Ghana’s hosting rights for the 5th AFRIMA was publicly announced by the African Union at the African Union Secretariat Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on September 5, 2018 and a letter signed by the Commissioner of Social Affairs, African Union,__ Mrs. Amira El Fadil dated September 13, 2018 to effect the hosting rights was dispatched to the Government of the Republic of Ghana through the Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture, Ghana.

According to the International Advisor, AFRIMA, Mr. Rikki Stein, while thanking the young people and the media in Ghana said; 

“It was a hard decision for us to withdraw the awards hosting rights for the next two years (2019 and 2020 editions) from the Republic of Ghana. 

'As an awards owned for the African people, it is structured to travel around the continent giving the people the true African experience. We have some fond memories of our time in Ghana immersing ourselves in the lifestyle and music and we have formed great friendships among the Ghanaian people. We look forward to returning to Ghana at a more opportuned time. 

'However, we cannot afford to compromise the standard of the laudable vision of AFRIMA to create a truly African brand that connects Africans and build the equity of Africa. 

'The situation faced in Ghana has the potential to erode the goodwill and giant strides we have achieved in Africa through the awards”.

Mr. Stein, a former Manager and friend of Afrobeat Legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, added that AFRIMA is geared to increase the tourism and entertainment equity of a host country as the host receives an influx of international and Africa dignitaries, AFRIMA nominees, music stars and executives who attend the four-day programme of activities. 

AFRIMA further offers benefits that would help in raising the continental and international profile of the host country, including an opportunity to tap into the millions of participants and followers of the growing African music.

The African Union had enjoyed a successful and effective hosting partnership with the Federal Republic of Nigeria that won the right to host the four editions of AFRIMA –from 2014-2017.

“The support of the Ministry of Information & Culture, Nigeria with sponsorship from the Government of Lagos State, Nigeria as AFRIMA Official Host City in 2016 and 2017 also fostered the smooth execution of the various AFRIMA events and facilitated the seamless engagement of corporate sponsorship/partnership at various facets of event planning and execution”, Mr. Stein explained.

“Our concerns are genuine and worrying. We must see a commitment from the Host Country government to secure suitable venues in advance for holding the AFRIMA Awards ceremony and events, to provide suitable hotel accommodation in advance for nominees, artistes and guests of the Awards and to provide and process visas-on arrival in advance and in good time for guests, nominees, artistes, contractors and other relevant stakeholders attending the Awards. If these are not in place, then we have a recipe for disaster on our hands”, he stated.

The International Committee of AFRIMA has said it is working to determine a new host country for the 6th edition of the annual All Africa Music Awards AFRIMA and this will be announced in August 2019. 

After five outstanding editions of AFRIMA from 2014 to 2018, the 6th edition will continue in the tradition of celebrating the scintillating musical culture of Africa by featuring exhilarating Pan-Africa events through the lifespan of the calendar year in 2019.

The events on the AFRIMA 2019 calendar include the ‘Call for Entry/Entry Submission’ opening on May 15 to end on August 2, a process when African music professionals from across the continent submit their musical works, songs and recordings via the official AFRIMA website for a possible shot at nomination in one or more of the 36 categories of AFRIMA. 

The 6th AFRIMA Main Awards Ceremony, a three-day fiesta of music, glamour, Afrocentricism and entertainment, holds in November in the official awards Host City.

The four-day event commences with the Welcome Soiree followed by the AFRIMA Music Village, the Host City Tour, the Africa Music Business Summit, the exclusive Nominees Party and concludes with the live Awards Ceremony. 

Fans of African music globally can follow along and take part in the AFRIMA 2019 events on social media, live stream on the AFRIMA website, the AFRIMA App and by tuning to over 84 television stations which are AFRIMA partners.

Monday, 8 July 2019


It is not in my place to answer this question for you because it is a decision that you must make for yourself.

Also, if you seek clarity on what constitutes a part time or full time music career and I answer you on a face value, you will not get a full grasp of what I mean as there is more than one dimension to making a choice at this crossroad in relation to a music career.

