Benji Cavalli We caught up with Benji Cavalli few days ago, giving our fans an opportunity to enter into his world. Let’s start by getting into your background. I am a Liberian recording artist, instrumentalist, songwriter, and dancer. My legal name is Benjamin B. Kai, but on stage, I am Benji Cavalli. I was born April 17, 1984, in Monrovia, Liberia. In 1997, my family and I moved to the Ivory Coast after my father passed. I started a new life by experiencing a new culture and a new language; French. In 2000, I migrated to the USA (Staten Island, New York). Have you always wanted to become a singer? I have always dreamed of being a singer. I started singing and dancing at the age of 9. In 2008, I organized a "Coupe Decale" group called Boucantiers Royale. The group was comprised of Fabio Armani, Douki Alfani, Ansu le Boucantier and Dale Bugarri. In 2011, I released my first album (My Time). Who is your greatest influence? My gr
SOURCE: A Liberian Olympic Blog Sprinter Emmanuel Matadi, one of two runners qualified for the Liberian Olympic Team in Rio, placed Third in the Men's 100 meters, while female sprinter Ada Udaya placed 3rd in her 100 meters’ heat and 4th in her semi-final heat, at the championships which began last Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016. Matadi also returned to compete in the men’s 200m race and placed 1st in his heat with 20 .68 seconds. He advanced to the semi-finals where he placed 1st in his heat again with the 3rd overall fastest time, 20.51 seconds securing his spot in the men’s 200m finals. Matadi’s third place finish in the finals landed him the Bronze medal with a 20.55 finish in the men’s 200m finals. Udaya wrapped up her championship appearance with a 23.67 second run. This placed her 6th overall in the women’s 200m race. Udaya, along with other global track & field athletes, is fighting to qualify for the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games. The athletes have
Kao Denero Amara Denis Turay known as Kao Denero is a Hip Hop artist that has become well-known throughout West Africa. He is one of the most well known artists from Sierra Leone, and has also been called the "King of Freetown", after a successful album of the same title was released by him. His Dec 2015 concert in Moyamba, Sierra Leone National Stadium saw close to 40,000 fans. UnderDaRock Ent is excited to bring Kao Denero onboard. He is clearly super talented, one of the biggest rapper from Africa and loved in his hometown of Sierra Leone. "I grew up as a Hip Hop head and that's what Kao Denero is so the chemistry is already deep. My goal is to help Kao expand beyond his present fan base which is already strong and take the world by storm . " Said Don Cos Canino UnderDaRock Ent UnderDaRock Entertainment division consist of UDR Media, UDR Management and UDR Records. The company is putting a firm foot forward in the Afro-beats a
Michelle Obama in Liberia First lady Michelle Obama landed in Liberia on Monday with her daughters and her mother for an overseas trip promoting education for girls. The Obamas were welcomed in Liberia's capital with a red carpet and traditional dancers wearing the red, white and blue colors of both the American and Liberian flags. They also will visit Morocco and Spain. While in Liberia, the first lady will meet with the president of the West African country, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the continent's first elected female head of state. The Obamas then visit a leadership camp for girls in the town of Kakata. "People are going to consider her to be a sister to them," Mayor Eddie Murphy said. "We are overwhelmed." A main topic of the trip is how to address the barriers facing girls trying to get an education after the Ebola outbreak. More than 4,800 people died in Liberia, and children missed several months of school. The Obamas' las
On June 25, 2016, KABS Media Group launched BIG 103.9 FM, located on the Bypass in Monrovia, Liberia. The station desires to play 100% Liberian music. The process of launching this radio station started 5 years ago. According to Victoria Cheeks, KABS Media Group Board of Director , the owners, and shareholders of BIG FM have no direct or business link with the Liberia Music Awards.
