Two years have seen the ‘small boy’ become a ‘big man’, and a big project is on it's way.
How did we get here? How did we get to the point where an album by Reekado Banks is a short-term reality? How has the small grown, and threatens to become more than he is?
Reekado Banks came on to the scene as a fresh-faced singer who Mavin Records were blooding in to mainstream pop music. His debut single, ‘Turn it up’, a dancehall gem featuring Tiwa Savage, failed to make a deep mark on the scene, as did the others by his colleagues and fellow classmates, Di’Ja and Korede Bello. But more was to come. His depth of talent, and mastery of pop composition was evident, and he has over time kept up his end of the bargain, by getting hits.
Reekado Banks is an amazing singer, songwriter and composer. The young man who prior to signing up with the Mavins was named Spicy.
He had a following in University of Lagos, worked on some singles which put him on the map, but ultimately got his name stolen by some other artiste. The good part of this story is that Reekado Banks cooler than Spicy. Spicy Chicken.
Reekado is awfully talented, combining his Afro Pop sensibilities with romantic songwriting and introspection, to provide music as art. Credited for his part in the emergence of the Mavin 2.0, the singer has played a huge part in most of the sound coming from the Mavin camp. His magnum opus so far still remains his work on ‘Dorobucci‘, and ‘Adaobi‘, two songs that came from his prolific songwriting skills.
Many on the surface, the fans can only perceive and appreciate the man who appears on TV and gives them good music, but behind those bright screen scenes, he is a creator of content.
2016 could not have given Reekado a better launching pad for his career. Controversially winning the Headies Next Rated Act award was a boon, but the real benefit came from having his name spread far and wide as an accessory to the indiscretions of Olamide and Don Jazzy. That fight earned him more recognition and kept him growing in followers.
To be candid, there’s some substance to the argument of Lil Kesh being the flashier option to take the gong home. For all his good work, Reekado Banks has never truly had an A-list solo hit. His songs have been hits and bangers, but they have always hovered around the B-side. Lil Kesh has got ‘Shoki’, ‘Gbese’ and ‘Efejoku’ working for him. Reekado Banks has ‘Sugar Baby’, ‘Chop am’, ‘Corner’, ‘Katapot’, and ‘Oluwa Ni’ in his bag of hits. Lil Kesh has the flashier, one-dimensional songs, but where Reekado Banks trumps him, is in the wholeness and completeness of what he offers via music. Reekado exhibits a command of genres and a promethean skill of delivery that can be adapted at every turn to devastating effect on the dancefloors and at solemn gatherings. In that regard, he is a better player, with a more solid creative tools to build with and dominate.
Right now, Reekado Banks has announced his debut album to be released this year. The entertainer slowly warmed his way into the hearts of Nigerians with substance from his music, and he feels he is ready. Is Reekado Banks ready?
Of the Nigerian pop music class of 2014 and 2015, only a few have attempted to release albums. While Runtown, Kiss Daniel, Skales, and Lil Kesh have LPs out, Reekado Banks, Korede Bello, Tekno, Di’Ja, Ycee, Simi and a few others are yet to drop albums. All of that is going to change for Banks, who has already tagged the project #AlbumWeyGoBustBrain.
Reekado Banks is ready for an album. The singer’s creativity cannot be thrown into a lifetime of singles, with nothing to mark the various points of his growth and influence. He is the first of the Mavins to neo-Mavins to take this route, trumping the Jheri-curled Korede Bello to it. As with all Mavin albums, the LP will be helmed by Don Jazzy, Babyfresh and Altims, and will have a number of top collaborators on it.
Two years have seen the ‘small boy’ become a ‘big man’, and a big project is on it’s way. Let’s all anticipate.
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