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TinTin, the “Koolness @ Classic FM

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His initiation into the music scene began at the age of 6 by learning the drums and progressing gradually to playing the piano, blowing the clarinet and mastering the percussions. With time, at a later age, in the early 1980s, he burgeoned as a multiskilled singer, songwriter, producer and arranger working with various emerging and established artists.
Born in Lagos, Nigeria in 1967, Augustine Imevbore a.k.a Tintin the Koolness, moved to Italy with his family at the age of 2 when his father became an official of the United Nations. He attended his early and middle schooling in an international college in Rome until the late 1980s when he left for the U.K to further his studies at the University of Warwick, majoring in politics and sociology.
Though shadowed by his studies, TinTin set time to strengthen his musical talents and expanded his creative abilities by playing in R&B and Rock groups, holding several hip-hop dance events and especially developing his DJ capabilities by rigorously working with various clubs and parties.
In 1991, he returned to Italy and put his dj angle to play by working for a renowned, Soul/ R&B station, known as ‘Radio Centro Suono’. His creativity, knowledge of the industry, the special blend of his voice and delivery, made him and the show the hottest trend in town. Requests poured in for him to interview visiting and local artists and to collaborate at major events and concerts. The popularity of Tintin guided him more into the entertainment field catapulting him into a status promoter for the radio and Vj (video jockey) for Orbit Satellite Television, granting him extra audience exposure in the Middle East as well. With the same sprint, the clubs in Italy swiftly welcomed his style of deejaying, snapping him up for work all over the country in clubs such as: Akab, Harlem, Spago, Baja, Blues Cafe, Open bar, Classico, Goa, Cocoa, The Saint, Cafe Latino, Black Planet, Ex-Magazzini, La Vetrina, Atom, Mantra, Woodo, La Saponeria, Millennium, Dry Dock, My Toy, MichelemmଠTribe Notturne, Brumama, Makkeroni, Gasoline, Shocking, Prince, Rock Cafe, Saatchmo, Cabiria, Dune and many more??
Tintin’s transfer to Radio Monte Carlo, Milano in 1999 to conduct the extravagant ‘Monte Carlo nights’ radio show, pushed him further into production, songwriting and recording. His many projects include collaborations and production work for: Twilight records ‘Urban Chill’, dance music productions with Feel Reel records and Dr.Feelx, Italian and International projects with Cenere, Papasun Style, Romina Johnson, Afro Cuba Beat, Gazzara (Irma records), soundtracks for CAM, Six AM project for X-Energy, Gospel music with Chicago Gospel Choir and Beepop/Doowop with the Platters. The desire to satisfy even the Latin quarter inspired Tintin’s neo-Latino hip-hop debut groove, ‘Baila Cochero’, released on AloMuzik LLC USA in 2001 which was soon followed by the reggaeton inspired top selling single, ‘Chico Te Amo’ released under the umbrella name of ‘TST PROJECT’ on Universal Records, Italia in 2004.
His return to Radio as Vj on the Hit channel/RTL radio later that year signaled his staying power in this genre, demonstrating what he says: ‘I’m back and the best is yet to come’. A true multidimensional artist worth tracking and surely one of the most popular artist/dj ambassadors to hip-hop and R&B music in Italy and Europe. Africa look out!
In November 2005, Tintin returned to Nigeria where he began to put his multidirectional skills to the service of the entertainment sector and set up MedSoul, an entertainment solutions company/record label. In August 2006, Tintin was the anchorman of the popular Nigerian Breweries television reality show ‘Gulder Ultimate Search III’, an experience that was bittersweet as his real potential was not properly used nor understood by the production company.
This did not demoralize him as he went on focusing on his goals. In 2007, Tintin’s MedSoul devised and executed a whole range of radio and television advertorials for the Yaradua and Goodluck Presidential campaign. These productions were what brought back the thirst for radio, not only from a production and programming perspective but also as a presenter like the days of old….
Here we are in 2009, the setting is Classic FM 97.3, 18 years after his radio debut, and Tintin is still taking things to another level.

 


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Yobe Gov Approves Employment of Staff @ State Owned Broadcasting Stations

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Mai Mala Buni, governor of Yobe State has approved the appointment of experienced casual staff working at Yobe Broadcasting Corporation (YBC) and Yobe State Television (YTV).

Yobe Gov Approves Employment of Staff @ State Owned Broadcasting Stations

This is as part of efforts to ensure enough manpower for the on-going digitization of the two stations.

