el Mafrex is one African son that is doing the continent proud with his music. Currently based in the UK but born of Nigerian parents, the artiste has been receiving a lot of international reviews that is quite impressive. He has won two awards on the same night at the Scottish Music Awards and got nominated for the 2012 MOBO awards amongst other rave reviews by the international and local press.
Today, he is releasing yet another exclusive new single from his forth-coming studio Album titled “Who am I”.The song is a follow up to “Since I be Pikin” song he dropped earlier in January. Already the album “Who am I” is shaping up to become one of the biggest Gospel Albums of 2013.
In his words he says the song “Oh that men will praise the Lord” is a call to all of humanity to raise a praise to God, as already said by the Psalmist in Psalms 118 vs 1. I just wanted to do a song that is different from what my I’ve been releasing of late.
el Mafrex’ teams up with Edinburgh based singer “Jaay Stunner” who is of Zimbabwean decent.This song is sure to get you in to a praise groove, especially if you are a fan of reggae music.
El Mafrex (born Mfreke Obong Ibanga; May 14, 1984) is a Nigerian-born, urban gospel singer-songwriter, based in Edinburgh, Scotland.He was nominated for Best Gospel Act at the 2012 Music of Black Origin Awards. He won Artiste of the year and Urban Recording of the year at the 2012 Scottish New Music Awards, making him the first black man to win the SNMA.
His song, “Jehovah”, which features Christian rock band Royal Foundlings had more than 500,000 hits in the first five months of its release on YouTube.
On 30 September 2012, he was featured in the Sunday Mail.He was born in Nigeria and educated at the Nigerian Military School in Zaria, Kaduna State.
He graduated in 2006 from the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, where he studied physics and majored in electronics. In 2010, he obtained a masters degree in information-systems development from the Edinburgh Napier University.
In 2001, el Mafrex started a boy band, M.O.D. (Men of Destiny), and was the lead vocalist of the five-man group. The band toured and played shows in Nigeria, especially in its south-south region before later expanding from a boy band to a family project. The family project gave birth to the Destiny Kids and MOD dancers.
While in the University of Uyo, he formed another boy band, Da Grooves, made up of Louis and GeePee. Together they played gigs on campus and its environs.
At the end of 2004, he left the band to start his own solo career, which he called the “el MAFREX” project. He was voted Artiste of the year in 2005 by the SUG of University of Uyo, and his songs “Rhythm in the Air” and “Esio Mkpo” were played on radio and television stations in Nigeria. “Rhythm in the Air” won song of the month, on the then Cosmo FM Enugu.
In November 2012, he was interviewed by Scottish television news STV, where he talked about his music and recent MOBO Awards nomination. El Mafrex has other interests besides music as he prepares to launch his own line of designers eyeglasses. He told The Scotsman that he had his own personal sunglasses customized specially for himself and has since received compliments from many people who are interested in acquiring them, which has propelled him towards the direction of having a line for his sunglasses. The name of the line would be 3:16 derived from the Bible verse, John 3:16.
Source: Gospel City Naija
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