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 greatest influence is my uncle Zike Roberts, one of …
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.
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.
along with other global track & field athletes, is fighting to
qualify for the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games. The athletes have until
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 and International music market through Un…
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' last stop in Liberia is at a school in Unifica…
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 byBeyonceand 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)
Rihanna Best Male R&B/Pop Artist Bryson Tiller (WINNER)
Tyrese Best Group Drake & Future (WINNER)
2 Chainz & Lil Wayne …
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
The vision of the Shirika programme is an African creative sector
that is healthy and thriving economically and socially thanks to the
sustainability, performance and governance of its organisations.
The training programme is open to all arts organisations and invites
them to share their ex…
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 prestigious award arrive…
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 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.
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.
outlet reports that the blogger has now been mandated by the Federal
Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) to pay the money into the agency’s
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
initiated measures to prosec…
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
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 any o…
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.
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.
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 shame
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 the Grammy Museum building, as an extension of the 2016
BET Awards, which takes place on 28 June. Artists from Nigeria, South
Africa, Benin and the DR Congo will be represented at the exhibition,
which is expected to continue until late 2016.
On display at 'S…
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 Akpakomaster‘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
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 11th NEAs will be announced
at the Award ceremony scheduled for September 4th, 2016 at the Tribeca
Performing Art Center in New York City, during the labor day weekend. For all press and media …
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
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. Friday the Cellphone Man, if you are reading …
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.
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
“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 any decision that will be made tomorrow will affect
all of us,” Lansana said.
This project is one of a series of public advocacy progr…
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.
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 LIST – MUSIC
CATEGORIES Best Al…