Music Review: Six Songs With Unforgettable Beats

The Nigerian music industry has witnessed a great bloom over the years birthing artistes with blooming careers. This has made Nigerian hip hop artistes take their music from Nigeria, Africa to the global stage leaving indelible rhythm in the heart of fans all over the world.

Looking back over a decade, we bring you a chart of some of the notable music with resonating and unique beats and instrumentals. This list is judged based on the available production quality popularity at the time of release.

9ice – ‘Gongo Aso’

On the sixth spot is 2008’s title track form 9ice’s sophomore album Gongo Aso. Produced by the dexterous ID Cabasa, the heavy dance provoking track rode on a strong baseline accompanied by very pronounced keys. The track catapulted 9ice into the elites club and won him numerous recognitions and awards including a MOBO awards for Best African Acts and six awards at the Hip-Hop World Awards in 2009 now known as Headies.

ID Cabasa also walked away with the coveted producer of the year statuette.

 

 

Davido – ‘Dami duro’

On the fifth spot has Davido’s 2012 sophomore but break-in single ‘Dami-Duro. The Shizzy produced track did not only launch the career of Davido but also introduced his young producer sidekick.

The opening electronic-disco sound generated from fruity-loops soon meets with hard banging baselines to make it almost impossible to not move the body in sync when the track plays. dami-duro later earned two nomination at the headies in the song of the year and best pop single categories.

 

 

D’banj and Don Jazzy – ‘Oliver Twist’

In the fourth spot is arguably the first Nigerian hip-hop track to receive airplay on mainstream radio in the United Kingdom. The combination of D’banj and Don jazzy has created a lot of hits for the Nigerian music industry but the creation of the 2012 track ‘Oliver Twist’ was on another level.

The track rode on a partially hypnotic, afro beat meets hip-hop riff to create it’s near impossible to resist the hip-shaking melody. The track earned two nominations at the world music awards while winning the top prizes at the Channel O music awards and the Headies.


CDQ – ‘Say Baba’

In the third spot is CDQ’s crazy dance and raunchy track ‘Say Baba’ produced by the usual suspect Master craft. The three seconds loop sequence appears like just another ordinary beats with varying octave.

It however continues to enchant listeners in a manner that even long after the song has stopped playing; the beat is still ringing in the head.

 

 

Banky W – Strong Thing

The second spot takes us back to 2009 at a time when the Nigerian music mainstream is dominated by the Reggaeton sequence made popular by Jamaican reggae artiste.

Out from the blues, Bankole Welligton more popularly known as Banky W released the R&B track ‘Strong Thing’ to wide critical and commercial success.

The Cobhams Asuquo produced track sits right at the top echelon of Nigerian music during its era not only for its uniqness but also quality. The sombre feel of the Chinese flute instrumentals dominates the head bumping rhythm in a manner that carries the entire song from top to bottom.

 

 

Idris AbdulKareem – Nigeria Jaga Jaga

For the number one spot we roll way back to 2004 for Eedris Abdulkareem’s controversial track, ‘Jaga-jaga’.

The track rode on a clap-beat mash as soft accompanying keys. This was at a period when beat and song sampling was a big deal among emerging Nigerian acts. The then Kennis music acts still put out a track that eventually dominated the airwaves for a long time.

Olamide, 9ice To Thrill Fans At Lagos Street Carnival

All is set for the second edition of the Lagos Street Carnival scheduled to hold along the entire stretch of Oba Akran Avenue, Ikeja on Sunday, December 3.

The 12-hour Carnival which will commence at 12 noon will witness the parade of colours and music, setting the tone for the Christmas and New Year Celebration.

