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The Beatz Awards 2023: Announcing The Octave Edition Nomination

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The Beatz Awards is a celebration of African talent in the Nigerian entertainment industry, honouring those who work behind the scenes in music production, distribution, and business.

This platform has brought recognition to over 800 professionals who often go unnoticed.

In 2023, The Beatz Awards is introducing a new category, thanks to the support of Smirnoff Nigeria: Female Producer of the Year.

This category aims to acknowledge the remarkable women who have been positively impacting the music industry through their creativity, innovation, and dedication. It’s time to highlight the exceptional female producers who are making significant contributions and breaking barriers.

The eighth edition of The Beatz Awards is proudly sponsored by Smirnoff, LIRS, Folham Nig, Tenjaku whiskey, MTVBase, Loatsad Media, The Temple Company, and Ogidi Studios.

The Beatz Awards 2023, known as the Octave Edition, features 25 award categories to recognize and celebrate the outstanding creative professionals who have excelled in their respective fields throughout the year.

Here is the list of these categories:

Category list for The Beatz Awards 2023 (The Octave) Male Producer of the Year

  • Magicsticks – Unavailable – Davido Ft. Musa Keys
  • Masterkraft – Gbese – Majeeed, Tiwa Savage
  • Blaise Beats – Lonely at the Top- Asake
  • Reward Beat – Ritd – Kizz Daniel
  • Kel P – Party No Dey Stop – Adekunle Gold
  • Pheelz – Ballin – Pheelz

Female Producer of the Year Powered by Smirnoff

  • Saszy Afroshii – Bad – Chike
  • Bloody Civilian – Anger Management – Bloody Civilian
  • Yimeeka – Alter Ego – Yimeeka
  • Dunnie – Dnd – Dunnie
  • Loc the Plug – Rain Rain Feat. Cynderella – Loc the Plug
  • Prodbygloria – Recovery – Gloria

Afro-Pop Producer of the Year

  • Tempoe – Soweto – Victony
  • Kel P – Party No Dey Stop – Adekunle Gold
  • Reward Beat – Ritd – Kizz Daniel
  • Masterkraft – Gbese – Majeeed, Tiwa Savage
  • Blaise Beatz – Holiday – Rema
  • Magicsticks – Unavailable – Davido Ft. Musa Keys
  • Mr Soul – Who’s Your Guy – Spyro
  • Finito – San Siro – Ykb
  • Ajimovoix Drums – All the Way (Ikorodu Oga) – Ajimovoix Drums

Afro Beat Producer of the Year

  • p.priime – Ebelebe – Wande Coal Ft Wizkid
  • P2j – Money and Love – Wizkid
  • Signal – Khaid – Anabella
  • Wademix, Ozedikus – Ole – Bnxn , Qing Madi
  • Dibstunes – Seyi Vibez – Chance (NA Ham)
  • Chillz – Owa – Falz, Tekno
  • Busy Pluto – Obapluto Ft. Pa Monday Edo – Shally Poppi
  • Sarz – Gwagwalada – Bnxn, Kizz Daniel, Seyi Vibez

Afro R&B Producer of the Year

  • Magicsticks – Stamina – Tiwa Savage Ft. Ayra Star, Young John
  • Deeyasso – Intoxicated – Oxlade
  • Rore – In the Garden – Davido Ft. Morravey
  • Blaise Beatz – Feel – Davido
  • Pheelz – Ballin – Pheelz
  • Kel P – Street – Wandecoal Ft Tpain
  • Chech – Meta – Harrysong

Afro Hip-Hop Producer of the Year

  • Rexxie – Abracadabra Ft. Naira Marley & Skiibii
  • Busy Pluto – Ex Convict -Shallipoppi
  • Trill Xoe, Johnwav, Ucee – Declan Rice – Odumodublvck
  • Chech – Zlatan – Omo Ologo
  • Finito – Hide & Seek Rema Remix – Stormzy
  • Reward Beat, Ladipoe – Guy – Ladipoe & Bella Shumurda
  • Dibstunes – Seyi Vibez – Hat Trick

Afro Highlife Producer of the Year

  • Blaise Beats – Lonely at the Top- Asake
  • Deeyasso – Ego Oyinbo – Chike
  • 1DA Banton – NA Money – Davido Ft. The Cavemen
  • London – Charm – Rema
  • Masterkraft – Today Oringo – Masterkraft Ft. Ugoccie
  • Johnny Drille & Ayze – Feran MI – Kizz Daniel Ft. Johnny Drille
  • Duktor Sett – Saviour – The Cavemen

Afro Soul Producer of the Year

  • Mr. Soul & Ayzed – Feran You Too – Kizz Daniel
  • Louddaaa – Stranger – Simi
  • Johnny Drille – Best Part – Johnny Drille
  • Phat E – Great Again – Obiwon
  • Pheelz – Pheelz – Stand By You
  • Deeyasso – Spell Remix – Chike Ft. Oxlade

