Afrika Shrine play host to inaugural ShaKu Shaku concert

The Afrika Shrine will play host to a first of its kind event on the 13th of September, titles “Shaku Shaku night” featuring many of Nigeria’s prominent artistes.

The New Afrika Shrine is an open air entertainment centre located in Ikeja, Lagos State. It serves as the host location of the annual Felabration music festival. Currently managed by Femi Kuti (eldest son of Fela Kuti) and Yeni Anikulapo-Kuti, it is the replacement of the old Afrika Shrine created in 1970 by Fela Kuti until it was burnt down in 1977.

The New Afrika Shrine showcases photo galleries of Fela and music performances by Femi Kuti and Seun Kuti thus making it a tourist attraction.

Only July 3, 2018, French President Emmanuel Macron visited the Shrine and pre-launched the Season of African Cultures 2020 in France. Macron said he had visited the Shrine as a student in 2002.

It is to host the 1st of its kind event on the 13th of September titiles “shaku shaku night”.featuring artist like.

 

Femi Kuti introduces his son Made to his ‘Positive Force’ band. (Video)

Femi Kuti’s son, Made Anikulapo Kuti is now a member of his father’s ‘Positive Force’ band.

This was made known through a post shared on his Instagram page over the weekend, where he posted a picture of himself performing alongside his father at the Afrikan Shrine on Thursday night, September 6th.

The post had the caption, ”Another night of maximum energy at the shrine last Thursday! A great debut as an official positive force member!  Don’t miss the show tomorrow – Sunday 08/09/18!”

Made Anikulapo-Kuti steps in as a replacement to Aghedo Andrew, a former member of the band and bassist who ran away minutes before the band was set to perform at the Summer stage in New York, US earlier in the year.

It would be recalled that Yeni Kuti alongside her brother, Femi had called out Andrew on their social media pages, as he almost ruined their performance disappearing just as they were set to go on stage.

Femi Kuti delivers commanding performance at XPoNential Festival in US

Femi Kuti and The Positive Force Band shut down the XPoNential Music Festival in New Jersey, United States.

The weekend of Friday, July 27- Sunday July 29, saw the 25th consecutive edition of the summer music festival produced and presented by WXPN.

Performing on the River Stage, Femi Kuti and his band light up the festival rendering a number of hit songs from his well grown catalogue.

His set list included songs from his recently released 10th studio album, One People, One World like, ‘Truth’, ‘Africa 4 Africa’, ‘Nothing to Show For It’, ‘Evil People’, ‘Corruption Na Stealing’ and more.

U2 lead vocalist Bono loses voice during Berlin concert

Bono, lead vocalist and leader of the great rock band U2 lost his voice during the group’s concert in Berlin, Germany.

Bono, according to reports, had announced to the fans that he could no longer continue singing due to loss of voice after performing only a few songs.

The 58-year-old rock singer had stopped singing to drink from a thermos flask several times during his performance before admitting he had problem with his voice.

In a statement on the band’s website, the Irish rock group was forced to cut short the “Experience + Innocence” concert in Berlin before thousands of fans in.

U2 apologises over Bono’s loss of voice

The U2 band

 

We’re so sorry for tonight’s cancellation. 

“Bono was in great form and great voice prior to the show and we were all looking forward to the second night in Berlin, but after a few songs, he suffered a complete loss of voice.”

“We don’t know what has happened and we’re taking medical advice.”

“As always, we appreciate our audience’s understanding and all our fans’ support in Berlin and those who travelled from afar. We will update you very soon,” the statement said.

Bono hangs out with celebs in Lagos

Bonowas in Nigeria in 2015 where he related with top Nigerian music stars. On August 28, 2015, Pulse reported him hanging out with singer Waje at a One campaign event in Lagos.

Bono who is the co-founder of One Campaign later in the day met with Nigerian celebrities Cobhams Asuquo, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Waje, D’banj, DJ Lambo, Femi Kuti and others.

British singer Seal storms Lagos, meets Femi Kuti at New Africa Shrine

British singer, Seal, on Thursday visited Femi Kuti and his family at the New Afrika Shrine in Lagos. Photos of his visit were shared on Kuti’s Twitter handle, @femiakuti as well as his sister, Yeni Kuti and son, Made Kuti’s Instagram handles respectively.

He added that Seal was visiting, but also working on a performance in Lagos. According to Wikipedia, Seal was born Henry Olusegun Adeola Samuel but performs as Seal.

See photos from his visit as shared on social media:

Known professionally as Seal, is an English singer and songwriter. He has sold over 20 million records worldwide, his first international hit being the song “Crazy”, released in 1991, and his most celebrated song being “Kiss from a Rose”, released in 1994. Seal has won multiple awards throughout his career, including three Brit Awards; he won Best British Male in 1992, as well as four Grammy Awards and an MTV Video Music Award. As a songwriter, he received two Ivor Novello Awards for Best Song Musically and Lyrically from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors for “Killer” (1990) and “Crazy” (1991). He was a coach on The Voice Australia in 2012 and 2013, and returned to Australia to work as a coach in 2017.

