Life is Eazi Vol 3: Lagos to Coke Studio Africa
Oluwatosin Oluwole Ajibade, better known by his fans as Mr. Eazi, is one of Africa’s biggest Afrobeats acts and a global superstar. A BET Awards nominee, he has gained massive international success with hits such as “Leg Over”, “Pour Me Water” and “Decline” featuring Raye, which saw him named as Apple Music’s Up Next artist in 2017.
His Coke Studio Experience
Mr. Eazi makes his debut on Coke Studio Africa 2019, working alongside Nandy from Tanzania, as well as Kenyan group Ethic - the music quartet dominating the soundscape of millennial life in Nairobi. He says: “It’s been beautiful connecting with new artists and learning a lot. Connecting Africa with music is something that has been on my head for a while and seeing it happen here is just so beautiful. I have been thinking there needs to be more collaborations across Africa and I’m seeing that happen. So, big up Coke Studio!”
Lagos to Accra
Having grown up surrounded by a myriad of musical influences, he was inspired by the likes of Bob Marley, Madonna and Ja Rule. Mr. Eazi grew up in Nigeria before moving to Ghana in 2007 to pursue his university education. It was while at university that Mr. Eazi's knack for entrepreneurship flourished before branching into music.
Releasing his debut mixtape quite aptly named “About to Blow” in 2013, he is known for pioneering the so-called Banku sound. This was followed by “Life is Eazi, Vol 1 - Accra to Lagos” in 2017, which took his music fans on a journey through his Ghanaian and Nigerian influences that signalled the evolution of his sound. 2018 saw the release of “Life is Eazi, Vol 2 - Lagos to London” highlighting a sound crossover that truly made him a global artist. Speaking about his latest project, Mr. Eazi recounts: “I’m trying to tell my fans, the journey of how my music has been moving and how life has been taking me from city to city, in this case - taking people on a sonic trip from Lagos to London.”
Mr. Eazi has worked with a number of global stars, among them Major Lazer, MO, Chronixx and Giggs.
An Eazi Vision
According to Mr. Eazi, Coke Studio Africa clearly aligns with his vision to unite the continent and see more African creatives working together and giving a platform to upcoming acts. Mr. Eazi recently launched the Empawa programme, which seeks to mentor 100 upcoming acts in the African music industry. With prize money of $3,000 for music and video production at stake, the top 10 artists will get a 3-week masterclass with Mr Eazi and other top players in the industry.
With more than 250 million streams to his name, there is no stopping the Happy Boy!