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Sisters in Song: Introducing Shiikane

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The ladies have really established themselves this year. From Omawumi, Waje, Kel, Mo’Cheddah, L’Ami based in Nigeria and then the rising talent like AiRis and Zara based in the US.
Now there is Shiikane – a new group consisting of twin sisters Shayshay & Princess Annamay and younger sister Baby-K, the sisters share Nigerian heritage which they are very proud of.
They have recently signed a deal with Marginal Records who will be instrumental in pushing the project. Shiikane write and produce all of their music and are looking forward to being at the forefront of the music industry for many years to come!
The group has just released a new video for their song “Bamboo Dey Chop (Say Goodbye)”. The video was shot in LA by Director Taj (who also directed Rihanna’s ‘Don’t Stop The Music’ and videos for NAS, Ne-Yo, LL Cool J, Fabolous, Kristinia De’Barge and The Dream)
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80 Comments

  1. faribaby:D

    December 21, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    i love thiss..goodwork

  2. Bola #1

    December 21, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    wow, i had no idea they were sisters.
    they did a song ‘african queen’ with the gbono feli feli beat, it was cool

  3. yetty

    December 22, 2009 at 12:00 am

    it is just aite……. nothing special…was expecting more ……!

  4. Lena

    December 22, 2009 at 12:51 am

    Not bad, but I believe the correct saying is “monkey dey work, baboon dey chop”…and not ‘bamboo’.

  5. lili

    December 22, 2009 at 1:21 am

    am not impressed at all

  6. Chichi

    December 22, 2009 at 3:35 am

    Okay song and video, it was also little bit ‘outta’ sync …however, I do give you credit for trying! Keep ’em coming, I bet u’d be much better overtime.

  7. Elpee

    December 22, 2009 at 3:36 am

    Sorry the lyrics just make me roll eyes. The video quality is good. The song is blah

  8. Ibo Omoge

    December 22, 2009 at 4:11 am

    Professional video of course but, ….*cough* *cough*…how do I put this? Their voices are not mature enough. Nowhere near professional sorry. I’m bit disappointed.

  9. miss k

    December 22, 2009 at 4:15 am

    isn’t it monkey dey walk, baboon dey chop?? not feeling it. Am I the only one who feels like they added that line jut to appeal to ( and claim ) d Naija crowd now that our music industry i booming?

  10. beezy

    December 22, 2009 at 4:20 am

    The song does nothing for me…… & i’m wondering, is’nt it “monkey dey work, BABOON(not bamboo) dey chop”???….

  11. Toluwa

    December 22, 2009 at 4:49 am

    not sure how i feel abt them…but dey sound a bit too raw!

  12. ojaybaby

    December 22, 2009 at 6:44 am

    see ehn..if u no no how to talk broken,stick to d one u know now?..i mean when did baboon become bamboo?who edited it?chai..anyway the video try sha but babiscos should go back to the studio and fine tune their sound.. ife fa na-ekwu kwe nwe ka o si a di oo!

  13. ladi

    December 22, 2009 at 8:11 am

    I heard some stuff on their mixtape on youtube thats goooood!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeKzsP1PHvs&feature=related

    Well, the baboon, bamboo thing is irreversible.

  14. mayowalulu

    December 22, 2009 at 8:44 am

    kinda depressing………..

  15. Nnena

    December 22, 2009 at 9:35 am

    WTF did i just listen to?
    Mba no…no way—this sounds like something that was made up in a sandbox at the playground–very childish sounding–not hard enough to make me feel the punch of whatever they wanted to deliver..AND to sloppy to maintain a soft and smooth balance,hence we are left with this BAMBOO DEY CHOP KE??
    I never knew bamboos had mouths to chop o….

    0;50/51 seconds…WHAT is wrong with that sisters mouth?
    whoever shot the video needs to be caned—he/she needed to bring out her best side as they did in the picture by not making her the centre focus.The girls mouth is a bit lopsided AND the cameraman/director seems to have insisted on giving us constant side-views of her mouth.
    I felt uncomfortable watching as it looked like a duck quacking words…

    If i upset anyone-well kiss my ass.

  16. bukky

    December 22, 2009 at 10:05 am

    the picture of them with d lollipop makes me not even want to listen to them..so cliche-ish

  17. Didi Agege

    December 22, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    Sounds childish! Our homegrown (or bred) talent and locally produced videos/sound quality are a lot better. And the candy-licking cover is soooo cliched!!!! I won’t even waste my breath on the ‘bamboo dey chop” lyrics…..it’s plain dumb.

