Naija @ 50

So I took the last couple of weeks to research and try to pick “The naija song” that best captures how far we have come as a nation. It wasn’t exactly easy, as I discovered that there are tons of songs out there that have talked about the ills and the struggles of naija as a nation. Ordinarily we should be celebrating at 50, but when you really sit and think about it, what is there to be hype about? Frankly, the only sector that has continually improved and found a way to re-invent it’s self has been the naija music industry. I am not exactly saying that all the tracks and tons of albums that are being turned out on a daily basis are cool, but out of every 10, you would probably find one reasonable and sensible song worth listening to. Nigerians have also been able to make their mark in the global music industry, from the Late Fela Kuti, Tunde Bayero (Lighthouse family), Seal, Asa, 2face, King Sunny Ade and a host of others have all put naija in the spot light in one way or the other.

Here are a couple of songs that came to mind:

Funmi Adams – Nigeria

Bongos Ikwe - Nigeria is 25

Banky W - Waving Flag

Sunny Okosun – Which Way Nigeria

Wande Coal – Se Na Like This

Veno Mariogbe – Nigeria Go Survive

Ebenezer Obey – Nigeria Si Ma Dun

King Sunny Ade – The Way Forward

Ras Kimono – Whatta Gwan

2face – E Be Like Say

Tunji Oyelana – Yi O Si Da

Prof Wole Soyinka – I Love My Country (Etike Revolution)

Fela Kuti – Suffering & Smiling

I know there are more out there. Feel free to drop me a mail or post a comment with your thoughts and suggestions. Happy Independence day, Please keep waiving that flag!

No More Free Music in Naija!!!

Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), the nation’s sole government approved collective management organization for musical works and sound recordings has announced that come October 1, 2010, the era of free music on Nigerian air waves and in public places will be gone forever. The announcement was made by COSON Chairman, Chief Tony Okoroji, at the Boardroom of the society in Lagos during the signing of a royalty collection agreement between COSON and Olusola Adekanola & Co, one of the nation’s foremost indigenous firms of chartered accountants.
The implication of the new regime is that from October 1 all broadcast media organisations, hotels, restaurants, event venues, advertising companies, banks, telecoms establishments, airlines, road transporters, oil companies and such other enterprises in Nigeria which use music in any way to aid their operations will be made to comply with the Copyright Act or face legal consequences

So what happens to 100% Naija? Se na like this we go dey dey?!!!!!!!

Sir Shina Peters - Shinamania

Born Oluwashina Akanbi Peters on 30th May 1958, Sir Shina Peters began his career playing the guitar for General Prince Adekunle’s band. He later joined forces with Juju Maestro Segun Adewale to form the group “Sir Shina Adewale”. They released several albums through the late 70’s & early 80s. The group had a controversial break-up and Shina went on to form his own band "Sir Shina Peters & His International Stars". His debut solo album release “Ace (Afro-Juju Series 1)” in 1989 went double platinum and was the career breakthrough which brought Sir Shina Peters back into the limelight. "Ace" was a musical fusion between Juju and Afro beat; a rhythmic collaboration which pierced Ethnic, Cultural and language barriers in Nigeria. The sophomore album “Shinamania (Afro-Juju Series 2)” went on to further prove that Sir Shina Peters was no one hit wonder. Sir Shina Peters is still regarded as the creator of a well respected music genre (Afro Juju) that exists in its own class till this day. He currently has 16 album releases to his credit.
Sir Shina Peters also called "SSP" has received numerous awards and recognition for his unparalleled prowess in the art of Writing, Composition, Choreography and Musical Ability. Sir Shina Peters & His International Stars have become a household name in the World Music genre. Sir Shina Peters has sold millions of albums worldwide & has taken his music to the shores of South Africa, Europe, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy and United States. Sir Shina Peters is currently signed to Orbit Entertainment, his USA agency based in New York.
Here is Shinamania!


4th & Inchez - Point Of View

4th & Inchez is an urban Hip hop group, which consists of 3 members, “Andre” aka Verse, “Lawrence” aka KB & “Yinka aka Kizza. The trio, originally from Brooklyn, New York (currently residing in Houston, Texas) are all of Nigerian descent. What makes 4th & Inchez unique is the diversity of each group member. These guys cannot only rap, but they also come up with some pretty cool hooks. I was really impressed with their lyrics and their delivery. Their type of music can be simply described as “East Coast meets the Dirty South with an ethnic twist”. Three young men with varied life experiences, but all with backgrounds & influences stemming from Nigeria, have found a way to create cool tracks. They are currently receiving heavy rotation on radio stations in the Houston area. They have performed at several live shows in Houston, Dallas, & Beaumont, opening for major artists such as Rick Ross, Fabulous, Dorrough, Gucci Mane & many more. I believe, given the right opportunities, these guys have a lot to offer. They have produced 2 mix tapes titled “No Fly Zone”, and “Lag-City”. Here is their latest EP titled “Point of View”.


