Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Mo Cheddah

Already being called the new hottest female artiste in a long time, her versatility in both rapping and singing have earned her the titles ‘The Hip-Pop Princess’, “The Swagger Diamond’ and the ‘Franchise Celebrity’. Her debut album, expected to be released in the 3rd quarter, is one of the most anticipated for 2009 and will feature great talent and brilliant collaborations with several African acts such as Pype, Illbliss, M.I, Terry Da Rapman, just to mention a few. The album is being produced by Knighthouse with beats from prolific producers like Dr. Frabs, X-O, Tee-Y Mix, Jesse Jagz, Xela, Beatworx and many more. She is currently putting finishing touches to the first single off her forthcoming album, ‘Franchise Celebrity’. Mo describes herself as a new age African female and is very passionate about Nigeria and being Nigerian.   

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Tosin Martins

Having already won the 2006 Nigerian Gospel Music Achievers Award and the 2007 Nigerian Entertainment Awards Best New Act, Tosin Martins has established himself as a musical talent with massive crossover potential.

His debut album 'Happy Day' which spawned the lovers' hit 'Olo Mi' and the party favourite 'Happy Day' was a fresh fusion of different genres. Tosin's love of all music has also allowed him the artistic freedom to collaborate and share the stage with artists such as Keziah Jones, Kirk Franklin, Lagbaja, Weird MC and TuFace.

Raising the bar with his sophomore effort 'Higher' Tosin Martins has enlisted the skills of producers like Cobhams, Wole Oni, Jesse Jagz and artists like Naeto C, Banky W and M.I.

 Enjoy Kosigo feat Ego

  05 Kosigi Feat. Ego by WyldPytchRekords

Sauce Kid - Africa's Self Proclaimed Rap Ambassador

Making an impact with his 2006 debut single 'Omoge Wa Jo' feat Mike Okri, Sauce Kid gained the attention of Africa and garnered himself a Channel O Music Awards Nomination. Following up the left hook with a swift right jab, Sauce Kid dropped the anthemic 'Yebariba Samboribobo' which was a flip on the Scott Storch - Remy Ma hit 'Conceited'.

Sauce Kid didnt only catch the attention of the streets but also the industry and he inked a deal with Storm Records in 2009. Songs with 9ice, Riz, Ghetto P and DJ Zeez are on the new album  but while you wait for that here is a Sauce Kid's video for 'Na me be fine boy' to keep you going.

  Sauce Kid - Under G by WyldPytchRekords

Nigerian Operatic Pioneer - Joy Nwosu.

Godwin Sadoh is an African ethnomusicologist, intercultural musicologist, composer, church musician, organist, pianist, and a prolific publishing scholar with over 90 publications.

***Thats not him in the picture below its Joy***

He wrote a great essay on Joy Nwosu - read that while you listen to this.

  Joy Nwosu - Azania by WyldPytchRekords

Joy was definitely pushing the boundaries way ahead of her time.

YQ - Nigeria's Answer to Akon?

YQ is the authentic street soul-dier who had a massive underground smash Efimile in 2008 with his good friend and fellow musician Dagrin.  His highly anticipated debut album features collabos with MI, 2shotz, Naeto C and production from Sossick, Dokta Frabz and Sarz.

  YQ - I Like Girls by WyldPytchRekords 

New Music From Sasha

  sasha - Making Money (The Official Version). by WyldPytchRekords

New music from the first lady of Storm Records - Sasha

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

General Pype

General Pype fuses hip-hop, rock-pop and R&B into the rid dims of reggae and dancehall with a distinctive West African twist. The General calls his a “tube-sound” carried by striking vocals that capture a forest of emotions and textures, this is one artist who is re-defining the preconceptions anyone might have about Nigerian music.

General Pype cemented his reputation as an internationally acclaimed artist when his first single “Keep It Cool” (2007) featured in Season 6 of the popular American television drama series, The Shield and back home, his voice has become one of the most aired on radio. He is successfully mainstreaming dancehall and reggae music in Nigeria through collaborations with Sunny Neji (“Crush”), hip-hop Diva Sasha (“Strong thin”), Niyola (“Mo Ranyan”), MI (“Teaser”) and Sheyman (“Showa remix”).

Having shared the stage with Nigerian and international artists including Sean Paul, Akon, and the duo of Brick & Lace, Pype raised the stakes at the 2009 MTVBase Music Awards hosted by Wyclef Jean in Kenya, stunning the audience with an unforgetabble performance of “Teaser” with MI and South Africa’s Lira.

Pype's newest single, “Champion” is a brass-driven dancehall tune which is currently doing the rounds on all major African radio stations.

  Pype -Champion by WyldPytchRekords

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Naeto C

Naeto C is a the kid with the midas touch. Since he decided to put his medical path on hold for minute to explore his creative side, he has won the hearts of fans, the respect of his peers and the highest awards in the industry. Coming onto the scene in 2004 with the album 'You Know My P',

Naeto dropped his debut single 'Sitting on Top', the single went on to top the Soundcity and MTV Base charts for 8 weeks straight. The album also give birth to his production collaboration with the wizards of the boards Et-Quake (Ty Mix & VC Perez). They went on to lay down production for Storm labelmates Sasha, Dare Art-Alade, GT the Guitarist and Disconnect.

