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Classic Man crooner Jidenna once said it is “Africa’s time” in June 2017. His bold statement was in response to the increasing acceptance of the continent’s vibrant culture and artists globally. He however noted that the whole world is trying to tap into the “African sound”.
Hence, on January 12, Nigerian Rapper YCEE (real name Oludemilade Martin Alejo) proved Jidenna right. He pulled off a sold-out headline gig at London’s o2 Academy Islington with little promotion. He also did not have the backing of any major label.
The Tinny Entertainment frontman and his team brought the 02 Arena to a standstill. Asides from selling out tickets, the concert witnessed surprise appearances from Wizkid, Basket Mouth, Falz and Lotto Boyz amongst a host of other A-listers.
The concert put together by Tinny Entertainment and Smade Events also had performances by Eugy Official, Squeeze, Sona, Tinny Entertainment’s Bella, Flosha and Tjan .
Ycee treated the audience to brilliant renditions of his hit tracks like Juice, Jagaban, Omo Alhaji which was even made more beautiful by the Londoners who sang along all through.
However, Ycee is the first of the new school crop of Naija artistes to sell out a concert in London.
Rapper Ycee came into limelight after the release of his ‘Jagaban’ single under the Tinny Entertainment imprint. He has followed up with a series of hits which include Jagaban remix, ‘Omo Alhaji ‘and ‘Juice’ which is off his ‘The First Wave EP’.
Meanwhile, he has just released a single titled ‘Say Bye Bye’ which features Eugy. The year has definitely taken a good start for this ‘ Jagaban’