Primed to chart a new direction for his career, Gongo Aso crooner, Abolore Akande, popularly known as 9ice, has joined the likes of Mavins Records and Iyanya by signing a deal with Temple Management Company.
The deal was consummated last Thursday at the corporate office of the company in Victoria Island, Lagos and witnessed by representatives of both parties.
While receiving 9ice, Idris Olorunnimbe, CEO/ Founder, TMC noted that 9ice still commands a strong place in Nigerian music.
“We recognize the foundation that 9ice has built and established, together we can build on and take it to newer heights,” Olorunnimbe said.
“At Temple Management Company, we do not gamble but believe in strategy and pinpoint execution.”
He explained further, “With our team and structure, we are here to support 9ice to actualize his career goals. In 9ice, we see a brand that has an important and strategic core that we can expand.”
TMC has amassed clients in sports, arts, media and of course, entertainment. Some of its clients include Don Jazzy, Mavin Records, Project Fame winner, Jeff and Iyanya, In his remarks, 9ice said, “For me, this is the right thing to do at this stage in my career and indeed for any forward thinking artiste.
When we started music, we grew with the knowledge that everything was all about the artiste; you are the manager, owner of the record label etc. We did this to the best of our ability.”
“This is the time to give experienced professionals the chance to take care of you because one will become the better for it. Temple Management are like our own Sony or BMG in Nigeria. Any artiste who plans to grow need to work with the right people such as Temple Management Company.
9ice kick-started his singing career with Fuji music but his career would take a big leap when he teamed up with ID Cabasa’s Alapomeji Records.
He is best known for his multiple award-winning song Gongo and its eponymous album and won the MOBO Best African Act in 2008, same year of album release.
His albums include Certificate (2007), Gongo Aso (2008), Tradition (2009), Certificate and Tradition reloaded (2010), Bashorun Gaa/Versus (2011), CNN/GRA (2014).