Never one to be pigeon holed, Naeto C followed up 'Sitting on Top' with the a hit collaboration record 'I Believe' feat R&B Gospel artist Sheun and South Africa's legendary vocalist Hugh Masekela. The tour soon followed with Naeto C lighting up the stages of the Channel O Awards, the I Believe Tour and rocking the stage with D'banj at the MTN Homecoming Concert.

Naeto topped off a fantastic year by dropping a monster club hit 'Kini Big Deal' certified Naeto C in the Africa charts as a force to contend with. With spins happening in clubs in Europe, America and Africa he has definitely proved to have that international crossover appeal and a strong sense of musicality. While Naeto busies himself preparing his sophomore release he has kept the fans happy with appearance at The This Day Music Festival (USA & UK), The Nokia Face of Africa and the opening of Big Brother Africa.

With a stack of awards from his HHWA Best Hip Hop Single, Soundcity Best New Male, Best New Act MTV MAMA's Award and his Video of the Year Award, the future looks bright for this medical musician.

To watch Naeto C’s Videos

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To watch Naeto C’s Performance at The Harvard Business School

  Naeto C 10 over 10 by WyldPytchRekords

GT The Guitarman

Since being discovered by Nigeria funnyman Omobaba in 2005 which led to his signing with Storm Records in the same year, 'GT the Guitarman' has quickly risen to being one of Nigeria's most promising new artists.

His first release 'Dreamer' (2005) was widely acclaimed by both the industry and fans alike, which led to collaborations with other notable artists such as Jazzman Olofin, Sasha and Dare Art on 'Eko Ile'. Not content with conquering just Nigeria, 'GT the Guitarman' caught the attention of Akon and was featured in the video for 'Mama Africa'.

His rising profile has seen him perform at the Silverbird Man of The Year Awards, Big Brother Nigeria Party, The Calabar Easter Festival and the M-Net Face of Africa Finale.

GT's debut album 'The Truth' is avaliable now for download and the lead single 'Osi Ma Gbomi' has been receiving regular rotation on both radio and music video channels across Africa.

  Gt Storm1 1 1 by WyldPytchRekords

Monday, 16 August 2010


victor olaiya

Olaiya's music bridges between Ghanaian highlife and what would become Afrobeat. 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 Afrobeat. The music includes the swinging percussion of Tony Allen, but not the syncopated style that Allen later pioneered.
His music is infectious, typifying highlife music, played with great energy. The unique style of some of his recordings is inimitable.
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.


Dele Taiwo
 was born forty years in Lagos to a Cleric father who founded Cherubim and Seraphim Church (Oke-Iyanu) Agege, Lagos. While growing he attended Bishop Oluwole Memorial Primary School, Iju, Agege. He later got admitted into Anwar Islam College but eventually graduated at Iloro Grammar School. His flair music grew with his age. While he was writing his final examination in secondary, himself and a few friends formed a band known as “The Young Shall Grow Band”. The band later metamorphosed into 'Gentle Man
Dele Taiwo and his Funky Juju Band'

Celestine Ukwu

Celestine Ukwu
began his musical career during the 1960's with Michael Ejeagha's Paradise Rhythm Orchestra in Enugu, capital of the former Eastern Region of Nigeria. He left four years later to launch his own band, the Music Royals. Following a hiatus caused by the Biafran war of independence from 1967-70, the Music Royals were resurrected as the Philosophers National, who distinguished themselves with a series of sparkling, subtle highlife releases during the 1970s. Ukwu's signature tune is undoubtedly 1970's "Igede (Pt. 1)," an instrumental piece based on Igbo folklore. Its haunting melody was the basis for the tune "Elozekwana Nwanne Gi" by Enugu chanteuse Nelly Uchendu on her 1978 LP "Aka Bu Eze" (Homzy HCE 012). Ukwu's crowning achievement was arguably 1975's "Ejim Nk'onye," which combined Igbo poetry with passages of instrumental brilliance. Sadly, Ukwu perished in an automobile accident in 1977, depriving Nigerian music of one of its shining stars. Titles in this discography for which there are no track listings are taken from Ronnie Graham's "Sterns/DaCapo Guide to Contemporary African Music."

Celestine Ukwu & the Philosophers National also released issued many 45's in the early '70s

Rex Jim Lawson (1935 - 1971),

 known as Cardinal Rex, was a singer, trumpeter and bandleader from Kalabari (Ijaw), Nigeria. One of the best-known highlife musicians of the 1960s, Lawson took highlife music to an intoxicating peak that has hardly been heard again after him.
Lawson played with Sammy Obot, Bobby Benson, Victor Olaiya, Chris Ajiko, and other Ghanaian and Nigerian musicians and bands. His greatest success came as the leader of the Mayors Dance Band; their recorded hits include So ala teme, Yellow Sisi, Gowon Special, and Jolly Papa. His most popular hit is probably Love Adure, which is still a sure floor-filler in Nigeria to this day.
A highly emotional and deep musician, Lawson was known to weep and shed tears while singing his own songs on stage, notably the haunting So ala teme. The late Sir Maliki Showman, the famous Nigerian tenor saxophonist who played with Rex Lawson, Bobby Benson and Victor Uwaifo, remembers Lawson as always placing music over money. Lawson is famed for his infectious gregariousness, his musical vision, talent, perseverance and individuality.
Lawson died in 1971 in a car accident on his way to play a show in Warri, Nigeria. He was 36 years old.
His music is loved to this day in Nigeria. His songs are regularly performed and danced at live band shows in Nigeria, and a number of young musicians have resang some of his old hits, and his relevance continues to be felt.


