Monday, 28 December 2015

Headies Awards 2015 Postponed: Now Friday, January 1, 2016

The 10th edition of The Headies, hitherto scheduled to hold on Wednesday December 30, 2015 has now been moved by two days.
The organizers announce that the highly anticipated show will now hold on New Year’s Day Friday, January 1, 2016.

The postponement adds another opportunity for the organizers to deliver an event many expect to be truly remarkable.
The Headies 2015 is hosted by Kaffy and Bovi, with performances from 2Face, Vector, Falz, Iyanya, Seyi Shay, Adekunle Gold, Olamide, Simi, Victoria Kimani, Eva Alordiah and more

Sunday, 27 December 2015

Lofty Heights Conference: "The Winning Edge"


 "The Winning Edge" features people with proven track records of impeccable achievements across different sectors of Nigeria’s Economy including Banking, Consulting, Comedy, Media: Radio & TV and Music Industry.

This event has been designed as an inspirational and empowerment platform for the participants, mostly youth within the ages of twenty-one and thirty-five.

Speaking at the event will be ID Cabasa, Morayo Afolabi-Brown, Holy Mallam, Titilayo Oyinsan (Titi the dynamite), Glowreeyah Braimah, Niyi Adesanya, Olakunle Soriyan and hosted by Wale Tejumade, who is the convener.
The Lofty Heights Conference promises to be an encounter of a life time for the participants. It is a conference like no other.
Date: January 23, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM 
Venue: Terra Kulture - 1376, Tiamiyu Savage Street, Opp Bar Beach, VI, Lagos Victoria Island, Lagos.


Watch Trailer For Short Film "SACRIFICE"


The short film was created and shot during the Ebola crisis in memory of the late healthcare workers

Directed by Didi Cheeka, "Sacrifice" stars Meg Otanwa, Shawn Faqua, Ijeoma Agu Oriahi, Rita Edward, Leelee Byoma, Richard Brutus and Theresa Dickson.

Produced by Popos media Production.

Watch The Trailer Below



Watch VICTOR NEGRO's Short Film: SUICIDE FOR SALE


Suicide for Sale: A short Movie directed by Olu Alvin and Victor Negro, is about a depressed young man, played by Michael Adejonwo, who has decided to 
 commit suicide. At that point, an idea changes his mind, and the young man soon realises that he is not alone.

Written and  Produced by Victor Negro, featured Michael Adejonwo, ife Owosuna, Sydney Uzor, Emmanuel Obioma and Chigozie Otuka.

Watch the Movie Below:





Tech Review: 5 Tips For Optimal Sound Control Room Position in Churches



5 Tips for Optimal Sound Control Room Position in Churches
Because bad sound won't help attendance.
The sound booth position is critical in the house of worship setting, but all too often it’s overlooked.
I have seen many houses of worship system installations and am shocked to see where some of these churches have decided to put their mix position.
Technology is not welcomed in many churches. Some congregations feel the need to keep technology completely out of sight, even if that means it’s in a side closet, behind a glass wall, in the basement, or even down the hall.
My Church in Lagos Nigeria, due to the construction limitations, opted to have its mix position on the gallery right beside the male choir and the band, but on top of the altar. Nothing was provided for the Sound Techs to view what was going on during the service.
Microphones were constantly turned on too late and sound levels were all over the place. Being off on the side of the stage posed several other problems that could not be remedied without moving the position.
There are a couple of things churches and integrators need to keep in mind for optimal audio:
1. Sound Engineers Must Have Clear Stage Views: 
It’s important to place the mix position in a location where the sound engineer will best hear the mix. A good position is 2/3s of the way back. It’s important the sound engineer has an unobstructed view of the stage/altar area at all times. Anything in front of the mix location could distract the sound engineer and result in a missed cue.


2. Corners, Back Rooms Present Challenges: 
Placing around booth position in the back can help keep it out of sight, but this can cause headaches for the sound engineer. The scenario is especially true when the mix position is directly in front of a rear wall.

