How Cobhams Asuquo Went Against All Odds To Become One Of The Top Music Producers In Nigeria

Visually impaired songwriter, Cobhams Asuquo is an award winning producer and song writer working with and Producing several hit songs for top Nigerian Musicians.

Early Life And Background

Cobhams Emmanuel Asuquo attended Kings College in Lagos and also Pacelli school for the blind. He is a trained lawyer by profession, but later branched into music full-time to fulfill a lifelong desire. His style comprises a wide spectrum of genres based on his careful understudy of such classical, jazz and traditional music greats as Tchaikovsky, Dave Grusin and Haruna Isola respectively.

 

Career

Cobhams Asuquo likes to say that his music career started when as a child he used to puff his cheeks to play the 12-bar blues. Today, he is known for producing some of the finest artistes in Nigeria. Noteworthy among these artistes is the Nigerian soul-singing sensation, Asa, whose 2007 debut album became an international hit. In addition to producing the album, Cobhams wrote and co-wrote several of its hits songs. In 2005, Cobhams signed on to Sony ATV London as a songwriter. After working as Head of Audio Productions at a local label, Questionmark Entertainment, he set up his own recording facility in 2006. He is CEO/ Head of Productions of CAMP (Cobhams Asuquo Music Productions), an all-encompassing entertainment company that discovers, nurtures and exposes great talents. Cobhams has won multiple local and international awards for his creative and entrepreneurial contributions to the Nigerian music industry.

WIPO had the pleasure of hosting on July 13, 2009 a performance by Nigerian musician, songwriter and producer Cobhams Emmanuel Asuquo. He was recently featured on CNN’s African Voices for his contribution and impact on the African music industry. Rising alternative soul artiste, Bez is the first of three artistes signed by Cobhams to the C.A.M.P record label, and Bez’s debut album ‘Super Sun’ was highlighted on The Boston Globe’s top ten list of best ‘world music’ albums of 2011. He has won several awards in the music and film scene in Africa and beyond.

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Production Work

Cobhams shot to international acclaim with his musical production of the debut album by the Nigerian soul sensation Aṣa. He also wrote and co-wrote several songs on the award-winning album including the hit singles, “Fire on the Mountain”, and “Jailer”.

Cobhams has likewise produced numerous award-winning songs for Nigerian recording artistes such as Banky W and Omawumi.

He has arranged music, and performed with bands at international music events as The Harare International Festival of Arts, the AFA Sponsored French Cultural Center Concert with Asa and Angelique Kidjo; AFA Sponsored French Cultural Center Concert in Johannesburg, South Africa; Nigeria Week in Paris and the launch of MTV’s one hundredth channel (MTV Base Africa) at Abuja, Nigeria.

In the TV and film media, he has composed and arranged film scores to be interpreted for conservatoires as well as for film and stage performances such as “A Voice for Ella” by Uche Macaulay, Sunshine (Alpha Vision), “Bent Arrows” by Isang Awah and Communication For Change’s “Bayelsan Sillhouttes”.

In 2016, Cobhams started a digital radio countdown show Cobhams Top 12. The digital radio show counts down the hottest African/Nigerian songs that Cobhams thinks the Nigerian audience should be listening to. The show was originally called The Top 12 Countdown With Cobhams Asuquo.

Personal Life

The music maestro, Cobhams wed Ojuolape Veronica Olukanni on the 2nd of December 2010 at the Redeemed Christian Church of God – The King is Coming Parish at the Redemption Camp. The couple are blessed with a child.

Awards And Endorsements

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The Future Awards 2006 and 2009 (Producer of the Year).

Hip-hop World Awards 2007 and 2008 (Producer of the Year)

Nigeria Music Awards (NMA) 2007 Producer of the decade.

Nigerian Music Awards (NMA) 2008 for “Producer of the Decade”.

LEAP Africa Award 2007 for his “Creativity, Fortitude & Exemplary Leadership In the Music Industry’

The Partnership Awards 2008 for “supporting the Worship For Change Concert”.

One Gospel Awards 2008 for “Gospel Composer/ Writer of the Year”.

He won the 2014 The Headies Ordinary People Best Recording.

Cobhams And Wife

Cobhams And Son

 

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