Sunday, 12 January 2014

Tonto Dikeh:Still yearning for musical glory

Nollywood actress-turned-singer, Tonto Dikeh, is on a renewed mission to conquer the music terrain, writes Jayne Augoye

While it may a bit too early in the year for some Nigerian celebrities currently holidaying in Dubai to map out plans for the New Year, others have already a step ahead. One of such persons is Nollywood actress-turned-singer, Tonto Dikeh, who is poised to take her music career to the next level.

Although her debut singles, Hi and Itz Ova,  released in October 2012,  failed to impress many music both tracks became two of the most listened to and downloaded songs under 48 hours.

But, as if proving that bad publicity may be a virtue, subsequent tracks by the light-skinned star were all highly anticipated, notwithstanding unfavourable reactions from critics.

Dikeh, who joined the bandwagon of other actors who succumbed to the moonlighting itch to delve into singing, was lampooned and criticised for the lack lustre  and uninspiring single album at the time. Yet the unrelenting Tonto is set to make a statement with her music in the New Year.

When our correspondent sought to speak with the movie star on Tuesday, her publicist, Joy Bewaji, said her client was currently busy working on a new body of music.

She said, “Tonto has been very busy in the past days. In fact, she has been sleeping in the studio and will  not be granting any interviews until she releases her first single and music video for the year, at the end of the January. There is even a limit to how much or how far I can get across to her. In fact, she is very pre-occupied with her music career for now.”

Although Tonto shot into the limelight after emerging the first runner-up in the Next Movie Star reality show in 2005, her closest contact with music came two years later when she featured as a dancer in a music video by fellow actress, Patience Ozokwor.

The video was for the song, Iyo Ngwo Nwgo. The actress, who was a newbie at the time, was even rumoured to be the actress’ younger daughter after its release.

With Kokomaster, Dbanj hinting that the actress will blow should he sign her on to his DKB Records, the latter,  who recently floated her own company, Poko Entertainment, has been spotted working with Dban’j at his Lekki, Lagos studio.

Obviously based on the lull currently being experienced in the Nigerian movie sector, more and more actors appear to be taking their other ‘talents’ seriously, believing that it will fetch more fame and money.

Just a few days into the new year, Nollywood actress, Susan Peters, posted a picture of herself recording in a studio online with the caption, My first single ever, coming soon.

While it is yet to be ascertained whether or not the Benue State-born actress was merely advertising her ego, diverse reactions continue to trail the announcement.

The foray of Nollywood stars into the music industry is not a new one. In fact, critics attribute the bandwagon effect on the fact that their music counterparts are currently clinching the mega bucks and deals from them.

As though coming into the trend, filmmaker, Kingsley Ogoro,  is set to berth his latest project, a performance reality show titled Nollywood Sings, sometime in the year.

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