Before the contemporary Nigerian musicians/artistes got hold of the music industry, there were artistes who rocked the airwaves and stages with their songs and this article is going to highlight those artistes who made our childhood memorable below-
Eedris Turayo Abdulkareem Ajenifuja who is popularly known as Eedris Abdulkareem was born in Kano to a Yoruba parents from South Western Nigeria.
Eedris who was a big fan of good music discovered rap music while he was a student at the Army Day Secondary School and has been writing songs ever since. He came to limelight when he joined the group called “Remedies” a group that also had Tony Tetuila and Eddy Montana. After some good time together, they all went solo.
The breakup didn’t have anything to do with Eedris Abdulkareem as he released his solo debut album “P. A. S. S” meaning Pain and Stress= Success in 2002. The title track in the album “Mr. Lecturer” was one of the major track that attracted the interest of fans as he had talked about burning issues happening in the four walls of most universities, like sexual harassments from lecturers, extortion etc.
Eedris was one artist that had the welfare and good interest of Nigerians at heart because he always made sure he released songs that concerned the betterment of the nation by addressing ill doings of leaders who didn’t make effort to have a better Nigeria. All these and more prompted him to release a single called “Jaga Jaga” which was also the title of his second solo album. This album was banned by the then President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo.
“Letter to Mr. President” was another album the singer put together to respond to Obasanjo’s outburst and a track in it was a tribute to the president’s wife Stella Obasanjo who died in October, 2005.
Eedris Abdulkareem is one artist everyone will love to see come back to do what he knows how to do best. Fans will certainly be honored.
African China whose biological name is Chinagorom Onuoha is one artiste who also used his music to tackle most ills happening in the society. He described his songs as a type of music that is mainly African in Nature while tagging it as Pidgin Reggae/Dancehall” style.
The singer grew up in Price ghetto of Lagos, Nigeria. It was from here the Singer got the inspiration of most of his lyrics. He professionally started his career in the year 1999.
African China released albums titled “Crisis”, “Mr. President” etc. According to the singer, his name AFRICAN CHINA stands for – “African Children Have Ideas Natural for Africans”. His music were songs people loved to listen to because they could relate.
Tony was a former member of the “Remedies” alongside Eedris Abdulkareem and Eddy Montana. After he broke away from the group, Tony became successful as a solo artist. One of his songs that made waves then was “My Car”
Aside music, he developed interest in politics and ran for a political office in the House of Assembly of Kwara state as a candidate for the All Progressive Congress party in 2014 and later claimed that he was denied the political position. Tetuila really marked his territory in the heart of his fans as he gave good energy and vibes.
Weird MC is a Nigerian rapper, song writer, and producer known for her English/Yoruba lyrics. Weird MC who is biologically known as Adesola Adesimbo Idowu is an Ogun state indigene born in the United Kingdom to parents who didn’t applaud the idea of her going into showbusiness. She had her secondary school education in Maryland comprehensive Secondary School, Lagos, Nigeria where she made friends with four other girls with whom she formed the hip-hop group Weirdos although they later went their separate ways.
After a year in the university, she left to focus on her musical career and having a qualification in music technology. Weird MC toured the UK with DJ PTee Money in the later half of 1990 and throughout 1991. In 1992, after working with music producer Kevin Best for two months, Weird MC released the single “I Wanna Make You Jack/Let’s Get Wet” which received positive reviews from music critics and also reached number one (1) on the Choice FM chart.
Later in 2006, she released her second album, “After Da Storm” which had Don Jazzy and JJC produced a single from it called “Ijoya.” This immediately brought her to limelight. It was a massive success that earned her an Amazon award for Most Pop song and a Channel O music video award for Best special effect.
Ruggedman who is a Nigerian rapper hails from Ohafia in Anambra State. Ruggedman also has other nicknames like Ruggedy Baba, Mr.Controversial, Opomulero. He is a graduate of political science from Lagos State University,Oro.
In the year 1999, Ruggedman started exploring music. As a very talented artist, he produced his own songs and released two tracks in 1999. He had himself launched into the music industry in 1999 eventually becoming the most featured rapper in Nigeria as at then. His albums were all released on his personal record label, Rugged Records.
He has performed worldwide alongside International acts such as Sean Paul, Kanye West, Maxi Priest, Akon, Nas, Wyclef. Ruggedman hosted the NB PLC sponsored Star Quest reality TV talent show in 2009, 2010 and 2011 consecutively.
Lágbájá whose biological name is Bisade Ologunde is a songwriter and a percussionist who has a mask on as his brand signature. He is one artiste that devoted his time to give fans quality music.
He adopted the name Lágbájá which means faceless or anonymous as he started his musical career in the early 90’s. He formed his first small band in 1991 in Lagos after he had taught himself the rudiments on how to play a saxophone. Using a high quotient of percussion instruments including congas and talking drums. Lágbájá album “We Before Me” released in 2000 demanded honesty from politicians and urged brotherhood and unity. He shared lyrics of his songs with a back up singer Ego Ihenacho. As a notable artist, he won the 2006 Channel O Music video awards, Best male video (Never Far Away)
These artistes impacted fans with their music and also showed the love of their craft regardless.
With this, we say-
Cheers! To Good Music
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