I.K. Dairo

I.K. Dairo

I.K. Dairo is often called The Father of Juju Music. In the 1950s and 1960's Juju was considered music of the 'poorer' people because it wasn't modern enough for the elite of the class-conscious Nigeria. After independence, I.K. Dairo was the chief reason Juju took off.
In 1957 I.K. Dairo founded his band, the Morning Star Orchestra, later to become the Blue Spots. He incorporated rhythms from all over the country, and even introduced the accordian and slide guitar. Dairo's lyrical skills gave him a string of hit records. In 1963 Dairo received an MBE for his achievements, the only African musician to ever hold such a title.


Born in Kaduna , Nigeria to parents of Abia State origin, Buchi’s early education began in Enugu and took him through Methodist College , Uzuakoli and Federal Government College , Enugu . In 1983, he came to Lagos to study English Language and Literary Studies at the University of Lagos , obtained a BA in 1986, MA in 1988 and later the same year took up an appointment to lecture at the same institution alongside a PhD programe. Buchi remained at the Department of English until 1994 when he yielded to the higher calling to propagate the gospel of Jesus through writing and singing in the reggae genre.

While in the university, his casual involvement in black activism through reggae club grew more intense after listening to Oliver Thambo and the officials of ANC (African National Congress) from South Africa, during the club’s exhibition on “Apartheid in South Africa” Again, having studied the black activist literature of Dennis Bruts, Wole Soyinka, Muta Baruka and the likes, Buchi’s preoccupation with reggae music as an “outcry against oppression” became deeper. Little wonder he also became involved in one of the campus confraternities which at the time prided themselves as anti oppression movements. This preoccupation with reggae music took a new turn when his friend Ras Kimono invited him to join the team of deejays on the Floating Bukka - a reggae nightclub situated on a docked vessel on the Marina , Lagos Island .

Foremost on the list of Buchi’s strong musical influences are Eric Donaldson, Joseph Hills , Burning Spear and Frankie Paul. In 1992, Buchi gave his life to Jesus in Christ Embassy Church and transmitted from the nightclub to the choir of that ministry, where he has remained till date. 1st album released 1999 (These Days) 2nd album released 2002 (So Beautiful) 3rd album released 2005 (What a Life) Married to Jane with 4 children Has ministered in church concerts including Reinhard Burnke’s stadium-packed outreaches. Multiple award winner including prestigious AMEN for Best in Gospel Category, 1999 Faith, POMP and TOMA Awards for Best Artiste, Reggae Artiste and Gospel album of the year variously.


At a national gospel concert in 1991, a sold out crowd awaits their favorite performance. The children’s gospel choir has rehearsed their hearts out and is waiting for their cue. Everyone seems ready. The music starts. Suddenly the young soloist looses her nerve and bows out. In a state of panic, his peers urge an untried youngster to sub in and take the microphone. Banky Wellington rises to the occasion, and at the tender age of 10, a star is born. Encore after encore, the entire crowd rises to a standing ovation. To this day, Banky Wellington has never looked back.

Blessed with an incomparably smooth voice, excellent writing and production skills, as well as uncanny showmanship and crowd pleasing dance ability, Banky is poised to take on the music industry.

Read more: http://www.myspace.com/banky#ixzz0w7trVAJv


A first glance taunted a comparison with Tracy Chapman. However, once I got over the dreadlocks and the guitar and got into the groove, I quickly realized that there was something far deeper in the soul searching vibes, something far more cultural than the fact that she sings in Yoruba.
As I started to get comfortable with her flow, I made a second attempt to define Asa… Songs like  Soul (featuring silver saddih), Fire On the Mountain, No One Knows, Burn, Jailer and even Eyin Mummy threw me off completely. I found myself right back at square one, left with nothing but respect and admiration at the sheer depth and breadth of her musical expression.
In a kinda bluesy, Jazzy, finger snapping way, Ilu (Nation) challenges our leaders and asks them what they have done with our great country. She reminds us of a time when the Naira was stronger than the dollar, of a time when police checkpoints were unheard of. “Dollar je Naira lowo… Ko si wetin you carry”. – Fela would be proud!
I had to remind myself to breathe while listening to Eye Adaba (Birds in the sky). Her rendition in English of the same exact song was a fresh experience that was just as amazing as the original. (I wan craze!). Mama (mother)/So Beautiful, a slow dance in honor of her mother highlights the sacrifice, selflessness and pricelessness of motherhood. I think I now have enough songs for my “Sweet Mother” mixtape. MAJOR brownie points coming my way on mother’s day! Iba (praise) brings it back to earth by giving thanks & praise to Heaven for all the things we tend to take for granted.
I’m not sure if it’s the sincerity in Bibanke (When I cry), the high from soaring with the birds, the rain outside or the vodka inside but um… Asa… will you marry me?
Asa has seriously raised the bar and set the standard in the “Yoruba Acoustic Soul” category.



