Bisade Ologunde, born in 1960, better known by his stage name, Lagbaja, is a Nigerian afrobeat musician, singer-songwriter, and percussionist. He is popularly known for his signature use of a mask, which covers his identity. He was born and raised in Lagos State, where he began playing the saxophone.
|Real Name:||Bisade Ologunde|
|Date of Birth:||1960|
|Place of Birth:||Lagos State|
|State of Origin:||Lagos State|
|Net Worth:||$2 million|
Early Life and Career
As he began his career in the early 1990s, Ologunde took the name Lágbájá (which means “Jane Doe” or “John Doe” in Yoruba)—a person whose name and identity are purposely concealed).
His name was reflected in his stage dress, which consisted of a slitted cloth and a rubber mask worn to depict the ‘common man’ in the Yoruba tribe’s carnival culture.
After teaching himself to play the saxophone, he created his first modest band in Lagos in 1991.
Lagbaja’s album We Before Me (IndigeDisc/PDSE), which was published in 2000 and featured a high ratio of percussion instruments such as congas and talking drums, demanded honesty from politicians and urged fraternity and solidarity.
He collaborated on song lyrics with Ego Ihenacho Ogbara, a backup singer, and also plays the tenor saxophone.
He imprinted the melody of the tunes with a powerful, brawny tone reminiscent to John Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders, sometimes with Ego scat-singing along.
Lagbaja believes in social reform through music. In 2006 he won the Best Male Video for his video “Never Far Away” at the Channel O Music Video Awards.
- ‘Ikira’, 1993
- Lagbaja, 1993
- Cest Un African Thing, 1996
- ME, 2000
- WE, 2000
- We and Me Part II, 2000
- ABAMI, 2000
- Africano… the mother of groove, 2005
- Paradise, 2009
- Sharp Sharp, 2009
- 200 Million Mumu (The Bitter Truth), 2012
Lagbaja Net Worth
Lagbaja is a Nigerian afrobeat musician famous for his use of mask. He has a net worth of $2 million.
Lagbaja is married although he has not revealed information about his family. The singer prefers to live his life private.
He is widely known for using mask to cover his identity. However, Lagbaja identity was revealed, although many still argues that it is not his real face.