Up-Close with bigBen Ahead of “Bullion (Remix)” Release Featuring Teephlow & Edem

bigBen. You’ve probably heard the name somewhere… On social media or a blog. You’ve probably heard his music. bigBen is a soulful singer, rapper and songwriter, whose art would find a place in your heart.
Steeze Hub writer Nana Kofi Tego had an exclusive interview with this fast rising Nigerian born music star. In view of the artiste’s new single release on Friday, 20th April 2018, this interview is bringing to light some things we have to know about this profile who already has some nice tunes with high profiled artistes in Ghana.

A brief introduction was made by the young star and he had lots of cool personal things to say about himself.
“I was born in Jos City Nigeria but I am an Igbo by tribe, to a family of 7 which includes my parents and siblings. I’m the third child and also the third boy. I attended my high school at Baptist High School in Jos City, came to Ghana to study biomedical engineering at All Nations University, Koforidua.”

With a wonderful personal profile, bigBen went further to discuss his music career and how it all began. It must be said that he’s had a wonderful and quick paced career and some level of interesting versatility.
“As far as I can remember, music has always been a part of me, but I took it serious and professional about two years ago when I met my management (Harmony Records). I am actually not specifically a hip-hop artist. I’m rather more of an Afro soul art than hip-hop but I am very versatile artist so I like to experiment with various genres.”

When asked of his mentors or idols he left it short by stating that his mum and dad are the people he looks up to.
Doing music in Africa or specifically Ghana is not all rosy, and for some underground acts, if not, most artistes it has proven to be a herculean task to break through to limelight. Bigben our guest is no different as he shares his experience on the road so far with us.

“Definitely I have faced a lot of challenges from studio equipment to finding the right way to push my music but yeah whenever I look at how determined my parents are, it keeps me going and believing that I will make it. I get lots of supports from friends and family which also keeps me on the right path psychologically. I want to use this opportunity to thank everyone that has supported my dream to this point.”

Now bigBen details his music career so far and its evident he’s on an ascending path to greatness with his work and effort. Already with some good number of singles under his belt and some fantastic collaborations.

“I have released about six singles and have been featured on one by M.anifest. But I have almost a thousand unreleased songs LOL. Worked with also Bisa Kdei, Sista Afia, Ko-Jo Cue, Teephlow, Edem, and currently in works with Stonebwoy. I look forward to working with Sarkodie, Kwesi Arthur, Adina and many others. I am really hoping I get my breakthrough this year and start disturbing the world.”

Before we moved to his upcoming release of “Bullion” remix featuring Teephlow and Edem, he was asked why he decided to choose these arts on his arguably best single so far.
“Well, when I worked on the songs, I just knew they were going to give it the finishing touch because they are amazing rappers and I’m so humbled and glad they were kind to bless me with their verses, I’m super grateful.

Finally, our interview guest bigBen will release the remix of his latest single “Bullion” on Friday and he features VGMA 2018 Record of the year winner Teephlow and multiple award winning artiste Edem and was produced by Kwaku Drizzy.
“Bullion came as an inspiration after listening to Kwesi Arthur’s ‘Grind Day’, I was like mayne I wanna do a track like this, so I hit up Lesane who produced the beat and the rest is history!”
Make it a point to download Bullion remix ft. Teephlow & Edem produced by Kwaku Drizzy on steezehub.com.

Follow bigBen on Twitter @iam_bigBen, Facebook @bigBen.worldwide, and instagram @iam_bigBen.

Get Familiar with Ghanaian Afrofusion Artiste, YN the Afropikin

Yaw Nnamdi better known by his stage name YN the Afropikin is a young singer, songwriter and producer who does an Afrofusion of sounds i.e. a blend of the African sound with other sounds from around the world. He doubles up as a professional physiotherapist.

“one of the days i’d never forget is when i got the message that i’ve gained admission to university of ghana. y’all should’ve seen me jumping.. lol” – YN

YN commenced his educational journey at Leads International School and Kings High School both in Lagos, Nigeria. He moved to Ghana in 2006 where he attended Yilo Krobo School (YKS) in Somanya, Eastern Region. Nnamdi gained excellent grades that landed him a qualification to study a four-year programme in B.Sc. Physiotherapy in the University of Ghana, Legon and graduated with the class of 2016.

Although he always had a passion for music, hence he was always found listening to music, his musical journey started from high school where he started writing rhymes and discovered his rapping ability. However, he took it serious in his final year in university when he felt a burning sensation to do Afro music. That’s when he found his sound.

During the days of experimenting sounds he did songs which were Rap/Hip-Hop but the realisation came after his first major single ‘Passenger’, an Afro-Soul music which got massive appeal. Thence he started polishing his craft and approached music professionally in 2017 after the release of his accepted second single, ‘KEDE.’

“i do afrofusion! it feels natural & spiritual” – YN

As already indicated, his style of music is termed as Afro-Fusion. Afrobeats happens to be a major sector for YN because it enables him to explore his roots as a native of both Nigeria and Ghana. He has a soft spot for African percussion and melodies, and describes them as distinct characteristics to his sound. Nnamdi prefers singing in Pidgin language because he grew up speaking it and he’s most fluent in it. Also because he tends to communicate effectively with his people and connect with a common vibe.

“I Derive inspiration from africa’s musical greats. Fela kuti is like a grandad when i get in my element” – yn

YN gains inspiration from everyone doing good music most especially Nigeria’s legend Fela Kuti and Femi Kuti. He is a proud African who despises living a double personality, as he likes to keep it real. He sees music to be a powerful tool which has a huge impact on people. He describes the energy and vibrations that come with music as spiritual.

He has a song with Yaaba Okani titled ‘Tender’. It’s an African love song woven with afro melodies. He is working with a lot of ace producers including hitmaker, Kuvie. He aims to reach the world with his music and influence his listeners.

 

Check out YN The Afropikin’s latest single “Tender” which features Yaaba Okani

 

Written by: Joseph ‘Aqweci’ Ofori