Jambos Express - Mother Africa

For those of us who grew up in Lagos in the 90's, I am pretty sure we are farmiliar with this group and their hit single "Mother Africa" from the album with the same title.  The group was formed in 1986 by four men ,Prince Bola Agbana (the lead vocalist) Sam Abiloye (on guitar), Ottay  Ehima (Bass guitar) and Mosco Egbe (The drummer). The group released this album in 1987  and the music video to this track was frequently played back in the day on NTA Channel 5.

The group played a mixture of various genres from calypso to raggae. The group however suffered a temporary set back in 1989 when Prince Bola left to pursue a solo career. He released a popular single called Are Mambo. Judo George later joined the group for their sophmore album titled "Second Coming", which they recorded in 1989.

In 1993, Jambos Express was signed by a U.S based recording company (G.M Records) to embark on a tour of the US and Canada for 3 months. This tour later morphed into the group members taking shelter in the states for some years.

Sam Abiloye is still very active in the nigerian music industry as he is back in naija  and currently a pastor.

Here is the groups' debut album "Mother Africa"........Enjoy!

KUSH - The Experience

KUSH (Kinetically Ushering Salvation into Homes), was a quartet of three ladies and a guy- Emem Ema (Mem’O), Lara George, Toyin Sokefun (TY Bello) and Dapo Torimiro. Their debut album which was released by DKG Music in 2002 (It sadly remains their only album) was titled '' The Experience'' and it received critical reviews. Their style of music was a radical departure from what obtained on the Nigerian Gospel Music scene. Lara’s sultry voice, Ty’s sassy hair style and Emem’s rap lyrics gave the group a good mix of talents.

KUSH was a gospel group that was international in outlook, yet Nigerian enough not to be dismissed as an African-American initiative. The songs in '' The Experience '' which were well produced and arranged sounded heavenly. It was really an experience listening to the album. Tracks like '' Lets Live Together '', '' Tic Tac Toe'', ''Angels'', '' Pretty Brown Eyes '', '' La La '' et al became classics in the hearts of the group's fans.

The group broke up around 2004 for reasons not officially disclosed, but fans of KUSH (myself included) were not happy about the break up. I believe the urban gospel group should have stuck together and would have made much impact over the years, than what they are achieving individually at the moment.

Lara George is doing great as a solo gospel artist, so is TY and Emem created and runs a pioneer creative arts management company called “ONE Integrated management. Dapo on the other hand is now a music producer.

Here is their debut and only album “The Experience” ….Enjoy!

Wiz Kid - SuperStar

Born Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, Wizkid is no doubt one of the fastest rising artistes in the Nigerian music industry. A talented singer, songwriter and performer. He kicked off his singing career at the early age of 11 when he recorded his first song with one of Nigeria’s celebrated music icons, OJB Jezreel. He went on to record a 7-track album, which he released in his church in Lagos, under the name of Lil’ Prinz.

Years later in 2006, with a new stage name, and a passion for making music and God-given talent, Wizkid got back into the studio to hone his craft. He continued to develop as a Singer and Songwriter by working under some of Nigeria’s biggest Musical names such as OJB Jezreel, Naeto C, Ikechukwu and many others. Over the next few years his talent as a Singer and Songwriter became evident and it resulted in Wiz being prominently featured alongside some of the biggest Artistes in Nigeria’s Music Industry to much critical and commercial acclaim.

2009 would prove to be Wizkid’s break-out year, as his collaboration with M.I on “Fast Money, Fast Cars” on the Talk About It album drew major attention to his distinct voice and singing style. He went on to feature on Kel’s “Turn by Turn” and also got signed to Banky W’s Empire Mates Entertainment, and featured prominently on Banky’s “The W Experience” album.

At the age of 20, this extremely talented and charming young man had already achieved so much, thanks to his drive and focus for turning his life’s experiences into incredible music. In 2010, he released his first singles, “Holla at your Boy” followed by “Gidi Girl” and then there was the hit song, “Tease Me” which was just a studio freestyle that got leaked online and turned into a big hit in different parts of Nigeria and among Nigerians worldwide.

He reminds me so much of T-pain, with the use of the auto-tune. He does have a way with words and very flexible as it is evident in the different genres he sampled in his album. No doubt his music is addictive and would grow on you with time. With catchy choruses and rhythms little wonders why he has a few club bangers. I would recommend tracks like “Love My Baby” and “Slow Whine”

Take a listen and tell me what you think…………..Enjoy!

