[In Pictures]: Day two at New World Nigeria with Wande Coal + Choc Boiz
Described by DIV as the future of African hip-hop, M.I is a prolific songwriter, musician, lyricist and producer. He has worked with artists like Don Jazzy, Kel, Djinee, Shifi (Style Plus), Jesse Jagz, Ice Prince, Ruby, Lindsey and Leony, while also running Rytchus Era Productions with his brother Jesse Jagz.M.I has been likened to Kanye West for his flirtatious experimentation with different genres from R&B to roots reggae to pop – all built on a hip hop foundation.
Jesse Jagz’ hit hip hop songs include Bend down low, Sugar Cane Baby, The Greatestand Wetin Dey, while the classic My Brother was included in the International Music Entrepreneur of the Year 2008 compilation.
Award-nominated Jesse Jagz also represented Nigeria at the 2009 Sauti Za Busara Music Festival in Zanzibar, Tanzania. This annual international festival of East African music has established itself as one of Africa’s leading festivals.
Ice Prince appeared on the scene in Nigeria in 2004 with his debut singleExtraordinary. But it was his single Oleku that hit number 1 in 2010, cementing his places as a star in Africa.
Citing his influences as Notorious B.I.G., Rakim, Jay-ZKanye West, Ludacris, Busta Rhymes and Lauryn Hill, Ice Prince has collaborated with MI, Jesse Jagz, Dekunle Fuji, Rugged man, Kennis St Brown (KSB), Sauce Kid, da suspect, YQ, El Dee, Naeto C, Mo Cheddah and Whiz Kid d-black amongst others.
Brymo recorded his debut album Brymstone in 2007, before going onto promote the hit single Shawdy with a video that reached number 2 on the MTV African top ten countdown, and number 1 on the Nigezee top 10.
In 2010, he met rapping sensation M.I., who introduced him to Jesse Jagz and Ice Prince. Shortly after, he signed up to the Chocolate City music label. He has been described as the master of hooks because of his contribution to the Ice Prince monster hit Oleku.
Like many great musicians, Wande started singing in the teenage choir at his church, before getting his break in the entertainment industry as a dancer.
He continued improving his vocal skills and was signed to Don Jazzy’s Mo’hits records in 2006. His first single of the cv album ololufe has been described as the greatest love song ever written by a Nigerian.
Images courtesy of Sloetry
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