Maintain - Anyhow

Olu (Olumide Adegbolu), Tolu (Tolu Ogunniyi) & Big Bamo (Adeboye Bammeke) formed the group Maintain which had hits like “I Catch Cold”, “Alo” & “Dormitilla”. After six albums between 1998 and 2004 the group members went their separate ways, to pursue solo careers. Olu Maintain is currently the only one with a hit so far. Tolu lost his wife earlier this year and Big Bamo recently released his solo album. The group was more of a spoof back in the day, using various American hits and adding a naija twits to it to form catchy songs. Some were just for fun while others had political under-tones and messages to the populace. It was a sad thing to see the group split (don’t they all?), but I hope they would come back sometime and give us some ore hits from the maintain vault of spoors. Here is a compilation album of all their various hits.


Mo'Cheddah - Franchise Celebrity

Born Modupe Oreoluwa Oyeyemi, Mo’Cheddah is already being called the new hottest female artiste in a long time. Her versatility in both rapping and singing has earned her the titles “The Hip-Pop Princess” and “The Swagger Diamond’”. Her debut album “Franchise Celebrity” is expected to be released later this year. It is one of the most anticipated albums for 2010 and it will feature great talent and brilliant collaborations with several African acts. The album is being produced by KnightHouse with beats from prolific producers like Dr. Frabs, Jesse Jagz, Xela, Beatworx and many more. Mo describes herself as a new age African female and is very passionate about Nigeria and being Nigerian.
Here are a couple of tracks from her forthcoming album. This includes her debut single “If You Want Me” which is currently enjoying heavy rotation on radio stations across Naija.


Omotola - Gba

She is another actress who thinks she can actually sing!!!! She hit the movie scene with her role in "Mortal Inheritance" years back. This mother of four is endowed with a good height and good figure. “Omo Sexy” as she is popularly called majored in Estate Management from Yaba College of Technology, Lagos.I’m not exactly a fan of her music, but I would make an exception cause of her looks.

Here is a single from her debut album “Gba”, take a listen and let me know what you think.


Mike Okri - Concert Fever

Mike Okri stormed the Nigerian music scene in 1988 with his chart bursting debut LP, “Concert Fever”. With tracks like “Omoge” and “Time Na Money” he warmed his way into the hearts of millions of music lovers. A proud father of twins and an energetic stage presence, he has found a way to re-invent himself to stand the test of time. Mike is currently in the states studying. He is also working on an album which should be out later this year.


Bracket - Least Expected

The Enugu born duo brought together by music at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, really needs no introduction. Nwachukwu Ozioko aka “Vast” and Ali Obumneme aka “Smash” currently form the group Bracket. Though they started off as a trio, they hit the Nigerian music scene with their debut ‘Happy Day’ in 2006. The group used to be a trio with their third member, Amobi Clems, aka “Bistop” who left the group to pursue his academics. Their hit single “Yori Yori” from their sophomore album ‘Least Expected’ was arguably the biggest song in Nigeria for the year 2009, topping charts and scooping several awards.

A perfect blend of mid-tempo beats and a catchy chorus makes the track linger in your head. The song was inspired by a tingling feeling one of them had for his girlfriend back in high school (I go love oh). These guys just concluded a tour of the states and the reviews have been great. Just when you least expect, they come out with a remix featuring 2face, which I must confess is pretty cool. For now, here is their second album “Least Expected”


Banky W - The W Experience

Born Olubankole Wellington his music and life story have catapulted him into the spotlight, but a closer look shows a young man reflective of us all. Born in the United States to Nigerian parents (his father is from Badagry in Lagos while his mother is from Calabar in Cross River State), he moved to Nigeria, West Africa at the tender age of 5 where he learned to appreciate both the beauty and the sorrows of living in the motherland. There he heard the traditional African music and rhythms that are deeply rooted in his sound and faced the harsh realities of everyday life.

Against all odds and overcoming obstacles (he starred down the barrel of a gun during an armed invasion of his home at age fifteen). His drive and determination to succeed made him move back to the States by himself at age seventeen. Earning a scholarship and working two jobs he put himself through school and earned a Degree in Engineering from one of the top schools in America (RPI New York). Always keeping the dream alive he kept writing and using his everyday struggles as a source of inspiration for his music.