  18. Mikel Nwadike

    December 22, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    Not bad…it’s ok.
    “bamboo dey chop” yh, sounds wrong, but who knows perhaps that was their intention…only the know. They have potential..
    the rap wasn’t cool..lol! well lets see where tomorow takes them
    (They’re pretty sha)

  19. LMAO

    December 22, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Hey no offense i live in LA n trust me no renoun director will shoot this shit 4 real i am in show biz so i know what i am talking about not that voice and not that video no one’s trying to put their job astake regardless of how much they paid do you know how much ham this video can cause his resume?you guys need to stop using big names

  20. tatafo!

    December 22, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    smh I should have read other comments before clicking play. Shiikane sisters the saying is “monkey dey work, baboon dey chop”
    I hope they get better, I like their hair and outfits

  21. Kyra

    December 22, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    A high profile director worked with them??? Hearing a big time director is involved automatically ur thinking ‘this will b wicked’… guess nt!

  22. Proudly_Naija

    December 23, 2009 at 12:17 am

    Why on earth is everyone singing these days!!!

  23. constructive criticism

    December 23, 2009 at 2:07 am

    I liked the Gbono fe li fe li remix and even spread the word about it

    However, it is clear that though you have talent, you might need to put in time to fine tune you potential until your sound “clicks.” The truth is that a sizable number of Nigerians can sing at this level. (Visit Lagos churches, attend Christian youth events) but if you really want to be an artiste, it pays to take the church level talent to the next level by investing time into further training your voice(s). Any thing short of that…, sadly, nothing for you in the Naija entertainment industry. The industry is maturing really quickly and with the likes of Nneka, Asa and co. this won’t cut it o.

    Advice: If you really love this and aren’t just doing it for the fame, money, blah blah blah, invest in fine tuning your craft. There is clearly talent, but talent is not enough if you have not worked hard to polish up your craft. It might take some time, and there might be no payoffs initially…but trust me it’s worth it

    if not, Nigerians will be on you neck oh…they can be very very mean and can say some nasty things…and trust me, you don’t want to go there…

    I don talk my own

    respectfully,
    constructive criticism

  24. Mikki

    December 23, 2009 at 3:05 am

    CRAP..NEXT!!!
    ok maybe that was harsh…but music is not all about being/looking good (which they need to work on).
    They can’t sing…”nuff said”

  25. mj

    December 23, 2009 at 3:38 am

    so true….i think it should be baboon dey chop. HAHAHAHAH

  26. oju

    December 23, 2009 at 5:13 am

    don’t we always like to diss our own!!!this song sounded nice at least these girls are not as raz as most female artists i see in Nigeria…..they sounded talented and their lil rap was actually very cheeky 🙂

  27. khadiva

    December 23, 2009 at 6:36 am

    too much teeth!……..not memorable

  28. truetalk

    December 23, 2009 at 6:53 am

    i heard their mixtape. these gals are fab. never knew they were sisters though.

  29. Gorgeoussss

    December 23, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Wow, they are amazing! Nice to see Naija babes doing big things, keep it up!

  30. Gorgeoussss

    December 23, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Wow, I love these girls, its nice to see Naija babes doing it big. I think they have the potential to be an international act, great vid & song!!

  31. Gorgeoussss

    December 23, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    I really like this song, nice to see Naija babes doing big things!

  32. Gorgeoussss

    December 23, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    sorry guys didnt realise ALL my comments were working looool sounding like a parrot lol

  33. JJC

    December 24, 2009 at 7:46 am

    The intro to their song sounds remarkably like this older song by Tobymac…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCyz9du5nQw

  34. diaz

    December 24, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    wow girls hope you have a back up plan for life like my dear simon would say dont know where you guys are making to. dont think it will even get to the lagos airport. whoever told yall could sing is ur enemy you must good people im not contesting that but singing not ur forte please dont take these bad comments as negativeness but pure honesty and if u wanna bet go c simon ok hope u guys listen all the best watever ur choice!!!!!!!!!!

  35. Rimzy

    December 24, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    Argh…i’m getting dissapointed in the so called talent we are producing….so they could not take some time to do some research…considering bamboo does not have a mouth or teeth their title is quite disturbing….

  36. Gam

    December 25, 2009 at 2:23 am

    terrible. i dont what to say

  37. SpeakEasyUk

    December 26, 2009 at 3:30 am

    Very impressed, great video too. Downloaded their mixtape and I really like the sound, cant wait to see what they do next! I like the fact that their vocals are not loaded with autotune!
    these girls pretty and have a great image, African female artists can learn a thing or two from these babes, simply sexy!

