Originally from Abeokuta in Ogun State, Nigeria, Ibrahim Majekodunmi was raised in Lagos. At the source of his unmistakable voice is a combination of nature and nurture. Having been introduced to singing in church, he joined an acapella group at St Gregory’s Secondary School, Obalende in 1998. The formation grew into a 30-man classical/opera choir, The Triumphant Chorale Voices, which became one of the top three classical groups in Nigeria under the aegis of Mike Ohiri. Pype, who was then known as Majek, still draws from a classical tradition that forced him to train his voice with the rigor of an opera singer, pushing his vocal capacities to a breaking point, translating emotion into the language of notes without the luxury of gimmicks. The group performed at the Eagle Square Abuja to usher in the new Millennium. Pype delivered solo performances as the choir’s bass singer accompanied by The Grand Chamber Orchestral which accomplished the rare feat of rendering all three parts of George F. Handel’s Messiah.
why the name Pype?
PYPE,is an acronym standing for Prolific Youth Positive Entertainer
what category can we put your type of music?
.You are with storm records now,how did that happen?
It was as a result of a (JVA) Joint Venture Agreement btw My label Podium Vybez & Storm 360. As an artiste I am signed to Podium Vybez but my label has this agreement with Storm.... It's an agreement to take the PYPE project forward.
whats the relationship like now?
Very cordial btw the two labels Mine (Podium Vybez & Storm360) and we are hoping that this synergy will take Nigerian music and mine global.
You shot your recent video at obalende (Area boys arena),what was the experience like?
Champion is the 20th century world anthem.
“Champion is a gift from my soul to everyone across the globe. Don’t look at the limitations, Pursue your goals.” The music video was directed by Bobby Boulders and shot in Obalende-Lagos where Pype was raised. “The world needs to see where I’m from. They (The people of Obalende) are champions that gave birth to a champion.”
When is your album dropping?
My album is dropping by Jah's grace by the end of the 1st quarter of this year thats by April/may.
Who are the people featuring on the album and what should we expect?
The album is just me alone.... I have already had features on over 145 collaborations and I thank all the artistes who let me do my thing on their tracks so my album is gonna be PYPE alone so my fans and everyone can have a taste of me and what I can offer musically.
What else do you do when you are not making music?
I like chilling by the riverside(beach) listening to good music & lost deep in thought.
What message do you have for your fans and how can they get you?
I wanna thank them for their support & love and to let them know that we are all champions in our rights no matter the situation or whatever we are going through. I love them like forever.
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