He started a record label Empire Mate$ Entertainment with his buddies; recorded an EP ‘Undeniable’ and sold records out the trunk of his car, at local barbershops and performing anywhere he could. The grassroots marketing paid off when the local FOX TV station caught wind of his music and did a special on him. He soon was on local radio and secured a distribution deal but once again he had to face his biggest trial.

After complaining about shoulder pains & a routine check-up, he was diagnosed with cancer. Tests revealed he had a tumor the size of a baseball. The tumor was removed & everything seemed to be going his way until he was put to test again. Another cancerous tumor grew in the same spot, the doctors said he wouldn’t make it but his faith and belief in God kept him strong. Another operation another tumor but he is back and stronger than ever

Through it all, he kept working on his debut album, “Back in the Buildin” that features the award winning track “My Regret”. Touring and performing in Europe, Africa, the States and maintaining a hectic schedule, Banky still found time to write and produce other acts. With an ever-growing fan base, larger-than-life presence and electrifying live show, Banky has won numerous awards
I used to wonder why the brother always wore a durag but the cancer story explains it all. He is more of Naija’s version of Ne-Yo. Anyway, enough of my gist, here is his 4th album “The W Experience”.


Lord Of Ajasa - Second Turning By The Right

Born Olusegun Osaniyi, Lord of Ajasa is a native of Akure, Ondo State in Nigeria. He was crowned the Lord of Ajasa while in college where he majored in Quantity Survey. A potent lyricist etched in deep Yoruba lingo, Lord of Ajasa made it trendy and hip to rap in Yoruba dialect, inspiring a crop of artists to follow in his footsteps. This cat is not only original; he actually rhymes and makes sense!
Ajasa emerged on the music scene with a track titled “Ma Yi Lo” in 2000. In 2005 he dropped the smash single ‘Otiya’. The success of this single led to the release of his debut album titled ‘It’s Too Much’ under the imprint of Platinum Records. His creative diversity, dexterity and drive to excite the listener make Ajasa’s music worth listening to. This is his sophomore album titled ‘Second turning By the Right’ which was released May 2008. It includes the monster hit single "Le Fenu So" featuring 9ice. The song was written by Lord of Ajasa himself and produced by the prolific producer ID Cabasa.


eLDee - Big Boy

Lanre Dabiri aka “eLDee the Don” is undoubtedly one of the notable names in Nigerian music today. A music producer, recording artiste and video director, eLDee a former member of the defunct rap trio Trybesmen, moved to the United States in 2002. He recorded a solo album titled “Long Time Coming” and followed up with “Return of the King” in 2006. “Return of the King” was very well received earning him countless nominations and awards for both videos and songs including the Nigerian Entertainment Award for “Best International Album” and “Hottest single”.

eLDee, though currently living in the United States is a household name both in Nigeria and in the Nigerian communities abroad. He has been featured on numerous international radio stations both in Europe, Asia and in the states.. Back home in Nigeria, the hit music playlist is incomplete without eLDee’s tracks like “I go yarn”, “Champion”, “I’m leaving”, “African Chiquito”, “Bosi Gbangba” and “Big Boy”. eLDee writes and produces most of his music, and owns all rights to his works. His sophomore solo album “Big Boy” was released early 2009.


Trybesmen - L.A.G Style

Undoubtedly one of the most influential Nigerian Rap group of all time. The Trybesmen took the country by storm. The group consisted of 3 members. Lanre Dabiri aka “eLDee the Don”, Kunle Bello aka “Kaboom the Detonator” and Mfon Essien aka “Freestyle tha Shogun”.

eLDee and Kaboom attended the same high school in Kaduna, a state in the northern part of Nigeria, and started rapping in 1992. They were at it till 1994 when they both relocated to Lagos where they met Freestyle. Freestyle had started rapping only a year before the hook-up but sounded very much like he had been at it for much longer. The hook up was through a friend who thought they had similar styles and felt they needed to do a colabo. At that time, it was all about demos and talent shows. They soon became a trio, and thought to record an album. They recorded two tracks that were well received by the public and this subsequently led to the release of their debut album “L.A.G Style”

The first single "Trybal Marks" was dropped in July 1999 and the second "Shake Bodi" in September of the same year. Both singles made smashing debuts at number one on radio charts and have since become anthems in Nigeria. "Shake Bodi" also received massive airplay and love in South Africa, Ghana and is very popular with most Nigerians living abroad. A record label (Trybe Records) was put together by the group with eLDee as the chief executive officer and has since after the success of the Trybesmen, signed on various artists.

