Chronicles of the “Unblown”: 5 Nigerian Artistes Who Blew and are Now Upcoming Artists
The music industry especially that of Nigeria is one that is a blend of oddities. It is a mixture of several forms ranging from Afro-Beats to Pop. In all these genres, there is expectedly the good, bad and the ugly.
Anyway, that aside, we would be focusing on the ones whose lights shone and may no longer shine in the Nigerian Music Industry. That is those artists who had their time in the spotlight and are now behind the curtains. This is not for the one hit wonders but those that rode and rose on the waves of their time but were not able to adapt to the change in the musical seasons.
Here’s the top five of Nigeria’s “Unblown” Artistes!
Eedris Turayo Abdulkareem Ajenifuja was the King of Nigerian Hip-Hop in the early 2000’s. His album, Mr. Lecturer was the go-to album for 90’s kids. Before his solo career, he performed with hip-hop band The Remedies from 1997 until they split in 2002. His jam, Jaga Jaga which was also the name of his third album was banned from radio by President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2004. His last not-too-known release was in the year 2012 which was a sequel to his hit track, Jaga Jaga.
Unfortunately, the unblown star features in a couple of tracks every now and then with no tracks of his own. When he is called upon which is rarely, he grants interviews laced with insults for everyone.
The baby boy of the Choc Boys crew and Oleku Crooner! Jos boy, Panshak Zamani rose to fame following the release of his single, Oleku. He continued to steadily dish out mad jams like Aboki, I Swear, More among others. His debut album, Everybody Loves Ice Prince was a hit, with tracks like Super Star and Oleku on it. Ice Prince also dropped his second album, The Fire of Zamani in 2013. In July 2015, he was named the Vice President of Chocolate City.
Weirdly, by 2016, the Fire of Zamani seemed to diminish without explanation. The Nigerian Twitter Community used this to troll the former star when he tweeted his admiration for American President, Donald Trump after his electoral victory.
However, Ice Prince may be planning a comeback soon following his impressive hook on the 2017 track, Particula which he was featured on alongside Jidenna, Nasty C, Patoranking and Major Lazer.
Alexander Adegbola Ajifolajifaola (there are more names but let us go with these), popularly known as 9ice is or was a force to be reckoned with the music industry. The Little Money musician officially “blew” in the year 2005. Before that, he was a member of a group, Mysterious Boys and subsequently, his own group, Abinibi, both of which are no longer in existence. His first album Tradition shot him higher in the music sphere. His second studio albumhttps://goo.gl/images/2EA2Fa, Gongo Aso named after his hit track cemented the notion that he was made for music.
Unlike others, 9ice’s “unblowing” can be traced to 2014 when he decided to contest for a political position in Ogbomosho, Oyo State. Unfortunately, he lost out in the primaries under the umbrella of the broom, All Progressive Congress (APC). Since then, the hidden star has released a couple of songs, some of which have been bashed for their promotion of yahoo yahoo like his recently banned Living Things.
Someone on Twitter recently said that the only time when Jaywon’s music is now relevant is when it is a New Year because of his evergreen track Odun Yi (This Year). This may be true now but not some years ago. The Kogi born artist was known for some great tracks like Facebook Love, Mandantin and Back to Sender. Sadly, the last time we really heard from him was on social media. While we await his return, we will hold fast to Odun Yi.
The last on our list for today is the Perfect Gentleman crooner, Sean Tizzle. Born Morihanfen Oluwaseun Oluwabamidele. Before his solo career, he started a music group called 3-way Band. Fortunately, for him, he was signed by Difference Entertainment.
By 2013, he released his debut single, Sho Lee which shot him into the limelight. He maintained the intensity by releasing other noteworthy tracks and even an album titled The Journey which had lit tracks like Loke Loke and Igi Orombo amongst others.
After his album, the star released a couple of singles between 2015 and 2017 which did not receive as much recognition as we would expect. His EP, Moving Forward (Vol. 1) which was released in 2017 is not popular among music enthusiasts in Nigeria. Sean Tizzle also became a father last year which will probably slow his career down. Still, let’s wait and see!
Let us know in the comments, who do you think belongs or does not belong on this list?