  38. Alex Yangs

    December 27, 2009 at 10:50 am

    well i think they have potential, and with a bit more crafting,vocal structuring and upgraded song writing (writers), they can be better!

    meanwhile ladies..always put your best foot(track) forward… the patience in this part of the west is a little below minimal…

    the video was really clean and saturation was nice and warm!

  39. THE AMAKA

    December 27, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    i dont like the song at all.
    but i guess, maybe their next song will catch on to me.
    but right about now, no way.

  40. Dikay

    December 27, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Nice song, not your typical naija act good to see something different. Im sure they will improve in time. Great video fresh and very professional.

  41. RedHot~

    December 29, 2009 at 4:17 am

    Mehn, I was thinking the exact same thing! How can you sing a whole song and not know what you are singing?? “Bamboo dey chop”? What the heck?!!! The last time I checked it was BABOON that was chopping oh! This is very very pathetic. Its like making a mistake on your company’s name or slogan…..

  42. Z Critic

    December 29, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    This song is actually REALLY COOL! can’t believee u guys arn’t feeling it…its so retro and completly different this is what i call good music, is it because they dont sound like omo durella and terryG them..so ghetto n local. nah big ups to them! but theres room for improvement!! wohooo shikkane!!!

  43. Muna

    December 29, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    I’m sooo lmho @ d comments…d kids r wondering wats doin’ me! I too was lost at d BAMBOO! Really they have nice voices and potential, but 4 d Nigeria market if u’re not doin som’n commercial, then u have to come out wit a bang, som’n dat’ll sweep every1 off their feet….methinks d BAMBOO may be too overfed to do just that!

  44. Skinnythickness

    December 30, 2009 at 5:33 am

    ABOUT TIME! catchy song, amazing video. Dont recall a British black girl group looking and sounding as good as these chicks. kudos to shiikane for acknowledging their Naija heritage and being proud of it………
    lets support our own and not be typical blacks who only claim our own when the make it big. looking forward to the album ladies…..however there is always room for growth and improvement.

  45. Anya

    December 30, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    what is ‘bamboo dey chop’? are these even real nigerians or are they pretending? didn’t their producers tell them it’s ‘Baboon dey chop’ …HAHAHA!

    Score on Naija Authenticity = poor; idiotic use of popular phrase
    Score on Vocal quality = average; nothing spectacular
    Score on Hair = poor; Bad synthetic weaves.

  46. NineoSix

    December 30, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    Video is real nice. The girls need to go on a cleansing regime. Too much make up, bad weaves and not too great voices. Nice effort though. If you wanna be a pop star work at it. Take singing lessons, practice at home. Learn the song, learn where to breath when your singing. Eat healthily, drink loads of water so your skin looks good. Go to the gym work out and get the sexiest body of your life. Flat stomachs, nice hips, nice legs and no flabby arms. Take dance lessons, work with a choreographer. Practice your expressions in the mirror while you sing, so you know what looks good on camera. Work on your songwriting. Learn to write hooks and choruses. Learn how to kill it on stage. Learn how to perform. Its about giving an experience to the audience. Don’t be selfish, as an artist it is not about you!!! Its about the audience and your fans. Get it together artists. Everybody wants to be Rihanna. She used to be crap but she got her act together. She’s still a bit crap but she worked on her look and its her look, fashion and videos that sell her. She can’t sing and she can’t dance but she figured out the best way to promote her music. Through her looks and fashion. Learn, look, see how to make it happen. Its not just about a video!!!

  47. Elenu

    December 31, 2009 at 9:58 am

    @ nineosix… very correct
    @ Shiikane…. listen to your competition here
    http://www.bellanaija.com/2009/12/15/emphirical-wants-you-to-stop-stare/

  48. AyoMagick

    December 31, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Think the song is great…..I agree there is room for improvement but isnt this Shiikane’s first song & video? NineoSix to compare ANY new artist to rihanna seems ridiculous she’s on her 4th album & has over 20 video’s (not including features) hardly like for like! LOL
    take a look at Rihanna’s first video, puffy weave lack-luster performance nothing like the rihanna we see today 134 songs later, 20 song features later, 4 albums later, chris brown beating media frenzy later, media whoring later and over 20 video’s later!!
    As an artist you live and learn and hopefully shiikane will grow into seasoned artists its too early to judge them but from what i have seen they are a really cool group, they look great, very pretty 2 of them could loose some weight but all round they are very sexy girls……I am not complaining been waiting for some sexy naija babes to come on the scene cause we have some ugly female artists in naija dominating the charts (apart from sade) none of the current naija singers/rappers would appeal to the masses but this groups softer pretty looks will.
    I wish them luck, their mixtape is different 2.

