NIGERIAN-AMERICAN GOSPEL ACT, IFE SMITH A.K.A IFEEH SADO DROPS FIRST EVER SINGLE “OVERCOME”
She’s new in the game but amazingly versatile and could be referred to as the new kid on the block, as far as gospel music is concerned. She is strong, a lover of God, and a beautiful lady with many sweet qualities.
IFE SMITH a.k.a Ifeeh Sado’s distinct branding, alongside her soul-stirring music, speaks volumes.
Music started a long time ago for her. It’s an everyday thing now, that she does anywhere and at anytime.
In 2016, Ifeeh Sado, as she is affectionately called among her peers, joined the MSC where she sang and was also the backup of Adaora (another talented gospel musician).
As a prolific song writer, Ifeeh Sado was encouraged by her mentor, Adaora, to resume writing and the rest is history.
‘Overcome’ her new single was released today, May1st 2020.
Inspired by real life stories, ‘Overcome’, talks about overcoming fear, depression and life’s many challenges, because we serve a living God. The song also encourages us that with the power of Christ in us, we can and will always overcome.
“We all face different situations in life and somehow manage to cope with them. Well, the factor that guarantees that “somehow” is God,” she reveals.
“I always had the song in mind and when I started writing again, it was the fifth song I wrote but the first to be produced. I get very emotional every time I sing it because it reminds me of what God has done and still does in my life. I can’t wait for everyone to hear it, ” she adds.
The Nigerian-American singer who hails from Ondo State, revealed that she would in the future like to share the stage with the likes of Dunsin Oyekan, Peter Tobe (the producer of ‘Overcome.’), Lauren Daigle, Adaora (a great mentor and dear friend), Onos Ariyo, JJ Hairston, Jumbo Ane, Mercy Chinwo and Jessica Reedy, to name a few notable Gospel acts.
Overcome will be available on all music platforms. Download, listen and share.
The Morbid Reality of This Year’s Workers day Celebration.
May 1st 2020, marks yet another anniversary of the International Workers’ Day. A day institutionalised and dedicated to celebrating workers round the globe, whose dedication and enterprise produces national wealth.
This year’s instalment comes amidst the morbid reality that covid-19 has unveiled with the staggering death toll worldwide totalling well over 200,000.
As we ‘celebrate’ today’s workers day in lockdown, now more than ever we should celebrate the enterprise and resourcefulness of men and women everywhere that has built institutions, created jobs and established wealthy franchises.
Because with only a few days of keeping workers at home, the economy of nations have been grounded to a halt. A couple more days of ensuring safety measures are in place, by keeping the working force isolated, might just tilt the scales in our collective favour.
Happy Workers Day.
Seun Kuti Mourns Death Of Tony Allen, His Father’s Drummer & Ex-Band Leader.
Nigerian singer, Seun Kuti has reacted to the death of his late father’s drummer and former band leader, Tony Allen. Tony Allen passed away yesterday on the 30th of April, 2020 at the age of 79 years.
The legendary drummer was part of Fela Kuti‘s Africa 70 band and made the following albums with Fela, Gentleman (1973), Expensive Shit (1975), and Zombie (1976). The legendary drummer was known as one of the founders of Afrobeat with the Fela. After leaving the band, Fela had to replace him with 4 drummers and said there would have been no afrobeat without him.
Seun Kuti took to his Instagram page to mourn the death of the legendary drummer. According to him, Tony always made himself available for his shows despite their differences. Seun called him a pure artist and a fierce competitor.
He wrote: “Waking up to the most disastrous news. First Uncle Manu now Uncle Tony. These 2 men played together with me in my coming out concert in Dakar in 2004. Uncle Tony was always available to me and even tho we had our differences, there was never anything but love and respect. Uncle Tony was an enigma. A pure artist and fierce competitor( in his own way)! I love and miss u baba. Rest In Peace.”
Trevor Noah to Pay Salaries of Furloughed ‘Daily Show’ Crew.
“The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah is keeping a safe social distance from his crew, but still trying to do right by them.
Variety has learned that Noah is personally paying the salaries of 25 furloughed members of “The Daily Show” crew amid the industry-wide production shutdown prompted by the coronavirus pandemic. Noah has informed crew members that he will continue to pay their salaries until production begins to ramp back up in the television industry.
“These are the people who have been on the show with Trevor from day one and help him put on the show,” a source close to the production tells Variety. “Trevor is personally covering their salaries until the production business opens again. He respects his crew tremendously and feels it’s only right that they get through this together.”
Since studio production of “The Daily Show” was halted last month, Noah has been hosting a remote version of the Comedy Central late-night talker from his home — dubbed “The Daily Social Distancing Show With Trevor Noah” — with writers, producers, and some production staff contributing remotely. But with social distancing rules in place, in-studio crew members such as camera operators, audio technicians, stage management personnel, and video operators have not been able to continue work on the new iteration of the program.
On Monday, Comedy Central announced that it would expand the remote version of the show to 45-minutes a night — the first time in the franchise’s history that it has expanded beyond its half-hour format. “The Daily Show” currently reigns as the No. 1-rated show in late night among viewers 18-34. Noah’s March 26 interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci has garnered more than 43 million views.
