David Adedeji Adeleke

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David Adedeji Adeleke (born November 21, 1992) is a Nigerian singer best known as Davido. He combines traditional African elements with mainstream global pop.

Davido received the Next Rated award at The Headies in 2012 after the release of "Dami Duro," the second single from his debut studio album Omo Baba Olowo (2012). He had several hit singles between 2013 and 2015, and he signed a record deal with Sony Music in January 2016. He then established the record label Davido Music Worldwide (DMW), which signed Dremo, Mayorkun, Peruzzi, and Liya. Davido signed a record deal with Sony's RCA Records in July 2016.

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Son of Mercy, his 5-track EP released in October 2016, was supported by the singles "Gbagbe Oshi," "How Long," and "Coolest Kid in Africa." Davido renegotiated his contract with Sony in April 2017 due to creative control issues, and later that year he released five singles, including "If" and "Fall.If" sparked massive social media activity around the world, while "Fall" became the longest-charting Nigerian pop song in Billboard history. Davido is widely regarded as the "King of Modern-Day Afrobeats."

In November 2019, Davido released his second studio album A Good Time, which was supported by singles such as "Blow My Mind," which featured popular American singer Chris Brown. In 2019, New African magazine named Davido one of the Top 100 Most Influential Africans.

On November 13, 2020, he released his third studio album, A Better Time.

In March 2022, Davido was featured on "Hayya Hayya (Better Together)," the first single from the multi-song FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM Official Soundtrack, alongside (Trinidad Cardona and AISHA). Davido became the first Nigerian singer to appear on a FIFA World Cup single.

Davido released another song titled "Stand Strong" in May 2022, which featured The Samples Choir. According to the Naija banquet, the song is a departure from the Nigerian singer's usual hop/dance style. Davido reflects on his musical journey and the battles he faces on a daily basis in the song. It is also the story of his recovery. 

Early life and career beginnings

David Adedeji Adeleke was born in Atlanta, Georgia on November 21, 1992. Adedeji Adeleke, his father, is a business magnate, and his mother, Vero Adeleke, is a university lecturer. Davido is the youngest of five siblings and the second son of his father. He attended the British International School in Lagos, Nigeria, before returning to the United States at the age of 16 to study business administration at Oakwood University in Alabama.

While at Oakwood, Davido purchased musical equipment and began producing beats.

He also formed the music group KB International with his cousins B-Red and Sina Rambo. Davido left Oakwood University to pursue music full-time and moved to London to work on his vocals. Davido paused his music career after returning to Nigeria in 2011 and agreed to honor his father by enrolling at Babcock University. After his father paid the university to establish a music department for an inaugural class of one student, he graduated from Babcock in July 2015 with a degree in music.

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