22nd November, 2013
Chocolate City rap star Ice Prince Zamani has said that he’s not trying to become an American artiste nor is he trying to force himself on the American music scene.
Ice Prince disclosed this during an exclusive cocktail event hosted in his honour recently at the BlackHouse Media Lounge in Ikeja, Lagos.
He stated that he only chose to collaborate with foreign artistes on his highly acclaimed second album, Fire Of Zamani, simply to export Nigerian music. “I am not trying to become an American artiste nor am I trying to blow in America. I am a Nigerian artiste that is exporting Nigerian music. Any chance that I get, I will export Nigerian music. So if that chance is getting into the studio with an international artiste, I will take that chance,” he said.
With just a day left to the launch of his Fire Of Zamani concert, slated for the Eko Hotel & Suites on 23 November, he said all arrangements are in top shape to deliver one of the best gigs in the year.
International artistes, Wale and Chip will join Ice Prince on stage for the first time in Nigeria at the FOZ concert.
Other performers billed for the concert include MI, Sunny Neji, Burna Boy, Olamide, Yung El and Jeremiah Gyang among others.
“With all the hard work and dedication we are putting into Fire Of Zamani, fans should get ready for this Concert, it is going to be something else,” added rapper and Chocolate City Vice president, M.I Abaga.
Also commenting on the concert, Audu Maikori, CEO, Chocolate City Group, said American-Nigerian rapper Wale is long overdue to come to Nigeria and the label is pleased to bring him home.
He stated further: “In Fire Of Zamani, we aim to detribalise Nigerian music and represent different Nigerian cultures instead. This is also the same direction we are going with the concert, we will be celebrating Nigerian music as a whole and not a particular tribe.”
Popular politician and Chief of Staff to Edo State governor, Patrick Obahiagbon will be the host of the event.
— Funsho Arogundade