New Offerings from the man 9ice in 2011 from his album titled Bashorun Gaa and this must be one of my favourite tracks just love the lyrics, in the U.S they say no one sings like Joe I think you can say the same of 9ice he got his own distinct vibes and lyrics. very nice video as well;' If you don't already know 9ice then check this track out.
9ice, whose first hit single “Gongo Aso" practically skyrocketed him to international fame and made him a household name in many African cities has continued to work hard and has been prolific in his output collaborating with most of the top players in the Afrobeat industry some could say he fast becoming the new Fela Kuti.., well maybe in a few more years only time will tell he is certainly emulating his hero.
His award credits include 2009 Hip Hop World Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, and Album of the year as well as 2008 MOBO (Music of Black Origin) Best African Act, 2008 MTV Africa Music Awards Best Hip Hop Artist, 2008 Dynamix Awards Artist the Year, 2009 Future Awards Musician of the Year and many more.
Bashorun Gaa - 9ice
Bashorun Gaha in History
The title of the Album has generated quite a bit of interest because it's named after a tyrant according to ancient yoruba history.The Historical Bashorun Gaha was described as the Prime Minister of the old Oyo Empire during the reign of the Emperor, Alaafin Abiodun (who ruled between 1770–1789) Despite the Oyo traditional political system having built in checks and balances to ensure powers were shared between powerful institutions like the Alaafin, The Ogboni (Influential Ancient yoruba Cult) and the council of Ministers and King Makers known as the Oyomesi.
Bashorun Gaha, who was head of Oyomesi managed to subvert the system and usurp maximum political powers, as a result he was able to dispose of four Alaafins (Kings of Oyo) in sucession and unleash a reign of terror and tyranny with the help of his sons and members of his family who were reputed to have comitted many excesses and atrocities throughout the empire.
He was finally overcome by the fifth Alaafin Abiodun who managed to outwit him and have him executed many of his children and family members were also executed after his death while a few managed to flee
Ref: History of the Yorubas Rev Samuel Johnson
Links: History of Oyo Empire