How 2face’s Music Career Rose To The Top: A Story of Self-Discovery
2face’s Music Career Though 2face Idibia is a Nigerian and singer, songwriter, and record producer. He is most well-known for his work in the field of Afro-fusion music which fuses Nigerian traditional music with American hip hop and rap. He has released twelve studio albums to date as a solo artist and four collaboration albums. 2face Idibia also founded Kalakuta Records, a record label home to African musicians such as Papa San, Tony Tetuila, Black Nature, and Pretty Puke. In 2003 he was awarded the Nigeria National Award of Honor by Nigeria’s former president Olusegun Obasanjo in recognition of his contribution to culture
Section 1: The Rise of 2face’s Career
Section 2: How He Became a Successful Artist
Section 3: The Story Behind His Music
Section 4: What Achieved Success With His Career
Section 5: Conclusion
The Rise of 2face Music Career
2face began his musical career in 1990 under K-West as part of De Massive. He started out as a guitarist in his group before being appointed as the lead vocalist of the group. His first album, De Massive, released in 1991, was a runaway success. The album brought him international recognition and he performed at Glastonbury Festival in England. In 1993, De Massive won the Next Rated music award at the Nigeria Music Video Awards. 2face released his second album, 2face, in 1994 and became a prominent solo artiste. 2face’s success as a solo artiste was confirmed when his third album, Music for Life, brought him a nomination for Best International Act at the 1994 MTV Europe Music Awards. He subsequently won the MTV Africa Music Award for Best Act in 1994, 1995, and 1996.
How He Became a Successful Artist
2face’s life was not easy at a young age as he was raised in a strict Christian family and was raised strictly on Bible reading, Quran recitation, and Confession. There were times when his parents would ask him to close the door of his room as punishment for singing at night. He told CNN, “I was not allowed to talk about music at home because my parents knew nothing about it and they didn’t want me to talk about my dreams.” The young boy had to find ways to express his creativity and make use of the gifts God gave him. His formative years were spent making do with second-hand musical instruments. 2face remembered his first song, “Dada Woa” and had a drawing of a piano on the note pad. He taught himself to play it and wrote the lyrics for the song at the age of 11.
The Story Behind His Music
2face Idibia was born Idowu Romanus Ogunjobi, in Jos, Plateau State. His father was a truck driver and his mother sold fabric, yet his family still had plenty of food on their table and even extra cash to spare. He told Noize Magazine “I have come to realize that my parents were very wise and raised me very well. I think it is important for a child to learn the value of money and the principle of saving. I think my parents were good at that.” Despite his upbringing, 2face grew up without knowing much about the environment in which he was raised, as his family kept them away from TV and newspapers. They only visited the town to attend church. 2face would later describe his childhood as a happy one.
What Achieved Success With His Career
2face started off as a rapper, doing his first song in 1999 as a member of the group Classique where he co-wrote and produced “It Is Our Pride,” which sold over 100,000 copies and peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks chart. He then moved to Aladin Music and later later Alliance and Music. 2face’s first major commercial success came in 2000 with his single, “Pana,” which was propelled by a music video shot on location in New York City. In 2000, 2face appeared on the album Fighting Corruption With Music alongside a host of Nigerian superstars, including Living Essence, Tuface, Chuddy K, Ill Bliss, and Jahari. He featured on several tracks, most notably “Bring The Noise” which was the album’s lead single. In 2005, he starred in an award-winning musical titled Ebony.
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