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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Who Is Jimi1(JimiOne)?

           Jimi1 aka Jimi,real name Emelike Emeka,was born and raised in the city of Port Harcourt south-south Nigeria, a city known to have produced famous acts like Daniel Wilson,Timaya,Duncan Mighty,Burna Boy etc. His father is Igbo, but his mum hails from Bonny in Rivers State,Nigeria. His mother discovered his love for music at an early age of 5 and decided to enroll him in a piano school. Just like most famous musicians, his musical journey began in the church. At the age of 10 he started singing in the children choir, but later stopped for a while when he fell in love with rap music under influences from DMX,Ja Rule,Big Pun etc. He went on to develop his piano skills under famous Port Harcourt pianists of the time such as Timi,Joshua(Asu Ekiye & De Nu Dimension),Owhonda Ikeka etc. He also played for many years at different Redeemed Christian Church Of God parishes, as well as several other performances at various other churches, concerts, schools and shows alongside a gospel R n B band called “d unleashers”. Later on he moved to Eastern Nigeria and it was at this point he decided to go into music production. While he lived and studied in the East, he also spent most of the time organizing parties and gigs with his friends, where he performed most times as the Dj. For certain reasons he had to leave the country for further study, and at this point he decided to perfect his singing and production skills.
              In 2012,he established a label Victoria Oyiya Records, with his brothers James Emelike(Ghana) and Chukwudi Emelike(engr.).It is named after their Grand Mother, a famous Port Harcourt Business woman, from Bonny, who is acclaimed to have owned the first Port Harcourt Airport Hotel, as well as the defunct Victoria Oyiya Hotel. She is a descendant of Bristol Alaghbariya the Founder of Grand Bonny. Her father was famous for creating a dance step which is still used by the Bonny cultural dance troupe till date. They have won so many awards for it and they are always called upon to represent Rivers State at cultural festivals. He was said to have gotten the inspiration after he got missing in the bonny river for many days. When he returned home, he formed a dance group and taught them the dance. He said the dance was taught to him by spirits. His grave lies in the Old Finima, which today is the site of the famous N.L.N.G. plant.
           Jimi1 comes from a strong musical background, his father being an ardent fan of the late Bob Marley as well famous Igbo highlife musicians such as Celestine Ukwu, Bright Chimezie etc. His 2 brothers are good pianists in their own right; his only sister doubles as a singer and a Doctor.
            Jimi1 is a young, athletic, energetic, vibrant, focused and determined young man, who will soon add a foreign medical degree to his c.v. He is also a blogger, and spends most of his time in the gym and karate training. He has also worked alongside many other upcoming acts in the industry.

           Jimi1 is set to drop a new single on 01-04-2013,he calls this one "hypertension",a groovy track for the lovers of good music and the good life,watch out for it!!

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