TGM-Who is BabaNee and how did you get your beginning in the music industry?
BabaNee-My name is Adewale Alani Kayode, my stage name is Baba Nee and I am a.k.a name is Omo Ghetto, 2wice as 9ice, B-nee.
TGM-Where do you come from?
BabaNee-I was born in Ila Orogun, that is in Osun State, Nigeria. I stayed in Mushin for some time then I moved to Iyana Ipaja. I attended Saint Jues primary school Itire and later to Jubril Martin’s High school Dopemu. Then Moshood Abiola Polytechnic Abeokuta to study Mass Communications. I left my studies for a bit so that I could concentrate on my music but education is very important to me as well so my plans for the future are to get back in school to finish my studies. And then music as well, I started music since when I was young, but I started professionally, let’s say sixteen years ago. My first track was with a group called “Those boy’s.” My first hit track was “Hip Hop Flenjo” with Obesere. And the album I did myself was called “2wice as 9ice.” And I have a lot of tracks in it. That’s all I can say for now about myself.
TGM-Tell me a little about you and your family?
BabaNee-We are a family of seven including my Dad and Mum, am the first son second born, two girls, three boys. I don’t have it easy with my parents being the first son. Especially my Dad, he wasn’t in support of my music career, I only have my mother on my side. So I still have to do things on my own and run around with friends to get things done. They helped me a lot, they encourage me to keep on, like Eldi Quest, Eabam, Adetoun Busayo always put her all. It’s not easy when you have parents who do not believe in what you do. Especially when you have a dad that wants you in school at all cost. But with the help of my friends and some people who had supported me (Adetoun) always ready to move with me, and that is why it is a bit easy now as it is. My Dad didn’t have the kind of opportunity he had wanted when he was younger so he always wanted better for his children in that he wanted them to study and go further in education than he was able to. I believe that is why he is so against my musical career and I understand his ways but I believe that with faith in all things I have to be in the street making music and moving on with my life. That is the kind of father I have.
TGM-Who is your inspiration and how do they inspire you?
BabaNee-Most High God first, then Fela Anikunlapo Kuti, Ebenezer Obey and Bob Marley, those are the people that inspire me cause there music is deep and ever green with messages.
TGM-Any tips for future musicians trying to make it in today’s music industry?
BabaNee-Tips for future musicians trying to make it in todays music industry. To be loyal, humble, be a believer, have team work spirit, hardworking and be prayerful at all times.
TGM-What genre of music do you consider your music to be?
BabaNee-My genre of music is Afro Hip-Hop but with my new record deal expect a new style where I mix hardcore Rap with Afro beat.
TGM-What does this song “Bata” mean to you and why did you write it?
BabaNee-“BATA” dance can be performed as a part of festival, a dance performance, used to enthrone or dethrone a king or to be displayed at special cultural traditional festivals. In “Bata” dance, the gestures, steps, costumes and symbols are special. The characteristics of the dance are; twisting of the waist, bent knees, flat foot, tilting of trunk, isolation of body part, acrobatic steps, expressive movements, and shaking of the body. All these characteristics could be participatory or presentational as occasion demands. I personally call it the Warrior Dance and that’s why I wrote it for people say I dance like a warrior on stage and I needed a song for the dance that’s how I came about the “Bata” song.
TGM-What can we look forward to in the near future from you?
BabaNee-A lot of people all over Nigeria know my past with STINGOMANIA RECORDS that was great, with lot of achievement and lot of hits like “Hiphop Flenjor ft Obesere,” Onpe, 2wice as 9ice and Omoghetto. But with my new International Record deal with Winters Entertainment (WE NATION), and CoinDropEntertainment being my management my future is looking very bright. My future will be fantastic, expect to see the very best of me to come.
TGM-As a musician, how do you feel giving back to your community who support you is important?
BabaNee-This is my favorite question of all, I am from the street, from the ghetto, I was born in the ghetto school in the ghetto, so I know it’s very important to give back to the community that is there for you at all times. If the past mega stars were to give back, I wouldn’t have to hustle so hard to make myself known or have to stop my education. I will need to start a scholarship for youth’s with a record label so that they can showcase their talents and gives them the opportunity to prove their talents to the world.
TGM-Where do you see yourself in the music industry in 5 years?
BabaNee-With God by my side and my new record deal with Winters Entertainment “WeNation,” there are no limits to what I will be able to achieve even the sky is not the limit.
TGM-Thank you for your time we wish you all the best in your quest for success…God bless you always!~!baba-nee-king-of-the-streets_bata.mp3 (3 downloads)