AFTER six children from three mistresses, life may have just began for the finest Nigerian R n’ B singer, Innocent Idibia, famously known as 2Face. He recently proposed to his long-time girlfriend and one of his babymamas, an actress, Annie Macaulay.
“We are planning, when the I.V is out, we shall invite you,” 2Baba as 2Face is fondly called told ENCOMIUM Weekly in an exclusive interview on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at the Koga Entertainment office, Oregun, Ikeja, Lagos.
As we speak, the Benue State born artist is warming up for the biggest album launch tagged, Buckwyld N Breathless: Away & Beyond, on Monday, April 30, 2012, at the Eko Convention Centre, Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The 10-tracker album consists of love, dance floor songs and politically inclined songs, amongst others. By all indications, 2Face, including his recording and management team, are leaving no stone unturned to stage a superlative concert.
Will history be made again? 2Face spoke on the preparation for the album launch at the same time told us about his relationship with his babymamas, especially his fiancée, Annie Macaulay.
Let’s start with your forthcoming album launch, what are the preparations so far?
The album is done and I am doing the concert on April 30, 2012. So far, everything is going well as planned. We’ve been working with dancers and the band and today, we’re having audition for them. Everybody is getting ready for a successful concert and album launch.
What should we be expecting from the album?
The album consists of different categories of songs, including songs that are politically inclined, club bang and of course, love songs. It’s a collection of songs generally. I think, it’s a 10-tracker album or so…
The memory of your 2010 concert still lingers in the mind of many. What special effects are we expecting this time?
Wow…Yes! Between then and now, there has been lots of improvement. So, my fans should expect fantastic performances. I won’t say more than that. Just a word, improvement and they shall all see it, come April 30.
Is this going to be the like Unstoppable International album?
We’re still going to have international edition of this album. But for now, it’s just the regular version. So, they should expect the international version coming months after this.
Tell us what is happening to Hypetek?
Right now, Hypertek just signed two new artists, Dammy Krane and Rock Steady and we are working on their album, which will soon be released. We are doing everything possible to give them nice packaging.
What’s the role of Now Music?
Now Music is the management company that manages Innocent Idibia. Hypertek is the record label while Now Music is the management company.
2Baba has been consistent for more than a decade and still very active till today, what has been the secret of your success that makes you to still be in the game till today?
Wow! I don’t really know it myself but I guess it’s my consistency, making good music that meet the trend of time. Besides, I have lovely and fantastic fans that love and accept my music, irrespective of the situation. The greatest of all is God, the secret of my success, that’s all, nothing more.
Your career almost hit the rock a while back…
(Cuts in, smiles) Let’s just take it that I went on holiday during that time. I have since returned from the break. I am still working and I will continue to do good music because that’s what I love doing.
You’ve won couple of awards, both local and international but why is it that you’ve not been nominated for the Grammys?
(Laughs) No be you go nominate yourself…Anyway, we are working towards that. I submitted two tracks from my last album but I was not nominated. We’re working on it.
Let’s talk about your romance with Annie, what’s the plan for the marriage?
I can’t talk about that now but don’t worry when the IV is ready, I will surely send one to you.
But how did you arrive at settling down with Annie Macaulay out of all the three mistresses?
I don’t know o (smiles).
At least, tell us one particular quality you see in her?
I say I don’t know nah.
Okay, but how does it feel that your sixth child, a boy, has arrived?
We thank the Lord.
Tell us what is special about your fiancée, Annie?
No comment but I will say nobody special pass. Everybody is special (referring to other women).
You have six children now and have proposed to one of the babymamas. How do you intend coping with others?
We are all adults and everybody is very respectful and understanding. So, no shaking. Na God dey give us strength.
What should your fans be expecting from 2Baba?
My fans should keep their heads straight, strong and I know that they love good music. So, they should expect good music.
- This story was first published in ENCOMIUM Weekly on Tuesday, April 24, 2012