Home » Biography

Davido: Biography

Davido

On November 21, 1992, David Adedeji Adeleke (OON), better known by his stage name Davido, was born. He is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and record producer who was born in America. Davido began his musical career as a member of the group KB International. He was reared in Lagos and was born in Atlanta, Georgia, in the United States. After leaving Oakwood University, where he was a business administration student, he began producing beats and recording vocal allusions.

Following the release of “Dami Duro,” the second single off his 2012 debut studio album Omo Baba Olowo, which yielded six more songs (including “Back When,” “Ekuro,” “Overseas,” “All of You,” “Gbon Gbon,” and “Feel Alright”), Davido rose to fame. Davido took home the Next Rated trophy from The Headies in 2012. From 2013 to 2015, he put out the successful singles “Gobe,” “One of a Kind”, “Skelewu”, “Aye”, “Tchelete (Goodlife)”, “Naughty”, “Owo Ni Koko”, “The Sound” and “The Money”.

In January 2016, Davido took to Twitter to announce that he had secured a record deal with Sony Music. A few months later, he established Davido Music Worldwide (DMW), signing artists like Peruzzi, Yonda, Mayorkun, and Dremo.

Davido inked a record contract with Sony’s RCA Records in July 2016. In October 2016, he released the five-track EP Son of Mercy, which was backed by the hits “Coolest Kid in Africa,” “How Long,” and “Gbagbe Oshi.” Among his five single releases in 2017 were “If” and “Fall.” While “Fall” became the longest-charting Nigerian pop song in Billboard history, “If” created a global buzz on social media. In November 2019, Davido’s second studio album, A Good Time, was made available. It had the previously released singles as support, “If“, “Fall“, “Assurance“, “Blow My Mind” and “Risky“.

In January 2016, Davido took to Twitter to announce that he had secured a record deal with Sony Music. A few months later, he established Davido Music Worldwide (DMW), signing artists like Peruzzi, Yonda, Mayorkun, and Dremo.

Davido inked a record contract with Sony’s RCA Records in July 2016. In October 2016, he released the five-track EP Son of Mercy, which was backed by the hits “Coolest Kid in Africa,” “How Long,” and “Gbagbe Oshi.” Among his five single releases in 2017 were “If” and “Fall.” While “Fall” became the longest-charting Nigerian pop song in Billboard history, “If” created a global buzz on social media. In November 2019, Davido’s second studio album, A Good Time, was made available. It had the previously released singles as support.

Early Life & Music Career

On November 21, 1992, David Adedeji Adeleke was born in Atlanta, Georgia. His mother Vero Adeleke taught at Babcock University, while his father Adedeji Adeleke is a business mogul. Davido is the second-born son of his father and the youngest of five siblings. After attending the British International School in Lagos, he relocated to Alabama, United States, at the age of sixteen to enroll in Oakwood University’s business administration program. While working at Oakwood, he purchased musical instruments and began producing beats. In addition, he performed with his cousins B-Red and Shina Rambo as part of the group KB International.

Davido left Oakwood University to focus entirely on his music career. He moved to London and began honing his vocals. In 2011, he went back to Nigeria, put an end to his musical career, and decided to enroll at Babcock University in memory of his father. His father had paid Babcock to open a music department for a single class of students, and he had graduated with a degree in music in July 2015.

Davido left Oakwood University to focus entirely on his music career. He moved to London and began honing his vocals. In 2011, he went back to Nigeria, put an end to his musical career, and decided to enroll at Babcock University in memory of his father. His father had paid Babcock to open a music department for a single class of students, and he had graduated with a degree in music in July 2015.

2011–2012: Omo Baba Olowo 

In 2011, Davido began recording his first studio album, Omo Baba Olowo. Hip hop and Afrobeats are combined to create the album’s sound. To produce the album, Davido collaborated with Jay Sleek, Maleek Berry, GospelOnDeBeatz, Spellz, Dokta Frabz, Mr. Chidoo, Theory Soundz, and Shizzi. Ice Prince, 2 Face Idibia, B-Red, Kayswitch, Sina Rambo, Naeto C, and Kayswitch are among the guests on Omo Baba Olowo. Music critics gave it mostly bad reviews, criticizing Davido’s songwriting and the lyrical themes. The Headies 2013 album was nominated for Album of the Year and won Best R&B/Pop Album. Additionally, it received a nomination for the 2013 Nigeria Entertainment Awards’ Best Album of the Year.

On May 7, 2011, he released the lead song from the album, “Back When,” alongside Naeto C. Davido produced it, and it was played on the radio a lot. Davido revealed to Factory 78 television that he recorded “Back When” in London. On May 9, 2011, the music video for “Back When,” directed by Clarence Peters, was posted to YouTube. Davido and Shizzi co-produced the album’s second single, “Dami Duro,” which was made available on October 30, 2011. Davido stated he recorded the song in August of that year in an interview that was published on the NotJustOk website. Three months after he emailed the song to a few acquaintances, it was leaked. On January 8, 2012, the corresponding music video for “Dami Duro” was released in conjunction with the Occupy Nigeria movement.