The Horse, The Man & His Son

So I just came back from Nigeria where I had to go bury my dad who passed a couple of weeks back. They say you do not become a man until your father dies: I guess it is official now. On my way back, all I could think of were the various special moments we spent together. He was a lover of good music and had quite a collection of vinyl (records for all the new-school folks) that I helped myself to on my previous visit home. He was more into philosophical music laced with a lot of proverbs. The likes of Ebenezer Obey, Olarenwaju Adepoju, Kayode Fashola, Sikiru Ayinde Barrister and old school Sunny Ade. He also had quite a few foreign albums too. In all, he was well rounded because he was very open-minded when it came to music. Pretty sure I got my love for music from him. So I sieved through the pile of albums I got from him and came across one of his favorites. A classic by Ebenezer Obey: The Horse, The Man & His Son. Even as a kid, I could relate to the message within this album and it pretty much made me come to the realization that you cannot please everyone no matter what you do. For my fans/followers who do not speak/understand Yoruba, I apologize, but I would plead that you keep an open mind and enjoy the melody.

To my mentor, teacher, friend, confidant and father, you are truly missed.

Seal - Seal

Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel (born 19 February 1963 in London, England), known simply as Seal, was born to a Nigerian mother Adebisi Samuel and Brazilian father Francis Samuel. A recipient of BRIT, MTV and Grammy Awards, Seal is known for his numerous international hits; perhaps best known is "Kiss from a Rose," which appeared in the soundtrack to the 1995 Batman film “Batman Forever” and won him three Grammy Awards.

After a short time singing in local clubs and bars, in the 1980s, he joined Push, a British funk band, and toured with them in Japan. In Asia, he joined a blues band in Thailand for a while before separating from the group and journeying throughout India on his own. Seal returned to England, sleeping on the couch of friend Julian Bunster, then a model. He sometimes asked him "Do I sing well?” to which he often met the response that he sang better than most current artists. His break came when he met the producer Adamski. He was given the lyrics of the song "Killer", which was a huge hit in 1990.

He received a two-year diploma, in architecture and worked in various jobs in the London area. Although there have long been rumors as to the cause of the scars on his face, they are in fact the result of a type of Lupus called Discoid lupus a condition that specifically affects the skin above the neck. He is married to German super model Heidi Klum.

Here is his debut album Seal…….Enjoy!

Christy Essien Igbokwe is Gone (1960-2011)

I got the news last night via a bbm from a friend in naija. It gave me a very airy feeling as I just featured her on this blog a couple of weeks back. Ironically her post has been topping the list with the most hits. I was just about to upload a couple of her albums this weekend before I got the news. What can I say? Life is short!! It's pretty sad we have to loose yet another icon, the one and only Nigerian Lady of Songs. I am yet to get details on the cause of death, but I will keep you guys posted.

In the mean time, turn up your volume and listen to a few of her timeless classics (playing in the background)............Enjoy!

Sade Adu - Diamond Life

Born Helen Folasade Adu on 16 January 1959 in Ibadan, Nigeria, her father, Adebisi Adu, was a Nigerian-born economics professor. Her mother, Anne, was a British nurse. Her parents met while Adebisi Adu was a graduate student at the London School of Economics. After marrying and having a son, the couple moved to Ibadan, where Adu had landed a teaching job. Sade--a diminutive of Folasade--was born shortly after their arrival in Nigeria.

By the time Sade was four, her parents had separated, and, in 1963, she moved with her mother and brother back to England. They lived with Sade's grandparents while her mother finished nursing school, after which they moved out on their own. The family eventually settled in a working-class town called Holland-on-Sea.

At 17, Sade left for London to study fashion and design at St. Martin's College of Art in the city's West End. Sade's entry into the music world was by chance. A popular London funk group called Pride was looking for a backup singer. She auditioned for the spot and was initially rejected, but when nobody better showed up over the next few weeks, Sade was given the job.

As a backup singer, Sade quickly developed a following of her own, and at the suggestion of Pride's manager, she and a few other members of the band worked up a set of songs to perform during Pride's between- set breaks, with Sade taking center stage. Sade and Pride saxophonist Stuart Mathewman teamed up to write several catchy songs for the splinter group, and, before long, the newly-dubbed band Sade was overshadowing Pride.

Her solo performances of the song "Smooth Operator" attracted the attention of record companies and in 1983, she signed a solo deal with Epic Records taking three members of the band, Stuart Matthewman, Andrew Hale and Paul Denman, with her. Sade and her band produced the first of a string of hit albums. Their debut album Diamond Life was in 1984. She is the most successful solo female artist in British history, having sold over 110 million albums worldwide

Although the gaps between Sade's new projects seem to be widening, her voice--both as a singer and songwriter--remains a distinctive one in the pop music industry. Until a new star emerges who can out-cool Sade, her periodic reappearances are likely to be greeted with enthusiasm by her millions of fans, loyalists of the laid-back. Here is Diamond Life.........Enjoy!

