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We work with some of the most talented artists out of Africa.

NONSO AMADI

Nonso Amadi is a Canada-based Afro-fusion/R&B singer and producer from Nigeria. He grew up in Lagos, Nigeria, during a musical era where R&B reigned, with artists such as Paul Play, Plantashun Boiz, Soul E, and Banky W being the top musicians. He began his music career in 2012 while attending Covenant University where he received a BSc. in Chemical Engineering. In 2014, he ended his studies in Nigeria and moved to the UK and completed his degree at Swansea University. He now holds a Master’s degree from McMaster’s University in Canada.

In September of 2015, he released his first body of work titled “Alone EP” and just a few months after he put out a single known as “Tonight”, his most successful piece of work to date. Nonso is a self-taught producer and writer who’s transparency makes it clear that he draws his artistic inspiration from genuine moments of extreme emotion such as heart break and pleasure. He currently has no strong public affiliation with any other artist and maintains a mystical impression to his persona which allows people to focus on the music.

Nonso Amadi cites Jon Bellion as a major musical influence. He is also inspired by the likes of Drake, Shakka, Justin Bieber and Bryson Tiller; as well as Nigerian artists like Wizkid, Wande Coal, Maleek Berry and Fela. Nonso believes that African music is a global sound and wants to use his ability to both write and produce as a way to help shape the culture and show it’s versatility.

UZUAZO

 

Up until February 15th, 2019, UZUAZO's Spotify catalogue was limited to just two singles. Now the Montreal-based artist is feeding fans with nine new tracks in the form of a fairytale-inspired project called King of Distractions. 

Pulling from themes out of the classic children's tale, The Princess and the Pea, UZUAZO delivers a focused tape full of introspective bangers and dizzying flows. Fully produced, recorded, and written by the 22-year-old talent the full-length comes packed with standout features from Chicago lyricist Mick Jenkins and SUPER FREDDY.

Speaking to Complex CA via email, UZUAZO spoke candidly about the meaning behind his new effort. "King of Distractions is a personal contemplation about using distractions as a coping mechanism for underlying problems and eventually striving to face the roots of these problems instead of relying on distractions."

As far as the recording process goes, UZUAZO surprisingly revealed that it came together all fairly recently. "The bulk of the album was done in the fourth quarter of 2018 and early 2019. When I figured out the album concept, I just started making beats, writing and building the idea song by song until it felt complete. It’s a special project to me because of its creation process and the experiences it captures. It’s also probably the most personal music I've released.”

Source: Complex CA

KOBI JONZ

Kobi Jonz is a musical artist from Delta State, Nigeria. As a teenager, Kobi was involved in all manner of the arts, writing poetry and performing dance in high school. 

He began making music in 2009 as a student at Covenant University, where he would release tracks on streaming site Hulkshare. Just before graduating in 2013, he began to gain recognition and released his first music video, “Takeover”, which was played on SoundcityTV in Nigeria.

After graduating from Covenant with a Bachelor’s in Policy and International Strategy Studies, Kobi began his year of national public service in Ebonyi State and was discovered by Martial Records. With Martial, Kobi won a Lagos audition that led to the release of his first record, "Paddle", featuring Nigerian artist Falz in 2017. “Paddle” was a turning point in Kobi’s career, and after leaving Martial Records and moving to the United States, Kobi began making music using his own independent label, WeWoke Music Group. Under WeWoke, Kobi released Xylem, his first EP, which amassed over 1.5 million streams over the course of 2018, and later the single “O Gbono”.

Kobi Jonz primarily sings in English, Pidgin, and Yoruba with occasional lyrics in Igbo and French. He cites Fela KutiBob Marley & The Wailers, and Burna Boy as musical influences, and is also inspired by JAY ZKanye West, and Sade Adu.

Kobi describes his mission as an artist as encouraging positivity and action in young people, hence the motto, “Wake Them Up”.

~ Selam Gano

DICE AILES

Shasha Damilola Alesh better known by his stage name Dice Ailes, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and rapper. 

In July 2014, he signed a record deal with Chocolate City.He was nominated for Rookie of the Year at The Headies 2016.In 2016, TooXclusive ranked his breakthrough single "Miracle" third on its list of the "Top 10 Songs for the month of October". In 2017, tooXclusive named him as "one of the sixteen artists you need to know.

He schooled in Nigeria and Ghana then relocated to Canada where he studied at York University and also started his musical career before relocating back to Nigeria after his record deal with Chocolate City in 2014.

He achieved recognition in 2016 for his CKay-produced single "Miracle" featuring Lil Kesh.

On 21 December 2016, Dice Ailes shared stage with likes of WSTRN, Krept and Konan, Migos alongside Lil Kesh at the "Beat FM Xmas concert" 2016 in Lagos.

In an interview with Tush Magazine, Dice Ailes describes his style of music as "Afro-pop RnB".[11] In his words: I’m a pretty versatile artist. I don’t have a specific genre. I started off rapping, then as I grew up it sort of just graduated to a lot of different stuff. So right now, I just do Afro-pop, RnB; you know what I’m saying, I just mix everything up.

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