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”