A career spanning over two decades has translated in Nigerian artiste 2Baba (2Face Idibia) becoming one of the most bankable and respected music icons in Africa. His global hit single African Queen was the first African music video to air on MTV Base, and today stands as one of Africa’s biggest songs of all time. As a pioneer of the afro-pop sound, 2Baba now records contemporary universal music while maintaining a clear African identity. On Coke Studio Africa 2 he collaborated with Tanzanian singer Vanessa Mdee. He returns on season 4, paired with Ugandan singer Rema Namakula.
2Baba’s music distinctively blends reggae, R&B and traditional African music. Prior to going solo in 2004, he was part of the Plantashun Boiz music group. His success has seen him win several awards including at the Headies Hall of Fame (2015), MTV Africa Music Awards (2010), Channel O Music Videos Awards (2011) for The Most Gifted Video of the Year for Only Me and the Leadership in Music Awards in 2014 at the AFRIMMA, among others.
Over the years, 2Baba has grown to become a global phenomenon. He has collaborated with numerous world-class music acts in his journey, including Wyclef Jean, Beenie Man, Wyre, R Kelly, Wizkid, Sauti Sol and Fally Ipupa. Since the inception of his concert series “Buckwyld and Breathless”, 2Baba has now redefined Nigerian live concerts by taking the series into a Pan African tour dubbed “Disruption Africa”.
2Baba was born in Jos Plateau state as Innocent Ujah Idibia in the 70s. He fell in love with music from a tender age. Soon after relocating to Lagos with a diploma from IMT Enugu with his friends Austin Ahmedu a.k.a Blacface and Chibuzor Orji aka Faze, the trio formed Plantashun Boiz in 1997. The group is credited with being the pioneers of a new Naija pop sound that took the nation by storm. After producing three albums with the group, 2Baba went solo and released his debut album Face to Face. He has since produced eight albums, all of which have achieved commercial success.