International Gospel act and NMVA 2014 nominee “Bethany” also known as Bola Thani, has churned out two hot singles for the forthcoming festive season.
‘IZZY’ is no longer a strange name in the Nigerian Gospel music industry and the diaspora at large, as he has been consistent with good delivery of vocals on lovely afro tunes. This time he celebrates his birthday today (December 19th) in grand style by releasing a lovely afro-fused song (with a little touch of old-school and highlife rhythm) titled “BIRTHDAY SONG”
In Izzy’s words..
“I ascribe all glory to God for making me see another year, and I dedicate this song to everyone who sees a reason to always thank God for the gift of life.”
This is Izzy’s gift to everyone this year. Please feel free to use the song for yourself or your loved ones on their birthdays.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY IZZY!!!
Download and enjoy.
Award winning Gospel rapper Jimmy Odukoya, popularly known as Pastor J, releases his brand new video for his new single “Mr Wonder”.
The song was produced by WizzyPro and the video directed by Mr. Moe Musa.
Signed to Firehouse Records and managed by Soundcore Media, Pastor J is poised to extensively revolutionize gospel music in Nigeria and beyond. Do enjoy the video…
Reggae Legend and Music Minister, Buchi has released his latest single titled ‘KE HOSSANA’ from the New Album – “I SEE”, already up for purchase on numerous platforms.
The video is a simple and artistic interpretation of an exquisite lyrical content that speaks through the heart of a man with a conviction and a thankful heart towards God.
The video which was aptly interpreted, shot and directed by Mr Oluyinka Davids (iFocus Pictures), features colleagues and friends, and most will be pleasantly surprised by the burst of colours and delightful visual interpretations.
With Christmas in the horizon, Adaora wanted a “cool” way of wishing her fans, friends and supporters a wonderful Christmas. Definitely, not the same old way of sending an ecard. To show much love to “her people” she put-in the effort to create this one of a kind masterpiece. We all have heard several renditions of Oh holy night.
This one is DIFFERENT! In creating this Christmas song – Oh Holy Night, Adaora wanted to show her ever so proud African heritage. The introduction of traditional African instrumentation brings the feel of home into the song. Also, features the very talented Chioma-Chigul infuses dynamism and talent.
In her own words: “this is a special gift from me to you, I hope you love it. Have a very merry Christmas and a prosperous new year!!!”
Twitter: world famous chigul – @theonlychigul
Facebook: Chioma Omeruah
GospoGroove.com chatted with fast rising, Abuja based Gospel artiste, Ogecha. Enjoy reading…
GospoGroove: Congratulations on your wedding. How do you combine being a wife and a recording artiste?
Ogecha: Thank you very much! It’s a very interesting combination, my husband, Mr Obande Peter Obande, happens to be my mentor, my manager, my music director, he’s also the band bassist…so being a wife and being an artiste are nicely balanced.
GospoGroove: When did you start singing?
Ogecha: I really cannot tell, I’ve been singing all my life although professionally, I started in 2008.
GospoGroove:What sort of Christian experience did you have growing up at home?
Ogecha: My wonderful mother, Mrs Elizabeth Metuwo Haruna, would tell us stories about characters in the Bible. She told us about God and taught us His principles. There wasn’t any explosive encounter; I just knew that I wanted to serve God, especially after my brother was born. My parents had five girls before he came and with the unfriendly atmosphere that culture sometimes creates and what they had gone through before his birth, I was so in love with Jesus because of the smiles that I could see on their faces. My father, Maj. Gen. Peter Musa Haruna had a deep love for God that amazed me so much. My siblings also caught the fire at very young ages; I believe that we’ve seen a tumultuous amount of God’s goodness to us, especially when we do not deserve it. We know that we cannot find that with any other god but Him.
GospoGroove: How would you describe your music?
Ogecha: One peculiar thing I would say about the songs I write is the fact that they spring from personal meditations and experiences and so a lot of people find them easy to relate to. Sometimes, I just desire to fellowship with God and I start singing, or I have something on my mind that I cannot talk to anyone about… I’ve also discovered that most listeners find it relaxing, comforting, reassuring as well as enjoyable. I agree with them.
GospoGroove: You have just released the official video for Brand New Thing, a single off your debut album. Tell us about it.
Ogecha: The Brand New Thingvideo was shot and produced by Blast and Eddie. Blast was also one of the Executive producers of the album ‘All for You’. The song itself is based on Isaiah 43:18-19. I needed a lot of changes in my life at the time and one Sunday, my Pastor, Tunde Benjamins-Laniyi spoke about the fact that God is willing to do incredible things in our lives if we would just give Him the chance. That scripture was imprinted in my heart and that gave birth to the song, Brand New Thing.
GospoGroove: Are you satisfied with the standard of Gospel music videos in Nigeria? If not, how do you think it can improve? What needs to be done?
Ogecha: Excelling in the music industry and indeed life in general, requires that you are up to date with new trends, concepts, strategies and so on. One of the things I do to keep me up to date is watching a lot of music videos to enable me learn from those who have gone ahead, and I must say, a good number of our predecessors in the gospel scene have really set the pace for us newbies. Sometimes though, when I watch music video channels and I see the standard of videos been produced in the secular world and compare them, I wonder at the degree of disparity. It’s like once the producer hears that you want to shoot a gospel video, they have certain templates to choose from. I personally believe that everyone in this industry has something they are trying to sell, if we are the light of the world, then let us SHINE! Let the music video channels be unable to stop playing our videos regardless of the bias that its ‘gospel’ because we are dishing out creative award winning videos with enthralling concepts, high quality and of course, the message itself should be well packaged.
