God graciously gave Yoruba language to us - 9ice
9ice (born Alexander Abolore Adegbola Adigun Alapomeji Ajifolajifaola) on 17 January 1980 is from Ogbomosho, Oyo State but he grew up in Bariga, Lagos.
He attended Abule Okuta Primary School and CMS Grammar School, but he dropped out from his Law course at the Lagos State University to concentrate on music. He grew up in a polygamous home of five wives and nine children.
He wrote his own songs dating back to when he was just 14 years old. A big fan of Pasuma Wonder, he kick-started his singing career as a Fuji musician. He derives his inspiration from his environment, and music from the likes of Ebenezer Obey, King Sunny Ade, Tatalo Alamu, Late Alhaji Ayinla Omowura and Late Alhaji Haruna Ishola.
After recording his first demo, 9ice joined a group called Mysterious Boys before forming his own, now defunct, group Abinibi.
His first demo titled Risi De Alagbaja was recorded in 1996 and his first solo song, Little Money in 2000.
It was not until 2005 before his music started gaining recognition on the Nigerian music scene.
The first major break for 9ice came from his first single title Little Money and after which he did collaborations with many Nigerian artistes that immediately prompted the release of another hit single title Ganja Man which was released in March 2006.
The reggae tone and playful style of the song made it an instant hit.
He later founded his own record label and company, Alapomeji Records under which all his other works are released. His biggest single is the national monster hit "Gongo Aso" with which he headlined major events in all parts of the country.
In 2008, he won the award for Best Hip Hop Artist at the MTV Africa Music Awards. Also at the third edition of the Hip Hop World Awards held in Nigeria, he won the Revelation of the Year award and the Best Male Vocal Performer. A month later at the first SoundCity Music Video Awards, he was nominated in the category of Best New Artist.
9ice is known for his use of the Yoruba language in his music, but sometimes mixes the Yoruba proverbs with other local languages.
He compares himself to Youssou N'Dour who has won a couple of Grammy with music recorded in his mother tongue, and Yvonne Chaka-Chaka whose music has also embraced her language.
He has been quoted as saying "English language has been imposed on us but God graciously gave Yoruba language to us”.
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