Digital single out 24 October 2009. Video out soon.
Nigerian-born and London-based songwriter/ rapper/ singer/ producer JJC aka Skillz first rose to fame when he formed Sony Music act Big Brovaz (their first single “Nu Flow” was a worldwide hit). He then went on to produce for Lemar, Jamelia, Ginuwine, Liberty X, Booty Luv and many others. Alongside these mainstream production credentials, he created pioneering Afropean group JJC & 419 Squad, where he was the producer, songwriter and main vocalist. During this time JJC became a mentor to Nigerian superstars D’banj (current MTV African Artist of the Year) and Don Jazzy.
JJC & 419 Squad, whose hit songs included “Gbao”, “Atide” and “Kilonsele”, broke new ground with their fresh fusion of hip-hop and African flavours, with lyrics in Pidgin, Yoruba and English. The group managed to reach out to European and World Music audiences as well Nigerian audiences, and they performed at countless events, including major festivals such as WOMAD in the UK and also at MTV Base Africa’s launch concert in Abuja, alongside Ludacris, 2-Face and Asa. Their music was used in films (Stephen Frears’ Oscar-nominated Dirty Pretty Things) and on TV (Channel 4’s drama Stealing Lives) and tracks were included on internationally released CD compilations. JJC & 419 Squad picked up a number of awards, too, such as the 2004 Kora award for ‘Best African Group’.
JJC, a true pioneer of the Afro Pop music scene, returns to the spotlight with brand new solo material. “We Are Africans” (feat. J-Rock and Randy of Big Brovaz) is the first single of his forthcoming album, entitled “United States of Africa”.
But don’t call it a comeback – JJC never really went away. Under his alias Skillz, JJC is a prolific music producer who has produced a range of hits including “Ijoya” by Weird MC, “Pu’yanga” by Tilla Man & Dola Billz, “No dull yourself” by MP, “Morile” and “Love u 4eva” by Bouqui, “Burn dem” and “True born 9ja” by Ragga Remi, “Nu music” by Smokey, “Anyhow” by Shakar El Swagga and “Why” by Jibola. A multifaceted, talented and creative persona, JJC is also a music video producer/director and includes “Karmakazee” and “Takerewa” by Olu Maintain feat. Kentro Family, “Omo 2 Sexy” by Justina, “Morile” by Bouqui, “Pu’yanga” by Tilla Man & Dola Billz, “Why” by Jibola, “Swagga po” by Maydaz, “Anyhow” by Shakar El Swagga, “Shake” by DK, “Omo Ele” by Lexzy Doo and many more in his production cache.
Listen to the song (picture video preview): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9hJA1rbhQE
Exclusive behind the scenes footage from the video shoot: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOtuIlpspT8