Introducing HOLY MAN
Nigerian Music has metamorphosed into an international type of music from the local recordings that greeted Nigerians at independence. One could count the number of musicians at that time without cracking one’s brain. There were very few live bands, as well as radio stations in the country.
These pioneer Nigerian Artists had simple, but conscious lyrics. The Nigerian musician threw conscious lyrics away in favour of fast selling lyrics usually in nature and glorifying sex, forgetting that music is a mission not a competition.
Da Holyman started his music in the early 90s in Jos city, Nigeria. He was a member of the popular group known as Men In Black (MIB) a group formed by Da Holyman and Late Rex Alberto Shibarbs who was one of the best radio presenters in Jos and Nigeria at that time. Da Holyman was Influenced by the king of Pop, Michael Jackson of blessed memory. He started music with the stage name “Voodoo man”, a man who had sold his soul to the devil. Living a bad life style and writing X-rated lyrics.
The name Da Holyman evolved after his personal encounter with Jesus Christ, after reading the Bible passage that says, “at the end of time all men shall bear the inscription Holy, Holy, Holy on their foreheads and chest”. Born August 19, 1975, hails from Gwer Local Government of Benue State Nigeria. The home state of one of Africa’s best music artistes 2 Face Idibia.
His real name is Terry Tyokura Gang, handles the acoustic guitar and keyboard. Calls his kind of music ZEBRA Music, meaning a style of music that is neither gospel nor circular, but in between. Just like the Zebra animal which is neither black nor white, but in between. He is blessed with a gift of writing deep and conscious lyrics with constant recourse to rhyming scheme. He raps with confidence and skills, recently people have likened him to Rugged Man, mode 9 and presently MI. From this moment onwards, Da Holyman is taking over the Nigerian music industry with his Holy lyrics. He has a slogan “Holy life” a concept he deduced from the late 2 Pac Shakur’s Thug Life Message.
Holyman attended Corona Private School Bukuru, after which he proceeded to Federal Government College Jos. Due to transfer, he moved to Greater Tomorrow Comprehensive Secondary School Benin, Edo State Nigeria. He returned to Jos to pursue a Diploma Programme in Tourism at the Plateau State Polytechnic Barking Ladi. His search for knowledge never stopped him from pursing his musical career as he was performing on campus and even performed at Miss Uni-Jos Beauty Pageant then alongside Rex Alberto Shibarbs of MIB. Not satisfied with the Diploma Qualification, he went to University of Abuja to study a course related to his ambition in life. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre Arts and is currently undertaking a second degree in Computer Science. He served in Ebonyi State during his National Youth Service Corpse Assignment. He was posted to Ebonyi State Arts Council, where he won the Second Best Choreographer prize at the orientation camp with the dance he directed and choreographed.
He also has an American award known as Konga Hidden Talents Awards, which he won in the year 2000. Holyman emerged the overall winner of the University of Abuja campus talent hunt show, with the song “One Man’s Food is Another Man’s Poison” in 1998/9 Da Holyman’s debut album is titled Happy Home. It is a 10 tracker album. The title Happy Home is used symbolically here. Home here refers to his beloved country Nigeria. Mama refers to Mother Nature. The album opens with the title track Happy Home, the second track, Lucky man. A question pops up as track three, Why Do You Judge Me? Wife Party, Dance for me and A One Party mix are the fourth, fifth, sixth track respectively.
A remix of Happy Home featuring Adu Deme is on the seventh track. Even people with clean lyrics have one special person in their life, that is why the pen ultimate track is titled Anything I Do, I Do For You. The final track on this album is titled One Man’s sounds is Another Man’s Noise. This album has a song for every class of music lover, a song for the young, old, good and bad people