Nigerian hip-hop artiste Nonee aka Ye Barrah has made his musical debut in Ghana with the release of “Dance like Alikoto”. Produced by Killbeatz, the single marks Nonee’s first foray into the hiplife genre.
With the single’s release, Nonee, who’s best known for his Afro hip-hop style of music, hopes “Dance like Alikoto” will shake up the music scene and at the same time, get people dancing.
“I wanted to try something different from what I’d normally do,” says the 28-year-old, who is also a songwriter.
The song is Nonee’s first collaborative effort with Killbeatz and it features rappper, Stay Jay. Killbeatz is known for his work with Wizkid, D’banj, Sarkodie and R2Bees while Stay Jay is a hiplife/hip-hop artist currently making waves in Ghana.
“Dance like Alikoto” is a highly infectious and catchy dance tune taken off Nonee’s forthcoming debut album which is slated for release early next year. The album will feature a tapestry of musical influences, from hip-hop to R&B to pop blended with Afro beats. The artist will also sing on some of the tracks in his debut album.
Based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Nonee, who won the 2010 African Entertainment Award (Malaysia) for Best Pop Artist, counts Fela Kuti, Majek Fashek, Bob Marley, Tupac, Notorious BIG, Slick Rick, Lauryn Hill and Wyclef Jean as among his childhood idols. A fan of a wide range of musical genres (Afro beat, Hip-Hop, Soul, Pop, R&B, House, Dubstep, Drum n Bass, Electro and Techno), Nonee also lists Jay-Z, Common, Damian Marley and Sizzla as among his living idols.
The artist is also keen on working with producers Cobhams, Timbaland, Swizz Beatz, Don Jazzy, Jay Sleek, Kanye West and No I.D, and would love to collaborate with international artists such as Chris Brown, Adele, Damian Marley and Sizzla. In addition to Killbeatz, Nonee has also worked with producers Dmite and Chordratic Beats. In 2011, Nonee released “Only Tonight” online, which featured Nigerian reggae/dancehall artist General Pype.