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Chisom Oz-lee’s birthday: celebrating an Icon, by Emma Ike Agu

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Today is the birthday of one of my best friends and my sister from another mother.

Many years ago, a remarkable lady came to my studio ( then located in Castle Hill, Bronx, New York) to book my organization to help her build a website. Her name is Chisom Ooz-lee, the President and Chief Executive of Best Icon Production. After completing all the necessary paperwork, she left with the promise to come back to approve the final work.

Chisom Ozlee is GIAMMA AWARDS

Best Icon production I later was told is a movie production company. The first time I saw her , I recalled she had a stethoscope around her neck. I later found out she is a nursing practitioner.

I wondered how a nursing practitioner would run a movie company. Then, one day she came to my studio again with some external hard drives containing images, movie trailers and synopsis of her movies. While watching some of the trailers, I saw her play a lead role in her first film,’ In the arms of a stranger,’ written by Chisom Oz-lee. But, hell no, when I was later informed she is the head supervising nurse in two major Hospitals in Manhattan, New York City, I asked where she finds the time to be a nurse practitioner and also such an outstanding actress, scriptwriter, producer, and director.

As my organization worked closely with her to finish her website, I learned more about her. She had her master’s degree in English Language and was a school teacher in Nigeria before relocating to the United States. Another movie of hers that I embedded in her site, ‘The Lost maiden,’ featured all-time greats like Ini Edo and Omotola Jalade Ekeinde. ‘Timeless Passion, which featured Ramsey Nouah, Desmond Elliot, Uche Jumbo, Chisom Ooz-Lee, was jointly produced by Emem Isong and Chisom Oz-lee.Her blockbuster movie called ‘Unguarded.’ In this movie, Ramsey Nouah, one of Africa’s finest, and Uche Jumbo earned my respect for masterfully interpreting their roles.

Lost Maiden, featuring Ini Edo and Omotola

So, after seeing all the works this young lady put together single-handily, I had no choice but to use my media power to get all and sundry to know her. That was how thousands of folks out there thought I was her publicist and promoter. It was also part of why I began writing to bring to the notice of Nigerians both home and abroad the activities of great Nigerians who are making us proud. That was how I started a weekly broadcast called-Agu Loud in USA. The vacuum created by lack of writers to bring out front the good works our talents are doing in the United States got me primarily into publishing and running an Entertainment outfit-Iktune NY.

I am not a trained entertainment writer; writing is time-consuming. Since nobody was willing to assist, I found myself spending countless hours documenting the activities of many African talents that live and do business in the United States. I was even nominated for an award as a journalist, which I politely declined. 

 It was odd because promoting and writing about Nigerian Entertainers living in the United States made many folks who never knew me in the past think I was a journalist. Sooner than I anticipated, it became clear that many folks began identifying me as Chisom’s manager and promoter. Thousands of people forgot what I do daily to earn a living. Some spineless jerks also started spreading the rumor she was my girlfriend.

Timeless Passion

I will not forget how I went to Houston, Texas, to receive multiple awards as the best African Music Producer of the Year/ best Web Site designer/and the Media Personality of the year. Unfortunately, Chisom, whose movie also got nominated for awards, was in Nigeria and unable to fly directly to Houston. I had flown to Houston, Texas, with one upcoming artiste, called Chisom Orji, and to my greatest surprise, the organizer called her ‘Chisom Oz-lee, Emma Agu’s beautiful wife’! I was so embarrassed. I had to talk to one of the officials to have the Mc to correct what he said.

I also recalled what happened at the African Music Festival in Edmonton, Canada. I was the main act for the festival and Chisom also had the opportunity to premiere one of her movies during the festival. In addition, we both received awards during the festival.

 I left for Canada without Chisom Oz-lee. On the day she arrived, I was in a rehearsal when the organizers announced that ‘my girlfriend’ had just touched down at the airport and that the Limo had just picked her up. Then, the main organizer told me she would be staying in my Presidential suite. So I politely told her to book another suite for her. She apologized for thinking Chisom and my humble self was in a relationship.

My relationship with Chisom in the last 15 years demonstrates that true friendship devoid of bad feelings, unnecessary fantasies, and emotional attachment, outlast relationships built on lust and what each party gets from the other. Chisom Ooz- lee is like a sister to me. I have the highest respect for her because she has never looked at me lustfully. I equally adore her like my own sister, and she could attest any day that I have never treated her differently. I won’t say it’s all roses between us; we do quarrel a lot, and in most cases, she would say, ‘Emma let me remind you, am not your wife”.

So when she relocated to a high-brow area in Dallas, I had no clue she went back to school again to get her Ph.D. in nursing. For Chisom, I don’t know when she will stop aiming to touch the sky.

She is beautiful, highly educated, and above all, rich by every standard. She is Nollywood movies powerhouse in the United States. So, friends, help me raise your glasses in the air and toast to Chisom’s birthday on this 13th of October 2021, for she is such a good fellow.

