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Entertainment of Friday, 26 August 2022


Yahooze came out of nothing - Olu Maintain chronicles the making of 2007 monster single

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"Yahooze" is regarded in many quarters as one of those afrobeats songs that broke the glass ceiling, extending the popularity of the newly born genre of music to an eager Nigerian audience.

Recorded and released in October 2007, the highly successful single at the time was the lead single from his debut album of the same year. The video which also depicted the lyrics was shot in Nigeria. Its official remix featured guest vocals from Nigerian recording artist LKT.

The song is Olu Maintains the biggest hit to date and maintained a position on the Nigerian charts for almost two years.

The then US Secretary of State, Gen Collin Powell once joined Olu Maintain on stage during a performance of the song in London UK

During the period, 9ice had also released the single Gongo Aso. The two songs dominated the airwaves between 2007 and 2008. The success of Gongo Aso guaranteed 9ice a performance at the Nelson Mandela 90th Birthday Tribute concert in London.

Speaking to filmmaker, Ayo Shonaiya on the documentary Afrobeats: The Backstory in separate interviews, Olumide Edwards Adegbulu who is popularly by the stage name Olu Maintain and Puffy Tee, the producer, chronicled the birth of what remains one of the biggest songs in Nigeria.

"There was a beat ringing from my head. It was a beat of a song on my phone. So I called my music producer, Puffy Tee. Puffy, what can we do to this beat. So we now booked a studio session. We now went into the studio.

Puffy did the beat, like 30 minutes or an hour and we started looking for choruses for this beat," he said.

Puffy Tee said: "I met Olu Maintain when he was in the group Maintain. I produced the last song for the group Maintain “Looking for a wifey”. It wasn't like we planned to book a session, he didn't even pay for a session. It was a free session from someone else which I had to pay for later.

LKT was there, Bono Krazy was there, Eddie Kim was there, the original composer of the word Yahooze. The word ‘Ti’n B Hammer’ ‘One million dollar’ was Eddiekim. There was no verse. We didn’t have any other idea.

So, I said let me just freestyle something and put it there and I got into the vocal booth and I did ‘la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la London la mu’ le si, America la ti’n p’awo.

So, LKT was humming stuff inside the reception and I said Olu, this guy, what he’s humming is good. Its Fuji. Olu was reluctant at first but we didn't have any other option than to do it.