Abdullahi Bego, commissioner for Information, Home Affairs, and Culture revealed this when the officials of the Radio, Television and Theatre Art Workers Union (RATAWU) paid him a courtesy visit at the office in Damaturu.

Bego said the governor had after approving millions of naira for the total overhauling of the two stations directed for formulation of all strategies that will ensure effective implementation of the digitization process.

The commissioner also said, “His Excellency Hon. Mai Mala Buni is passionate about the digitization process of the media organizations in the state especially when it comes to equipment, staff strength and capability.

“The next step is the training and retraining of the staff of the two media organisations for efficiency in the execution of their job,” Bego disclosed.

He said the casual staffs billed for employment were serving at the stations for more than eight years while others five to six years without permanent appointment letters.

“We feel it is good to employ them taking into cognizance their experience in the system and dedication to duty.”

Bego commended RATTAWU among other members of the organization for their effort in informing, enlightening, and entertaining the public at all times.

Comrade Nasiru Illiya, chairman of RATTAWU, while speaking, said they were at his office to register their gratitude to the giant stride of Governor Mai Mala Buni, especially on the digitization of the two media organisations in the state.

“Sir, we are equally very grateful to note that within your short stay as commissioner of Information, we have started witnessing a positive transformation in the sector through the award of contracts worth millions of naira for upgrading YBC and YTV from analogue to digital transmission

“As I am speaking to you now, YBC is online transmission live,” Illiya disclosed


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FirstBank Supports Author on New TV Series

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First Bank of Nigeria Limited has announced its partnership with Arese Ugwu for the television adaptation of her best seller, Smart Money Woman.

FirstBank Supports Author on New TV Series

The weekly show – in its first season – is billed to premiere on Africa Magic Showcase this Wednesday.

The Smart Money Woman is a programme that shows the experiences, sacrifices, struggles and vigour of women in society as they carry out their day to day activities in spite of the gender imbalance in the society, especially in Africa.

The series is an adaptation of Smart Money Woman written to tackle debt, providing tips on inculcating the right savings culture of the African middle class (why don’t we say – every individual – as against limiting to African middle class), the fear and misconceptions surrounding money and the lack of it, love, friendships, cultural and societal pressures and the roles they play in success.

The half hour 13-episode series which is directed by Bunmi Ajakaiye and Co-, produced by Kemi Lala Akindoju, Akin Marinho and Arcadia Tv Africa would have viewers exposed to financial literacy nuggets. Its cast include; Osas Ighodaro, Toni Tones, Ini Dima-Okojie, Eby Eno, Eso Okolocha, Timini Egbuson, Karibi Fubara, Tope Tedela, Seun Ajayi and Temisan Emmanuel.

According to Arese Ugwu, author and executive producer, Smart Tribe Media; “The Smart Money Woman is a love letter to every modern and upwardly mobile African women who are exploring life opportunities and experiences to find that right balance in their day to day activities especially in their career, friendship, relationship and of course, family.”

“We thank First Bank of Nigeria Limited for being the first corporate sponsor to believe in my dream and take a chance on a first-time producer. This is a partnership we are pleased to reckon with, whilst we recognise how they have successfully empowered women across the geo-political zones in Nigeria through its various initiatives, especially the FirstGem product. They have provided mentoring, support and capacity building opportunities for all to create a new generation of financially literate women thereby contributing to the continued growth and development of the country.”

Speaking on the TV show, Folake Ani-Mumuney, group head, Marketing & Corporate Communications, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, said: “FirstBank has been at the forefront of promoting female empowerment and we understand the role financial literacy plays in deepening financial inclusion, whilst promoting female independence.

The essence of the TV programme is to raise financial awareness to inspire every individual in the society, especially women, to make informed choices and take effective actions for their financial wellbeing, she concluded.”


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OurTv Secures LaLiga Broadcasting Rights for Nigeria

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OurTV, a DTH free TV broadcast satellite service provider, has secured broadcast rights for Laliga matches in Nigeria.

OurTv Secures LaLiga Broadcasting Rights for Nigeria

OurTV will broadcast Laliga Santander matches live on its Sports Channel 120.

Commenting on the development, Olushola Peters, Head of Marketing of OurTV, said: “This is one major milestone for OurTv and we want to thank our esteemed users, who have always believed and supported us. We value your input and suggestions as it is a core culture in OurTv to listen and please our viewers as much as we can.”

OurTv is a Direct-To-Home (DTH) TV broadcast satellite service with onetime payment of set-up boxes that offers over 18 unique and exciting channels with the use of homegrown services.


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