Henry Olusegun Adeola Samuel was born on 19 February 1963 at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London, to a Nigerian mother, Adebisi Ogundeji, and a Brazilian father, Francis Samuel. He was raised by a foster family in Westminster, London. He received a two-year diploma in architecture and worked various jobs in the London area.

 

What’s happening between British Singer Seal and Femi Kuti?

Iconic British-Nigerian soul singer Henry Olusegun Adeola Samuel popularly known as Seal has arrived his ancestral home on Thursday. it was understands that he is in Nigeria to see Afrobeat singer and instrumentalist Femi Kuti, son of Afrobeats legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti.News of the international singer’s visitation broke after photos of him and Femi at the Afrika Shrine surfaced on Instagram.

Henry Olusegun Adeola Samuel (born 19 February 1963), known professionally as Seal, is an English singer and songwriter. He has sold over 20 million records worldwide,his first international hit being the song “Crazy”, released in 1991, and his most celebrated song being “Kiss from a Rose”, released in 1994.

Seal has won multiple awards throughout his career, including three Brit Awards; he won Best British Male in 1992, as well as four Grammy Awards and an MTV Video Music Award. As a songwriter, he received two Ivor Novello Awards for Best Song Musically and Lyrically from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors for “Killer” (1990) and “Crazy” (1991).

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He was a coach on The Voice Australia in 2012 and 2013, and returned to Australia to work as a coach in 2017.In the 1980s, Seal spent a short time singing in local clubs and bars. In 1987 he joined Push, a British funk band, and toured with them in Japan. In Thailand he joined a blues band for a while before separating from the group and journeying throughout India on his own.

He returned to England, sleeping on the couch of friend Julian Bunster, then a model. He sometimes asked him “do I sing well?” to which he often received the response that he sang better than most current artists. He then met the producer Adamski and was given the lyrics of the song “Killer”, which was a huge hit in 1990 and catapulted his career

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Although there have been rumours as to the cause of the scars on Seal’s face, they are the result of a type of lupus called discoid lupus erythematosus, which affects the skin and leaves large scars.Seal’s brother, Jeymes Samuel, better known as The Bullitts, is also an accomplished singer-songwriter.

Seal first began dating German model Heidi Klum in February 2004, shortly after she announced her pregnancy and end of relationship with Italian Formula One team manager Flavio Briatore. Seal proposed to Klum on 23 December 2004 in a quinzee he had built on a glacier in Whistler, British Columbia.

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On 10 May 2005, the couple married on a beach in Mexico near Seal’s home on Costa Careyes. Every year during their marriage, Seal and Klum renewed their vows on their anniversary with close friends and family. About these renewals, Seal said in 2010, “Each year, Heidi and I get remarried. It’s a great party, but for about an hour, we go off on our own down to a private beach. We sit there with the kids and read vows to each other as the sun sets. It’s a very special moment to us.”

Femi Kuti breaks silence on sleeping with underage girls accusation

Last week, a scion of legendary musician, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Femi, took to social media to announce that one of his band boys, Aghedo Andrew, absconded from the band in the US 20 minutes before a show in their ongoing US tour.

Shortly after Femi called out Aghedo, a former member of his Positive Force band, Solomon Idowu, asserted that Femi usually did not pay his band members well and that he often slept with underage girls.

#onepeopleoneworld London oya 🔥

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However, in a recent chat, Femi stated that Solomon was speaking from a position of hatred. He said, “From his tone, don’t you perceive envy and hatred? He insulted me and abused my family. Shouldn’t you ask why this is coming from him and not female members (of the band)? I think you should ask when he left the band and why. And if you find this out, you should also ask why it took him this long to speak out and why he has not taken court action if what he is saying is true. If he is telling the truth, why haven’t the parents of the said female dancers ever complained after over three decades in this business? I think your questions should be directed to him and not me. As a journalist, shouldn’t you even think that after three decades, only one musician is accusing me of owing him or whatever? Then you have to investigate how many musicians and dancers have passed through my organisation?  From those who I set the band up with till now, there has been no such news. By the way, Positive Force was set up in 1986. I have never owed anyone and will never owe. You say I owe you money, then you call my wives prostitutes. Did he pay them money to sleep with them?”

10mins to show time Ljubljana 🔥

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Maintaining that Aghedo’s disappearance will not affect the way he runs his band, the Beng Beng Beng singer said, “I cannot and will not change and be oppressive in my dealings because of this. We are all grown-ups and it’s important to respect that. I love the way I operate, which is with respect for everyone and professionalism. Some people even said it was wrong for me to publicly shame him. Please is that the point? Those people must be as bad as him. He left me on one of the biggest gigs of the tour with no notice. Didn’t he publicly shame me and nearly destroyed my career? Was I supposed to stand and cry that my bassist ran away? Or cancel the show? Who would pay for the damages and cost that has gone into producing the show and tour? Where is sympathy for the truth? I’m in the middle of a hectic tour and my focus is to finish it well. We have adjusted and are focused on working together as a band should. Meanwhile, the reception we have got during the tour has been greatly fantastic.”