I couldn’t handle the fame that came with ‘Shayo’

‘Shayo’ singer, Bigiano, who recently returned to the music scene after a hiatus, has explained the reason behind his absence.‎

In an exclusive chat with NET, the pop act revealed that he deliberately took a break in a bid to repackage his brand and be able to offer much more to his fans.

According to him: ‘I decided to take a little break to re-brand myself . When the fame of ‘Shayo’ came, I couldn’t handle it. I deliberately made the decision to go off the scene in 2011 to re-position my brand.’

Speaking further, he said: ‘While I was away, I was studying the industry, studying the market and everything going on in the industry. I was recording and writing songs too. I have loads of songs I have recorded . At the same time , I was traveling gathering experience and all that.’

Born Babalola Gabriel Olugbenga, Bigiano began his journey in music as one of the members of the defunct musical group, Triple B, which was made up of him and a set of identical twins. The two other members are younger brothers of high life artist, Alariwo of Africa.

Bigiano made his debut as a solo artiste in 2009 with the release of his monster hit, ‘Shayo’ and is staging a comeback with two new singles – ‘Tonight’ and ‘I Be Somebody’.


Bigiano stages comeback with Chiquito, Go Crazy

After some years in the limbo, music star, Oluwagbemiga Gabriel Babalola popularly known as Bigiano, has staged a comeback onto the music scene with two brand new songs, Chiquito and Go Crazy.

According to the award winning artiste, who rocked the clubs and parties with his 2008/2009 banger, Shayo, both Chiquito and Go Crazy are “powerful and enchanting.”

A sneak preview of the songs reveals that Go Crazy is a party sensation while Chiquito is a love song dedicated to beautiful African women.

Speaking on the inspiration behind Chiquito, the vastly travelled singer says: “The inspiration behind Chiquito comes from the things we see around, especially in Africa. I am motivated by what I see, and I find out that a lot of our girls think less of themselves and have no confidence in how they look or their abilities. The song adores the beauty of the African woman and celebrates her self-worth,”

Lauded by many for being distinct and proudly African, Bigiano is one of few African artistes with remarkable vocal skills. His successful debut album, Shayo, earned him the stage name Shayo Master. For his efforts, he won three awards at the Sound City Musical Video Awards including the Best Video of the Year, Viewers’ Choice, and Best Cinematography.


12 years after he sang, “Shayo”, checkout how Bigiano is doing now and his plans for his career.

12 years after he sang his hit single, “Shayo”, checkout how Bigiano is doing now.

Some musical tracks just can’t be forgotten because of how popular they were back then, they probably were everyone’s favorite. However, some of this one-time hits musicians suddenly went off the screen, they were not releasing new songs neither were they seen performing with other music stars, they just disappeared from the music world.

One of such is Oluwagbemiga Babalola, he was popularly to as Bigiano. Back in 2008, his song was one of the favourites for most Nigerian music lovers. His track, Shayo was a big hit and got a good response from listeners and it got considerable airplay. While the limelight was still on him, he released an Album, Shayo Master, afterwards he literally went off the Musical radar!

You’ll ask, what have Bigiano been up to? Well Bigiano is trying to make a good comeback with a new hit, he is confident that he can make a good leap back into the entertainment industry again. In an interview with Sunday Scoop, he said that God is the giver of Inspiration and he’s sure God can do it for him again.

He affirmed that once his EP is released, perhaps by then he’ll be able to tell if it can be another evergreen hit like Shayo. When asked why he suddenly disappeared from the industry, he noted that there are a lot of stories attached to his leave, but what matters is that he’s back to stay.

Speaking about his new singles, Chiquito and Go Crazy, he said the recent Musical trend in Nigeria has really inspired him alot, he was inspired the work on his mystro to get things done. Bigiano said he noticed that the new trend in the musical industry is really a big thing, it is bigger and better. There are more opened windows to going international especially for artists who knows what they are doing. It’s been 12 years since he sang Shayo,

Bigiano have strong plans to make it again in the modern world music industry, I believe his fans would love to hear from him again. What do you think? Were you a fan of Bigiano? Do you remember ‘No go fit invite una come my party make una no Shayo?”


My tattoos are interpretations of what I have been through

Bigiano, born Babalola Oluwagbemiga Gabriel, shot massively into limelight at the release of his 2008 major hit single, Shayo, which brought him fame, nominations and so much more. In this interview with Tosin Clegg, he talks about starting out, his career, what he has been up to and much more

My style of music is unique. Iam still keeping that, against all odds. I have a lot of inspirational and motivational songs Iam working on. So, before the year runs out, I should come out with a lot of songs and materials

My tattoos are about growing up, as well as stages in my life. The best way to put it out of myself is to put it on my body and be seeing it till I die because there is so much that has happened and I cant be telling everybody. So, the best way was to put it on my body.

