Couple of years back in Nigeria music industry, precisely 2016. There was introduction of fresh sounds. Musicians offer new albums, singles and collaborations; making various sonic experiments in a bid to alter the soundscape and overall, earn the credit for introducing the sound of the year.
It’s almost like the chances of having a banner year as a musician strike to make loose end meet and introduce a new (dominating) sound and dance step. A typical example was the 2017 case with the Ghanaian rhythm as introduced by Mr Eazi and the famous “pon pon” sound.
Nigeria’s Mr. Eazi (Oluwatosin Oluwole Ajibade) is a Ghanaian-based performer, Popularly known for his R&B-influenced Afro-beat sound called “Pon pon sound”.
The singer grew up in Lagos, but later relocated to Kumasi, Ghana where he studied mechanical engineering at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
The dude launched his musical career in 2012 with the single “Pipi Dance.” Later on, he later collaborated with U.K.-based DJ Juls on the track. Juls produced most of of Mr Eazi tracks. Mr Eazi released his debut mix-tape, “About to Blow”, in July 2013. This project gained an international audience following the release of the 2015 single “Skin Tight”.
In the second quarter of 2016, Wizkid (Star Boy Record Label Boss) introduced him to the world through his Star Boy imprint.
“Who is Mr Eazi?”, everyone questioned. This dark dude, deep down heavy on Ghanaian high-life rhythm with litters of Nigerian progressions.
Ghanaian High-life Rhythm Fusion Creates Smooth Path
There has been a lot of controversies online when Mr Eazi claimed that Nigerian artistes are copying his style of music “pon pon” sound. This infuriated most Nigerian fans and the singer immediately openly apologized on various media platforms.
But what have you?
Despite Mr. Eazi being denied participation in the 2016 Ghana Music Awards. The singer was true to his sound which gained him Collaborations with top artists like Sarkodie, Lil Kesh, Burna Boy, and others.
In 2017, he released the mix-tape Life Is Eazi, Vol. 1: Accra to Lagos, which featured guest appearances by Big Lean, Tekno, Phyno, DJ Cuppy, and others. The album debuted at number four on the Billboard World Albums chart.
Now the “pon pon” song have arrived to stay in Nigeria permanently with the lights of top artists like Davido, Tekno, Runtown, Tiwa, Wizkid, Wande coal and so on, unknowingly sampling the Ghana fusion more now and often.
The rhyme arrived when the music industry is all about Club and party songs but this Ghana Fusion & mindset made the industry more and more competitive, now artists song can last for months.
Music lovers & fans all over Nigeria and abroad sample his famous tagline ‘Zagadat’ unknowingly promoting the brand. Meaning only known to the singer but ‘Zagadat’ is a form of sound logo he’d used in every beat he has ever worked on. He described it as a unique word that represents his sound (Ghana fusion ‘pon pon’ rhythm)
Here Is A Recap Of The List Of Mr. Eazi’s Songs Since His Career:
2012 Pipi Dance
2013 Bankulize Ft. Papy Kojo
2015 Skin tight Ft. Efya, Hollup Ft. Joey B and Dammy Krane, Sample You, Jejely ft. Mzvee
2016 Anointing ft. Sarkodie, Dance for me ft. Eugy, Sample you ft. Lil Kesh, Shitor Ft. Dj Juls, Teef Teef Ft. Eugy and Sarkodie, Bankulize remix Ft. Burna Boy.
2017 Tilapia ft. Medikal, Fight ft. Dj Cuppy, Detty Yasef Ft. Falz, Feelings, 2 epople, Short Skirt ft. Tekno, Life is eazy ft. Olamide, Accra to Lagos.
Top 50 Songs Here
Apart from music, Mr. Eazi is also an entrepreneur and also has a record deal with Wizkid’s Starboy record label. He is worth around $1.5 million.
Interview on the BeatFm
Why I Didn’t Want To Return To Nigeria – Music Star, Mr Eazi
Awards And Nominations
- In 2016, Mr Eazi was nominated for four categories; Song of the year (Holl Up).
- Viewers and listener’s choice award at the Soundcity’s MVP Awards and Best African Act at the MOBO awards.
- He Later won three awards which includes Next rated at the Headies, Best New artiiste and special recognition at the Wats Up TV Africa music video awards.