Award-winning Mavin act, Ayoleyi Hanniel Solomon better known as Reekado Banks, was born in 1993 in Lagos, Nigeria. The gifted singer and songwriter grew up listening to different genres of music and fell in love with the sweet melodies of Rhythm & Blues.
At 15, Reekado started writing songs as a simple hobby. His older brother, Temi, an aspiring A&R/Artist Manager discovered his book of lyrics and began to guide young Reekado on how to make and record music. Soon after, he decided to do music professionally, and got the support of family and friends, which further propelled him to go ahead with music.
In 2013, Temi submitted some of the songs Reekado Banks had recorded to one of Africa’s most celebrated record labels, Mavin Records in an online talent search. His distinct voice and knack for creating unique and catchy melodies and lyrics; caught the attention of music guru and label boss, Don Jazzy. Out of over 5,000 entries, Reekado Banks was selected and signed to the prestigious Mavin Records.
His first singles under the Mavin Records imprint, “Turn It Up ft Tiwa Savage” and “Chop Am” received and are still enjoying rave reviews with fans and the media all around Africa. His verses and hooks on Mavin hits, Dorobucci, Adaobi and Looku Looku are also very worthy of note.
On February 14th 2015, his 3rd single, “Katapot” was released online and immediately created a new trend for lovers all over. The song is receiving impressive reviews as it makes its way to the top of charts all over Africa, reaching the 5th position on the iTunes Top Songs Chart in its first week.
Having churned out several hit singles, it was only natural for his fans across Nigeria and beyond, who he usually referred to as Reekaddicts to yearn for his debut album. And bearing this in mind, Reeky Tom Tom as he’s fondly called, released his first body of work titled ‘Spotlight’on August 31 2016.
The 21-track album, which features collaborations with stars like D’Prince, Sarkodie, Falz The Bahd Guy, Vanessa Mdee and Patoranking, has attracted rave reviews since it was released. Produced entirely in-house, by Don Jazzy, Babyfresh and Altims, Spotlight attained an amazing feat by topping iTunes Chart less than 24 hours after its release. Also, the album according to research, is currently one of the highest selling in the World Album category.
Reekado Banks has performed at countless sold-out shows in and outside the country and his unique singing talent has won him several awards which include Rookie of the Year at The Headies 2014, Next Rated award at The Headies 2015, Most Promising Act of The Year award at the City People Entertainment Awards 2015 among others.
A graduate of History and Strategic Studies from the prestigious University of Lagos (UNILAG), Reekado Banks is gradually becoming a social trendsetter among his peers with his frequent gimmicks on platforms such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.