GospoGroove: You have done commendably since making entry into the Nigerian music industry. You have a few award nominations to show for your efforts so far. How have you been able to pull these off in such a short time?
Ogecha: Lol! Sir! I just obeyed God. I opened my mouth and the message came pouring out. While I was doing this, the Lord prepared a wonderful executive producer, Blast, to handle the album, who organised some gifted producers like Mystro, Yisheng, Mista Seth and Danja for me to work with. My Mum also jumped on the project with so much enthusiasm that encouraged me to give it my best. And then, along came my Favourite Bass player/music director/manager who picked up where everyone else had left off and by the help of the Almighty has done his best to ensure that everyone hears the songs on that album. That’s my husband by the way.
I told The Lord that since He gave me the order to sing, I was going to do just that and He should have His way with it. That’s why my debut album is titled ‘All for You’. I owe everything to God, He’s the secret behind it.
GospoGroove: Your musical influences?
Ogecha: I love Don Moen’s music. I love the way He sings and worships. I also love the music of these worshippers, Vicky Yohe, Cece Winans, Israel Houghton, Donnie McClurkin, Byron Cage, K’ore, NUTTY Josh, Frank Edwards, Chris Morgan…
I tend towards worship music. If I hear a song with a nice beat, an interesting voice or well written,clean lyrics that I like, I try to learn what I can from it and perhaps from the artiste or band. Otherwise, I enjoy a variety of artistes and genres, and there are so many great people in the industry today.
GospoGroove: What do you think your “biggest break” has been so far in your musical career?
Ogecha: A big break to some might mean the size of the audience, the award they won or the country they got invited to, these are fantastic things that I look forward to as well but for me, my biggest break happens to be my biggest testimony since I started singing professionally. Her name is Princess. I’ve known her since she was a little girl, she was very withdrawn and she only related with her immediate family. She would not speak with visitors or even acknowlegde their presence. This went on for years till the day she heard the song ‘All for You’ she became a different person entirely. She began to do things she never used to before to the amazement of even her family. It might not seem like something of note, but for me, it was the greatest form of encouragement anyone could have given me to keep doing what I am doing.
GospoGroove: Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
Ogecha: One thing I desire is to be an ambassador to and for the youth. I had great teachers in my life so that even though I made mistakes, I could pick myself up and keep going. Many of the young adults today do not have this, they are left to their devices until they make life changing decisions that set them on a downward spiral for life and I have a strong burden to help. I also want to be part of those causing changes in the gospel scene, taking off the lid that some have placed on what they believe gospel ‘should’ be and rather, letting the rich goodness of God’s word creep into every household, especially that of those we are desperately trying to reach with God’s word.
GospoGroove:Apart from music, what else do you do?
Ogecha: I’m a wife! Then I’m an engineer, a certified fashion designer, a writer and some other things I can’t really remember right now. 😉
GospoGroove:A message to your fans
Ogecha: I prefer to call you wonderful people my friends! Thank you for taking out of your precious time to listen to my music and thank you for supporting me. I appreciate you so much! I pray that The Lord will cause all your dreams to be realized according to His will for you!
GospoGroove:Thank you for your time.
Ogecha:It was a pleasure. I’d like to say thank you to you sir Victor Igbinigie! You’re a great man! There’s no way I can end this without saying a big ‘Thank You!’ to my manager, The Lord favored me the day He brought you into my life and even more, the day you asked me to be your wife. You’re a treasure and I cherish you.
On the heels of unveiling her new album, Power Flow, MoniQue has just
released “Way Maker,” a new song from the album featuring the incomparable
It’s two of the most recognizable and smooth voices in the Nigerian Gospel
music industry, joining forces for a praise track.
Get the album “Power flow” it’s a must-have in your music collection.
Twitter: @MqMonique @SammieOkposo
WOLE ONI‘s ‘Audacious, Bold and Crispy’ (ABC) is an evening of Live Premium Jazz music, with amazing vocalists, strictly LIVE MUSIC with an Orchestra, superb ambiance, and fantastic 7.1 surround sound.
For two (2) hours only, the 400 distinguished guests will be treated to amazing range of Jazz original pieces and contemporary interpretations of classic songs.
Only the BEST of Nigerian music have been invited for this Wole Oni’s ABC Jazz evening. The night will featured the following CONFIRMED guests: Onyeka Onwenu, Praiz, Tosin Martins, Timi Dakolo, Ara, Gloria Ibru (Mama G), Yinka Davies, Uche Nnaji, Jodie, & a few more.
Date: Sunday, 28th December 2014
Time: 8pm – 10pm (Red Carpet at 7pm)
Venue: The Intercontinental Hotel, 5th Floor, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The event is ‘Strictly By Invitation’ (Heavy Security by Hotel), and Table bookings.
For enquiries, please call 08023001914.
Please Note, Mr Wole Oni is not responsible for the sale of tickets. That has been assigned to the PR company packaging this event and Intercontinental Hotels strictly.