The 16th annual BET Awards show aired live Sunday night from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The BET Award were handed out Sunday night at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The show, which honors artists, actors and athletes across 20 categories, also featured tributes to Prince by a slew of artists, including Jennifer Hudson and Stevie Wonder , and a surprise performance by Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar . BET Awards Pay Tribute to Prince With The Roots, Stevie Wonder, Maxwell, Erykah Badu, Sheila E. & More In addition, Grey's Anatomy star Jesse Williams was given the Humanitarian Award, delivering a passionate Black Lives Matter speech, while Samuel L. Jackson received the Lifetime Achievement Award. A complete of winners is below. Best Female R&B/Pop Artist Beyonce (WINNER) Adele Andra Day K. Michelle Rihanna Best Male R&B/Pop Artist Bryson Tiller (WINNER) Chris Brown Jeremih The Weeknd Tyrese Best Group Drake &
Arterial Network is calling for applications from African arts organisations for the 2016 edition of its Shirika programme, created in partnership with the Cultural Development Trust and with seed funding from Africalia . African arts organisations are invited to apply for Arterial Network's Shirika programme. Shirika is a training programme designed to equip organisations with the necessary tools to become more viable and sustainable through best practice in financial management and governance. It aims to support the work of arts organisations in Africa by improving the overall health and effectiveness of their processes and systems. The vision of the Shirika programme is an African creative
In 2015, 60 young people from 35 countries were honoured by Queen Elizabeth II of England and four Nigerians Isaiah Owolabi, Kelvin Ogholi, Nkechikwu Azinge and Oladipupo Ajiroba made the list. YesterdaY, June 23, 2016 , the Queen Elizabeth of England presenteD the Queen’s Young Leaders Award to young people from 45 different Commonwealth countries. This time, three exceptional Nigerians made the list and they’ll be honoured at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London. The 2016 Award winners, Olanrewaju Adeloye, Imrana Alhaji Buba, and Olumide Femi Makanjuola , all aged between 18 and 29 have been recognised by The Queen for taking the lead in transforming the lives of others and making a lasting difference in their communities. The Queen’s Young Leaders Award recognises and celebrates exceptional people aged 18-29 from across the Commonwealth, who are taking the lead in their communities and using their skills to transform lives. The winners of this prestigio
Blogger/Author Berenice Mulubah The hot new Tv series Daughters in America just announced to their audience via social media that author/blogger Berenice Mulubah is joining their writing team. The celebrity blogger has two books on the market, 'Landing Safely On A Solid Rock' and 'Purple Honey Lips'. Congratulations to Ms. Mulubah, we are sure she is a great addition.
Linda Ikeji Linda Ikeji has made no secret of her immense wealth, from her N500 million mansion to her N40 million SUV. However, it seems the tax man has not been getting his cut, if recent reports are anything to believe. According to online media publication, The Capital, Linda has amassed a tax bill of N75 million and is unwilling to pay up. A “source” in the Federal Inland Revenue Service was quoted to have revealed that the celebrity blogger had for some time, been evading tax payment. The media outlet reports that the blogger has now been mandated by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) to pay the money into the agency’s coffers. It is also said that Linda Ikeji vehemently denied ownership of the luxurious Banana Island mansion she has been showing off when quizzed by the FIRS authorities. The famous blogger purchased the choice property in October 2015 and revealed back then that it was worth well over N500m. The revenue agency has purportedly initiate
Three Australians and one New Zealander are among a group of mine workers kidnapped by gunmen during a deadly attack in Nigeria . The Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, confirmed the men, who are believed to have been working for Perth-based mining company Macmahon Holdings, had been captured near Calabar in Nigeria’s south. The families of those taken have been notified and the Australian high commissioner is at the scene, he said. “We don’t know at this stage the identity of the kidnappers,” Turnbull told reporters while campaigning in Geelong. Turnbull said three of the kidnapped men were Australian and the fourth a New Zealand citizen who had Australian residency. Their local driver was killed during the attack on the group’s vehicle. Another Nigerian and one South African were also reportedly kidnapped. Irene Ugbo, a spokeswoman for Cross River state police, earlier said two expatriates managed to flee, adding that she did not know the nationality of
Mobs looted shops, burnt vehicles and blocked roads with rubble and burning tyres as rioting spread through townships surrounding the South African capital, Pretoria, over the imposition of a new mayor. The violence began on Sunday after the ruling African National Congress (ANC) selected a Zulu woman, Thoko Didiza, as its mayoral candidate for Pretoria in municipal elections on August 3. At least three people have been killed and scores injured. One man was shot dead on Sunday after Ms Didiza was confirmed as the candidate. Two others were shot dead in the Mamelodi township on Tuesday night.
Danai Gurira 5 African women, including the much-celebrated Lupita Nyongo , commanded the stage at the Golden Theater on Broadway as they have for the past many weeks. Their final moving performance will transport the audience to the makeshift camps and traumatized villages and towns of Liberia, where civil war spilled into homes and destroyed the lives of thousands of civilians. Oh, what a heartbreaking story to share with the world? It would have been even better if there was an effort made to know the Liberian woman. The Liberian accent is what makes us so unique, so special and so original. A Liberian story without the Liberian accent is just tacky and lazy. Dear Danai Gurira I am not knocking your hustle girl, do you and make that money. You are about to make millions from telling the Liberian women story your way in Eclipsed. Girl, the least you could have done was to make an effort in getting the accent right. You guys made zero effort. That's a sha
The prestigious Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, USA will be celebrating the unique diversity of African music in a new exhibition, ‘Sounds of Africa’, from Friday 24 June. Ice Prince and Mafikizolo will have personal items exhibited at the Grammy Museum. Photo: BN, MCBN The Grammy Musuem was established to celebrate “the enduring legacies of all forms of music, the creative process, the art and technology of the recording process, and the history of the premier recognition of excellence in recorded music.” The items to be exhibited at 'Sounds of Africa' will take the form of handwritten lyrics, costumes and rare instruments, and will occupy the third floor of th
TERRY G Two weeks ago,Nigerian pop star Terry G disrespected Dj Phreez , by a slap during his performance. As a result, a ban was subsequently placed on the Akpako master ‘s music by the DJs Association of Nigeria (DJAN) , barring all DJs around the country from playing Terry G’s songs, while a public apology was demanded from the erring singer. Having seemingly met all the demanded conditions of righting his wrongs, the association has now officially announced the lift of the ban.
