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Bianca Okorocha: Nigeria’s ‘Rock Goddess’ aims to break the stereotypes in rock music

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Singer Bianca Okorocha, aka Clay, is something unusual in the world of Nigerian music.

In a nation dominated by Afrobeats, the 26-year-old who calls herself the “Nigerian Rock Goddess” is trying to change long-held perceptions that rock is something alien to her country’s music scene.

Dressed in black with a crucifix sign on her cheek, she gives her alternative rock style a hometown vibe with lyrics in local languages: Igbo and Nigerian pidgin.

Okorocha’s new single,

“Wetin you want”, which translates as “What do you want”, tells her story of defiance in a city full of crooks and hustlers with the catchphrase “This is Lagos”.

“People tell me that when they hear my song on the radio and they heard the English part, they thought it was an American song, and next thing they heard Igbo. My God she is Nigerian,” Okorocha told Reuters Television.

Okorocha says her musical style is heavily influenced by her father’s love of rock.

“Rock music chose me, because even when I was young without any idea or plan of going into music at all, I was already writing songs on the side and they were all rock songs,” she says.

“When I had to pick my own TV channel, I was picking channels that play rock music so this is something that I always liked when I was growing up as a child and my dad too influenced that because he used to listen to Bon Jovi and the likes.”

Okorocha began singing in a church choir then moved on to perform in bars and at concerts.

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She released her first single in 2011, “Ogadisinma”, or “It’s going to be well”, which went down a storm.

Musician Jazz Atta is a fan.

“I loved it, I loved that raw thing, like you could feel where she was coming from, you could feel the music, you could feel the soul.” 

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Dr Sid drops The Interesting EP

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Nigerian singer and Mavin artiste, Sidney Esiri also known as Dr Sid has released his long-awaited EP titled “The Interesting EP” on Friday, May 8, 2020.

‘Interesting EP’ houses 5 solid tracks and features rapper, MI Abaga alongside, Don Jazzy, LadiePoe, and Eyango.

The EP was released as Mavin Records celebrated 8 years anniversary after it was established by Don Jazzy on May 8, 2012.

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The label’s inception came to fruition following the closure of Mo’ Hits Records which was owned by the producer and D’banj.

The label is home to recording artistes such as Korede Bello, Dr SID, D’Prince, Di’Ja, Johnny Drille, Ladipoe, DNA Twins, Rema, and Crayon.

It also houses producers such as Jazzy himself, Altims, and Baby Fresh and in 2014, DJ Big N became the label’s official disc jockey.

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Tiwa Savage, Wande Coal, Reekado Banks, and Iyanya were all formerly signed to the label.

 

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Roze’s ‘Ileke’ beats Simi’s ‘Duduke’, tops Nigeria iTunes songs

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The latest single “Ileke” by the Nigerian US-based music duo, Roze has hit number one spot on the Nigeria iTunes top songs beating the likes of Simi’s “Duduke”, Adekunle Gold’s “Something Different” and even other international stars like Drake, Adele, Wiz Khalifa among others.

Roze, made up of two brothers, Row and Zuwa Agbonayinma dropped the single and video “Ileke” on all digital platforms on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 and it has since caught fire for its melodic rhythm, powerful vocals and enthralling beat. The title of the song “Ileke” simply means the African waist beads but beyond that, the duo explores the function of the ornament in relation to a woman’s bum and how it defines and accentuates it during dance.

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After practically sending the social media into a meltdown with rendition of cover of Rema’s latest single “Beamer” in April, Row and Zuwa definitely are writing their own story of greatness with “Ileke,” shooting themselves to the top of the reef in less than 5 days of the release of the song.

The Top Ten songs on the Nigeria iTunes are Roze’s Ileke at number one, Simi’s Duduke at number two, followed by EESKAY’s Sanitize, Seun Moon’s Ileke, Ladipoe and Simi’s Know You, Natalie Taylor’s Surrender, Hanno’s No Doubt (Featuring Realzy), Sokid’s Away, Adekunle Gold’s Something Different and Mayorkun’ Of Lagos.

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Ileke was produced by top producer, Mekoyo and the video was put together by Clarence Peters.

When the duo did a cover of Mavin’s Rema’s “Beamer” back in April the ovation for them was so loud even Don Jazzy himself had to commend them for the effort. Some people who saw the cover on Instablog9ja begged the Mavin’s boss to organise a remix of the song, collaborated between Rema and Roze.

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The music duo, born Eghosa Rodney Agbonayinma (ROW) and Osazuwa Michael Agbonayinma (ZUWA) popularly known as Roze are children of politician and music lover, Hon Ehiozuwa Johnson Agbonayinma. They were born in Houston, Texas, January 11, 1998 and July 30, 1999 respectively.

Their other songs include like Too Much, All These Things, The Whole Night, Good things, Impressions, Stranded and Patience.

Roze is signed to U&I Music owned by their father

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New Song: Broda Shaggi – ‘Gbedu’

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Nigerian Ace Comedian cum singer, Broda Shaggi as he released a brand new song titled “Gbedu”.

The song was taken off his recently released extended playlist, ‘Fine Boy Agbero Vol. 1 EP’.

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