Tuface: Omo, This Guy Na Legend!

by Nnaemeka Oruh

Tuface Idibia’s incursion into the Nigerian music industry began with “Plantashun Boiz”. Even at that early stage, people recognised the “Plantashun Boiz” as a group of good musicians. Tuface was later to break away from the group to become a SOLO artiste. A move that has seen him transported to the greatest of musical heights.

Tuface’s first solo album Face 2 Face took the Nigerian (and indeed the African) hip-hop world by storm. It is an album that contained well composed and delivered songs such as “African Queen”; “Keep On Rocking”; “U No Holy Pass”; “Nfana Ibanga” and “Ole”. The very sensuous thing about these songs is that they bestride both the R&B sub-genre, and the rock genre. Take for instance the track “African Queen” which single-handedly transported Tuface to famedom. The song is a neat and almost perfect rendition in the R&B style. A style that generically captures the smooth disposition and composition of the quintessential African Queen-who sways like a bulrush.

But while “African Queen” appears to play a major role in catapulting Tuface to stardom, his other songs in the album Face 2 Face also did lend helping hands. So good were the songs in the album such that a whole lot of music lovers fell in-love with Tuface. Yet a whole lot of sceptics (including this writer) believed that Tuface would only prove to be a flash in the pan. Most of us felt that he would be so overtaken by the euphoria of stardom that he would not be able to do any other good song, but would rather focus all his attentions on remixes and stage shows. I even felt he would be like Craig David-one good album out, and then aridity and old age. But he proved all of us wrong!

It turned out that his collaboration with Beenie Man, Wyclef Jean, and Reggie boosted his stature as a singer. With their collaboration, Tuface came out to be a matured singer bestriding the genre-leaving the pettymen to peep from underneath! He learnt how to mix Calypso, Reggae, R&B, and Rock. This is essentially the story of Grass 2 Grace, an album whose title depicts Tuface’s phenomenal growth in the music industry-from a young artiste struggling to find his own voice, to an established artiste with a distinctly unique and authoritative voice of his own.

Grace 2 Grace is an album that can comfortably lay claims to being the first album by a Nigerian hip-hop artiste, to bestride the genres. The only rivalry it may get would be Face 2 Face from Tuface too.Yet Face 2 Face cannot boast of the maturityand complex handlings of the genres that Grass 2 Grace lays claim to. Grass 2 Grace in more ways than one depicts that Tuface’s collaboration such masters as Beenie Man and Wyclef, and his general exposure to world hip-hop actually paid off. From such R&B version as “See Me So” and R&B infused with calypso versions as “If Love Is A Crime” and “True love”. He moved on to the reggae version in “One Love”, and pure hip-hop interlaced with rap in his collaboration with VIP, in “My Love”. Indeed, the strength of that album lies in its variety and Tuface’s emotional rendition of the songs.

Again, in Grass 2 Grace, Tuface finally becomes a society conscious artiste by finally committing his craft to the criticism of the leadership problems in the country. The hit track “4 instance” is an eloquent criticism of the corrupt disposition of most Nigerian leaders who see nothing wrong in not “respect[ing] our skills for instance”, while “packing our money dey go France/dey make [us] fool in abundance”. And in “E be like say” he affirms the never ending act of telling the Nigerian populace deceptive stories. Tuface rounds off by telling them that “Only God can judge [them] now”. This new dimension to his songs pitches Tuface on the side of the masses of this country and thus enunciates the fact that he perceives himself as their voice who will go to the extent ofgiving them the philosophical message “no body wan’ pai but they wan’ go heaven”

For a long time now, Tuface Idibia has been one of the greatest forces in the African music industry. With Grass 2 Grace Tuface firmly writes his name on the sands of time as one of the greatest musical legends the continent would ever see.

You may also like


Arukwe Chris November 19, 2010 - 7:55 pm

Tuface Idibia has inspired many Nigerians and Africans as a whole his many visits in the US has made him to make the Americans realise that there is great people in Nigeria.

ikese November 3, 2010 - 4:28 pm

This forum is not mean’t for comparison of artists. Some bad belle people that are learning how to fly are trying to shot somebody that has been to the moon. The write up is on Tuface, just say what you like or don’t about him esle, go to sleep!!! If you appreciate faze so much, go to his domain to idolise him. Tuface is good; pure and simple.

onyemachi July 9, 2010 - 5:34 pm

2 face tight but tight pass .If they place on equal ground you will virtually see that faze has a very far distance more 2face but all I know is that much people are round 2face which is a credit to him

Derric May 12, 2010 - 8:02 am

To me, I have not really hear more of good music coming from tuface apart from the african queen which he sang and the people in Nigeria took it as if they’ve never listen to good music before..Their lots of better singer now in nigeria..So people should stop idolizing tuface as god or legend..He is not consistence casn’t you all see that?