Meghan Markle Loses First Round of Legal Battle with U.K. Tabloid.
Meghan Markle has lost the first round of her legal battle against the publisher of U.K. tabloid The Mail on Sunday.
The lawsuit, which was filed by Markle last year, centers on the newspaper’s publication of a letter she wrote to her father, Thomas Markle. The Duchess of Sussex is suing publisher Associated Newspapers for misuse of personal data, breach of copyright and invasion of privacy, and also claims the tabloid selectively edited the letter. The publisher has denied all allegations.
On Friday, Associated Newspapers won its attempts to have parts of Markle’s breach of privacy claim struck from the case in a preliminary hearing last week.
The judge, Mr Justice Warby, struck allegations that Associated Newspapers acted “dishonestly” by excluding passages of the letter, as well as claims that the publisher stirred up problems between the father and daughter and that the outlet had an agenda to publish harmful stories about Markle.
The judge added, however, that what was struck from Markle’s claim does not concern other allegations, which include the misuse of private information, copyright infringement and breach of the Data Protection Act. Justice Warby also warned that the portions of Markle’s claim struck today could still return at a later point in the legal proceedings.
A spokesperson for London-based law firm Schillings, who are acting on behalf of Markle, told Variety that the ruling “makes very clear that the core elements of this case do not change and will continue to move forward.”
“The Duchess’ rights were violated; the legal boundaries around privacy were crossed. As part of this process, the extremes to which The Mail on Sunday used distortive, manipulative and dishonest tactics to target The Duchess of Sussex have been put on full display,” said the spokesperson.
“Whilst the Judge recognizes that there is a claim for breach of privacy and copyright, we are surprised to see that his ruling suggests that dishonest behaviour is not relevant. We feel honesty and integrity are at the core of what matters; or as it relates to the Mail on Sunday and Associated Newspapers, their lack thereof.”
Markle’s team, however, said it “respects” the judge’s decision “as the strong case against Associated will continue to focus on the issue of a private, intimate and hand-written letter from a daughter to her father that was published by The Mail on Sunday.”
Last month, Markle and Prince Harry severed all ties with the U.K. tabloid press.
The couple, which has now relocated to California from Canada, sent a letter on April 19 to the editors of outlets The Sun, The Mirror, Daily Mail, Daily Express and all affiliated titles, informing them they will no longer co-operate on stories. The directive came just weeks after the couple formally stepped back as senior royals.
The ban, spelled out in the letter as “no corroboration and zero engagement,” effectively means that the couple and their PR team will not respond to queries from the select media outlets.
‘Hercules’ Live-Action Remake in the Works.
Disney is in early development of a live-action remake of its 1997 animated movie “Hercules,” with “Avengers” filmmakers Joe and Anthony Russo producing through their AGBO production company.
Disney has hired action specialist Dave Callaham to write the “Hercules” script. Callaham teamed with Sylvester Stallone for the original screenplay for “The Expendables,” creating his character for the franchise. He has credits on “Godzilla” and “Zombieland: Double Tap,” as well as the upcoming “Wonder Woman 1984” and Disney-Marvel’s “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.”
The 1997 movie was a musical-fantasy retelling of the Hercules legend directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. Hercules was voiced by Tate Donovan, snatched as a baby by Hades and forced to live among mortals as a half-man, half-god. Hercules needed to perform a rite of passage on Earth to prove himself worthy of living with the gods on Mount Olympus, so with the help of his satyr mentor, voiced by Danny DeVito, he learns how to use his strength to defeat a series of evil creatures.
“Hercules” carried an $85 million budget and generated $252 million at the worldwide box office. That performance lagged behind predecessors such as 1991’s “Beauty and the Beast,” 1992’s “Aladdin” and 1994’s “The Lion King” — all of which would become lucrative live-action remakes for Disney.
The Russo brothers directed “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Captain America: Civil War,” “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame.” “Endgame” is the highest-grossing film of all time with $2.79 billion in global ticket sales. They also won an Emmy Award for “Arrested Development” and worked on “Community,” “Happy Endings” and “Deadly Class.”
The Russos opened the AGBO facilities in Los Angeles last year and produced the Chris Hemsworth action film “Extraction,” which debuted on Netflix last week.
Don Jazzy & Falz Team Up To Pass A Message On Their New Single “Safe.”
When an award-winning music producer and a rapper/lawyer team up to pass a critical message, they do a damned good job of it.
Award-winning music producer and Mavin Records’ boss, Don Jazzy teams up with rapper, Falz on this musical missive, titled “Safe.”
The song addresses safety and awareness in these uncertain times while providing tips on how to stay safe amidst the Coronavirus pandemic.
Editi Effiong Releases His Highly Anticipated Movie, “Fishbone.”
After making his debut as a Nollywood producer with the Northern-Nigerian epic, “Up North,” Editi Effiong has released his highly anticipated movie “Fishbone.”
The movie highlights the story of the dark world of drug counterfeiting in the slums of Lagos.
“Fish Bone” stars Daniel Etim Effiong in the lead role alongside Shaffy Bello and Moshood Fattah and others.