See also  Davido Reacts After Burna Boy Refers to Him as A Joke for Losing His Three Grammy Nominations

On January 25, 2012, the third single off the album, “Ekuro,” was made available. Antwan Smith recorded and directed the music video for it in Miami. A poignant version of the song was released by Nigerian artist Aramide. “Overseas,” the fourth single from the album, was made available on May 6, 2012. However, before the song’s official release, an unfinished version was leaked. On September 28, 2012, the GospelOnDeBeatz-produced song “All of You” was made available as the album’s fifth single. Davido told Factory 78 TV that he met GospelOnDeBeatz at a mall and the two collaborated on the song.

2013 – 2016, The Baddest And Son Of Mercy

On February 25, 2013, Davido released the Shizzi-produced single “Gobe,” which peaked at number two on Premium Times’ list of the year’s top songs. Godfather Productions recorded the “Gobe” music video in South Africa. “One of a Kind,” which was also produced by Shizzi, would be released on May 13, 2013, as Davido revealed on Twitter. Tebza of Godfather Productions recorded and directed the “One of a Kind” music video in South Africa. It shows a unified Africa with a vibrant musical culture.

He made “Skelewu” available on August 13, 2013. On Premium Times’ choice of the top 10 songs of 2013, it came in at number five. On August 18, 2013, Davido used a dance tutorial directed by Jassy Generation to promote “Skelewu” on YouTube. Alongside the video’s premiere, a “Skelewu” dancing competition was announced.

Two music videos were released in favor of “Skelewu.” On October 15, 2013, the first music video, which was directed by Sesan, was made available. With the help of a spoof account, it was uploaded to YouTube. Davido declared shortly after the video’s release that “someone betrayed him” and that he would work with UK-based music video director Moe Musa to create another video. Davido was happy with Sesan’s efforts to the song video, according to a statement his team posted. Sesan also stated that Davido and his management would be immature if they made false claims to damage his reputation. October 2013 saw the release of the official music video for “Skelewu,” which was recorded and directed by Moe Musa in London.

On February 1, 2014, Davido released the single “Aye,” which was produced by T-Spize. Clarence Peters directed the music video, which debuted on February 7, 2014. Davido portrays a lowly farmer in the video who falls in love with the prince’s fiance. On April 30, 2014, Davido and the South African duo Mafikizolo released their joint track, “Tchelete (Goodlife).” The Play and Callertunez platforms on MTN distributed it, which was produced by Oskido and Shizzi. Davido met Mafikizolo during MTN Nigeria’s Elite Night event in December 2013 before recording “Tchelete (Goodlife)”. Twenty Twenty Media recorded and directed the music video for “Tchelete (Goodlife)”. In the video, Oskido and Uhuru made brief appearances.

In order to encourage Africans to participate in community-based social investment initiatives, DStv used the song “Africa Rising,” which Davido co-wrote with Mi Casa, Lola Rae, Sarkodie, Diamond Platnumz, and Tiwa Savage in June 2014. Callback Dreams, a South African production firm, recorded and directed the music video that goes with the song “Africa Rising.” At the Africa Rising launch ceremony in Mauritius, the musicians gave a performance of the song. Davido’s trap single “Fans Mi,” featuring Meek Mill, was released in June 2015. Before the video was released, he teased viewers with the audio and behind-the-scenes photos.

The Baddest, Davido’s 20-track album, was originally supposed to be released in June 2015, however it was moved to October 10 of the same year. The album was delayed by two days before this date due to a company that hasn’t been named wanting to distribute it.Earlier in the year, Davido had made the tracklist and cover art for the album available. Production credits for The Baddest were supposed to go to Don Jazzy, Puffy Tee, J Fem, Del B, Spellz, Uhuru, Kiddominant, and Young John. Additionally, P-Square, Don Jazzy, Runtown, Uhuru, DJ Buckz, Akon, Meek Mill, Wale, and Trey Songz were scheduled to appear as special guests. Reactions to Davido’s January 2016 Twitter announcement that he had signed a record deal with Sony Music were not entirely positive.

To confirm the contract, the record label released a press release. Davido’s record contract with Sony permits him to keep the rights to his performances and music in exchange for the publication of two albums.

