Friday, 27 December 2019

Bissong knocks Ayade for chosing Naira Marley over indigenous Cobhams Asuquo to celebrate Humanity Carnival

Again, we've missed another opportunity to truly appreciate and celebrate the true meaning of HUMANITY.

Our very own Cobhams Asuquo from Odukpani LGA in Cross River State, though visually impaired, would have been the real icing on the cake if we really mean business with semantics.

Cobhams Emmanuel Asuquo is a Nigerian-born songwriter/music producer/singer who started his academic training as a lawyer. 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. Vintage Gray media currently produces "The Cobhams Top 12" – a music countdown show aimed at showcasing new music releases from both Famous and upcoming artistes.

Cobhams' international acclaim came with the music production of Nigeria's soul performer – ASA's debut album. He also wrote and co-wrote several songs on the album including the singles, "Fire on the Mountain" and "Jailer. He has worked with numerous musicians both local (Nigeria) and International. From the early 2000's production hit's 'Maintain in India' 'Catch cold' by Maintain;'Ego'- Djinne ; 'In the music', 'If you ask me' by Omawumi to recently released 2017 butterflies also by Omawumi. His stable of artistes include : Asa, Banky W, Omawumi, Eldee, Sasha, Dare Art-Alade, Waje, Timi Dakolo, Djinne, Faze, Seyi Shay, Korede Bello, Tiwa Savage, Ego, Yemi Alade, Bez, Omolara, Chidinma Ekile, Shola Allyson, Lara George, Ego, Silver Saddih, Flavour, Mo'Chedda, Praiz and so many others. Cobhams became an MTN Nigeria ambassador for its corporate elite customers in 2015.

He has arranged music, and performed with bands at international music events such as The Harare International Festival of Arts, the AFA Sponsored French Cultural Center Concert with Asa and Angelique Kidjo; AFA Sponsored French Cultural Center Concert in Johannesburg, South Africa; Nigeria Week in Paris and the launch of MTV's one hundredth channel (MTV Base Africa) at Abuja, Nigeria. In the TV and film media, he has composed and arranged film scores to be interpreted for conservatoires as well as for film and stage performances such as "A Voice for Ella" by Uche Macaulay, Sunshine (Alpha Vision), "Bent Arrows" by Isang Awah and Communication for Change's "Bayelsan Sillhouttes."

Cobhams performed with other renowned Nigerian artists at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in January 2014.[2] CNN Africa Voices featured Cobhams in a full-length interview in December 2011.

Cobhams, alongside African musicians such as Dbanj, Omawumi, Femi Kuti and Somi, visited the white house to raise awareness on agriculture in Nigeria, through Bono's global humanitarian group, 'ONE Campaign'. He was also invited to participate in the three-day US-Africa summit. Cobhams was invited by the ONE campaign to produce the anthem for the "Poverty is Sexist' campaign titled Strong Girl. He teamed up with various African female artists such as: Waje (Nigeria), Victoria Kimani (Kenya), Vanessa Mdee (Tanzania), Arielle T (Gabon), Gabriela (Mozambique), Yemi Alade (Nigeria), Selmor Mtukudzi (Zimbabwe), Judith Sephuma (South Africa), new talents Blessing Nwafor (South Africa) and the video star Omotola Jolade- Ekehinde (Nigeria).

Cobhams was called again to produce a remix of "StrongGirl" and this time it included Bono as one of the artistes. Cobhams was also invited to be part of the UN Global Goals campaign and co-produced the song "TellEveryone". The song featured various African artistes such as Sautisol (Kenya), Mafikizolo (South Africa), Yemi Alade (Nigeria) and Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania). On the 26th of September, Cobhams performed live on stage at the Global Citizens Festival New York Central Park with several International artistes including Pearl Jam, Beyonce, Common, Cold Play, and Ed Sheeran to promote the UN Global Goals. Cobhams Is presently working on various projects and is a producer on the Coke Studio Africa Season 3 show, airing across various African countries. In 2016 Cobhams produced the Rhythm Unplugged show and Hennessy Artistry. He also produced the first "One Africa" concert in Houston Texas. Cobhams met with artiste and a former member if the group Fugees - Wyclef Jean. They are currently in talks about music production.

On the first of January 2015, Cobhams released his first music video for "Ordinary People". He has also officially released 5 other singles - "Do the Right Thing" featuring Bez (2015), Christmas song "Star of Wonder" (2015), Boosit ft. Falz (2016), "The Other Room" ft. Ugovinna (2016) and "Adore" ft. Lauretta Cookey and Fome Peters (2016). (Source; Wikipedia)

Unfortunately, our society feels too comfortable celebrating 'organise madmen' at the expense of real decent personalities. How terrible!

Why do this administration always get it wrong? 

What lessons of humanity will cross Riverians learn from Naira Marley and Tacha? 

Our very own Cobhams Asuquo from Odukpani LGA in Cross River State, though visually impaired, would have been the real icing on the cake if we really mean business with semantics.

I hope we'll find a day, someday to talk about the true meaning of HUMANITY

By the way, who is Naira (Kobo) Marley? What's the relationship between his name/personality with the Carnival themed Humanity?  Tacha? Oh, my goodness!

I hope we'll find a day, someday to talk about the true meaning of HUMANITY.