Afro Dancehall Producer of the Year

  • Reward Beat – All Over – Magixx
  • Oxlade – Ovami – Oxlade Ft. Flavour
  • Yung Willis – Kolo Kolo – Patoranking
  • Michon – Sweet Us – Timaya
  • Kel P – Don’t Feel Love – Wande Coal
  • P2j – Burnaboy Ft Ed Sheeran – For My Hand
  • Vtek – Yemi Alade – Baddie

Afro Gospel Producer of the Year

  • Corektsound – Bigger – Prinx Emmanuel
  • Jaysynths – Look What You Have Done – Great Man Takit
  • Magical Andy – Breathe on Me – Neon Adejoh
  • Skerz – Wonder – Mercy Chinwo
  • Wole Adesanya – Ebenezeri – Kent Edunjobi
  • Hills Play – Miracle No Dey Tire Jesus – Moses Bliss
  • Samduke – This Year (Blessings) – Victor Thompson Ft. Ehis D Greatest

Don Jazzy New Discovery Producer of the Year

  • Rugged – No Competition – Davido Ft Asake
  • Tbm – Seyi Vibez – Chance (NA Ham)
  • Chech – Zlatan – Omo Ologo
  • Mr Soul – Who’s Your Guy – Spyro
  • Signal – Khaid – Anabella
  • Busy Pluto – Elon Musk Rmx – Shallipoppi Ft. Zlantan Ibile and Fireboy
  • Sparrq – Folake – Boyspyce

DJ Male of the Year

  • DJ Yk Mule
  • DJ Spinall
  • DJ Crowdkontroller
  • DJ Consequence
  • DJ Ttb
  • DJ Neptune

DJ Female of the Year

  • Commissioner DJ Wysei
  • DJ Nana
  • DJ Lambo
  • DJ Pretty Play
  • DJ Tgarbs
  • DJ soul.yin

Mixing & Mastering Engineer of the Year

  • Timi Jay – Mohbad – Peace
  • Papizzy Dxp – Papizzy Dxp – Why
  • Stg – You Go Know – Ajebo Hustlers
  • Mixxmonsta – Peace of Mind – Tekno
  • Michael Synx – Ojapiano – Kcee
  • Swapsonthemix – Ojemba – Phynofino X Olamide
  • Busy Pluto – Obapluto – Shally Poppi Ft. Pa Monday Edo

Radio Station of the Year

  • Coolfm 96.9
  • Soundcity Radio 98.5
  • The Beat 99.9fm
  • 88.5 Ufm
  • Max FM Lagos
  • City FM
  • Rhythm 93.7fm

Entertainment Station Award (Terrestrial) Of the Year

  • Stv
  • Tvc
  • Superscreen
  • Galaxy TV
  • Ait
  • Nta

Entertainment Station Award (Cable) Of the Year

  • Hip TV
  • Soundcity
  • Mtvbase
  • Trace Naija
  • Wap TV
  • Nigezie TV

Artist Manager of the Year

  • Elizabeth Sobowale – Adekunle Gold
  • Asa Asika – Davido
  • Sean Okeke – Rema
  • Bose Ogulu – Burnaboy
  • Alexander Okeke – Olamide
  • Stephen Timothy Nana – Asake
  • Pumping Sneh – Bella Shmurda

Music Video Director of the Year

  • Sydney Talker – Khaid & Boy Spyce – Carry Me Go
  • TG Omori – Kizz Daniel – Shu-Peru
  • Gorilla Boy – Guchi – All Over You
  • Earthboi Ayra Starr – Sability
  • Perliksdefinition – Joeboy – Body & Soul
  • Tariebi Joel Visuals – Spyro Ft Tiwa Savage – Who Is Your Guy? Remix
  • Pinkfilms – Chike – Ego Oyibo
  • DK – Rema – Holiday

Oap of the Year

  • Kemi Smallzz – Cool FM 96.9
  • Pearl CA – Soundcity Radio 98.5
  • Tosan Wiltshire – The Beat 99.9fm
  • Francis Sule – 88.5 Ufm
  • Cera – Max FM Lagos

Songwriter of the Year

  • Davido – Feel
  • Asake & Olamide – Lonely at the Top
  • Omah Lay – Reason
  • Patoranking, Yung Willis – Kolo Kolo
  • Rema – Charm
  • Johnny Drille, Don Jazzy – Believe Me
  • Adekunle Kosoko, Azeez Oniyide, Oladayo Tunji, Udoma Peter Kelvin – Party No Dey Stop

Record Label of the Year

  • Ybnl
  • Dmw
  • Starboy
  • Spaceship
  • Mavin Record
  • Fly Boy Inc Record

Blog of the Year

  • Lindaikeji
  • Bellanaija
  • Ynaija
  • Legitng
  • Instablog
  • Mufasa Tunde Ednut

Online Music Platform of the Year

  • Boomplay
  • Notjustok
  • Tooxclusive
  • Audiomack
  • Sportify
  • 9JAFLAVER

Live Band of the Year

  • Alternate Sound
  • Bandhitz
  • Shuga Band
  • Sharp Band
  • Veentage Band
  • Cool Ice Band

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Reekado Banks Says Don Jazzy Changed His Life

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In the Nigerian music industry, artists often leave their record labels due to conflicts or disagreements. However, Reekado Banks is an exception to this trend. In a recent interview with media personality Daddy Freeze, Reekado clarified that his departure from Mavin Records was amicable.

