The Record Label industry in Nigeria has come under public scrutiny following the death of a former signee of the Marlian Record label, Ilerioluwa Promise Oladimeji, stage name Mohbad.
History of Marlian Records
Marlian Records is owned and founded by street-pop artiste, Azeez Adeshina Fashola, Naira Marley.
Prior to starting the record label in 2019, Naira Marley was signed to Ghanaian record label, Moves Recordings.
Upon debut, the Record label boss signed four new artistes, Zinoleesky, Mohbad, Cblack, and Fabian, to his music imprint.
The ‘Marlian’ president presented the four artistes on stage for the first time during his show, ‘Marlians Fest’ which held at Eko Hotels & Suites, Lagos on Monday.
During his first performance, he announced his new record label, Marlian Records. He said, “I want to use the platform to announce my new record label called Marlian Records and it’s for you all (points to his fans, the Marlians). Any of you that has talent can come through.”
After the announcement, he gave his new acts an opportunity to perform at the sold-out show.
Interestingly, all four acts are not greenhorns in the Nigerian entertainment scene.
Mohbad, an indigenous rapper, was the lead singer of Bankz Nation Entertainment. He was famous for his single ‘Jaabo’.
Marlian Records has, however, had more talents join its portfolio and while some have left, including Mohbad before his demise. There are about eight(8) artistes still signed to the label.
Below are some things you may not know about the 8 artistes signed to Marlian Music:
1. Naira Marley
Naira Marley, real name, Azeez Adeshina Fashola, is a British-Nigerian singer and songwriter.
He is known as the president of his controversial fan base, “Marlians” and is also famous for his ever-constant court cases with Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Zinoleesky, real name Oniyide Azeez was born on April 21, 2000. He came to limelight with the release of his debut album “Chrome Eccentric” comprising hit tracks “Ma Pariwo” and “Kilofeshe”.
Zinoleesky, at the time of joining Marlian Records, had recently released a song titled ‘Joromi’ after the success of his well-accepted collaboration with Zlatan on a song titled ‘Money’.
He was one of the four artists who signed with Marlian Music in December 2019.
CBlack, whose real name is Olamilekan Kazeem Kudus, was signed to Marlian Music the same night with Zinoleesky, in December 2019.
C Blvck and Naira Marley had recorded two songs together, ‘Ogologo” and ‘Tingbasa’, at the time C Blvck joined Marlian Records.
4. Fabian Blu
Inim Fabian, also known as Fabian Blu, hails from Akwa Ibom State. He was among the four members that got signed to Marlian Music in 2019 on its debut.
Some months after his signing, Fabian Blu, 25, called out Marlian Music on social media for not promoting him as much as they were promoting his label mate Zinoleesky.
Fabian Blu revealed he has only released 5 songs in 34 months, unlike his label mates, Zinoleesky, Mohbad, and Cvblack.
However, Fabian Blu also claimed he received just 500k as a signing bonus and got accommodation with Naira Marley in 2020.
Whether he exited the label or not is unknown to the public because neither Fabian nor Marlian Music confirmed any contract termination.
5. Tori Keeche
Tori Keeche is the first female artist signed to the record label. Her signing was announced on August 23, 2020.
The UNILAG sensational singer’s real name is Isiogu Chibundu Kennechukwu, was however allegedly gang-raped by the gang raped by Naira Marley and the gang.
Vusic was born in Lagos, Nigeria, and started his music career in 2019.
He was signed to Marlian Records in June 2023.
7. Emo Grae
Real name, Opeyemi Micheal Edebie, the artiste, Emo Grae, grew up in Ojudu, Lagos as he attended Isolo College, Lagos.
He came into the limelight after Naira Marley signed him into the Marlian’s record label.
Emo released a single, 0903 after he joined the likes of Zinoleesky, Mohbad, Fabian Blu, and CBlvck in the Marlian’s label.
Babatunde Rahim, stage name Lyta, was formerly signed to the YBNL Nation record label in 2018. He left in May 2019 after having a disagreement with the label owner Olamide Badoo.
Lyta signed to Marlian Record in 2020.
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