In Nigeria today, if we’re talking about best artists and the most successful in Nigeria music industry, wizkid, Davido and Olamide will be in top five because of their hardworking to make Nigeria music industry a successful one in future. Let dig deep into their career one after the other.
Wizkid was born Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun on July 16, 1990, in Lagos, Nigeria. There has been a little controversy about his date of birth, some sources have claimed he was born on July 16, 1989.
He was born into a polygamous family – his father had three wives. His mother is a Christian and his father a Muslim. Wizkid who followed his mother to the church began singing in his local church at the tender age of 11 years. He was not only a good vocalist but also a lead singer.
Before his big break came in 2009, Wizkid released a couple of albums. As part of the church choir, he produced an album. He later went on to form a singing group with five of his church friends, the group was known as “Glorious Five”.
Before he finally settled for the stage name Wizkid, he performed using other names such as “Glorious Five”, as well as “Lil Prinz”. While using the name Lil Prinz, he was able to record an album with 7 tracks.
Wizkid’s big break in the music industry came in the year 2009. This is after successfully collaborating with renowned musician M.I. The two artists produced the award-winning track “Fast Money” which not only went ahead to receive many nominations and awards but also received a lot of airplay both in Nigeria as well as in many other African countries.
In 2010, he released Holla at Your Boy. The song earned him the Next Rated award at the 2011 Headies and he was nominated for Best Pop Single at the aforementioned awards show. The music video for the same song was nominated for Most Gifted Newcomer Video at the 2011 Channel O Music Video Awards. It was also nominated for Best Afro Pop Video at the 2011 Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA).
His music career has grown ever since and has had the privilege of working with famous artists both locally and international. Locally, he has worked with likes of 2Face Idibia, Naeto C, Sound Sultan, award-winning producer OJB, among others.
Internationally, he has worked with Drake, Chris Brown, Trey Songz, French Montana, Kranium, Ty Dolla $ign etc.
In 2016, Wizkid became Nigeria’s first artist to emerge on Billboard’s Twitter Last 24 hours chart following his guest feature on Drake’s afrobeat-infused One Dance single, which appeared at number 21. By May, the song had reached number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, a position it maintained for 10 non-consecutive weeks.
This didn’t stop there, the song went on to become an international hit, topping the charts in 15 different countries, including the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, France, and Germany.
Olamide Adedeji was born on the 15th of March, 1989 in Bariga, Lagos State Nigeria. He attended both primary and high schools in Lagos but for his tertiary education, Olamide attended Tai Solarin University of Education where he studied Mass Communicatiom.
Professional music for the talented Yoruba singer began in 2010 with the release of his first single; ‘Eni Duro’ Eni Duro was released under the Coded Tunes record label which Olamide was signed unto at the time. The song received wide critical acclaim and instantly shot Olamide to limelight.
In 2011, he released his first album titled ‘Rapsodi’ in which he featured several top Nigerian artistses like ID Cabasa, Wizkid, Dbanj, Reminisce and 9ice. It’s needless to say that the album was a huge success.
Olamide didn’t rest on his oars after the success of his first album, in 2012; he went on to release another album titled YBNL. The album had several hit singles like ‘First of All’, ‘Voice of the street’, ‘Ilefo Iluminati’ ‘Stupid love’ ‘Durosoke’ and ‘Owotabua’. Once again, the album which featured several major Nigerian artistes like Tiwa Savage, Dammy Krane, Kayswitch, Samklef, Davido and a couple of up and coming artistes, was well received.
Another album titled “Baddest Guy Ever Liveth’ was released in 2013 which featured hit singles like ‘Anifowose’ ‘Story for the Gods’ and ‘Yemi my Lover’ and in 2014, he released his latest album, Street OT, in which he featured Don Jazzy for ‘Skelemba’ and Viktoh for ‘Up in the Club.
One attribute that has helped Olamide stay afloat in his musical career is his ability to stay away from scandals and his strong work ethic. This is evident in the number of albums he has been able to release within a short time of launching his musical career.
Olamide has been nominated for several national and international awards, some of which include Artiste of the Year, Best Rap Album, Album of the Year, Best Rap Single, 2014 Channel O Music Video Awards ‘Most Gifted West’, 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards “Best Rap Act of the Year”, MTV Africa Music Awards 2014 “Best Hip Hop” and “Male Musician of the Year”, City People Entertainment Awards “Most Popular Song of the Year” “Rap Album of the Year” and “World’s Best Male Artiste”, World’s Music Awards “World’s Best Live Act” ,“World’s Best Entertainment of the Year” and “Video of the Year”, Nigeria Music Video Awards “Best Afro Hip Hop Video”, “Song of the Year”, “Best Street Hip Hop Artiste, “Best Rap Single”, The Headies 2013 “Artiste of the Year”, “Lyricist on the Roll”, “Best Rap Album”, “Album of the Year”, Best Album of the Year”, “Best Rap Act of the Year” and “Music Video of the Year”. Olamide won several of the award nominations.
Apart from being a good musician and rapper, Olamide is also a father. He fathered a son with his long time girlfriend Adebunkunmi Aisha Suleiman. The christening ceremony had many high profile Nigerians and Celebrities in attendance, including the immediate past Governor of Lagos state, Babatunde Raji Fashola.
21 November 1992 (age 25)
Davido (born David Adeleke) is a performing and recording artiste and also a music producer. Davido was born in Atlanta GA, USA on November 21st to Mr And Mrs Adeleke and attended The British International School, Lagos.
