We are few days away from a brand new year and the streets of Lagos hasn’t been less busy. Fear is gripping all music lovers as Marlian Fest 2019 draws close. The highly anticipated event is scheduled take hold on December 30, 2019, in Lagos at the Eko Convention center, Eko Hotel, Victoria Island.
Naira Marley has previously sold out the 4,921 capacity 02 Academy Brixton. According to radio on Naira personality, ShopsyDoo, the tickets for Naira Marley’s ‘Marlian Fes’t Concert was sold out in just three minutes. This is unbelievable!
The Nigerian controversial rapper went from being a sidelined rapper to the biggest commercial act in 2019. He embraced his fate, discovered his audience and sold his sound.
His FIFA World Cup theme song in support for the Nigerian super eagles featuring Lil Kesh and Olamide gave him the foundational fan base in his home country. The song ‘Issa Goal’ was big enough to land him an endorsement deal with CocaCola. He made a remix of the song featuring Falz, Olamide, Simi, Lil Kesh and Slimcase.
Following his cyber fraud allegations, Naira Marley made a hit song off his single ‘Am I A Yahoo Boy’ featuring Zlatan Ibile. Rather than curtailing his rapid growth in the industry, the EFCC propaganda widened his reach and produced an undying love from his fans who are popularly called ‘Marlians’.
This was it for Naira Marley. He made the headlines for days. He was never found missing on Nigerian twitter trends. That was epic! A star was born amidst controversies. Naira then launched a theme song for his fans titled ‘Opotoyi (Marlian)’. This was a released just when he was battling with the biggest challenge in his career. He was charged for cyber fraud.
This became the initiation song for his occultic group. Despite how irrelevant the federal government wanted to make him, Marlians stood by him. They canvassed for more members, won more soles and developed deeper affections for the rapper.
His 2019 single ‘Soapy’ was welcomed with a lot of controversies and criticisms. Naira Marley dropped ‘soapy’ to mock the friends he met in the prison and the high rate of masturbation in the prison. He was abused and condemned by popular dancer Kaffy for the rather humiliating dance step, ‘the soapy dance’.
Now, everyone wants to be identified as a marlian; Wizkid, Don Jazzy, OAPs, DJs, everyone. Is this a prove of how much love the world has developed for controversies? Or there is something occultic about being a marlian?
I totally believe I’ll be attacked for this piece, but just for once, why are you a marlian or better put, why do you want to be a marlian?
Article Written by Dat Kulgee