With Happy Music, Okoroji stages comeback
After years of leading the battle against copyright infringement in Nigeria, COSON Chairman Tony Okoroji recently took a break and returned to the studio to record new sounds. Already, one of his tracks, Happy Music, is set to hit the airwaves next month, with a video in works.
Though Okoroji, a former president of PMAN, had in the past treated music lovers with hits such as Juliana, Oriaku, Mama & Papa, Locomotion, many still wonder if the veteran still have what it takes to make a comeback. But those close to the musicians are optimistic that he’s still fit to make a dramatic comeback.
Meanwhile, Okoroji’s Happy Music will be released on his TOPS label, which has also assembled an incredibly talented crop of young Nigerian songwriters, singers and producers.
In the last one-year, the renowned songwriter, performer, author and copyright guru, who for many years, was a sought-after music producer and Artiste & Repertoire Manager for EMI, the big international recording conglomerate, has spent hours and hours in the recording studios. Alongside his crew, TOPS All Stars, he has set out to redefine the music scene in the New Year.
One of the products of Okoroji’s TOPS revolution is KASI, the red-hot power bike-riding songstress born on June 12, 1993; she will be dropping two singles in January 2017. There is of course, GWILZ, the guy who is not shy to tell everyone, “I am the King of the Word, the Toastmaster-General and the Minister of Rap. I was born on October 1 and I am lyrically licensed to kill!” Gwilz has two singles ready to scatter the dance floor in February.
Kul-GP, the Afro-Pop, Dancehall and R&B master crooner and rocker whose unique resemblance with Reekado Banks is talk of the town is also on the TOPS stable. Also in the mix is Milly-X, the dashing young multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, songster and producer, who has become a key player and creative genius in the TOPS revolution. There is also the silky smooth, good looking and immensely talented Dolzi, the afro-pop singer nicknamed the King of Melody.
Okoroji is confident that with Happy Music he will affirmatively answer the question, ‘Does the maestro still have what it takes?’
“Yes, I have a lot of experience but my creative energy is still very young and strong. In the recording studios, I have been working with a lot of young people and we are cross-fertilizing ideas all the time. In Happy Music, my old fans will find a lot to celebrate in the unique sound that has brought us together these many years and those who were not part of the groove will be hooked. “he continued: “When Happy Music drops, there will be a lot of singing and dancing. What I wish is that people will get the music properly and not resort to piracy or illegal downloads which is why TOPS and GREEBEE Mobile signed the recent distribution agreement to make sure that the music of TOPS is everywhere and everyone can get our music legitimately. I wish everyone happy listening, happy dancing and happy enjoyment of Happy Music,” Okoroji hinted.