Top African record label, Grafton Records, known for mentoring and developing raw African talents in Nigeria especially in Port Harcourt revealed its latest act, Mr 2Kay in 2011 and he’s still on his mission to take over the Nigerian music scene with his unique style of street music!
Real name Abiye David Jumbo, Mr 2Kay, has had his fair share of the hardship of life and sees himself as a motivational artist who inspires other struggling youths through his music. He grew up in the rough areas of Port Harcourt and at a very young age, helped his struggling mother sell kerosene by hawking on the streets just to make ends meet for the family.
2Kay attended Community Secondary School, Bonny Island and then moved to Port Harcourt in the bid to enter into the university but this proved unsuccessful due to lack of funds. He later made his way back to his native, Bonny Island to take advantage of the booming oil and gas business in the South South and get a job that would help him save enough money for his university education.
During this time, with music still in his mind, he made ends meet by drawing portraits of people and selling it to them for cash. He later secured an employment during the constructing of the Nigerian NLNG project which helped him raise enough money to continue his education. 2Kay later gained admission into the University of Port Harcourt on a part-time course in Visual Arts. However he had to drop out of school again as he ran out of funds and decided to finally pursue his true love – music.
He went after the music industry with a strong passion and objective to make his music known. He attended various talent hunt competitions hoping to “catch the eye” of a producer or a label. He finally caught the attention of Grafton Records CEO, Tonye Ibiama in a competition that selected local acts that would perform at the 2009 Bonny Beach carnival. Finally, the deal was sealed and a delighted Tonye knew that he had found a diamond fit for the new Grafton Streetz label.
“This man had paid his dues where it really mattered, on the street. There was no fake with 2kay, it was all real-life experience going into that sound. That intertwined with his undeniable talent and hunger is why I had to have this guy on our label. There is nobody going to work harder to make his music work for the audience than 2kay. And people are really going to appreciate and love the passion and commitment he brings. And believe me, this guy can bring it big style.” CEO Grafton Records, Tonye Ibiama emphasizes.
With the release of his debut single, “Run This Town” which scored major success across the Niger Delta and the South South, 2Kay plans to make a mark with his music in the Nigerian music scene. He also got the regions highest selling artiste, Duncan Mighty to work with him on a remix of the song called “We run this town”.
His follow up single called “Waterside boy” established Mr. 2Kay as one of Port Harcourt next rated artistes getting him attention from music lovers and the media and he performed in major concerts that held in Port Harcourt and neighbouring cities.
2Kay is seen as the hope of the youths from the ghetto as he was once part of that life and is now aiming to reach the highest point of his career.
“Throughout my days growing up, I encountered a lot of trying times especially when I was trying to put my music out there for people to listen to and appreciate. My music is all about giving hope to young thriving artistes out there who have no means of making their music heard”, Mr. 2Kay explains.
Grafton Records has worked with various artists like Channel O Awards winning De Indispensables and M Trill as well as Port Harcourt based artists like Tha Ibz, Jesus Boy, Dj Big Mouth along with Mr. 2Kay. Grafton has also hooked up with international artist, Junior Reid, the US-based Jamaican super star of former Grammy award winning group Black Uhuru. Junior Reid provided vocal support on De Indispensables number one hit, “I am Free”.
Mr. 2Kay plans to release his debut album this February, titled “Waterside Boy” under the stable of Grafton records and the album features some of Nigeria’s top artists including Duncan Mighty, Ruggedman, Lyrical, Double K, Big Mouth, Valo among many others.