As Michael Jackson was off the wall and rocking the charts with hit after hit from ’79 to the early eighties, a young Nigerian by the name of Kunle Falola aka Dizzy K Falola put Nigeria on the map by rocking our Naija world.
Dizzy K whose parents died when he was young, was a huge pop star who released about 5 or 6 albums between 1982 & 1989 and whose earlier work was definitely influenced by MJ. He had the title Falsetto King (Wande Coal is challenging for it now). He was signed to EMI Music and worked most of the time with the Na Who Do The Beat of the 80s –Producer Tony Okoroji (Dude was the ish!).
His biggest hit was the 1983 “Baby Kilode” off the “Be My Friend” album. The track was a heavy disco cut that still had traces of African sounds infused into it; even till today track still gets me to the dance floor. Baby Kilode means Baby, what is wrong and often reminded me of New Edition’s “Mr Telephone Man”. (My brother Lola had a tape back then dat had each song following each other ..happy memories)
He decided to cut secular music in 1989 and relocated to the UK where he’s a Born-again Christian and has released about 5 gospel albums – “My Joy”, “Power in the Blood”, “The Healing Songs”, “I’m Blessed”, and “Marvellous”
Now married with four children, Kunle Falola continues to reside in London, and runs a studio & label – Dizzy K and a centre called the Dizzy K Gospel Music Ministries and Centre that publicises youth problems.
He has a daughter who must have inherited his singing genes – Dami Kay. She’s a gospel singer on her dad’s label and recently released her album called “Young Child”. Buy here