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Rotimikeys
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Rotimikeys
Background information
Birth nameOlurotimi Michael Akinfenwa
Born (1980-11-04) November 4, 1980 (age 38)
OriginIbadan, Nigeria
Genres
  • Hip hop
  • R&B
  • Afrobeats
  • Rock Music
  • Soul
  • Contemporary Gospel
Occupation(s)
  • Record Producer
  • Singer
  • Songwriter
  • Music Entrepreneur
  • Music Arranger
  • Sound Engineer
  • Sound Designer
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • Keyboard
  • Music sequencer
  • Drum machine
  • Synthesizer
  • Sampler
  • Drums
  • Guitars
Years active2000–present
LabelsSonG23 Productions
Associated acts
Websitewww.song23.org

Rotimi Akinfenwa professionally known as Rotimikeys is a Nigerian music producer, singer-songwriter, arranger, multi-instrumentalist, sound engineer, sound designer and consultant. He is the current CEO of the production company, SonG23 Productions.[1]

In 2013, Rotimikeys produced the hit single Only You[2] for Nikki Laoye, which won the 2013 Headies Awards for Best Female Vocal Performance. He co-wrote, produced and featured in 2016 on Kelele, a song by Yemi Alade off her Mama Africa, album[3] from which he also produced the song Nakupenda. He also produced the theme song for the 2015 gubernatorial election campaign for the All Progressives Congress' (APC) governorship candidate, Akinwunmi Ambode.[4]

Early life[edit | edit source]

Rotimikeys joined his church choir at the age of 6 and began playing drums, guitars and keyboards at the age of 10.[5]

In 2001, Rotimikeys had his first encounter with music studio software and began to hone his production skills.[4] He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Accounting from Olabisi Onabanjo University.

Career[edit | edit source]

In 2003, Rotimikeys began working and consulting for Red Ark Studios and SO&U Saatchi & Saatchi in Lagos. In 2007, He was hired as the Agency Producer of Insight Communications, noted as one of the biggest advertising agencies in the region, where he expanded his craft, working across a wide range of music genres and with a number of recording artistes.[6]

File:Rotimikeysyemi.jpg
Rotimi Keys (right) with Yemi Alade at SonG23 Studios in 2015

As a music producer, Rotimikeys has produced a number of music jingles, Television Commercial Sound design and sound support for notable advertising Campaigns in Nigeria and other parts of West Africa, for flagship brands such as MTN, Gulder, Konga, Amstel Malta, Glo, Etisalat, Jumia,[6] Pepsi, Indomie, Peak Milk, Power Pasta and DSTV.[7][8]

In December 2016, Rotimikeys released an Extended Play (EP) of covers of popular Nigerian songs titled Wild Colours.[9] The EP features covers of Dami Duro by Davido, Ferrari by Yemi Alade and Oluwa Ni by Reekado Banks.[10]

Discography[edit | edit source]

Production credits[edit | edit source]

Jingles:

  • Ambode “Ambo oh” Campaign Lead theme song for 2015 with Olamide, Yemi Alade, Banky W, Flavour and MI[5]
  • Konga Happiness Theme & Christmas Theme Songs (2015) with Nikki Laoye[11]
  • Konga Everybody Loves Konga Theme Song (2014)[4]
  • Gulder Theme Song
  • MTN Life is Richer Theme Song[4]
  • MTN Project Fame Theme Song
  • Mama Do Good (Indomie Theme Song)

Music Singles/Albums:

  • Only You by Nikki Laoye (2013)
  • As I am (Album) by Pita (2014)
  • Letter Days by Tosin Martins (2014)
  • Testimony by Mercy Chinwo (2015)
  • Have Your Way by Onos Ariyo (2015)
  • Eledumare by Oluwashalom (2016)
  • Nakupenda by Yemi Alade (2016)
  • Kelele by Yemi Alade featuring Rotimikeys (2016)
  • I am Your Soldier by Pita (2016)[12]

Artiste credits[edit | edit source]