Integrators must always keep in mind how the acoustics of a room can affect the mix position. Bass will sound louder in the back of a room and standing waves may accord in corners.
Due to the acoustical problems with this location, I wouldn’t suggest this as a good mix position. It’s important to share these things with the pastor, church board and any others who may be making the placement decision.

3. Refrain From Booth-type Rooms: 
Running sound within a room is a real no-no. The audio will be completely different, and it will be extremely hard to get the correct sound levels and equalization. Even with a sliding window, there are a number of acoustical problems that will occur and defeat having the mix position.


4. Don’t Rely on Headphones: 
Using headphones will not help the sound engineer hear as a majority of the congregation does. The actual room acoustics, speakers, people sitting in the pews, etc., will all affect how the audio system sounds within the room.

5. Control room Position Doesn’t Have to be a Distraction: 
If the mix position is dressed up well, it can be aesthetically pleasing and provide minimal distractions. With a variety of racks and equipment furniture, there are endless options to create a seamless integration of new equipment into an existing space.

In many traditional churches, you may need to consider hiring a good carpenter who is known for matching existing wood. With a good design, it’s possible to have a good-looking booth/mix position area that will fit the existing aesthetics and ensure the sound engineer is put in a position where the job can be performed correctly.
Results of a Poor Mix Position
Bottom line, poor sound can result in your client losing congregants. Many people find it either distracting or hard to hear and decide it’s not worth their time anymore. With elderly people, bad sound can make it especially hard for them to have a good worship experience.
Less people attending means less people tithing. While integrators might not want to focus on the financial ramifications of poor sound, it’s important we fully make churches aware of these facts. 
Church Sound Control Room Construction article coming soon! 
Thanks Guys and always keep the creativity perfected.


Music Alert: Frank Edwards – If God Be For Me


A truly epic song which bellies a reassuring message of hope: No matter the life, business, career or marital situation we find ourselves in, If God be for me… then no one and nothing can go against us; a perfect message/companion for the season and march into the new year.

Slated to be his last single release for the year 2015, this musical work features classical sounds coupled with Frank’s very clever and inspirational songwriting and production skills. The style used in If God be for me… makes it a whole different type of track and will keep listeners drooling for more. Enjoy and share.

The Rocktown boss is also gearing towards the release of his next (4th studio) album and Rocktown‘s debut compilation album, both slated for next year release. If God be for me… is a glimpse of what to expect in the forthcoming game changing albums. Anticipate.”

Frank Adwards - If God Be For Me(Medley)




Music Alert: Kenny Kore – Dide (Prod. STO Beats)


Impressive Gospel tune from Kenny K’ore

“Kenny Kore said,”I’ve learnt to abound and abase, Happiness keeps me sweet, Trials make me strong, Sorrows keeps me human, Failure makes me humble, Success keeps me glowing, and GOD keeps me going.
I make my boast in HIM in this new track produced by STO beats titled DIDE It’s my gift on this special occasion of our Lord’s birthday celebration.”

Kenny Kore -Dide





Monday, 21 December 2015

Endorsement Video: HERE WE ARE by Fragrance


HERE WE ARE is Fragrance's way of expressing their gratitude to God for His marvellous works. The songs characterised by sonorous voices, heartfelt lyrics and signature adlibs which will make any God lover melt with excitement

All the tracks beautifully produced by Yinka Ojo(Snr Pastor Grace Family International Church)

"HERE WE ARE" now available on CD, Watch Endorsement Video







Ghana Movie Awards: The Nominees


The full list of nominees for the hotly anticipated award was announced on Friday, December 18, 2015 at the Silver Bird Cinema in Accra.

