Okolie debuts with 7-track EP, inspiration
Just when it seems reggae music is fading in the country following the rise of Afrobeats, Mazi Njikoka Okolie, a reggae music fan-turned-artiste has come through with a seven-track Extended Play (EP) titled “Inspiration” to rekindle the listenership of the genre in the country.
Popularly known as Mazi, the fresh on the block reggae act said that he has, for decades pursued this dream notwithstanding the social and family challenges that stalled the realization of the dream.
In a chat with Weekend Beats, he said: “Despite impediments thrown up by building a family after initial efforts to release this music album as a young man, it is finally here in 2023. I fell in love with reggae music as a youth when I listened to Bob Marley’s song “Man to Man Is unjust.”
To amply demonstrate his deep love for the genre, Okolie said he opened a music shop in Ikeja, Lagos in the 1980s, stressing that his love for the music grew more and pushed him into writing songs.
“In 1989 I recorded my first music demo, and notable artistes like Majek Fashek played the lead guitar for that demo, but I wasn’t satisfied with the outcome being a core root reggae man.
“In 2020, I went back to Steve Land Music School to brush up on my songs which are so numerous. I selected seven songs and worked on them to come out with the album titled Inspiration,” he stated.
According to the native of Owelle Court in Awgu LGA of Enugu State, “I aim to inspire the African and black people to realise the great God’s blessings to them and take up their rightful position in the committee of nations.”
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