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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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GISTHOUSE UNVEILS DON JAZZY AS AFRICAN ICON FOR JANUARY 2023

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GistHouse, the first Afrocentric audiovisual conversation platform, has announced Micheal Collins Ajereh, also known as Don Jazzy as its “BLACK AFRICAN ICON-OF-THE MONTH”.
The maverick beat maker emerged GistHouse’s Black Icon for the month of  January 2023, following a selection voting exercise by users and management of the application with consideration for the most outstanding black Africans.
Unveiling the GistHouse African Icon for the month of January 2023 at a press conference at Gist House Headquarters, Omaha, Nebraska, Dr Ope Banwo, the Founder and Gistmaster at GisthHouse said; “We are most excited and privileged to announce Samuel Collins, popular as Don Jazzy, a colossus of music in Africa as the Afrocentric Icon for The Month of January 2023.”
Explaining the emergence of Don Jazzy for the coveted position,  Dr Banwo noted that; “Don Jazzy was chosen out of dozens of other worthy African icons for his lifetime body of work in elevating the music industry globally in the context of the Afrocentric experience. He has not only excelled as a record producer, performer, and music executive, he literally pioneered a whole new genre of music and style of music performance with his iconic MoHits and Marvin Record labels.
“While Don Jazzy didn’t start international cross over music in Africa he brought a delightful new swagger, panache and an amazing financially rewarding dimension into African music with his unforgettable partnership with the inimitable D’banj in MoHits Records, among others. After Mohits, he took his pioneering talent to a higher level with Marvin Records that gave us instant superstars like the sultry Tiwa Savage, super crooner Wande Coal, Dr Sid, and Korede Bello among others.”
According to the GistHouse App Visioner, “Beyond establishing himself as a superstar music producer/performer, Don Jazzy has also mentored and helped a whole generation of Africans to turn their talents as musicians into full time occupation and impactful vocation.”
Shading more light on events to celebrate Don Jazzy, Dr. Banwo added that GistHouse will celebrate Don Jazzy as its January Icon of the Month in several ways during the month of January.
“As part of celebrating Don Jazzy, we shall be declaring Friday 20th of January as the ICON CELEBRATION DAY with Don Jazzy on the GistHouse Platform with different special rooms dedicated to celebrating him and his body of work, and also hosting him to a special conversation on the GistHouse platform,” he concluded.
Gist House provides a safe and rewarding environment for people of all colours to host different audio and video rooms on any topic, and provides advanced features for rewarding conversations on everything including Business, Politics, Religion; Personal development, Self Development, Dating; Business Meetings; Networking, Friends and Family meetings etc.

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DESPITE DIFFICULT TIMES, FIRSTBANK EXCITED FAMILIES WITH UNIQUE “DECEMBERISSAVYBE” EXPERIENCES

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It was glitz and glamour as the premier and leading financial institution in the country, FirstBank thrilled their customer to a memorable “DecemberIssaVybe” at the just concluded Vibe on the Beach, featuring sensational music act, Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun widely known as Big Wiz. The timing of the concert was right, having had Asake and Kiss Daniel’s concert precede that of the grammy award winning music sensation.

DecemberIssaVybe is not just about music but fun, fun and fun in its entirety, from stage plays to art and culture… the list comprised Culturati to Beeta Arts Festival Abuja, Koffi Tha Guru Unorthodox, Duke of Shomolu Production’s Encore, Our Duke Has Gone Mad Again and Ufok Iban.

Others supported by the Bank include; Joromi: The Musical Concert; Osamede, Awo and Ufok Iban by Duke of Shomolu Productions.

So back to the main gist… tell me who does not love gist, especially when it comes to Big Wiz. 

Vibes on The Beach was held at Landmark Beach Oniru, Lagos on Friday, December 30th, 2022. It was unarguably an amazing night of fun and nothing but a star-studded show which exploded the audience to the height of ecstasy and rhythm of bliss courtesy of FirstBank.