Check out the full list of nominations below…


ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
1. Oris Erhuero – The cursed ones 
2. Prince David Osei – Last Night 
3. Adjetey Annan – Cartel 
4. Abraham Attah – Beast of no nation 
5. Henry Adofo – Freetown

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE 
1. Yvonne Nelson – If tomorrow never comes 
2. Nadia Buari – Imogen Brown 
3. Lydia Forson – A letter from Adam 
4. Martha Ankomah – Shattered Lives 
5. Joselyn Dumas – Silver rain



ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
1. Jimmy Jean-Louis – The cursed ones 
2. Idris EIba – Beast of no nation 
3. Van Vicker – I do 
4. Emmanuel Affadzi – Beast of no Nation 
5. James Gardiner – Candle in the wind

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE 
1. Rebecca Acheampong (Becca) – If tomorrow never comes 
2. Sellorm Galley – The Table 
3. Ama K. Abrebese – The cursed ones 
4. Christabel Ekeh – Candle in the wild 
5. Belinda Baidoo – Silver rain

COSTUME & WARDROBE 
1. If tomorrow never comes – Clara Asantewaa 
2. I do – Elikem Kumordzie 
3. Beast of no nations – Jenny Eagan/Kayoa Afriyie Frimpong 
4. 14:32 – Augustus Edgar Quartey

WRITING ADAPTED OR ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY 
1. If tomorrow never comes – Pascal Amanfo 
2. Beast of no nation – Uzodinma Iweala/Cary Fukunaga 
3. Freetown – Melissa Larson / Garrett batty 
4. The cursed ones – Maxilian Claussen 
5. Silver rain – Juliet Asante

MUSIC ORIGINAL SCORE 
1. If tomorrow never comes – Berni Anti 
2. Freetown – Kirk Sharpe 
3. The cursed ones – Benjamin Wright 
4. Beast of no nation – Dan Romer 
5. Nana meansKing – Aleksander Kuzba

MUSIC ORIGINAL SONG
1. If tomorrow never comes – Berni Anti 
2. I do – Kobi Rana 
3. The cursed ones – Benjamin Wright 
4. Coz ov mont – Emmanuel Owusu Bonsu Mensah Ansah 
5. Why should I get married 2 – D. Black

BEST EDITING
1. Freetown – Connor O’Malley 
2. Beast of no nation – Mikkel E. G. Nielsen 
3. The cursed ones – Josh Levinsky 
4. 14:32 – Kimi Frimpong 
5. Cartel – Abby Bawa

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
1. If tomorrow never comes – Jana Siidaus Nahdi 
2. I do – Christabel Jones 
3. The cursed ones – Araba Ansah 
4. Cartel – Lydia Ashietey 
5. Beast of no nation – Chris Burgoyne, Rita Parklo

VISUAL EFFECTS 
1. Freetown – Davin Bekins 
2. I do – Enoch Obiri Opoku 
3. Beast of no nation – Kevin Bitters 
4. The cursed ones – Ahmed El-Azma 
5. 14:32 – Charles McCarthy

PRODUCTION DESIGN 
1. Beast of no nation – Tony Tomety / Miles Kristian 
2. If tomorrow never comes – D. J. Vagas 
3. The cursed ones – Davide De Stefano 
4. I do – Ada Chibuife 
5. Freetown – Albert Aidoo / Courage Wormenor

CINEMATOGRAPHY
1. Cartel – John Passah 
2. If tomorrow never comes – Rex Perbi 
3. Freetown – Jeremy Prusso 
4. The beast of no nations – Cary Joji Fukunaga 
5. The cursed ones – Nicholas K. Lory

SOUND EDITING AND MIXING

1. Nana means king – Aleksander Kuzba 
2. Freetown – George dankwa 
3. Beast of no nations – Geoffrey Patterson 
4. If tomorrow never comes – Berni Anti 
5. The cursed ones – Gernot Fuhrmann

DIRECTING
 1. Freetown – Garrett Batty 
2. If tomorrow never comes – Pascal Amanfo 
3. Beast of no nation – Cary Fukunago 
4. The cursed ones – Nana Obiri Yeboah 
5. 14:32 – Kwesi Apenteng Quartey