READ ALSO: Lagos To Close Oba Akran Avenue For Street Carnival

The carnival procession and musical performance will feature artistes like Olamide, Terry G, Saheed Osupa, Li Kesh, 9ice, Humble Smith, Salawa Abeni, MC Arole, Malaika, Olu Maintain, YCee, Reminisce, Big Shef, and many others.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr Fola Adeyemi in a statement on Friday said the 2017 Lagos Street Party is packaged to provide fun and entertainment for the family as well as set the stage for the One Lagos Fiesta which is to come up later date in December.

He said the carnival will witness a parade of colours by representatives of all the 57 Local Government Councils and Council Development Areas and Organised Private Sector participation from Lagos Island and other parts of the State.

According to Adeyemi, the entire stretch of the Oba Akran Avenue would be closed to vehicular traffic from Ikeja under bridge to Sapara Street and all adjoining roads.

“Alternative routes have been provided through Ile Zik to connect Ikeja, while motorists can also navigate through Akani Doherty through Ladipo Oluwole, Adeniyi Jones and Aromire road to connect Obafemi Awolowo way.

“The Entire Ikeja Axis and adjoining roads would be strategically manned by traffic managers for a seamless flow of traffic. Motorists are therefore advised to avoid these roads and if need be, follow directional signs and obey traffic officials along this route,” he said.

He also said that designated car packs have also been provided at Ikeja Local Government, Old Secretariat Compound, Ikeja, Women Development Centre, Agege and Education District 1 compound.

NBC Denies Banning Songs By Olamide, Davido, 9ice

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has denied banning songs by Olamide, Davido, and 9ice.

This is coming off the back of the news that went viral on the social media on Tuesday claiming that the commission had banned songs by the artistes.

The Head of Public Affairs at the NBC, Mrs Maimuna Jimada, told Channels Television that reports of a ban were false.

According to her, the commission was surprised to see the reports making the rounds.

Amid reports of the ban, the Health Ministry which had called Olamide out over music video for his song ‘Wo’, clarified that it did not have the powers to ban songs.

The ministry had earlier tweeted the song violated the Tobacco Act.

9ice, Others Aim To Make History With Suya

Afropop singer 9ice in the company of some other partners are poised to make history as they have announced plans to create a 50 feet-long steak, popularly known as suya, to celebrate Nigeria’s Independence Day this year.

The singer and popular tourism ambassador and CEO of ‘Suya Stops’ Kehinde Talabi revealed to journalists in Lagos, south-west Nigeria that the idea is to set a new Guinness World Record of the longest steak in the world by making a single 50ft suya. They also aim to draw more positive attention to the country and the showbiz industry.

Talabi said, “We have been working tirelessly behind the curtains in the past few months since we birthed this idea and with the full support of the Lagos State Government and amiable governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, through the Ministry of Arts and Culture, we are sure Lagosians and people in Lagos are in for a good ride.

“I run a Suya spot in Lagos and I can tell for a fact that that it is one viable business with so many intrigues and much more to showcase and imbibe in our tourism export.”

The carnival, which is billed to wrap up the celebration of Lagosat 50, is billed to hold on October 1, 2017.

In recent times, other Nigerian entertainers including Kaffy and DJ Obi have held Guinness World records in other categories.

All I Want To Do Is Make Music Professionally- TQuest

tquestTemitope Sholeye, popularly known as TQuest, says although he was raised in a family that places much importance on education, all he wants to do is to make music professionally.

Raised in an environment where the new school Nigerian Hip-Hop music was nurtured, TQuest revealed that he had his musical dream rekindled after meeting with the likes of ID Cabasa way back when the Coded Tune imprint was a rave within Nigeria’s mainstream Music.

Speaking to Channels Television, He narrated how he started his musical career.

He said that he grew up in Akoka and his first encounter with Music production was after a friend of his, invited him to visit a producer down the street.

“We visited the producer and that was the first time I met ID Cabasa and 9ice at the studio,” he said.

That gave him an opportunity to have collaborate with Nice for the first time.

Speaking of the journey so far, TQuest said his family insisted that he got a degree first, before thinking about making music professionally.

He then made the decision to leave music for a while just to please his parents.