Veno Marioghae - Nigeria Go Survive

Back in 1984, when Delta State indigene Veno Marioghae, one of Nigeria’s rising stars dropped her album “Nigeria Go Survive” on Tabansi Records, no one thought that 26 years Nigeria would still be struggling with Economic Woes, Tribal & Religious Conflicts and lack of/deteriorated basic amenities like unresolved Power. Everything has definitely gone down-hill since.

“Nigeria Go Survive”, a disco/pop song detailing Nigeria’s vast human and natural potentials vis a vis the troubled reality, she held strongly that Nigeria would survive the obstacles one way or another. Released in the days when the military was in power and despite the oil wealth, the economy virtually stagnated. The song was quite timely as it was released at a time when the future of Nigeria looked bleak and no one knew what the next day had in stock. With the song, Nigeria go survive, Veno calmed the nerves of many Nigerians who had given up hope on the country. The song also spoke to those who had planned to leave Nigeria, to stay behind and help build the country. It was a very big hit back in the 80s through the 90s and into the 21st Century where a 2010 version by DMSquared featuring J’odie has been released with similar ideologies.

As patriotic as the song might be, many criticized her, for being the mouth piece of the government. Some saw her as a diversion set up by the government, when there were mounting pressures on the government to better the lives of Nigerians.

She had other hit songs like “Thank You Jah” and the Isoko “Iwa Ti Yo”. She would go on to release a 2nd successful album with the hit song “Siobo Nome”. She left the music scene in the early nineties.

She is happily married with 3 children and currently works as an administrative worker in her church – Grace Assembly. She is currently working on album at her own pace and hopes to publish her written work soon.

Here is Nigeria Go Survive...............Enjoy!

Ebenezer Obey – Obey In the 60’s

Obey, whose full names are Ebenezer Remilekun Aremu Olasupo Obey-Fabiyi, was born in Idogo, Ogun State, Nigeria. He began his professional career in the mid-1950s as a member of the Fatai Rolling-Dollar's band. He later formed a band called The International Brothers in 1964, playing highlife/juju fusion. The band later metamorphosed into Inter-Reformers in the early-1970s.
Obey began experimenting with Yoruba percussion style and expanding on the band by adding more drum kits, guitars and talking drums. In an effort to rise above his competition, Obey began to develop new musical "systems," adding as many as 20 new musicians to his band at a time, extending the length of his album tracks, and pumping out hit after hit. Obeys’ musical strengths lie in weaving intricate Yoruba axioms into dance-floor compositions. Typical of Nigerian Yoruba social-circle music, the Inter-Reformers band exceled in praise-singing for rich Nigerian socialites and business tycoons.

Since the 1960s, Ebenezer Obey has been one of the most popular, prolific, and influential musicians in Nigeria, releasing over fifty albums, developing juju style, and conducting an informal and highly creative campaign against his competitors in the musical world. Though his lyrics were traditional, his musical direction was highly innovative. A stylish and bluesy guitarist whose music has been contagious in Nigeria for years, Obey is also renowned for Christian spiritual themes in his music and has since the early-1990s retired into Nigerian gospel music ministry.

No doubt my favorite musician of all time and I also dare to say that this album is on my top 2 of all time. Here is Obey in the 60’s………..Enjoy!

Taio Cruz - Rockstarr

Born Jacob Taio Cruz on 23rd April 1983, Cruz was born in London, England, to a Nigerian father and a Brazilian mother. He attended Christ's Hospital in West Sussex. He is a singer-songwriter, occasional rapper, and music producer.

He is also the founder and C.E.O. of Rokstarr Music London, which in 2006 released his debut single I Just Wanna Know.
In 2008, after years of writing songs for other artists including Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears and Pussycat Dolls he released his debut album “Departure”. Written, arranged and produced himself, it achieved initial success in the UK and earned him a MOBO Award nomination. In October 2009, he released his follow up album “Rokstarr” in the UK, which failed to chart as well as his debut but eventually sold a lot of copies.

He then released "Break Your Heart" as his debut US single In March 2010. Break Your Heart reached number 1 in the UK where it stayed for 8 weeks. The single spent 6 weeks in the top 10. It also reached the top spot in the U.S. for one week according to the Billboard.
Taio Cruz has writen/produced songs for many artists such as Usher, Leona Lewis, Sugababes, Cheryl Cole, Ke$ha, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Pussycat Dolls, Kylie Minogue, and Alexandra Burke. He also writes and produces all of his own work including his number 1 hit Break Your Heart'.