See also  AHMED XM YUSUF: AGE, HEIGHT, GIRLFRIEND, PARENTS, NATIONALITY, NET WORTH, BIOGRAPHY, AND MORE

A few months following his Sony record agreement, Davido launched the record company Davido Music Worldwide (DMW). At the moment, Dremo, Peruzzi, Yonda, and Mayorkun are signed to the label. Davido inked a record contract with RCA Records in July 2016. The release schedule for The Baddest was changed by his record deal with Sony Music. As per Pulse Nigeria, Davido’s agreement with Sony mandated that the album had a worldwide appeal in order to facilitate its worldwide release. His five-track EP Son of Mercy was released in October 2016; the singles “Gbagbe Oshi,” “How Long,” and “Coolest Kid in Africa” served as its supporting tracks. Guest appearances on the EP come from Nasty C, Tinashe, and Simi.

2017–2018: “If”, “Fall”, “Fia” and “Assurance”

Davido was the 2017 MOBO Awards’ Best African Act winner. He made “If” available on February 17, 2017. Tekno, who ghostwrote the song for Davido, produced it. The Recording Industry of South Africa recognized the song as a diamond, indicating 200,000 units were shipped. “If” took home the 2018 Headies’ Best Pop Single and Song of the Year awards. Sabo Kpade, who reviewed the song for OkayAfrica, called it a “slow burner” with a “unfussy beat that sounds hollowed out and isn’t cluttered with instruments.” The “If” music video was produced by Tunde Babalola and directed by Director Q. Filming took place in London. Davido collaborated with menswear designer Orange Culture to present a “If”-inspired capsule collection.

“Fall” by Davido was released on June 2, 2017. A passage from the song “Dun Talking” by Kojo Funds is sampled in it. “Fall” was a top-10 record on Shazam in New York, one of the top 100 Shazam-searched tracks in America in January 2019, and it received a platinum certification from the Recording Industry of South Africa. It became the longest-charting Nigerian pop song in Billboard history in February 2019. On Pitchfork’s selection of the 200 Best Songs of the 2010s, “Fall” came in at number 163. British video director Daps, who was born in Nigeria, directed the music video that accompanied the song “Fall.” The video crossed 100 million views in December 2018, making it the most viewed video on YouTube by a Nigerian artist.

“Fia” by Davido was released on November 10, 2017. Fresh VDM produced the song, which was labeled as a neo-highlife music. Davido talks about his arrest and Caroline Danjuma’s part in spreading the story that he was responsible for Tagbo Umenike’s death in the second stanza of the song. The song “manages to reflect some of his recent personal struggles, without directly dishing into sensitive details,” according to a Native magazine writer who lauded Davido’s songwriting. “Fia” presents a “existential conflict,” according to Kayode Faniyi, who reviewed it for Music in Africa. She also added that the song is “undoubtedly the song of Davido’s career—at least until he outdoes himself.” “Fia,” according to Daniel Orubo of Konbini Channels, is a “coherent” song that makes use of Davido’s “croaky voice.”

“Fia” received nominations for The Headies 2018’s Best Pop Single and Song of the Year. Clarence Peters directed the music video for “Fia” that goes with it. On March 30, 2018, the version of “Fia” featuring Stefflon Don was made available. The song has a patois-tinged flow but keeps many of the components from the original recording. At the 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards, Davido took both the Best African Act and Worldwide Act awards.

2019: O2 Arena concert, “Blow My Mind”, “Risky” and A Good Time

Davido was the first African solo artist to sell out London’s O2 Arena in January 2019. Idris Elba gave him a stage introduction, and he performed a number of his hit singles with The Compozers serving as his backup band. Additional performances by Mayorkun, Peruzzi, Idowest, Dremo, Yonda, Tomi Agape, and Zlatan were included in the event. In her four-star review of the show, Caroline Sullivan of The Guardian referred to Davido as a “alpha” and stated that “many of his mannerisms are influenced by the American rappers with whom he has worked, including Young Thug and Swae Lee.” A few hours before the show, Davido posted on Instagram that all of the tickets had been sold out.

He did not, according to his detractors, sell out the show; they cited a story in The Guardian. Davido confirmed the show was sold out by posting a snapshot of an email exchange between his management and the customer service team at the arena.

On July 26, 2019, the song “Blow My Mind,” featuring Chris Brown, was made available. It was originally supposed to be the album’s lead single and was produced by Shizzi. The lyrics to “Blow My Mind” talk about a female who merely blows Davido’s mind. The “Blow My Mind” music video, directed by Edgar Esteves, features Davido and Chris Brown spending time together in a motel with their significant others. In just 11 hours, the video surpassed Wizkid’s “Fever” and “Come Closer” to garner one million views, making it the fastest-growing Nigerian music video ever. In the first day after its release, it also became the Nigerian music video with the most views. The release date of “Risky” was October 23, 2019.

See also  BREAKING NEWS!! Davido Lost All Three Of His Grammy Award 2024 Nominations

Jamaican musician Popcaan, who invited Davido to sing on his 2018 track “Dun Rich,” contributed guest vocals to it. Meji Alabi directed the “Risky” music video, which pays homage to the crime drama television series Top Boy. A female crew member for Davido and Popcaan reports them to the police in the video.

