Don Kolionny

     

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While more and more people are realising that hip-hop is an international music form which can be found in every part of the world, RíníB on the other hand is still associated predominately with American superstars, such as R Kelly and Usher. 

 But itís now time to welcome a hot, new talent to the emerging African RíníB scene, already being hailed as the ďAfrican Ne-YoĒ: His name is DK, aka Don Kolionny.

 Born Kola Olatunji in Lagos, Nigeria, DKís love with music started at the tender age of 10 when he was the youngest member of his secondary school choir.  Through his fatherís record collection he was exposed to different styles of music as a child, such as Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, King Sunny Ade as well as Gospel artists.  DK started writing songs aged 15 and his first live performance was at Lekki Beach Carnival in Lagos with Green Squad, a group which included his brother TK Rosky and friend Drillz. His songwriting talents developed further when he started playing the keyboard.

On relocating to London in 2002 DKís love for music flourished and he performed at open mic events at bars and clubs, including the well-known Suga Suga in Londonís West End.  DK also began making beats and eventually met a producer (Boogi3) with whom he co-produced some of the songs for his forthcoming album. One of these songs, ď2NiteĒ, has already been featured on BBC 1Xtra on the UK Homegrown radio show, presented by taste-making DJ Ras Kwame.  A major influence on DKís music includes R. Kellyís style of free-flowing RíníB and Maxwellís smooth Soul delivery. DK has developed a powerful, unique song-writing and singing style that enables him to deliver smooth RíníB songs and hard-hitting party jams with ease.  DKís lyrics are made up of a blend of English and his native Yoruba language.

 ďShakeĒ is DKís debut single.  Itís a feel-good party song which, according to the new RíníB artist, invites the ladies to dance and shake to his infectious flow and to party with DK.  The video was produced and directed by Mr Skillz (aka JJC) and is already blowing up the airwaves on Nigerian and UK TV.