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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

BREAKING NEWS !!!!! DEATH OF THE AFRICAN MUSIC LEGEND OLIVIER NGOMA




Oliver N'Goma (born 23 March 1959, dead 7 june 2010) was a Gabonese Afro-zouk and reggae singer and guitarist. Nicknamed "Noli," he was born in Mayumba in south-west Gabon in 1959. He is best known for his 1989 song Bane, which was popularized by Radio Africa N.1 and Gilles Obringer
Oliver N"Goma was born in Mayumba, in southwest Gabon, on March 23rd 1959. His father, a teacher, was reputed to be the best harmonium player in the area and he got young Oliver started on it at age 8.

In 1971, the family left Mayumba for the capital, Libreville. There, Oliver studied accountancy at the technical lycée. He very quickly joined the school band, Capo Sound, where he became a guitarist. Playing everywhere, from formal balls to dances, Oliver learned about appearing on stage, playing with the group African or international standards.

But Oliver wasn"t all that keen on his accountancy studies, preferring to devote himself to his two passions: the cinema and music. He began collecting musical instruments, put together a little home- studio and cherished a secret ambition – to become a professional musician. But it was towards his other passion, filming, that fate led him: he was hired as a cameraman by Gabon TV"s second channel, and went to Paris for training in 1988. During a long winter spent in Paris, he added the finishing touches to some outlines he"d done back home. One day, he met Manu Lima, one of the best director-producers on the Afro-Parisian scene, ex-leader of Cabo Verde Show, and a man who has helped the careers of many great African artists take off. The tunes that Oliver brought him interested Manu, and he handled the artistic direction of Oliver"s first record. The album, which included the song BANE, finally came out and enjoyed modest success, but then it got more air-play – thanks especially to Radio Africa n°1, Gilles Obringer on RFI - and BANE became a big hit in 1990, all over Africa, in France, as far as the French West Indies, where even today a party isn"t a party unless there"s BANE on the turntable.

The song BANE is one of those major hits belonging to modern African music, just like MARIO by Franco, BRIGADIER SABARI by Alpha Blondy, ANCIEN COMBATTANT by Zao, or again KWASSA KWASSA by Kanda Bongo Man. Manu Lima was influential in forming Oliver’s sound and introducing danceable rhythms.

Another track from the album, ICOLE, was also a huge success; BANE, the album, became one of the biggest sellers in the history of African music. Oliver travelled to the great African capital cities, where he"d been invited to come and sing his song, and was welcomed like a head of state. Since 1990, no other song has measured up to BANE, whether in hit parades or people"s hearts.

Strengthened by all this success, and keeping a level head, Oliver went quietly back to work, knowing that everybody"s hopes were up for the second album due out. He continued to work with Manu Lima, and together they began recording at the end of summer "95. In mid-December 1995, the album ADIA came out, a blend of sophistication and teeming rhythm...

With BANE, Gabon and Africa discovered a new star. The follow up album, ADIA, also proved to be a huge success, with sales of over 40 000 units. The album also features two bonus remixes of “Lina” and Muendu” – more Afro-Zouk than ever! Since ADIA, Africa has adopted the heady swing of the West African Zouk. With a little help from a Cuban arranger, Oliver prolongs his success with his newest album SEVA. SEVA presents rich African melodies and zouk rhythms that are great for dancing. With SEVA, South Africa is introduced to a new world music star! He received due recognition from the SA music industry, by being nominated for the Best African Artist at the South African Music Awards 2002.



HE GOES BY STEVEN KANUMBA THE AFRICAN RISING MOVIE SUPER STAR FROM TANZANIA






I come from a Christian family of 3 children; 2 girls and I the only boy to Mr. & Mrs. Charles Meshark Kanumba.
My ambition to become an actor started since I was in schools. I admired other actors from different groups inside and outside the country. I started acting in church, people appreciated with my performance that motivated me to work hard. After completion of my secondary education I joined Kaole Sanaa Group where I met professional actors and teachers from College of Art in Bagamoyo. The group helped me to build up my career of Acting for a period of 1 year. I also got a special training from University of Dar es salaam supervised by Dr. Nyoni (PhD) for about 3 months. The training enlightens me further to work in Soap Operas/Series. The achievements I got made me to excel in the career. The audience attracted with my performance that made me work even harder and become successful.
I have acted numerous movies and associate myself in film industry. Many movies have been sold out and more are on sale and others still on pipeline (new movies). I have received number of Awards as achievement in acting like “Best Actor Tanzania”. I have been travelling outside the country and meet actors and actress that inspire me to learn new things and experiencing different life in the career.


