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How Zeof Records Discovers Music Talents and Oils Their Career

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Zeof Records, founded by High Chief (Barr) Jideofor Ezeofor, is unrelenting in discovering, nurturing, projecting and promoting young music talents.

In line with its avowed commitment to support upcoming artists, the record label has just brought under its canopy, three budding musical talents two of whom are Barrister Ezeofor’s sons: Ifenna Denzel-Armani Ezeofor whose stage name is simply Denzel-Armani. A talented songwriter and composer, the young artiste is a law graduate of the University of Nigeria, Enugu campus, UNEC.
Armani is on top of his game as an Afrobeat musician. He is arguably one of the few artists redefining the unique music genre originated by the late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.

On stage, Armani is a delight to watch. He is imbued with an electrifying fierce sound and stage presence which is undoubtedly unique, embodying a fusion of afrojuju, rock, jazz, R&B, neo-soul and hip hop.
Armani has always loved music. His romance with music started as far back as his childhood when he was around six years old as he was always so fascinated with sound, delivery and the awesome stage presence of Michael Jackson.

Michael Jackson’s death was however a very devasting experience for him. He also had at his beck and call and rich musical library growing up as his parents were music lovers. He had the opportunity to listen to the greats of times like Marvin Gaye, Boney M, Abba, Barry White, Bob Marley, Fela, Labaja and so on.

Armani formally started his music career in 2020 and so far has several music tracks to his credit including the hits, Comot Der and Jonza.
His next single, a new sound of profound musical balance titled ‘Neme’ is scheduled to be released on Saturday, 24th February 2024.

For Blake Dilinna Ezeofor with the stage name, “Von Blake” music is a passion which caught up with him as a pupil.
With music-loving parents as role models, growing up, the lure of music was irresistible for Blake.
“As kids, I and my siblings formed dance routines to songs we composed ourselves. It gave us great joy because we didn’t like lessons or doing chores.

“Even in church I was in a dance group, so performing has always been in my blood. And also I was a mass server, that’s where I first learnt synchronization and syncopation with other performers”, he said.
A singer, songwriter composer and a graduate of Civil Engineering, Blake’s love for music blossomed throughout his academic pursuit.

In secondary school, for example, he teamed up with like minds in his class to form the musical group, INVICTUS.

The budding music sensation has hit tracks to his credit, including Vibration, Tom Tom Waist and Fine Fine Caro. He also has several unreleased tracks “that grow by the day in my portfolio”
Blake is inching towards international stardom as the young artist and INVICTUS came 3rd in the Spanish/ Nigeria musical competition on 24 March 2023 organized by the Spanish Embassy in Nigeria which featured 200 Nigerian artists.

Von Blake is optimistic that “my future is going to be bright… I see myself in the next five years impacting a wide range of people and generation after generation to come identifying with my music irrespective of their colour, tribe or race”

On her part, Ekene Silver whose stage name is Silver Omah was greatly impacted by her mother who is a singer and a studio owner. It was therefore not surprising that she eventually graduated from the Department of Music, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.
During her undergraduate days, Omah joined a music band named “Ichoku” led by Gerald Eze whose main focus was on exploring Folk Music and adapting popular songs to the Igbo traditional instruments such as the Uboaka and Oja.

In 2021, she met Kaycee Oguejiofor while attending a music seminar hosted by himself and Gerald Eze where they educated musicians and music lovers about the music industry.

Oguejiofor took a liking to Omah’s sound and decided to sponsor her recordings which aided her career growth thus the young female music star started recording her music professionally in 2021.
A singer, songwriter and composer, a turning point in Omah’s fledgling music career, however, came in August 2023, “when I met Arch. Tobenna Ezeofor (Zeofest), the manager of Zeof Records who also took a liking to my sound and introduced me to the CEO, High Chief Jideofor Ezeofor of Zeof records.

“He too fell in love with my sound and had me record two songs, one of which I released on February 9th 2024 as my first single named “Price Of Your Heart” in collaboration with Zeof Records”
Essentially, Zeof Records has over the years threaded where other music companies and promoters fear to thread. Even at the risk of personal financial loss, Barrister Ezeofor has continued to sponsor music shows which is one of the avenues talented upcoming musicians are discovered.

His words: “Zeof Records supports artists by organizing music shows that will show the craft of different artists, both artists under Zeof Records management and other artists from different managements.
“It is a platform to expose artists to the world. Sponsorship of music shows is very challenging, most companies shy away from sponsorship of music shows, which is wrong because from shows artists’ performances are showcased”

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Ekunrawo’s Afro-Russian Groove: ‘Show Some Love’ EP Hits the Airwaves!

