September 6, 1942
Otukpo, Benue State, Nigeria,
|🏅 Awards||The Lifetime Achievement Award at the Nigerian Music Awards (2005), The Nigerian Music Industry Merit Award (2016)|
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Bongos Ikwue is a Nigerian musician, songwriter, and record producer. He was born on the 6th of June 1942 in Otukpo, Benue State, Nigeria. He is known for his unique blend of traditional African music, highlife, and jazz, which he calls "Ikwue-jazz".
He grew up in Otukpo and attended St. Francis Catholic School in Otukpo, where he developed an interest in music.
At the age of 17, Bongos Ikwue moved to Lagos to pursue his music career. He worked as a clerk in the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation while honing his music skills at nightclubs and other venues around Lagos. In 1963, he formed a band called The Groovies and began performing professionally.
Bongos Ikwue began his music career in the early 1960s as a member of the popular Nigerian band, The Apostles. He later went on to form his own band, Bongos Ikwue and the Groovies, which released several albums in the 1970s and 1980s.
Some of his popular songs include "Still Searching", "Cock Crow at Dawn", "Woman Made the Devil", "Amen", and "One United Nigeria". His music often addresses social and political issues, and he has been recognized for his contribution to Nigerian music.
Bongos Ikwue has also been involved in acting and filmmaking. He has appeared in several Nollywood movies and produced the film "Mask of Dust" in 1996. Bongos Ikwue remains a respected and influential figure in Nigerian music, with a career that spans several decades.
Bongos Ikwue grew up in Otukpo and attended St. Francis Catholic School in Otukpo, where he developed an interest in music.
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