Davido born David Adedeji Adeleke on November 21, 1992, is an American-born Nigerian recording artist, performer and record producer. He was born to Chief Deji and Vero Adeleke in Atlanta, Georgia. His father is a Nigerian business magnate and his late mother was a university lecturer.
He attended the British International School in Lagos. Davido studied Business Administration at Oakwood University prior to relocating to Nigeria. Davido’s interest in music started during his time at Oakwood University. He bought musical equipments and started making beats, in addition to recording vocal references. He dropped out of Oakwood University when he started getting bad grades and relocated to London, where he focused more of his energy towards vocals as opposed to production.
When Davido returned to Nigeria in 2011, his music career was sidelined after he agreed to honor his father by enrolling at Babcock University. In July 2015, Davido earned a music degree from Babcock after his father paid the university to erect a music department for an inaugural class of one.
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.
His debut album Omo Baba Olowo, released in 2012, was supported by the singles “Back When” featuring Naeto C, “Dami Duro”, “All of You”, “Overseas” featuring Sina Rambo, “Ekuro”, “Gbon Gbon” and “Feel Alright” featuring Ice Prince. Between 2013 and 2015, Davido released the singles “Gobe”, “One of a Kind”, “Skelewu”, “Aye”, “Tchelete (Goodlife)”, “Naughty”, “Owo Ni Koko”, “The Sound” and “The Money”. The aforementioned singles were reportedly intended to be singles off the album, The Baddest.
In January 2016, Davido announced via Twitter that he signed a record deal with Sony Music. His announcement was met with mixed reactions. The record label put out a press release to confirm the deal. Davido started his own label, Davido Music Worldwide (DMW), few months after signing with Sony. Dremo and Mayorkun are currently signed to the label. In July 2016, Davido signed a record deal with Sony’s RCA Records.
Davido was born on November 21, 1992.
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Davido Daughter Name – Davido Wife
The nigerian singer and his baby mama Amanda, welcomed their new bundle of joy in May 2017. They named the baby Hailey Veronica Adeleke. Breaking the news online, Davido posted photos of him and the baby who is his second daughter.
Davido Net Worth
His net worth is estimated to be about $14 million.
Davido Father Net Worth
In 2015, Davido Father Net Worth was over 360 million dollars. In 2017, his net worth increased to over 700 million dollars, according to Forbes.
Davido Father and Mother
Davido’s father is Dr. Deji Akindele, a famous businessesman and investor. His mother, Dr. Vero Akindele died in 2003. His late mother was a university lecturer.
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- 2012 – Kora Awards – Best Newcomer Award
- 2014 – BET Awards – Best International Act: Africa
- 2014 – Ben TV Awards – Music Video of the Year
- 2011 – Dynamix All Youth Awards – Promising Youth Artiste
- 2011 – Dynamix All Youth Awards – Song of the Year
- 2014 – African Muzik Magazine Awards – Best Male West Africa
- 2014 – African Muzik Magazine Awards – Artist of the Year
- 2014 – MTV Africa Music Awards – Best Male
- 2014 – MTV Africa Music Awards – Artist of the Year
- 2012 – Channel O Music Video Awards – Most Gifted Newcomer Video of the Year
- 2014 – Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA) – Best Afro Pop Video
- 2012 – Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA) – Best Video By A New Artiste (Live Beats Choice)
- 2014 – Ghana Music Awards – African Artiste Of The Year
- 2014 – City People Entertainment Awards – Musician Of The Year (Male)
- 2014 – The Headies – Artiste of the Year
- 2014 – The Headies – Song of the Year
- 2013 – The Headies – Hip Hop World Revelation
- 2013 – The Headies – Best R&B/Pop Album
- 2012 – The Headies – Next Rated
- 2014 – Nigeria Entertainment Awards – Hottest Single of the Year
- 2014 – Nigeria Entertainment Awards – Male Artist of the Year
- 2014 – Nigeria Entertainment Awards – Best Collaboration
- 2013 – Nigeria Entertainment Awards – Best Pop/R&B Artiste of the Year
- 2012 – Nigeria Entertainment Awards – Hottest Single of the Year
- 2012 – Nigeria Entertainment Awards – Best New Act of the Year
- 2012 – Nigeria Entertainment Awards – Best Collabo of the Year
Davido Music – Davido Songs
Some of his songs include:-
- My Story
- Fall (Snippet)
- New York City (Leak)
- Biggest BackSide (feat. B-Red)
- Coolest Kid In Africa (feat. Nasty C)
- How Long (feat. Tinashe)
- Maga To Mugu (feat. Simi)
- Gbagbe Oshi
- Dami Duro
- The Money
- Owo Ni Koko
- Fans Mi
- The Sound
Source: Pulse Nigeria
On Origins of His Music
Davido: Officially, I’ve been putting out records since I was 18, that was like 5 years ago. Before then, I was actually engineering (producing) since I was like 11. I got my Mac Book, learned Logic that was my first software, because I was schooling out there in Alabama. So I had these Jamaican friends that used to record. So I’d record them, mix the track, make sure everything sounds A1, and I’d give them ideas.
