In a saturated music industry, where lewd lyrics and cacophony is the norm, a mysterious artiste with a unique style of music continues to rise up the ladder of reckoning and regard.
Ibejii, daring and compelling, entered the Nigerian music arena some two years ago, with his release of the critically-acclaimed single, Ayanfe, a love song that speaks chivalry and love in its purest form: “Ayanfe is my first gift to the world; a world of pure souls, lovers of edifying verse, of chivalry and character – a beautiful, beautiful place. I welcome lovers of great sound to join me on this journey of self-discovery – a journey that embraces hope and promise, but also self-doubt and diffidence,” he had said of the track.
The spotlight, however, shone brighter on the mysterious artiste when in August 2017 he launched two projects simultaneously.
GreenWhiteDope 001 and GreenWhite Dope 002 were launched as a twin project, reflecting Ibejii’s roots as a twin, a fact that is believed to carry mystery and exceptionalism in the Yoruba culture of his heritage.
As a twin, Ibejii shares the cultural advantage of possessing and being protected by supernatural powers, a factor that presumably shapes the extraordinary talent of this multifaceted personality, whose fuller journey is yet to be told:
“My journey is a subtle blend of the Taiye and the Kehinde, the seen and the undisclosed, the old and the new, African vibes and international sounds.”
For Ibejii, music “gives the opportunity to explore different themes and ideas. It enables one to push messages through a platform that is universal; that works.”
As is clear from his lyrics, music for Ibejii is first about good messaging but also about sweet melody. He regales his audience through the art of skilful storytelling embellished with folklore, metaphor and vernacular. He explores traditional Yoruba folk, jazz, dance, RnB, Juju among other genres. His diversity of genre is hinged on his belief that human moods vary. His music which is transcendent speaks to diverse topical issues, from love to hope, migration politics to leadership, etc.
Like many who appreciate and purvey great music, Ibejii was born into a home that enjoyed a rich mix of tunes from the 60s, 70s and 80s, fanning the embers of interest in good music and creativity.
Born in London, UK, Ibejii’s nation of birth and early nurture works a dynamic duo with his nation of origin, influencing his unique blend of African and international motifs in the creation of his music. Ibejii’s music is cross-cultural, cross-continental, and truly delights music lovers from diverse continents.
Ibejii is sophisticated, thoughtful, idealistic, dynamic and inquisitive; attributes that endear him to his core fans. He is renowned for his navy-blue tunic, Afros and sometimes, his fedora hat; an ensemble that speaks ‘style’, ‘timeless’, ‘daring’ and ‘openness’.
In December 2017, Ibejii held a huge concert audience spellbound with his sterling performance as guest artiste at the Brymo Concert at Terra Kulture Arena, Lagos. He is set to hold his maiden headline concert, ‘The Ibejii Live Experience’, at the African Arts Foundation (AAF), Victoria Island, Lagos, on Tuesday, 29th May, 2018.
With tickets flying off the shelf, lovers of great music are set for a great evening – which, as we hear it, is a prelude to launch of Ibejii’s third album project (title withheld).
Listen to some of Ibejii’s work here
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