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Like Michael Jackson, I want people to faint and die for me too – Nigerian singer Hanujay

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Nigerian multi-faceted singer, comedian and content creator, Hanujay, has said he wants to be seen in the same light as the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson.

Hanujay, whose real name is Aghogho Hanu Agbodje, says he has the aspiration to be big like ‘Wacko Jacko’ because the deceased musician is a huge influence on his journey into music.

“Music, probably wouldn’t have been a big thing in my life. I got into it because I saw Michael Jackson on TV and I was like 3-5 years at the time. It was totally amazing and exciting at the same time, seeing what he could do and how people loved him. In fact, I fainted and died for him and I want people to do that for me too. The beginning was alright, the process was great. I learnt for a couple of years, went to music school before making music; then I realized I was the real McCoy,” he said in a The Sun report.

He says, however, that things didn’t start to go up for him until 2018 when he released his first EP and the second the year that followed to announce his intention on the music scene.

“In 2018 I released the ‘Vibes’ EP’ which consists of 8 songs: namely; Dance; Special; Dodo; Fine Wine; Rock Well, Skit, No Smoking Zone, and Good Love. That was in January 2018. Then I released another EP, in December 2019 titled ‘Let’s smoke and Fuck” with 5 tracks: namely; Uber, Magic, Love, Guyman and Vibration. They were all produced by Patricia Studios. There are so many more unreleased singles. Just watch out for Hanujay.’

The two EPs, according to critics were not run-of-the-mill stuff; the titles were off the rail and there were a lot of questions on Hanujay’s identity and what he stands to portray in the music industry.

“There’s nothing kinky about the titles. They only sound a little sensational but absolutely harmless. The first is pretty chilled, just vibes. The second one was more like a magnet tool; it’s something everyone can relate to, either you practise it or you know someone that does. It was just to draw attention; when you listen to the playlist you’ll understand better. The first EP “Vibes” is pretty cool.”

Aghogho Hanu Agbodje known as Hanujay is a graduate of Delta State University. He hails from Warri, Delta State, Nigeria. He is a musician, comedian and a content creator. He was a dancer before music took hold of him through the influence of ‘King of Pop,” Michael Jackson.

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Talking about his music, he added: “Good music makes you happy and not only dance. If music doesn’t make you happy or dance, then it’s not good music. How you perceive music sometimes depends on the mood and the combination of sounds that feeds that particular mood. Nigerians make wonderful music. I think we are leading on different fronts, globally and musically.”

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Hanujay doesn’t stick to any particular genre of music. He said he believes in combining different kinds of sound to generate his own special sound.

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Video: 2Baba drops Opo Ft. Wizkid

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Veteran Nigerian singer, 2Baba drops the official music video to his most recent song “Opo” featuring Starboy Wizkid.

“Opo Video” performed by 2Baba and Wizkid is the second official music video released from the HyperDigital boss 7th Studio Album ‘Warriors’ a follow up to ‘We Must Groove’ featuring Burna Boy.

“Opo” means plenty, the legendary singers talks about an Endowed lady. The song is a feel good jam with a lovely vibe, melody and catchy lyrics. This definitely is fans’ favourite from the Warrior Album.

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The music video was directed by award-winning video director, Clarence Peters.

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Reminisce ft. Fireboy on new song ‘Ogaranya’

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Remilekun Safaru, a Nigerian rapper-songwriter better known as Reminisce, has enlisted Fireboy, a YBNL-signed singer, for his collaborative single titled ‘Ogaranya’.

The song, which was released on Monday, is produced by Sarz, a showbiz mogul, as part of Reminisce’s upcoming six-track EP ‘Vibes and Insha Allah’.

In ‘Ogaranya’, which doubles as an Igbo title describing a person of financial influence, Reminisce brings aboard his Yoruba-Pidgin rap flows as Fireboy croons about romantic stints in the background.

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While the song comes as Fireboy’s first feature outside YBNL since he joined the label, it also doubles as one of Reminisce’s followups to ‘Prosperity’, his collaborative track with Falz, a colleague rapper.

Reminisce had his first song in 2006, recording a hardcore rap album at Coded Tunes but the project was never released. He thereafter decided to focus on his studies and complete schooling.

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In 2008, he had a rap verse on a track titled ‘Bachelor’s Life’ off ‘Gongo Aso’, 9ice’s sophomore album. ‘Ever since’ and ‘If Only’, his first and second singles, would later establish him in the country’s music industry.

With four albums to his name, the rapper has snagged multiple awards, worked with notable musicians across Nigerian, and made a slew of critically acclaimed tracks.

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Tanzanian singer, Vanessa Mdee, quits music, says its demonic

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Tanzanian singer, Vanessa Hau Mdee, has announced her decision to quit her music career.

The 32-year-old songstress said it on her 29 minutes Podcast “Deep Dive with Vanessa Mdee”.

According to Mdee, the music industry is demonic and she is currently working on being an advocate of honesty, beauty and what facing your demons can do for you.

She said,

“I don’t know who needs to hear this, but my mission is to be a light. I know that I would probably disappoint a few people and that’s okay.

”I know that my fans don’t wanna hear this but guess what am never be too far away from you, trust me. The reason why I had to leave the industry is that I needed to choose my life, the music industry is demonic.

”People will tell you half-truth about what really goes on, and the truth is I just wanna be an advocate for honesty and beauty and being a sincere advocate for what facing your demons can do for You.

“Now my fans are probably asking themselves right now; Are you gonna never sing again? Are we gonna never see you perform? Let me reiterate, I love music, I love to create, I love to perform, I’m a vessel, this is what I was brought on earth to be.

Mdee also recalled becoming an alcoholic who could drink herself to sleep after becoming depressed.

“My advice to someone out there is that be true to who you are. I used to say this in many interviews but not really understand any of it, because then again it sounded like the right thing to say.

”But be true to who you are, I had to look at myself, face myself that it was pain, it was shameful, it was scary but I had to do it because there was no other way and in that I found peace and in that I found elevation, I found desire and passion for life.

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