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Kush Music - Are They Still Alive?

I love the KUSH band. Their vocal skills are incredible!

Their website - kushsound.com - no longer works (it's been lost to domain name squatters). Does anyone know what they're doing now?

Has the band been disbanded?

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I know Kush very well as I worked closely with them during their release of "The Experience" Is anybody still interested in this post? Emem, now named Mem' O is on the verge of releasing a new single.

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havent heard the whole album, but her singles and video is rocking airwaves

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m sure all those kush fans know that toyin's album has been released. She's now TY Bello.

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Toyin is married, she is now Toyin Bello, she's a pretty good photographer and making waves in that circuit, Lara also got married and she's now Lara George, she works with an I.T. firm in Lekki (Socket Works), but she's planning to drop an album pretty soon probably sometime before the year runs out, she has a single on air presently (according to her), but I haven't heard it yet and Emem according to Seun's post, is Executive Director of VZHUNMEDIA Entertainment Ltd . Finally, Dapo is a producer in the U.S, he's kinda different now, grown dreads and all, has his own production outfit and also intends to drop an album soon.

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KUSH star wins British Council’s music entrepreneur award

Emem-Abasi Ema, former member of the music group KUSH has emerged as the Nigerian winner of the British Council’s International Young Music Entrepreneur (IYMEY) of the Year award 2006. Emem, 27, is a law graduate of the University of Lagos and was songwriter and artiste with KUSH. She is now the Executive Director of VZHUNMEDIA Entertainment Ltd and One Management Services. Her organisation promotes Nigerian culture through music and entertainment and discovers and nurtures young talents.

Reacting to the announcement, Emem said: “I am overly excited at getting this opportunity to represent Nigeria and also be a crusader for the promotion and development of the Nigerian music industry. Right now it’s still very surreal. I am looking forward to working with the British Council and the panel of judges. These (panel) are people who are well respected in the industry and I’ve looked up to them over the years”

The IYMEY award attracted 172 applications from across Nigeria from young people (25-35 years of age) working in different areas of music enterprise ranging from music promotion and production to artiste management and music journalism. Emem was one of the nine finalists for the award who made presentations to and were interviewed by a panel of seasoned music industry practitioners.

The panel of judges involved in final shortlisting and interviewing was made up of Keni Ogungbe, CEO of Kennis Music, music mogul and broadcaster; Edi Lawani from Showbiz Network Services, music promoter and events manager; Carl Raccah, CEO of Nation Africa record label; Olisa Adibuah of Cool FM/Storm Productions and currently working on Big Brother Nigeria; Tunde Kuboye from Jazz 38, veteran jazz artist and promoter; Onyeka Onwenu, recording artist and NTA Board Member among many other things; and Denise Waddingham, Assistant Director British Council Lagos and British Council Nigeria’s Head of Arts.

The judges were on the look out for the candidate with the most outstanding entrepreneurial ability, a proven track record within the Nigerian music industry as well as leadership potential, vision and good presentation skills. As the winner for Nigeria, Emem will contend with nine others from countries such as Morocco, Poland and Venezuela for the global IYMEY award. She will also participate in a 10-day tour of the UK music industry, comprising visits, meetings, seminars and live concerts and events in June 2006.

She will have the opportunity to meet key leaders, institutions, companies, etc. within the music sector. Final selection of the worldwide winner will be through a presentation and interview session with an elite panel of UK music industry professionals.

The British Council established the award – International Young Music Entrepreneur of the Year (IYMEY) – to champion and celebrate the importance of creative entrepreneurs working in the field of music. The award is being promoted through the British Council’s international network of offices. It is focussed on countries from transitional and developing economies and will showcase individual achievement and potential.

In 2005, Nigeria’s Lanre Lawal emerged the global winner for the design equivalent, the International Young Design Entrepreneur of the Year (IYDEY).