BEST PICTURE
1. Beast of no nation – Tony Tagoe/ Danny Damah (Producers) 
2. If tomorrow never comes – Yvonne Nelson (Producer) 
3. The cursed ones – Nicholas K. Lory (Producer) 
4. Silver Rain – Julliet Asante (Producer) 
5. I do – Kafui Danku (Producer)
 6. 30 days in Atlanta – A. Y. (Producer) 
7. Candle in the wind – Abdul Sallam (Producer) 
8. Freetown – Mawuli Akpabi Adam Abel Garret Batty (Producers) 
9. Cartel – Dayan Fields (Producer)

BEST ACTOR AFRICAN COLLABORATION 
1. Enyimma Nwigwe – Silver Rain 
2. Ramsey nouah – 30 days in Atlanta 
3. De Deyemi Okanlawon – If tomorrow never comes 
4. Nsikan Isaac – 

The corned help BEST ACTRESS AFRICAN COLLABORATION 
1. Ure Eke – Silver Rain 
2. Mercy Johnson – 30 days in Atlanta 
3. Patience Ozokwor – Mama Africa
 4. Ini Edo – While you slept 
5. Rachael Oniga – The corned help

DISCOVERY OF THE YEAR
1. Abraham Attah – Beast of no nation 
2. Emmanuel Affadzi – Beast of no nation 
3. Ophelia Dzidzornu – The cursed ones 
4. Jessica Larnyoh – I do 
5. Stonebwoy – Happy death day 
6. General Ntatea – Kalybos in China 
7. Deborah Vanessa – 14:32 
8. Becca – If tomorrow never comes 
9. Belinda Dzata – Royal Diadem 
10. Princess Shingle – Why should I get married

FAVOURITE ACTOR
1. Majid Michel 
2. John Dumelo 
3. Kalybos 
4. Bismark the Joke 
5. Kwadwo Nkansah 
6. Akrobeto 
7. Adjetey Annan 
8. Agya Koo 
9. Kwaku Manu 
10. Van Vicker

FAVOURITE ACTRESS
1. Kyeiwaa (Rose Mensah) 
2. Mercy Asiedu – 
3. Maame Serwaa – 
4. Emelia Brobbey – 
5. Nana Ama McBrown 
6. Yvonne Nelson – 
7. Jackie Appiah – 
8. Ahoufe Patri – 
9. Juliet Ibrahim – 
10. Nadia Buari –

SHORT MOVIE
1. Gaxorzozor 
2. Love at the time of Odwira 
3. Date 
4. Thief 
5. The cry

ANIMATED SHORT MOVIE
1. Nasir (bribery gone wrong) 
2. Hogan toons 
3. The perculiar life of a spider 
4. Agradaa 
5. Nubuke

BEST DOCUMENTARY 
1. Komabu – za 
2. Dog tales


"Ghana Must Go" Will Make Its Debut On January 2, 2016, at the Silverbird Cinema-Accra.


'Ghana Must Go' is a romantic comedy which revolves around Nigeria and Ghana.

The movie is produced by Yvonne Okoro and directed by the award winning Frank Rajah.

The movie  stars Blossom Chukwujekwu, Nkem Owoh, Ik OgbonaKofi Adjorlorlo, Ada Ameh, Helen Paul, and Okawa Shaznay.

"Ghana Must Go will make its debut on January 2, 2016, at the Silverbird Cinema-Accra.



Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Stalker: Moses Inwang’s Film Hit Cinemas In February 2016



Moses Inwang  Nollywood filmmaker has announced the cinema release date for his new movie entitled ‘Stalker’.

Starring AMVCA award winning actress, Nse Ikpe Etim, alongside Jim Iyke, Anthony Monjaro, Emem Inwang, AY Makun amongst others. ‘Stalker’ is scheduled for release in cinemas nationwide in February 2016.

Written and directed by Moses Inwang, ‘Stalker’ won the ‘Best Film’ at the recently held 2015 edition of the Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards, GIAMA, in Houston, Texas.

Watch official trailer of the movie below.





