By Bridget Amaraegbu
The Nigerian gospel music scene recently swelled by one as Onos Bikawei, a gospel artiste debuted with her album entitled Keep Moving , at Eko Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The red carpet event kicked off with light comedy from the likes of Mc Abbey and Steve Onuh (Yaw of wazobia FM) who anchored the event.
Onos started her singing career from the choir. She launched herself into the mainstream music world in 2006, when she found herself entertaining people at different social functions. Her first single,,â€Danceâ€ which isÂ enjoyingÂ massive airtime across the country was recorded in 2008.
Onosâ€™s debut album â€œKeep Movingâ€ is an inspirational 10 tracker which featured other artistes like Kefee, ID Cabassa, Lara George amongst other gospel artistes.
At the launch, the songstress gave her fans aÂ real touch of music. Her electrifying performance was such that could resurrect the dead. Both the lyrics, instrumentals and melody was outstanding. Her vocal strength is such that no one can ignore as it can best be described as raw and incredibly vicious. Present at the launch were famous gospel singers such as Timi Dakolo, and Lara George.
The album contains tracks like Keep moving, I don tire to dey waka waka. Onos said, she was compelled to write her songs after some producers declined to sign her on.
Other tracks include Na Jesus love dey do am, Dance which is a combination of English, pidgin and her local dialect . .
Onos who hails from Delta State is a graduate of French language fromÂ Delta State University. Aside singing, she equally render service of interpreting french language to someÂ individuals and corporateÂ bodies to earn a living.
All out for Jesse
After the MTV anniversary party that held at fast-becoming first-choice A-list club, Tribecca in Lagos last Friday, music celebs once more trooped out the next day, same venue, for the Jagz of All Trades unveiling.
Since 2008 when his work was first made public in brother cum label mate M.Iâ€™s â€˜Talk About itâ€™ album, we thought the best he could was to produce good music. That was until brother M.I started drawing our attention to a more talented kid brother and then the singles began to confirm the statements.
Chocolate Boy Jesse Jagz dropped heavy bars of good rap in as much as six songs, with infectious confidence and great stage craft that makes one wonder if heâ€™s really a debutante. Backed by a live band, the album listening party was hosted by Dizzy and it saw artistes like Zeez, Djinee, Da Grin, The Prince, Wizkid and M.I also rocking the microphone.
Red carpet was rich with artistes like Kel, Zara, Jazzman Olofin, Dipp, GT, Mtrill, Shoboi, 2Shotz, IcePrince, Lara George who was accompanied by husband cum manager, Dâ€™Prince, dancer Kaffy among others, engaging media personalities while they struck poses for the still cameras. Industry heavy weights Ayo Animashaun and DJ Jimmy Jatt graced the event too, although arriving late.
In the middle of the event, the J-town hailing artistes represented by M.I, canvassed for the restoration of peace in Jos, calling names of his many other colleagues who either hailed from there or once lived there. Jesse Jagz had earlier put out two tracks, Pump it Up and Wetin Dey respectively before launching the complete album titled Jagz of All Trades.