During the interview, Daddy Freeze asked Reekado about his decision to leave the label. Reekado expressed his disapproval of the general assumption that his departure was caused by bad blood. He emphasised maintaining a positive relationship with Mavin Records and its founder, Don Jazzy.

“That man took me from absolutely nothing. I wonder why anyone would think it wasn’t amicable. The end of the contract came, I wanted to leave and he (Don Jazzy) gave me his blessings,” Reekado said concerning his departure.

Reekado also spoke about how the frequent conflicts between artists and record labels in Nigeria might be why people thought he fought with Mavin Records.

“I feel like it’s a tradition in the Nigerian record label business for artists to breakout angrily from their record labels and this is being imposed on my relationship with Jazzy.” Reekado Banks said on the assumptions surrounding his departure.

Reekado further emphasised the positive nature of his departure. He described Don Jazzy, the founder of Mavin Records, as a “blessing” and someone he remains “eternally grateful” to. This statement highlights the mutual respect and appreciation between Reekado and his former label, further dispelling any rumours of a negative split.

Reekado Banks’ departure from Mavin Records stands out as a positive example in the Afrobeats industry, which has often seen messy breakups between artists and labels. Unlike Reekado’s amicable split, other artists haven’t been as fortunate.

For instance, Brymo’s legal battle with Chocolate City was a long and drawn-out affair. Similarly, Skales and Baseline Records ended their relationship on a sour note, taking each other to court. Runtown’s highly publicised dispute with Eric Many paints a similar picture.

In 2022, the industry was rocked by the very public fight between Marlian Records and Mohbad, which gained even more attention after the artist’s tragic passing. These cases highlight the contrasting situations in the Afrobeats world, where Reekado’s smooth departure from Mavin Records is a welcome exception.

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Kate Henshaw Breaks Silence On Her Mother’s Passing

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Kate Henshaw lost her mother, who passed away on Friday, March 1, 2024. The news was first shared publicly by Emeka Rollas, the president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN).

Following the news, Kate Henshaw took to Instagram to confirm the passing of her mother. She also expressed her appreciation for the public’s support and requested that they keep her in their thoughts during this difficult time.

It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of my mother on March 1st 2024,” the actress wrote. “Your prayers mean the world to me during this difficult time. Please keep my family in your thought. Rest in peace Mummy. Love. Kate Henshaw,” the statement reads.

 

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The news of Kate Henshaw’s mother’s passing comes a few days after the President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Emeka Rollas, shared the news on his official Instagram page on Saturday, March 2nd, 2024. This suggests there may have been a short delay between passing and the public announcement.

Sad Day for Actors Guild of Nigeria. Kate Henshaw lost her mother earlier today and Mr Ibu suffered cardiac arrest according to his manager for 24 years Mr Don Single Nwuzor. I announce with deep sense of grief that Mr Ibu didnt make it. May his soul rest in peace. @actorsguildofnigeria,” his post read.

Fans and fellow actors from the Nigerian film industry, Nollywood, have flooded Kate Henshaw’s Instagram page with messages of condolence and support in the wake of her mother’s passing.

Sending you love sis, May God strengthen your family at this time. And May her gentle soul rest with the angels 🙏🏾 Hugs ❤️,” the actress Susan Peters said.

“God Abeg oooo! So sorry sis 😢😢😢 pls take heart,” the actress Uche Ogbodo said.

“Dear Aunty Kate, My Condolences 💐 It is well with you and your Family❤,” the actor Oluwaseyi Kelvin Audu said.

“My deepest condolence Sis. May God comfort you at this trying time . God rest her soul 🙏🕊️❤️,” actor Ken Erics posted.

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Burna Boy Achieves Historic Feat At Sold-out Boston Concert

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Burna Boy continues to solidify his status as a global music powerhouse with his captivating live performances. On March 2nd, the superstar headlined a sold-out show at the 20,000-seat TD Arena in Boston, marking another stop on his “I Told Them” tour.

This concert further cemented his reputation as a global entertainer following his historic back-to-back sold-out shows at the 19,000-capacity Scotia Bank Arena in Toronto, making him the first African artist to achieve this feat.

The Boston concert wasn’t just about electrifying the audience with his music. Burna Boy also received special recognition from the Mayor of Boston, who presented him with a plaque commemorating “Burna Boy Day.”

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Burna Boy’s success transcends individual performances and tours. Since his 2018 international breakthrough with the hit single “YE,” he has consistently broken records and achieved numerous firsts for Nigerian and African music.

Notably, he became the first Nigerian mainstream pop artist to win a Grammy Award, receiving it for his fifth album, “Twice As Tall.” He also holds the record for most Grammy nominations (10) for a Nigerian artist and is the first African artist to win three consecutive BET Awards.

 

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Burna Boy’s impact extends beyond the awards and accolades. He is consistently pushing boundaries in the live performance scene. He holds the distinction of being the first African artist to headline stadium concerts in both the United Kingdom and the United States, further solidifying his position as a global leader in Afrobeats and a true inspiration to the continent.

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