June 22, 2016 – New York, NY – The voting for the 2016 Nigeria Entertainment Awards (NEAs), the continent’s premier Entertainment Awards for Nigerians and Africans is now open. The producers of the show are calling on fans and entertainment lovers to get involved and help choose the winners for this years’ awards. The winners for the 11th NEAs will be chosen primarily by fan voting. Voting for the 11th edition of the NEAs is now officially open and closes on August 15th 2016 . Nominees are encouraged to inform their fans to go and vote for them, please see voting guidelines below: GUIDELINES: STEP 1 Go to www.neaawards.org/votenow STEP 2 Select the category you want to vote in STEP 3 Select your choice (of nominee) and Click on – “VOTE”. Please note you can vote once in every 24 hours. The winners for the 11 th NEAs will be announced at the Award ceremony scheduled for September 4th, 2016 at the Tribeca Performing Art Center i
Friday the Cellphone Man Friday the Cellphone Man has traditional weight, but failed to make the most of it. After promising a strong come back, the traditional singer has followed up with a project that exudes mediocrity. Almost every song is lyrically weak, and while the overall effort isn’t bad, it’s one that is certainly disappointing. It’s disappointing because listeners were promised an album that would remind them of why they felt in love with the singer in the first place. Instead, we received an album full of comical lyrics with less of his dialect. The music overall lacks potency. It’s also worth mentioning, though, that there are two great songs on this album. Listeners will probably be better off selecting their favorite tracks and deleting the rest to create a more refined experience. Friday proved over the years that he has potential to make ambitious art, but instead he leap for the safe embrace of mediocrity in I Want Eat My Lay Tin .
Drake leads the Billboard Hot 100 (dated July 2) for a sixth nonconsecutive week with "One Dance," featuring WizKid and Kyla. Plus, Sia 's "Cheap Thrills," featuring Sean Paul , and newcomer Kent Jones ' "Don't Mind" each reach the top 10.
(L-R) British Ambassador Belgrove, with Accountability Lab country director Lansana and Rapper Henry Toe at a press conference Accountability Lab-Liberia last Friday launched a music video titled, “Whom to Vote For,” aiming to reach Liberians in all parts of the country, educating them about their right to vote and how to properly utilize their votes to reverse the poor representation and leadership they had experienced in the past. Mr. Lansana, the Resident Country Director of Accountability Lab stated that Accountability Lab-Liberia saw it expedient to begin the awareness through music because any decision made during election will have an effect on the country and the electorate. “We have used Henry A. Toe, one of Liberia’s popular Hip-Co Ambassadors, to produce music on corruption; and seeing the need to sensitize voters in the coming elections, we also contacted his team to produce “Whom to Vote For” in our colloquial that everyone will understand, because a
G-rize and Dr. Ariel Hansen Less than a week after G-Rize affair with designer June Damey surfaced on the blog, the singer took his girlfriend of 11yrs, Dr. Ariel Hansen on a private vacation to the romantic island of Mackinaw city, Michigan. The couple is currently on a two weeks vacation. We are glad to see things are working out for the couple.
F dot A dot, DenG, Ericgeso, DjBossman For the first time in the Nigerian Entertainment Awards (NEA) history, Liberian entertainers were nominated in their non Nigerian categories. Unfortunately, the nominations were not wildly received by all within the Liberian Entertainment Industry. Believing that the nominations were nothing more than a business strategy by the NEA organizers to keep their Liberian fan base, Some Liberian entertainers took to social media, expressing their concerns. Check out few of those grievances
2face Idibia now has a street named after him in Lagos. Courtesy of Haven Homes, Innocent Idibia Street can now be found inside Richmond Estates in Lekki, Lagos. An excited 2face Idibia took to Instagram to share a video of the new honour bestowed on him saying, ‘ Yes ooo! Innocent idibia str. One love and a big thanx 2 Haven Homes for the honour. Now u know where 2 find me’.
June 16, 2016 – New York, NY – The producers of the 11th Annual Nigerian Entertainment Awards (NEA) presents the list of the 2016 NEA nominees. The NEAs is an annual award ceremony with primary objective of recognizing the contributions of Nigerian and African Entertainers. The award ceremony, in its 11th year, is not only focused on recognizing Nigerian entertainers but also highlight Nigerians who continue to make an impact in our immediate communities in Nigeria or extended communities in the diaspora. This year, the producers of the NEAs are excited to announce the addition of some new categories and also the expansion of some existing categories to reflect the ever changing entertainment industry. The 2016 NEAs will be held on September 4th, 2016 in New York City, during the labor day weekend. Stay tuned for more information planned for the NEA weekend. For all press and media related inquires please contact us email@example.com 2016 NEA NOMINEES