  49. AyoMagick

    January 1, 2010 at 4:15 am

    LOL, hardly destinys child, emphirical are not very attractive are they? Oh dear, their songs are pretty average and sound very dated cant see them getting very far.

  50. NineoSix

    January 2, 2010 at 7:48 am

    @AyoMagick: Pay attention – they were not compared to Rihanna. It says everybody wants to be Rihanna but it also clearly says “Rihanna used to be crap but she got her act together. She’s still a bit crap but she worked on her look and its her look, fashion and videos that sell her. She can’t sing and she can’t dance but she figured out the best way to promote her music.”
    Meaning that there is room for improvement and everyone starts out no so good.

  51. george

    January 2, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    @AyoMagick; mild criticism for shiikane at best, don’t get me wrong I rate their material, but this wasn’t their best work and while emphirical might not be Destiny’s Child, they sound pretty damn good and not very dated at all, and as for them not lasting, I really think u just might eat ur words

  52. Mimzy

    January 2, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    TUSHAY! Couldnt hv said it any better, you had me laffn my but off.
    Harsh but true.

  53. AyoMagick

    January 3, 2010 at 4:04 am

    Ok fair enough I agree with the ‘room for improvement” statement.
    Lets give them a chance though think they have potential to be superstars.

  54. ts

    January 4, 2010 at 9:58 am

    OK…i’m sorry but I don’t like d song…at all.There’s nuffin special abt d vocals…n wut d heck is “Bamboo” I thot d saying was “Monkey dey chop, baboon dey chop”?…LWTF…Yea definitely room for improvement….

  55. ts

    January 4, 2010 at 10:00 am

    i thot d saying was “monkey dey work baboon dey chop”….i dnt know abt y’all but i dnt like d song, definitely nuffin special abt d vocals and yep there’s very much lots of room 4 improvement….

  56. Adio

    January 5, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    They may be better to go solo because one of them cannot sing at all. Another one cannot rap…Going solo would mean than one of them is good and could make it as a singer.

    It is a bad effort and some people do not want to hear the truth. If they want to be famous by force and with cash then they are OK. It is the worst song I have ever heard from a Nigerian girl group. It is horrendous! Bella pls. save us headaches! Let them face Simon Cowell.

  57. Heavyy

    January 6, 2010 at 3:10 am

    Cute sexy and talented what more could you ask for?! It would be interesting to see how well shiikane do in 2/3 years time…..I wonder what the debate will be then? hmmmmmmmm hopefully they’ll stick around long enough for us to see LMAO

  58. Heavyy

    January 6, 2010 at 3:20 am

    Okaaaaay, think your comments are little over the top, most Nigeria artists load their vocals with autotune or try and rap with fake american accents lol! At least this group is staying true to the British- Naija heritage. There always room for improvement, but to call this the worst Naija song you have heard is a lil rash. I really hope this group blow, their mixtape is amazing and proves that they CAN sing and are very talented, do your research before you criticize!
    Shiikane mixtape http://www.multiupload.com/G2L31XH3X1

  59. ijiji

    January 6, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    too much fake wigs in this video, ok song, but nothing spectacular.

  60. Dniced

    January 7, 2010 at 12:01 am

    Mixtape is ok, a bit too popish but I guess thats the music selling really well right now. liked their D’Banj cover African Queen. they need more work but all in all I think they have huge potential.

  61. HaHaHa

    January 7, 2010 at 12:28 am

    LOL! I got2 say many of you are talking from d ass! What Naija artist(s) do you know that have come out with a 1st single and video like this?? Come on people, credit where due, and it is due here! Plus, not an OUNCE of auto-tune in this song PRAISE be to God. I think this sounds more UK Indie though. Naija’s will follow eventually when it’s hot everywhere else in the world! Cos we are so SLOW to “get it” Well I’m a Nigerian and I like it, most of you will “get it” soon don’t worry, take your time lol!

  62. Toya

    January 7, 2010 at 5:33 am

    Average, not bad

  63. Deekay

    January 9, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    I must say I agree with ‘HaHaHa’ most of these comments are total rubbish! these girls are a class act, yes its true that they need to make improvements on their image and perfect their sound but what new artist is exempt from facing the same hurdles? lets think before we speak my people……..and the weave comments are VERY funny, I am a Naija babe and pride myself on having good weaves, but I am sorry to say but most African women do not get it right, I think the sisters looks great and I for one am happy that we are getting a varied representation of what a Nigerian female looks/sounds like. cant wait for the album ladies!

