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‘From Childhood, I have always been surrounded by Music’- Fast rising Afrobeat Artiste Hercules

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Christened Matthew Harris-Hercules with stage the name Hercules, I was born and raised in Cambridge England but recently moved to Birmingham to pursue my music career. I played soccer for the majority of my life but have always been surrounded by music as It was infused within my home from a very young age, from the age of 11, I was fortunate enough to learn to play the violin and piano and have recently taken to learning the guitar, for as long as I can remember I have always been writing music and drafting lyrics. 
Since the age of 17 when I first experience the entertainment industry, I have been fully invested my passion started out when I was playing football in college and I had struggled expressing myself I turned to music as I felt it was my way of opening up to who I wanted to be as an artist. Discovering the journey I needed to take as an artist has been the hardest experience of all as I have had to delve into my once neglected family roots.  I have Nigerian / Jamaican heritage but never had the interest to learn about this until now and I’m curious and excited to dig deeper and incorporate my findings into my songs.
I have just recently dropped my music video for my latest single Dreams and am focussed on the next song release.
It was at the age of 19 that I dedicated myself to homing my craft and putting my everything into music even though I had been doing music from earlier on it was at this stage in my life I fully committed and knew this was the journey in life I wanted to take due to my life experiences
I feel as an artist I look towards artists like Rema what he’s achieved at the age he is and make me more ambitious to peruse my dream likewise I also get influenced by Burna boy as his graft to the top has been well documented and can only be seen as a testimony to never give up
I feel the Nigerian afrobeat culture is becoming westernised as the industry grows and becomes more and more appreciated and explored  I believe it’s becoming a more universal genre.
I grew up in a single-parent household and have always had the love and support from
my mum as if it was from two parents has continually encouraged me to keep chasing my dream and has always been supportive of my passion and has always told me  Im meant for something special, so I strive to make her prophecy come to fruition.
I believe COVID has benefited my craft greatly, I believe due to COVID I know more about myself as an artist and COVID had led me down the path I was always meant to be on, only from COVID was I able to not only get a deeper connection with music but understand myself more as a person, from COVID my team that surrounds me every day now were formed.
Yes I am partnered with the record label called Zela records this is a family label who are supporting me on my journey
My dream collaborations are with Victony and Davido.  International wise, deno, polo g and da baby
In the western world, afrobeats is growing every day including the festivals and it’s starting to stand out even on a distribution platform when you are distributing a song it’s getting normalised to have a label for afrobeats and connections to afrobeat.
If I wasn’t doing music I think I would be at a stage in my life of pure confusion as music was there when I had no other form of expression I can not imagine a life without music.
I would advise people to keep an open mind stay laser-focused and believe surround yourself with people who also have the same passion and bring positivity to you.
Link to his latest Flick On Youtube: https://youtu.be/kyHy37kP9A4

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Prince CJ Gives Back to the Less Privileged

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It was a celebration galore penultimate week as top musician who also doubles as a clearing agent, Nwanazia Daniel Chukwu popularly known as Prince CJ touched lives with his charity organization, Global Lives Touching Foundation.

The outreach that took place in Delta State, Ogwashi had top personalities from all walks of life who commended the organizers for putting up such a great initiative.

According to the prime mover of the foundation, Prince CJ the mission and vision of the charity humanitarian is to provide for the welfare of members, especially the less privilege which includes; the needy widows, widowers and those facing different challenges.

In his words, he said “The charity organizations is an avenue to reach out to the needy and also to organise training, workshop, seminars to empower youths.”
“Aside that, the youths are going to enjoy free scholarship and trade empowerment funds. It will also, promote, care and make peace in the environment, communities, schools, sports, religious bodies and many more.”
He also said, ” “Global Lives Touching Foundation is a non-governmental organization that was established to fend for youths, widow and the needy. We have contributed towards the education of the young and old. Today, we have donated gift, food and working tools for the people of Ogwashi. We also have over many students on our scholarship scheme and we hope to do more because we realized that, when a woman loses her husband, both the family members and people around her abandon her to her faith. Prior to that, we have made it our priority to be a shoulder they can lean on anytime they are in need. We don’t just give, we empowered, educate and train them on skill acquisition so has to enable them to fend for themselves and their children.” he concluded.

