Wednesday, 1 August 2012
BLACKFACENAIJA IN THE BUILDING........
Blackfacenaija born Ahmedu Augustine is one of my favourite naija artiste of all time,some people says we look alike,maybe that is one of the reason why i like him so much,i met the plantashun boiz way back when i was in unilag,they came to perform at 'flash me cash' and i fell in love with blackface delivery and since then,have being a fan.A performer anytime anyday,he is one of the pioneer of the hip scene in naija.enjoy this interesting interview with one of naija finest.....
What is your name?
Ahmedu Augustine aka:BlackfaceNaija
From Benue state,Apa LG,straight out the Ahmedu Ocholi family,Big and Extended Family,
schooled at Army Children school Otukpo,and Mount saint Gabriels second sch Mkd,
IMT Enugu where I studied
Business admin and management
Me sef E surprise Me ohhh
Your first time on stage?
How did you get into the group PLANTASHUN BOIZ?
I didn't get in,I formed the group,gave them their names,and created the image for the group
Your favorite all time PLANTASHUN BOIZ EXPERIENCE?
Rothmans Groove Tour with Tequila
What happened that lead to the break up?
Its just like Football,players gat ambition,so they move to a different club to play champions league football,u dig?
So tell us about PLAN B?
Nothing about it really,it was an album that 2much ego didn't let the players take corrections cos
everyone felt they were stars already n didn't want to listen to the coach
What is your relationship with the other members of your former group?
We are kool as it is
Clear the air about the original writer of AFRICAN QUEEN?
I wrote the song with 2face idibia,we have 50/50 on publishing now as my omission as a writer has been rectified
What lead to the change of name?
To many Blackface,adding Naija to mine makes it easy for all to know that this is the Blackface from Nigeria hence: BlackfaceNaija
People expect so much from you,like me,but we hear lilttle of you this days,what is going on?
Well,I didn't want to jump in the paddy wagon,was thinking of how to change the game as I did the 1st time when I came,but alone this time,cos team mates sale out so its best to depend on ones'self like its a single sport,so now I brainstormed,and am back,and better than when I started my solo carrier:My next album "Defender"will reveal all of this..
How will you describe you kind of music?
My music is Universal,its for everyone,lovers of R n B,Dancehall,afro beat,Rock,Rap,so I call it Universal flavour
As a child growing up,what kind of music do u listened to?
Bonny M,Eric donaldson,Michael jackson,musical Youths,Al B sure,Bobby brown,New edition,Johnny Gill
Tell us about TRYBUNAL?
Trybunal is a Unit,Me,Rocksteady,Mallam spicy,RasMyke,we all have one drive,which is to sanitize the country of the ills in it with our music so we did an album called "what we are"not the regular type of Vybe,but right now everyone is building themselves getting experience as its the best teacher,with time Trybunalz will do another album,we very much in tune with ourselves,some went on loan,but will be back n better
Who are the artiste you signed on to the label?
Will unveil dem soon but gat like 3 am working on now!
How many albums do you have?
5,Ghetto child 2004,Evergreen,2006,Jungle fever 2007,Dancehall bizness 2008 and Me,music and I
What is your favorite song you ever wrote and what inspire the song?
Ahead of the Game:yea!cos I brought that change the industry was lacking when I came into the scene,now they all find it easy to blend in cos of the style I brought in,so,who else does it better?Nobody,still Me..
How much creative control do you have over your music?
Any international tour yet?
When "Defender"comes out we'll definately tour,and I want to tour Naija before anywhere else
What is your dream colabo?
A song with Sizzla
My inspiration comes from great civil rights activist such as Martin Luther King Jr.,Malcom X, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Bones Hammond, Sizzla Kolongi, Nas & 2pac.
Your opinion about the naija music scene?
Its improving really fastly,but too much copycats,and most people singing the same way with no style of their own,and we have less of education in the songs nowadays,and its bad for society
Artiste are now signing with international record labels,anyone coming in for you?
Let's wait and see,as I know when "Defender"comes out I will have a lot of offers to work overseas,and do some big records
Your take on royalties.
It should be paid promptly when artist music is used or aired,Radio,Tv,stores,Resturants,everywhere
Kills the zeal of the artists to still be creative..it should be erradicated,to 5percent if not 100
Words for your fans.
I love all my fans as they stayed with me all through. Supported me,I wouldn't be here without my fans!love you guys!