Very few African acts can bounce back successfully after a hiatus. It is no longer news that General Pype is one of such acts. As his new single ‘Give it to me’ continues to win more hearts, one thing is certain : General Pype will be remembered as the Reggae artiste who breaks creative barriers and can stand his own .
Obalende Records and General Pype wanted to give his fans and friends a wholesome taste of his music last Wednesday at Industry Nite and did not disappoint. As for the crowd that filled Oriental Hotel’s African Bar, from their response, it was obvious he came though on his promise — albeit a bit later than expected as his performance came after that of the the likes of Trigga, Lil Miss Miss, Diana Bada, Dokta Frabz, Chyme HD, Ade Piper, Tilla Man, Elixy, Tenim of Salt of the Earth Band, Benny Paladin , D’Prince and many more acts.
The ‘Champion’ crooner mounted the stage to a live play of the chorus of MI’s Teaser – the track that edged him into our consciousness with back up and instrumentals from The Salt of the Earth Band . It was a rather energetic performance as General Pype performed his yet to be released single – ‘Victorious Man’ which was followed by a bubbly rendition of the fast paced ‘My Desire’ – a ragga medley he is currently promoting alongside ‘Give it to me’. Next up of course was ‘Give it to Me’ which was followed by a live rendition of ‘Champion’ where YSG’s Vector joined him for the first time ever on stage. Their joint performance climaxed with both men delivering the Late Da Grin’s verse from the Champion remix tracks.
The night was graced by industry heads such as Dele Esan, Deji Awokoya, Don Jazzy and Bobby Salt of the Earth. Wande Coal, Tiwa Savage, Dr Sid,TY Mix, Dammy Krane, Uzi, Shank, Skuki, Dj Sose, Jay Sleek and Kas were also some of the acts who showed up at the event.
The event was hosted by Jimmy of Beat FM while music was supplied by Dj Spinall.
Industry Nite is an initiative of Matthew Ohio and is supported by Spinlet, Trace Urban and Beat FM.