Get Ready For A Thrilling Experience Live This December: 'WAKAA The Musical'



Bolanle Auster-Peters Production in a live stage performance titled "WAKAA THE MUSICAL" A play about the trials, successes and experiences of six young graduates with varied background, a wager between them after graduation has a twist when the realities of life and the folly of their choices hit them. Eventually they reunite, coming full circle.

The venue for this live stage performance is Shell Hall, Muson Centre Onikan, Lagos Island. Show Time: 1pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm and 7:30pm on 30th Dec 2015 to Jan 3rd 2016 and Tickets: Regular: N5,000, Standard: N10,000, VIP: N25,000 & Gold VIP:N50,000

The story reveals the struggle and challenge young people face in present day Nigeria and abroad. Wakaa The Musical is 100% loaded to entertain all fun seekers in Lagos this December! Get ready for the thrill!. 




"CHETANNA" Is Set To Premiere in Nigeria - Akwa.



"Chetanna" is the gripping tale of an American returnee whose unbridled past in America has come to haunt his present in Africa.
A marriage gone sour; greed gives way to unprovoked vendetta and deep-rooted deceit until nemesis comes knocking while true love is caught in the web of mindless scheming.
"Chetanna" Set to be the first premiere in Akwa, the premiere will take place on Friday, December 18, 2015 at Marble Arch Hotel, by 4.pm.
Directed by Ikechukwu Onyeka and Produced by Chigozie Atuanya the movie features Queen Nwokoye, Ebube Nwagbo, Ebele Okaro, and Chigozie Atuanya
It was premiered at the Igbo World Festival of Arts and Culture on July 25, which was held at the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, Virginia.
 Watch Trailer Here:



Monday, 7 December 2015

Movie Alert: In The Name Of Trust by CHRIS ENEAJI



Chris Eneaji popular for movies like Murder at Prime Suites, "Secret Room", "Growing Old",  Dejavuu and "Trails of Igho." has released the trailer for their new movie 'In the Name of Trust'.

"In the Name of Trust" explores trust, love and communication as the bedrock of every marriage. Trust is the bed rock of every marriage and it takes both parties to love, trust and stay in a relation.

Starring Keira Hewatch, Deyemi Okanlawon, Ik Ogbonna, Ebele Okaro, Ini Dima Okojie, Frederick Idehen among others, the movie is written by Lani Asida

Produced and Directed by Eneaji 

Watch trailer below



Thursday, 26 November 2015

Sound check! Are You Really Doing It?




Soundcheck time can be one of the most productive times of the weekend from an audio standpoint. It can also be one of the most frustrating. I have seen soundcheck turn normally mild-mannered and reserved musicians and engineers into angry combatants. My brothers, this should not be. As I’ve been traveling around helping more churches with their weekend sound issues, I’m amazed at the lack of organization prior to a rehearsal start. Many teams just jump right in and ask for monitor changes pretty much constantly for the next 3 hours. I suggest this is not optimal.

