2004 – Tonye Ibiama’s ‘Beenie Man Live In Concert’
Today, the Nigerian music industry is reckoned with anywhere in the world but credit had to go to puppet masters like Tonye Ibiama who through his music events like the ‘Bennie Man Live in concert’ in 2004 helped put the Nigerian music industry on the world map. I will never forget that the productive music relationship within the likes of 2baba(Tuface) and Bennie Man started from that show.
Tonye’s Grafton Entertainment and ALL-IS-ON Project collaborated for the Bennie Man brief but after that, his company solely organized the concert for Phoebe 1 (first female hip-hop artist to win a Mobo award) in 2006. They also brought in Junior Reid (Grammy Award winning artist with Black Uhuru) for a 2007 concert. Both of those concerts were held in Port Harcourt. Tonye who is also the C.E.O of Grafton Records is a game changer in the industry.
It’s 14years now since the Bennie Man Live in concert held at Lagoon Water Front Restaurant, Victoria Island, Lagos. As a journalist then working with Bubbles Magazine, I will share with you some of the images I captured during the event that started earlier that day with a visit to PMAN office. With DJ Jimmy Jatt on the wheel of steel, the concert was huge with performances from Faze, Tuface, D’banj & Don Jazzy. In attendance was the likes of Blackky, Kelvin Luciano, Opa Williams and the then PMAN president Charly Boy among the other major players in the industry.