CKay is the artist to know at the moment. The self-defined Emo-Afrobeat star is skyrocketing the charts across the world with a viral remix of her single Love Nwantiti, and the UK is no exception.
The Nigerian singer, songwriter and producer, real name Chukwuka Ekweani, originally released Love Nwantiti (Ah Ah Ah) in 2019 as part of his debut EP CKay The First.
It wasn’t until the summer of 2021, however, that the track really started to gain momentum. In late July, a TikTok user remixed the single, which quickly went stratospheric through dance challenges, stan edits, makeup reveals and more – 2.5 million TikToks currently exist using just this mix. particular (along with hundreds of thousands more in other versions) – and users soon began to search for the original.
In the past seven days alone, Love Nwantiti has captured 3.5 million UK streams, helping her to make the official Top 10 in this week’s Singles Rankings at number 9.
And his success doesn’t end there – a quick glance at CKay’s Twitter will offer the best view of his recent success, including being the Most Shazamed Song in the World. The song’s global presence is in part thanks to North African, East African and South African remixes, as well as versions in French, Spanish, Italian and German – all with contributors from each corresponding region or country.
If you are a Love Nwantiti fan, CKay has two EP of catchy afropop tracks for you to enjoy.
Merging Afrobeats with pop, electronic music, and even some tweening of classical music – his natural flair for songwriting and producing songs shines through in his tracks. A good place to start if you’re looking for more is Felony, the opening of his second EP Boyfriend.
In an interview with the South African magazine DRUM, the artist explained that his music is mainly about love: “I am Africa’s boyfriend because of the music I make, the predominant thing in my life. is love. It’s the only thing that defines me and I’ve known a lot of joys and pains in love. “
As for the future, CKay has revealed that he hopes to grow as tall as fellow Nigerian artists Wizkid, Burna Boy and Davido. He’s already taking steps in this direction after scoring a feature film and production credit on Davido’s 2020 album A Better Time.
There’s more music coming soon, with hints of a new single coming in early October and reporting that CKay is working on his debut studio album.