When around mid last year, TIME Magazine recognized Reminisce by pegging him in same category as Eminem and a couple other internationally recognized rap stars, it started to dawn on the local community that we may have found another 21st century great. The game was starting to sizzle to a greater degree, and the catalyst none other than Remilekun Khalid Safaru.
Fast forward some 9-10 months and a few hit singles after and we have the cosmic BabaHafusa; a fiery, genre-busting album that has very easily done near a million CD sales in 14 days, as well as sit atop iTunes for some time. Great stuff.
Let someone get Reminisce into a tuxedo and set a podium for him to deliver a speech; because son, dude has arrived!
The album reception and sales figures are great, but what’s greater is the fact of a new international recognition from Billboard.com, one of the world’s oldest Music Magazines till date.
Billboard.com has the BabaHafusa album on its list of top-selling world music albums for the week, based on sales data compiled by Nielsen Music. The chart positions on Billboard are generated by major fan interactions with artistes’ music, including album sales and downloads, track downloads, radio airplay as well as social media interactions. See http://www.billboard.com/
It must be remembered that Tuface Idibia’s “Ascension” album and “Beautiful Imperfection” by Asa are the only other albums by Nigerians to ever reach the Billboard Top World Music Album Chart, debuting at number 12 and number 5 respectively.
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