Shina Peters’s Biography
Wait a second, you haven’t heard about Afrojuju, right? Oh really? Well, it is a music genre that blends Afrobeat with Juju music. Shina Peters, the founder of the popular music genre, is a household name in the Nigerian Music scene. He is an exceptional composer and singer whose influence in the Nigerian Music industry remains evergreen. Sir Shina Peters or SSP as he is fondly called by his teeming fans was born Oluwashina Akanbi Peters on 30th May 1958 in Ogun State. Starting off, he had worked with Prince Adekunle, a notable Nigerian singer whose songs till date are regarded as one of the few evergreen songs on the lips of every music lover. Under him, Sir Shina was a guitarist. Having worked with Prince Adekunle for a long time, he realised it was time for him to stand on his own. This prompted him to team up with Segun Adewale, also a singer and songwriter, together they rocked the 1980’s Nigierian music atmosphere. They recorded some level of success. But Shina Peters wanted more; to have his own label as a solo artiste was his main goal. Therefore, some years after working with Segun Adewale, he kickstarted his own band named Sir Shina Peters and his International Stars. As a solo artiste, Sir Shina Peters now deviated from juju, the genre which he and Segun Adewale were known for. Then in 1989, he released AfroJuju Series 1, his debut album, which in no time shot the music artiste into limelight. Ever since, he has realised several hit singles and albums that have revolutionised juju music in Nigeria. Today, Sir Shina Peters has about 16 music albums to his credit. Apart from his tour of Europe, America and several parts of Africa with his Afrojuju band, he has received prominent awards and recognitions.
- ‘Afro Juju’
- ‘Dancing Time’
- ‘Give Our Woman a Chance’
Albums including year released:
- Ace Afrojuju Series 1 (1989)
- Shinamania (1990)
- Payback Time (2005)
- AfroJuju Series 2
Because he has been around for a while, the popular Nigerian music artiste has had his fair share of controversies. Sometime ago when King Sunny Ade, another renowned Nigerian musician, was ill, many artistes including Shina Peters wished him good health. But for his poor grasp of the English language, Shina Peters received staunch criticisms from fans who felt the Afrojuju star should have hired a professional tutor all this while. Here is the controversial statement: “I wish him soonest recover.’ That sparked up a lot of critical talk on the social media.
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- Shina Peters on Instagram: @sirshinapeters
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