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Basketmouth, the multi-talented Nigerian Stand-up comedian and actor, has embarked on a transformative musical journey that not only explored Afrobeats but also shattered initial skepticism and garnered resounding success. With his albums “YABASI” and “HOROSCOPES,” Basketmouth has emerged as a musical genius, collaborating with a diverse array of talent and revitalizing the genre. This article takes you through his remarkable story, highlighting his impact on Afro Beats and his triumphs despite critics’ doubts.

Part 1: Navigating Critics, Redefining Boundaries

Basketmouth’s foray into music was met with skepticism and doubts about his ability to establish himself as a serious artist. Critics questioned whether his comedic background would overshadow his musical endeavors. Undeterred, Basketmouth used his unique blend of humor and musicality to redefine boundaries and prove his critics wrong.

Part 2: “YABASI” Album – Celebrating Heritage, Uniting Talent
In 2020, Basketmouth released the groundbreaking album “YABASI,” meaning “My Heritage” in Igbo. This album became a milestone in his musical journey, showcasing his deep connection to his cultural roots and African heritage. Through “YABASI,” Basketmouth seamlessly merged highlife, Afrobeats, and hip-hop, collaborating with musical geniuses such as Sir Shina Peters, Duncan Mighty, Phyno, and Flavour. The album’s infectious tracks, like “Pepper Soup” and “Udo,” received critical acclaim and solidified Basketmouth’s position as a musician who brings a fresh perspective to Afrobeats.



Part 3: “HOROSCOPES” Album – Growth, Versatility, and Resounding Acclaim

Building on the success of “YABASI,” Basketmouth released the transformative album “HOROSCOPES” in 2021. This album showcased his growth as an artist and his unwavering commitment to pushing the boundaries of Afro Beats. “HOROSCOPES” merged Afrobeats, reggae, and dancehall, featuring collaborations with Buju, Oxlade, Show Dem Camp and other talented artists.
Basketmouth’s versatility shone through tracks like “One Bo” and “World People,” which combined catchy melodies with insightful lyrics. The album received widespread acclaim and further solidified his role in the revitalization of Afro Beats.


Part 4: On Afrobeats, Leaving a Lasting Impact
Basketmouth’s leveraged the global exploitation of Afrobeats with the infusion of traditional African sounds, humor, and storytelling. Through his collaborations and unique approach, he sold Afrobeats to a broader audience, expanding its global reach. His success in merging comedy and music, overcoming critics, and achieving widespread recognition has inspired aspiring artists and redefined the possibilities within the Nigerian and international music scenes.


In Conclusion, Basketmouth’s musical journey is a testament to his resilience, talent, and ability to defy expectations. With his albums “YABASI” and “HOROSCOPES which is a fusion of captivating storytelling, cultural celebration, and infectious rhythms, Basketmouth has not only achieved resounding success but also left an indelible mark on the Afrobeats genre. His contributions continue to inspire and pave the way for future artists, solidifying his position as a stakeholder in the Nigerian music industry.

Written by: Champion Nwokeabia

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