Rema (musician)

Divine Ikubor (born 1 May 2000),[1] known professionally as Rema, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and rapper. In 2019, he signed a record deal with Jonzing World, a subsidiary of Mavin Records[2]. He rose to prominence with the release of the song "Iron Man", which appeared on Barack Obama's 2019 summer playlist.[3]

Rema
Birth nameDivine Ikubor
Born (2000-05-01) 1 May 2000 (age 20)
OriginBenin City, Edo State, Nigeria
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • rapper
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • piano
Years active2015– present
Labels
Associated acts
Websiteofficialremamusic.com

Early life and careerEdit

Divine Ikubor was born into a Christian family in Benin City, Edo State.[4] Rema grew up singing and rapping while in secondary school. He attained his primary and secondary school education in Edo State.[citation needed]

In 2018, Rema posted a viral freestyle to D'Prince's track "Gucci Gang". The post caught the attention of D'Prince who flew him to Lagos to offer a record deal.[5][6] Rema signed a record deal with D'Prince's[7] Jonzing World, a subsidiary of Mavin Records in 2019.[8] He released his eponymous debut EP Rema in 2019. It peaked at number 1 on Apple Music Nigeria.[9][10]

AwardsEdit

On 19 October 2019, Rema won Next Rated and was nominated for Viewer's Choice at the 13th edition of The Headies. On 12 January 2020, he received the Souncity mvp for best new artist. [11]On 15 June 2020, Rema was nominated as Best Viewers Choice: International Act on the 2020 BET Awards. He was nominated on the awards alongside Burna Boy and Wizkid, they were the only Nigerian Artistes nominated for the awards edition of 2020.[12]

DiscographyEdit

EPsEdit

  • Rema (2019)
  • Rema Freestyle (2019)
  • Bad Commando[13] (2019)
  • Rema Remix (2020)

SinglesEdit

  • "Mercy"(featuring alpha p) (2017)
  • "Iron Man" (2019)
  • "Why" (2019)
  • "Dumebi" (2019)
  • "Corny" (2019)
  • "Boulevard" (2019)
  • "American Love" (2019)
  • "Spiderman" (2019)
  • "Trap Out The Submarine" (2019)
  • "Bad Commando" (2019)
  • "Lady" (2019)
  • "Rewind" (2019)
  • "Spaceship Jocelyn" (2019)
  • "Dumebi Remix" (featuring Becky G) (2020)[14]
  • "Beamer (Bad Boys)" (2020)
  • "Rainbow" (2020)
  • "This Fame" (2020)
  • "Ginger Me" (2020)[15]
  • "Alien" (2020)
  • "Woman" (2020)[16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ""Wen Rema see di tori, all of us begin laff"". BBC News Pidgin. 1 February 2020. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  2. ^ Augoye, Jayne (22 March 2019). "Don Jazzy signs new artiste to Mavin Global".
  3. ^ Published. "Nigerian singer Rema makes Obamas' summer. He also released the hit song Ginger me which has almost hit a million views within a week. playlist". Punch Newspapers. Retrieved 2020-02-23.
  4. ^ Storm, Camille (24 September 2019). "Rema is Nigerian pop's golden child". The FADER.
  5. ^ Holmes, Charles (15 May 2020). "How Rema Became Afrobeats' New Superhero". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  6. ^ Pierre, Alphonse. "Rema Is Leading the Next Generation of Nigerian Pop". Pitchfork. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  7. ^ Akindare, Okunola (21 January 2020). "How D'Prince gave Mavin Records a new lease of life". NET.
  8. ^ Clifford, Igbo. "Rema Biography, Age 18, Family, Early Life, Education, Music, Albums, Net Worth And More". Information Guide Africa.
  9. ^ "Rema - EP by Rema" – via music.apple.com.
  10. ^ "Top 100: Nigeria". Apple Music.
  11. ^ Gbenga Bad-a (October 20, 2019). "Headies 2019: Here are all the winners at the 13th edition of music award". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  12. ^ "Burna Boy, Rema Nominated For BET 2020 Awards". The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News. 2020-06-15. Retrieved 2020-06-16.
  13. ^ ROSS, ALEX ROBERT (4 October 2019). "Listen to Rema's new four-track EP, Bad Commando". The FADER. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  14. ^ "Rema - Dumebi (Remix) ft. Becky G". Notjustok. 2020-02-14. Retrieved 2020-03-03.
  15. ^ "Music: Rema - Ginger Me | Mp3 Download « NotJustOk". Latest Naija Nigerian Music, Songs & Video - Notjustok. 2020-06-19. Retrieved 2020-06-19.
  16. ^ "Rema - Woman Audio". AfrobeatZA. 2020-07-03. Retrieved 2020-02-23.