I started playing music as a member of the church choir. I sang alto, bass among other numbers. I was about 10 years old then. Later when I gained admission into secondary school, my interest in music grew tremendously. Earlier, I was initiated into the tradition (Igborokiti) music of my people. I was then a pupil of Eke Oba Community School in Umuahia, Abia State. Igbokiriti is a genre of music played by the elders during funerals and other important festivals. Right from childhood, I gained popularity by entertaining people with a local guitar.

But in my secondary school, I used to play the music of George Benson, Bobby Benson, Hot Chocolate and other reigning musicians in those days. In my second year, I started leading the schools cultural music group. Other students loved me so much that the senior students stopped punishing me because I used to entertain them with my music. My nickname then was Ocean and the senior students called me Chimezie and the Ocean Band. I soon became a household name in the school because I used to play some funny sounds with my hand placed under my armpits.

Between education and music
As a member of the Literary and Debating Society, we had a programme billed for the television but I was not selected to represent my school and that made me sad. I wanted to appear on TV. But there was nothing I could do. So, I made up my mind that if I could not appear on a TV as a debater, I could appear as a musician. I wrote a letter to Pal Akalonu and Stoneface Iwuagwu who were then the producers of Now Sound asking them to feature me in their programme. Threafter I did not receive a reply.

Meanwhile, I was surprised one day when Stoneface Iwuagwu arrived at my School asking for me. He went to my principal and showed him a letter from the director of NTA asking me to come for recording. That was the happiest day of my life. But my happiness was short-lived. My parents did not want me to be a musician. In fact, I did not want to tell them that I was to go to Aba for recording. I knew they would have stopped me. But I had to raise the money for the trip to Aba.

First recording/band
Since I found it difficult to raise money, I had to engage in farming to raise eight shillings (80k). With the money in my pocket, I went to NTA Aba. During the recording, I sang Eddy Grants Neighbour, Neighbour, among other songs. I did it with some degree of maturity and the producers were thrilled. I was so excited that I would soon be featured on television.

I told my parents about it but they did not believe me. My parents had no TV then, but we all gathered round my uncles TV set and the programme was transmitted. My parents were astounded. I became an instant hero in my town. After my secondary education, my father insisted that I should proceed to the university. But I did not want to go. I established the Modernised Odumodu Cultural Dance Group and we became so popular in the whole of Eastern Nigeria. The group specialised in story telling through music. We told the story of Okonkwo in Chinua Achebes Things Fall Apart. Actually, Chinua Achebe influenced me a lot, along with Cyprian Ekwensi, Elechi Amadi and other novelists. We were moving towards singing authentic Igbo rhythm with modernised songs.

That was why we called ourselves Bright Chimezie and the Modernised Odumodu Cultural Group. That was the beginning of what you know today as Zzigima Sound. In 1979, I disbanded the group because there were clashes among the members. I later left home for Lagos where I stayed with my elder brother at Ajegunle.

Philosophy/live shows
My aim in those days was to play traditional music that would be accepted worldwide. I was bent on internationalising our traditional music. But in those days, I could not play the guitar. In fact, I owe a debt of gratitude to Joe King Kologbo who used to live in Apapa then. He was the first person to teach me how to play the guitar. He also featured me in a TV programme, Why Dont you be a Star at a time when the contract fee was only N15. Deinde Gilbert also featured me in a programme and I played at several night clubs such as Phoenician Night Club, Gondola Club (at Yaba) as well as Tee Mac Connection at Mama Koko Hotel, Ebute-Metta.

In 1980, I learnt that there were vacancies in the Customs and Excise Dance Band. I applied and was successful. I was there from 1980 to 1983. During this period, I combined my music with the job. I also featured at the Cultural Centre, University of Lagos on many occasions.

First album, Respect Africa
While working for the Customs, I was also busy shaping up my brand of music by producing demos. But the more I prepared the demo cassettes, the more they were rejected. In 1984, I was informed that Rogers All Stars Recording Company was interested in traditional African music. I went to Onitsha to give him my demo. He listened to it, and made his decision to release me. That was the birth of Respect Africa, the album that shot me into limelight.

Zzigima sound
Zzigima means Ozi I Ga Ma in Igbo language. It means the message that everyone (Africans) should know. My music is rooted in the cultural music of my people. I am out to promote African culture and African ways of life. Our people have become copycats in their manners of eating, dressing and even talking. All these have to change. Otherwise, Africans would not be different from bats that neither belong to the air nor to the land. We have to retrace our steps to our African ways of doing things, which are even superior to the European an American ways which we now imitate. That is all about Zzigima sound, the message for every African all over the world.

I was conferred with the Duke of African Music Award by the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Tribune Chapel, Ibadan on February 14,1998. I also bagged a chieftaincy title from Oba Omowonuola Oyeyode Oyesosin II, the Ogiyan of Ejigboland in Osun State.

Lagos — He pervaded the Nigerian music scene for several years with songs and a unique voice that touched several souls.



Although you may not think you have heard the name Brian Temba before, you will have heard his voice. Brian Temba started his career in his native homeland South Africa, where he sang for the likes of Jonathan Butler and Nelson Mandela. Nelson Mandela and Brian both come from the Tembu Xhosa tribe. Brian is now based in London where he has lived for the past 8 years.