The group members split and pursued solo careers in 2000. I hear there are moves been made for some form of reunion. I hope it works out. Here is there debut “L.A.G Style”, if this does not make you “Shake Bodi” I don’t know what will?!!!


The Mandators - The Mandators

The Mandators, a reggae duo of Victor Essiet and (then wife) Peggy Essiet, have long been one of Nigeria's best kept secrets. Thrilling stadium crowds of over 80,000 people, their performances were legendary. Add to that, several releases in Africa and the massive LP, "Crisis," which went platinum for sales beyond half a million.
In 1979, The Mandators emerged on the Nigerian music scene with the release of their debut album, "Sunrise." Three years later, The Mandators released "Imagination," an album for which they toured, with a then unknown guitarist named Majek Fashek. After a three year hiatus, The Mandators released "Crisis," which swept the country like wildfire. Released on Polygram/Nigeria label, it was one of the first big commercial hits for African Reggae in Nigeria. Following "Crisis," The Mandators recorded three more records: "Rat Race," "Rebel" and "Storm."
Victor and Peggy split, and not much is known of her at the moment. Victor is currently based here in the states, still doing his thing.


Dagrin - C.E.O (Cheif Executive Omoita)

This is Dagrin’s sophmore album (C.E.O)Chief Executive Omoita. C.E.O is a dope and neatly constructed album. On the album, DaGrin effectively weaves rags to riches, underdog to top dog stories that can only be well written by someone who has lived such a life. If you are searching through bookshops for Dagrin’s biography, forget it. Your best bet is to listen to these three tracks of the album; “Ghetto Dreams”, “Everyday”, and “Thank God”. These three tracks apart from being metaphorical and highly lyrical are autobiographical in every sense of the word. The MC recalls his days of poverty, hardships, crime and struggles over emotionally laden tracks.

Born Olaitan Oladapo Olaonipekun, Dagrin was involved in a ghastly motor accident that took his life 8 days later. Listening to this album only makes one wonder, what could have been? This is a certain case of a talent cut short too soon. RIP Dagrin.


Dagrin Is Dead : Official Press Release

"We regret to announce the passing of our son, friend, partner and brother Mr. Olaitan Oladapo Olaonipekun A.K.A. Dagrin.

He died at 6:00pm on Thursday April 22 – exactly eight days after he was involved in a ghastly accident in front of Alakara Police station, off Agege motor road, Mushin, Lagos.

He sustained a serious head injury, as a result of the crash.

He was initially admitted at Tai Solarin Hospital, Baba Olosha Bus stop, Mushin before he was transferred to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Idi Araba where Doctors made serious efforts to save his life. He was admitted at the Intensive Care Unit and operated upon, and later moved to the private wing of the hospital.

Doctors worked day and night; we fasted and prayed, but all efforts to save his life proved abortive. We lost him on Thursday April 22, 2010 at 6:00PM.

Dagrin, 26, was a recording artiste, songwriter, rapper and performer. He was signed to his own label Missofunyin Entertainment and managed by Edlyne Records.

Burial arrangements will be announced by his family soonest.

While we pray the Almighty God grant him eternal rest, we wish to thank his numerous fans and supporters, as well as the media for their unflinching support at this trying period.

We ask that you please continue to pray for his family, especially his parents and siblings. And please only the details contained in this release –jointly issued by his parents and management - should be considered as fact".

BlackHouse Media
On behalf of the family

Here is a tribute mix by Dj Mighty Mike


Orits Williki - Tribulation

Orits Wiliki, self-acclaimed Koleman revolutionaire needs no introduction in Nigerian music scene. Ever since he stormed the industry in the mid 80s with his first album entitled, “Tribulation”, Wiliki has gone on to dish out several hits with his unique style of reggae.

Since he went on self imposed sabbatical over twenty years, the music composer, song writer, producer and performer four years ago featured hip-hop artiste, Idris Abdulkareem on the album, “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”. Presently the dreadlock wearing Rastafarian is coming out with a double, he called, “Double Shark Attack”.

Grand Pupa, as he is fondly called by fans was one of the few artistes that stayed back in Nigeria to face the challenges in the music industry, while his contemporaries scampered abroad for greener pastures.


Blackky - About Tyme

A graduate of Sociology from the University of Lagos, Blackky’s real names are Nya Edward Inyang. He began his musical career as a DJ in 1986. As a student, he was a regular feature in concerts usually at the very popular Lekki beach during festive periods of Easter and Christmas.