With the kick time slated for 6 pm, the environs of Oniru were a beehive of activities as thousands thronged Landmark to be a partaker of the grandest Lagos concert of the year.

The organizational skills of the organizers and sponsors were nothing short of perfection as Landmark was transfigured into a haven of an international center, divided into regular, VIP, and VVIP.

Of a truth, the attendees who cut across individuals, friends, family members who came for reunions, and lovers were all smiles as they passed through the passage of entrance branded with FirstBank, the only financial brand which has provided them the opportunity and platform for yet another memorable homecoming experience with their idol, Wizkid. 

Those at the regulars, VIPs, and VVIPs stands were mesmerized by the decoration and branding of the venue and the cool atmosphere which prepared them for the entrance of their favorite show hosts, Mr. Macaroni and Kiekie whose real names are Bukunmi Adeaga-Ilori.

Guests and fans of Big Wiz were in High expectations of the fun-filled experience they signed for the night when Popular skit maker cum musician, Oderhohwo Joseph Efe, famously called Carter Efe and Berri Tiga sang their trendy song, Machala, a blend of Afro-fusion. The song is widely attributed to be an anthem in honour of the superstar singer, Wizkid.

Afterwards, Landmark was thrown into a frenzy as Big Wiz, the biggest act of the night was ushered on stage. Interestingly, the entrance of Big Wiz was a barrier breaker and line crosser as those in the regular, VIP, and VVIP stands all melted into unison to the scintillating performance of the music superstar as he took everyone down memory lane starting from his evergreen debut singles to the newest and fresh contemporary songs. And guess what? Wizkid surprised everyone and added a juicy flavour to the event by doing a collaboration with the popular act, Naira Marley.

Truth be told, the 2022 edition of “#DecemberIssaVybe” by FirstBank goes beyond excitement but birthed memories that will be hard to fade off attendees’ minds for many years. 

The bank’s dedication to going beyond functional products and benefits for its stakeholders and providing these types of enabling experiences sets it apart in the industry and solidifies its position as a leader in not just directly supporting the arts and entertainment industry but economically impacting its value chain. 

Anyone not following the Bank is surely on a long thing but hey, it is never too late as there are still many excitements the Bank creates on its social media ecosystem via @firstbanknigeria (Instagram); @FirstBankngr (Twitter) and First Bank of Nigeria Limited (Facebook). 

2023 will surely be another back-to-back hit as the financial giant creates more memorable fun for its customers and followers.

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OLOLA AGINJU GETS RELEASE DATE OF DECEMBER 30TH

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The producer of Olola Aginju has scheduled December 30th for nationwide release date of the epic movie. This is an announcement made by the producer Abiodun Adebanjo on his social media platforms which reads, “ Good news for all, the highly anticipated movie of the year OLOLA AGINJU will hit cinemas from December 30th”.

As directed by prolific director Tunde Olaoye, Olola Aginju parades top screen stars such as Bukunmi Oluwashina, Ibrahim Chatta, Taiwo Hassan, AYO Olaiya, Antar Olaniyan, and Dupe Jayesimi. Others include Rasaq Olayiwola, Kunle Afod, Toyosi Adesanya, Babatunde Bamgbode, AIiu Gafar, Olasunkanmi Akanni, and Oluwote Ojo.

The Yoruba traditional story is a fusion of fiction and legendary that is centred around the life of a fictional female monarch Adewumi- whose quest for power is motivated by predestination.

Olola Aginju is set to be distributed by top ranking cinema outfit in Nigeria, Viva cinemas. The Executive Producer, Deborah Ewedafe and Producer Abiodun Adebanjo express profound delight in the idea that, Olola Aginju is a movie coming out at the right time, when Nigerians would be at the polls to elect new set of leaders in few weeks, as the movie speaks much about leadership and unchecked powers. In his words, Adebanjo maintains that, “I am optimistic that everyone that watches Olola Aginju would definitely leave the cinema as an impacted person, due to the lessons that will be learnt”

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