When He said he was ready to take the music world by storm and make his artists stars as he did popular stars like Midnight Crew and Dj Zeez, many thought Barrister Ope Banwo, the CEO of Stingomania Entertainment was just another manager trying to get attention from the media but with recent happenings, the versatile music promoter has proven that he meant every word he said and ready to retain a spot at the top.
Yesterday, November 23, at the Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos, in an event that had top government dignitaries like the commissioner of Environment, Dr. Muiz Banire; Chairman, Judiciary committee of Lagos, Tunde Ogala, Senator Iyiola Omiosore who was ably represented by Oye Balogun; Otunba Gadaffi, Kayode Ayeni, Femi Allen, Funmi Tejuosho, Idowu Ajanaku, the Ope Banwo led Stingomania Records officially launched the albums of Paramount king of music, Obesere; Prince of tradition in urban Hip-hop, Baba Nee and the Olowun Iyo of Stingomania, Naturah amidst pomp, glamour and panache.
Setting the tone as to what to expect that night was a near perfect rendition of the national anthem by Stingomania actress, Bianca Black. A mock pageant followed suit with Otunba Gadaffi of the DMT toilet emerging as the Mr. Stingomania.
After performances by up and coming group, The Glitz, the album launch proper started with Naturah, taking up the stage and giving the audience a tip of the iceberg with an Acapella which he said was to give thanks to God. He then handed the mic to his mother who sang Ori, a song off his album, the mother did it so well that she got applause from the guest who were surprised to know that a mother could be so involved in his sonâ€™s musical dream. Naturah also did songs like Super star and Look Well, two songs that have continued to gain applause from fans and critics alike.
Taking advantage of the momentum that his energetic performance garnered, Soji Omotayo, a representative of Stingomania Entertainment came up stage to raise fund for the album. The elated guests couldnâ€™t help but donate to the musical course of the young man.
With that done, the launch was way from over, it was Baba Neeâ€™s turn to thrill the fan; Baba Nee had gained mass appeal after his first album, Twice As 9ice an album that attests to his lyrical strength, the album also got itself some critics as fans and proteges of popular musician 9ice got him in their black book for throwing gibes at their mentor. Starting his rendition with the popular Ijala chants he is known for, Baba Nee wowed the audience and proved that indeed he is a force to reckon with.
Coming after Baba Nee was the paramount king of music, Chief Abass Akande Obesere. The ovation that greeted his emergence was unequalled, he soon took to the stage and his performances showed why the orobo kibo master has remained on top , he strutted the stage with such grace and sway that further proved that he was on top of his game. Lyricist, Lord of Ajasa was also around to help Pk 1st with a track that features him. Many couldnâ€™t believe the rate at which the fuji maestro has transformed into a successfully hip-hop artist.
The night ended on a good note as average donors that night gave a hundred thousand to the album launch.