Chisom Orji, Ada, Chisom Oz-Lee, Emma Agu, Edmonton, Canada
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The Peace Jingle By Maziyke

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This song is about world peace; it is Maziyke’s little contribution to peace around the universe.
“The Peace -Jingle-” is part of 1 People, a track off the much-anticipated album of international singer-songwriter and media entrepreneur Ike Agu- “MAZIYKE.” Titled “Peace & Harmony,” this massive track is your quintessential peace song to all the world’s people. And this call for peace and harmony is most auspicious, coming at a time like this when humanity is faced with the outlook of a possible world war spiraling out of the devastating war in Ukraine. From the singer’s own terror-stalked homeland of Nigeria to Ukraine, from the violence-plagued Tigray region of Ethiopia to the troubled spots of the Middle East and Myanmar, the most sought-after needs now are peace and harmony.
And the profoundly meaningful lyrics of this massive peace anthem capture exactly what the world needs now– a reminder to give peace a chance.

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Maziyke to release GoodTime-Song Review

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Song Title:   Good Time

Words/Music/Produced by Ike Agu-Maziyke-also known as allaBama

Genre: Dance, Afrobeats, Pop, Soul, Easy Listening.

Reviewer: Franz Dickson 2022

Scheduled for release on the 29th of September to mark the International award-winning singer, songwriter, and producer’s birthday, GoodTime is unapologetically a pulsating, pumping beat!

Like the name suggests, “Good Time” is your ultimate party song! Crafted with one thing in mind: to give you a good time. If dance is your thing, or a great party song is your definition of a great track, then you’re in good company! “Good Time” has a bouncy, smart, infectious beat, rhythm, and groove! This song rocks as voices sing:

“Hello, hello, hey

We gonna have a good time

Good time tonight…”

A steady, innovative beat! Tight rhythm! Thumping bassline! Afro-influenced, highlife-reminiscent guitars, all executed with world-class musicianship!

The easy-going, impeccably delivered verse and choruses speak to letting down your hair and partying, especially after the day’s hassles, work, or whatever it may have been. The tone of invitation to loosen up and have a good time is unmissable in the voices.

The lead voice, while making it sound easy, actually delivers a masterpiece of a light-hearted vocal technique rendition that suits a big, artful party song like Good Time. Extraordinary creativity, indeed! I have heard it said; that the ability to express a big idea in simple terms is a mark of great talent. That’s what this song is. And Maziyke nailed it. 

As usual, he was perfectly at home and sensitively communicative of the happy-go-lucky mood and attitude required of this brilliant song. His resonant, rich voice was on duty executing this beautiful party piece.

The intelligent, brisk, relaxed tempo at once makes this track an easy listening pick as well, while it’s already a dance song! And those well-delivered choruses have one thing in mind–an invitation to forget about the worries and have a good time here and now. But, again, this is essentially a dance song.

And the background guitars played by the singer are beautifully and nicely Afrocentric. Highlife comes readily to mind in the play style.

By the time the groove peaks and climaxes at the point where the voices switch into singing “Egwu-oma” which in the Igbo language means “good music,” this big song shifts gear and becomes a raging, sweet groove that’s totally off the hinges! Yes! This is good music!

With its groovy bass line, the drum-driven quality of this track is sure to get it into numerous dance music playlists and easy-listening radio belts. It has all the marks of a viral social media song.

Woven across dance, soul, pop, and the afrobeats genres, Good Time is assuredly the party man’s ultimate song and anthem, even though a broad spectrum of lovers of great music will gravitate easily towards this ingeniously crafted song.

DJs from Africa to the Caribbean and worldwide just received another considerable dance floor mover in this beautiful track.

Franz Dickson

franzdickson@gmail.com

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The Peace Anthem: Words/music, by Maziyke (ike AGu)

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ARTISTE: words & Melody By Ike Agu-Maziyke
GENRE: WORLD, POP, RAP, ROCK, AFRO-SOUL
LABEL: INDIE
TRACK TITLE:1 PEOPLE(Peace And Harmony )
REVIEWED: 2022

“Peace & Harmony-P&H” is the first single off the much-anticipated album of international singer-songwriter and media entrepreneur Ike Agu, aka “MAZIYKE.” Titled “Peace & Harmony,” this massive track is your quintessential peace song to all the world’s peoples. And this call for peace and harmony is most auspicious, coming at a time like this when humanity is faced with the outlook of a possible world war spiraling out of the devastating war in Ukraine. From the singer’s own terror-stalked homeland of Nigeria to Ukraine, from the violence-plagued Tigray region of Ethiopia to the troubled spots of the Middle East and Myanmar, the most sought-after needs now are peace and harmony.
And the profoundly meaningful lyrics of this massive peace anthem capture exactly what the world needs now– a reminder to give peace a chance.

Opening majestically with beautiful guitars and percussion dubbed over what sounds in the background like the global angst of many outraged voices, the impassioned and soulful plea of the sweet-sounding chorus goes straight to the heart of the matter with a melody and solemnity that would melt even a heart of stone for its soulfulness. This track sends the peace message across with urgency and clarity.

