In the wake of the release of Nollywood star, Tonto Dikeh‘s songs, “Hi” and “Itz Ova” on Wednesday 17th October 2012, BellaNaija Music spotlights 6 Nollywood stars who have also been involved in the Nigerian music industry.
Some of them have completely put a hold on their music careers and others are still in the game. Today, find out who makes the list of actors turned musicians, exclusively brought to you by BellaNaija.com
Check out the list!
She is one of Nigeria’s most celebrated actresses and red carpet style star. The award winning actress who was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2009 on the TV mogul’s list of Most Famous People in the World, delved into the Nigerian music industry.
On Saturday 11th December 2004, the 33 year old Mirror Boy star, launched her debut album, One Logologo Line in Accra, Ghana. To promote the album, Genevieve officially released a video one of her singles, No More.
The 8 track album which retails presently on Amazon for $7.92 consists of the following songs; Ma Bre’Wo feat. Obour, Thinking Of You feat. Kojo Antwi, Native Doctor feat. Dede, One Logologo Line feat. VIP, Bunp It Up, No More, Missing You and Genevieve.
Watch Genevieve’s No More Video
Known for his bad boy image in lots of Nollywood blockbusters, Nigerian actor, Jim Iyke has gone on to become a household name and a bona fide superstar.
Just before the actor launched his clothing line “Untamed Closet” last year, he made a foray into the Nigerian music industry by releasing the video of his first song, “Who am I” featuring one of Africa’s most undisputed entertainers, 2Face Idibia. He later followed-up with another video for his other song “Born To Do This” featuring Puffy T.
We are not sure, if we should expect any more music from Jim Iyke as he publicly announced on stage while hosting the 2011 Africa Movie Academy Awards with Phone Swap lead actress, Nse Ikpe-Etim, that “Actors should stick to what they do, including me”, after Nse teased him about his song “Who am I”
Check the videos of Who am I and Born To Do This by Jim Iyke
This Nollywood veteran actress, Patience Ozokwor is racking up endorsements and smiling all the way to the bank. But a few years ago, Patience who has starred in over 200 Nigerian movies delved into the music industry under the stage name “Mama G”.
She released lots of videos for her songs including Ihe Neme N’uwa, Iyo Ngwo Ngwo, Adaeze, Make We Jolly and National Moi Moi, where Nollywood actors, Tonto Dikeh and Charles Awurum make cameo appearances.
Watch the videos of National Moi Moi and Make We Jolly by Mama G
We can’t forget the Nollywood actor, Nkem Owoh‘s hilarious roles in Osuofia in London and Okada Man. The actor who is also an MTN ambassador alongside Patience Ozokwor, has also been involved in music.
He has released not less than 5 videos to promote his music career including songs like I Go Chop Your Dollar, Olamma, Akalaka, Marry Me and School Na Good Thing.
Check out the videos for I Go Chop Your Dollar and Marry Me by Nkem Owoh
Currently in London, promoting her latest flick, Amina, where she plays a character of a woman with a mental disorder, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde is among Nigeria’s most renowned entertainers.
The 34 year old movie star, who joined the Nigerian music industry a few years ago with her debut album Gba, told BellaNaija’s Adeola Adeyemo that she decided to join the Nigerian music industry because ” I have things that I want to say, I love to sing, I want to express myself through music which I can’t do through movies.”
Her first album Gba, was released in 2005 to critical acclaim on the record label “Sound Factory” and the songs included Show Me Love feat. Sound Sultan, Dance feat. Ruggedman, Things You Do to Me feat. Nana King, Don’t Flip, Honey Boy, Life or Death, What You Looking At, Baby Girl, Things You Do to Me feat. Pasto Goody Goody and the album’s hit single, Naija Lowa (Gba) featuring Six O.
Later on, Omotola teamed up with Paul Play, Del B and Harry Song to produce her sophomore album “Me, Myself and Eyes”. It was launched on Friday 24th September 2010 under the label, Red Hot Records. Songs on the album included; Feel Alright feat. Harry Song, Barren Land, Call Me, Get Busy feat. Harry Song, Harmony, Missing You, Through The Fire feat. Uche, Never Let Me Go feat. Tito, Keep Going, Through The Fire feat. Paul Play and Stop The War feat. Mode Nine.
Is Omosexy slowing down on her music career anytime soon? Apparently not. She told BellaNaija’s Adeola Adeyemo that she will be releasing another album before December 2012. So keeping refreshing BellaNaija.com for the exclsuive launch
Watch the videos of Feel Alright and Missing You by Omotola
Even before she became a household name in the Nigerian movie industry, Stella Damasus was known to only a few as a professional singer. Critically acclaimed for her dramatic movie roles, Stella also proves she can battle with the songstresses in the music industry.
Her music résumé includes being among an all star studded cast in Tade Ogidan‘s “OGD All Stars Jazz” album, the soundtrack for the movie, Bent Arrows titled “Cause I’ve Got You” and proving that we are going to hear more melodious music from her, she released a new song tilted “Love Me Quick”, just yesterday.
Watch Cause I’ve Got You Video and listen to Love Me Quick by Stella Damasus
Tonto Dikeh’s certainly towing a path here. She’s got a line of A-listers ahead of her. If you missed the feature for Tonto’s spanking new songs, click here
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In 2006, renowned Nollywood director, Tade Ogidan gathered some of Nigeria’s most famous actors and actresses to be a part of his OGD All Stars Jamz album. The album which consists of highlife, hip-hop, gospel, folklore and kiddies’ school medleys, featured the voices of Stella Damasus, Bimbo Akintola, Richard Mofe-Damijio, Segun Arinze, Tina Mba, Teju “Babyface” Oyelakin, Ramsey Nouah, Funke Akindele-Oloyede and Shola Sobowale.
Watch OGD All Stars’ Aye Le video