Celebrity of the week: Meet the super talented Nigerian artiste, Djinee
Meet the smart, talented and cool Nigerian seasoned musician/ TV presenter, Osayamwen Nosa Donald popularly known as Djinee.
Djinee known for his classic tune, ‘Ego’, started off as a Video Jockey and a TV presenter. A native of Edo state, Djinee grew up in a music environment, his father was a lover of music and this influenced his music career greatly. The R’n’B singer captured the hearts of many with his euphonious voice and his art of making love a beautiful thing through his songs.
Djinee released his debut hit single “Ego” under record label “Westside Inc”. This brought him instant success. His pitch perfect vocal ability on the song brought him accolades amongst which are “Best new artiste ” at the Nigerian Music Awards in London and several nominations.
In December 2007, he released the second single “I no dey shame” and this established him as a force to reckon with. The video was subsequently aired on major TV stations. In May 2008 at the Nigerian music awards he was presented with the Voice of the year award. In June 2009 He released the self titled album titled “DJINEE”.
Djinee had established himself in the music industry/business without trying to mimic or copy other brands, but suprisingly fizzled out of the music scene at some point.
Why Djinee stopped singing for sometime
Speaking in an interview with ladies of Your View, DJinee revealed that he has been releasing music but not as regularly as he used to release music. He further explained that he felt his music was lacking at some point and needed to dig deep and put in effort in creating music.
Djinee switched his style of music when he released “Overkilling” in 2009, he wasn’t pleased with the kind of sound.
I needed to find my sound, I wasn’t exactly happy with the sound I was making at that time, with the success of songs like Over Killing, came much expectations. It’s like what oil did to our nation; sometimes it comes with its curses. Over Killing was a different sound from Ego and other songs; I went on a different tangent entirely so people began to expect a different kind of music I wasn’t comfortable doing; so I needed to find myself and also I needed to do a bit of travelling within and outside Nigeria. He told Vanguard.
Djinee and MI Abaga
Rumours had it at some point that Nigerian rapper, MI who reportedly came to Lagos through Djinee ran errands for him as his personal assistant and at some point had a beef with him. In 2017, Djinee in an exclusive interview with the Vanguard debunked the news.
“What? Never! There was never a time MI was my personal assistant; even MI cannot sit here and say such a thing. It’s true he and the likes of Ice Prince, Jesse Jagz and the rest came to Lagos through me, but he was never my personal assistant, neither was there a time he used to help me carry my guitar around”, Djinee said.
In other interviews, Djinee maintained that his relationship with the Chocolate City boss was intact.
Djinee on the Lyrical content of Nigerian music
Djinee in a recent interview with the ladies of YourView, talked about the lyrical content of Nigerian music.