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Renowned Nigerian artist Ekunrawo, currently making waves from his base in Russia, celebrates a triumphant year in music with the launch of his latest EP, “Show Some Love.” Aspiring to cement its place among the standout Afrobeat albums of 2023, this six-track compilation is a testament to Ekunrawo’s diverse artistry. Infusing Afro beats with the rich tapestry of Russian culture, he crafts a captivating and inventive sonic experience, highlighting the global impact of Nigerian musicians.

“Show Some Love” weaves together themes of love, resilience, and charisma, offering a musical journey that transcends borders and cultural boundaries. Ekunrawo’s musical prowess shines as he effortlessly maneuvers through a varied selection of tracks, showcasing versatility and an unwavering commitment to musical excellence.

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The EP stands as a celebration of Ekunrawo’s artistic growth and his commitment to fostering cultural exchange through music. “Show Some Love” EP beckons listeners to embark on a captivating expedition through the artist’s unique fusion of Nigerian and Russian musical elements.

Now available on all major streaming platforms, “Show Some Love” invites fans and music enthusiasts to immerse themselves in Ekunrawo’s groundbreaking sound. Anticipated to become a staple in the playlists of Afrobeats fans, the EP promises to set the stage for a memorable musical experience during the Ember festivities.

 

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TOP JUJU ACT, YINKA BEST CLINCHES INT’L AWARD

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Nigerian Juju act, Yinka Best has bag an impressive award as the Africulture UK/Europe Best Cultural Juju Artist of the year 2023.

The saxophonist, Yinka Best clinched.the award after receiving the highest votes in the category.

According to the organizers of the award, Queen Adetutu Jakande and Obalola Adeshina Ajao, the award is set out to honour those who have shown unprecedented involvement to the growth of Nigeria music beyond the shores of the country.

In the previous editions of the award, notable personalities like King Sunny Ade(KSA), King Wasiu Ayinde(K1),among others have been crowned winners in different categories of the award.

The prestigious award organized by Africulture Traditional and Entertainment UK(ATAE) awards is an annual event with this year’s edition been held on Sunday 19, November 2023 in London.

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AYANAGALU DRUM FESTIVAL HOLDS IN ILE-IFE ON FRIDAY AS OONI SENDS DELEGATION TO CANADA FESTIVAL

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All roads lead to the ancient city of Ile-Ife the cradle and traditional headquarters of the Oduduwa race as the Arole Oduduwa Olofin Adimula Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi CFR Ojaja II, The Ooni Of Ife lead monarchs, government functionaries, dignitaries and cultural stakeholders to the AYANAGALU FESTIVAL 2023.

Expected to be attended by participants from within and outside Nigeria, this epoch making cultural event being coordinated by the AyanAgalu Ambassador, who doubles as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Adire Oodua Hub, Queen Aderonke Ademiluyi Ogunwusi is slated to hold on Friday 28th July 2023 at the mainbowl of the Ojaja Arena at Ife Grand Resort in Ile-Ife, and it is the second edition of annual AyanAgalu celebrations following its maiden edition which held last year.

While on the surface of the earth as one of the deities that Olodumare sent to the planet earth for the progress, development and happiness of mankind, Ayanagalu consulted the Oracle through Orunmila, the deity of divination on what to do for him to always be honored, rich and celebrated among people and other deities. The related Ifa lines that came out for Ayanagalu after divination included: Ose Ologbon (Ose lotun, Oturupon losi), Okanran lotun, Ogunda Meji, Ifa Amulumola (Okanran kangun,kange, Okanran kange, Kangun) where Ifa told AyanAgalu that he would make a lot of sacrifices using materials include stick, skin and drum belt for the sacrifice. These have since remained drumming tools till date.

Oduduwa race pioneered drumming and songs(Music), endowed by the Almighty Olodumare. In appreciation of this development, deities started to call Ayanagalu to their ceremonies because only AyanAgalu could so entertain the deities who would pay Ayanagalu to grace their Occasion, the materials(drumming tools) of sacrifice of Ayanagalu, beat the drum and sing to lighten up their events as earlier divinated

Records have shown consistently that Oduduwa race is always at the forefront when it comes to celebrations and ceremony, this is because AyanAgalu belongs to the race.

The Ooni uses this medium to invite drummers and cultural tourists in Nigeria and beyond, to the Annual AyanAgalu Festival holding on the 28th July, 2023 at the Ife Grand Resort in Ile-Ife. He has equally constituted a high-powered delegation to represent him at the World Drum Festival which simultaneously holds at Mississauga Ontario Canada same day.

Signed:
Otunba Moses Olafare,
Director, Media & Public Affairs,
Ooni’s Palace.

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