‘For You’ Album Launch In Style

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On Sunday, March 12, 2017 Cobhams Asuquo stepped into the spotlight and launched his highly-anticipated debut album ‘For You’ at an exclusive high-profile command performance.

With companies like Wisemen Apparel, Malta Guinness, BillionaireBet as co-sponsor of the concert, guests were feted with world-class music and a delicious menu of intercontinental and continental dishes.

Some of the well-known personalities in attendance included Sammie Okposo, Falz, Waje, Omawumi, Toke Makinwa, Seyi Shay, Yemi Alade, Timi Dakolo, TY Mix, Paul Okoye, Kamal Ajiboye, Gloria, Elvina Ibru and Nosa. Other eminent personalities at the occasion include Atedo Peterside, the chief launcher, Dr. Tony Rapu, Adesuwa Onyenokwe and former First Lady of Cross River state, Mrs. Onari Duke.

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Press Release – Cobhams Asuquo Announces Debut Album ‘For You’

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Acclaimed Nigerian Music producer, Cobhams Asuquo has given lovers of good music something to look forward to this new year by announcing plans to release his first album as a performing artiste.

The album entitled ‘For You’ will be released at an exclusive album launch concert to hold in Lagos on March 12. ‘For You’ is a 14 track album all of which was written and produced by the artiste.

On Friday January 20, the talented songwriter and singer, shared a creative skit of him driving a Range Rover where he announced to fans across the world, the impending release of the album after five years of writing and recording. The video became a big viral sensation and the news of his debut album has been well received by fans and colleagues.

His creative genius has been felt in the career of artistes within and outside Nigeria including Asa, TuFace, Diamond Platinum, Bez, Omawumi, Angelique Kidjo, Waje, Vanessa Mdee, Dare Art-Alade, Banky W, Timi Dakolo, Shola Allyson among others. Cobhams, who has worked with Bono on the One Campaign has also shared the stage with international acts such as Ed Sheeran, Beyonce, Common, Cold Play and Pearl Jam.

In a statement signed by the talented musician, he noted that the album marks the beginning of a new lease in his music career.

“My musical journey as a recording and performing artiste begins with this album. There have been a few times that I wanted to release my own body of work, but I didn’t feel that the time was right.”

“In the last two years, I’ve put out more of my own singles, and I feel the time is right for the release of my debut album – to transition from a producer to a performing artiste – and share more of my heart and story.”

He explained further, “This will be the first release out of three different albums that I’ve been working on. Over the next couple of years, people can expect to hear more of my work and expressions as an artiste.”

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ABOUT COBHAMS ASUQUO
Cobhams Emmanuel Asuquo is a Nigerian-born songwriter/music producer/singer who started his academic training as a lawyer, but veered into music full-time to fulfill a lifelong desire. Previously signed to Sony/ATV UK publishing as a songwriter, Cobhams formed his first music production and label company Cobhams Asuquo Music Production (CAMP) in 2008. In 2016, he started Vintage Gray Media, an all-encompassing entertainment company based out of Lekki, Lagos with a focus on discovering, nurturing and exposing extraordinary talent as well as creating different forms of audio content for corporations and the media. Vintage Gray media currently produces “The Cobhams Top 12” – a music countdown show aimed at showcasing the best new music releases from both famous and upcoming artistes.

Cobhams has built a name that is synonymous with versatility, musicianship and high-quality in the Nigerian music industry. He is internationally known for his musical collaboration with Nigerian soul sensation– ASA with whom he co-wrote and went on to produce her award-winning debut album.

Cobhams got his production break in the early 2000s after producing Maintain’s breakaway hits, “Maintain in India” “Catch cold” and thereafter produced major hits with artistes like Asa, Banky W, Omawumi, Bez, Eldee, Dare Art-Alade, Waje, Timi Dakolo, Korede Bello, Yemi Alade, Omolara, Chidinma Ekile, Sholla Allyson, Lara Goerge, Flavour, Praiz and so many others. Outside Nigeria, Cobhams has worked with Bono (on the One Campaign) Common, Angelique Kidjo, Somi, Vanessa Mdee, Sautisol, Platinum Diamond to mention a few and shared the stage with international acts such as Ed Sheeran, Beyonce, Common, Cold Play and Pearl Jam.

Cobhams is married to his teenage sweetheart Ojuola and they have a young son, David.

TT12C with Cobhams Asuquo

 

Introducing the arrival of the greatest, most magnificent, most majestic music countdown show that Nigeria and Africa has ever seen – The Top 12 Countdown with Cobhams Asuquo!!!! Don’t believe us? Then tune in every Tuesday as producer, artist and record label exec Cobhams Asuquo hosts and plays 12 of the hottest Nigerian/African songs that you will want to jam to!