Blackky got his break in 1990 when he contested and won the Lekki Sunsplash Talent Hunt Contest, which gave him a record deal with the then Polygram Records. In 1991 he released his debut album; “About Tyme” which had hit songs like Rosie, Blackky’s Skank and Sugar Stick. Between 1991 and 2009, he has released over 6 albums and won several awards.
I must confess I have a soft spot for Blackky’s music. I vividly remember the video to Rosie with Olisa Adibua driving away with Rosie (Lol, I’m still working on getting my hands on that video)


Nomoreloss - Inspired

A highly talented artiste, Nomoreloss is a musician, comedian, musical video director as well as an MC; all of which he does with so much dexterity. Among his popular songs from his debut album “Inspired” are Iyawo Asiko and Kilode which have received a lot of air play on radio and TV stations across the country. He has also released a new album “Let Them Say”, which is not doing too bad at the moment. Will feel you all in on this cat as soon as I get more info.

Here is his debut Inspired.


Olu Maintain - Yahoozee!!

Olumide Edwards Adegbolu aka Olu Maintain is a Nigerian Afro hip-hop musician. His father, a medical doctor with the Nigerian army, plays the guitar and he encouraged him to take up music.
His first demo was done in 1992. He was a member of the hip-hop trio called Maintain (Olu, Tolu and Bamo) which had hits like “I Catch Cold” and “Blah”. After six albums between 1998 and 2004, he split from the group in 2005. His debut solo album, “Maintain Reloaded”, has been very successful. The hit track “Yahooze”, has been received quite well by the Nigerian public. Some people think the song is about internet fraudsters (yahoo yahoo boys) or 419, while others think it is about the lifestyle of pomp and pageantry lived by most Nigerians. However, Olu maintains that it is about pleasure after pain. Working from Monday to Friday and enjoying from Friday to Sunday.
Olu Maintain studied Accounting at The Polytechnic, Ibadan and has his own Record label, Reloaded Records.


Peterside Ottong - Where Are The Prophets?

I don't really know much about this cat, but the little I know, I will spill. He is dead and released 2 albums in his short career. His debut "Where Are The Prophets" enjoyed a lot of air play back in the day. The second album after a long break "Albatross" (Dedicated to the memory of fellow tribes man Ken Saro Wiwa) did not do too well. They say it's not cool to speak ill of the dead, but I'm not too fond of his style. Argued to be some form of reggae,it sounds to me like a blend of him speaking and whaling! Take a listen and tell me what you think.


Majek Fashek - Best Of Majek Fashek

African reggae star Majek Fashek (born: Majekodunmi Fasheke) attracted international attention, in 1987, when his self-penned tune, "Send Down The Rain," seemed to coax a rain storm that ended one of the worst draughts in Nigeria' s history. Majek went on to become one of Africa's greatest reggae-influenced performers. His debut solo album, “Prisoner Of Conscience”, released in 1988, sold more than 200,000 copies in Nigeria alone.
Born in Benin City, once the center of the ancient Sini kingdom, Fashek inherited his love of music from his mother, an Edo woman who raised him following the death of his father when he was eleven years old. A businesswoman, who supplied concrete to road contractors, she inspired him through her participation in traditional religious ceremonies where the Olokun rhythms were used to accompany worship of the river goddess. As a youngster, Fashek played maracas during the ceremonies.
While he developed an early interest in the music of Jamaica, Fashek was equally drawn to the music of Indian cinema. Learning to play guitar while in secondary school, Fashek joined a band, Jah Stix, and began playing in clubs in the capitol city of Lagos.

Here is a compilation album.


Adewale Ayuba - Bubble

Adewale Ayuba was born May 6th 1966 in Ikenne Remo,Ogun State Nigeria.His distinguished voice and immeasurable talent led to him picking music as a career after his secondary school education at Remo, Secondary School, Sagamu, Ogun State.

Although he gained admission to study Architecture Economics at the Ogun State Polytechnic, Abeokuta, his music career took center-stage and in a bid to carve a niche for himself he made his first album “IBERE”{Beginning} at the age of 17. In early 1990, Ayuba was signed-on by Sony Music (Nigerian) to record an album, “Bubble” which was released in 1991. It was a classic, those who were in naija at that time can attest to that fact (lol)

For the first time in the Nigerian music history, a Fuji Music album dominated the scene, topping musical charts for six consecutive months, winning multiple awards at the Nigerian Music Awards, (NMA). It bagged Ayuba the coveted Artiste of the Year Award, the Album of the Year Award, Song of the Year Award and Best Fuji Album of the Year Award. What better way to break you all into the Fuji music genre. Here is the classic “Bubble”


