#TBT Special: Oleku – IcePrince Ft. Brymo | | Truth Music

#TBT Special: Oleku – IcePrince Ft. Brymo

On today’s edition of our Throwback Thursday Special, we will take 7 years 4 months back and get to know more about IcePrince’s hit track Oleku. Back in 2010 this was what everyone was listening to. Can Iceprince (Panshak Zamani) release another song that can match up or even surpass the successes Oleku achieved? Food for thought.

Oleku” is an Afrobeat song from then Chocolate City signed act and now Super cool cats boss Ice Prince. The song featured vocals from Brymo. It was released by Chocolate City on June 8, 2010. It is the first single from his debut studio album Everybody Loves Ice Prince.

Upon its release, the song became an instant success, gaining positive reviews from music lovers. The song was one of the most popular songs of 2010 along with Naeto C’s “Ten Over Ten” and D’banj’s “Scapegoat”. The song helped popularize the Minna native. Until the release of “Oleku”, Ice Prince was relatively unknown.

During a visit to Tim Westwood’s BBC Radio 1xtra show, Ice Prince said “Oleku” means ‘hard and strong’. In an interview with Factory 78 TV, Ice Prince was asked about the recording process of “Oleku”. His response was:

“First of all, what happened was, at the time Chocolate City was on my neck to submit my single because they’ve released M.I, they’ve released Jesse. What they were supposed to release next is Ice Prince. They were on my neck for my single and there was no single. So, I got a beat from my friend. His name is Sarz. He gave me a beat and the first thing that came to my head when I was writing was “She feeling me boy yeah, she feeling me boy”. That sounded good. I was writing it in the studio, just trying to write verses to that. Jesse came in and heard me singing that. Jesse started playing the chords to what I was singing and I like it. So we just put on the system, he recorded the whole instrument. Between God and men, Jesse made the whole beat under 30 minutes. He made it and stepped out of the studio. I wrote it there and thought I needed more melodies for soul. I started composing in my head…I wanted to put Yoruba words to that so I called Brymo to the studio, we sat down together, put our heads together and we wrote it. It came out the way it was. But I didn’t expect it to be this big, trust me…I thought that it was an okay song…It wasn’t even going to come out as my first single, but because the demand was too much, I needed to put it out real quick so we just tested it out on the internet. From the internet, it just went everywhere.”

Throwback Picture of iceprince, M.i, Jessejagz and Brymo at BBC radio with Tim west-wood.

Oleku got so much recognition between 2010 and 2011 and below are few accolades it attracted to Iceprince;


Awards ceremony


Award description(s)




Dynamix All Youth Awards


Song of the Year Nominated



City People Entertainment Awards


Nigeria Entertainment Awards


Hottest Single Of The Year Won
Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA) Best Contemporary Afro Video Nominated
Channel O Music Video Awards


Most Gifted Newcomer Video Won
The Headies Best Rap Single


Song of the Year


Best Collabo


Next Rated (Ice Prince for “Oleku”)


Lyricist on the Roll (Ice Prince for “Oleku”)



Since the official release of “Oleku” in 2010, numerous remixes and cover versions have been released, Over 22 versions to be precise. “Oleku” is one of Nigeria’s most remixed songs of all time. It was covered by Kagwe Mungai, Vector, Mugeez of R2Bees, Victoria Kimani, Sarkodie and Yung6ix, among others.

Source: TruthMusic and Wikipedia

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