Having signed to UK independent label Moves Recordings, Naira Marley smashed his way through 2017 and 2018 with tracks such as Nigeria's offical world cup anthem Issa Goal, and the UK Rap/ Afrobeats classic Money on the Road. Craving a return to the source of his music, Naira relocated to his birthplace of Lagos in early 2019.
In Lagos, Naira's wild charisma and effortless songwriting saw him explode in fame and influence. This ascent came at a price. In June, the Lagos-via-Peckham artist found himself arrested by the Nigerian government after his satirical track Am I A Yahoo Boy - a commentary on fraud and Nigeria's colonial history - caused outrage amongst the countries conservative elite. With his arrest causing mass street protests, the government eased back from its position and allowed Naira bail.
Free to record again, and now the hottest artist in West Africa, Naira has responded with Soapy, another satirical track delivered in his inimitable mix of Yoruba, English and Pidgen. Taking aim at corruption whilst also dropping cheeky bars about prison life, Naira has managed to cause a stir once again with a viral dance craze that has spread 'cross the globe.
With everyone from high profile fans such as Burna Boy and Davido to Nigerian newly-weds taking part in Naira's Soapy dance, the track has dominated the #1 spot on Nigerian iTunes week in and week out. With the official video racking up over half a million views in the first 24 hours of release, Soapy is a confirmed classic.
Currently on a world tour, with shows in Turkey, Egypt, UK, Nigeria, North America, France and more, and with more music set to drop in September, Naira Marley is one of the hottest stars emerging from Nigeria's booming music scene - and he's just warming up...