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Nigeria’s favourite rappers, M.I and Naeto C will make their very first Hennessy Artistry club appearance at Deuces Nightclub this Friday September 28!
This will be the first time both rappers will perform the Hennessy Artistry theme song to an exclusive audience since the release of the track and video in August.
The invite only event promises to be a classic experience for music fans and lovers of the Hennessy brand. The event will also see Hennessy Artistry supporting acts; DammyKrane and Burna Boy perform alongside M.I and Naeto C.
“Me and my brother, Naeto C are set to give our fans and Hennessy lovers a really good time at Deuces” M.I says.
Naeto C says, “We are ready to deliver a world class Hennessy party this Friday so come out and get ready to be blown away!”
M.I and Naeto C were announced as headliners for the annual music initiative, Hennessy Artistry on July 20, 2012. Both rappers then went ahead to release the historic Hennessy Artistry collaboration track, “Bartender”. The video for the hit track directed by Clarence Peters has gone on to dominate playlists on TV platforms in Nigeria and beyond.
M.I and Naeto C will get together this Friday, September 28, 2012 for their first-ever public performance of “Bartender” scheduled for Club Deuces in Victoria Island. The all night event promises Hennessy fans a memorable experience.
Since Hennessy Artistry was first unveiled in Nigeria in 2007, Hennessy Cognac has maintained its position as Nigeria’s and the world’s leading cognac brand.
Hennessy Artistry has since evolved from a cocktail-mixing contest between renowned bartenders to a DJ battle, and is now an important platform for experimental collaborations between multi-talented artistes. Previous participating entertainers include Ice Prince, Nneka, Sir Shina Peters, Banky W, Eldee, Tiwa Savage, Jesse Jagz, Bez, Mo’Cheddah among others.
Announcing this today, executive producer Ayo Animashaun says the pair have been selected in line with the awards’ tradition of picking talented and inspiring entertainers, to front an awards ceremony that parades some of the continent’s biggest entertainers.
“It’s a very important year for us at The Headies, and for the Nigerian music industry in general’, Animashaun, who founded the awards in 2006 says. “And we found in M.I and Omawumi, two great entertainers who are very passionate about the awards, passionate about their work, passionate about the music business and a great source of inspiration to young, up and coming artistes, because of their peculiar stories climbing up”.
Omawumi, 30, came second on West Africa Idol, in 2007. Her success on that show provided a strong foundation for her career, and she hasn’t looked back for a minute. With her debut single ‘In the music’ released in 2008, she established herself as a talent to court, and a singer whose eyes are on the global stage. The success of that single, won her the coveted ‘Next Rated’ prize at The Headies in 2009. The award came with a brand new KIA Optima. Omawumi has moved on to become a remarkably successful singer, actor, performer and philanthropist.
Omawumi’s co-host M.I, has risen from grass to grace, in just about half a decade. And, from a Jos-bred wanna -be, who worked hard to find a niche in the hip hop community, M.I has now become the leading rapper and hip hop ambassador on the continent, with many medals to show for his achievements. The Chocolate City rapper is a multiple winner at The Headies, with his prizes including Best Rap Album and Revelation of the year (both in 2009). He has won a total of 9 Headies, starting from his first surprise win in 2008.
‘I won my first Headie when no one knew who I was’ M.I says. ‘It was a big leap for me and my career and I can say the same for a lot of my colleagues. Several years after, I’m excited to be here, performing in a very important capacity, along with my very good friend Omawumi’.
“You know one of the things over the years that have been traditionally so great about the Headies awards is the fact that they do two things well. They merge the aspirational aspect of entertainment with the inspirational aspect of entertainment. You take us to the villages, we meet people where they don’t really have water we’ve done that. At the same time you take people to Brazil. A young person can look and be inspired and also aspire too,” he concluded.
Both acts have already been getting together, sharing ideas and fine-tuning concepts, along with The Headies producers, in anticipation of a great show this year.
‘It’s been fun fun fun for me’ Omawumi comments. ‘From the photo shoot to all the meetings, rehearsals, fittings and interviews, I can see that I’m going to have the fun of my life. And I promise this year’s guests will have even more fun. Me and M.I go craze!’.
