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Reekado Banks In 2016, Mavin Records singer has a lot to be thankful for

2016 has been the year of recession for the Nigerian economy, but on a personal level, Reekado Banks has flourished.

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Reekado Banks has to be one of the biggest winners of 2016. The Mavin pop singer opened up his year with a controversial win at the 2015 Headies Awards, which sparked a brief but heated fight between Olamide and Don Jazzy.

That fight, which threatened to mar the celebration of his victory over YBNL’s Lil Kesh and label-mate Korede Bello, was duly settled by Aliko Dangote and both houses have since collaborated to create music together.

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Next Rated 2015 winner Reekado Banks

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For Reekado Banks, the year continued with his first single of the year ‘Oluwa ni’, becoming an instant hit. Today, the song has over 2 million views on video sharing platform, Youtube. His next single – “Standard” – also became a suggestive hit for the clubs, and served as a lead single for his debut album titled “Spotlight.”

2016 was also the year when Reekado Banks shed his tag of ‘promising upcoming act’, to become a bona fide pop singer with the release of his debut album. Consisting of a rather lengthy 21 tracks, with production from the Mavin trio of Altims, Babyfresh and Don Jazzy, the album was rolled through the markets in September 2016, and thus began a lengthy push for the promotion of the full-length project.

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Reekado Banks - Standard(Prod by Altims).

Pulse reviewed “Spotlight”, rating it a 3.5 out of 5, with the verdict: Inevitably, “Spotlight” has many moments that are simply Reekado Banks mixing his personal struggle and happiness with club hit songs. The lusty drag of ‘Turn the lights on’ nods to the odd unnecessary motivational speech, while the inclusion of hit songs ‘Katapot’, ‘Oluwa ni’ and ‘Standard’ has a brilliant and familiar ending that brings the album to a joyous and satisfactory close that could almost be felt from every other Reekado single. If any talent deserves to benefit from the business and affectionate nurturing of Don Jazzy, it’s surely Reekado Banks.

Singles from the album have already started rolling out, with the rather muscular but infectious earworm – ‘Problem’ – being promoted. There’s also a video for the song, which is still picking its way through the thousands on Youtube.


All of these achievements have come in a year where the singer upped his performance and appearance rates, and also performed more personal private shows and events than he ever has done in his career. To cap the year where he has smiled the most to the banks, Reekado is organizing an aptly titled “Thank You” concert. The event will hold on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at the New Afrika Shrine.

2016 has been the year of recession for the Nigerian economy, but on a personal level, Reekado Banks has flourished.

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