This however posed a key challenge to him as he was denied their full support.

Thereafter, he went on to get a degree in Business Administration, after which, his father still did not give his support.

According to him, it was until he released a song, ‘One Love’, where he featured J-Won, that his father finally approved of his music career.

“When he heard my song, ‘One Love’ on the radio, he called me and said they just finished playing your song and I heard the whole EP, and the presenter mentioned your name.

“He asked, is it the same TQuest and I said Yes, after a while I showed him the video and he actually liked it.

“Ever since then, he noticed that I don’t just want to sing because I have been seeing people singing or I like their swag but, because I have a message to pass.” he said.

The music video for his his recent track, “Lord I Pray”, has been lauded for shying way from the lewd trend dominating the industry and he credits this to the conscious efforts he makes to keep his content clean.

9ice, Skales Others Drop New Visuals

VisualsSinger, 9ice has released visuals to his song titled ‘sugar’, which was produced by Puffy Tee.

The video was directed by Godfather productions.

Similarly, Basline artiste, Skales has released a video for the Ganja beats produced rap track ‘Fara We Mi’ off his debut ‘Man of the Year’ album.

The video was shot in Lagos, southwest Nigeria by Unlimited LA and Skales is set to drop the first single off his sophomore album soon.

Grafton records act, Mr 2kay has just released a new single ‘Count It All Joy’ off his new EP of the same title produced by Orbeat.

Following the release of her new single, Aina More has released the visuals for ‘Afrikan Lady’.

The video which was filmed in London showed More depicting her interpretation of the modern Afrikan lady.

EN: I Used To Be A Studio Rat For Reminisce, 9ice – Olamide ‘Baddo’

Olamide 2Nigerian raving lyricist, Olamide, the self-acclaimed ‘Baddest Guy Ever Liveth’ has revealed attributes his fans do not know of him, including a gist about his hustle in the music industry, where he served time being a ‘studio rat’ for popular acts, Reminisce and 9ice.

In an exclusive interview with Channels Television, Olamide spoke about ‘the Olamide you don’t know’ who is a ‘quiet dude, the shy guy, the gentle guy who can be crazy sometimes.”

“The Olamide people know is just the Baddo,” he added.

The multi-award winning artiste, who was unveiled as the ‘Artiste Of The Month’ on MTV Base spoke about the early years of his music career.

“I grew up listening to the like of Reminisce and 9ice and watching them record at Cabasa Studio. I grew up around them. Whenever, they come around to the studio to record (and all that), I’ll be around.

I was that little kid. That studio rat that used to come around,” he said.

Olamide, who recently released two new videos paid respect to Reminisce, “his big brother.”

9ice to play ‘lead role’ in Yoruba movie

Ace singer, Abolore Adegbola Akande, aka 9ice, is about to make a foray into Nollywood, following his acceptance to play a lead role in a new Yoruba movie titled “Jejere’.

The ‘Gongo Aso’ singer, who is famed for his rich musical lyrics in Yoruba language, in an interview with NET expressed his first experience in the make-believe world, saying ‘being the first time on set, I have to act, cry when nothing is actually wrong with me, laugh when nothing is really funny. I also have to depict this character in the presence of others.”

“It is a privilege to be part of ‘Jejere’ and I look forward to the premiere” he said.

When asked if he would like to take on acting as a new career, “if the pay is right with good content and the standard is on point, why not” he replied

The ‘Jejere’  movie which deals with issues plaguing the country, such as insecurity issue, corruption, mass unemployment, robbery and kidnapping and menace of bad leadership, proffers the way forward.

The film is produced and will be released by Sim Line International, (formerly Front Row Productions), owned by Nollywood actress, Laide Bakare.

According to Laide Bakare, “the movie is about an African hero that saved his environment.”

Other actors in the movie include Emeka Ike, Oby Alex O, Fathia Balogun, Akin Lewis, Ebun Oloyede, and Bakare herself.

