Move over Wizkid, Kiss Daniel’s Naija’s latest superstar
October 14, 2015
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Move over Wizkid, Kiss Daniel’s Naija’s latest superstar

Femi Mohammed

With hit songs “Woju” and “Laye”, Kiss Daniel is arguably the next big thing in the Nigerian music industry and young music superstars Wizkid and Davido had better watch their backs. Born Anidugbe Oluwatobiloba Daniel on the 1st of May 1994, Kiss Daniel is currently signed to G-Worldwide Entertainment.

Early life

Kiss Daniel was born Oluwatobiloba Daniel Anidugbe in Ogun state, Nigeria. He hails from Abeokuta North local government area. He graduated from federal university of agriculture, Abeokuta, in 2013, with a degree in Water Resources Management and Agrometeorology (Water Engineering). While in university, he decided to pursue music as a career alongside his studies.

Music career

Kiss Daniel showed an interest in music from an early age, and was encouraged by his father. He started his music career professionally 2013 after his tertiary education, when he came across G-Worldwide Entertainment CEO, Emperor Geezy. After being signed to G-Worldwide entertainment, he released his first official single “Shoye” which was produced by Beatburx on May 1, 2014, along with a music video was directed by MEX. Daniel released his second single “Woju”, produced by Dj Coublon on September 1, 2014. The video for Woju, released by Adasa Cookey, was shot in Lagos, Nigeria. The song spent eleven weeks on the MTV Base Official Naija Top Ten, including six weeks at the number one spot.

Daniel then recorded and released a remix of “Woju” featuring Tiwa Savage and Davido. “Woju” and its remix peaked at Number 1 and Number 2 respectively on the MTV Base Official Naija Top 10, the first time that an original song and its remix would peak at the first and second positions on the chart. A cover of the song performed by 2face Idibia appeared online.

In May 2015, Daniel released a third follow up single “Laye” on his birthday, along with a video two weeks later which was shot in different locations in eastern part of Africa and was directed by AJE FILMS. In September 2015, Daniel won two awards within the space of three weeks.

Kiss Daniel has listed acts like Danfo Drivers, Zulezu, Oritse Femi, 2face Idibia, 9ice, W4, Wande Coal, Owl City and Ed Sheeran as musical influences. Kiss Daniel lost his father on May 9, 2015 just eight days after his 21st birthday. His dad will undoubtedly be proud of his son’s achievement and if Kiss Daniel keeps up the hard work and keeps cooking up good music, it’ll only be a matter of time before he earns himself a place at the pinnacle of the booming Naija music industry. All the best Kiss!!!

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