For the purpose of this blog, I am referring to all careers in the music industry and not just music performances.

So, starting with FULL TIME MUSIC, I will split it into two; Type 1 and Type 2.

TYPE 1: FULL TIME MUSIC CAREER simply means that an individual breaths and eats music in the capacity of a songwriter or singer or instrumentalist or music producer or music director or music publisher or music promoter, etc. Simply put, he does only one of these music careers.

TYPE 2: FULL-TIME MUSIC CAREER simply means that a person combines two or more careers in the music industry. 

This person could be a performing musician and also a music producer or he is a booking agent and also a music journalist and also a music teacher, etc.

In my own opinion, he is still into full time music.

A PART-TIME MUSIC CAREER is one where a person does one or more careers in the music industry and also does another career outside the music industry.

For example, a songwriter is a part-time music professional if he is also an accountant. 

I am a part-time music professional because asides from being a drummer, singer, songwriter, music publisher, music supervisor, disc jockey and entertainment blogger, I also work in the literary business as an author and freelance writer. Sometimes I am a live artist who uses her body as an aesthetic form of expression. So far, these tasks have not yet overlapped. 

Albeit, the ratio of my music careers to my writing and art careers is about 70:30. All the same, I enjoy the things that I do. Maybe when I become an A-list musician, I may have to forgo some or all my other careers but for now, I am basking in the ambiance of a career diversity.

There is nothing wrong with being a part-time music professional if you have talents in other fields that you can explore and you are able to manage your time and resources appropriately.

Take a look at an A-list music artistes like Chris Brown who is a fantastic singer, rapper, songwriter, dancer and visual artist.

Another example of an A-list music artist in Nigeria is Simi who is a singer and also a music producer.

Her husband, Adekunle Gold, who is also an A-list music artist in Nigeria, is a songwriter, singer and graphic artist too.

Some music industry buffs will argue that a musician must only concentrate on performing music (if he is a singer) or writing songs (if he is a songwriter) because it is like having a plan B. According to them, a serious music performer must not have a plan B.

Below is an excerpt from Anastasia Brown’s book titled, Make Me A Star. Anastasia is a judge on the Nashville Star, a music reality television show in the United States of America;
“A Tim McGraw song asks, “How Bad Do You Want It?” As an aspiring entertainer, you need to ask yourself that question every single day. Becoming a star requires much more work than you can possibly imagine. Your desire and your work ethic will do as much or more to increase – or decrease – your chances for success than any talent, natural ability or bankroll you might have.

‘When I was working as an artist manager, I loved to ask potential clients; what’s your Plan B? If they had one, I knew they weren’t for me because music would always be more of a hobby for them. Maybe they had talent and maybe they wanted to be famous but they probably didn’t have the necessary drive inside themselves to overcome obstacles, endure pain and suffering on the way to success or to have the confidence to survive. That’s certainly a route to take especially these days. But that dream doesn’t interest me. If artists have a Plan B, I’ll never really believe in them because they don’t really believe in their art. Key tip: If you have a Plan B, it is most likely they will become your Plan A!

‘Parents hate to hear me say that because they usually know better than their children just how long the odds are for anyone wanting to make it in the entertainment business. They are also afraid they’ll wind up with an unemployed thirty-year-old living in their house. But this business is for people who cannot or will not do anything else and nearly every artist we interviewed for this book told us exactly that in some form or another.”
For me, the last paragraph of this excerpt is the reason why music performers do not have to put their eggs in one basket because they never know if their songs will become hits nor is it easy to get financial support to record and promote their music especially in a country like Nigeria where financial support in the form of grants and loans do not come readily for musicians and other music professionals except one goes through a record label with the hope that your union does not result in squabbles in the end like a lot of record 
label deals turn out eventually.

Some music artistes worked a 9 to 5 or were students or simply hustled like Patorranking who was a rat poison seller and bricklayer until his song, Alubarika, became a hit and he began to focus more on his music career.

Music is a risky business where  the most talented singer is not popular or the most popular singer is bankrupt.

Pick the music time frame that works for you.

Thursday, 4 July 2019