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

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]

Early life and career

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.[5]

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.[6][7] Rema signed a record deal with D'Prince's[8] Jonzing World, a subsidiary of Mavin Records in 2019.[9] He released his eponymous debut EP Rema in 2019. It peaked at number 1 on Apple Music Nigeria.[10][11]

Awards

On 19 October 2019, Rema won Next Rated [12]and was nominated for Viewer's Choice at the 13th edition of The Headies.[13] On 12 January 2020, he received the Soundcity MVP for best new artist. [14]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.[15][16][17]

Controversy

On September 28, 2020, Rema tweeted accusations against the People's Democratic Party (PDP) over the death of his father who was a Justice.[18]

In culture

In September 2020, Rema's songs were included in the FIFA 21 soundtrack.[19]

Discography

EPs

  • Rema (2019)
  • Rema Freestyle (2019)
  • Bad Commando[20] (2019)
  • Rema Remix (2020)

Singles

• “Starboy” (featuring Alpha P) (2017)

  • "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)
  • "Beamer (Bad Boys)" (2020)
  • "Rainbow" (2020)
  • "Fame" (2020)
  • "Ginger Me" (2020)
  • "Alien" (2020)
  • "Woman" (2020)

References

  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. ^ "Meet Rema, The Kid From Benin With The World At His Feet". The Native. 2019-05-02. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  6. ^ Holmes, Charles (15 May 2020). "How Rema Became Afrobeats' New Superhero". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  7. ^ Pierre, Alphonse. "Rema Is Leading the Next Generation of Nigerian Pop". Pitchfork. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  8. ^ Akindare, Okunola (21 January 2020). "How D'Prince gave Mavin Records a new lease of life". NET.
  9. ^ Clifford, Igbo. "Rema Biography, Age 18, Family, Early Life, Education, Music, Albums, Net Worth And More". Information Guide Africa.
  10. ^ "Rema - EP by Rema" – via music.apple.com.
  11. ^ "Top 100: Nigeria". Apple Music.
  12. ^ Ikeru, Austine (2019-10-21). "Rema Win Next Rated at the 2019 Headies Award". Austine Media. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  13. ^ "Headies Award 2019: Nominees and Winners". Vanguard News. 2019-10-19. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ "Burna Boy, Rema Nominated For BET 2020 Awards". The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News. 2020-06-15. Retrieved 2020-06-16.
  16. ^ Published. "Burna Boy, Rema, others nominated for 2020 BET Awards". Punch Newspapers. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  17. ^ BellaNaija.com (2020-06-15). "Burna Boy, Rema, Sho Madjozi Nominated for 2020 BET Awards | See the Full List". BellaNaija. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  18. ^ "PDP must explain what happened to my father - Rema | The Nation". Latest Nigeria News, Nigerian Newspapers, Politics. 2020-09-28. Retrieved 2020-09-29.
  19. ^ "Fireboy, Rema feature on FIFA 21 official soundtrack". The Punch. Retrieved 29 September 2020.
  20. ^ ROSS, ALEX ROBERT (4 October 2019). "Listen to Rema's new four-track EP, Bad Commando". The FADER. Retrieved 21 January 2020.