9ICE GETS A MOBO!
He sounded like a dreamer when he sang on his second album: ‘‘don’t doubt me, I will bring you the Grammy’’. But now, barely seven months after releasing his career-defining album gongo aso, 28 year-old hit-maker 9ice has recorded remarkable achievements that shows he’s on the right path, and may not be too far away from the coveted Grammy plaque, after all.
On June 27, three months after he was named best new act at the prestigious hip hop world awards, 9ice joined Will Smith, Amy Winehouse and other global music stars to perform at a tribute concert to commemorate Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday. It was a first for an act in his category and the achievement enhanced his status by no small measure.
Now, just a few days to his performance tour of the United States, 9ice has been crown the best artiste in the whole of Africa for 2008. The honour came on October 15, 2008 at the Music of Black origin awards (MOBO) in London.
9ice is the second Nigerian act to be so decorated. Last year, 2face beat a selection of African superstars (including compatriot D’Banj) to clinch the prize. For this year’s award, 9ice was up against a solid group of bona fide hit-makers, including Nigeria’s D’Banj, Psquare, Faze and Asa. It was the second time Psquare and D’Banj were being nominated.
‘‘I feel humbled. Very excited and grateful to God’’, the singer told us on Wednesday shortly after receiving his award. ‘‘We’re taking African music to the world. I’m proud to receive this award on behalf of my fellow artistes, nominees and Nigerians’’
He was accompanied to the event by his manager Oladehinde Fajana and his wife Toni Payne.