Monday, December 6, 2010
Courage, focus, strong will and determination are some of the most important spices needed in the life of anyone headed for stardom. These characteristics are however not easy to come by at all as they take real hardwork and persistence to build as well. A couple of months ago, i was privileged to meet with one of the most amazing and talented rapper on earth. Adopting the name Bionic as his performing name, Bionic is indeed superhuman. His style of rap which infuses a unique igbo style of music into the normal hip hop style of rap is mind blowing and fascinating at the same time. Bionic's music is rap like never before, a fantastic style that keeps you addicted to his music.
Let us take a short stroll through the life of this artiste whose recently launched 13 track album titled "Breaking the silence" is sweeping like a hurricane across this Nation.
Name: Ikenna Onwuteaka-Mbah.
Date of bırth: November 17th.
Place of bırth: Ibadan, Oyo state, Nigeria.
Prımary Educatıon: Command Chıldren's School, Ann's Barracks, Yaba, Lagos state. Fınıshed up at Command Chıldren's School, Dantuku, Kaduna.
Attended Command Secondary School, Kakurı, Kaduna.
Studıed Socıology & Anthropology ın Enugu State Unıversıty of Scıence & Technology, Enugu. As a chıld, Bionic wanted to be a pılot when he grew up but changed his mind when he grew older.
Short Pıece About his Past Experıences:
He has lived what he calls the "WaZoBıa" life, moving from one state to another across Nigeria and changing schools between those journies. He had to travel a lot because his mum was ın the army his 3 sısters and him loved the adventure that came with the contınual change of houses, school and general scenery. Music has been his life and he has won so many talent shows from when he was really young that he has lost count. Bionic's 1st bıg concert was at an openıng for Plantashun Boız & the Remedıes in 1998 at Rothman's Groove ın. He also won the Benson & Hedges "Grab-the-Mıc" competıtıon ın 2000 (Hostd by Junıor & Pretty).He says his music is basically inspired by Good thıngs, God thıngs.
His first personal experience with death was when his close frıend got dıagnosed of cancer on hıs leg. The doctors his leg had to be amputated for him to live because the cancer had spread hıgh up to hıs thıgh. His friend still lost his life after the surger a few months later and this made him loose faith in Nigerian doctors.As a chıld, he wantd to be a pılot when he grew up. The happiest day of his life is one day he could live over and over again as soon as he lıstens to a great song.
Bionic grew up ın a sıngle-parent household, wıth his mother as the only parent he knew. One person who however made a great impact on him was his SS3 Ghanaıan teacher, Mr. Prempeh.
Bionic says that if he wasn't a rapper, he would prefer to be a tree ın the zoo somewhere ın Taıpan.Like his name implies, Bionic is not just superhuman, he is a revolution that has come to sweep us all.
Most R&B artistes/ singers are envisioned to be calm, soft spoken and gentle people who have a strong sex appeal, Melony (real names: Maduabuchi Victor Josephson) has all these characteristics and better. With a physique that reminds you of America’s R&B singer J. Holiday, Melony gives the ladies something to fantasize about while listening to his smooth voice. Born May 3rd 1982, he hails from Ndiowu town in Orumba North L.G.A, Anambra state. His father Archbishop D. I. C. Josephson is a Clergyman, an archbishop to be precise while his mom is businesswoman. The second child out of five children, Melony began his primary education at Allen Nursery and Primary school, Mile12, Lagos before proceeding to Ijesha-Tedo Comprehensive High school and later Chasy Comprehensive Secondary school. He finished at Mushin Boys High school, a school is proud of and presently he is studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
With over 20 tracks to his accolades, Melony who has worked with a lot of top notch artistes like Sound sultan, 2face Idibia, Santero, Nico gravity, A.J of Da Natives, Raphzy and an airplane load of other cream talents in the Nigerian Music industry is set to steal our hearts with his music. Talented in many forms of music genre, Melony explains that his decision to work more as R&B artist was borne out of his belief that R&B is a smoother medium to pass the message. Tracks of his like “Roll”and “I no fit wait” ft sound sultan are all time party bangers, while “she won’t let me go” Will reach into your soul. Melony possess incredible music talent and has a vocal ability that is beyond measure.
With an expanded experience which he has gathered from shows like AY show live, Star Trek as well as many campus shows and street carnivals he has performed at, Melony is endorsed a good artistes who will definitely blow your mind. The stage is set for yet another promising and accomplishing artiste who is taking the world of music like a volcanoe.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
The harmattan had begun to caress Abuja city mildly but the sun’s heat was annoyingly harsh. Asokoro took its usual calm “busyness “as people went about their businesses in their own way. I had started my morning off on a lazy foot but hoped that some weird rush of positive energy would surge through me by afternoon. I had a date fixed with someone I had never met before but was supposed to work with. I had no intention of missing that date, at least not after all the energy I had invested in preparing for it.
I laid in bed watching music videos on Soundcity and waiting for any miracle to get me out of bed. The sound of cars honking, speeding past my house and people chattering filled my heart with guilt yet I laid on. At exactly 11:26 am, a text message barged into my phone and disrupted my flow. It was a text from Suranu, my date. He had texted to inform me that he was on his way to Mama Cas, the restaurant we scheduled to meet in. I sprung to my feet from my back in a style that could pass for a lazy Chinese get up dance move. It was like my wish was granted as soon as I read that text because the rush of positive energy I needed pumped me up. I was dressed up and out of the house in 55 minutes, then I boarded a taxi to the restaurant.
I walked into Mama Cas cafeteria and straight up to their upper room where Suranu had told me he was waiting for me. It didn’t take too much time to guess which of the people in the room was him and I stood by the stair case staring at him for a while. He had a bottle of soda which he didn’t seem very interested in on his table and his attention was drawn to his phone. He had looked up to stare at something when he saw me. I walked up to him with a smile and shook hands with him before settling into the seat opposite his. We introduces ourselves and started to talk generally about the weather, his trip, my trip, his life, my life and so many other things.
Suranu Atiku Maigadi who goes by the stage name Suranu which means” finished” in his language Buji , is a rapper and song writer. Born somewhere in the city of Jos to the family of Rev and Mrs Barje Maigadi, Suranu who was raised partly in the United states of America and mostly in Nigeria has a love for music and flare for hip hop which powers his talent. The young dude whose life has been split between Kentucky state USA and Plateau state Nigeria , says Jos remains his favourite place in the world. He hails from Bassa LGA in Plateau state and was born on the 1st day of May 1990.
20-year old Suranu who recently got signed on to Timeless music record label is one of the freshest and most authentic rap talents the Nigeria music industry and the world must embrace. With a unique style of what he calls Hip hop/ RnB rap, Suranu’s mixed tape of 19 tracks which was released on the 25th day of November 2010 will make you marvel. More to this is that his mixed tape features five equally talented Nigerian artistes; Kiche of Pincode, Christine, Endia, Kahli Abdu, Verbz and Echo thereby giving his music a sweet spice up. Although in his third year of studies in Law at the University of Jos, Suranu still believes he can handle all his responsibilities perfectly and manage his career well too. Suranu can be compared to popular artistes like MI, Jesse Jagz and P-Square, who he shares similar musical characteristics with and of course, the same Jos growing up history.
Suranu is definitely the next big thing that has hit the music industry and like the title to one of his tracks suggests, he has no limits.