You may be forgiven if at first take, you conclude that his name is an alias. Well, not many will believe that Peree Blue Carter is his real name. Something about it reminds one of Jay-Z and Beyonce’s daughter, Blue Ivy, doesn’t it? So much for guesses and reminders. Carter is actually a bonafide Nigerian of Ijaw ancestry and he is trying to find his feet in the slippery terrain of Nigerian music.
His music, as exemplified in his debut album, “My Colours” is a fusion of Nigerian hip hop with a combination of highlife and rock. True, his voice sounds a bit rockish and from interaction at his live shows, he comes across as a rock artiste, but on his promo CD, there is no rock track. However, his passion for rock will be given ample space in the full album scheduled for release before the end of the year.
For the promo CD, he opted for a couple of ‘easy-to-listen’ songs from his collection. This compilation features Storm Rex, an Enugu based musician and Emma Hays who, like him, is based in Warri. He acknowledged his musical influences as coming from Asa, Majek Fashek, Mike Okri and Tuface; eventhough he is always trying to improve on himself.
Carter started music in the early 90s in the church choir known as Kingdom Mission. He later moved to a band called the Squadron Band formed by Mr. Ron Summers, from Scotland who resided in Nigeria then. He formed his own five-man band, The Nightingales, in Port Harcourt in 1998. Most weekends, he can be found performing live at the Maxin Lotus Hotel in Warri
The promo CD features tracks like “I Do”, “Dance Tonight”, “Otori”, “To Be With You and “Jealous Guy”. Already, the video of “I Do” which was shot in Warri is getting deserved attention on television.