REMA

Rema: The Rising Star of Afrobeats


Rema: The Rising Star of Afrobeats

Rema is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and rapper who has taken the world by storm with his catchy and energetic afrobeats songs. He is one of the most streamed African artists on Spotify and YouTube, and has collaborated with international stars like Selena Gomez, Drake and Skepta.

Rema started his musical career at a young age, singing in church and freestyling on local radio stations. He was discovered by D’Prince, the brother of Nigerian music mogul Don Jazzy, who signed him to his label Jonzing World, a subsidiary of Mavin Records. Rema released his debut EP, Rema, in 2019, which featured the hit singles “Dumebi”, “Iron Man” and “Corny”. The EP earned him critical acclaim and a nomination for the Next Rated award at the Headies, Nigeria’s biggest music awards.

Since then, Rema has released three more EPs: Freestyle, Bad Commando and Rave & Roses. His music blends elements of afrobeats, pop, trap, R&B and EDM, creating a unique and versatile sound that appeals to a global audience. Some of his most popular songs include “Calm Down”, “Holiday”, “Woman”, “Bounce” and “Soundgasm”. He has also performed at major festivals and events such as Coachella, Wireless Festival and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Rema is widely regarded as one of the most talented and influential artists of his generation. He has won several awards and accolades, such as the BET Award for Best New International Act, the MTV Europe Music Award for Best African Act and the AFRIMMA Award for Video of the Year. He has also been featured on prestigious lists such as TIME’s Next 100, Forbes Africa’s 30 Under 30 and BBC’s Sound of 2020.

Rema is currently on his Rave & Roses World Tour, which will see him perform in over 20 countries across Africa, Europe, North America and Asia. He is also working on his debut album, which is expected to be released in 2023.

Rema Opens Up About His Personal and Political Struggles

In recent interviews with Billboard, Vogue and Pitchfork, Rema has shared some insights into his personal and political struggles, as well as his hopes for the future of Nigeria and Afrobeats. The young star, who has been hailed as one of the leaders of the next generation of Nigerian pop, has been vocal about the #EndSARS movement, which protests against police brutality and corruption in his country.

Rema revealed that he cut off his trademark locs in October 2020 to draw global attention to the issues. He also expressed his frustration with the government’s lack of care and accountability for the people’s suffering. “This rich nation is so poor because of a few people’s decisions over the years,” he told Vogue. He added that he wants to use his platform and influence to inspire positive change and empower the youth. “I want to be a voice for my generation. I want to speak for them. I want to make them believe that we can actually be great in this country,” he said.

On a personal level, Rema admitted that he faced some battles and pressure in his private life, which he did not disclose in detail. He said that he woke up sad and angry for a lot of months, and that he searched for peace of mind every day. He also said that he did not aim for perfection with his music, but rather followed his instincts and soul. “I don’t really do remixes — most of my songs are solo or features. I wanted a female voice on the song. The song was already blowing up, so I felt like we needed someone that could take it up to the next level,” he explained how he collaborated with Selena Gomez on the remix of “Calm Down”, his first Hot 100 entry.

Rema also talked about his musical influences, which range from hip-hop to African music to lo-fi and alternative. He said that he created his own subgenre of Afrobeats, which he calls Afro-rave, to express his versatility and uniqueness. He also praised his mentor and label boss Don Jazzy, who discovered him and signed him to Mavin Records in 2019. “He’s like a father figure to me. He taught me a lot about the industry, about life, about being humble,” he said.

Rema is currently on his Rave & Roses World Tour, which will see him perform in over 20 countries across Africa, Europe, North America and Asia. He is also working on his debut album, which is expected to be released in 2023.

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