Monthly Archives: July 2015

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Ajaa [@King_Ajaa] makes a difference with episode 23 of the ZoneOut sessions, spitting hard punchlines in his indigenous Igbo language. This dude is an act to watch out for, enjoy his session and share with friends.

FreemeTV ZoneOut Session is an opportunity for talented artistes to enjoy more exposure in the music industry.

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Royale Football club’s Foundation presents #YKAT – Youth Kick Against Terrorism, a youth-oriented initiative in support of the Bring Back Our Girls Awareness Campaign.
Hosted By the Afro-pop sensation,
Dammy Krane who will be actively engaging with the young people. 
Date: Saturday, 25th July, 2015;
Time: 9am-3pm
Venue: Unity Fountain – Turf Arena, Riverplate Park.
FCT, Abuja.
Participation: Free
Hotline: 08077770077
Just SMS your name and email address to Join in on the Fun!

Activities for the day include; an awareness road walk, a football tournament and presentation sessions by distinguished guest speakers.

The Royale Football Club’s Foundation is marking its youth awareness day with a series of activities in the FCT, Abuja to highlight the concerns and support of the youths, towards the abducted girls from their secondary school in Chibok, Borno state.

Afro-Pop singer, Dammy Krane will host the event and will also lead a train of other celebrities and influential youths also supporting the campaign. It is First youth oriented program for #BBOG Specially designed to sensitize the masses and youths about supporting our country’s army, even with the slightest of gestures. We are proud of their efforts and hope that they will all feel appreciated by the time we all come out to sound out our concern for the abducted girls and encourage the troops in the fight against terrorism in the north-eastern region of our beloved Nigeria.

The program which is designed to create awareness among our youth and masses about the dangers of terrorism and gender inequality – as well as to promote good sportsmanship, teamwork and healthy competition will serve a valuable learning experience for the children and masses of our community. This program also intends to promote self-esteem through teamwork. This is in alignment with our vision that “Nigeria as a whole will become a sustainable, active and healthy community for all citizens to call home”.

Join us, let’s make a difference.

This Event is proudly supported by:
Royale FC Foundation
The Bring Back Our Girls Advocacy Group
Turf Arena

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When it comes to choosing a digital music distributor to get your music on sites like iTunes, Amazon MP3 and Spotify, you want to feel confident in your choice.  If music is important to you, you want to know who’s handling your music assets, the quality of the service and the value you’re getting for the distribution fees you’re paying.

Here are 10 questions you should ask any digital music distributor before you entrust your music to them.  Choosing the right distributor is just as crucial as picking the right guitar (or microphone or drum set or, well, you get the point).

1. Is music distribution their primary business?

Many companies provide other products and services in addition to distribution.  That’s not a bad thing, but you want to make sure that they equally support and invest in the distribution portion of their business and are not using it as marketing “hook” to build other parts of their business.

2. Do they take any portion of the sales revenue your music generates from distribution?

Different distributors have different business models.  Some distributors will charge so much for distribution to cover their overall cost but we (Freeme Digital) will take a cut of the distribution revenue you earn from the downloads and streams of your music.

3. Do they have a dedicated Customer Care team? 

Let’s face it. We all need a little help sometimes.  If you run into trouble during the distribution process is there a team that can answer all of your questions quickly and get your music back on track and headed to stores? That’s exactly what you’ll get by distributing with Freeme Digital.

4. Do they have an online help tool so you can easily find answers to questions you might have?

Many of your distribution questions can likely be answered very quickly, and without the help of a living, breathing human. An easily searchable help section can often get you the answers you need to get through a few minor hiccups.

5. Do they provide guidelines on how to format your release so you have smooth distribution to stores?

The digital stores have very specific requirements when it comes to the format of your release (audio files, artwork, and release information). You’ll want to know these details ahead of time so you won’t experience any holdup on distribution.  Does the distributor monitor the assets being delivered to double check that everything is formatted correctly? Freeme Digital will always make sure your materials are in the right format before any digital distribution.

6. Do they support their artist community?

As an artist, you want to feel like you’re part of a large, creative community.  The distributor you choose is lucky to have you, and should provide you with the kind of support you deserve.  Are there opportunities for you to increase your fan base?  Or do they give you tips from other artists to help your career move forward? Freeme Digital gives talented artists the opportunity to enjoy more exposure in the music industry on our weekly production “ZoneOut Session” , a platform set aside for rappers to showcase their talent. We go further by hyping it on social networks giving the artists a voice.

7. Do they offer iTunes trend reports so you can see how your music is selling in stores soon after it goes live?

When your music goes live in stores you’ll likely be very eager to see how it’s selling, so you want to make sure the distributor offers iTunes trends reporting. Ask them if the reporting is updated daily or just weekly.  Do you view the data in csv files? Or do they offer a dynamic web-based tool so you can sort and view sales by release, track, geolocation and more? Freeme Digital provides quarterly report to let you see how your music is performing or upon request.