Onyeka Onwenu - Golden Songs Vol 1

Onyeka Owenu, born 17th May 1961, in Onitsha Nigeria is a woman of many parts. The elegant Stallion (as she is fondly called), ranks among the best artistes that Nigeria has produced. Onyeka has various professional interests outside music. She originally trained as a journalist, with a master's degree in communications.
Onyeka's recording career began in 1981, with the release of her debut album “Onyeka”. This was followed in 1983 with “Endless Life”. In 1985, dissatisfied with the accounting procedures used by Nigerian EMI Records (who had released her 2 previous albums) she set up her own label, Ayolo Records, and released “In The Morning Light”.
Little was heard from her for a period, until she collaborated with King Sunny Ade in the late 80s on “Wait For Me” & “Choices”, a USAID Office Of Population's effort to stem the tide of overpopulation. She is credited with several hits which include One Love, You & I and Dancing in the sun.

Here is a compilation album. Feel free to leave a comment, let me know what you think of this blog.


PS Ay, glad to know you guys are checking me out over in SA. Regards to Eni & the boys.

Paul I.K. Dairo - Project I

Paul I.K. Dairo, son of the late legendary juju artist I.K. Dairo, is a notable figure to reckon with in the Nigerian music industry. Paul’s music career started with producing Hip-hop and R&B artists such as Tony Tetuila and Ruggedman. The singer / songwriter / producer, reluctantly did a remix of one of his father’s greatest hits ‘Mosorire’ which proved extremely successful. His style of music involves mixing modern R&B, Hip-hop and house with more traditional African music. “Project I” is his debut album. He may have used his father’s accordion on some of the tracks on this album but he’s certainly multi-talented in his own right.


Ruggedman - Thy Album Come

Born Michael Ugochukwu Stephens,on the 20th of September in Ebem Ohafia, Abia state. Ruggedman studied Political Science at the Lagos State University Ojo. He was shot into fame with the release of his classic diss track “Ehen” from the LP “Thy Album Come”. He is a no-nonsense, speak-my-mind type of cat that stands up for the improvement and promotion of good Nigerian music .His early influence came from NWA, KRS One, Poor Righteous Teachers, Leaders Of The New School, Nas, DMX, Eminem, Dr. Dre and especially all the wack rappers in Nigeria.

Here is his debut album, take a listen and let me know what you think.


Shiikane - Touched This

Shiikane is a new female group, consisting of identical twin sisters Shay, Anna May and younger sister Baby-K. They hail from South East London, but share Nigerian heritage. They write, arrange and co-produce their own songs, which are strongly influenced by R&B, Soul, Rock, Indie and Gospel music. In 2007 Shiikane moved to Atlanta GA to pursue their dream and better develop their skills. While in ATL they worked with various producers and performed at various clubs including Club Crucial (owned by T.I) and the Royal Peacock.
They have since returned to the UK and are working on a new project. Here is their album “Touched this!” Feel free to tell me what you think.


D'banj - RunDown Funk You Up

D’banj whose real names are Dapo Daniel Oyebanjo was born in the Northern city of Zaria, Kaduna State, in Nigeria. He was sent to Nigerian military school at age 11 and was expected to join the military like his father, but at 14 D’Banj picked up a weapon of a different kind; the harmonica. He was introduced to this instrument by his late elder brother, Femi Oyebanjo who tragically died in a plane crash at age 17 on his way en route Lagos from Nigerian Military School, Zaria. His brother’s harmonica was one of his possessions recovered after the crash. His incredible harmonica skills are self taught.
D’Banj is a natural charismatic, energetic and infectious performer that can hold his audience captive for as long as he desires. Without a doubt, D’Banj is the KOKO MASTER


Plantashun Boiz - Plan B

The Plantashun Boiz made up of 3 members namely: 2face, Faze and Blackface, are undoubtedly the most successful boy group in Nigeria. Between 1998 and 2002 they released 2 albums (Body & Soul and Sold Out) and they won just about all the awards imaginable in the Nigerian music scene. In 2003 the group split and they all pursued solo careers. Though 2face was the most successful, the other 2 members had some commercial success proving that the group had some talent. They eventually came back to try and mend their differences with this album. I hope they find a way to sort things out. I sure miss the P Boiz.