Soundcheck can be very efficient, productive and dare I say fun; but we have to do a little work first. Because there are so many different ways to do a soundcheck (because there are so many different church situations), I’m not going to prescribe one. What I want to do instead is offer a series of suggestions that hopefully apply to all situations, and you can create your own plan. Sound good? Here we go...
Line Check First
Few things will frustrate your musicians more than having to stop soundcheck to troubleshoot a bad cable, DI or patch. Before the band even arrives, go through and line check every single line that you’re using. Even if it’s the same cable you used last week, in the same channel with the same processing. If it’s an active DI, make sure phantom power is on. And don’t forget the wireless mics. Make sure those are on and working.
Declare Your Intentions
A few minutes before soundcheck is slated to start, I will get on the stage announce and say something like,
“Hello everyone, good day. We’re going to start soundcheck in 2 minutes, so if you could get plugged in, get in place with your ears in and ready to go, it would be great!” 
Once we actually start, I’ll say something like this, “Hey guys, we’re going to go through each channel one at a time so I can get levels. Once you hear the level stop changing, you can set it in your ears (if using personal mixers). If we could have only the instrument I ask for, it will make it go really quickly. Let’s start off with the kick.” Making sure everyone knows what is coming up will help them stay focused. This is important because as we all know, most musicians are very hard. 
Stay Organized
Some like to start from the bottom (drums and bass) and work their way up to the top (vocals). Others work in reverse order. Personally I prefer and normally do the former, but which way you go is up to you, and depends on your situation. Whatever you do, stay organized. Don’t start with the kick, then do piano, then guitar, then snare, then vocals, then cymbals. Develop a logical order that works through each instrument and stick with it. Use the same order every week. I suggest you talk through this order with your worship leader in advance as well, just to make sure what you’re doing works for the musicians as well.
Normally, it’s a simple matter of getting organized, staying organized and working through a set process quickly and efficiently. Before you start, make sure you are ready. As I mentioned before, your board should be labeled and everything should be working. Now let’s get to it.
The Drum Set
I changed the way I do drums a few years back, and I’ve been pretty happy with this new method. I start with the kick, get that dialed in, then add snare. Once the snare is sounding good with the kick, I’ll add hat. Same deal. I like to get those three locked up and feeling right before moving on. I’ll then do the toms, usually asking for a hit on hi, mid, low, hi, mid, low until I have the levels balanced and feeling right. Then it’s a quick hit on cymbals before asking the drummer to play a groove on the whole kit. When the drummer is playing the whole thing, I can make some final balance adjustments and get the drums sounding like a single instrument. 
Work Quickly, With the Big Picture in Mind
What you want to do during soundcheck is get the levels dialed in to roughly where everything should sit in the mix. You might do some quick EQ and on drums perhaps tweak the gate or comp. But do it quickly. No one wants to hear the drummer hitting quarter notes on the snare for 15 minutes. Ideally, you’ve paid attention to where your gate and comp settings should be and have already preset them so you’re only tweaking. Same goes for gains, if you can manage it (digital consoles are great in this regard). If you have 30 minutes for soundcheck and you spend 25 getting the drums dialed in, it will be tough to take care of the rest of the band in the remaining five minutes. Get things close and move on. You can always come back and tweak settings after rehearsal gets underway.
Pre-Build Monitor Mixes
If you’re mixing monitors from FOH (and even if you aren’t), it’s not a bad idea to pre-build some rough monitor mixes before you start. I knew most of my vocalists well enough to know roughly what they liked in their monitors from week to week, so I normally started a mix before they got there. Then it’s a simple matter of tweaking. It also really helps musicians through the soundcheck process if they can hear themselves right away. Start with the gains and monitors a little lower than you think you’ll need, and work up.
Get the Vocals to Sing
There are few things as unhelpful during soundcheck than having vocalists speaking, “Check 1,2..Testing HaaShiii.” Guitar players constantly noodling is a close second, followed by drummers who are still trying work out the drum solo from YYZ.. 
I like to have all the vocals sing a chorus of a song while I dial in gains. We’ve told our vocal team, don’t worry about your monitor mix just yet, simply sing. Usually we’ll have the piano or guitar play along for pitch, but that should be the only other sound besides vocals. Have them keep looping until you have their levels dialed in. Of course, starting with rough gains and monitors makes this go faster.
You’ll notice a consistent theme running through this post; get things ready beforehand. The start of soundcheck is not the time to be peeling out the board tape and labeling the desk. By the time the band is set up, you should have completely line-checked, roughed in your gains and pre-built rough monitor mixes. Starting from scratch can be a good thing once in a while, but if you know roughly where things end up each week, starting a little below that makes things go a lot faster.
We had our soundcheck down to about 20-25 minutes, and that’s a full band with 2-3 vocal monitor mixes. Soundcheck doesn’t have to be a painful process. Take some time to develop a system that works well for you, pre-build as much as possible, then communicate clearly to the band. Soon you’ll find it going more smoothly and both you and the band will have more time for rehearsal.
Thanks Guys and always remember to keep the creativity perfected.

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