Biography

Reekado Banks’s biography, fact, career, awards, net worth and life story

Intro Nigerian musician
Is Songwriter
From Nigeria
Type Music
Gender male
Birth 6 December 1993, Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria
Age 27 years
Star sign Sagittarius
Education
University of Lagos
Genre:
Afro pop music

Ayoleyi Hanniel Solomon (born 6 December 1993), better known by his stage name Reekado Banks, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. He signed with Mavin Records in 2014 and left the label in 2018. He went by the stage name Spicy prior to his record deal with Mavin Records. Reekado Banks was declared Rookie of the Year at The Headies 2014, and won the controversial Next Rated award at The Headies 2015. His debut studio album Spotlight was released on 1 September 2016; it debuted at number 10 on the Billboard World Albums chart.

Life and career

Reekado Banks is the last child of a music-loving family. His father is a pastor from Ondo State and his mother is a caterer. Moreover, his elder brother is a producer and his elder sister is a gospel singer. He grew up in a disciplinarian setting due to both of his parents being pastors. He completed his secondary school at the age of 14, and started recording his first set of songs in 2008. His elder brother produced all of his earlier songs and tutored him on the rudiments of singing, writing and producing. He derived the stage name Reekado Banks by combining the meanings of the two names; the former part of his stage name translates to “strong ruler”, while the latter part loosely translates to “wealth”. In 2014, Reekado Banks graduated from the University of Lagos with a degree in history and strategic study. He has cited Don Jazzy, 2face Idibia, DJ Jimmy Jatt, Olamide and M.I as his key musical inspirations.

Mavin Records deal and artistry

His record deal with Mavin Records came as a result of his brother submitting some of his songs to the label in an online talent search. Reekado Banks got signed to Mavin Records after his entries were selected from over 5000 entries. In an interview with the National Mirror, he said his brother submitted his songs and communicated with the label on his behalf without his initial consent. Reekado Banks also told the National Mirror he’s a versatile artist who makes music with the thought that humans are different and have different taste.

2014–present: Singles and Mavin Records departure

Reekado Banks premiered the single “Turn It Up” on 21 February 2014, which coincided with the day he signed with Mavin Records. The song features Tiwa Savage and was released as his first official single under Mavin Records. Reekado Banks was featured on the critically acclaimed song “Dorobucci”, alongside Don Jazzy, Korede Bello, Tiwa Savage, Di’Ja, Dr SID and D’Prince. Reekado Banks also worked with some of the aforementioned artists to release three collaborative singles: “Adaobi”, “Arise” and “Looku Looku”. On 13 February 2015, he released the Don Jazzy-produced song “Katapot”. It was alleged to be a diss track towards D’banj and Wande Coal. In February 2015, Don Jazzy debunked the allegations in a series of tweets. While speaking to Vanguard newspaper, Reekado Banks said he created “Katapot” for his fans.

In July 2015, Nigerian telecommunications company Globacom signed Reekado Banks to an endorsement deal. On December 7, 2018, he announced his departure from Mavins Records after 5 years. He also announced the launch of his independent outfit Banks Music.

Discography

Studio albums

  • Spotlight (2016)

Selected singles

Title Year Release date
“Turn It Up”
(featuring Tiwa Savage)
2014 February 21, 2014
“Dorobucci”
(with Don Jazzy Tiwa Savage, Dr SID, D’Prince, Korede Bello and Di’Ja)
May 1, 2014
“Adaobi”
(with Don Jazzy, Korede Bello and Di’Ja)
May 27, 2014
“Chop Am” August 8, 2014
“Arise”
(with Don Jazzy and Di’Ja)
September 20, 2014
“Looku Looku”
(with Don Jazzy Tiwa Savage, Dr SID, D’Prince, Korede Bello and Di’Ja)
October 31, 2014
“Katapot” 2015 February 13, 2015
“Corner” July 9, 2015
“Sugar Baby” July 10, 2015
“Tomorrow” July 11, 2015
“Oluwa Ni” 2016 January 15, 2016
“Standard” June 5, 2016
“Spotlight” September 1, 2016
Easy (Jeje) 2017 July 29, 2017
“Kiss Me” July 29, 2017
“Like”
(with Tiwa Savage and Fiokee)
December 6, 2017
“Pull Up” 2018 April 3, 2018
“Bio Bio”
(featuring Duncan Mighty)
July 9, 2018
“Blessings On Me” September 26, 2018
“Yawa”
(featuring Reekado Banks and DJ Young)
2019 March 21, 2019
“Maria” March 29, 2019
“Rora” September 2019
“In Put In Pressure” 2019 November 29, 2019

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