COCIN: Elratam, Others Attend The 2016 RCC Karu Music Concert

The 2016 Rcc Karu music concert was attended by Elratam, a worship group from Jos, COCIN Rcc Abuja Youth Band and other special individuals.

The event which was scheduled to take place at the RCC Headquarters, COCIN Nyanya, was moved to the church at Old karu due to some unfinished work in the auditorium at Nyanya. Despite a lack of sufficient place, most people agree that this year’s concert was more engaging and uplifting.

This year’s theme and message was ‘Revealing Christ Through WorshipContinue reading

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TAROK POP CULTURE: MUSIC

I’ve been waiting for the time to write on this subject. I recently attended a friend’s send-off prayer and there I met Helen Binbol. Before I say anything more, I must tell you that she is a very nice person. She is always ready with a beautiful smile for anyone she meets.
Now, back to business. It was quite unfortunate that I missed her song presentation, but I was in luck ’cause she had the soft copy and she sent it to my phone. I didn’t know what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised and proud. Surprised cos she blew it outta the park and proud ’cause she sang in TAROK!

There seems to be a surge of Tarok talent circulating. I’ve heard a few and it makes me proud to know that my people are really doing music and not just going mainstream. There are the likes of Dan Tally, Pon J and a host of others. Today is about Helen’s song which has a hint of the infamous South African rhythm that you can’t help but love… I will let you listen to the song and judge for yourself… I know you won’t regret it.
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Love and Honour: The Resolution?

I thought it had been resolved….

The reason I gave myself for leaving what I love is to give me time to do better things, like work on my journalism ambition, and to save my already frail emotional and psychological disposition.
Being a member of the band or a member of any group at all, takes a lot from you or so I believe. If you are well invested in something, it stands to reason that you wouldn’t stand to see it come to nothing.
Taking a look at the band, I know I gave a lot to it. I don’t know if I gave her my best, but I know I gave a lot. So it broke my heart to have someone cut me off from every angle I tried to work on. I’m human and I feel that should be factored into everything.
Today, my band leader and friend came to my house and brought up the issue of my withdrawing from the group (surprisingly). My first question to him was why it took him this long to confront me about it and he said, “I thought you were joking”. Just goes to prove my point of not being taken seriously ehn? Lol
Anyway, I told him I left to maintain my own sanity. I wouldn’t want to lose myself and become bitter when it could all be avoided now would I?
I’m simmering with some unidentified emotion whilst wondering if my actions are justifiable. Did I do the right thing? Should I have weathered the storm? Or should I have taken the matter up with the officials formally? The chap became more antagonistic after he was allegedly scolded by his guardian… Was I to wait till he got physical?
My band leader has opened a new can of worms and I have to deal with it again.

I need to put this to rest.

‘Eminado’: A beautiful thing

From the stable of Mavin records, we got a banging hit titled ‘Eminado’. Tiwa’s enchanting pipes and Don Jazzy’s beautiful bass served to give an enthralling sound that has been on the lips of everyone for weeks.
The beat is ‘Afrocentric’ in every sense, but as modern as any African song can get.
The video hit the internet with a bang and has got everyone buzzing. I read so many comments so I rushed to find the video and make my own notes.
The video begins with the definition of the song’s title, Eminado, which means ‘Good luck charm’. I saw someone’s comment saying they didn’t get why they had to translate it. Let me start by saying that person is going bananas. A lot of people would have given the word their own meaning so in order to help us get the accurate meaning of the song, the translation was necessary and I’m grateful for it.
Moving on… When the actual video begins the first word that comes to mind is ‘vintage’. There is a retro television giving the opening credits, I.e song title, artists, e.t.c. This sets the tone for the whole song.
My favourite parts are seeing tiwa in the ‘fro and disco look. The costume designer did a really good Job.
I was also impressed when I realized she was her own backup. At a point they were making surprised looks at each other. It was fun to watch.
My only point of confusion though was the older couple and the teenagers… I haven’t completey grasped their relevance in the video, but besides that I will say it was a complete success. It is officially my favourite video for now.

Prejudice: Learn To Free Your Mind

Envogue, an all female American R n B group, released Free Your Mind in the early 90’s as part of the album whose title I don’t remember :D. I heard this song for the first time at age 8 or 9 and for the next 6 years or there about it was one of my favourites, but at the time I mostly just loved the ear splitting strings. Anyway, the song is an anti-prejudice campaign against judging people by the way they look which is very Continue reading