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Wednesday, 30 December 2015

BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY AFRO-SIERRA LEONEAN " DI'JA " IS A SIERRA LEONEAN - NIGERIAN SINGER, VISUAL ARTIST, FASHION DESIGNER AND SONG WRITER : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "

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Di'Ja


Di'Ja
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Background information
Birth nameHadiza Blell
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Recording artist
  • songwriter
  • performer
  • model
Years active2008–present
LabelsMavin Records
Associated acts


Hadiza Blell, better known by her stage name Di'Ja, is a Sierra Leonean-Nigerian singer, visual artist, fashion designer and songwriter. She is currently signed to Mavin Records. In 2009, she released her first single "Rock Steady" which was nominated for Best Urban/R&B Single at the 2009 Canadian Radio Music Awards. Moreover, she won the Best New Artist award at the 2008 Beat Music Awards.[1][2]

Early life

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Di'Ja has lived in NigeriaSierra Leone, the United States and Canada. Her mother is from Northern Nigeria and her father is from Sierra Leone. At a young age, Di'Ja committed herself to academia and earned a double degree in Biology and Psychology. After earning the aforementioned degrees, Di'Ja became passionate about music, art and philosophy.[3]

Music career

Her music career started in 2008.[4] In 2012, Di'Ja released several singles including "Dan'Iska (Rudebwoy)", "Hold On (Ba Damuwa)" and "How Can We Be Friends".[5] On February 14, 2015, Don Jazzy announced the addition of Di'Ja to Mavin Records.[3] Her first official single under Mavin Records was also released on February 14, 2014. The song, which is titled "Yaro", is an up-tempo celebration of love and commitment against all odds. It infuses Hausa and Krio dialects in honour of her Nigerian and Sierra Leonean roots.[6]
In May 2014, Di'Ja was featured on "Dorobucci" alongside label mates Don Jazzy, Dr SIDTiwa Savage, D'Prince, Korede Bello andReekado Banks.[7] In May 2014, an animated video was released for "Dorobucci".[8] As of 21 June 2014, "Dorobucci" has received over 12 million downloads since its release.[9]Di'Ja was featured on "Arise" alongside Don Jazzy and Reekado Banks.[10]

Awards and nominations

YearEventPrizeRecipientResultRef
2014Nigeria Entertainment AwardsMost Promising Act to WatchHerselfNominated[11]
2009Canadian Radio Music AwardsBest Urban/R&B SingleNominated[1][2]
2008Beat Music AwardsBest New ArtistHerselfWon

Discography

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Singles


YearTitleAlbum
2008"Rock Steady"Non-album single
2012"How Can We Be Friends"
2013"Dan'Iska (Rudebwoy)"
"Hold On (Ba Damuwa)"
2014"Yaro"
"Dorobucci"[12]
(with Don Jazzy, Tiwa SavageDr SID, D'Prince, Reekado Banks, and Korede Bello)
TBA
"Adaobi"[13]
(with Reekado Banks, Korede Bello, and Don Jazzy)
2015"Looku Looku"