Legendary singer, Innocent ‘Tubaba’ Idibia has complained about ‘bad songs’ dominating the Nigerian airwaves. He added that the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) is doing little to help correct this trend in the music industry.
“The crap music all over the place now is because the gatekeepers play good songs when people are asleep at night; when there is no one to listen to the music. So if you do that kind of music and you take it to the radio and they refuse to play it, what do you do? And most of the financial backup artistes get is from people who want to make their money back immediately’.
“People are afraid of investing their money on artistes who sing good music..Though the music will still be entertaining but the ear of the people has changed. You and I know that on a normal day it is good music we listen to, except when we go to parties. The youths have their mind tuned to the kind of music being made now; it’s difficult to remove it. It has to be a deliberate action to do so’” Speaking further, he lamented about how the NBC’s value systems have changed drastically. TuBaba said;
“Before NBC is able to ban any music, it has gone popular already. That means they didn’t even hear it on time in the first place. It’s after the song has gone viral that they will want to ban it. No one is doing any work. “It is very important that we have a responsible government and to have that we must have responsible people because if we don’t have responsible people, this is the kind of government we will keep having” Innocent Ujah Idibia, better known by his stage name 2Face Idibia, is a Nigerian singer-songwriter, record producer and entrepreneur. The 40-years-old musician recently changed his stage name to Tu-baba. He is one of the most decorated and successful Afro pop artists in Africa. There is no doubt that the bankable 40-years-old musician has brought a change in the Nigerian music industry.
Here are 10 things you probably didn’t know about Tu-baba:
1. In 1996, 2Face Idibia started composing and singing jingles at the GB Fan Club at Enugu State Broadcasting Services (ESBS).
2. 2Face has established an NGO called 2Face Idibia Reach-Out Foundation, whose motto is “service to humanity”.
3. Upon leaving Kennis Music label, 2Face set up his own record label known as Hypertek Entertainment.
4. In 2006, his song “African Queen” was used in the soundtrack for the film Phat Girlz, which was released internationally.
5. In 2009, he was presented with the prestigious International Youth Ambassador for Peace Summit and the Nigeria Youth Merit Award by the National Youth Council in Nigeria in recognition of his contributions to youth development in Nigeria.
6. In 2010, 2Face released an international edition of the same album titled “The Unstoppable International Edition” making him the first Nigerian artist to have an appropriately priced international album.
7. In September 2015, 2Face organised the all star tribute concert to celebrate his 40th birthday and influence in the music of Nigeria.
8. He is part of the Sony All African One8 Project alongside other musicians across Africa, recording a single with R. Kelly and Prince Lee titled “Hands Across the World”.
9. He is the first non-Liberian to become an honorary member of the Liberian music society in recognition for his outstanding contribution to the growth of music in Africa.
10. He has been named Red ambassador society of Nigeria and also a brand ambassador for National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control. He is also set to release his biography titled ” A Very Bad Good Guy”.