From smashing hit singles, to the “how come I’ve never heard this?” songs, prize giveaways and good ‘ol naija shade thrown into the mix— it’s the weekly music show you don’t want to miss!

In celebration of the first episode and our very first listeners, we’re giving away a 48 inch flat screen TV! To enter to win, download/listen/stream the Top 12 Countdown show by clicking on the link above. Follow Cobhams on his social media platforms and post your answer on any of his pages — Facebook: Cobhams Emmanuel Asuquo; Instagram & Twitter : @cobhamsasuquo. Winners will be announced in the next episode. Stay glued!

The Top 12 Countdown is also available on iTunes Podcast, Bellanaija, Notjustok, Pulseng or as we say just google it!

 

 

UN Global Goals

Today, an all-African ‘first’ will explode onto the music scene and into the charts. The hit song and video, titled ”Tell Everybody”, features some of the continent’s biggest stars, including Mafikizolo (South Africa), Yemi Alade (Nigeria) and Diamond (Tanzania).

 


Written, recorded, produced and released by Africans for Africans, the song attempts to ignite the political passions of young people to hold their leaders to account in meeting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change by 2030.

Tell Everybody is Africa’s contribution to the ambitious global initiative to get the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to everyone on the planet within 7 days of being adopted by all the world’s leaders on 25 September.

African artists release a song to support the @UN #globalgoals http://bit.ly/1OiC9W3 #Action2015
The song will be released by Universal Music for download on iTunes and Apple Music. Both Universal Music and iTunes, alongside the artists and producers have waived their royalties and all proceeds will be donated to charity.

Nobel peace prize nominee and Africa’s ambassador for the Global Goals campaign, Victor Ochen said: “The song is a triumph! Not only to your ears but your mind too. I hope this song activates young people to start challenging their governments to deliver these goals, starting today!”

To capture the voice of Africa’s youth, award-winning producers Cobhams Asuquo (Nigeria), David King David Muthami, from Kenya, and Ellputo, from Mozambique, decided to crowdsource two verses (one in French and one in English) using a competition, “Add Your Voice/Add Your Verse”.

During the two-week competition, 5,712 people from 24 African countries submitted lyrics via their mobile phones. The winners received a $500 prize each and a songwriting credit on the track.

Cobhams Asuquo said, “We decided to let the young voices of Africa be heard in this song. Not only did we love the winning verses but all the entries informed the vision, lyrics and sound of the song. The African youth are powerhouses in their own right and collectively they can make change happen.”
“As artists we have the opportunity to reach so many people, and an obligation to give them more than music, more than entertainment but to educate and empower them as well. This is our gift and our privilege,” said Mafikizolo’s Theo Kgosinkwe and Nhlanhla Nciza

 

culled from: UN.ORG

Coke Studio Africa

Coke Studio is  part of an inspiring campaign tagged “Billion Reasons to Believe”. The campaign  aimed  at driving optimism amongst African  teenagers by inspiring and empowering them to believe in their potential.

Cobhams produces the music content for the show. The artistes will be paired and cobhams is required to merge two hits from both artistes into one. We cant wait to. Hear the final renditions.

Cobhams - Avril and MI (3) Coke Studio Africa is a non-competitive show, which seeks to bring together, and showcase, the diversity of African musical talent. It also gives upcoming artists the opportunity to work with some of the best local and international music and production talent.   (null)-2 IMG_3123 The musicians along with the highly talented house band will present new tracks each week, which will be produced by both local and international producers. Some of the producers include Jaaz Odongo, Eric Musyoka and Kevin Provoke from Kenya, Cobhams Asuquo, Masterkraft and Chopstix from Nigeria, Owour Arunga from USA, Nahreel from Tanzania and Silvastone from the UK. With this pool of music geniuses this show will take music production on the continent to a whole new level. . Coca- Cola has partnered with Kenya Airways in a unique agreement that will see the airline fly in all the Coke Studio Africa artistes and producers. Signing the deal, Kenya Airways CEO Mbuvi Ngunze said the partnership will give the artistes an opportunity to experience KQ’s new fleet, terminal lounges and other state of the art facilities. IMG_3147 Cobhams - Avril and MI (4) Some of the acts to be featured this season are Avril, Wangeci, The Unstoppable Elani and Jua Cali for Kenya. Artists like Yemi Alade and Vanessa Mdee will be returning and for the first time, African queen crooner 2Face Idibia will be joining the star studded lineup. Other acts set for this season include Dr. Jose Chameleone, Ali Kiba, Neyma, Dama Do Bling from Mozambique. Cobhams - Avril and MI (5) Cobhams - Avril and MI (7) Cobhams - Avril and MI (8) Cobhams - Avril and MI (10) Cobhams - Avril and MI (11) Cobhams - Avril and MI (12) Cobhams - Avril and MI (13) Cobhams Day 1 (3) IMG_3116-2

