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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Where are the following Musicians today?

As the world last Friday marked the world
music day, not a few stakeholders have noted
that music afterall as been said to express
that which cannot be put into words and that
which cannot remain silent. Music has created
an avenue for all and sundry to have a
reason to be happy at all times.
But when music stars disappear from the
radar, it gives music lovers reasons to wonder
why...
Olusola Olujide Ayodele of Leadership takes
a look at some music acts who made waves
in times past but are becoming less visible on
the Nigerian entertainment stage.
Bigiano
Gabriel Bablalola, known as Bigiano joined
Peter and Paul Martins in 2001 to form a
group named Triple B. however, in 2004, the
centre could no longer hold and Bigiano went
solo. In 2008, Bigiano made a compelling
appearance on the music scene with
themonster hit track, 'Shayo' and went on to
become more popular than his early group
members. He was involved in several shows
based on the commercial success of the
'Shayo' song. He released a few more songs
which made waves so to say. But ever since
then, little has been heard of him music wise.
His former group members in an interview
said they knew he wasn't going to last in the
music scene because he allowed little things
get into his head and would be unable to
handle fame. Could that be the reason why
he has gone into oblivion? He however said,
his absence from the scene was deliberate, as
he wanted to spend more time with his
family.
Tony Tetuila
Anthony Olanrewaju Awotoye better known
as Tony Tetuila is known for these songs 'My
Car' and 'E go better'. He was a former
member of the Remedies, along with Eedris
Abdulkareem and Eddy Montana. He broke
out of the group and went solo. He was
hugely successful when he went solo and
sadly, he hasn't been able to live up to the
super star tag put on him. It is a known fact
that he is struggling to regain relevance as he
has been appearing in few musical videos.
He still maintains cordial relationship with
people like Tuface and regularly seen at the
ever bubbling places in Lagos. He was one of
his groomsmen during Tuface's wedding.
Rumour has it that he impregnated a young
lady living in the United Kingdom. Datz all!
Alariwo
After the passing of Afrobeat legend, Fela
Kuti, the only other acts representing for that
genre of music were his sons, Femi & Seun,
Lagbaja and maybe Dede Mabiaku. That
was until Alariwo burst on to the scene with
"Yawa Go Gas". Despite multiple efforts, it's
been quite difficult for the crossover king to
have the same amount of relevance he
managed with his debut.
Dekunle Fuji
Adekunle Oloyede Michael Olalekan better
known as Dekunle Fuji was once a toast in the
music industry especially the gospel genre.
He had some beautiful songs that ruled the
airwaves at some point in his career. We can
all recall the popular track with"lelelelele, mo
like Jesugan, monife Jesugan" lyrics. He
performed at shows, notably the international
acclaimed gospel show, 'The Experience'. It
looked like music wasn't in for him here in
Nigeria as he was no longer getting shows
and had to relocate to the United States. The
gist now is that he is now a certified nurse,
though he still performs there.
Deebee
Deebee, a Bariga-bred artiste burst into the
music scene with a monster hit song 'Collabo'
in 2008. He was the cynosure of all eyes as
almost every DJ played his songs. In fact, the
song was very successful, commercially. As
expected, he released a few more songs after
and just like those before him, he went dark
totally. Nothing has been heard from him
ever since then. Probably, he is in
collaboration with some other pressing
matters.
Ashionye
She started out as a member of girl band and
then went solo like the Plantashun Boiz and
Destiny's Child. Her song "Dance for Me"
dominated airwaves for a bit. The
accompanying video was heralded for its
dance moves and also for being very
colourful. In an industry where there has
always been a dearth of female acts,
Ashionye showed a lot of promise.Alas, it was
not to be. These days, she's more of an
actress, and even had a brief stint on TV
show 'Tinsel'. Her reason for her long absence
from the music scene was because she was
pregnant and had to take time out to raise
him.
JayRu
Featuring Wizkid on your song is almost a
guaranteed formula for success. That formula
definitely provided a solution for JayRu. He
sang 'Familiarity' featuring Wizkid. The song
was a success probably, due to the fact that
Wizkid was featured. "Ye ma form
familiarity" was what the people were
shouting, until JayRu went silent, and
everybody also stopped forming familiarity.
He has tried to release songs into the market
but sadly, they have not been commercial
hits.

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