One8 group is a new and exciting movement in Africa, the group sets out to have 8artists from all parts of africa and an international artist that is yet to be confirmed. The 8 african artists are Navio, JK, Alikiba, Fally Ipupa, Amani, Movaizhaleine, 4×4 and our very own Innocent 2face Idibia.The international artist has been rumoured to either be Drake or Keri Hilson and the list goes on but we just have to wait on the ONE8 group to announce it. FALLY IPUPA – DRC Ipupa Nsimba, real name, a singer, songwriter and respected guitarist who was born and raised in Kingshasa, Democratic Republic Of Congo. He has performed to sold out audiences in Paris and New York and continues to gain recognition internationally for his music. In 2007 Fally was acknowledged by his peers in the music industry when he won the Best Male Artist Cesaire Award and Best Artist or Group from Central Africa in the continental Kora Awards. Fally is the first Congolese artist of his generation to attempt an adventurous musical career which combines innovation and tradition. His fans and media alike have named him a prodigy who lives for his time without forgetting his roots
NAVIO – UGANDA Daniel Kigozi aka Navio is one of the biggest hip hop names in Uganda. Navio has been at the forefront of developing the country’s bourgeoning hip hop scene over the last ten years and has made huge strides in pushing the genre to new heights in East Africa. He was in a group called Klear Kut, a rap group and in 2009 he launched his first solo album “Half the Legend”. Through continued solo projects, work with his group Klear Kut and further collaborations, Navio will continue to develop the East African hip hop sound
MOVAIZHALEINE – GABON One of the continents most successful rap stories, ex-pats Movaizhaleine, now residing in Paris, France, have taken the African rap flag and are flying it high across the world for Gabon, and indeed the rest of the continent. Consisting of two young conscientious rappers, Lord Ekomy Ndong & Maat Seigneur Lion, the group also affectionately known as MH, began rapping together when still at high school – highly influenced by the activism on the continent at the time. Movaizhaleine also organizes events that reaffirm the fundamental values of African conscious hip-hop in Gabon. Their annual concert ‘Le Show Du Pays‘ (the show of the country) is an important event on the local hip-hop scene. MH won the 2008 Video of the Year at the inaugural MTV MAMA Music Awards for their single “Nous”, despite the obvious political message in the track
JK – ZAMBIA Jordan Katembula, otherwise known as JK, is currently Zambia’s leading musical superstar, lauded as a household name in his home country as well as creating a name for himself across Europe. The Zambian music industry had taken a severe knock in the 1990s as consumers have favoured international flavours and sounds over their local home-grown talent. It took a star of JK’s magnitude to change that trend and in 2001 upon releasing his first solo album, he singlehandedly changed the way the Zambian public perceived local music. Following the success of his first solo album, JK was nominated for a KORA Award, an African Award equivalent to a SAMA or a Grammy. Since that first release, JK has released a further three albums, all of the highest standards and always including his signature sound of Rhumba-meets-reggae-meets-R&B
ALIKIBA – TANZANIA When it comes to the Tanzanian music style of Bongo Flava, (a combination of hip hop and traditional East African music), one man is at the top of the food chain. He goes by the name Alikiba and he is fast becoming an internationally recognised star. Alikiba’s Bongo Flava style is largely influenced “Zouk” music which has it’s origins in the Caribbean Islands. “Zouk” means “party” or “festival” in Antillean Creole and that is exactly what the music of Alikiba is all about. Alikiba’s first album was released in 2008 and shortly after it hit shelves the album became one the top selling albums in East Africa. Its main feature was the hit “Cinderella,” the popularity of which propelled him on a whirlwind tour of the UK and the US. In 2009 Alikiba released his second album entitled “Ali K 4Real” which saw him nominated for two extremely prestigious awards in the UK. The first award that the Swahili speaking artist was recognised for was the Best East African Artist at the African Music Awards for 2009.
4×4 – GHANA 4×4 is made up of strangely named trio consisting of Captain Planet, Fresh Prince and Abortion. Captain Planet’s real name is Sylvanus Dodji Jeoffrey and Abortion was christened Raphael Edem Avornyo. Fresh Prince’s real name is Prince Tamakloe. 4X4 is a rap group. They released their first album “Siklitele” in 2003, followed by a second album ‘Contestant Number 1’ in 2007. The group explains that they choose the name 4×4 because the whole crew was elevated by four minds: Bright, Ronny, Captain Planet and Abortion.
2FACE IDIBIA – NIGERIA 2Face aka Innocent Ujah Idibia’s story did not begin with music but rather at the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT). Once he had claimed his degree, the driven young Idibia pursued his passion for music. Early in his career Idibia composed and sang the jingles in the famous radio show GB Fan Club on Enugu State Broadcasting Services (ESBS) in 1996. Based on the success he had with his music at the broadcaster he relocated to Lagos where he met up with ex IMT classmate BlackFace to form the group Plantashun Boyz. 2Face, however has achieved most of his success as a solo artist and is now one of the most internationally recognized celebrities Nigeria has produced in recent years. 2005 saw 2Face become a household name when he took home an MTV Europe award for best African act, a Channel l Music Video Award for Best Male Video and Best African Video (both for “African Queen“) and a Kora award for Revelation of the Year. His video for “African Queen” was also the first video to be played on Pan African channel MTV Base. The song “African Queen” was also featured in the US feature film Phat Girlz. In 2006 and 2007, 2Face won a MOBO award for Best African Act, a special recognition award at the Hip Hop World Awards, Channel O Music Video Award for Best African Pop for the song “Ole” and a Channel O Music Video Award for Best West African for the song “Ole.” On top of this he took away a Nigeria Entertainment Award for Special Recognition as Nigeria’s Breakthrough Artist of the Year. In 2008 he won a Nigerian Music Award for Album of the Year and R&B Song of the Year and a World Music Award for Best Nigerian Act.
AMANI – KENYA Amani is one of the most talented and beautiful singing stars ever to come out of Kenya. Her name is a Swahili word that literally means peace and tranquillity, and the soothing sounds of Amani’s music reflect exactly that. Amani, then still known as Cecilia Wairimu, started performing at an early age in church talent shows and was already writing her own songs by the time she was in primary school. By the time she was in high school she had already recorded her first single. In 1999 she had her first radio hit, with the massive track “Move On”, one of the first home grown Kenyan songs to reach number one all major local radio charts. She followed up on this success with a collaboration with top Kenyan artist Nameless, and the song “Ninanoki” became an instant classic across East Africa. Her debut album, Amani was released in 2006, soon followed with the release of Tamani in 2007, both being awarded and acclaimed across the continent. This talent has not gone unrecognised in the awards category with Amani having won numerous awards including the Kenya Kisima Award in 2006 for Best Female Artist and Best Collaboration, and in 2007 for Best Female Boomba Artist. Amani has also been nominated for a Channel O video award in 2008 for Best Female Artist East Africa. In 2009 she won the MTV African Music Award for Best Female Artist alongside a slew of nominations at the 2009 Channel O Music Awards.