Sola aka WEIRD MC is a Multilingual Performing/Recording Artiste, Lyricist, Producer and composer, whose sound is a hybrid of HipHop/Afrobeat/Club Essence plus anything undefined.
Her main influences are Fela Kuti, Missy Elliott, Jimi Hendrix, Angelique Kidjo, Lauryn hill, Tina Turner and Lagbaja.
Nigerias HipHop icon started out taking part in Talent contests such as the reputable club 291 contest U.K. s equivalent to Americas Apollo. In 1992 she took part and placed 3rd but this did not phase her she got really motivated and she placed an ad in the U.K.s HipHop connection magazine seeking for a producer. She was able to secure the services of a young producer named Kevin Best within two months of recording Weird MC released a B-sided single titled Wanna make u jack/Lets Get Wet . This single was put out into the market
independently it went str8 to NO 1 on the Choice fm Airplay chart [s] and NO1 on the Blues and Soul UK Swing chart [s].
Da Rappatainer immediately got busy on the live performance circuit securing a support slot opening for MC Lyte along the way but putting out a HipHop/Swingbeat Flavoured track independently in a country which was reluctant to promote and sign black Acts let alone an merging Rap Act got too daunting the only gain was the fact that a few licensing opportunities emerged distributors were not supportive at all.
Weird MC went back into the studio and recorded a few more tracks she decided to go to Nigeria on holidays ,she had a chance meeting with a couple of music consultants and got her material shopped to a few labels Disc Entertainment offered her a PPD Deal she signed and this jump started her career in Africa. she put out a project tiltled Simply Weird which produced an instant smash hit Allen Avenue the fact that it was a unique song widened its appeal it was the first attempt to fuse Afrobeat and HipHop elements together Fela Kuti loved it so much he gave it the thumbs up, it didnt hurt that the track was also accompanied by a very good Video . Sola became a major favourite
on the concert circuit in Nigeria performing at the biggest concerts such as the Benson and Hedges golden tones Series she was the only MC with a deal in the country. She worked hard to change peoples attitude towards HipHop.
1997 she won proper recognition 4 HipHop Music in Nigeria by picking up the very first HipHop music Award [AMEN] in the country The following year she picked up an award for Best Rap Act an honour bestowed upon her by the University of Lagos . The university of Ifes musical society followed suite by giving her an award for her outstanding contribution towards the development of HipHop music in Nigeria. Her ground breaking debut album opened doors 4 other HipHop Acts 2 flourish. She is also recognised as one of the Pioneers of Women
in Afrobeat a genre which has been male dominated since its inception because of her refreshing blend of Afrobeat /HipHop elements.
She undoubtedly remains one of Africas most important voices.
Weird MCs style is Versatile her material borders on the political as well as Party till u drop Anthems. One minute she taps into ur
consciousness the next she has u bouncing to her jams in the clubs. She cant be put in a box, try doing that and you have to replace the seal over and over again she cuts across universally. She delivers her material in English and Yoruba [A Popular Nigerian Language].
This reflects her multicultural background. She was born in the u.k. partly raised there but on the most part raised in Nigeria.
COLLABS / PERFORMANCES
Nigerias 1st Lady of HipHop is an open minded music creator who consistently strives to breakdown barriers and so called music boundaries this has lead her to collaborate with Acts as versatile as her influences. She has recorded and performed with the likes of Femi Kuti,Lagbaja, Afrocelts, JJC and the 419 Squad, Tony Allen, Rhythmic Altered State, The Shrine sound System, Ashley Beedle, King Sunny Ade, KWAM1 and the Plantation Boiz.
This Dynamic Artiste who is referred to as one of the most Daring Acts 2 emerge in recent times has an impressive live tour record, her personal and collaborative performances have taken her 2 the 4 corners of the Universe Concerts stretching from Territories such as the U.K. , Japan, Ukraine, Russia, Bulgaria, Finland to Nigeria, Ghana, Berlin, Belgium, France, Amsterdam, Ireland, Norway and America to
name a few.
Da Weird MC is muitifaceted, she is an Artiste/Columnist/Radio Presenter and a budding Entrepreneur she is currently floating her own label known as 0907 Entertainment . She writes a column for Nigerias biggest HipHop publication called HipHop World ,shes also presented a number of programmes on Nigerian Radio EKO FM Lagos .She posesses star quality and charisma her ability to engage an audience is simply amazing to be honest they dont come like this anymore raw energy..sheer talent ..ground breaking and totally original she sings as
well as she raps. Her music which is leftfield in a sense has depth and substance something which is lacking in a lot of Acts today.