Travelling between the USA, the UK and Nigeria, Davido has experienced different cultures but still stays true to his roots and this is evident in his music and the people he considers his biggest influences musically, which include Don Jazzy, 2 Face idibia, Sound Sultan and Wande Coal. Though Davido started music professionally a year ago, he has been performing and making music since the age of 11.
Now 18, he has set up a record label called HKN Music, jointly ownedby Davido and Ade, his older brother. The saying “If you want something done, do it yourself” is what led the brothers start the label as Davido believes that as a producer and recording artiste, he would be in the best position to create music that suits his style. When asked to choose an ideal producer to work with, he responded “…myself, because I knowwhat I want exactly!” He is however quick to mention that he would definitely be excited to work with Sarz, Jaysleek and/or Don Jazzy.
In a short space of time, Davido has developed a huge fan base (14 to 28 year olds) in Nigeria, the US and the UK and the young fresh talent’s first single “Back When” featuring Naeto C, is enjoying massive media attention and airplay online, on radio and TV. In his own words, his greatest reward so far is “having my family and friends support my dream. I can’t ask God for more”.
Within no time Davido took us by storm when he released Dami Duro , which has been said to be one of Nigerians top hits ever made. Without a doubt, Dami Duro has become a leading club song as well as one of radios most played.
Without wasting much time, Davido and his management team, in collaboration with Clarence Peters, put together a first-class, never seen before type video, to back up the banger, Dami Duro. Not only did this video create major buzz around websites, TV stations and youtube, but was also said to be one of the best videos out of Nigeria.
Without saying much, it is evident that Davido is one to watch out for in 2012! He is evidently here to stay, and deliver.
Davido had a very eventful Christmas (2011) season performing all over Nigeria. He had amazing performances at shows like the Kokoconcert, Rhythm Unplugged, Echo 2011, Access Bank End of year Party and the Sahara End of year concert.
The Artiste Davido admits that his love for entertaining people comes from his late mother who passed away in 2003. Losing his mother has been the most traumatic experience Davido has had to suffer but it has also been his inspiration as he states “…she’s the reason I do what I do…. she loved to entertain and I plan on carrying that legacy…”
With collaborations with artistes likeNaeto C, Shank, Lynxxx and popular UK artiste, Dotstar, Davido is set to prove to the music industry that he has what it takes to succeed.
He has also shared stages with people like T-Pain, Fabulous, Keith Sweat, Cabo Snoop, D’Banj, Naeto C and more.
The Producer As a versatile artiste, Davido is able to adapt to any beat produced by other producers. However, this is a craft he has succeeded in mastering and with help from his brother Ade, HKN Studios would be a force to reckon with in the Nigerian Music scene.
Often asked where his inspiration as a producer comes from, David explains “… I like it when people are happy and when they can dance to my music! My mom liked to dance to music and I am inspired when I think of the kind of beats that would make her dance”
His debut single “Back When” featuring Naeto C is a testament to Davido’s ability and skill as a producer. He has also produced music for … Naeto C, Skales, Tiwa Savage and Sauce Kid.
So, the next time you are dancing to a well made beat, pay attention because you might just hear “on the beat its Davido”… A signature that will be heard on chart-topping songs for a very long time!
The Student Often considered playful and fun loving, Davido has shown that he is a focused individual and not allowing his music career get in the way of his education. Davido is currently studying Business Administrations in Babcock University and he is applying things he learns in school into running the business of his music career.
Ensuring that a proper system and business tools are in place for his music career, Davido hasnot only built a recording studio for the HKN Records, he has also assembled a management and PR team to help him run his affairs while he focuses on his education. Music doesn’t take a back seat though… Davido runs on a very tight schedule to ensure that neither his music nor education suffers!
The Brand Good talent is hard to go unnoticed. However, more profitable than good talent is a good brand. The Davido brand is increasing growing and commanding attention. The good quality of the debut single “Back When” featuring Naeto C, produced by Davido, is complimented by the quality of the video shot by Award Winning Video Director, Clarence Peters.
The “Back When” video has over 100,000 views on youtube and has had massive airplay on MTV, SoundCity, 1 Music Channel and all Terrestrial TV stations.
Davido is probably one of the busiest of the new artistes in Nigeria as he has performed in some of the biggest shows this year. These shows include The Music Meets Runway Show PSquare Invasion Concert
“This is Lynxxx” Campus Tour
Vivendi Fashion Show
Clan by Deola Sagoe
Loud on Sound Concert
Koko Concert London
Elite Model Look 2011 and many others
Access Bank End of year Party
The Sahara End of year concert.
With offers already coming his way for more appearances and performances, Davido’s fan base is set to go “off the roof”. Without a doubt, Davido will be vital to selling a few brands in the country.
As an artiste and a producer, Davido is focused on ensuring consistency in the quality of music he gives his fans that are increasing by the minute. Davido’s brand management team is looking forward to developing concepts and working with brands to establish mutually beneficial relationships.
Davido is managed by 21 year-old Asa Asika, who has worked with artists such as Sasha, Naeto C, YQ, GT The Guitarman, Ikechukwu, Pype and many more.
Davido has been recording with artistes like Dotstar, Lynxxx, Sauce Kid, DJ Skales, Tiwa Savage, Mo’Cheddah, DJ Neptune, FlxeFit, Wizkid, Shank, and much more in preparation for his debut album, which is currently untitled. With the debut single entering countdown charts across the country, Davido is almost always set to release a follow up single to ensure that his fans always have something new to enjoy.
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