8. How transparent and detailed is the sales reporting?

It’s important for your digital distributor to be completely transparent with respect to your digital sales and streaming revenue from all the stores you sent your music to. You should know exactly which songs/albums were downloaded and streamed where, and for how much (to the penny).  Do you have access to your sales information 24/7? Is it presented in a way that is easy to understand, filter and sort? Freeme Digital provides artists with all of these and more.

9. Do they offer Publishing Administration to help you collect your worldwide songwriter/publisher royalties?

If you’re a songwriter, you earn additional royalties from the sales, streams, and use of your music around the world.  When a distributor offers a publishing administration service, there’s a built-in audit trail that lets the distributor make sure you’re receiving the correct amount of songwriter royalties.  Also, ask them if the service is in-house or if they use a third party.

10. Do they offer Ringtones?

Ringtones are a great way to make more money from your music by turning a 30 second snippet of a song into a ringtone to sell in the iTunes store. Why not make a little extra money and let your friends hear your music whenever someone calls?

Obviously there’s a lot to consider when it comes to choosing a digital music distributor.  Getting your music for sale online is a big deal!  We urge you check out our website for answers to all these questions and more, and always feel free to reach out if you can’t find what you’re looking for ugo@freemedigital.com, info@freemedigital.com.

Did we forget some critical questions to ask?  Let us know in the comments.

 

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Stars of the African and international music industry came out in force to witness the fifth edition of the MTV Africa Music Awards which held in the city of Durban, South Africa on the 18th of July 2015.

Nigerian artists did not fail to impress as our very own Yemi Alade went home with Best Female as did Davido who bagged Best Male.

The “Koko Master” D’Banj made a name for himself by emerging the first winner of a new category The Evolution Award which he dedicated to former business partner and friend Don Jazzy.

 

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It was indeed a night of so much fun and excitement as the best artists around the continent had an opportunity to entertain their fans.

Check out full list of winners for the prestigious award below…

Best Male

AKA (South Africa)
Davido (Nigeria) – WINNER
Diamond (Tanzania)
Sarkodie (Ghana)
Wizkid (Nigeria)

Best Female

Bucie (South Africa)
Busiswa (South Africa)
Seyi Shay (Nigeria)
Vanessa Mdee (Tanzania)
Yemi Alade (Nigeria) – WINNER

Best Group

B4 (Angola)
Beatenberg (South Africa)
Black Motion (South Africa)
P-Square (Nigeria) – WINNER
Sauti Sol (Kenya)

Best New Act Transformed by Absolut

Anna Joyce (Angola)
Cassper Nyovest (South Africa)
Duncan (South Africa)
Patoranking (Nigeria) – WINNER
Stonebwoy (Ghana)

Best Hip Hop

Cassper Nyovest (South Africa)
K.O. (South Africa)
Phyno (Nigeria)
Olamide (Nigeria)
Youssoupha (DRC) – WINNER

Best Collaboration

AKA, Burna Boy, Da LES & JR: “All Eyes On Me” (SA/Nigeria) – WINNER
Davido featuring Uhuru & DJ Buckz: “The Sound” (Nigeria/SA)
Diamond & Iyanya: “Bum Bum” (Kenya/Nigeria)
Toofan & DJ Arafat: “Apero Remix” (Togo/Ivory Coast)
Stanley Enow & Sarkodie: “Njama Njama Cow Remix” (Cameroon/Ghana)

Song of the Year

Cassper Nyovest: “Doc Shebeleza” (South Africa)
Euphonik featuring Mpumi: “Busa” (South Africa)
DJ Fisherman & NaakMusiQ featuring DJ Tira, Danger & Dream Team: “Call Out” (South Africa)
K.O featuring Kid X: “Caracara” (South Africa)
Lil Kesh Featuring Olamide & Davido: “Shoki
Remix” (Nigeria)
Mavins: “Dorobucci” (Nigeria) – WINNER
Sauti Sol: “Sura Yako” (Kenya)
Toofan: “Gweta” (Togo)
Wizkid: “Show You The Money” (Nigeria)
Yemi Alade: “Johnny” (Nigeria)

Best Live

Big Nuz (South Africa)
Diamond (Tanzania) – WINNER
Flavour (Nigeria)
Mi Casa (South Africa)
Toofan (Togo)

Video of the Year

“Crazy” – Seyi Shay Featuring Wizkid; Director: Meji Alabi
“Doors” – Prime Circle; Director: Ryan Kruger
“Love You Everyday” – Bebe Cool; Director: Clarence Peters
“Nafukwa” – Riky Rick; Director: Adriaan Louw – WINNER
“The Sound” – Davido Featuring Uhuru & DJ Buckz; Director: Sesan

Best Pop & Alternative

Fuse ODG (Ghana)
Jeremy Loops (South Africa)
Jimmy Nevis (South Africa) – WINNER
Nneka (Nigeria)
Prime Circle (South Africa)

