Babyface Engages Braxton

Fri, Feb 21, 2014
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Entertainment Briefs

KENNETH Edmonds, aka Babyface, an American entertainer, is engaged to Toni Braxton, also an entertainer. The 54-year-old R & B singer disclosed this in a recent interview with BET on their new album. The singer said he proposed to Toni Braxton, his long-time associate and friend recently. According to the Times newspaper, the singer popped the question to Braxton after seven years of being together.

Edmonds and Braxton, 40, are already parents to five-year-old Peyton Nicole, a daughter. Babyface separated from his wife Tracey, the mother of his two sons in 2005 after 13 years of marriage. Braxton divorced her husband by whom she had two children in 2009.

Darey, Kelly Rowland thrill Lagosians

Kelly Rolands

KELLY Rowland, a United States music star, on Saturday night, February 15, performed alongside some Nigerian musicians at the second edition of “Love Like A Movie” Valentine Concert in Lagos. The concert, organised by Darey Art-Alade, took place at the Ocean View Grounds of the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The Nigerian artistes who featured at the show include Timi Dakolo, Waje, Tiwa Savage, Zaina, Mo Eazy, Eva, Abigail, Muna and Lamborghinny.

In line with the title and the season, the show was centred on love, kicked off with a crane dropping a singing Art-Alade on the stage to the excitement of the audience who gave him applauds. He sang a number of his popular tunes and some evergreen love ballads from different artistes worldwide.

Rowland dropped tunes from her own personal repertoire and from a collection recorded while a member of the girl group, Destiny’s Child, which also had Beyonce and Michelle Williams.

The crane remained a major part of the show as some of the dancers performed their routines while hanging on it or dangling from it.

A minor hiccup occurred during Kelly Rowland’s performance as some technical hitches with the sound led to her walking off the stage. She later returned to conclude her performance after Art-Alade tendered an apology.

Rowland’s fellow US music star, Brandy, was in the audience. She looked happy throughout the show and danced to some of the tunes. Brandy was in the country for another Valentine’s weekend show where she would perform with UB-40.

Art-Alade said after the show that he was glad to host the second edition of the show successfully.

He said that music was one of the biggest exports from Nigeria at the moment, and that having such a show in Nigeria was a sign of advancement. “We have come a long way in our art; we are glad to take it to the world or bring the world to see it here,” he said.

Mavin Records signs Di’Ja

Di' Ja
Di’ Ja

THE wait is over. Don Jazzy, Mavin Records CEO, has finally unleashed the label’s new signing, Di’Ja onto the scene, after nearly five months of meticulous planning and orchestration behind closed doors at Mavin HQ. The eclectic sensation, who is set to be the most dynamic new act of 2014, has been making waves in Canada. She was nominated for the Best Urban/R&B Single at the 2009 Canadian Radio Music Awards and won the 2008 Best New Artiste award at the Beat Awards.

Hadiza ‘Di’Ja’ Blell, has always had a passion for her music. The multi-talented singer, song-writer, visual artist and humanitarian activist, holds degrees in Biology and Psychology, but it is music that has always coursed through her veins. It is a talent that she is now about to share across the continent and beyond.

“Di’Ja represents the new generation of Nigerian music. She is versatile and adaptable. No experience in the studio with her is ever the same as the last.Our fans, friends and good music lovers are in for an interesting musical journey planned ahead,” Don Jazzy said.

“Yaro,” her first official single under Mavin, is an up-tempo celebration of love and commitment against all odds. The song features an ethnic twist that infuses Hausa and Krio dialects in honour of her Nigerian and Sierra Leonean roots. Di’Ja who is set to dominate the competitive world of entertainment in Africa and beyond, will be joining an increasingly formidable team which includes Dr. Sid, Tiwa Savage, D’Prince and Don Jazzy as the new frontline of Mavin 2.0.

Jalade-Ekeinde’s Anger Against Bloggers

ON February 7, Meraiah, daughter of Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, a Nollywood queen, clocked 14 years old. A few days later, some bloggers paraded different photos of the young girl with different captions like ‘sexy’, ‘lovely’, ‘adorable’, with lots of comments after the pictures went viral.


But the multiple award winning actress is not amused by what the bloggers has done to her innocent daughter and has issued a very stern warning to them and has vowed to take up arms with them if any of such repeats itself.

Here is what Omo Sexy wrote on her Facebook page: “Thank you to everyone who wished Meraiah a happy birthday. However, going to a 14-year-old’s ‘private’ online accounts to post her pictures for public viewing is totally Inappropriate.

“Her father and I are horrified as a parent and a guardian that a minor’s picture can be paraded online as ‘hot’, ‘sexy’ etc… We know the bloggers probably meant no harm but in a world full of pedophiles and sickos every adult with morales should know where to draw the line.

“This was started by a lady called Kemi filani , she has since apologized and taken down content but her reckless blog post lives on.

“I will not hesitate henceforth to use everything within my power to bring anyone to justice who does this with any of my under aged kids after ‘this’ first time episode! Any child under 18 should be protected by us all and if their parents/guardian hasn’t given you the okay to publish information especially “private” of their child, doing so, is against the law. I hope you all understand thanks. Omotola.”

— Mar. 3, 2014 @ 01:00 GMT