They were here. Been there done that. Nobody can say they are upcoming artistes. Far from it. But these acts somehow fell beneath the radar of what their game used to be. They need more winds behind their sails in 2017. They need beat, hits, stronger vibes. We pray, sincerely, from the bottom of our hearts, that they find it all in the coming months as we kick off the new year today.
It’s a long way between Oliver Twist and Focus, not much argument about that. It’s also a long way between the rave then and what it is now. We loved everything D Banj did then, during the Don Jazzy years. We prayed for a re-union. We prayed for a collabo. We prayed because we are nostalgic over the kind of storm D Kokomaster, aka, Dbangalee, aka D Banj used to be. Haters say he is finished. Lailai. When Vic O still dey there dey fire up him next single? We say NO emphatically to the idea that D Banj is done. 2017 is the year the koko storm returns. The Force has spoken!
- Wande Coal
Wande Coal left Don Jazzy and Mo Hits, like D Banj did. Since then it has been tough to bring back the glitzy fire of Pere and Taboo – and Bumper to Bumper. Songs like My Woman My Everything were hits, no doubt, but really it was far from those golden days when we breathed in Mo Hits Records and breathed out Wande Coal’s signature tunes. Those were the days when every event had his smile on it or it wasn’t going down. That he still has it in him is not in doubt. 2017 is the year we would feel the Wande again. Mushin no fit carry last.
For a guy that made an entire country, and a whole continent, dance Kukere Iyanya is an exceptional talent. But the glo faded a bit last year. He moved from Triple MG records to Mavin Crew and in between things got slow a bit. But we have no doubt that Iyanya is a big force to be reckoned with in the industry. With Don Jazzy hanging out with him in the studio the kitchen is about to go up in 2017. We say why not. Let it burn down.
Chidinma is the golden voice we all love to love. We confess she wasn’t the only one that fell in love. We did, without shame too. With an overwhelming and duly attractive personality to go with her thrilling voice everybody that meets this soul sister very soon realizes they are in the presence of artistic royalty, as far as music and performance is concerned. But she did not pick a lot of laurels last year and busybodies were mentioning her name in comparison to Yemi Alade and Tiwa Savage. We say Chidinma is just even starting out. 2017 is the year of the crown and glory for her!
- Ice Prince
Everybody loved Ice Prince. Oh we did! He could never put a note wrong on his joints. And then, there was this big fizzling out. We don’t know what happened. But it got so bad that in a recent spat with a fan (those kinda fans!)the guru that took Jos to the World was blasted as having gone back to being an upcoming artiste. Can you imagine? Now, artistes get ups and downs in their careers, they get in and out of creative blocks, shit happens. But Ice Prince is by far not finished with the industry, you can take that to the bank. We say this year is the year the Fire of Zamani flares up to consume every hater that ever dared to point a crooked finger at the crown prince of hip hop. Amen.