No matter how dark,scary and dull the night is one thing is very sure. There must be sunshine at the end. 24 hours everyone on earth has at his disposal but you choose what to do with yours. The only difference between successful people and their other counterparts is that the former did what the latter failed to do. So it was with Panshak. Which Panshak? Rewind 6 years ago and this question will need plenty adjectives before anyone can be able to place the name on a face. Fact. Fast forward 6 years later and the rewind is the case as the name needs little or no contemplation. For those that may still need a little clarification as to who this Panshak is, I’m talking Panshak Henry Zamani( rings a bell now?).
Born on the 23rd day of October, 1986 in Minna the capital city of Niger state of Nigeria. His family moved to Jos, the capital city of Plateau state which is in fact his state of origin. Panshak attended two primary schools, the Police Children School Jos and the St Pirans Church School respectively. He, after completion of his elementary school attended 3 secondary schools which includes the Boys’ Secondary School, Gindiri, St Murumba college and Science Tutorial School Jos. His dad was a Police officer and yes he did police his family into doing the right thing at the right time. The sticky hands of death came calling and it took his dad away sometimes in 1999. It wasn’t easy coping but the virtue of peserverance and hard work that the father has instilled in his wife and kids kept the family going as the family did not give up hope and the mother went extra miles to train her 3 children. Easier said than done but it is also quite easy to say that the story of Panshak is one that should motivate the Nigerian youth never to give up hope in a better and brighter tomorrow.
Panshak got admitted into the University of Jos to study Zoology but he couldn’t pull that through for some “financial restraints… ” as he put it himself. He resorted to concentrating on his music and even though he started writing rap songs since 1999, he never recorded until 2002 when he was still a student and a member of a musical group called the “Ecomog squad”. ECOMOG we all know is an agent of the ECOWAS but why Panshak and friends used it, he himself doesn’t know but he admitted that it was “really cool” though.
Some years later, Panshak hooked up with Jesse Garba Abaga and his elder Brother Jude Abaga who just returned from the US. Together they formed what is known today as Loopy Records alongside other prominent artists such as Ruby, Eve, Lindsey and Taz. Things were flowing really well then they moved down to Lagos. There, they met Djinee, who as Panshak describe one of the greatest persons he’s met. Djinee sheltered them before they got their place in the economic and bubbling city of Lagos. Then Chocolate City came calling. First it was MI that got signed then Jesse Jags, who was “more ready than I was” as Panshak said, before I was signed. The climax of Panshak career came at this point. In 2009, Panshak won the Hennessy Artistry with his hit song “Bad Man”. He dropped many more songs but the most prominent came a few years later. This time it was with fellow former label mate, Brymo (Son of the carpenter) and together they pulled out one of the greatest songs of the last 20 years in Nigeria, “Oleku”. The song was so hot that it got almost all and sundry, young and old jamming to it all day and it was also named one of the most remixed Nigerian songs. After the success of that single, Panshak dropped his first studio Album Everybody Loves Ice Prince (ELI) asked why he named the album “ELI”, Panshak made it known that “in the course of making the album, he lost his mum to the cold hands of death and the love he received from people really got him positively and motivated him”. The album featured other songs like Super Star, Juju, That Ni**a, he featured top industry names like Wizkid, Tu Face, Morell, Brymo, Sean Tero, MI, Jesse Jags etc on the album. A few years later, Panshak showed no signs of pumping brakes as he released More and Aboki in 2012, which were produced by Grip Boys Music in-house producer, Chopstix and worthy of note is that Panshak won the coveted award of the BET best African act in 2013 beating off competition from other top African artist . Both songs made it to his sophomore album which was released in 2014 under the Chocolate city group after a few months he released VIP and Gimme dat, only the latter made it through to the album. The album was well appreciated and accepted as it featured stars like Wizkid, Olamide, Burna Boy, Yung L, MI, Jesse Jags, Ruby Gyang and even some foreign artists which includes Chipmunk, French Montana and Wale.
After that album came the moment when the criticisms came in and even hotter than even Panshak himself would have expected. He released songs like “That could be us” which was produced by Legendury Beatz and “In the Morning ft Terry G” produced by Drey Beatz. Fans and even neutrals wondered what kind of song the latter will be but truth is it wasn’t that bad. It is no news that our “rap prince” went missing and we’ve looked for him in the wrong places. He then replied critics with the “Trash Can EP” which featured songs like “Yawa go dey “, “One day”, ” Mutumina”. Fans really anticipated the release of that EP as many thought our real “Ice Prince” will do a comeback but well, a little disappointed faces had to go to bed yet he never fell off the surface of the industry . We still continued our search for him but while we were looking for him in the rap world he was dropping hits like “Boss”, “Excellency” which were pretty far from rap. These songs were pretty nice, the same critics who were not impressed reason being “ice prince sang them” danced tiredlessly to the rhythm of these songs.
With all the critics and long talks, ice prince had their ears and minds dancing to the rhythm of his new style of music. We fail to understand that Change has always been the constant thing in life. Yes, legacy counts but it’s in the human nature to be and remain successfull.
The journey has been quite smooth and though he has won quite a number of awards, his fans still loves him and are still optimistic that the “Oleku” crooner will and shall make them jam to his rap songs sooner than later.
Come 28th of October 2016, we will be hearing his third studio album “Jos to the world”. We hope it will be one of the greatest albums ever dished out to hungry fans in and around the country.
You can get the complete album from our site. Why not be the first to check it out once it drops?