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Reekado Banks: Keeping Mavin Alive

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The Supreme Mavin Dynasty has never failed to keep Nigerians enthralled and glued to TV and radio for their playlist. Before the fall of the Mohit dynasty, the Koko Master, D’banj, was the face of the record label.

After irreconcilable differences between the two big personalities of the label, he left leaving others to wonder if they could keep up the tempo.

Alas! It became a slippery slope for the newly created Mavin even with the likes of Korede Bello, Dija and co, hits were not forthcoming unless for Tiwa Savage, who though has been controversial of late hasn’t stop churning our great songs.

However, there seems to be a steady stream of creativity from one person that has kept the record label’s prominence intact.

Award-winning artiste Ayoleyi Hanniel Solomon better known as Reekado Banks who got signed on to the Mavin dynasty crew has since lived up to expectations as his talent continues to put them on the map.

The gifted singer and songwriter started dabbling in all things music related at the tender age of 15 years as a simple hobby but he had the push from his brother Temi, who was aspiring to be an A/R Art manager.

In 2013, Temi submitted some of the songs Reekado Banks had recorded to one of Africa’s most celebrated record labels, Mavin Records, in an online talent search.

His talent was depicted in his distinct voice and knack for creating unique and catchy melodies and lyrics; which scored him pointers in the heart of music guru and label boss, Don Jazzy. Out of over 5,000 entries, Reekado Banks was selected and signed to the prestigious Mavin Records.

His first singles under the Mavin Records imprint, “Turn It Up ft Tiwa Savage” and “Chop Am” enjoyed a whole lot of reviews from fans and the media all around Africa. His verses and hooks on Mavin hits, Dorobucci, Adaobi and Looku Looku were distinct and enthralling.

On 14 February,  2015, his third single, “Katapot” was released online and it got a whole lot of rave not just in Nigeria but it got sterling  reviews  all over Africa. This was seen as it rose to the fifth position on the iTunes top songs chart in its first week on air.

Having churned out several hit singles, it was only natural for his fans across Nigeria and beyond, who he usually referred to as Reekaddicts to yearn for his debut album. And bearing this in mind, Reeky Tom Tom as he’s fondly called, released his first body of work titled ‘Spotlight’on August 31 2016.

The 21-track album, which featured collaborations with stars like D’Prince, Sarkodie, Falz The Bahd Guy, Vanessa Mdee and Patoranking, has attracted rave reviews since it was released. Produced entirely in-house, by Don Jazzy, Babyfresh and Altims, Spotlight attained an amazing feat by topping iTunes Chart less than 24 hours after its release. The album became one of the highest selling in the World Album category.

Then , the question is what makes him so special?

Of all the Mavin crew, Reekado Banks did not look suave like his contemporaries, rather there was a rawness about him.

He looked street savvy, and contrasted sharply against his new peers. While Korede Bello had a classic man look about him and had ladies swooning at the sight of him and killing them off with his killer wink, and a hugely popular playful disposition, Di’Ja was exotic and novel in a way the industry wasn’t accustomed to. She quickly became a darling. These two had a head start that was not afforded to Reekado.

He was not the most handsome guy on the block, but he possessed raw talent.

He was a hit machine; his artistic nature was his selling point. His ability to exude versatility on the mic, with a commercial voice that just fits in with the dance scene in the country, and a head for finding melodies and killing hooks, the singer could blend with anything, everyone, and every song. That was his strength, and he knew how to use it. Song writing was also his forte, as he penned some of the best moments from ‘Dorobucci’, ‘Looku looku’, and ‘Adaobi’, three songs which blew the collective.

But then personal projects needed more time and attention. And that is where Reekado has outshone his peers. Korede Bello can hold on to the phenomenal ‘Godwin’ as a good win, and ‘Romantic’ as a sleeper hit, but ‘Mungo Park’ and ‘Laye’ have not marked huge progress. Di’Ja scored heavy with ‘Aww’, and have since had other familial matters occupying her mind. That has affected her progress in the music industry and slowed down her momentum, and song release curriculum.

The Queen Tiwa has not done badly for herself also but the fact remains that Reekado Banks is super talented. He has been able to drop B-list hit songs that have made waves all over and has a lot of performance lifespan. Some of his debuts are ‘Chop am’, ‘Corner’, ‘Katapot’, ‘Sugar baby’, ‘Standard’,  ‘Oluwa ni’,Like, Turn the lights on, Easy, Hey Stranger, Baby Oku,Na ur boy, All your love, , Killah Whyna, Dab it, More, Ladies and Gentlemen, Koloba ,Dangote, Problem, Biggy man, Kiss me, Turn it on and a host of others including collaborations .

The graduate of History and Strategic Studies from the prestigious University of Lagos (UNILAG), has indeed made his mark in the industry and this has earned him awards like the Rookie of the Year at The Headies 2014, Next Rated Award at The Headies 2015, Most Promising Act of The Year award at the City People Entertainment Awards 2015 among others.

The Mavins Dynasty indeed have themselves a star and we hope he continues to deliver as all Reekaddicts wait on him for yet another bomb.



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