Bella Shmurda

Akinbiyi Abiola Ahmed, professionally known as Bella Shmurda,[1] is a Nigerian singer.[2][3] He rose to prominence with the release of the song "Vision 2020", and a follow-up remix which featured Nigeria rapper Olamide.[4]

Bella Shmurda
Bella Shmurda 2021.jpg
Background information
Birth nameAkinbiyi Abiola Ahmed
GenresAfrobeats, world
Occupation(s)Singer
LabelsWin More Empire

Early life and careerEdit

Shmurda rose to prominence after his debut single "Vision 2020", and a follow-up (remix) to the single in which he featured Olamide. He released several hit songs in 2020, some of which featured top musicians, one of which is "Cash App" featuring Zlatan.[5] He was nominated for the Headies Award for the next rated in 2020.[6][7]

In 2020, Bella Shmurda won the awards "Next Rated Male" and "Street Music of the Year" at the City People Entertainment Awards, he was also nominated for "Revelation of the Year" award in the same year.[8]

In 2021, Bella Shmurda was nominated for the "Next Rated" award at the Headies Awards.[9][10] In June 2021, his single, "Cash App" featuring Zlatan and Lincoln was nominated for "Most Played Song - Street Pop" at the NET Honours.[11]

Bella Shmurda was inducted into the 2021 YouTube Foundry Programme. He was the only African artist to be included in this class.[12][13]

On 10 June 2021, Shmurda revealed on his Instagram page that he intends to release the second volume of his debut EP titled “High Tension Vol. 2", which is scheduled to be released in July 2021 and the album artwork was also shared on his page.[14] He released the EP on 7 July 2021.[15]

Shmurda made his debut at the 02 Arena in the United Kingdom, as a surprise guest performer, at singer Wizkid's Made in Lagos concert in November 2021.[16] He also received the 2021 Youtube Foundry grant to invest in his content and channel development.[17]

PhilanthropyEdit

In October 2021, a video of a pre-schooler performing rapper Olamide’s song “Triumphant” off his album “Carpe Diem” which featured Shmurda, caught the singer's attention, as it went viral on the internet. In response, Shmurda made a commitment to put the child on a scholarship throughout his primary school education.[18] The scholarship came into effect in November 2021.[19]

On his birthday in January 2022, Shmurda announced that he would feed a thousand destitute persons every year on his birthday.[20]

DiscographyEdit

EPsEdit

  • High Tension (2020)
  • High Tension 2.0 (2021)

SinglesEdit

Year Title Producer Album
2018 "Vision 2020" ID Cabasa Non-album single
2019 "Only You" Bylinx
2020 "Colodia Drive us"[21]"Cash App" (featuring Zlatan)[22]
2021 "Rush" (featuring Dangbana Republik)[23]
"World" [24] SB Non-album single
"Party Next Door (PND)"[25]
“So Cold” (featuring Popcaan) Non-album single

