Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Dachmo: The Next Superstar to Blow the Nation from Jos

Good music must have that feel that keeps music fans coming back. By this, the artist remains relevant in the lives of music fans. If that is true, then the next superstar to come out of Plateau State Central Nigeria, would be Dach-mo, real name Solomon Dachomo. This was the revelation at the Azi Nyako Youth Centre, Dadin Kowa in Jos when his long awaited album, titled the Love Song was dedicated today.

Those charming feels that will keep people coming back to his music are the amazing power in his voice, creativity and his general professionalism. The album is a general embodiment of all these. His style is similar to that of Jeremiah Gyang, a lyrical mix of Hausa and English. This stands the two artists out from others from Jos like, P-square and M-I whose lyrics are either pure or Pidgin English.

Novices are of the opinion that the biggest challenge of making music is just having the talent and being able to write relevant songs. But the additional challenges are also in publicity and distribution. Even the great Bob Marley had this difficulty and had to team up with Tosh and O’Rilley to form the Wailers after his first album could not make it. When he eventually saw the limelight, the first album suddenly started receiving massive airplay. Dachmo says he never had challenges in area of airplay. The biggest challenge he says, is actually in distribution. Right now, he hasn’t got a marketer. Going by the multitude that turned out at the dedication however, there is a good chance that even that seeming obstacle will fizzle out soon.

Dachmo said his music talent was revealed as a kid when he became fond of playing improvised drums in the form of empty Jerry cans, powdered milk containers etc. Eventually he went to stay with one of his close relatives who led a flock at a church, the COCIN, Sarkin Mangu Street in Jos Township, where he had full access to the real drums and mixed with singing groups within church. These events helped him to fully realize how to put his talent to use. Besides being a singer/song writer, he is also a full-fledge drummer now.

He is Berom from Barkin Ladi but who was born and bread within the city of Jos. He was educated at two secondary schools, Tempest Secondary School and GSS Jos, now Sardauna Memorial Secondary School. He later had a diploma in Business Administration at the Plateau State Polytechnic. Not wanting to be left out of the golden bowl of the computer age, he went to ECWA Computers to study Micro Computer Engineering, bagging another diploma. He says he is done with education yet.

He is without any shadow of doubt, the present music maestro in Plateau State and a promise that the state will continue to make its impression felt in the fastest-growing music industry in the world. Take note!

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