On November 22, 2019, Davido’s second studio album, “A Good Time,” was made available. The previously released singles “If,” “Fall,” “Assurance,” “Blow My Mind,” and “Risky” are all included in the album. In Atlanta, Davido recorded A Good Time. He expressed his desire to record in a different setting to Vibe magazine. The album, according to Davido, is a body of work for all listeners and will mostly feature Afrobeats with elements of other genres.

At a September 2019 event in Lagos, Davido revealed the album’s title and announced that it would be released the following month. During the event, he also debuted four song snippets from the album. In an interview with Power 105.1’s DJ Self after his Powerhouse 2019 concert, Davido said that the album will include joint efforts with musicians including Chris Brown, Summer Walker, Gunna, and A Boogie. Nigerian producers produced all of the songs on A Good Time with the exception of one. Davido, his father, and a sculpture of his mother are depicted on the album cover.

Personal Life

Davido has two boys and two girls among his four children. He verified his marriage to his guarantee Chichi in March 2023.

When David Ifeanyi Adeleke Jr.’s death was announced on October 31, 2022, it was stated that the three-year-old had drowned in the swimming pool at his father’s Banana Island home.

After missing his flight to London in May 2014, Davido accused the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) of harassing him for money and slammed them for it. Davido’s claims were refuted by the NIS PR officer on May 11, 2014, who said that Davido was not granted an exit permit because he was not carrying the required travel documentation.

The Vanguard newspaper revealed in December 2015 that Davido was involved in a custody dispute with the mother of one of his daughters. A petition for alleged child trafficking was filed by the mother and her family against Davido and his family. Davido and his family were charged in a petition to the Director-General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons of attempting to take the child and keep her away from her mother in order to escape Nigeria. Davido apologized to the girl’s mother’s cousin Dele Momodu, even though he claimed the accusations against him were untrue.

Endorsement

Davido inked a ₦30 million endorsement contract with MTN, according to a story published on April 6, 2012 by Nigerian Entertainment Today. He was introduced as the face of MTN Pulse, a marketing initiative targeted at young Nigerians, as part of the contract. Pulse Nigeria revealed on October 24, 2013, that Guinness Nigeria has signed Davido to an endorsement contract. As per the agreement, Davido shared the stage with P-Square, D’banj, Wizkid, Ice Prince, Burna Boy, Olamide, Phyno, Chidinma, Waje, and Tiwa Savage at the Guinness World of More Concert. On May 9, 2018, Guardian Life revealed that Davido had inked a sponsorship agreement with Infinix Mobile, a smartphone manufacturer situated in Hong Kong.

Awards & Nomination

Wikipedia states that Davido received 65 nominations and 29 wins in a variety of categories and awards, including the MTV Africa Music Awards, BET Awards, Africa Muzik Magazine Awards, MOBO Awards, Soul Train Awards, The Future Africa Awards, Ghana Music Awards, The Headies, Nigeria Entertainment Awards, Channel O Music Awards, City People Awards, Dynamix All Youth Awards, Nigeria Music Video Awards, 4Stye Tv Music Awards, Kora Awards, World Music Awards, MTV Africa Music Awards, and The Future Africa Awards.

Studio albums and EP

  • Omo Baba Olowo (2012)
  • Son of Mercy (2016)
  • A Good Time (2019)
  • A Better Time (2020)
  • Timeless (2023)

Singles

  • Back When (featuring Naeto C) (2011)
  • Dami Duro
  • Ekuro
  • Overseas (featuring Sina Rambo)
  • Gbon Gbon (2012)
  • All of You
  • Feel Alright (featuring Ice Prince)
  • One of a Kind (2013)
  • Gobe
  • Skelewu
  • Aye (2014)
  • Tchelete (Goodlife) (featuring Mafikizolo)
  • Owo Ni Koko (2015)
  • The Sound (featuring Uhuru and DJ Buckz)
  • The Money (featuring Olamide)
  • Gbagbe Oshi (2016)
  • How Long (featuring Tinashe)
  • Coolest Kid in Africa (featuring Nasty C)
  • If (2017)
  • Fall
  • Pere (featuring Rae Sremmurd and Young Thug)
  • Fia
  • Like Dat
  • Flora My Flawa (2018)
  • Assurance
  • Nwa Baby
  • Wonder Woma
  • Blow My Mind (featuring Chris Brown) (2019)
  • Risky (featuring Popcaan)

Davido Net Worth

Davido is one of the wealthiest musicians in Nigeria, with an estimated net worth of about $21 million.

Davido Social Media Handles

Instagram: @davidoofficial

Twitter: @davido

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


*