Sunday night with 9ice and friends

9ice

The usual Ahmadu Bello road heavy traffic that precedes any major show at the prestigious Eko Hotel was nowhere to be found on the night of Sunday March 11, 2012 when multiple award winning singer, 9ice held his album launch concert. Not only was the traffic light on the evening, gate-crashers were just a handful which is surprising for a concert headlined by an artist that is much loved for his originality and perceived excellent connection with fans from the grassroots. At about 10pm, the red carpet also stood bizarrely deserted; this is another unusual sight, even for a Sunday evening concert, as it is usually the time when the socialites love to make their arrival.

However, it was a different story altogether in the hall. 9ice stood on a stage with native and ghetto themes, doing a hippity-hoppy dance that is getting the impressively numbered guests cheering. It wasn’t a flop as feared.

 

On his own, he did well getting guests, which by the way included Mrs. Abimbola Fashola, wife of the Lagos State governor, to connect to his performances. The songs were already popular tracks hence it wasn’t much of a challenge getting the crowd to sing along and match his dance steps. The show was never short of energy.

However, the singer who has enjoyed rave reviews for making excellent songs still struggled with getting in sync with featured artists while on stage. The very popular love peddling track with Tiwa Savage, which got the crowd roaring at its introduction, was performed too simply. They both kept moving about on the stage and refuse to show any chemistry. Despite that, the crowd still went ahead to sing along and dance to the wonderful track.

The Alapomeji boss also performed alongside the raving Okoye brothers, P Square as they reprised ‘All The Way’. Wizkid came on with his enchanting persona on ‘On Point’, and his entire old Coded Tunes affiliates also showed up on stage. The Coded Tunes crew led by ID Cabassa included Lord of Ajasa, Jah Bless and Reminisce. Their presence inspired throwback tracks including ‘Lefe Nu So’ with Ajasa and ‘Ganja Man’ with Jah Bless, which even excites the crowd the more.

Although the night was about 9ice, he wasn’t on stage all the time. At different intervals, he gave room to some of his colleagues to take over the stage proceedings, and they did not disappoint. Mo’Hitian Wande Coal upped the energy level in the room as he came on to perform his latest singles. However, the Mo’Hitian who got the best response was the imprint’s boss himself, Don Jazzy, who 9ice summoned unprepared to perform ‘Without My Heart’ with Miss Savage. Although he did do much, his presence on stage alone got all screaming. 9ice’s son with his now estranged wife, Zion made a cameo appearance too.

The show however hits a crescendo when Fuji music maestro, Ayinde Wasiu popularly known as Kwam 1 took over the evening. The crowd wouldn’t just stop screaming as they sang along and danced to his many hits.

I want to contest for House of Rep position in 2015 – 9ice

Abolore Adegbola Akande aka 9ice, Sunrise daily’s artist of the week on Saturday speaks on the success of his new twin album and his desire go into politics come 2015.
9ice said he is presently taking an online course in public administration and will continue his studies until he obtains a law degree. According to him, this will prepare him for Nigeria politics “because in Nigeria, if you don’t go to school, people wouldn’t take you seriously,” he said.
He also opens up on his relationship with the mother of his kids. He said though they are separated “she is still my legal wife.”

The 9ice one still Standing

In 2009, singer Abolore Akande popularly known as 9ice released his sophomore album, ‘Gongo Aso’, and immediately he established himself as a major force within the Nigerian music industry. Although the follow up album, ‘Tradition’ was also recorded as successful, adherent fans continue to argue that it was short of the standard he created with ‘Gongo Aso’.

9ice

Now the multiple award winner has released two new albums, ‘Bashorun Gaa’ and ‘Versus’ simultaneously with hopes of returning the past glory. In this interview, he speaks on his new albums and his planned album launch concert for March 11, 2012.

DO YOU SEE YOURSELF AS AN ALREADY SUCCESSFUL ARTIST?

