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.
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.