TY Bello - Green Land

TY was a member one of Nigeria’s most celebrated urban gospel band- Kush. Her dark eyes, raspy alto voice and her big hair are unmistakable. Apart from music, TY is also an internationally acclaimed portrait photographer. The colours, shades and textures which she captures in her photographs are expressed in her music as well.
TY spared no expense with Green Land. Each song on the album is the uninhibited expression of an artist in an otherwise inhibiting environment. From love, to family to nation, TY bore her soul in words that are bound to capture the hearts of all who listen. She wrote the title track for her countrymen to levitate from a place of despair to a place of hope.
TY is a multifaceted young woman. She stages an annual photography exhibition to raise funds for orphans across the country. She is also a Director of Link-a-child; an NGO dedicated to propagating information on orphanages in Nigeria and soliciting sponsorship on their behalf. Through the songs in her album, TY seeks to take fans through the journey of her life and the lessons she has learnt on that journey.
Here is her debut solo effort.


Femi Kuti - Definitive Collection

Femi was born in London to Fela and Remi Kuti and grew up in the former Nigerian capital, Lagos. His mother soon left his father, taking Femi to live with her. Femi eventually became a member of his father's band.

Like his father, Femi has shown a strong commitment to social and political causes throughout his career, but he differs from his father in his religious views.

Below is a compilation album.


Daddy Showkey - The Ghetto Soldier

Arguably the most popular music icon from Ajegunle, Daddy Showkey, along with the likes of Baba Fryo, Father U-Turn, Junior & Pretty, Daddy Fresh, were amongst the list of artists famous for pioneering music from the Ghetto of Ajegunle. Born John Odafe Asiemo, he broke into the Nigerian music industry with his own genre of music called “Galala”. Trained as a professional boxer, Showkey took to music at a young age, performing in high school talent shows. Currently located in the United States, Showkey attributes his success to his wife who stood by him through thick and thin. Here is his album “The Ghetto Soldier”


Lagbaja - Sharp Sharp

Born Bisade Ologunde in Lagos, Nigeria, he adopted the name Lagbaja (meaning "anonymous" or "faceless one" in Yoruba) as he embarked on his career in the early 90s. His name was reflected in his choice of stage attire – often wearing traditional wears and a mask to represent the "common man" in keeping with the carnival tradition of his Yoruba tribe. He formed his first small band in 1991 in Lagos after he had taught himself to play the saxophone. Their debut album was released in 1992. He is now based in Manhattan, New York. Here is his most current work “Sharp Sharp”


Evi Edna Ogholi - On The Move

Known as the "Queen of Nigerian Reggae," Evi Edna Ogholi recorded her first album in 1989, a light style of reggae with vocals in her native Isoko dialect. She married her producer Emma Oghosi, and there were rumors of domestic abuse .She established herself all over West Africa and received sponsorship from Pepsi for a Nigerian national tour. Word is, she is currently based in France. Here is her debut album.


Styl-Plus - Run Away

The group STYL was formed in 1997 as a gospel quartet by founding members Shifi Emoefe, Tunde Akinsanmi, Yemi Akinwonmi, and Lanre Faneyi. In 1999 Lanre passed away and Zeal Onyecheme joined the group. The name STYL which was formed by combining the first letters of the first names of the founding members then turned to Styl-Plus, the Plus being used to indicate the new addition to the group. In the year 2001, the group expanded from singing strictly gospel songs, to inspirational and love songs. In 2002 Yemi left the group to pursue another career. In 2003 the group teamed up with Anthony 'T-Jazz' Ukpong and Joseph 'Joey' Ukpong to form their own record label; Styl-Plus Music

Enough of the history session, here is their debut album.


Lara George - Forever In My Heart

Lara George was born in Lagos, Nigeria as the fourth of five children to Mr. and Mrs. Oluwole Bajomo. She began her musical journey in her alma mater’s school choir “Queens’ College” Yaba, Lagos where she was first given the opportunity to take a lead role in a song. Years later, Lara has transformed into the professional whose inspirational style of delivery has helped define the new sound and direction of Nigerian music. She was also a member of KUSH an urban gospel group in the 90's.


2Face - Face 2 Face

Innocent Ujah Idibia best known as 2Face is a recording artist from Benue State, Nigeria. He was a member of the defunct R&B/hip hop group Plantashun Boyz.He is one of the most internationally recognized celebrity Nigeria has produced in a while now. His popular song “African Queen” was the first ever video to be played on pan African channel MTV Base.

Here is his debut album.


P-Square - Game Over

P-Square is a musical group that consist of identical twin brothers, Peter and Paul Okoye. The duo began their career miming and dancing in various shows and church events in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria. In 2001, while at the University of Abuja, the duo won a talent show competition “Golden Tones - Up & Coming Band” with the track “Kolo” which they eventually featured on their debut album. This quickly shot them into prominence and they soon became household names. Here is their 3rd album Game Over.