My music is versatile

I think I fit into any kind of genre of music, but its just for me to explore myself and work with a lot of producers to be able to get the best out of myself for people to listen.

The name Bigiano

Its an acronym for Born Irrepressible Genius Individual Africa Number One. I used to be with a band called, Triple B back in 1999 and 2000 when we released Eegbami and featured a couple of people. It was BQ, B flex and BG that formed it. Then I left the band and decided not to use BG anymore, which is an abbreviation of my name Bolaji Gabriel and I decided to work around myself, as you know yourself more than anyone does. And the acronym of my stage name is the real me and what I stand for.

By the Grace of God, Shayo is still a hit

When I wrote the song, I was going through a lot of pressure. A couple of my friends and I were struggling and moving from one place to another. At that point in Nigeria, a lot of people didnt want to listen to love or slow songs. So, it was just a determination to take over thats why I wrote the song, Shayo.

A little bit about me

My Biological name is Babalola Oluwagbemiga Gabriel from Ijesha, and my mum is from Abeokuta. Im a Christian and I grew up in a Christian way. All I wanted to do was to impact people positively and there is only one way to Heaven which is through Jesus Christ. Somehow, I found myself in the circular world but I am retracing my steps back to Christ. So, if certain people want to judge me by my tattoos, they can and they would only be judging the book by its cover, but I know whats in me. I know what my purpose is in life and I cant deviate from what God has called me to do. As I speak to you, I want to touch peoples lives.

Music wasnt easy for my family to reckon with

My dad is a retired military man and a disciplinarian. He likes you to do what he wants and at some point I had to do what pleases me. At first, he didnt support me because he felt I have graduated and I should be doing my masters or something else. I didnt work with my results and I feel more fulfilled doing what I am doing right now. Not until Shayo became a monster hit that my dad decided to support me, and his friends got to know my music and everything started working out.

So much isnt going well in this country

Everywhere else, music business is growing well and lucrative. Im impressed things have changed. Back when I released Shayo, we had to go through with the Alaba marketers but now social media is already doing all of that. Now, a lot of cooperate bodies are going into the music business, so we are growing gradually. But, at this level we are now, its better than what it was way back.

The only challenge I have as an artiste is defining my direction
Its either I do Gospel or secular music, but I think I have found my way out of that. Apart from that, I think record labels and investors have been a bit of a challenge too. For example, if I have a big brand or a God-chosen person behind me, I would be the best in the world. I know if I have it I would be, but I know God has his own way of making things work.

In the next five years I see myself taking over the world

I think I should be able to stand on the pulpit and preach to people to come back to Christ. My mission in life is not to fail. The Christ effect on me has been with me since day one, but I have just been stubborn.

You know, its like when God wants to use you but you dont know how you are going to do it. God wants to use me and I am ready for him to use me. But its been there even when Shayo was a major hit, and he just gave me that to test me and a lot of people failed me, but he wont fail me at all.

I am trying to restructure BG records

Im also looking for whom to partner with to grow BG records. Thats what is on my mind now, before I start thinking of dropping an album or an EP. But before the end of the year a couple of singles must drop.


God can still give me song bigger than Shayo

Singer, Oluwagbemiga Babalola, aka Bigiano, had one of the biggest songs of 2008 in Nigeria. The track, Shayo, was a crowd favourite and it enjoyed considerable airplay. On the heels of the single’s success, Bigiano, released an album, Shayo Master, but went off the radar shortly after that.

Now, the former Triple B member is back and he is confident that God can still give him the inspiration to make a song bigger than Shayo. He told Sunday Scoop, “God is the only one that gives inspiration and I’m sure He can make that happen for me again. Perhaps, when my EP is released, my fans out there would be able to tell if we have another evergreen song like Shayo.”

On why he left the industry at the time he did, the singer said, “There are a lot of stories behind my absence but most importantly, I’m back to stay and that’s what really matters.”

Speaking on the inspiration behind his two new singles, Chiquito and Go Crazy, Babalola stated, “Firstly, I get all my inspiration from God. Secondly, the trend of music out there now has really inspired me a lot and I decided to work with Mystro to get that done. I hope all my fans out there will love this new tunes and more to come.”

Assessing the state of the music industry at the moment, Bigiano said, “My thoughts on the new music industry are simple. The music industry is bigger and better, international windows are open and there are more opportunities for the new generation of artistes who know what they are doing.”

Maintaining that he doesn’t keep in touch with members of the defunct Triple B, the singer also stated that if he could turn back the hands of time, he would make people ‘enjoy the essence of humanity and make sure they all make heaven’.

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