Having caused waves across the Nigerian and African music scenes with his infectious, signature Afro-fusion sound, Nigerian music act Oxlade is among the most promising young singers in the African continent. What do you know about this bubbly West-African music personality's career and personal life?
The artist's real name is Ikuforiji Olaitan Abdulrahman, but he is best known in the music industry by his stage name Oxlade. He was born on April 22nd 1997 and was brought up by his grandmother after losing his mum at an early age. He joined Lagos State University (LASU) for two years before dropping out to pursue a career in music.
- Full name: Ikuforiji Olaitan Abdulrahman
- Date of birth: April 22nd 1997
- Oxlade age: 23 years
- Place of birth: Nigeria
- Profession: Singer
- Net worth: $75,000
- Nationality: Nigerian
- Zodiac: Taurus
Oxlade Nigerian artist career
What is perhaps less known to his fans is that he began his musical journey in church at the age of 10.
Such was his talent that at barely ten years old, he became a junior choir leader in church. Upon his transition from gospel to secular music, Oxlade received harsh criticism from his uncles. However, this did not deter his dream to venture into the secular music industry.
While in secondary school as well as in his two years in university, Oxlade's love for music continued to grow. When he chose to drop out of university to pursue his career, the decision did not go down well with his father, who stopped catering to his needs.
Oxlade's break in the music industry came when fellow artist Blaqbonez heard his single Sour and collaborated with him on the hit track Mamiwota. He later featured on Fireboy DML's hit single Sing. This one was particularly important as it caught the attention of world-renowned singer Davido.
On March 27th, 2020 Oxlade dropped a six-track EP that was produced mainly by Spax the Producer. One of the tracks in the EP, Tables Turn, features British Nigerian artist Moelogo. Other great songs on the EP include O2, Away, Hold On, Kokose, and Weakness.
The release of Oxygen
The EP was followed by the release of an album titled Oxygen. While the singer generally keeps his personal life away from the public eye, he mentioned that Oxygen's release was inspired by his break up from the then Oxlade girlfriend. The latter left him just before he hit the stage with Wizkid at the O2 arena in London.
Oxygen is a testament to why so many people have fallen deeply in love with afrobeat music. The tracks feature smooth vocals, and groovy harmonies will have you in your feelings, chasing your dreams, and dancing till your feet are sore.
Away, the first track off the album with a video is beautifully scripted and shot in the coastal town of Cape Coast in Ghana. The song revolves around Oxlade waiting for his lady love to join him as he whisks her away on a trip and in love with her parents looking on.
Oxlade has received much encouragement from the Nigerian music icon, Davido, via social media. According to Oxlade, Davido reached out to him at the very point he was about to give up.
While the artist has only had a few years in the entertainment industry, the entire Oxlade musician career has seen him create some excellent tracks. Here are some Oxlade songs that have had massive success.
- Brixton Boy
- Causing Trouble
- Hold on
- See Heaven
- Tables Turn
- Teaching You
Oxlade earned a spot in the hall of fame for his collaboration with Blaqbonez in Mamiwota. He has, since then, collaborated with other renowned local artists such as Reekado Banks, DJ Tunez, Melvitto, and Jinmi Abduls as well as international artists such as Skengdo, Sneakbo, and AM.
Which is the current Oxlade record label?
The talented artist is signed to The Plug Entertainment, Substrate Music, and Knostra Music.
Oxlade net worth
The fast-rising Nigerian singer's net worth is currently estimated to be about $75,000.
Oxlade is undoubtedly one of the best-performing young acts in Nigeria. Just like many other artists, he has faced several challenges and still emerged strong. Which track from this talented musician do you love the most?
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