Best Francophone

DJ Arafat (Ivory Coast) – WINNER
Jovi (Cameroon)
Laurette Le Pearle (DRC)
Tour 2 Garde (Ivory Coast)
Toofan (Togo)

Best Lusophone

Ary (Angola) – WINNER
B4 (Angola)
Nelson Freitas (Cape Verde)
NGA (Angola)
Yuri Da Cunha (Angola)

Personality of the Year

Basketmouth (Nigeria)
Bonang Matheba (South Africa)
OC Ukeje (Nigeria)
Trevor Noah (South Africa) – WINNER
Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast)

 

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SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT AFRICA ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE DEAL WITH WEST AFRICAN PRODUCER LeriQ

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SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT AFRICA is proud to announce they have signed an exclusive deal with Aristokrat Records to release LeriQ’s debut album!

 

(South Africa, 17th July 2015) Gifted 26 year old Nigerian hit maker, LeriQ is the newest artist to join the SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT AFRICA’s RCA LABEL under exclusive license from Aristokrat Records.

 

Born Eric Isaac Utere, Leriq started producing at the age of 13. His love for art and the undoubted creativity in his home also brought about his love for musical sounds. Currently

signed to Aristokrat Records where he has produced all the works released on the Label to date.

 

SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT AFRICA is proud to announce they have signed an exclusive deal with Aristokrat Records to release LeriQ’s debut album THE LOST SOUNDS!

 

LeriQ’s first three singles “Comment Tu T’appelle” featuring Burna Boy, Dammy Krane, Ozone & Mojeed, “Turn Up”featuring Burna Boy & Phyno and his current hit single

“Say you love me” featuring Wizkid are a sign of what to expect from The Lost Sounds album dropping this August!

 

 

The album features heavy weight African artists such as 2face Idibia, Wizkid, Cassper Nyovest, Naeto C, Nneka, Wande Coal, Burna Boy, Phyno, Pucado but to name a few.

Watch “Say You Love Me” featuring WizKid now:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9h7s_OJoYI

About Aristokrat Records

Aristokrat Records is a record label focused primarily on contemporary African music. The Company is involved in the business of producing, recording music,

marketing music recorded by musicians, branding of artiste, and public relations.

 

Keep In Touch With LeriQ

FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | TWITTER

 

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Louise Pillay

SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT AFRICA

Senior Label Manager, RCA Africa

O:  +2711 274 5029

C:  +2772 340 6297

E:  louise.pillay@sonymusic.com

 

 

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Royale Football Club is hosting an enthralling activity-filled program slated for 25th July 2015. The program will commence by 9 A.M. at the Unity fountain, In the central area of the FCT, Abuja and activities for the day include; an awareness road walk, a football tournament and presentation sessions by distinguished guest speakers. It is supported by the official Bring Back Our Girls Advocacy Group.

Royale Football Club is proud to be a strong supporter of this humanitarian cause.

 

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FCT, Abuja (PRESS RELEASE) JULY 25, 2015

Royale Football Club of Abuja Nigeria will on Saturday 25th July, 2015 hold its awareness program designed to create awareness for the ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ campaign and the ‘Safe Cities for Women and Girls’ Initiative by Action Aid. The program will include; an awareness road walk, a football tournament and presentation sessions by distinguished guest speakers.

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According to the statement release by Shata Ibrahim of department of Internal Affairs (RFC), this awareness program involving influential youths and public figures in Abuja will commence from the Unity Fountain, the regular converging point for the Bring Back our girls group, and is to terminate in the premises of Turf Arena, Riverplate Park. Youths and the general public are expected to participate in the walk wearing the colours of the Bring Back Our Girls Advocacy group; red and white.

General Manager of Royale Football Club, Mr. Ibrahim Haruna, in a statement, said The program which is designed to create awareness amongst our youth and masses about the dangers of terrorism and gender inequality – as well as to promote good sportsmanship, teamwork and healthy competition will serve a valuable learning experience for the children and masses of our community. This program also intends to promote self-esteem through teamwork. This is in alignment with our vision that “Nigeria as a whole will become a sustainable, active and healthy community for all citizens to call home”.

Haruna also called on executives to participate in the walk, stating that the Walk provides ample opportunities for physical fitness, especially for executives with busy business schedules.

this program is supported by Turf Arena, Baze University, News Agency of Nigeria and many more media outlets. More Information will be made available prior to the event

 

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Wande Coal premieres the video to the first single off his upcoming sophomore album. “Ashimapeyin” video features a host of popular faces in the music space, and is characterized by energetic dance steps and activities. Song was produced by Sarz. Video directed by Unlimited LA

 

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Triple MG artiste, Iyanya, releases the official video to his recent smash hit, “Applaudise“. The video, a series of HD pictures, tells a brief story of Iyanya riding all the storms to marry his girlfriend. The AJE Filmworks-directed video also features cameo appearances from a couple of celebrities and stars.

 

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