Lagbaja Biography (Career, Origin)

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Bisade Ologunde popularly known as Lágbájá (in Lagos, 1960) is a Nigerian afrobeat musician, singer-songwriter and percussionist. He use mask which covers his identity. He believes in social reform through music.


Ologunde adopted the name Lágbájá (meaning ‘anonymous’ or ‘faceless one’ in Yoruba) as he embarked on his career in the early 90s. His name was reflected in his choice of stage attire – a slitted textile and rubber mask adopted so that the artist represented the ‘common man’ in keeping with the carnival tradition of his Yoruba tribe. He formed his first small band in 1991 in Lagos after he had taught himself to play the saxophone. With a high quotient of percussion instruments including congas and talking drums Lagbaja’s album We Before Me (IndigeDisc/PDSE) released in 2000 demanded honesty from politicians and urged brotherhood and unity. He shared lyrics of his songs with a backup singer, Ego Ihenacho,and equally plays tenor saxophone. With a firm, brawny tone akin to that of John Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders, he emblazoned the melodies of the songs, sometimes with Egoscat-singing along.


2006 Channel O Music Video Awards – Best Male Video (“Never Far Away”)


Ikira’, 1993

Lagbaja, 1993

Cest Un African Thing, 1996

ME, 2000

WE, 2000

We and Me Part II, 2000

ABAMI, 2000

Africano… the mother of groove, 2005

Paradise, 2009

Sharp Sharp, 2009

200 Million Mumu (The Bitter Truth), 2012

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