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‘Partnering UMG will elevate African music on the global stage’ – Don Jazzy Reveals

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Renowned music executive and producer, Collins Ajereh, popularly known as has said that partnering the international recording company, Universal Music Group,UMG, would help to elevate African music on the global stage. made this assertion, while announcing signing a partnership deal with Universal Music Group.

UMG, in a statement earlier in the week announced finalizing the acquisition of a controlling interest in Don Jazzy's Mavin Records. It further stated that the deal remains subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close by the end of March 2024.

Confirming the development in a statement posted on his Instagram page, the popular music executive described the partnership as ‘a new chapter in our journey.'

His words: “This partnership is a milestone that recognizes our collective talent and hard work, aiming to elevate African music on the global stage. I'm thrilled to announce that Mavin Records has partnered with Universal Music Group, marking a new chapter in our journey.

“Our collaboration with UMG will bring more music, innovation and opportunities, allowing us to showcase African talent worldwide. While we embark on this exciting new path, our core mission and values will remain intact, ensuring that the essence of Mavin and our commitment to pushing musical boundaries continue to thrive.

“This step forward is a testament to the dedication of our artists, staff and importantly our fans, whose unwavering support has been instrumental in reaching this moment. Together, we look forward to making history, breaking more records and building a lasting legacy,” Mavin records boss wrote on IG.

This breakthrough is coming five years after UMG signed Mavin records' first lady, Tiwa Savage, on the understanding that the songstress' future music would be released by UMG in over 60 countries.

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AMVCA 2024: Full list of nominees for 10th edition unveiled

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The nominees for this year's Africa Magic Viewers' Choice Award, , were unveiled on Sunday. This will be the 10th edition of the event.

The event will take place at Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos State.

The is an annual award presented by MultiChoice recognising outstanding achievements in television and film.

Films like Jagun Jagun, Mami Water, A Tribe Called Judah and Breath of Life lead the way in terms on nominations.

Here is the full list:

Best Writing Movie Nominees:

1. A Tribe Called Judah (Olufunke Ayotunde Akindele, Collins Okoh and Akinlabi Ishola)

2. Mami Wata (CJ Fiery Obasi)

3. Jagun Jagun (Adebayo Tijani)

4. Breath of Life (BB Sasore)

5. Over The Bridge (Tosin Otudeko)

6. Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti (Tunde Babalola)

7. Afamefuna (Anyanwu Sandra Adaora)

Best Documentary Nominees:

1. Ormoilaa Ogol (The Strong One)

2. Lobola, A Bride's True Price?

3. Empalikino (Forgiveness)

4. The Water Manifesto: Osun (Water for Gold)

5. Sowing Hope

Best Documentary Nominees:

1. Ormoilaa Ogol (The Strong One)

2. Lobola, A Bride's True Price?

3. Empalikino (Forgiveness)

4. The Water Manifesto: Osun (Water for Gold)

5. Sowing Hope

Best MultiChoice Talent Factory Nominees:

1. Grown

2. Her Dark Past

3. Somewhere In Kole

4. Full Time Husband

5. The 11th Commandment

6. Mfumukazi

Best Scripted Nominees:

1. The Slum King

2. Half Open Window

3. Itura

4. The Passenger

5. Magic Room

Best Digital Content Nominees:

1. Layi Wasabi (Medical Negligence and Copyright Infringement)

2. Taooma (The Boyfriend)

3. Lizzy Jay (National Treasure)

4. Elozonam, Jemima Osunde & Angelina Idoko (Hello Neighbour)

Best Unscripted M-Net Original Nominees:

1. What Will People Say

2. Date My Family Zambia

3. Nwuyee Bekee (Foreign Wives)

4. Royal Qlique (Season 2)

5. The Irabors' Forever After

Best Indigenous Language (West Africa) Nominees:

1. Mami Wata (CJ Fiery Obasi)

2. Jagun Jagun (Femi Adebayo)

3. Ijogbon (Kunle Afolayan)

4. Orisa (Odunlade Adekola

5. Nana Akoto (Kwabana Gyansah)

Best Indigenous Language (East Africa) Nominees:

1. Where The River Divides

2. Wandongwa

3. Nakupenda

4. Itifaki

5. Ormoilaa Ogol (The Strong One)

Best Indigenous Language (Southern Africa) Nominees:

1. Service to Heart

2. Uncle Limbani

3. Motshameko O Kotsi

Best Costume Design Nominees:

1. Daniel Obasi

2. Demola Adeyemi

3. Bolanle Austin Peters, Ituen Basi, Folake Coker and Clement Effanga

4. Lola Awe

5. Bunmi Demilola Fashina

Best Indigenous M-Net Original Nominees:

1. The Passenger

2. Nana Akoto

3. Apo

4. Irora Iya

5. Love Transfusion (Kiapo Cha Damu)

Best Short Film Nominees:

1. Broken Mask

2. Eighteenth Year

3. Man and Masquerades

4. A Place Called Forward

5. T'egbon T'aburo

Best Supporting Actress Nominees:

