JJC short for Johnny Just Come Nigerian slang for a recent arrival, especially naïve newcomers, is the stage name for Abdul Rasheed Bello, a Nigerian rapper and record producer. He was born on 4 April 1977 in Kano, Nigeria, but has been based in London since 1991
JJC popularly hailed as the “INTERNATIONAL AFRICAN” through his music,
has been able to galvanise the African pride among millions of Africans
around the world, which has generated a mass following within Africa and
career has spanned over 16 years. He was the producer and creator of the
multi-platinum and award winning group Big Brovaz who had four Top 10
singles in the charts and immense success. He has also produced music
with the likes of chart topping artists in the UK and USA such as;
Jamelia, Lemar, Liberty X and Genuwine.
on putting African and Nigerian music sounds on the map by creating and
pushing the ‘AFROPEAN’sound as it became coined which is know today
also as AFROBEATS worldwide.
419 Squad who went on to release chart busting hits (GBAO, Kilosele, to
name a few) which helped the group win the ‘Best African Group’ category
at the 2004’s KORA All Africa Music Awards (the pan-African equivalent
of the Grammy Awards ).
African hip-hop artist, and has played a role in developing other great
African artist who are known worldwide such as D ́Banj (Most selling
artist in Africa 2006, 2007 ,2008), Don Jazzy, the 419 Squad, Weird MC,
Olu Maintain, Bouqui).
including: performance: JJC & 419 Squad has thrilled audiences at
the WOMAD (2004 & 2003), RESPECT and LONDON UNITED/ RISE festivals
and also at the launch of the BBC’s AFRICA LIVES season at the British
Museum, as well as at the Fast Forward event on London’s Trafalgar
April 2005, JJC & 419 Squad performed alongside Ludacris at ‘MTV
100th LIVE’ in Abuja, Nigeria, to mark the launch of MTV’s 100th
channel, MTV base in Africa. Highlights from this show have been shown
on MTV channels worldwide – broadcast to 418.8 million households in 164
countries around the world.
on Tim Westwood’s BBC Radio 1 Rap Show (UK) and Charlie Gillett’s BBC
London World music show. JJC was previously a BBC 1Xtra radio DJ
(African Vibes) and has also presented a number of other one-off BBC
radio programmes as well as a one-off special on France’s No.1
taste-making station Radio Nova.
Having lived in the UK for a number of years JJC always felt that no
matter where one was in the world as an Nigerian and African, there was a
pride he believed Africans needed to carry with us so he released the
monster hit, “We Are Africans”, with the official video having attracted
over 2 million YouTube views post its release with seven additional
remixes to date and counting.
labelled as the national anthem for the United States of Africa, a
concept which signifies the unification and reinvention of Africa and
Africans from all parts of the Diaspora. Like James Brown’s “Say it
Loud” many years before, “We Are Africans” combines the sentiment of
pride, unity and positivity, whilst being controversial to some. Remixes
include from Sierra- Leone, Zimbabwe Nigeria to name a few.
shout “ We Are Africans ” to symbolize the immense personnel connection
Africans from London to New York to Lagos to South Africa had with the
which to always promote Africa and enhance her global image went ahead
and released the chart topping single, “African Skank” video in 2012
which topped African video playlists. In shooting the Video for “African
Skank ”, JJC was able to pioneer yet another industry movement by
having the first African Flash Mob dance video.
“My Life” and current new single, “Save the Last Dance” of which the
official video was directed by popular videographer, Moe Musa.
highly anticipated in April 2015 after 16 years in the industry JJC has
no intention of slowing down.
an interview with Nigerian Entertainment Today, Popular African act
D’banj accused former boss, JJC, of cheating him and Don Jazzy, who were
both founders of the defunct record label Mo’hits record. He accused
JJC of being the bad seed in the box and wasn’t paying him while he
worked for him. JJC was furious about this, and decided to do an
exclusive interview with Nigezie to clarify the situation. During the
interview, JJC claimed that D’banj was brought to him by a friend in
England, and pleaded for JJC to help him in the music industry. JJC
asked D’banj to sing, but was not impressed, but told him they were
going to work on his skills of playing the harmonica. Popular Nigerian
producer KAS, brought Don Jazzy to JJC, and JJC said he taught him how
to produce records. JJC said his reason for not paying D’banj was due to
the fact that D’banj was a “nobody” and he was actually giving him a
platform and exposure by allowing him to perform at his shows, and
taking him to the biggest African stages. On the other hand, he was
paying Don Jazzy 1000pounds because he was producing tracks for them.
JJC also accused D’banj of being a real “419” and he was wanted by the
police, that was the reason behind D’banjs popular track Mo bo lowo won
meaning “I have escaped, they can’t catch me”. They were not taking this
issue seriously, but in reality it was actually affecting D’banjs
career. JJC also claimed he co-wrote some of D’banjs songs with Don
Jazzy, and he is sure that Dbanjs current hit songs were composed by Don
Jazzy and Wande Coal.
Giving Back/ Charity Works
his own words “What legacy do we leave behind after we are gone? I want
to be able to influence and make a difference in the life of other in
any way possible’’ .
from 14 different countries. JJC gave a creative class seminar and
and create awareness to provide products for those less fortunate.
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