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Fredrick Ian Oshodi

Fredrick Ian Oshodi

From Gospel Rap Pioneer to Multi-Talented Artist

1986

Background
30 March 1986

Background

Ian Jazzi, born Ian Frederick Oshodi on March 30, 1986, in Osu, Accra, Ghana, is a multi-talented artist who has made significant contributions to the music industry. With Ghanaian and Nigerian heritage, Ian Jazzi embraces his diverse cultural background and infuses it into his artistry.

2003

Pioneering Gospel Rap in Ghana
13 July 2003

Pioneering Gospel Rap in Ghana

Ian Jazzi made a significant impact on the Ghanaian music scene when he introduced a new wave of Gospel Rap. This genre fusion, combining elements of rap and gospel music, resonated with audiences and showcased his versatility as an artist. In 2003, his popular singles "Get Some" and "Get Your Clap On," both produced by Jayso, became defining tracks of this emerging genre.

2004

Contributions
13 July 2004

Contributions

Not only did Ian Jazzi pioneer Gospel Rap, but he also played a vital role in the development of GH Rap, a term used to describe hip-hop made in Ghana. By pushing boundaries and incorporating local influences, Jazzi contributed to the growth and recognition of Ghana's hip-hop culture.

2008

Acting Endeavors
13 July 2008

Acting Endeavors

Jazzi embraced acting opportunities, playing roles in television series such as "Desperation" and "Peep." These experiences allowed him to showcase his range as an actor and solidify his presence in the entertainment industry.

2008

Television host
05 December 2008

Television host

Television appearances became a significant part of Jazzi's artistic journey. In 2008, he hosted the NT1 poetry show on TV Africa, which showcased poets performing spoken word pieces. Jazzi also hosted the television show "Basket Ball TV" in 2010, covering an inter-community basketball competition held at Elwak Stadium.

2009

Entrepreneurial Ventures
13 July 2009

Entrepreneurial Ventures

Beyond his music career, Ian Jazzi has also made strides as an entrepreneur. In 2009, he founded The Unwind Agency, a model and advertising agency in Ghana. As the creative director of the agency, Jazzi has been involved in various projects, including collaborations with prominent companies such as TIGO, Ecobank, and Coca-Cola.

2010

Musical Achievements
13 July 2010

Musical Achievements

In 2010, Ian Jazzi released his debut mixtape album, "In Stereo Volume 1," which garnered positive reviews and further established his presence in the Ghanaian music scene. The album showcased Jazzi's talents as a producer, featuring collaborations with notable artists such as Raquel, Taurian Devueax, and Yolanda Chioma Richards-Albert.

2010

Second mixtape
05 December 2010

Second mixtape

Continuing his musical journey, Jazzi released his second mixtape, "Ian Jazzi on the Heartbeats & Other Freestyles," in October 2010. This project showcased his freestyling abilities over beats by renowned Ghanaian producer Jayso. Through his poetic and socially conscious style, Jazzi displayed his artistry's inspirational and spiritual elements.

2023

Discography and Projects
13 July 2023

Discography and Projects

Throughout his career, Ian Jazzi has released several projects, including the mixtapes "In Stereo Volume 1" (2010), "Heartbeats & Other Freestyles" (2010), and "In Stereo Volume 2 - Turn The Volume Up" (2013). These albums showcased Jazzi's growth as an artist and his ability to create captivating and diverse music.

Furthermore, Jazzi's contributions extend beyond music and acting. He has also been involved in various collaborations, modeling for multinational corporations like Coca-Cola and being the face of numerous advertising campaigns.

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