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Friday, 30 December 2011

TANKFUL 2012 Artistes (Part 1): Profile Snippets


Psalmos is a gospel artiste who has a passion for God as well as her music. She snuck unto the Nigerian music scene on the platform of Club X, and launched her career with the release of "He Good"from her first album.

In a short time, Psalmos has established her place as one of Nigeria's prolific Praise leaders. She is currently in the studio working on her second album, out of which she has completed five tracks.
She would also complete work on a new video from her “Xpression of His Goodness” album soon.


Dolly P is a ministering gospel Rap artiste, born Princess Ololadedolapo Precious Ese in the United Kingdom to Nigerian parents, who hail from the Delta region. Her talent was discovered during a talent showcase organized by her church - she emerged winner with a rap acapella delivery against conventional singing! Thereafter she recorded her demo, “Use Me” – a soulful R’n’B gospel stint which showed her vocal prowess. In 2011, Paul Akhimie, a renowned talent management and promotions consultant invited her over to Nigeria, the result of that collaboration brought about the hit single (Nigerian version) “Use Me” featuring Sugaboi, Yobemoh ; a hip hop/afro pop gospel groove. She has being ministering this song in numerous churches and concerts in London, Birmingham and other parts of the UK.


PITA (Praise in this Age) is the buzzing new contemporary gospel artist from Lagos, Nigeria. This singer / Song writer has a debut album ‘As I am’ which consists of fresh international sounds including ‘Last of Me’, his radio hit single “Imela” and ‘You Light Up My World’, among others.

Pita fell in love with music at the age of seven when he joined the children’s choir at the Upper Mission Church, Lagos where he took lead roles in the choir and even led worship. In his teenage years, Pita joined a six-man acapella group by the name Baby’s Heart. This group which is still active has toured various cities across Nigeria, resonating mainly with the youth of the nation. Pita has collaborated with prominent gospel artistes across Nigeria Tosin Martins, Olufunmi, B.O.U.Q.I and many more. 


Chiika is a Music minister, song writer, music producer and businessman/corporate sales executive. He describes himself as "a simple, young fella who loves praising God's name and meeting individuals."


VIVA is a singer, songwriter, author of songs like “God is Real”, “Shalom” and “Super Star”, and is fast becoming a voice to reckon with in these parts. She started out as a member of the now defunct quartet “Anchor”, and as a backing vocalist for the likes of Bouqui, Segun Obe, Olufunmi, Aity and others before stepping out as a Rock Artiste. Today, Viva combines a rare gift of voice, profound lyrics and spirit filled contemporary expressions and has had a chance to share a stage with top artistes in Nigeria.


Lamboginny is a young Nigerian musician who started his music journey in 1999. In 2002, he was part of the first “Starquest” artists in Nigeria and came 4th. Lamboginny is also very passionate about a crime-free society and hence he embarked on “Lamboginny: Say no to Crime” project courtesy of which he was appointed as a Honourary Prison Officer in December 2010. According to him, the aim of this project is to help rehabilitate inmates through music. He has carried this message from one prison to another, including Kirikiri Prisons in Lagos. Next stop, he says, will be university campuses and communities.


Andrew Abu a.k.a Ambassage is a gifted song writer, rap artiste and Producer with a passion for inspiring and positively influencing lives through music laced on Kingdom values. With skilful yet deep and spiritful  rhymes as well as catchy and ‘phat’ beats, Ambassage simply leaves listeners awe-struck and wanting more with hit tracks like “Showcase” and “Gidi City Anthem”.  His distinct style of Hip Rock and ‘Hip HopE’ - as he calls it - plus an uninhibited fusion of Rap with Rock, Classical and contemporary sounds, makes him a unique, eclectic and exciting artist. In his words – “I am a Sold Out, Die Hard, Christ-a-holic” who, through his music, strives to show that young people can be “Saved, Proud and loud about it - and still have clean fun”. Ambassage has performed alongside the likes of Rooftop MCs, BOUQUI, Cobhams, K’ore, MidNight Crew, Frank Edwards and Eben to mention a ‘few’,  and is currently working on his album. 


Psalm Ebube, whose real name is Akinyemi Samuel, is a singer and a songwriter who despite studying Mechanical Engineering has a passion for using his gift of vocals to praise God. He emerged on the Nigerian music scene with the release of his singles – ‘Ebube’, ‘Kabiosi’ featuring Patricia Uwaje-King of Midnight Crew, ‘You Alone’ and ‘Think of You’; which garnered over a 400,000 internet downloads. Some of his songs have also attained regular airplay on TV channels.
He has worked with different artistes including Infinity, Kenny K’ore, Lara George, Wole Oni, Adunni, Nill Oka (Ghana) and Marvelous Arunde (Kenya).


Provabs – Shubi Aina - is one of Nigeria’s fine, young, gentleman rap artistes for whom the doors into the world of music opened in 2000 when he became part of the group - “Dot X” (Deacons of the Christ). The group’s members spilt in 2002, but he went on to build for himself a career in music. His name - PROVABS - refers to poetic rhymes offering values, access, blunt-truth and salvation.
Provabs has singles such as “Swagger” and “Bless Me (Dey Go)” and has worked with various artistes including Infinity, Jedi, Ige and Dekunle Fuji among others. His goal is to reach out to the lost with the message of hope and grace.


Orji Ifeanyichukwu Henry - "Henrisoul"- was born on the 5th of April. He started his music career at the age of 16 and at 18, he was featured in "E Go Do Am" by Dipzy. Three months later, he released "Gbagoro Agbago" featuring Kenny K'ore, which eventually became a hit track. The track was produced by Dare David. His upcoming album features the hit track. "When God Speaks", "Ife Re", "Warning" and "Jesus" among others. He is a graduate of Estate Management from Yaba College of Technology, Lagos


Motara is a song writer and worshipper who graduated from Adekunle Ajasin University in Ondo state, Nigeria. She is a lover of God and music whose hit single "Oba Ni", featuring Mike Abdul of Midnight Crew, is garnering airplay. Her passion for music drives her to be the best for her MASTER!!!



THE ROOTS MUVMENT is a group of progressive and multi-talented individuals including Jo-The-Gun (producer), illwill (artiste, producer), Royal Priest (producer), DJ FINAL (DJ, Blogger and artiste), Joe Rock (artiste, Video director), Gabriel and Dee-Why. Together, they run THE HYBREED STUDIOS (a High-End Recording Studio) and JELLOFMUSIC.com (a Music Social Network), and they also have to their credit songs that have garnered repeated airplay – “Hallelujah Chorus remix” by The Roots Muvment Allstars, “My Life” by illwill (audio and video), “Mma Mma Diri Gi” by The CYC Choir of ArchBishop Vinning Church Cathedral (audio album and video), “Hold You” by DJ FINAL (audio), “You'll be Fine” by Royal Priest (audio)


Simplimichael - Michael Ayokunnumi Olaogun - hails from Oyo state, Nigeria. He studied Business Administration at the Lagos City Polytechnic, Lagos and started singing at a very tender age of 3.
He has been a part of several music groups including “Praise Associates” led by worship leader, Faith Ajiboye. He has also performed in many churches. Simplimichael is a member of Gospel Artistes’ Forum and is currently a worship leader at King’s Word International Church, Ikeja.

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