Here is his second album “Rockstarr” ……Enjoy!

Dr Victor Olaiya - Highlife Re-Incarnation

Victor Abimbola Olaiya was born on 31st December 1930, in Calabar, Cross River State. The 20th child of a family of 24 kids (WOW!!!). His parents, Alfred Omolona Olaiya and Bathsheba Owolabi Motajo hailed from Ijesha-Ishu in Ekiti State. Upon leaving school he moved to Lagos where he passed the school certificate examination in 1951 and was accepted by Howard University, USA to study Civil engineering. However, due to lack of money he was unable to go, instead he started a career as a musician, a move of which his parents disapproved. He played with the Sammy Akpabot band, the Old Lagos City Orchestra (a dance band) and the Bobby Benson Jam Session Orchestra, where he was leader and trumpeter of the second band.

In 1954 he left Bobby Benson to form his own band, the Cool Cats, playing popular highlife music. His band was chosen to play at the state ball when Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom visited Nigeria in 1956, and later to play at the state balls when Nigeria became independent in 1960 and when Nigeria became a republic in 1963. On that occasion, he shared the stage with the famous American jazz player Louis Armstrong.

Popularly called the Evil Genius of Highlife, Olaiya's music blends Ghanaian highlife and what would become Afro beat. His musical style was strongly influenced by James Brown, with horn parts harmonized in Brown's style, as opposed to the mostly unison lines of Afro beat. His music is infectious, typifying highlife music, played with great energy.

He played with highlife artist E. T. Mensah of Ghana, and released a best-selling joint album with Mensah. Both the drummer Tony Allen and vocalist Fela Kuti played with Olaiya and went on to achieve individual success. Kola Ogunkoya played in the All Stars Band from 1986 to 1987 and went on to have a highly successful career with his own Afrobeat band.

During the Nigerian Civil War of 1967-1970, Olaiya was given the rank of a lieutenant colonel (honorary) in the Nigerian Army when his band played for the troops at various locations. His band later traveled to the Congo to perform for United Nations troops. He led his band, renamed to the All Stars Band, to the 1963 International Jazz Festival in Prague, Czechoslovakia.

In addition to his successful career as a musician, Olaiya ran a business that imported and distributed musical instruments and accessories throughout West Africa, and also established the Stadium Hotel in Surulere, Lagos.

He has had several hits, one of which is Baby Jo Wo (which has been remixed by several artists) Here is a classic from his bag of tricks, Highlife Re-Incarnation……… Enjoy!

Christy Essien Igbokwe - Ever Liked My Person

Born on the 11th of November 1960, Christy Essien-Igbokwe popularly called “Nigeria’s Lady of songs” lost her mother at age 12 and lived with her late mother's friend who encouraged her singing career and bought her a fairly used cassette player to record her songs.

She began her musical career in Secondary School, singing at various clubs in Aba. She later landed a gig with NTA Aba on a programme called “Now Sound'. It was during the shooting of one of the episodes for this show that she noticed a cast member (for another show “New Masquerade”) rehearsing his lines incorrectly, so she volunteered to assist him there-by landing her a role in the series.

She became quite popular as she played the role of “Apena” the wife of the cantankerous character Chief Jegede Shokoya (played by Claude Eke who passed away in 2002) in the sensational situational comedy “The New Masquerade” .The role shot the young actress to stardom.

The singer and actress released her debut album “Freedom” in 1976 at age 16 and married Edwin Igbokwe three years later. She followed up with other albums; “Patience”, “Time Waits for No One” (both 1978), “One Understanding” (1979), “Give Me A Chance” (1980). However her 1981 hit album, “Ever Liked My Person” which features the hit single “Omo Mi Se Ohun Rere” remains her best LP till date. Released under London-based label, Lagos International Records, which was more inclined towards promoting Nigerian pop music in Europe and America, “Ever Liked My Person” featured production from one of Nigeria's top producers, Lemmy Jackson, who was touted as Nigeria's Quincy Jones.

Although she is not Yoruba, most of her hits were sung in the western Nigerian language, and drew heavily on the culture and tradition. Essien's fluency in Yoruba, English, Igbo and her native Ibibio earned her an appeal which cut across tribal lines.

As one of Nigeria's finest and foremost female pop vocalists, her roll call of honors include Africa Music Mother Award (1984), World Song Festival Award 1996. She is also the first female president of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria ‘PMAN” The Akwa-Ibom born performer also had the honor of composing and performing what would later be known as her state's anthem of sorts, "Akwa-Ibom mi” (My Akwa-Ibom) in 1987, its year of creation.