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Hi, to all fellow Kush lovers, this link will be an interesting read- http://www.britishcouncil.org/emem_is_ngeria_s_iymey_winner!.pdf

Cheers

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that is true where is kush, well there music is cool i really mis them

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I've always liked Kuch too (much to the chagrin of my flatmates at school). My sister was given their cd- The Experience as a birthday gift but I've listened to it a lot more times than she has. Well like somone said, it looks like groups have a timeframe to exist. There are quite a number of them who are no more today. In this case, they were together in school (solid rock) which is how and where they started music. But you know they graduate, start their careers, marry and relocate and its not so easy anymore. I think we shgould make do with what we have- their only release so far and wait till sometime in future when they'll get together to do another album.

cheers.

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Once again, for Me Nairaland has made The link, I know we are talking of KUSH! That Great and wonderful Trio, But,

.@ RHYTHMSOUL., I can say with out a doubt that You are PAULA.!!, I am a Fan, one really Big fan, I still send U mails once in a while too.

Gospel Vybes, My oh My!!! i remember those sunday Mornings, i almost run late for church just cuz i always want to stay till 10am, enjoy the entire show and then get the Quiz questions for the week, and it did pay off one day, cuz i did win,

( The Book, Bad Girls Of the Bible and the CD by Lamer campbell), For me Radio was a bit diffrent when u left Rhythm93.7, especially sunday mornings, But Thank God For, BeBe Winans Radio Show, Now.

Hope its all Good for with YOU!, out there, Here is wishing U all the best, Good and God speed in all u do

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hey meny wazzup man,

just wondering why the coincidence - you joining the forum just when the subject Kush is been discussed.

Hope there was no advertisement, whatsoever,

just wondering, nothing special!!!

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Hey man keep it up. you are cool and all of us here are with you. Tell us when your [album] will be out. Peace!

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Wow, Emma, pleased to meet you! How can we attend Kush music concerts?

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Was just sitting here wondering about Kush, decided to google them as I do now and then, and found this forum.

I used to host a couple of radio programs on Rhythm 93.7 in Lagos / 94.7 Abuja (Rhythm & Soul and Gospel Vybes), and had the pleasure of interviewing the Kush members. We'd been in HOTR together for a while, but their manager - TY (Toyin)'s brother wanted to make sure their publicity was well planned, and so I had to wait a while to get them on my show.

I know they were to release an album about when I left Naija, but never got my hands on a copy. I did and do have promotional samples of some of the songs - including the one with Sounds of Blackness - but I'm almost sure they must have remixed it a bit more before releasing it.

Now that this thread has sent me down memory lane, I think maybe I should see if old email accounts are still active. Maybe I'll come back and post any new info I can get. It's been a while, though...Emem was just starting Law school when I left, Dapo was in the states working with the likes of George Benson...

I really want to know what happened.

More than that, I want to know that they are all happy and fulfilled in whatever they are doing...

PK

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@Seun, Emem's mother works at NTA.

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What is the name of the one that works in NTA?

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I am aware of that but i mean together completely as we all know them.

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Hello delarontus,

Welcome to Nairaland! Please, tell us everything you know about the Kush band members. I'm dying to find out what happened to them. How do you know Lara does drawing? Do you have her website, weblog, or anything like that?

Seun

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Since the last member got married, i think they have not been able to get together again. Lara does some kind of drawing and painting so i guess they are all busy with other things

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Is it the Kush trio of Lara, Amen and one other name I can't remember now? Nigerian Gospel artiste? If yes, I kinda love their music too. They are very good and, now that you've mentioned it, I haven't heard anything about them in a while. Hope they do not have problems singing as a group, because most Nigerian's group artistes I know are seperated: you know, members going solo. Examples are the Remedies, Plantashun boyz, etc.

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Seun, is this another mobile nigeria forum. Anyway watched an interview on the Kush members and she revealed that. She also said she was planning an exhibition. Emem is a lawyer don't know if she practises. The last one, can't remember her name now is Mrs. George. Finito!

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