  64. Crithxs

    January 11, 2010 at 9:30 am

    It’s Monkey dey work,Baboon dey chop NOT “BAMBOO”!!!Bad Lyrics…Good Vidz,tho…Make i Come Produce una jare

  65. CM

    January 11, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    In response to the bamboo/baboon comments: This was intentional (the phrase change is just a bit of tongue-in-cheek as a very close family member used to say it like that). They know what the original phrase is.
    It is such a shame to see all the negative comments especially from their fellow Nigerians. keep up the great work Shiikane!!

  66. Rebecca Roberts

    January 11, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Do you want ppl to lie; that this is not the most rubbish, no talent, no concept, worst song ever???????????????? truth is bitter but good, this girls need to go back to school and live normal lives cos music is not for them.

  67. Deekay

    January 11, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    This is not a matter of wanting people to lie, its more a case of expecting constructive criticism so that they can make improvements and tweak their act. To say this is the ‘worst song ever’ shows that you have a very limited perspective on Naija musical acts (as I have heard a lot worse songs from our country men)
    lacking the ability to support your own is the exact reason why progression is slow in Naija, Sade, Seal, Shirley basey, lead singer of Block party and so many other international Naija artists had to make it big outside of Naija for us to claim them and be proud, I see shiikane doing the same thing.

  68. sixtus

    January 12, 2010 at 10:01 am

    As for me, I no get anything to yarn abt naijaa artiste. I LOVE

  69. Shino

    January 12, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    Fine babes, nothing more nothing less.

  70. Christine

    January 14, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    This group has great potential, actually like the house mix of this song on the EP. Cant wait to hear more from shiikane

  71. Emy

    January 19, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Great video, nice song! It helps that their pretty too, I think they can go very far. Just downloaded the EP from iTunes and they have a Naija mix to thus song with Tilla Man, hey! Now-wow for these babes, may success knock at their door!!!

  72. snyper52

    January 23, 2010 at 1:21 am

    Interesting song (and choice for a debut single…), still I totally support this project.

    I must admit this is the first time I have heard of these 3 ladies. I am a music producer (Nigerian, based in Europe), so I “must” comment on the musical aspect.
    As mentioned, the song is unconventional (for the means of a better word), video is good (not great, but for a debut single, above average), but the mix is poorly. The vocals are very “dry” and could have been integrated in to the mix much better. And pls, what’s up with the cheap sounding guitar amp in the chorus??
    The ladies should have a word with their management and reconsider their approach. What is the use of getting a high class video director to shoot the video to a demo-recording class song?
    I know that we Nigerians would like to do our things properly and have the best, so the fact that I see three young sisters trying to do something big and then get such a low budget song irritates me. There is absolutely no reason for this and I’m sure the video cost more than the production, recording, mix AND mastering put together…

    This is my opinion from the technical/producer side. Other than that, I don’t see why Shiikane should not be up there with all the other current acts.

    I totally support my Nigerian ladies and wish them all the best for the future, but pls, get another producer and/or sound engineer. Compared to the video, the mix of the song was close to apoorling, I’m sorry to say.

  73. lumi

    January 23, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    the song does not come off as worth remembering, nice video from a technical perspective . but truthfully the song is just better than crap….

  74. Dumi

    January 25, 2010 at 11:26 am

    I am sorry but I do not agree with you, I work in the music industry also and I think the songs mix captures the raw indie sound and style the group are going for. This is not a Afro-beat song so the approach to the mixing will be different. In regards to the song the concept is quirky and fun, they mispronounce the parable deliberately as stated in their various interviews online. I think its a shame that when we have a beautiful female group representing Naija they are met with such harsh criticism, especially as we do not have many high profile female Naija artist in the game. the fact is the most current Naija artists (mostly male) lack creativity and are just following the same formula/trends of the artists that are hot at the moment! They are either trying to sound American like 50 cent & Jay-z or they are singing with a ridiculous amount of special autotune effects to mask their limited singing abilities. What this girl group is doing requires raw talent and the ability to be creative, they are nothing like what we currently have in Nigeria and we should embrace them and support their project as they develop their sound. The video is amazing and they look great, I hope they achieve world recognition and put Nigeria on the map in a positive light.

  75. wbanksy

    January 26, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    interesting song, cute sisters they have huge potential, would be interested to see what else they can do!

  76. Shola Star

    February 5, 2010 at 8:45 am

    I must admit I quite like this song, its infectious! the blend of r&b and rock works well, great stuff.

  77. faith

    July 28, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    i love this song, you lot are jelous haters and beee-yoches

  78. kemp

    December 14, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    The sisters r now killing it!!! Come home, Christmas with you, Sweetim….. Quality

  79. GPS Kapal

    April 9, 2016 at 9:07 am

    It’s awesome. Thanks a lot.

  80. Anti Rayap

    April 10, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Nice post. Keep the good work.

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