Michael Jackson life to be turned into musical

The life of Michael Jackson will be coming to Broadway in a musical incorporating the King of Pop’s tunes penned by a leading US playwright. Producers of the musical announced the project on Tuesday without revealing a title and said they aimed for a premiere in 2020. The musical, which is being co-produced by the late King of Pop’s estate, will be written by Lynn Nottage, a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Nottage, a professor in the theater department of Columbia University, most recently won acclaim for “Sweat,” a…

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Nollywood producer, Bambino Anachina, is dead

A Nollywood producer and actor, Bambino Anachina, has passed on. Nollywood filmmaker, Fidelis Duker, confirmed the news on his Facebook page on Sunday. Mr. Duker paid glowing tributes to his late colleague in a lengthy post on Facebook. “He was among the few people I spent time with on Thursday, 14th at the Zafaa Global Awards media unveiling before my car was burgled and my laptop amongst other valuable carted away. He was just so engaging and entertaining that afternoon,” he wrote. “I was with my wife and when I…

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Jay Z , Beyoncé release joint album on Tidal

Beyoncé and her rapper husband Jay Z have released a surprise joint album on the streaming service Tidal. The singer, 36, announced Everything is Love, a nine-track collaboration with the rapper, by posting a clip from a video for one of the album’s tracks on social media. The announcement came as the couple played their second night at the London Stadium as part of their OTR II tour, the Independent reported. Everything is Love as it appears on Tidal Streaming Service The record, which is only available on subscription streaming…

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Oprah Winfrey to produce shows for Apple

Television personality Oprah Winfrey has agreed to produce shows for Apple as the iPhone maker prepares to make a push into original content. An Apple statement Friday offered few details about the role for Winfrey, who hosted a hugely popular talk show before leaving to start her own production company and devote time to philanthropic efforts. “Together, Winfrey and Apple will create original programs that embrace her incomparable ability to connect with audiences around the world,” the statement said. Terms of the deal were not announced. The news suggested Apple…

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Chimamanda Adichie wins 2018 PEN Pinter Prize

A Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Adichie, is the winner of the 2018 PEN Pinter Prize. The award, which was established in 2009 and named after Nobel Laureate, Harold Pinter, is given to writers of outstanding literary merit from Britain, Republic of Ireland and the Commonwealth. She will be presented with the award in October, where she will announce her co-winner for the International Writer of Courage award. She will be required to pick from a shortlist of international cases supported by English PEN. The recipient will be an international writer who…

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Fred Amata, Hafiz Oyetoro, ‘Kanran’ pay tribute to late Ras Kimono

Fred Amata, Segun Akiremi a.k.a. “Kanran’’, and Hafiz Oyetoro a.k.a. “Saka‘’ on Monday, described the late Reggae Rastaman, Ras Kimono, as a ‘wonderful soul’ who would be greatly missed. They said in separate interviews, in Lagos, that a huge gap had been created in the nation’s reggae music genre with his demise. Ukeleke Elumelu, 60, and popularly known as Ras Kimono, died on Sunday in Lagos. Fred Amata, President, Movie Directors Guild of Nigeria, said that Ras Kimono’s death had brought a huge loss to the country’s music industry and…

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Reggae star Ras Kimono passes on

Nigerian reggae icon Ras Kimono, has died, sources close to the musician said, according to multiple reports on Sunday. The online news platform, QED said Kimono was said to have taken ill on Saturday on his way to the US. Friends rushed him to a hospital in Ikeja from where he was transferred to Lagoon Hospital in Ikoyi. He died on Sunday morning.

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MURIC: Falz’s ‘This is Nigeria’ is hate speech

A Muslim group has condemned a video released by a Nigerian rapper for allegedly promoting negative stereotypes against Muslims, Chibok Girls and Fulani. Muslim Right Concern said Thursday that video like Falz the Bahd Guy’s help in giving “Muslim names to devilish and lowly characters.” But the rap artist insisted the video is a critique of Nigeria’s socio-political and religious ills. The video, a cover version of US performer Childish Gambino’s “This is America”, was released on May 25 with almost three million YouTube views already and since then generated…

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Tekno signs deal with Universal Music Group, Island Records

Nigerian singer and Triple MG lead act, Augustine Miles Kelechi, popularly known as Tekno, has signed a distribution deal with Universal Music Group Nigeria (UMGN) and Island Records. The news of his signing was made known by his label boss, Ubi Franklin, on Instagram on July 2. Following the announcement, Franklin shared another inspirational post with the caption “Rise above setbacks. Learn to pick yourself up after a failure and stand again, ready to fight the good fight of faith. Pick up the pieces and keep going forward. Congratulations to…

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Mariah Carey sells $10m diamond ring from ex-boyfriend

Music goddess Mariah Carey has sold the ­35-carat diamond engagement ring her former boyfriend James Packer gave her two years ago. The huge sparkler, widely reported to be worth $10 million, was part of the financial settlement the diva made in 2017 after her split from the Australian media baron. “Mariah has been very vocal recently about her choice to move forward in her life surrounded by positivity,” her publicist told me. “That requires leaving emotional and material baggage behind, including an old engagement ring from an ex-boyfriend.” A source said Carey had one of her business…

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