With the likes of Amy Winehouse and Adele being celebrated for their great soulful sounds there has never been a more opportune moment for a male counterpart. Brian Temba is like a phoenix rising waving his own flag for the UK and delivering solid songs that touch your heart and move your feet.

Brian Temba's first single “Dominoes” displays classic guitar riffs and haunting strings while delivering emotive lyrics which capture the very essence of surrendering all when you have no place to turn. “Dominoes” with its vintage feel was produced by Steve Anthony formally one part of the great production outfit Blacksmith. (Lemar, Jamiroquai Craig David)

Due to Brian's background it was expected of him to make a living on the crime ridden streets of Pretoria but he had a once in a life time opportunity in 2000, Brian was part of the original cast for Disney's The Lion King in LA.

The success of his LA performance led to Disney promoting him to the role of Simba in London's West End run of the show. Since he left in 2005, Brian has been working on his debut album and he now has a story to tell because men where he grew up have not experienced this type of journey.

Brian says “It's a crazy and amazing time for me right now. I finally get to sing and write the kind of songs I have always wanted. I am influenced by a mixture of music from gospel classics like Kim Burrell to old soul greats like Stevie Wonder.”

The debut album “Something Better” will be release

Read more: http://www.myspace.com/briantemba#ixzz0w7fSZ6ZE


The sixth album of Reggae star, Nya Edward Inyang (Blackky) entitled Reggae Icon was launched recently at Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos. It was indeed an afternoon of fun for the guests who graced the ceremony as they were treated to beautiful tracks from the new album. The artiste who entertained guests with Rossie, one of the hit tracks in the album also used the opportunity to thank his fans, colleagues and well-wishers for always being there for him.
‘I feel very glad, I appreciate the presence of all my colleagues, fans, friends and loved ones who have come to witness this event. From the first song, Baby girl, currently enjoying airplay, we are overwhelmed by the response, which shows that the fans are welcoming me back in a grand way.

The duo of Charles Oputa (Charly Boy); President of the Performing Musician Employers Association of Nigeria (PMAN) and Oritz Wiliki, Second Vice Chairman launched the album with the sum of N100,000. After that, the floor was opened for interested individuals to launch the album and got them autographed by the artiste. 

In an interview with Daily Sun, Blackky shed light on why he chose the title Reggae Icon, saying: "I chose that title because over the years, people have come to know me as a reference point when it comes to contemporary reggae music in Africa. Speaking on his expectations from the album, the musician said: "As far as I am concerned, in all my albums, I have never expected hits. What I do is to play and compose my songs the way I can and leave the rest to my fans to decide.” 

Meanwhile, there was no dull moment on the occasion as the duo of Basketmouth and Teju Babyface spiced up the event with jokes. Guests who graced the occasion include veteran TV presenter Ruth Benamasia - Opia, former Miss Nigeria; Vien Tetshola, Esse Agesse-Ogoro, Tony Okoroji, Patrick Doyle, Sound Sultan, Zaaky Adzay, Muma Gee, Agatha Amata, and Azeezat, among others.
Blackky, a graduate of Sociology from the University of Lagos began his musical career as a DJ in 1986. As a student, he was a regular feature in concerts usually at Lekki during festive periods of Easter and Christmas.

Inyang however, 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 when he released his first album; About Tyme containing hit songs like Rosie, Blakky Skank and Sugar Stick. Between 1991 and 2005, he has released six albums and won many awards to his credit.
The Reggae Icon is also credited with hit tracks like L.M.A. Leave me Alone, Babygirl, African Dance Hall King, Delilah and Wife among others.


Ayinde Bakare
was a pioneering Yoruba juju and highlife musician. He began recording on the HMV label in 1937 and is thought to have been the first juju musician to use an amplified guitar, in 1949.
He was extremely popular with the socialites across Yorubaland, especially in Lagos and Ibadan in the 50s/60s. In the early 70s, during one of his performances in Lagos, Ayinde Bakare suddenly disappeared and he was later found dead.[citation needed] It was rumoured that he was called to the backstage by some unknown individuals who had pretended to be his fans and admirers.
His many records include a 1968 LP Live the Highlife, (Melodisc MLPAS 12-140).[3] Tribute to the late J.K. Randle / Eko Akete (Lagos Akete) / Adura Fun Awon Aboyun (Prayer for the Pregnant Women) / Ibikunle Alakija /Iwalewa (Your Manner is Your Beauty) /Ore Otito O Si(There's no true friend) / Mo b'eru Aiye (I fear the humanity) / Ile Aiye Ile Asan (Life is vanity upon vanity) /Agboola Odunekan / Olabisi Arobieke /Akambi Balogun
MLP 12-134 Great African Highlife Music Vol 2 Various Artists -includes Ayinde Bakare – Iwa Lewa/ Adura Fun Awon Aboyun / Se Botimo / The Late J.K. Randle
Singles Melodisc 1406 The Late J.K. Randle/Ibikunle Alakija

Thursday, 15 July 2010


Hailing from Mitcham, South West London, I present to you Start Kid Aka Startzy.B, born Shunom Yusuf, an 18 year old emcee. With only two years experience on the scene, Start Kid is fast making groundwork, and is set to be one of South London’s most recognisable names by the end of this year.

