Rap Radio Africa is an internet radio station promulgating all elements of the Hiphop Kulture with a focus on Africa, with 90% of our content coming from within and 10% from Europe, Asia & North America. Our shows include live/recorded, brand new music, old school favourites, talk; history, podcasting, video blogging, concerts and festivals.
Rap Radio (as it was initially called) was founded by Ikenna "Bionic" Mbah (formerly known as "Czar") in November, 2003.
What started out as a Hiphop radio show on Coal City FM 92.8 where we had a vision to play dope rap tracks as options for "fans of Hiphop" is fast dwindling. After having “Rap Radio” on air for four years, he got a vision to expand. Now, here we are.
Rap Radio Africa intend to "infotain" (inform & entertain) a world as well as unite us with keen oneness to understanding each others rap tastes being that we are a diverse continent with people of "Kulture" scattered all over the universe, specially also introducing "the most intelligent genre" to new potential listeners from across other races and gender bringing hearts, minds and ears to our own “kulture” in the Motherland.
Bionic, an artiste, established OAP (Radio Personality), Copywriter, Marketing Executive and Producer has been busy helping dope, new, independent, underground artists realize, recognize and achieve their dreams for years since inception and still going strong. He began writing rhymes in secondary school (high school), Kaduna (Northern Nigeria) in 1989 after when he got introduced to the dynamic duo of Ed Lover & Dr. Dre (not "The Chronic") a year before, in his first year. He continued to hone his now budding skills when his mother who was serving in the Nigerian Army got transferred out & moved to the East (Owerri, Nigeria) where he linked up with friend and rhymer Steve Anasoh (popularly called Tipsy Dogg). In 1994, his family once again moved to Enugu where he met up with a gang of four brothers (siblings; Mr. Kyddz, Da Bliqstarr, SmoothB & Li'l DefC) and they became legendary 5-man posse "Definition of Hiphop" (D.O.H.) dropping Hiphop tracks and toured the whole East coast from university campuses; University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), Institute of Management & Technology (IMT), Enugu State University of Technology (ESUT), the Polytechnic Nekede, Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO), to name a few. In 1996, he and Da Bliqstarr branched off and became "The Bomb Squad" (later joined by singer Hottdogg) and kept crushing shows. In 1998, he opened for The Plantashun Boiz at the biggest concert in Nigeria at the time, The Rothmans Groove. In 2000, he and crew (The Real McCoy & one other artiste) won the Benson & Hedges Grab-The-Mic competition and went on represent the Coal City (Enugu) at the Zonals in Port Harcourt & qualified for the Finals in Ibadan where they came in 2nd runners-up. By this time, he had signed a record deal (with fellow label mates songstress Waje, The Real McCoy & lyricist Chivagu where he also served as the label's A&R), he birth the idea of the P-Square response song (and co-wrote it) titled "Bobo Mi" (recorded/performed by Waje & produced by J.Martins) and dropped the acclaimed "Chelu" featuring Clef Knight which took the city & the eastern region by storm. He initiated the idea for he and labelmates to record "The Domesters" collective effort with gems like the Osibisa-sampled "Welcome Home" & the fist single "Set It Off" which actually set things off for the label as a whole. After much ado & 10 years later, the record deal fell through. Bionic moved to Lagos - the music/entertainment industry capital of Nigeria. Fast forward to 2010, he dropped his purist/underground critically-acclaimed "Breaking The Silence" (features artistes & production by Jeremiah Gyang, Waje, Phyno, Overdose & J. Martins etc).
Bionic has over 20 years of experience in various aspects of the music industry including; writing, performing, DJing, recording, marketing, production, artiste management, show promotion and 6 years stint working in the advertising industry.
Together, he (and Artiste/Hiphop enthusiast; Mr. Smith Ukpong Smith) are looking to actualize a vision beyond comprehension which is why Rap Radio Africa is set to do one thing; serve.