Why I parted ways with Kennis Music – 2baba

…Says tour of Isreal loading
…..Sets to drop  next album, Warrior, on February 28
He has been on the scene for the past 20 unbroken years; since he came to national limelight as a member of Plantation Boyz. Even as a solo act, he has released a monumental hit song, African Queen, that can only be compared to Nico Mbarga’s ‘Sweet Mother’. We are talking of 2baba who graciously responded to our questions on his career.

20 years on stage, tell us, how  you feel about the milestone?

I’m thankful to God, grateful to my fans. God for life, talent and grace. The fans for their loyalty and support.

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For the sake of the unborn 20 years ago, can you recap for them how it all started for you musical and where?

It started from my early childhood. I discovered my talent and passion for music. I just focused on working towards becoming a successful artiste. I was part of different groups in the 1990s,  from Bad Manners to Plantashun Boiz. We dropped our first official single in 1999, “Knock Me Off”, produced by the great Nelson Brown and the rest as they say, is history.

You were an integral part of Platation Boyz, will it be right to say that your exit from the group led to its disintegration?

I don’t think so. There was an understanding in place that we would at some point, branch out and do solo projects and still be able to perform as a group.

2baba (middle), Face (l) and Blacface inthe days of Plantation Boyz

Your debut as a solo act shot you to the limelight, what or who inspired the lyrics of the monumental hit, African Queen?

It was the desire to celebrate all the beautiful African women in the world.

Is it true that the song gave you the biggest break  of …?

Yes. It turned turned out to be my fans’ favourite on my debut album.

Did African Queen bring you as much fortune compared to the fame it brought you?

I believe you’re talking of the album, “Face 2 Face”. I would say it brought more fame in the short term but the fame brought fortune along the way.

2baba and his African Queen

Even after the the fame you got from “Face 2 Face”, which was released on Kennis Music label, why did you call it a quit with the label?

I fulfilled the terms of the contract and released a second album. We didn’t quite agree on terms of renewal so I went on to record on Hypertek, my own label.

2baba and his African Queen

Unconfirmed rumour had it that you were planning a collabo with Bongs Ikwue another great musician son of Nigeria from Benue State, why has it not happened, if the rumour was true?

It has been a dream of mine for a long time. Hopefully it will happen sooner than later.

What is happening to 2baba Foundation? Is it all about political education awareness?

The focus over the last few years has been on peace building, emergency intervention and civic education. We have been busy working on projects with key partners like NDI/YDI on “Vote, not Fight”, Red Cross, UNHCR on IDP support initiatives and Buckwyld Media/YDI on the upcoming “Power of 1 Challenge” among others.

The power of 1

Finally, tell us what’s next on the #20YearsAKing project after the Lagos concert.

The tour continues. We’re doing Tel Aviv, Isreal this February and also delivering on our promise of a new album. “Warriors” drops on February 28.


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