By Juliet Ebirim
Genius Music’ young and vibrant music producer, Dawodu Oluwadurotimi popularly known as Timi Blaze, has finally unveiled his new independent record label, called Genius Music. The record label unveiling also coincided with the release of his 15 track debut mixtape tagged ‘Just B4 I Begin’. The mixtape features great music acts in the African music scene.
According to the fast-rising rapper cum record label founder, there are too many record labels in the country that are solely for profit with little or no preference for quality music. He however stated that Genius Music is concerned about creating a platform that can help develop upcoming artistes who have real talents and not the junk that characterize the country’s musical landscape.
He further noted that the label has the interest of artistes at heart and not just concerned with profit making.
He said, “The label is set up by an artiste for artistes. We are not biased to signing ready-made superstars, rather we want to discover as many raw talents as we can and providing them with the right sustainable platform to horn their craft and talents regardless of the genre they represent. We shall also be responsible for promoting and distributing their jobs across the world.”
The Genius brand is a consortium of entertainment professionals and music industry stakeholders. It is a subsidiary of the Genius Creative Group, a creative media company based in Lagos, which specializes in music production and events management. ‘Lagos: Fastest Growing City in the World and the Future of Planet Earth’ featuring late Fatai Rolling Dollar. It should be recalled that Duro produced Fatai’s hit ‘Won kere si number.’
In a similar vein, the songs are part of a ten-track album project started in 2009 by Ikujenyo and produced by Gold Records and The New Age Production. Artistes featured on the songs include Nigerian–European singers, Ayinke Martins and Keziah Jones. Meanwhile, the new songs and documentary will be officially unveiled at Bogobiri House, Ikoyi, Lagos, on 5 June, 2015, from7pm to 11pm at an event which marks the concluding two weeks program of Africa Day.
This performance also marks thirty six years of Duro Ikujenyo on stage. His career started as a rhythm pianist with Fela and the Egypt 80 in May 25, 1979.