  • Kelele by Yemi Alade featuring Rotimikeys (2016)
  • The Worship Companion (Instrumentals) featuring Nathaniel Bassey (2016)[13]

Other notable works[edit | edit source]

  • Audio consultant Heineken UEFA Champions League Trophy Tour (Lagos)
  • Stage Music Director/Producer at The Experience Concert with Glowreyah Braimah (2011)
  • Montage Music for TV sitcom Life of a Nigerian Couple
  • Theme Music and Live Music recordings for the Kakadu Musicals Team
  • Music Director, the National Anthem for the year at the Future Awards Africa (2015 & 2016)

Awards and recognition[edit | edit source]

As a record producer, a number of Rotimikeys' produced songs have gone on to achieve critical success, including Only You by Nikki Laoye[2] and Pita's debut album As I am. Rotimikeys himself has been nominated as Producer of the Year at the 2013 African Gospel Music Awards in the UK,[14] for his work on Only You by Nikki Laoye, as well as Afro Gospel Producer, Afro Soul Producer and Afro Jazz Producer of the Year at the 2015 Beatz Awards.[15]

In December 2016, Rotimikeys was nominated for and won the awards for Afro Rock Producer of the Year for the song Deliverer by Glowreeyah and Afro Gospel Producer of the Year for the song Nani GI by singer Mairo at the Beatz Awards 2016.[16]

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Rotimikeys poses with his 2016 Beatz Awards

List of award nominations[edit | edit source]

  • Best Afro Soul Producer 2015 Beatz Awards
  • Afro Jazz Producer of the Year 2015 Beatz Awards
  • Afro Gospel Producer of the Year 2015 Beatz Awards
  • Africa Gospel Music Awards 2013 Producer of The Year

List of award wins[edit | edit source]

  • Afro Rock Producer of the Year 2016 Beatz Awards
  • Afro Gospel Producer of the Year 2016 Beatz Awards

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Our Team". Song23. Lagos, Nigeria. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Boye, Don (5 May 2016). "Nikki Laoye x Seyi Shay – Only You (Remix)". NotJustOk.com. Lagos, Nigeria. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  3. Delano, Temitope (9 May 2016). "ALBUM REVIEW: Yemi Alade – "Mama Africa"". tooxclusive.com. Lagos, Nigeria. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Boye, Don (2 September 2016). "'My Vision is to Change the Face of Music'". ThisDay Newspapers. Lagos, Nigeria. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Solanke, Abiola (30 June 2016). "Rotimi Keys:Introducing a music producer extraordinaire". PulseNG.com. Lagos, Nigeria. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Nwaeze, Ajumoke (1 July 2016). "Meet Rotimi Keys:The New Age music producer behind the hits". BuzzNigeria.com. Lagos, Nigeria. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  7. istrator, Admin (25 October 2015). "Holyholla Interview with Rotimi Keys". BuzzNigeria.com. Lagos, Nigeria. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  8. "Song23 Team: Rotimi Keys". Song23. Lagos, Nigeria. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  9. "New EP: Rotimikeys - Wild Colours". Pulseng. Lagos, Nigeria. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  10. "Rotimikeys Releases Wild Colours an EP of Naija Hit Music". Nigeria Today. Lagos, Nigeria. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  11. Omoniyi, Tola. "MUSIC+VIDEO: Nikki Laoye Releases Throwback Single "Believer", Announces Plans To Celebrate 10th Year Landmark". Praiseworld Radio. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  12. Thrillz, Kelar. "Download Video: I am Your Soldier - Pita". Revstreet. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  13. Omoniyi, Tola. "Rotimi Keys: The Worship Companion featuring Nathaniel Bassey". Praiseworld Radio. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  14. Sonny, SON. "AGMA 2013 Nominees". GMusicPlus. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  15. O, Alex. "Wilson Joel, Wole Oni, Rotimi Keys & More Nominated For 2015 The Beatz Awards". Selah Afrik. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  16. O, Alex. "The Beatz Awards 2016 Winners". Beatz Awards. Retrieved 10 January 2017.

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