Lin-Manuel Miranda wiped away tears and wrapped himself in the Puerto Rican flag after his Broadway smash hit “Hamilton” premiered on the hurricane-ravaged island Friday night.
“I have never felt anything like that,” Miranda said of the crowd, which gave the cast a long standing ovation during the emotional curtain call.
Miranda reprised his role as Alexander Hamilton on Friday night to kick off a two-week run in Puerto Rico. Part of the proceeds from the show will go to help artists and cultural groups affected by Hurricane Maria.
The devastation caused by the 2017 storm loomed during the performance, Miranda said after the show, adding that the song “Hurricane” was especially hard to get through.
“It was very hard to sing that here in Puerto Rico because you know better than I what it is to survive a hurricane,” he said. “I feel like I’m going back to Maria a little bit every time I sing it.”
Audience members bought tickets ranging from $10 to $5,000.
Author Ron Chernow, whose biography of Hamilton inspired the show, was among those in attendance.
“There was an extra passion and pain and sadness and beauty that he brought to his character,” Chernow said after the show. “This was no ordinary performance tonight.”
I Would Like To Change My Name Again – 2baba
2Baba Reveals Biggest Achievement, Speaks On Change Of Name
Nigerian music superstar, 2Baba, real name Innocent Ujah Idibia, has revealed his biggest achievement.
DAILY POST reports that he made the disclosure in a chat with newsmen in Lagos on Tuesday while speaking on his attainment of 20 years in the music industry.
Benue-born 2baba said: “My biggest achievement? Na my kids oo. They inspire and motivate me.”
Asked if he’ll announce a new stage name, Tuface as also called, responded: “I’m not changing. Maybe some other changes but not about my name.”
On possibility of Nigerians seeing Plantashun Boiz come together for the two-decade celebration, 2baba replied: “No reunion concert, it’s just going to be me on stage…being grateful.”
He advised Nigerians and up and coming artistes to continue to work hard.
“The Almighty, my family, my fans keep me going. My advice to everyone is: be responsible, keep your head up.”
2baba added that he has no plan of quitting music, saying: “This thing dey body, I can’t stop it.”
In his remarks, 2baba’s manager and Now Muzik CEO, Efe Omoregbe, explained: “What Tuface is celebrating is 20 years a King not 20 years on stage.
“20 years of marketing machine, good sound, direction, conscious music, dance music, consistency, opening doors, A-list international awards, selling out shows.
“He made many artistes who are now at the top believe that they could make it, including some that used to live outside Nigeria.
“He’s been involved in helping others grow, humanitarian works, success of elections, among others”, Omoregbe added.
However, 2baba used the media briefing to unveil the Next Up talent search winners.
They are Oche Peter, Apatira Taiwo, Okhiria Daabo Ayodele and Joseph Jonathan
I Don’t Think I Am Successful Yet – Wizkid Reveals His First Big Pay And What He Did With It
Nigerian superstar singer, Wizkid is one of the heavyweight afrobeats singers in Africa at the moment.
The starboy spoke to vanguard in a recent interview and he made revelations that really worth broadcasting.
The 29years old singer, claims he is doesn’t think he is successful yet even after all his awards, recognitions and net-worth.
He revealed he is yet to achieve what he would refer to as being successful, describing success as the number of lives one has touched in their career.
He said: “Success is making sure that every African child out there has an opportunity to actually get ahead in life. Success, for me, is touching people’s lives.”
“There are a whole lot of things happening around the world. There’s poverty around the world. I will definitely like to do more. I don’t think I am successful yet, to be frank.”
Asked about the first big money he made as an artiste, he said: “ the first money I ever collected was N250,000; I was so excited, I told my partner at that time; ‘Bro, we started this music hustle with nothing, now we are able to make N250,000.”
“If we are able to really make this kind of money, I think we can touch a million US Dollars.”
Speaking on his assessment of the music industry, he said “ I never really thought we would make the hits we are making right now. Things have changed immensely in the last couple of years.”
The superstar stated that the biggest challenges he faces in the music industry is piracy, adding that much money is not made when their works are being pirated.
He further said “It’s not easy running a record label in this country without government funding and support. It is also okay for more corporate brands to step in and support the artistes.”
Speed Darlington Gives Teni A Cossy Hug From Behind (Photo)
A feud that ensued between US-based Nigerian singer, Speed Darlington and Teni in June seems to have been settled months after.
36ng came across a photo of the two in a cossy position during their performance at the One African Music Festival in New York.
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