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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Touching!!! Olamide grass to grace story

When grassroots-to-limelight Yoruba
rapper, Dagrin, died in a road crash in
2010, the lamentation that greeted his
passage had hardly died down when
some other up-and-coming singers started
scheming to fill the vacuum created.
As is done when star artistes pass on, they
wanted to take advantage of the gap,
with some of them not minding becoming
new Dagrin…But as it normally happens
in such a circumstance. All of them failed
to realise their dreams.
The lesson they failed to learn is that, no
artiste can really replace another one.
That is why no one has been able to
replace a Fela, Tupac or Sikiru Ayinde
Barrister in the real sense of it. People
may try to be opportunistic but it will be
extremely difficult to convince listeners or
the audience that the dead man has
resurrected.
Instead of aping the fallen hero, perhaps
the best thing to do is to hone one's talent
and work hard at one's style, especially if
it is close to that of the deceased.If it is
done well, the market will have no other
option than to look in one's direction. This
seems to be how rave-of-the-moment and
weird Yoruba rapper, Olamide has
proved wiser than his peers who were
trying to ape Dagrin.
Also called Young Erikina, the artiste has
demonstrated much versatility in his songs,
Eni Duro and Bend down Low, to the
extent that he has broken into the league
of the big players.While it has been
rumoured that a major telecoms player
has struck a N25m deal with him, D'Banj's
new strategic romance with Olamide
made him (Olamide) the subject on the
lips of many followers of the sector.
Apart from featuring him in a song, there
are reports that the younger act has been
signed onto D'Banj's label, a move that,
many believe, is going to be mutually
rewarding.Such a move would naturally
make some guys remember D'Banj's epic
divorce with Don Jazzy, and either sees
the romance with the younger act either as
a survivalist ploy or a strategic one.
But the fact is it is a good story for
Olamide and a sign that he is doing well
and may just be one of the artistes to
dictate the space in the next few
years.Although there has not been any
official confirmation, D'banj's younger
brother, Kay Switch, welcomed Olamide
to the family on Twitter on Wednesday.
Tweeting via his handle, @kayswitch, Kay
Switch stated, "Welcome to the family,
Baddo." Baddo is Olamide's nick name.
The music star is currently in Atlanta with
D'banj for a music performance.
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