I worked with Nollywood from Nigeria, where we made about five movies with famous actors from Nolllywood. It was my first experience working with actors from outside Tanzania. I visited famous areas in United States of America such as Hollywoond where many celebrities live and Warner Bros Pictures, Universal Studios and Disney Land where actors make their movies. The tour widened up my skill in the career, I met different actors and other people in movie industry in Orlando.
I would like to thank God, for having made everything possible in my work. I realized how true this gift of acting is for me. You given me the power to believe in my passion and pursue my dreams. I could never have done this without the faith I have in you, the Almighty.
To my beautiful loving mother (Flora) For the first time in this age, I am speechless! I can barely find the words to express all the wisdom, love and support you've given me; I am eternally grateful, I Love You Mommy.

My deepest gratitude to my executive Producer for his encouragement and guidance and patience demonstrated during my work,
Sincere thanks to my Adviser, Mr. Mtitu G. Game and His Wife for their entireness supervision. My sisters Sharifa Kalala (USA), Sanura Hussein (in Denmark), I want to thank them for all their help, support, interest and valuable hints on my work.
I am deeply indebted to Chrissant Mhengga, Dr. Nyoni, Directors, Producers, Artist and all friends whose advises makes my work possible, and all my Fans all over the world


CALL HIM TAIO CRUZ (ADETAYO AYOWALE ONI LE-ERE) THE BRITISH -NIGERIAN SUPER STAR






Taio Cruz born Adetayo Ayowale Onile-Ere; 23 April 1983) is a British singer-songwriter, occasional rapper, and music producer.
Cruz was born in London, England, to a Nigerian father and a Brazilian mother. He attended Christ's Hospital in West Sussex. He is also the founder and C.E.O. of Rokstarr Music London, which in 2006 released his debut single I Just Wanna Know. Also in 2006, he signed a joint-venture partnership deal with Universal Music Group Companies, US-based Republic Records and the UK branch of Island Records. In the UK, Cruz has worked with artists including Pedro Cruz, Omar, Tinchy Stryder, and Will Young. He is most notable for singing "Break your Heart."

In 2008, after years of writing songs for other artists including Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears and Pussycat Dolls he released his debut album Departure. Written, arranged and produced himself, it achieved initial success in the UK and earned him a MOBO Award nomination. In October 2009, he released his follow up album Rokstarr in the UK, which failed to chart as well as his debut but eventually sold more copies. It included his UK and US number one single "Break Your Heart". In March 2010 he released "Break Your Heart" as his debut US single
Cruz was featured on Tinchy Stryder's breakout single "Take Me Back" which peaked at number 3 in the UK Singles Chart. According to Cruz's official MySpace blog, as of 1 January 2009, Rokstarr Music London officially changed its name to Rokstarr Entertainment Division and abbreviated to R.E.D Inc. Cruz also modified his US deal by leaving Republic Records, instead opting for a signing with Island Def Jam Music Group's Mercury Records.

Since then he has been working on his follow up album originally titled T.W.O. (This Way Out) but later changed to Rokstarr. It was released on 12 October 2009 through R.E.D Inc/Island Records and Is entirely written and produced by Cruz, with co-writes and co-productions predominantly with UK producer Fraser T Smith. The album's lead single "Break Your Heart" was released on 14 September 2009 and reached number 1 in the UK where it stayed for 8 weeks. The single spent 6 weeks in the top 10. It also reached the top spot in the U.S. for one week according to the Billboard. Cruz has worked on Tinchy Stryder's album. He also wrote a song on Cheryl Coles album 3 Words He has also contributed to JLS's self-titled album.

On 1 September 2009, the brand Rokstarr which is closely associated with Cruz, launched. The fashion and accessories brand has a focus on sunglasses. Musicians such as Kanye West, Shontelle, Keri Hilson and Kelly Rowland all have been seen wearing a pair. Speaking in October 2009 to R&B writer Pete Lewis, Cruz stated: "There's a load of US celebrities that are all rocking the sunglasses already – Kid Cudi, Justin Timberlake, Kanye West... Then in the UK we have The Saturdays, JLS, Daniel Merriweather – who've all been twittering and writing on their blogs how much they love them. So yeah, it's definitely my new album 'Rokstarr' and the fashion brand that are my two main focuses at the moment.

Meanwhile, speaking again to Pete Lewis, in April 2010 Taio revealed: "We're currently looking to expand the brand and possibly go into things like watches. I've also got a new subsidiary of Rokstarr called 'Rok By Rokstarr'. And we've just started doing things like jeans and T-shirts, and stuff that more of the fans of Taio Cruz can buy. Because with Rokstarr in itself being so expensive, a lot of the kids out there who want to buy Rokstarr things can't. So we're bringing in stuff that's a little bit more High Street and more affordable."[9]

Taio Cruz has writen/produced songs for many artists such as Usher, Leona Lewis, Sugababes, Cheryl Cole, Ke$ha, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Pussycat Dolls, Kylie Minogue, and Alexandra Burke. He also writes and produces all of his own work including his number 1 hit Break Your Heart'.