No. I still have dreams I am yet to achieve. Saying I am successful will mean I have seen it all or I am all I want to be, but in all honesty, I still have dreams and aspirations that I am yet to achieve. So I’ll say I am on the way to success, but I am not there yet.

IS IT THE DESIRE TO ACHIEVE THESE DREAMS THAT INSPIRES YOU NOW?

The inspiration for my music is from things that happen in my environments and things that I see from my day to day activities. And also God.

BUT YOU ARE ON MOST COUNTS, THE SUBJECT OF YOUR OWN SONGS…

I do a lot of self praise because I believe my life is an example for others to follow. However, sometimes, I just personalize other people’s story so that it can reach more people and also because I can’t reveal the true subjects of the issues. But to be honest, most of these experiences are not mine.

WHY DID YOU RELEASE TWO ALBUMS AT THE SAME TIME?

If you can recollect, there was a time that there was a particular trend in the Fuji Music genre which is releasing multiple albums in a year. I follow the growth of the different music genres in Nigeria very well, and I noticed that at times Pasuma will release three albums and people will love it and buy t hem. I am a fan and I have his albums; so I have decided to emulate him, hence the release of both albums at the same time.

While ‘Bashorun Gaa’ is a 9ice only album, it is the reverse for ‘Versus’. Every song on that album has at least a guest artist on it. My fans have been asking for collaboration with so many artists and I have decided to yield to their demand by going all out to have collaborations with many other artists including Tiwa Savage, P Square, Modenine, Tuface and others.

HAVING SO MUCH A GRADE SINGERS ON THE ALBUM MUST HAVE BEEN REALLY EXPENSIVE, ISN’T IT?

I can’t quote the exact figure but I will put it at N10 million. We used different producers, different sound engineers as well as different studios too. All this add to the cost of making the album.

WHAT MAKES THESE ALBUMS DIFFERENT FROM YOUR PREVIOUS ALBUMS?

I am an artist that has been blamed by some and appreciated by the others for being dynamic with my music. If you listen to my previous albums, you will agree with me that my first album is totally different from my second (Gongo Aso). You will also agree with me that my third album, (tradition) is totally different from the second, so these two albums are also unique in their own ways. I always want to do new things because if I can’t change who I am and my kind of dance, I shouldn’t bore my fans with the same kind of songs too. So even though I deliver my music in the same language, I strive hard to spice my music with different elements.

WITH A FULL COLLABORATION ALBUM WITH SELECTED ARTISTS, IS THERE STILL ANYONE OUT THERE THAT YOU HOPE TO WORK WITH THAT YOU HAVEN’T WORKED WITH?

I’ll love to work with Don Jazzy. I want to do a full album with him not even a track. I’ll also love to do a full album with Tuface Idibia as well as Cobhams Asuquo.

YOU HAVE AN ALBUM LAUNCH CONCERT COMING UP NEXT MONTH, WHAT SHOULD YOUR FANS EXPECT?

It’s been long since I had a live band performance, people should look forward to that. I will also have on stage with me some of the guest artists on my versus album, but the big surprise is I will be bringing King Sunny Ade and Kwam 1 on stage.

HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR TIME WHEN YOU ARE NOT MAKING MUSIC?

I mostly, I remain in my room playing video games, watching movies or reading fictional novels.

By Bidemi Dairo

9ice’s Double Album Drops Today

Multiple award winning Yoruba folklore musician, Abolore Akande popularly known as 9ice has released the much anticipated double LP CD today.

The albums, ‘Bashorun Gaa’ and ‘Versus’ premieres today December 7, 2011 on the online music portal, Hibuzz after their release has been delayed for over a year.

Singles off the albums, ‘Loni Ni’ featuring late rapper Dagrin and ‘All The Way’ were released last year to impressive responses from the public; however the album release was pushed back.

Hard copies of the album are yet to be distributed.