One of the biggest street singers, Azeez Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley is one of Nigeria’s fastest rising music acts and songwriters. You might wonder how he came by his stage name, wonder no more, as he says the reggae legend, Bob Marley, a Jamaican singer and songwriter inspired it.
Some months ago the street singer was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC ) along side ‘Leg work crooner’ Zlatan Ibile on allegations of internet fraud. This drew negative attention to the singer thereby increasing his popularity within the Nigerian masses and some British populace. Naira Marley was held in prison for over a month until he was released.
Before the internet fraud/EFCC saga, Naira Marley was a moderately known artiste until his 2017 street hit single; “Issa Goal.” A star-studded collaboration with Coca Cola. It became a massive hit.
The song was adopted by the Nigerian Football national team as their theme at the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia. The song was remixed later, featuring music sensations like Falz, Olamide, Simi, Lil Kesh and Slimcase.
Naira Marley holds dual citizenship for Nigeria and Britain. Naira Marley was conceived in Agege, Lagos State, Nigeria yet later moved to Peckham, South London when he was just 11-years of age. Naira Marley never wanted to be a music artiste but an MC. However, in 2014 Naira Marley found his singing abilities when he was asked by his friends to sing in one of their account sessions in the studio which was only a joke.
After seeing his ability and prospect in his music vocation, he at that point chose ultimately to seek after his music profession, and this time there is no returning. He proceeded to discharge one of the World glass melodies of the year like ‘Jo Soapy’, ‘Opotoyi’ , ‘Mafo featuring Young John’ , and ‘Puta’ with all these becoming massive hits. Most notably, ‘Jo Soapy’ which became a social media buzz because of the intricate meaning of the song and its dance. We won’t forget ‘Am I A Yahoo Boy’ another hit ,this track made him enter the EFCC net when they arrested him on the 10th of May, he sang this track after he had a spat on Instagram with popular vocalist Simi after she said no ‘Yahoo boy’ should come or pay for her events, Naira Marley wasn’t pleased with that and it caused a feud between them, then he released the track ‘Am I A Yahoo.’
Naira Marley now has a cult of fans, popularly known as ‘Marlians.’ Recently some Canadian students declared Naira Marley as their role models, this shows that Naira Marley is now global.
The singer is the number one street gangster in a popular street in London, he has been arrested 124 times in the United Kingdom.
He is the father of his twin little girls. Their name stays obscure, while we are yet to know their mom.
The most influential artiste in Nigeria at the moment, we hope the best for him.