1. Joke Silva (Over The Bridge)

2. Bimbo Akintola (The Black Book)

3. Fathia Williams (Jagun Jagun)

4. Genovevah Umeh (Breath of Life)

5. Tana Egbo-Adelana (Ijogbon)

6. Ejiro Onajaife (Madam Koikoi)

7. Eliane Umuhire (Omen)

Best Lead Actor Nominees:

1. Richard Mofe-Damijo (The Black Book)

2. Wale Ojo (Breath of Life)

3. Stan Nze (Afamefuna)

4. Marc Zinga (Omen)

5. Lateef Adedimeji (Jagun Jagun)

6. Gabriel Afolayan (This is Life)

7. David Ezekiel (Blood Vessel)

8. Gideon Okeke (Egun)

Best Lead Actress Nominees:

1. Funke Akindele (A Tribe Called Judah)

2. Adaobi Dibor (Blood Vessel)

3. Ireti Doyle (The Origin: Madam Koi Koi)

4. Kehinde Bankole (Adire)

5. Evelyne IIy (Mami Wata)

6. Omowumi Dada (Asiri Ade)

7. Segilola Ogidan (Over The Bridge)

8. Lucie Debay (Omen)

Best Supporting Actor Nominees:

1. Timini Egbuson (A Tribe Called Judah)

2. Alexx Ekubo (Afamefuna)

3. Demola Adedoyin (Breath of Life)

4. Itele D Icon (Jagun Jagun)

5. Gregory Ojefua (This is Life)

6. Levi Chikere (Blood Vessel)

7. Ropo Ewenla (Over The Bridge)

Best Cinematography Nominees:

1. Mami Wata

2. Jagun Jagun

3. Ijogbon

4. Blood Vessel

5. Breath of Life

6. Over The Bridge

7. Omen

Best Editing Nominees:

1. Chuka Ejorh and Onyekachi Banjo

2. Holmes Awa

3. Alex Kamau and Victor Obok

4. Dayo Nathaniel

5. Antonio Ribeiro

6. Nathan Delannoy

Best Sound Design Nominees:

1. Ava Momoh (Over the Bridge)

2. Daniel Pellerin and Amin Bhatia (Kipkemboi)

3. Grey Jones Ossai (Breathe of Life and Blood Vessel)

4. Samy Bardet (Mami Wata)

Best Art Direction Nominees:

1. Mami Wata (C.J Fiery Obasi)

2. Blood Vessel (Victor Akpan)

3. Over The Bridge (Abisola Omolade)

4. Breath of Life (Okechukwu Frost Nwankwo, Kelechi Odu)

5. The Black Book (Pat Nebo and Chima Temple)

6. Jagun Jagun: The Warrior (Tunji Afolayan)

7. Omen (Eve Martin)

Best Makeup Nominees:

1. Feyisayo Oyebisi (A Tribe Called Judah)

2. Francesca Otaigbe (Over the Bridge)

3. Campbell Precious (Mami Wata)

4. Hadizat Gambo (Mojisola)

5. Hakeem Onilogbo (Jagun Jagun)

Best Writing TV Series Nominees:

1. Skinny Girl in Transit (Season 7)

2. Wura (Season 2)

3. Visa on Arrival

4. MTV Shuga Naija

5. Volume

6. Masquerades of Aniedo

7. Slum King

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Veteran Nollywood actor, Amaechi Muonagor, dies at 62

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, a veteran of Nollywood actor, passed away at the age of 62 following a lengthy illness.

According to reports, Muonagor was receiving dialysis due to kidney failure. 

It was only a few days after a widely shared video in which he raised money for a kidney transplant that the unexpected news of his death broke.

Muonagor, an Anambra native from Idemili, was born on August 20, 1962, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

He was an actor and producer. In 2016, he was nominated for 2017 Best Actor in a Comedy.

In 1989, after his youth service, Muonagor started working for the News Agency of Nigeria. He left his job a few years later for an acting role in his first movie as Akunatakasi in Taboo 1, a Nigerian movie.

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Chris Brown has been very supportive of African artists – Ayra Starr

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Ayra Starr

Grammy-nominated Nigerian singer has said American star, Chris Brown has been very supportive of African artists.

, who is billed to join Chris Brown as a special guest on his “11:11” tour of the United States and Canada, said she was elated when she found out about it during the Grammy week.

Speaking in a recent interview with Kiss FM, UK, the singer said, “I first heard about it [my tour with Chris Brown] during the Grammy week. I was super excited. No, I didn't cry. I would probably cry during my first performance at the tour when I see everybody [laughs]

“Chris Brown has been a fan of African music for a long time. He has been very supportive. He has always been supporting the culture and it is really beautiful to see.

“It is exciting to see African music get recognised globally. It has been a long time coming. African music has been popping. African music has been doing it in Africa. Actually, Afrobeats has always been the best genre in the world.”

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