Currently working on his sixth mix tape project entitled ‘Start’s Not Kiddin’, along with recently shooting his first video ‘In The Club’, Start Kid is no stranger to hard work; all the recording, mixing, editing and mastering is done by himself, that’s not all, Start Kid also own his own clothing line, a record label – CTM Records and has managed gain a strong local following which he hopes to develop further.

“I started off spitting to Grime for fun around the ends with local crews, because I had nothing else to do” says Start. Unfortunately like many London youths, Start Kid managed to get caught up in negativities on the street, and turned to music to save him from a worse situation. “It’s do or be done round here”

“Things started to get crazy on road, and I ended up in the middle of a serious court case, when you’re that close to losing your freedom, and get a another chance, you’re like “rah, I need to do something that gets me clean out of here, when you’re around here, you have very limited options, so I feel like I need to get away, have a fresh start, and the best way for me to do that is to use the talent that god gave me” recalls Start

“I’m trying to avoid a jail or death situation, so I can’t stop making music, any free time I have I’m writing lyrics and recording. I have ‘Start Kid – The Demo’, ‘All Aboard The Starter Train’, ’Hovis – Best of Both’, ‘Startamania 1&2’ and most recently ‘Start From Scratch’, which I managed to sell over 400 copies locally. The money goes straight back into music, so there’s no time for resting at all.”

Start Kid describes himself as the ‘fly guy’ and has a vision to unify the underground and the mainstream cultures, “I want to bring the underground sound to the overground but I need the credibility to do that first”

“The mainstream is very ignorant towards the underground and vice versa, and don’t really want to know each other... so I see that as my job, to bring them together. I’m from the ‘ghetto/hood’, but spend Monday to Friday in a mainstream and higher class institution; I see how both view things and therefore I try to make music that can appeal to both.

“Grime isn’t dead or dying is still very healthy a lot of grime artists are making different kinds of music but diversity isn’t a crime, you can still be a Grime emcee and not make a Grime track, as long as you represent the scene and what grime is all about. If you live a certain way of life that’s what you are. A Grime MC can make a Funky tune, but that don’t mean they weren’t brought up in environment that relates best to the grime scene, a lot of artists aren’t brave enough to do that... to step outside their comfort zone. It’s more of a culture than just a sound”

When it comes to achievements Start Kid has quite a few under his belt, he’s been booked at the UK’s largest street party - Notting Hill Carnival, performing at venues such as SEOne, and sharing line-ups with the likes of Kano, Ghettz, Tinchy Stryder, Double S & Marvell, Ironik

“I’m really optimistic about my music, but it takes work, I don’t expect to make millions, of course I want it, but I’m a realist as well, I appreciate what I have, whereas many people want so much without earning it first. Spitting and making tunes is the easy part. I’ve been offered a scholarship to study music and entertainment industry management at university, which is beneficial because I believe I need all the knowledge I can get to push my clothing line and label forward, I want to be able to support myself and know how to develop my product independently, I don’t want to find myself in a situation where I need something and can’t reach it, so I need to gain and utilize those skills I strongly believe you should trust few and rely on none, if I can do everything myself why ask somebody else?”

Start Kid understands that before you can run; you need to learn to walk and has developed a steady pace and is progressing nicely with his career. “Thank you everyone that has supported me so far and much love to those who continue to do so, I’m going to make a lot of noise this year so keep your open, even you want to close them I’ll be hard to miss…BELIEVE!”



Born Emmanuel Teteh Mensah, 31 May 1919, Accra, Ghana, d. 19 July 1996. Known throughout West Africa as "the King of Highlife", Mensah was the single greatest influence on the development of the style, in a career which stretched back to the mid-30s.
His father was a keen guitarist and encouraged his son to seek out formal musical training. At primary school, he studied fife and flute, and was a key player in the school's marching band, going on to serve his apprenticeship with the Accra Rhythmic Orchestra between 1936 and 1944, employed first as a roadie, then as a saxophonist.
In 1945, he joined the legendary Black And White Spots, before switching to the Tempos Band in 1947, succeeding Guy Warren as its leader a year later. The Tempos inaugurated a new era in Ghanaian highlife, downplaying the role of jazz-based reed and brass soloing, and expanding the traditional drum and percussion section to give more prominence to folk-based rhythm patterns.
At the same time, the band incorporated Afro-Cuban rumbas and cha chas into its repertoire. The resultant style became known as big band highlife. In 1952, the Tempos were signed to West African Decca Records and quickly established themselves as Ghana's top highlife band with a string of hit singles, including "Sunday Mirror", "School Girl", "Cherry Red" and "You Call Me Roko".
Mensah's reputation spread throughout West Africa. From the late 40s onwards, he regularly toured throughout the region, inspiring local bands who until then had played largely imported jazz or Latin music, and encouraging them to include a far greater proportion of roots rhythms and song structures in their output.
Alongside his stylistic innovations, Mensah did much to improve the lot of Ghanaian musicians in the 50s and early 60s - raising the wages of his sidemen to a level which permitted them to buy their own instruments (as opposed to the prevailing system of hiring them from the bandleader, to whom they were then effectively in a feudal relationship), and helping found the Ghana Musicians Union (at a time when royalty payments were practically unheard of).
Under his leadership, the Tempos also served as finishing school to a large number of talented musicians, who went on to form important highlife bands under their own names - notable examples include the Red Spots and the Rhythm Aces. In the late 60s, big band highlife began to be perceived as outmoded, and - despite the 1969 release of one of his greatest ever albums, The King Of African Highlife Rhythm - Mensah went on to spend much of the 70s and early 80s employed as a pharmacist.