So one day they were like, ‘Yo D, you give us so much ideas, why don’t you try it yourself. I remember I was like 15, and we were trying to do a demo for Konvict then. So I just got on, did the hook, I came out of the booth and everybody was looking at me like, it’s huge, common, you gotta do it yourself.
I bought my own equipment, and began my own. I was recording every day at home. This was a long time, I haven’t been home in about three years, I was in college in America.
How Music Made A US University Drop Him
Davido: First I went to Tennessee, then I went to Alabama, I didn’t get kicked out for being bad, I got kicked out because of my grades. I was focused on music. So I transferred to HBCU in Alabama, and that was where I found my music life. I learned everything. There was a music school there, and everybody was just about music. Actually, it was a Christian school, it was just Gospel Music. There was this dude called J. Mo, he came to me to mix his first record. I remember he had a space on his record. I did the demo for him to record it himself, and then he just released it with my voice on it. So it was like ‘featuring Davido’. That was the first time I saw something like ‘featuring Davido’. So I was like, it sounds kinda good.
This was 2010 when I went home. I saw Don Jazzy, Tiwa (Savage) was out. I was just looking at all these like ‘These dudes are making money”. I went there for Christmas and it was lit. It was crazy. I was hanging out with D’banj at the time, he had that Kanye deal. I now told my Dad that I was trying to stay, and he was like ‘What? My friend you better go back to school”.
I called my roommate, and told him “Imma do this no more. If my Dad calls, tell him you don’t know where I’m at.’
How He Disappeared From Home
Davido: When I left, my family was looking for me for like 6 months. They sent letter to D’banj house, they sent letter to Psquare house, they sent letters to everybody’s house. My Dad was calling school, and they were telling him; ‘He wasn’t even here for the past semester, he left..” It was like the whole Nigeria knew who I was before I even dropped a single. Kamal that is my manager now, used to be Don Jazzy’s assistant. My Dad started calling him and said “if I see you guys with my son, all of you are getting arrested.”
The first record I put out first was ‘Back When’. I was in London at the time, I dropped this record, I went home, and they were like ‘Yo, come on, it’s time. D’banj, Wande Coal and everybody was telling me that your record was good. I was 16, so I was the youngest at the time. I went back home fresh from America. I go into the club that night, and they were playing my song, I went crazy.
Davido: The “Baddest” album was been done, I had a release date already. ‘Fans mi’ was out, the project was about to drop. When I did that song with Meek, he was the hottest rapper at the time. After I dropped that record, it showed me that planning was very important. You can drop music, you can put music out, but at the end of the day, I’m trying to take my African music around the world. So if I know that I’mma drop something and it is just gonna be good in Africa, if I got to wait, I’ll wait.
I have just been blessed to have sold out shows in London, all over the world. In New York, 6000 people showed up for a 1000 capacity venue. Then the police shut it down. I haven’t done a show (in New York) since then.
Style Of Music
Davido: I don’t even call my music Afrobeat, I call mine Afrofusion. To me it’s just too different. I can’t tell you it’s Afrobeat, because it’s not. “You know the originator of the Afrobeats is Fela. Fela has a sound which I can say has heavy baseline, the Rhodes, brass instrument, [and] the percussion is different. If you ask me ‘Gobe’ is Calypso, Afro mixed with Calypso. But I feel like the Afrobeats is catchy and has caught wave since time. Because I know some Afrobeats songs that I don’t want to call Afrobeats. I call them Afro-Pop or I call Afro Trap. Everything is just still African music.
On Numerous Collaborations
Davido: I’m kinda doing my thing; like just recording. Last year I was more of “I gotta this person on my track, I gotta get that person on my track”. Especially since that Meek Mill record, it ‘do you’, everything gonna come’. I remember I was trying to get in the studio with (Young) Thug, one of my boys from Atlanta hooked us up. So after a while, I was just like, let me just let it go. Then two weeks ago, I was chilling, I just get a text saying ‘Yo, where you at?’, and it’s Thug. And he’s like ‘Come to the studio’, he was like three tracks, and it was done. We did one for his stuff, and two for mine.
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