Reekado Banks, the young man who would come to represent Don Jazzy’s continuous relevance in an industry that is fast changing has not exactly received a warm embrace by the ever fickle market. The talent has never been in doubt, immediately obvious since he made gibberish sound so sweet on Dorobucci back in 2014.
But a mix of not so smart marketing, competing interests and sub-par singles have kept him just shy of breaking big. You know, big like Korede Bello’s Godwin, Dr Sid’s Surulere or Wande Coal circa Mushin 2 Mo’Hits.
Banks’ controversial Headies win, ahead of buzzier (Lil Kesh, Cynthia Morgan) and better disciplined (Kiss Daniel) acts helped put him out there just when people were beginning to query whatever happened and he struck gold with a warmly received single, Oluwa Ni shortly after.
Interest in the singer was piqued once more and his debut album Spotlight arrives at an opportune moment in his budding career.
As debut albums go, Spotlight is a mixed bag. Coming in at 21 tracks (over) long, it definitely overstays its welcome mixing sounds that become repetitive with obvious influences and a general lack of focus. Despite production work staying in house with the Mavin trio of Don Jazzy, Babyfresh and Altims doing all the heavy lifting, the record still plays all over the place, packing in everything from Highlife, EDM, Afrobeat and even Juju.