“Sometimes it makes my head swell.” - 2Baba on Music and Fan love.

Nigerian music icon 2Baba made his debut on Coke Studio Africa 3, paired with Tanzanian pop princess Vanessa Mdee. He returns to the show this year alongside Ugandan songstress Rema Namakula in collaborations produced by France-based DSK (originally from Ivory Coast). While recording the show, 2Baba took over Coke Studio Africa’s weekly Artist Takeover to answer his fans’ questions. Here is what we discovered from the African Queen and Oya Come Make We Go singer:

Real Names

His government name is Innocent Ujah Idibia and he took up 2 Face idibia as his stage name. He recently changed to the moniker 2Baba, which stands for the monumental respect his industry has granted him. While in Kenya, 2Baba turned 41. He celebrated his day in true superstar style; hosting two VIP parties at a Nairobi club. He mentioned that his fans should get to know him through his Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram – which he says he handles personally.

 

On Music & Fan Love

2Baba admitted that he reveres the respect and love his fans give him, jesting: “Sometimes it makes my head swell.”

He said he has done a documentary titled Crazy Love on his relationship with his fans. When it comes to his secret on hit collaborations, he said: “I have to connect with you whether it is the vibes, friendship or personalities.”

On Coke Studio Africa 3, 2Baba and Vanessa Mdee’s collaboration in the song All I Need To Know written and produced by Cobhams Asuquo was one of the most watched YouTube videos, surpassing a million views a few months after upload. As for the collaborations on season 4, he said: “Expect good organic music that fuses creativity and the season’s Discover theme. I am working with Rema from Uganda – she is cool.”

He revealed that he will also collaborate with Granmah’s Regina - a “talented babe from Mozambique” on a song called Today.

 

Nothing Over Music

With a career spanning over two decades, 2Baba revealed to fans that if he did not become a musician he would have been a footballer for his backyard team the Lobi Stars. He mentioned Lionel Messi and Jay-Jay Okocha as some of his favourite footballers and further promised that he would be releasing more good music this year.

 

Three Things He Can’t Live Without

2Baba said that he couldn’t do without ‘My voice, band and microphone’. 2Baba couldn’t stop revealing that he was working on a new album, and planned to collaborate again with top artistes P-Square and Wizkid, as a follow up to their past hits. He also mentioned that he is a huge fan of US rapper Nas and would love to work with him: “I am a disciple of Nas.”

 

If 2Baba was President

“I am not cut out for politics as I am too soft,” he said, but added that he continues to run his 2Baba Foundation.

“We offer service to humanity and we do whatever we have to do to keep helping make the society a better place.”