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Although Reggae songs are thought to be generally evergreen, only a few stand the test of time in the long run. If that were to be a standing rule, then Blackky’s 1991 debut album, About Tyme, turned out to be right on time. It produced countless hits like Blackky’s Skank, Rosie, Bang Belly and the controversial Sugar Stick.The work served as a launch-pad for the then 24-year-old artiste who bagged a deal with Polygram Records, shortly after winning the Lekki Sunsplash Talent Hunt Contest. Although the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission banned the tracks Yanshman, Sugar Stick and Bang Belly, the artiste, who started out as a DJ in 1986, was already a star. In the same year, he received a lot of awards, which signified the level of acceptability for his unique brand of music amongst all Nigerians of different age groups.
In the late ‘80s, Nigerians were entertained with roots reggae music from the likes of The Mandators, Majek Fashek, Ras Kimono and Oritz Wiliki among others. That was the fad until 1990 when a 24 year-old graduate of Sociology from University of Lagos, Blackky, swept the Nigerian music scene with his reggae hit track, Rosie. Overnight, he became the toast of the town. However, after six albums, he disappeared from the music scene, now in his 40s and after 21 years as a performing artiste, Blackky made a come back in 2012.
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Alex Zitto is half Ghanaian and half Nigerian who dominated the airwaves in the early 90’s and his songs were hit songs that have become classic and everyone’s favorite tune turning Alex into a household name.
He had his first professional stint when he was spotted by Nigerian Juju music legend, Ebenezer Obey, who enlisted him in the famous Miliki Band as a Bassist.
Alex Zitto finally exploded when he won the Lekki Song Contest with his hit song “Tickle Me” in 1988. From there, the sky was the limit.
He then recorded his first album entitled “Tickle Me” under the label of Polygram International. The album was well received, and succeeded in placing Alex Zitto among well respected, talented Nigerian Artists.
Alex Zitto later released his second album, Walakolombo, which further entrenched his position as one of the most sought-after Nigerian musicians. He has worked with many popular artists such as King Sunny Ade, Ras Kimono, Femi Anikulapo-Kuti, Sweat, Joe Mensah, and Ebenezer Obey, among others.
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