Featured inEdit

Year Title Producer Album
2020 "Triumphant" (featuring Olamide)[26][27] Carpe Diem
"Fade Away" (featuring Davido) A Better Time
2021 "Jackpot" (featuring Crayon)[28] Twelve A.M
"Back 2 Back" (featuring Rexxie)[29]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Event Prize Recipient Result Ref
2020 City People Entertainment Awards Revelation of the Year "Himself" Nominated [30]
Next Rated (Male) "Himself" Won [30]
Street Music of the Year "Cash App" Won [30]
The Headies Next Rated "Himself" Nominated [31]
2021 Net Honours Most played street hop song "Cash App" featuring Zlatan and Lincoln Nominated [32]
AFRIMMA Best Collaboration "Cash App" featuring Zlatan Nominated [33]
Gbedu Music Awards Artiste of the Year "Self" Won [34]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "BELLA SHMURDA- THE BUILDUP TO HIGH TENSION". Guardian. 11 July 2021. Retrieved 17 November 2021.
  2. ^ "I was enrolled into Tailoring - Bella Shmurda". Vanguard. 28 July 2021. Retrieved 7 October 2021.
  3. ^ "Bella Shmurda serves new sophomore EP, 'High tension2.0'". Daily Trust. 9 July 2021. Retrieved 25 September 2021.
  4. ^ "Bella Shmurda ft. Olamide – Vision 2020 (Remix)". LEGIT9JA - Music and More. 14 September 2019. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  5. ^ Okundia, Jennifer (18 December 2020). "Watch "Cash App" visual by Bella Shmurda featuring Zlatan, Lincoln". P.M. News. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  6. ^ "Tems, Omah Lay, Oxlade and Bella Shmurda nominated for 2020 Headies". UrbanGist Media. 12 December 2020.
  7. ^ "Bella Shmurda ft Olamide - Vision 2020 (Remix) | Mp3". Notjustok. 13 September 2019. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  8. ^ "WINNERS EMERGE AT 2020 CITY PEOPLE MUSIC AWARDS [FULL LIST]". 7 December 2020.
  9. ^ "Headies 2021: All the winners]". 22 February 2021.
  10. ^ "Headies Awards 2020 Nominees List; Omah Lay, Bella Shmurda For Next Rated". 4 December 2020.
  11. ^ "NET Honours Class of 2021]".
  12. ^ "YouTube Music Unveils Its Indie Class of 2021: Snail Mail, Sinead Harnett, Ambar Lucid, Many More". 13 September 2019.
  13. ^ "Bella Shmurda emerges only African artiste on YouTube Music Foundry list". 13 September 2019.
  14. ^ "Bella Shmurda Set To Release Vol. 2 of His 'High Tension' EP". 360Loaded. 10 June 2021. Retrieved 11 June 2021.
  15. ^ "Bella Shmurda Finally Dishes Out His Sophomore EP, The Volume 2 High Tension 2.0 EP". UrbanGist Media. 10 July 2021. Retrieved 7 July 2021.
  16. ^ "Bella Shmurda performs at 02 Arena for first time, thanks Wizkid". PunchNG. 30 November 2021. Retrieved 4 February 2022.
  17. ^ "Bella Shmurda, 26 others make list of YouTube Foundry grant". PunchNG. 21 July 2021. Retrieved 4 February 2022.
  18. ^ "Singer Bella Shmurda gives boy who performed song scholarship". The Nation. 26 October 2021. Retrieved 17 November 2021.
  19. ^ "Bella Shmurda Sends Street Ghetto Boy -'Triumphant Sensational'- To School". TooXclusive. 16 November 2021. Retrieved 17 November 2021.
  20. ^ "Singer Bella Shmurda recounts birth experience on birthday". PunchNG. 27 January 2022. Retrieved 4 February 2022.
  21. ^ "Bella Shmurda – "Colodia Drive Us" « tooXclusive". tooXclusive. 31 March 2020. Retrieved 29 September 2021.
  22. ^ "Bella Shmurda, Zlantan, Lincoln rob bank in 'Cash App' (VIDEO)". 18 December 2020. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  23. ^ "Bella Shmurda – Rush (Moving Fast)". 12 March 2021. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  24. ^ "Bella Shmurda – World". 1 April 2021. Retrieved 1 April 2021.
  25. ^ "Bella Shmurda – Party Next Door". Retrieved 3 July 2021.
  26. ^ "Olamide releases new video for 'Triumphant' with Bella Shmurda". Pulse Nigeria. 2 November 2020. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  27. ^ "Watch: Olamide Features Bella Shmurda in "Triumphant" Music Video". guardian.ng. 2 November 2020. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  28. ^ Onabanjo, Adedamola (19 March 2021). "Crayon Fuses The Streets on the Bella Shmurda assisted 'Jackpot'". The Culture Custodian (Est. 2014). Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  29. ^ "Rexxie And Bella Shmurda Joins Forces On "Back2Back"". UrbanGist Media. 8 April 2021. Retrieved 10 July 2021.
  30. ^ a b c "Winners emerge at 2020 City People music awards". Citypeopleonline.com. 7 December 2020.
  31. ^ "Here is the full list of nominations for the 2020 Headies". UrbanGist Media. 4 December 2020. Retrieved 15 February 2021.
  32. ^ Mofijesusewa, Samuel (20 June 2021). "NET Honours 2021: "Damages" by Tems Named Most Played Alternative Song". Nigerian Entertainment Today. Archived from the original on 21 June 2021. Retrieved 21 July 2021.
  33. ^ "AFRIMMA Nominees 2021". AFRIMMA. 7 October 2021. Retrieved 8 October 2021.
  34. ^ "Bella Shmurda - Gbedu Awards 2021 Performance". amebo9ja. 7 March 2021. Retrieved 17 November 2021.