Here is a collection of her hit tracks, Enjoy!

M.I - Talk About It

Jude Abaga, better known by stage name M.I, (Mr. Incredible) is a Nigerian Hip hop Artist. Jude was born in Jos Plateau State .Though not much is known about his upbringing; it is believed that he was an active participant at a local church choir his father pastored in Jos.

Jude's venture in the Hip Hop world started with the sampling of works from DMX and Lauryn Hill as early as 1998. After his stint at Calvin College, Michigan, USA, he delved into Poetry while pursuing a career in Business and Economics. There, he performed regularly at the school's Hip Hop concerts. His impressive rap style won him a third place finish at the Calvin College show tagged 'HipHopera' in 2003. M.I. also made some amateur attempts at comedy, but decided to stick to music because he was embarrassed when nobody laughed but him.

Upon returning to Nigeria in 2003, M.I made his presence felt in the Nigerian Hip Hop industry dominated by the likes of Modenine, Ruggedman and El Dee. He commenced the production of mixtapes with his friend Djinee. This led to the critically acclaimed single "Safe", which got impressive airplay. The hype surrounding the release of Safe led to the buzz given to his debut studio album titled “Talk About It”.

M.I's role in the Nigerian music industry cannot be overstated. MI has done a lot to bring a Northern presence to the Nigerian music industry, mostly dominated by southerners. His lyrics are well laced and quite audible. He currently has a new album out (which I would be featuring soon). He is the founder of Loopy Records, and he is signed to Chocolate City.

Here is his debut “Talk About It” Enjoy!

PS: For those who don't know, MI is the one on verse 2 of this blog's theme song (Waving Flag remix)

RIP Alhaji Agba

Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Ololade Balogun, better known by his stage name "Ayinde Barrister," was undoubtedly a genius Yoruba traditional singer. He was also one of Nigeria's best known musicians. And the news of his untimely death of diabetes related causes at the age of 62 on Thursday at St. Mary's hospital in London was a sad news to many Nigerians

Alhaji Agba, as he was fondly called, also served in the Nigerian military and fought during the Nigerian civil war. He began his music career in 1958 as a member of the "Ajisari Ajiwere" group during the holy month of Ramadan. This "Were" genre evolved to become Fuji music which Barrister named after Mount Fuji, the Japanese Mountain of love. He had said Fuji is also a combination of these Yoruba music namely: Sakara, Juju, Apala, Gudugudu and Yoruba praise poems

Ayinde Barrister excelled as a musician because he was a gifted singer with imagination and great voice. He demonstrated the complexities of lives through his music. His music touched so many lives and a whole range of topics, namely, history, love, marriage, naming ceremony, prayer, truth, happiness, poverty, peace, trials and tribulations, death, chants, myth and magic, corruption and enthronement of democracy, among others. He was one of the rare musicians who sang about societal ills, personal freedom and responsibilities during the military rule in Nigeria. His deeply philosophical music was filled with urgency and timelessness, we also learned more about Yoruba proverbs, customs and traditions, plus poetry through his music.

Among his best known songs are "Fuji Garbage," "Oke Agba," "Okiki," "Barry at 40," and "Esinmi Rascality." And we can never forget lyrics like "Ara Mecca Njo" that chastised Muslims who believe music has no place in Islam -- "Alomoko Abake Oloyaya," "Ijo Olomo," "Bi Iku Se lagbara to" ( to late Soccer Star Muda Lawal), among others.

It is noteworthy that his vintage music creates a lasting impression in the minds of his fans, even when singing praise of himself or a member of his band like Oyadolu, Tunde Balinga, Alade Tajudeen "Deputy Commander" and the late ace drummer Alhaji Kamoru Akanji Ayansola, also known as "Igi Jegede."

Finally, Ayinde Barrister's death no doubt dealt a great blow to Nigerian music industry and indigenous African music as a whole especially nowadays that African music is fast becoming an imitation of the U.S. Hip Hop music. He was certainly one of the greatest Yoruba musicians of all time. Like Fela Anikulapo Kuti, King Sunny Ade, Ebenezer Obey, Victor Olaiya and I.K Dairo. He the very last of the embodiment of the great Yoruba traditional music( group consists of  Habib Oluwa, Yusuf Olatunji, Haruna Ishola, S. Aka, and Ayinla Omowura). His death marked the end of an era. May God grant Sikiru Ayinde Barrister ( Omo Agbajelola Salami ni Ibadan) eternal rest.

Here is one of his classics "Fuji Garbage enjoy!

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.