Nigerian singer and songwriter, Rema is arguably one of the biggest afrobeat artists in the world. The Mavin records and Jonzing World's prince is a force to reckon with when discussing Afrobeat in this decade.
Mavin records introduced the new talent to Nigerians after D'Prince saw a clip of the freestyle cover of his song Gucci Gang. The Benin-born Nigerian rapper, singer, and songwriter, Divine Ikubor aka Rema joined Mavin records following the departure of Reekado Banks in 2018.
On joining Mavin records, Rema has been referred to as the future of Afrobeats by many.
The singer released hit tracks like Dumebi, Iron Man, Bad Commando, Why, etc, and three projects Rema Freestyle, Bad Commando, and Rema Remix in 2019. He became the first Nigerian artist to release three projects in one year. With these three projects, a compilation album, and more singles, Rema have been able to crown himself the biggest young musician in Nigeria.
He has also recorded collaborations with international stars like Becky G, Justin Skye, Sofi Tukker, Skepta, Stefflon Don, Tory Lanez, Major Lazer, etc.
Here are five reasons why we consider Rema Nigeria's biggest young musician.
1. He is multi-talented.
Rema doubles as a singer and a rapper. He is the first Nigerian artist to dominate the Nigerian apple music Hot 100 charts with trap songs.
2. Rema is international
The talented youngster is already selling out shows in the United States. This only shows how massive he has become in less than two years in the industry.
3. His sound is unique
Rema’s Indian flavoured songs make him unique. His newly named Afro-rave genre is something we are still trying to understand. His new song Soundgasm is something only Rema could do.
4. He was one of President Obama’s best acts in 2019
On August 25 2019, America’s ex-president Barrack Obama revealed the playlist of songs he and his wife has been listening to in the 2019 summer. Nigeria’s Rema claimed a spot on the highly-rated list. If this isn't huge, I wonder what is.
5. Rema has outrageous numbers
At just 19 with a tender career of eight months, Rema amassed over 50 million streams on streaming platforms. That’s massive! He currently boasts of over two million monthly listeners on Spotify without even releasing his debut album.