Born in the beautifully noisy city of Lagos in Nigeria, 3rty continually surprised parents and teachers due to his extreme quietness. Speaking only a few words and always in a soft voice, it was understandable that he had a lot of difficulty making friends and eventually grew accustomed to spending time alone.
That was until he came across his father’s collection of music CDs and began to listen to some records. Soon, listening to music became a favorite pastime of his and he became particularly attracted to the soul-filled music of acts like ABBA, Kenny Rogers and Barry White. He discovered that he not only enjoyed listening to music but that the songs had the ability to deeply affect the way he felt, making him feel different things at different times like joy, sorrow, longing, anger and serenity. All he had to do was close his eyes and let the emotions wash over him. He often came out of such sessions with tears in his eyes.
After discovering music software and the ability to create music from home, he decided to try making music that would touch the hearts of others the way his was touched. He began to write and record songs and soon enough, his music began to draw people to him and he began to gain some acceptance. He had found his voice.
At university a friend introduced him to the afrobeat music of Fela Kuti. He was greatly charmed by the use of indigenous African instruments and how easy it was to pass a message across on the rhythmic groove.
Thus, he decided to infuse the emotion invoking style of soul music with the message-passing ease of afrobeat and soon discovered his own style of afro soul music. He began work on a project to see how well he could use a simple message to give people a different feeling with each song. This effort culminated in the release of his debut EP titled Magic in April 2016. The music affected his listeners so profoundly that they began to call him ‘Babalawo’. He had finally discovered his own super powers.
3rty has performed at various live music events including The Young Kulture tour, SLL, Felabration and his own monthly music show in Isolo called 3rty & You. He is also a Music Producer and has produced music for various acts including, D Truce, Kid Marley, Jamal Swiss & WondaBoy.
3rty is currently working on a Joint LP with Kid Marley called The Grey Area. With this project, he plans to experiment with mixing his afro soul with Kid Marley’s high energy delivery. 3rty is also the founder of The Coconut People, a tribe of young Africans with a mission to change the world through live music, art and synergy.