“Walking together
Living together
In peace and harmony….”
The choir-like voices are evocatively reminiscent of the rich James Last orchestra-type voices, and their solemn plea tone is unmissable. It registers indelibly.
And Maziyke’s own soulful falsetto and luxurious natural voice tug at the heart as he pleads for peace and understanding in the ad-libs and verses. First, he lunges straight into a rap verse delivered with stunning versatility.
“We’re living through the age
When People are very mean..
We’re living through the times
When people are heartless
We are living through the times

When people fight because of race and Religion

We’re living through the times

When people want power

At all cost and by all means

We are living through the times when people

dislike you because of the color of your skin

He is deft on the job. He executed proficiently.

By the time the song shifts into the last lap, you’re left in no doubt that this is a master at work and that this is a massive, world-class peace song:
“We are one people
Though our tribes and tongues may differ
In peace and harmony
Let us live Oh oh oh
Yes, we are
The same people
No matter your nationality and religion
In peace and harmony
Let us live….”

Maziyke’s voice rocks and anchors the message so well in the opening adlibs where he sings:

“We’re 1 people, one people
I believe in peace and harmony
It’s really one people

Say no to violence ….”

This pop, rock, Afro, and world music masterpiece reminds one of previous peace and charity classics like “The USA for Africa(We Are the World)”, John Lennon’s “Imagine All the People,” Lucky Dube’s “Think About the Children” and “Different Colors One People” and Michael Jackson’s “Heal the World. “

“Peace&Harmony” is itself set to a regal world beat, uniting elements of the pop, rap, rock, and Afrosoul genres. The elegant, soulful rock guitars are unmissable. They will heartwarmingly stir your milk of human kindness. And the enchanting bassline rumbles deeply underneath, unrelentingly through the song.
The chorus is the hook and climax of this epic track. And the lead voice nailed this big plea for peace and harmony. The potent combination of the chorus and Maziyke’s soulful falsetto ad-libs on it takes you there. They could move you to a tear. You will feel the plea if you have a human heart. His ad-libs rock.
This is a moving song! Brilliant orchestration and strings!
But will the world listen this time?
Let people around the world listen to this cry from the heart.
The world needs this message now!

The writer of this big song, Maziyke, better known as AllaBama , whose real names are Emma Ike Agu is not entirely new to world-class songwriting. This is the craft he’s known for in the industry. The multi-talented, award-winning international singer-songwriter and record producer only redemonstrated it in “Peace & Harmony.” He has an illustrious history of great songwriting.
He was the mystery songwriter for Nigerian child star Tosin Jegede in the 80s. His own prodigious talent and musical prowess were revealed when in the 80s, he penned the winning jingle for the War Against Indiscipline (WAI) campaign during the then Buhari/Idiagbon regime.
That revelation led to his being appointed Music director at the Kwara State Ministry of Arts and Culture in Ilorin.
At the time, he also secured a contract from the government to do a music album.
His songwriting prowess also led to his choir winning the All Christian Music Choirs competition at the University of Lagos in 1986. Additionally, as a testament to his consummate songwriting abilities, he led over 500 cultural troupes to welcome the then-visiting head of state at the Ilorin State stadium. He performed for him at the government house.

Fast forward to the Obama era, Maziyke, now based in the U.S., headlined the newly elected President Obama’s African inauguration ball in Washington D.C. on the eve of the president’s first swearing-in ceremony in 2009. And continuing his string of accomplishments, he would subsequently go on to headline the Edmonton -Canada African cultural festival the next year.

Though he later took a leave of absence from the music scene for a while, he is now back. And this massive song, “Peace and Harmony,” is just one track from his upcoming album, “GOODTYME.”
“Peace & Harmony” is worth hearing! This is a big song,

By Franz Dickson: Writer and music reviewer, Franz is also the author of The Contestant

franzdickson@abrahamawodi

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New Music-1People, words/melody by Emman I Agu-Maziyke

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yea, we are one people
we can live in peace and harmony
cos we are one people…
chorus
working together
living together
in peace and harmony 2ce

(rap) we're living through dangerous times
we're living through the age
when people have become very heartless
The times when people commit violence and atrocities
And just killing each other
The times when people got no conscience or empathy
and Just killing each other
The times when people take the laws into their hands
and just killing each other
Yea- are we going back to the dark era
to the stone age, have you forgotten

Chorus

stanza 2 (Rap)
when you wake up in the morning
and want to watch the news
You see people fighting and killing each other
when you go outside to catch some fun
You'll see people shooting and killing each other
when you look to the left and your right
you see people shooting and killing each other
are we going back
to the dark era
to the Stone Age
have you forgotten that we are one people
Chorus
Bridge
living9ce
living in peace and harmony
oh, we are one people
oh, one big family
Chorus
stanza3 rap

We are living through an era
when people are very mean
we're living through an era
when people are heartless
we are living through the times
when people want power,
at all cost and by all means
we're living through the age
when people don't like you
because of the color of your skin

Chorus

to all ware mongers
let me ask see questions
who are the real victims of war
the children are the real victims of war
innocent people getting killed every day
what you see is destruction & bloodshed,

maziyke
maziyke
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