Davido: Celebrating Black Excellence In AfroPop Music

by Duke Magazine

Music arts in Africa can not be celebrated without doffing cap of respect for to a melody sensation who has made music a wholesome staple to exhilarate Africans and the world at large. Unarguably, he is one of the most influential artists in Africa.

David Adedeji Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, is a Nigerian superstar in music. Born in 1992, Davido has avidly been passionate about growing a career in music. Coalescing his burning passion with innate exuberance in music, he had a meteoric rise to fame following the crooning of his hit single “Dami Duro” from his debut studio album Omo Baba Olowo. The music was a banger such that he won the Next Rated Award at The Headies in 2012. 

Sprawling to be become a beckon force in Nigerian music industry, Davido did release club-worthy steam of songs that in no time became an household name in Nigeria, with a steady transcend to other African countries.

In 2016, Davido founded his own record label, Davido Music Worldwide (DMW) while being signed to Sony’s RCA Records. It was from his contract with the recording giant that he released his super-hit singles “If” and “Fall”. “If” music is won him Best African Act at the 2017 MOBO Awards and Best Pop Single and Song of the Year at The Headies 2018. With his singles garnering recognitions, “Fall” wasn’t an exception, as the music video surpassed 100 million views, becoming the most-viewed video by a Nigerian artist on YouTube.

Being atop his flow of musical disposition, the afropop singer released his second studio album (A Good Time) and the third studio album (A Better Time) in 2019 and 2020 respectively. As an African revered musician, Davido has had both local and international collaborations with different music stars. 

Toppling most of musical criticism, Davido’s music has always find its way through to the bosom of his fans with unique beats and electrifying ensemble of music. Fondly called OBO, acronym for Omo Baba Olowo, great vibes from Davido have include, “Fia,” “Assurance,” “Blow Mind,” “Risky,” and “FEM.” With slew of tours and shows across the globe, the FEM crooner has accrued so much laurels to his name, in Nigeria, Africa, and global stages.

In the bid to broaden his horizon of music, his third studio album, A Better Time, saw the 29-year-old pop star featuring music maestros, like Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Nas, Young Thug, and Lil Baby.

In 2021, Davido was named among the Forbes Africa 100 Innovations, Inventions, and Icons list.

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