Prince Osito (A.K.A. Osita Jonah Ikegwuonu) was born and raised in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Osito hit the road to Europe in 1998 -this long, tough exodus marked deeply his music and his identity. He settled in Barcelona, Spain, where he started performing on the reggae scene along with sound-systems and became the leading voice of the reggae band Urban Roots.
Prince Osito defines his style as African, fresh and versatile. He blends afro-beat, dancehall, hip-hop and drum & bass influences into his personal version of reggae. He draws his musical inspiration from African artists (Fela Kuti, Majek Fashek, Lucky Dube) and Jamaican singers (Luciano, Culture, Sanchez, Beres Hammond, Bushman).
Prince Osito released his debut album “Diobu Boy” in 2007,including a set of collabos (Shinehead, Aqeel, Lyricsson), stepping from raggamuffin chanting tracks to new roots songs.His second album “Play Me!” came out in 2012. It combines genres candidly: afro-beat,
calypso, dancehall, drum & bass, hardcore hip hop – still maintaining the reggae vibes throughout. Gentleman, Daddy Rings, Eedris Abdulkareem, Junior Reid and Macaco join Prince Osito on the album.
Prince Osito has been recording a dozen of new songs since his last album, all unreleased tracks recorded in Barcelona, Lagos and Port Harcourt, and counting with some special featurings with Afu-Ra and Duncan Mighty.
He performs regularly in clubs with djs, at music festivals with his band, in Spain and all over Europe. Prince Osito is currently focusing on promoting his work in his homeland, Nigeria.
Urban Roots Band *FrantheBreakstorm Reggaeland*Blackstarliners band * Dj Jekey *Aqeelion * Marga Mbande * Dr Matanzas * Dj Frick * Dj Kisa * Macaco * Gentleman * Afu-Ra * The Zombie Kids * Junior Reid (One blood) * Benny Page * Duncan Mighty * K-banj and Eedris Abdulkareem.
Key live performances:
CLUBS (MC for resident Dj): * Bongo Lounge, La Paloma(Barcelona) Catwalk (Barcelona) El Row (Barcelona) * Pacha (Barcelona) * Florida (Huesca)
Rototom Sunsplash (Benicassim) * Monegros Festival (Fraga, Huesca) * Sonar (Barcelona) Cultura Urbana Festival (Madrid) * Aldajah Festival (Valencia) * Cruilla Festival (Barcelona) *Hazard Festival (Fraga, Huesca) * Trivial Muzic Festival (Barcelona) * Mama Mandawa (Barcelona) * Trick or Treat. Breakout (Sardinia, Italia) *Vaer Stolt festival (Homlia, Norway)
WARM UPs for:
Gentleman * Alpha Blondy * Tiken Jah Fakoli * KRS-One * Mobb Deep * Busta Rhymes * Public Enemy