It’s not unusual for some artists to sound the same even without meaning to Saturday Beats takes a look at the singers who fall into that category
K1 de Ultimate and Ganiu Ayinde, Onanuga Kolade, David Ayinde, Ramoni Akanni
All these singers spread the ‘gospel’ of fuji music. Arguably one of the biggest fuji artists in the country, it’s no wonder many singers like K1 de Ultimate. Among the young singers who look like him is David Ojei, aka David Ayinde, who can be mistaken for K1 when he sings.
Another singer who sounds like K1 is Ramoni Akanni, popularly known as RK1. Apparently aware of his musical doppelganger, RK1 often pays homage to K1 whenever he is performing.
Kolade Onanuga is another fuji singer who sings as K1. Formally known as K2, it is backed by K1 fans, and some have attributed this to the adoption of the K2 name. It is usually attended by fans in Europe and the United States.
Another person who looks like K1 is Ganiu Ayinde aka X1. And, this has been a blessing for him and his family. The singer has been backed by the huge fan base K1 has established over the years. He has also had opportunities to work outside the country.
Tems and Faves
Female singer GodsFavour Ugochinyere popularly known as Fave has been said to sound similar to award winning artiste Tems. When the former released the song ‘Baby Riddim’, some people thought that Tems was singing due to the similar texture of the voice. However, although they sound similar, their craft and style are different.
In an interview with Premium Times in 2022, when asked if he was similar to the sound of Tems, Fave said: “I don’t sound like Tems. I only discovered Tems last year, so it wouldn’t be fair to say that he influenced or inspired my music. My sound for me I think it’s special.”
Asake and Seyi Vibez
Seyi Vibez is another artist who is said to sound similar to current singer Asake. The comparison escalated when Seyi Vibez released a song titled ‘Chance’.
In an Instagram video, controversial singer Portable said Seyi Vibez copied Asake’s style. He said, “Don’t change the model you finish. Na so TG Omori see Asake finished. He shot the video for Asake before he knew it, he saw Seyi Vibez’s trend, he ran to meet Seyi Vibez and copied Asake.
“Ain’t Asake model Seyi Vibez dey do? No love in the city. I don’t see my fake, copy copy. Sing your model, I got my own model. Why do they do that thing? Fake love industry industry”.
Yinka Ayefele and Ere Asalatu
The way Islamic singer Bukola Alayande popularly known as Ere Asalatu sings is said to be similar to gospel singer and broadcaster Yinka Ayefele.
Ere Asalatu confirmed this in an interview with Sunday PUNCH on June 7, 2020: “No, I did not adopt Ayefele’s style. When I released my first album, I listened to it with some people, and then I realized that it was similar to Ayefele’s style. I believe that respect should be given to what God has placed before him.”
Wizkid and Rema
It has been said that Mavin Records signee Rema is like internationally acclaimed star, Wizkid. This was more evident after Rema released a song called ‘Dumebi’ from his 2019 Extended Play album.
However, in an interview, Rema said that she does not sound like anyone. He said: “Honestly, I don’t look like anyone. It may sound like me, but I don’t belong to anyone.’
Teni and Lade
Viral ‘Adulthood Anthem’ singer Lade has been compared to popular singer Teniola Apata. The comparison became more prominent after Lade recorded a soundtrack for a telecom company, an Airtel commercial. Many people believed that the song was recorded by Teni. When asked how he felt about the comparison in an interview with the Tribune, Lad said, “Yes, there has been controversy about the actual ownership of the song, but I consider it a privilege to be compared to Teni. It’s a big thing for me to talk in the same breath with a star. People when he insists that the voice is Teni’s, especially when I’m there, it hurts. But being famous makes me work even harder. I’m really hoping to start meeting the people who are selling the rumor to clarify that I’m behind the song.”
Obed and son, Tolu
Veteran Juju singer, Ebenezer Obey, and his son, Tolu, share similar traits, including having followed his father’s career. Not only does he have the same career path, but he has the same style as his father. Whenever Tolu sings, some listeners mistake him for his father as well. Tolu formed a band with his older brother, Folarin, who later left the band. Later Tolu founded the Miliki Band, which he has been managing ever since. Like his father, Tolu performs on various big stages and has been winning fans from his side.