The Headies 2012 will hold at the Eko Hotel and Suites on Saturday October 20.
Now in its seventh year, The Headies (formerly Hip Hop World Awards) is Nigeria’s premiere honours event for urbane music and hip hop culture. Produced and presented to match some of the biggest awards shows from around the world, The Headies annually celebrate deserving Nigerian music stars, giving honour to whom it is due, and encouraging many to step up their game in order to enter The prestigious Headies alumni.
While critics would be tempted to say Tha Suspect should close the ‘I no send u’ track, this might be a rather interesting twist. New video from Tha Suspect features M.I, Naeto C, illBliss, Sound Sultan, Vector, Mi Fliss, Ghetto P in the all star remix for I No Send U. There was an earlier version featuring Wyclef Jean, then another with an all-female parade. This features just the guys including Tha Suspect, M.I, Naeto C, illBliss, Vector, Mi Fliss, Ghetto P, Sound Sultan and DJ Tee. Clarence Peters cuts and chops this.
Check on it below:
Event: Album release party and after party.
Venue: Club Luxe, Etim Inyang Crescent, V.I. Lagos.
Record Label: Questionmark Entertainment
Appearances/Attended by KC Presh, Sound Sultan, Sammie Okposo, Tuface, Banky W, M.I., Baba Dee, Orezi, Retta, Lerato (Big Brother Africa alum), Kevin Lucciano-Gabriel, Ego Omalicha, d’Supremes, Dipp, DJ Humility, Akeem Shodeinde and others.
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Female soulful singer, Lami Philips would be performing tracks off her debut album – Intuition and unreleased records from her forthcoming album with a live band on Friday, April 8, 2011 at the Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos. Also, on the bill are colleagues and friends – OJB Jezreel, M.I, Eldee the Don, Ikon, Kel, Sound Sultan and a number of others who featured on some of the works in both the current album offer a glimpse into her forthcoming sophomore album.
Lami speaking on the event tagged Lami Unplugged – promising guest an experience of live music of a different brand- said: “I want to use the opportunity to appreciate my friends and fans who have stuck with me since I arrived on the scene. I haven’t been very much available to them because of so many commitments but they have enjoyed my music and made me feel loved and I just want to use this opportunity to express my gratitude to them.”
“All the songs would be delivered in a special way different from the way they appeared on the CD so that the guests can feel them in a different way while I introduce them to some of the songs on the forthcoming album,” she added.
She was born in Chicago, Illinois and educated at Queens’ College in Lagos, Roedan School, Brighton in the UK, Universities of Kent and Nottingham and also has an Executive MBA from Pennsylvania University in the USA. She returned to Nigeria in 2009 to make her mark on the music industry with the release of her debut single, “Know” with M.I. The album followed in February, 2010 and her stock has continued to rise since then.
Later the same year, in August, she was appointed an Advocate for the United Nations Millennium Campaign. This thrusts her into the forefront of raising awareness about the Millennium Development Goals and the General Elections in Nigeria. She also has her own NGO called Be the Change.
Video for ‘Know’ featuring M.I.:
While friends and colleagues were celebrating with Praiz, one of Nigeria’s fastest growing R&B singer, a model (currently the face of Tom Tom) and a performing artiste signed to X3M Music on the 11th of March, 2011. Singer Brymo from ‘Oleku’ monster hit was on some other steazzz. Good thingy is, he woos his women before taking them home unlike some acts we know prefer to get them drunk or settle for the ones of eazy virtue – we know a handful.
The late rapper Da Grin was hospitalized at Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) in Idi Araba after he was involved in a collison on the 14th of April 2010 and days after passed on. However Months before, precisely on the 17th of February 2010, M.I, Naeto C and the late Da Grin recorded a remix to one of the singles on DJ Neptune’s Eva Blazin album. Eva Blazin album would be released later in the year 2011.
DJ Neptune has decided to make a mixtape with songs from Naeto C, M.I and Da Grin to celebrate the life of the late Da Grin. The mixtape is titled “Best Alliance In Hip Hop Da Mixtape Movie”
“This mix tape is dedicated to Da Grin as 17th, February 2011 makes it a year I recorded his verse and last time I saw him”, DJ Neptune said.