Born in Shanty Town ire Nigeria, Africa, RAS KIMONO was bred in the Ghetto, as a youth, he experienced oppression, brutality, hardship and inequality of human race. This became a major influence on his philosophy as a man, highly detesting injustice, corruption, favoritism and discrimination. Ras Kimono considers himself as people's pride. Re propagates unity among mankind, irrespective of color, religion of geographical boundaries.
RAS KIMONO is Nigerian's number one REGGAE Artist. But his popularity in Africa transcends all genre boundaries, his message is. constructive and well embraced by the masses, young and old. He is a RASTAFARIAN, God fearing man, Vegetarian, Farmer and Fisherman. He is married with children.


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Friday, 25 June 2010


His numerous fans call him gentleman. But his name is Mike Ejeagha. He is a folklore musician known for his story telling prowess, using music. Infact, it is a slang among the Igbos to say Akuko n’egwu Mike Ejeagha to a story teller.

His musical career started 56 years ago as he watched two guitar players around his compound at the coal camp Enugu in addition to paying attention to anything musical.

As he learnt the guitar, he was also playing other music. But having observed that singing in the native dialect could give him a better identity, he vowed to write and sing using Igbo lyrics. Afterall, his counterparts such as Ebenezer Obey,Victor Uwaifo among others did a similar thing.

With this resolve and the style he adopted, he succeeded in carving a niche for himself as a story teller-musician. His hit came in 1960- the year Nigeria got its independence. This septuagenarian folklorist who says story telling has established his life and developed Akuko n’egwu.


For lovers of Juba’s music, the launch would provide the platform to reminisce on his golden voice and savour his music altogether. For instance, some of his popular tunes are Asiko Laiye and Magbagbe Mi, which took Nigerian musical scene by storm and enjoyed air play in the late 70s.
Juba, who died in a mysterious circumstance on December 9, 1976, was a household name in the highlife circles. He was also favourite of party goers.

Commenting on his works, music critic, Benson Idonije, said: " The popularity and the acceptance of Crosdale’s Modibodo’s music could be measured by the surging crowd that took to the dancing floor each time Juba crept towards the microphone to sing. With trumpet in hand, he sang with a guttural, glossy voice as he produced modern jazz sounds reminiscent of Mike Falana. His voice can be likened to that of a nightingale, especially with the tinge of Ikale dialect which allows the lyrics tumble out with immediacy and urgency. He was a man gifted with special ability among his contemporaries and the fire in him was just about to spread until death subjugate."
Juba joined Victor Olaiya’s All Stars Band and he was able to forge a headway with his Modibodo Highlife tradition. Olaiya explored his repertoire to make his music more appealing.


The mega rare and unbelievably great African psychedelic full length by Ofege would set anyone back some serious cash even in the pre-hard times era of today and we won't even get into the condition of African LPs! Ofege were all high school students who cut this record with some lead guitar help from Mr. Berkley Jones (Guitarist of Blo) so there's some heavy duty fuzz damage throughout the record. This pushes all the right buttons all the time. Perfect.


Rare and sought after afro-funk & afro-beat
The Ikenga Super Stars of Africa, led by Victor Okoroego, weigh in here with a funky slice of Ikwokilikwo. The Ikengas were born in 1973 as "The Nkengas" when they split from bandleader Osita Osadebe, in the process hijacking the master tape that became the legendary Nkengas in London (Orbitone OTO 06, 1973). This was but a prelude, though, to the group's massive hit, 1975's Ikenga in Africa (Rogers All Stars ASALP 2)
The band continued kickin' it at least until 1984, when its output seemed to trickle out with the rather weak War Against Indiscipline (Rogers All Stars RASLPS 065). In the meantime the Ikengas established themselves as one of the most beloved Nigerian groups of all time, not only in their homeland but across Africa and in Europe as well. African music fans were delighted when a collection of Ikenga recordings, Great Hits Vol. 1 (Rogers All Stars RASCD 018), was finally issued on CD a couple of years ago.



Friday, 11 June 2010


Rare and sought after afro-funk & afro-beat
The Ikenga Super Stars of Africa, led by Victor Okoroego, weigh in here with a funky slice of Ikwokilikwo. The Ikengas were born in 1973 as "The Nkengas" when they split from bandleader Osita Osadebe, in the process hijacking the master tape that became the legendary Nkengas in London (Orbitone OTO 06, 1973). This was but a prelude, though, to the group's massive hit, 1975's Ikenga in Africa (Rogers All Stars ASALP 2)
The band continued kickin' it at least until 1984, when its output seemed to trickle out with the rather weak War Against Indiscipline (Rogers All Stars RASLPS 065). In the meantime the Ikengas established themselves as one of the most beloved Nigerian groups of all time, not only in their homeland but across Africa and in Europe as well. African music fans were delighted when a collection of Ikenga recordings, Great Hits Vol. 1 (Rogers All Stars RASCD 018), was finally issued on CD a couple of years ago.


