NIGERIAN MUSICIAN DARE ART ALADE BIOGRAPHY
Dare Art Alade was born in Lagos, Nigeria, to famed Nigerian jazz pioneer Art Alade and Olapeju Alade. On February 9, 1982, he was born. Dare is the youngest of five children born to Olapeju and Art Alade, a well-known Nigerian highlife/jazz musician in the 1960s and 1970s. Dare used to go to his father’s jazz concerts and search through his father’s huge jazz collection. Darey attended CMS Grammar School in Lagos for his secondary schooling before enrolling at the University of Lagos to pursue a degree in music. He went on to study music theory, voice, and classical piano at the Music Society of Nigeria (MUSON).
Dare began singing with numerous choirs at a young age, including the National Troupe of Nigeria Choir and eventually the Cathedral Choir. He began playing in clubs throughout Lagos, Nigeria, and other Nigerian cities when he was 15 years old.
Darey has worked as a disc jockey, TV host, entertainment consultant, voice over artist, and performing/recording artist throughout his career. He rose to prominence in 2004 as part of the Project Fame music reality show. He took part in the competition and placed third.
His Sony BMG Africa record agreement was not a commercial success, therefore he released his debut album “From me to you” under Storms record two years later. With singles like “Fuji” and “escalade” receiving widespread broadcast in Nigerian and international media, the album was a great success. The tune “Original naija” was utilized as the theme song for Big Brother Nigeria’s inaugural season.
Darey hosted the music-themed reality show “Project Fame West Africa” in 2008. In the South Africa edition in 2004, he initially rose to continental prominence. Darey’s eagerly awaited follow-up, ‘unDAREYted,’ was released in 2009 on the new Soul Muzik label. In just two months, the record sold over 150,000 copies in Nigeria. The album features Cobhams Asuquo (Asa’s producer), 2face Idibia, Naeto C, 9ice, and Tee-Y Mix. “Not The Girl,” a big hit song that was nominated for multiple accolades and won video of the year at the 2009 Nigerian Entertainment Awards in Washington, DC.
Dick Griffey, an African American music industry veteran, offered to produce Darey’s third album, which was supposed to saturate the US and foreign markets, but he passed away before the project could be completed. He played in a number of places around the world in 2010, including Nairobi, Johannesburg, Abuja, Lagos, and other important African towns.
R-Kelly, 50 Cent, and Ciara have all performed on the same stage with him. Darey was invited to play at the presidential mansion by Nigerian President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to commemorate the country’s 50th anniversary of independence. In front of a room full of African presidents and former world leaders, he performed a medley of 50 songs with his 15-piece band, “Soul band.”
In 2011 and 2013, Darey hosted the Gulder Ultimate search and Glo Naija sings in 2011 and 2013. In February 2013, Darey organized a theatrical concert called “Love Like a Movie.” The event is done every year to commemorate Valentine’s Day. Asiko’s song video was also released.
In May of 2013, Darey released a new track called “Special Fever.” In June 2013, he and Dolapo Oni co-hosted the debut of media mogul Mo Abudu’s multi-broadcast network Ebony Life TV. He got an ambassadorship with Lipton, a popular drinking drink from Unilever. Darey rose to the position of judge on Nigerian Idol.
Darey’s fifth studio album, “Naked,” was released in October 2015. Collaborations with Asa, YBNL Nation rapper Olamide, and the multiple Grammy award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir appear on the 13-track album, which blends afrobeat, soul, and R&B.
Darey’s life does not center entirely around music. He is also a humanitarian and philanthropist. Cancer charities, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and various African foundations are among the causes he supports. He also founded the Art Foundation, whose mission is to preserve music education for African children in primary and secondary schools.
He married Deola Ayeni Art-Alade in 2007, and the couple has two children together.
Darey Art Alade is reported to be worth around $5 million, according to industry reports.
His awards and nominations include;
• Best R&B “Not The Girl” (2009 Nigerian Music Video Awards)
• Best Use of Costume “More” (2009 Nigerian Music Video Awards)
• Video of the Year “More” (2009 Nigerian Music Video Awards)
• Best Music Video of the Year “Not The Girl” (2009 Nigeria Entertainment Awards)
• Best R&B Video “Escalade”(2006 Channel O Music Video Awards)
• Recording of the Year “The Way You Are” (The Headies 2011)
• Best R&B Single of the Year “The Way You Are” (The Headies 2011)
• Best Male Artiste: Inspirational “Pray For Me” (All Africa Music Award 2015)
Best R&B Song “Escalade” (2007 Awards for Musical excellence in Nigeria (A.M.E.N): Nominated
Best R&B Album “From Me 2 U” (Awards for Musical excellence in Nigeria (A.M.E.N): Nominated
• Video of the year “The Way You Are” (2011 Nigerian Music Video Awards): Nominated
• Best Use of Costumes “Ba Ni Ki Di” (2011 Nigerian Music Video Awards): Nominated
• Best Highlife “Sisi Eko” (2012 Nigerian Music Video Awards): Nominated
• Music Video of the Year “Sisi Eko” (2013 Nigerian Entertainment Awards): Nominated
• Best Male Artiste: Inspirational “Pray For Me” (2015 Africa Music Awards): Nominated
Darey Art Alade Songs include:
From Me 2 U (2006)
With This Woman (2008)
Carry Dey Go (featuring 2Face Idibia) (2008)
Not The Girl (2008)
No Stars (2009)
Let You Know (2009)
Style Na Style Remix ft. 9ice, Password & Jesse Jagz (2009)
Stroke Me (2009)
The Way You Are (2010)
Don’t Let Me Know (2010)
Ba Ni Ki Di (2010)
Sisi Eko (2010)
The Way You Are (Remix) ft Chamillionaire (2011)
Special Fever (2013)
Asiko Laiye (Remix) ft Olamide (2015)
Pray For Me ft Soweto Gospel Choir (2015)
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