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.
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)