Brian Temba's debut album Something Better is a very good foundation to build on. Produced by well-known UK producer Steve Anthony Campbell - who has produced international stars like Craig David, Lemar, Jamiroquai and Craenvelope - the album contains 13 beautiful tracks.
Temba, who is now based in the UK, is a seasoned musician. He has worked with renowned musicians including Hugh Masekela, Jonathan Butler and Vicky Vilakazi, starred in the internationally acclaimed Disney musical, "The Lion King" and shared stages with famous R&B musicians such as Tyrese Gibson. On this album Temba is at his best: his vocals are perfect, his lyrics are mature and the beats are super cool.
The album opens with Temba talking about love on the radio-friendly title-track, "Something Better", which is mainly driven by an acoustic guitar riff.
Track 4, "Desert Rose", is arguably Temba's best effort on the whole album. It's catchy, emotional and melodic. Temba is very creative here. He smoothly swings with the beat, hitting all the top notes, while also giving the bassist, Karlito, some space to shine.
Temba also includes his first hit single “Dominoes”, which is a fusion of classic guitar riffs and emotional strings. This album is about love and sees the singer generally focusing on the dynamics of love. On the track, "You Lied To Me", Temba features an unnamed female vocalist who helps him diliver an emotional piece of music. This one is for the heartbroken!
Other cool songs to look out for include "Don’t Let Me Fall”, “Better Then” and “Don't Care”.
The sound quality  is also remarkable. The lows are well managed, the highs are not so loud and the vocals are neatly placed.

Prince Nico Mbarga 'SWEET MOTHER'

Prince Nico Mbarga (1 January 1950 – 24 June 1997) was a highlife musician, born to a Nigerian mother and a Cameroonian father in Abakaliki, Nigeria. He is renowned for his hit song "Sweet Mother", recorded with his band Rocafil Jazz.
His music was inspired by the five years he spent in Cameroon during the Nigerian Civil War in the late 1960's. He played the xylophone, conga, drums, and electric guitar in school bands and he made his professional debut as a member of a hotel band, the Melody Orchestra, in 1970.
Although he only recorded one significant hit, "Sweet Mother," in 1976, which sold more than 13 million copies (and which is recognised as one of Africa's greatest songs), Mbarga played an important role in the evolution of African popular music. With his soulful vocals set to the light melodies of his acoustic guitar, Mbarga created a unique hybrid of Igbo and Congolese guitar playing and uplifting highlife rhythms. He formed his own group, Rocafil Jazz, to perform regularly at the Naza Hotel in the eastern Nigerian city of Onitsha.
After releasing a disappointing single in 1973, Mbarga and Rocafil Jazz had their first success with their second single, I No Go Marry My Papa, which became a regional hit. The band's inability to break past their local following resulted in their recording contract being dropped by EMI, a decision that proved ill-fortuned when the band signed with Rogers All Stars, a Nigerian recording company based in Onitsha, and recorded "Sweet Mother".[1]
Sung in Pidgin English, "Sweet Mother" became one of the top sellers in the history of Nigerian music. In the six years that Mbarga and Rocafil Jazz remained with Rogers All Stars, 1975 to 1981, they recorded nine albums.


Remember Evi Edna-Oghosi? She was the queen of hardcore reggae that stormed the music scene with an album, “My Kind Of Music” in 1987. Well, if you cannot remember her with this, perhaps the popular song, “Happy Birthday” would do the magic. Then, no birthday party was complete without Evi’s “Happy Birthday” blaring from the loudspeakers. Well, after a seven-year sojourn in France, Evi is set to stage a big comeback.

The musician had abandoned hubby, Emma Oghosi and two daughters to pursue her music career, first in the West Coast and later in France about seven years ago.
But Come Easter, Evi Edna, who is currently making waves in Paris, would release her new album, “Peace in the World” on the label of Premier Records Limited with whom she released most of her hit albums.

Says Premier’s Artistes/Promotion Manager, Daniel Akpan: “Reggae freaks would certainly have an exciting time this Easter period listening to the latest album of Evi-Edna.”
“Peace in the World” was produced by one of Nigeria’s talented producers, Fortune Otega, who is based in the US. The 10-tracker has songs like “Sida” (AIDS), “Time is Running Out”, “Urehe Ugberehe”, “Let Us Be Happy”, “Peace in the World” and a remix of three of her popular songs; “Obaro”, “Come And See The Lord” and “Jealousy”.

The artiste, who has been signed-on by France-based, W.L.D Music, would also release the new album simultaneously in other African Countries.

Apart from “My Kind Of Music”, Evi has six other albums to her credit. According to Akpan, Evi is expected in Nigeria in a few months time to promote the new album.
Meanwhile, Premier Records has compiled the promotional videos of Evi’s previous works for sale on VCD.





Cheif Commander Ebenezer Obey - Ayo lgbala 
The Pyramids - Ikom Allah
D' Banj - Mo Gbono Feli Feli
Chakka Da' Souljah - Ichiban
Dr. Sid - Something About You
Wrinkars Experience - Fuel For Love
D'banj - Celebrate ft. Wande Coal
Asa - Eyin Mummy
Monomono - Tire Loma Da Nigbehin
Tunji Oyelana & The Benders - Ifa
The Mebusas - Son, Of Mr. Bull Dog
Breakers Yard - Shake Your Arse (Alaye Funky house remix)
Ofo The Black Company - Allah Wakbarr
The Funkees - Onye Nmaya 1 & 2