Xtasy -E Jé Ka Jo (Let's Dance)

Xtasy was a Nigerian band who only made one album on Ben Murray Bruce's label, Silverbird Records. Ben Murray Bruce needs no introduction in the Nigerian entertainment industry. He brought the likes of Shalamar and the Gap band to Lagos in the 80’s, and who can possibly forget the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria pageant? This group consists of Ben's siblings (I stand to be corrected on this statement, as I was pretty young when this group was on top of the charts)


Ras Kimono - Run Fi Cover

Born in Nigeria, Ras Kimono was bred in the Ghetto. As a youth, he experienced oppression, brutality, hardship and inequality, factors that became a major influence on his philosophy as a man; detesting injustice, corruption, favoritism and discrimination
Together with his Massive Dread Reggae Band, Kimono released his debut album, Under Pressure, in 1989 which included the popular single, "Rum-Bar Stylee". “What's Gwan” his sophomore album proved even more successful, with the topics selected including legalization of marijuana, and the need for Africans to intellectually repel colonialism and its arbitrary boundaries between tribes. Most controversially, he was not averse to naming directly those in power he saw as synonymous with backdoor imperialism.

Ras Kimono now goes around the world, propagating unity among humankind, irrespective of color, creed, religion, race or geographical boundaries. A vegetarian, Kimono is a Rastafarian in the purest form. He is a farmer, fisherman and God-fearing.
Here is his 3rd album “Run Fi Cover” released in 1992.


Alex Zitto - Walakolombo

Many people may have not heard of the name Alex Zitto, but this is a household name in Nigerian music. As a musician, Alex Zitto has attained legendary status in the Nigerian music industry.

In 1988, Alex Zitto exploded on to the music scene when he won the Lekki Sun's Splash Contest with his hit song "Tickle Me". He then recorded his first album "Tickle Me" on the PolyGram International recording label. This album was an instant hit throughout Nigeria. Alex Zitto released his second album Walakolombo which further entrenched his position as one of the most listened-to and sought-after Nigerian musicians.

Today, Alex Zitto resides in the United States. He is the founder and president of TIYGGI Inc., a state-of-the-art recoding studio. Alex Zitto is currently working on his next project which will be released soon.


Stella Monye - Samba Sound

In the eighties, Stella Monye dominated the air-waves with her award-winning track ‘Oko mi ye.’ Popularly known as the samba-girl, she had equally performed at the prestigious Golden Tunes Concert and other great show-biz events. But for this delectable native of Aka, Delta State, the best is yet to come.


Asa - Asa

Asa whose real name is Bukola Elemide was born in 1982 in the city of Paris. Her parents relocated to Lagos Nigeria when she was 2yrs old. She attended Peter King’s Music school where she learnt how to play the guitar in 6 months.
“I was a tomboy and when I was a teenager, I became very shy because people made fun of me…in my own way, I was already attracting attention! I got in the habit of never doing anything like everyone else. People didn’t understand my low-pitched deep voice; the choirs didn’t want anything to do with me. I had to get to church first if I was to have any chance of getting near the mic!”
She is successful thanks to her lyrics which deal with everyday African issues. She is the new singer of soul and has been compared to Tracy Chapman.


9ice - Gongo Aso

Award winning Nigerian Artist 9ice, (born Abolore Akande on the 17th of January) known for his versatility, proverbial lyrics and unique style started his singing and writing career at the age of fourteen. Justifiably tagged “the hit maker”, 9ice conveys with his music, a new ethnic flavor and eclectic style that is uniquely his.

Years of studying the industry and refining his skills, has helped him develop his musical ideology and style. His powerful use of the Yoruba language and his lyrical abilities sets him apart from most artists in his genre and in his opinion is what makes him 9ice. This unique style, evident in all of his song, some of which include his hit song Gongo Aso, Street Credibility, Party Rider, Little Money, Ganja Man, Talent dey waste as well as on collaborations on ‘Ruggedy Baba’ a hit track he did with Nigeria’s Ruggedman, and Le Fenu So, which he did with Lord of Ajasa, often leaves many listeners astonished at the magic of the delivery and the rhythmic harmony.

9ice, whose hit single “Gongo Aso” from his sophomore album also titled Gongo Aso has become a sort of national anthem in Naija.


Wande Coal - Mushin 2 Mohit

Born Wande Ojosipe on the 18th of October 1985, 1st child in a family of 2 children Wande started singing in the teenage choir at his church. He got his break in the Nigerian entertainment industry as a dancer. He continued improving his vocal skills and got signed to Don jazzy’s Mo’ Hits records in 2006. He featured on D’banj’s Rundown/Funk You up album on singles like; Loke, Tonosibe and Why Me.

Here is his debut album.