It will also interest you to know that, the NGO is also meant to inspire and raise youths to a position of responsibility and independence with a deep sense of purpose and destiny and be useful to the society.
And the organisation is also assisting in the health, safety and general well being of the member of the society.

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SUPER DJ SILVER SET TO HIT AGEGE WITH “MAFO” CONCERT

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Popular disc jockey, Kabiru Oladipupo, popularly known as DJ Silver, is the brain behind the project and vision of the “MAFO” Musical Concert.

Ogo Agege as fondly called was born in Agege Area of Lagos State, though hails from Oyo State from Isale Oja Agege. His passion for entertainment through music started in his early life while in Central Primary School, Agege. He proceeded his academics at Anwaru Islam College Agege before wrapping up his educational journey at Ire Polytechnic, Osun State.

DJ Silver who began his career in 2009 has built an admirable fan base of music lovers as well as a professional repertoire as one of the official DJs for an award-winning radio station, Jordan 105.5fm Lagos.

He emerged the first official DJ to Club Ice, situated in GRA Ikeja, and without mincing words, he commands attention within the streets of Lagos and beyond with his crafts, he is a force to reckon with in the entertainment industry.

His musical concert titled “MAFO” is scheduled to hold on October 8th, 2022 at the prestigious Agege stadium.

The musical concert is expected to attract prominent and household names in the music and political industry.

The concert is set to be a true musical delight, as different A-list Nigerian artists are scheduled to thrill their audience.

In his words, he urges his fans and music lovers to be optimistic about the event.

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Sesan Adeniji Details Afrobeats Evolution As He Covers Simple Magazine New Digital Edition

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The journey of the Afrobeats isn’t complete without the storytellers, newsmakers/journalists. One of such is Sesan Adeniji. Sesan Adeniji being on the cover of Simple Magazine‘s 2022 August Digital edition with the tag “A Journalist At the Forefront Of Afrobeats Evolution” gives credence to why he is one of the connoisseurs of Afrobeats culture.

In the interview with Simple TV / Magazine, he spoke about the evolution of Nigerian music pre the slave trade, and the era of returnee musicians. He also shed light on the birth of high-life up to the influence of the hip-hop generation. According to him, “When we began to domesticate the various sound influences we were consuming, the evolution of our music grew faster, and the sound appealed to a diverse audience.

As Associate Producer, Researcher, and co-director of the “Journey Of The Beats Afrobeats” documentary showing on Showmax, he’s one of the most revered custodians of the Nigerian music industry.

When ballroom and Jazz became domesticated with the inclusion of our local instruments to provide a unique sound, the likes of Bobby Benson and Fela rose to stardom with High-life and Afrobeat. As the music evolved, more influences came in, and we witnessed the rise of Fuji, Waka, Pop, African Reggae, and Raggamuffin superstars. Likewise, when hip-hop was domesticated, artists with various undercurrents became famous.

With these fusions and beats tagged under the umbrella name Afrobeats; the brand has become a cultural phenomenon.

It is important to tell these stories to the world without selective amnesia. There are two excellent Afrobeats documentaries in “Journey Of The Beats” and “Afrobeats The Backstory” but more will come and I am glad to be alive to see what Afrobeats has become.”

Sesan is one of the best investigative journalists in the country. He has attended the MTV Europe Music Awards, Channel O Music Video, and Ghana Music Awards. As a radio music analyst, he was a co-host on Cool 96.9FM for Martell Cognac’s House Of Martell Entertainment.

As a music talent judge, he was one of the early judges during the 2020 MTN Yello Star competition. Wearing the hat of a PR Strategist, Sesan has worked with Fireboy DMLIdahams, and recently with Basketmouth.

The narrative he shared with Simple Magazine about the evolution of Nigerian music that we can now describe as the Afrobeats tale is insightful.

Watch full interview here;

https://youtu.be/8-BRZ6ExXG4

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