Aisha August 7, 2009 - 5:58 pm

hey 2 face is good but i thiink he is missn up his job wit plesure.he should always make good use of his advantages,just like econ

charles May 26, 2009 - 6:28 am

nigeria don,t no what thay have until thay lose it 2man in one u don,t

remmember how he change our music style from grass to grace c that only bob marley alive

jack only 1 May 6, 2009 - 9:29 pm

mennnnnnnnnnn the guy is truely a legend, 2baba is a creative act,he see things nd put it in2 creativity, is the best among the best ok,make una help me tell face 2 wait till 2baba reign finish cos him no get mouth atall.

danzeal March 11, 2009 - 9:30 pm

men 2baba is the best thing dat ever happened to nigeria and africa music industry so lets stop comparing him to face ok. dem no be mate tuface represents nigeria and africa too well.being the first africa 2 win awards like mtv mobo and d world music awards. men d guy is a breakthrough. proudly idoma, proudly nigeria,proudly africa and proudly 2baba

patriac February 22, 2009 - 9:33 am

tubaba am an aspiring musician and i hope that one day i will be like tubaba.

onome u. December 29, 2008 - 8:14 pm

I am an advocate of objective criticism thus I am bound to say that most of the comments posted on this site reek of sentiments. both artists are good in their own rights. faze is better lyrically, he is more hard-working in dat he strives 4 perfection as can b seen 4rm his videos and packaging. Faze`s vocal abilities far outweigh tu`s.

On the other hand, tu`s voice is sweeter than faze`s rather cracked voice. tu`s choruses r d bomb, this is especially noticeable when featured by other artist.

Thus I can say that tu face was mo opportuned than face.

Give both of them same resources and they`ll both do well. Same goes 4 blackface.

We should be proud of them.

chioma Lilian December 12, 2008 - 3:10 pm

my wish is to see u Tuface & commend u to a very large extent! in d last WMA, he was awarded d BEST AFRICAN ARTIST. D WORLD knew TUFACE. d guy is good!

chioma Lilian December 12, 2008 - 2:43 pm

Tuface remains d best singer in Nigeria & African. he is world famous. his music passes good messages to persons not leaving d politicians behind! tell urself d truth, Tuface delivers. he is d only NIGERIA dat receives AWARD during d last (WMA)World Music Award. TUFACE, U are d BEST.

2NIX October 21, 2008 - 5:45 am

2baba, i 2nix dey feel u wela cos u b my musical mentol ur partan of music is so greet&sweet AND dat is wat am playing on. ONE LUV 2BABA NO LELE. 4rm 2NIX.

olamide July 26, 2008 - 5:31 pm

Tu Baba rocks. there is no other naija artist with his resume still he needs to watch his PR before it affects his career. also 9ice is another naija to watch out for

JOHN May 5, 2008 - 12:25 pm

2face is a legend,a star,a true nigerian and has what is called music.He has got a height to attend which is higher than the sky.So i think 2face is the best musical icon in AFRICA.

j.e kelly May 1, 2008 - 1:13 pm

my own opinion is that 2face is more better than faze, when u compare their individual track.but i can say both are gud.

tope February 3, 2008 - 4:41 pm

2face is the music legend and icon. his song ve a good lyric whic u can understand, compare to faze. both are good but 2face is still the lgend.

lanre awe January 30, 2008 - 9:44 am

now we know that this guy(tuface) is not just a human being but a “god” sent by almighty God to take nigerian music to outside world

yusuf January 22, 2008 - 2:49 pm

The article is true and well compile

Folake January 3, 2008 - 5:41 am

Lets stop comparing faze and 2face although faze is good but its obvious 2face is a legend reason being that is album is excellent, 2 be precise d guy get lyrics compare to faze.

OSAH OBINNA November 22, 2007 - 8:12 am

I'm not just being centimenter I think Both of them are gud, is just dat tuface has gain porpularity than faze. Let just give faze some time, i knw he's going 2 give us d best in him.

kATE NYAGA November 22, 2007 - 5:43 am


Bean November 20, 2007 - 12:12 pm

wat we need to stop doing is comparing tuface and faze together. personally i think Faze is good in his own way and tuface too. "we are all gifted and unique in our different own ways..but we are one in the same ol' struggle." why cant we just say they make good music for us to listen. i bet a lot of that post these stupid comments cant even write or record a track.

teegal November 15, 2007 - 9:58 am

Men Tuface is gud no doubt and i believe its his tym to shine coupled wivaze his good looks.but f too is very talented,u av to listen to his album well.and i think its his time to shine also.well i wish both of dem luck in everytin they do.cheers.

nicheal October 25, 2007 - 10:18 am

yeah tuface is my fantasy

bunmi anis September 8, 2007 - 7:15 am

faze is good,but i think tuface is a legend.becos he as prove to the world his talent,but as far as bnm is concern they are all good taking about plantashun boiz.

Mayor I.K May 28, 2007 - 12:19 pm

Faze is a one-man squad. Tuface is a good singer no doubt. But if Faze get half of the PUBLICATION that Tuface gets, then Tuface will have to double his steps to catch up.

kenny April 5, 2007 - 4:16 am

Tuface is now an African legend. Comparing tuface with face to face, then u will say faze is better but with da bomb, Grass to Grace.. I think Tuface can now be compared to as Nigerian's Bob marley

Mussolini March 27, 2007 - 12:56 pm

Yes,Faze is good too,but that does not remove the fact that 2Face is a legend.Faze is great in his own right.

pepe March 27, 2007 - 3:33 am

Faze is far better,thats my own opinion though

Anonymous March 24, 2007 - 6:34 pm

I think 2Face is over hyped and you have Kenny Ogungbe and Dayo Adeneye to blame for that. Faze ( the 3rd member of the group) is by far a better singer. Compare their two new albums. Faze has a lot more to offer. But by far, the most talented, over looked, artiste in this country presently is Paul I.K Dairo.


Leave a Comment