Emmizah whose real name is Emmanuel Francis emerged as the overall HOOD CHAMPION in the maiden edition of Ital Sounds Riddim Clash, repping your HOOD which was held on Sunday December 6, 2015 at the open arena of the ground floor of Silverbird Galleria situated on Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The second of five children whose nationality is Ghanaian, was born in Lagos State, Nigeria on December 23 in the mid-eighties. He decided to trade the part of reggae music because of its conscious vibes and his love in upholding the truth at all times.

In attendance was the ‘under pressure’ master himself – Ras Kimono, one among the reggae music pioneers of the late eighties and early nineties alongside her daughter – Oge Kimono who doubles as a dancehall and sing-jay artiste.

Other dancehall reggae artistes that added glamour to the event are AJ’s veteran – Daddy Fresh, AJ’s Beenie Man’s endorsed dancehall rude-bwoy (boy) – Maggi and the Akwa – Ibom State lyrical dynamite – Spydaman.

Kicking off the Ital Sounds Riddim Clash officially, host & convener, Covenant Child simplified the essence of this kind of music history-making event before the invited Special Guests, audience cum fun seekers and other reggae genre lovers present at the Silverbird Galleria.

Daddy Fresh and Spydaman also gave words of wisdom and encouragements to all the participating reggae dancehall rookies.

At the sound of lyrical clash bell, one after another, the reggae dancehall rookies burst the mic with their lyrical creativity on reggae dancehall tunes supplied by DJ Smokey who was totally in-charge and in control of the turntable.

The first round witnessed Emmizah against Jeff. Emmizah emerged, champion as MD Righteous, Jah Meek, Big Man and Nick Ben emerged champions respectively.

The second round was very challenging as hood reps, lyrically clashed themselves. Emmizah confidently secured his spot in the final as he knocked out MD Righteous while Nick Ben knocked out Big Man.

Jah Meek repping Festac who had NO contender had to clash with Nick Ben on the theme “Motherhood”. Nick Ben lyrical creativity out powered Jah Meek secures for himself a spot in the final with Emmizah repping AJ City.

Despite the additional ‘odd’ job – haircut, Emmizah does to survive, pay for his studio sessions and his un-inviting facial looks. His confident display of showmanship and ownership of the stage held the Special Guests Spellbound as the audience could not stop screaming on his lyrical and rhythmical creative punches on the four different reggae tunes DJ Smokey supplied him and Nick Ben.

Like the host & convener would always say – everything is everything.

We give thanks to Jah Almighty for a successful outing listeners of Ital Sounds who came out with their families to route for either AJ City or Festac totally enjoyed themselves. Prospective brands are now gearing up to partake in the second edition, which might be taking place in Festac come 2016.