SPOTLIGHT; Mayorkun-

Mayorkun

 

Banker turned musician Mayorkun’s story needs no  further explanation,  it’s a well-known story how he got signed into Davido’s fledging music imprint DMW via a short video on Twitter where he did a rendition of the latter’s ‘’Money’’ single.

Christened Adewale Mayowa Emmanuel to a musician father and popular Nigerian actress mother Toyin Adewale, Mayorkun has grown to become one of the new breed of artiste blessing our eardrums with beautiful melodies since he busted unto the music scene, just like his contemporaries, the likes of Kiss Daniel, Tekno, Runtown and Reekado Banks who also had their breakthrough with the one very chance that came their way. What has been working for these lads is their philosophy of being smart with their sound and style, keeping up-to-date with trends and a very serious work ethic.

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Against the floodgate of criticisms that trailed his debut song and video release ‘’Eleko’’ which earned a whopping 1 million views on Youtube in just nine days. Many described his emergence as being lucky, leveraging on the ill-wind blowing across the HKN Gang camp at that point in time which many believed gave him a soft landing , in spite of all the drama, tantrums and all, one thing you cannot take away from Mayorkun is his music. He has repeatedly shut naysayers up with his string of hits which are as long as an arm. From Eleko to Yawa ,Sade the popular national anthem ‘’Mama’’which many believed to be an extension of Davido’s monster hit ‘’Fall’’. The wave making fresh offering ‘’Che Che’’ worming its way into our hearts day after day. Mayorkun has earned it all among the calibre of fresh cats on the music scene, he keeps dazzling us with good music, the Banker turned singer is the undisputed king of the new school sound.

Mayorkun’s Educational Background.

We have seen many talented acts fail to hold their own after rising to prominence with one or two crossover hits; this is a common occurrence among street artists who finds it hard to blend and transit into the mainstream market. One thing that separates Mayorkun from the pack is his intellect,having the capacity for higher forms of knowledge characterized by intelligence or mental capacity, this endowment has helped shaped his navigation since he crept into or consciousness since 2016.

Mayorkun did his crèche, primary and secondary school at Living Spring Montessori and Hi Grade College after which he studied Accounting at the University of Lagos.

The Mayor Of Lagos Concert.

2017 was a great year for the self-acclaimed Mayor of Lagos, he lays claims to arguably one of the biggest songs of 2017 with ‘’Mama’’  competing neck-to neck  on the charts with his benefactor Davido and the likes of Wizkid and Tiwa Savage , a growing fan base of young people that are head over heels in love with him, the Mayor Of Lagos Concert wouldn’t have have come at no better time but the last few weeks of 2017 and Mayorkun held it on his own showing his confidence and growth with a hall full to the brim with students at the Hardrock Café as they stood glisteningly with sweat drooling down their faces  with a beaming smile as Mayorkun worked with the crowd through his string of hits. They sang with him, danced forgetting their home training and shared their excitement on social media. Mayorkun might not be the finest of these new breed of top cats but give it to the effervescent singer, he is truly beloved and with the support of OBO, Mayorkun’s story with remain on our tongues for quite some time.  Davido ended the night with a reference to one of his videos on Twitter where he said ‘’ I will make you a star’’ before turning to the crowd ‘’Today, what is he?’’. A ‘’Superstar’’ they all chorused.

The Awards

Mayorkun has a shelf full of a few Plaques to show for his success within a very short timeframe In the music scene. He won the 2016 Nigerian Teen Choice Awards for ‘’Choice New Song of the Year’’, the City People Entertainment Awards for ‘’ Most Promising Act of the Year’’ and The Headies ‘Rookie of the Year’’ award to his name.

 

 

About The Author

Business Administration graduate from Nigeria's best University (Unilorin), retired Disc Jockey, PR extraordinaire, Music Aficionado and promotion strategist. Manchester City's african Numero Uno fan. Man at peace with all and sundry, connect with me via; @solastrawberry

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