Popular Nigerian singer Davido starting his music career now in U.S.

Popular Nigerian singer Davido says he starting his music career now in U.S.

‘I’m starting my career all over again in the USA’ – singer says

David Adedeji Adeleke (born November 21, 1992) better known by his stage name Davido, is an American-born Nigerian recording artist, performer and record producer. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia. At a young age Davido relocated to Lagos. His 2011 single “Dami Duro” was well-received throughout Nigeria. Along with his elder brother Adewale Adeleke, Davido is the co-owner of HKN Music (a record label home to Sina Rambo, B. Red and DeeKay).


He has produced songs for Naeto C, Skales, Tiwa Savage and Sauce Kid. In April 2012, he signed an endorsement deal with MTN Nigeria. On October 23, 2013, Davido partnered with Guinness Nigeria for the “Guinness World of More” concert.

He is currently based in USA, where he is still an unknown artiste and intends to break into the music industry. Interviews and press rounds have become a humbling experience, as reporters seek to know his name, before hitting him with questions about his beginnings. He is not the swashbuckling darling of Africa anymore. This is a fresh new start in the country of his birth.

“It’s like I’m starting again. That’s how it feels, that’s what they keep telling me. They say: ‘Yo David, we understand that you have this and that, and you are big. But you gotta start again.’ When they are interviewing me, they aren’t saying ‘Yo Davido’, they are asking ‘What’s your name? Explain Afrobeats to me?’. So it’s like starting again, but it’s cool, I’m just 23 years.

Nigeria is blessed with a rich history of music stars who have had business with international recording companies. Signing an international deal hasn’t exactly been a tale of sunshine, rose petals, and everything nice. It has often resulted in the downfall, wane of influence, and stagnation of the artiste.

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