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”.