Strong Girl & One.org

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Cobhams has been up and around countries lately doing what he knows best – creating music. He was in Johannesburg recently to team up with the One organisation to produce an anthem creating awareness for the campaign #PovertyIsSexist. The song STRONG GIRL featured various female musicians across africa – Waje (Nigeria), Victoria Kimani (Kenya), Vanessa Mdee (Tanzania), Arielle T (Gabon), Gabriela (Mozambique), Yemi Alade (Nigeria), Selmor Mtukudzi (Zimbabwe), Judith Sephuma (South Africa), new talent Blessing Nwafor (South Africa) and the video stars Omotola Jalade Ekeinde (Nigeria). Here is an excerpt from the One Campaign site :

“We’ve joined forces with 9 of Africa’s most talented artists to create a new anthem that celebrates the power of girls and women everywhere.

They’ve come together to share one message: empower girls and women in the poorest countries, so they can lift their own communities out of poverty.

Our Poverty Is Sexist campaign launched on International Women’s Day this year, and so far over 115,000 people around the world have signed the petition telling world leader to act now to help girls and women reach their full potential.

The campaign and song emphasize why women and girls are important to the fight to end extreme poverty.

This song is a call to action for you to put pressure on your leader to empower girls and women in the poorest countries, so that they can lift their own communities out of poverty.”

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Watch STRONG GIRL

Wish Me Well – Timi Dakolo

Timi Dakolo released Wish Me well produced by Cobhams Asuquo on the 20th of April.

 

 

 

Nigeria’s king of soul, Timi Dakolo has announced the release of his second single ‘Wish Me Well’ off his forthcoming album – Love and Consequences.

Timi Dakolo draws inspiration for this single from his days as a young boy in Port Harcourt just before West African Idols, going through the harsh events of life. “I have had it bad, from days with no money to pay my school fees, having to survive by selling pure water, pushing wheelbarrows for money, it has been tough. I remember when Idols came calling, I knew this was my opportunity to make it, I picked my bags and moved to see what would happen. I was scared, but if I didn’t, I wonder where I would be.”

The song which has a melodious play of several instruments and strong vocal delivery was a result of another collaboration with iconic Cobhams Asuquo. Moving from the highlife tune of Iyawo Mi, this single ‘Wish Me Well’ has a more western feel.

Timi Dakolo said “When the desire to be great takes sleep away from your eyes and fear from your mind, you might not know how you will make it or get there. You pick up your bags and move with just your dreams, fears and worry, for the desire to achieve is greater than the fear of the unknown, all loved ones can do is wish you well”

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Do The Right Thing – Cobhams Asuquo Ft. Bez

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On the heels of the release of his debut single and video for “Ordinary People”, legendary producer and songwriter, Cobhams Asuquo puts out a new single “DoThe Right Thing“.


The timing of the songs release is apt, because as nation and a people we face a pivotal time in our history and this song is a clarion call for reflection, the need to take responsibility, play our individual parts and “Do The Right Thing“.


It’s an upbeat tune with an easy and catchy chorus.


The song features Cobhams Asuquo Music Productions recording artiste, Bez. Cobhams and Bez have created music together for many years now, but this isthe first time that Cobhams and Bez have featured on a song together.
Please listen, enjoy, share, and “Do The Right Thing

 

Cobhams releases Ordinary People Video

Cobhams Asuquo Music Productions (CAMP) is pleased to release the Official Music Video for Cobhams’ hit single – Ordinary People. Ordinary people recently won The HEADIES 2014 Recording of the Year Award. Ordinary People is a testament to the latent power in the common man. In this song, Cobhams Asuquo calls to everyone to give to the best of their ability in the daily journey of life. The video was directed by Eric Haviv of FUGO STUDIOS. Copyright © 2014 Cobhams Asuquo Music Productions, All rights reserved.

Cobhams performs at “The Wives”

 

Cobhams performs his hit single Ordinary people at The Wives a phenomenal stage play produced by Kemi Lala at Agip Recital Hall of the Muson Centre, Onikan Lagos.

The play is presented by The Make it Happen Productions, directed by Seke Somolu and produced by Kemi Lala Akindoju. Starring the following seasoned actors; Joke Silva, Kate Henshaw, Jide Kosoko, Iretiola Doyle, Kemi Lala Akindoju, Toyin Oshinnaike and Adebola Williams.

The super talented musician, producer, and songwriter, Cobhams Asuquo performed at the command performance of the play.

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