Dami Duro

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"Dami Duro"
Dami Duro cover.jpg
Single by Davido
from the album Omo Baba Olowo
Released October 30, 2011 (2011-10-30)[1]
Format Digital download
Recorded 2011
Genre Afropop
Length 4:12
Label HKN Music
Songwriter(s) David Adeleke
Producer(s)
Davido singles chronology
"Back When"
(2011)
"Dami Duro"
(2011)
"Ekuro"
(2012)
"Back When"
(2011)
"Dami Duro"
(2011)
"Ekuro"
(2012)

"Dami Duro" is a song by Nigerian recording artist Davido. It was released as the second single from his debut studio album, Omo Baba Olowo (2012). The song is the follow-up to his first single "Back When", which features rapper Naeto C.[2] The song was produced by Shizzi, HKN's in-house producer. It peaked at number 1 on GoldMyne's top 10 songs of 2012 list, surpassing Iyanya's "Kukere".[3]

Akon remix[edit]

The remix of "Dami Duro" features Senegalese American recording artist Akon. In a brief interview with Blue Revolution Entertainment in Miami, Davido said that the remix of "Dami Duro" was recorded in May 2012.[4][5][6]

Critical reception[edit]

A writer for Africa Public commended Davido and Akon for their work on the remix. The writer said: "I like the new verse, it gave a new vibe to the track, plus i couldn't easily tell which voice belonged to Davido and which one belonged to Akon. Apart from the fact that Auto tune makes their voice sound more similar; Akon actually did well when it came to the Yoruba aspect; Obviously not as fluent as Davido, but you wouldn’t really know that one of the guys in the song isn’t Nigerian."[7]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Dami Duro" was released on January 8, 2012. It was shot and directed in Lagos by Clarence Peters, and was released during the Occupy Nigeria protests.[8][9]

Cultural impact[edit]

The popularity of "Dami Duro" extended to the political world. Abiola Ajimobi, the current governor of Oyo State, sang the song while giving a speech at the University of Ibadan.[10]

Live performances[edit]

In December 2013, Davido performed "Dami Duro" at a concert sponsored by a brewing company. The concert was held at the Kyadondo Rugby Club in Kampala, Uganda; it featured an additional performance by Jose Chameleon. During his performance, Davido paid tribute to the late Nelson Mandela.[11]

Accolades[edit]

"Dami Duro" won Hottest Single of the Year at the 2012 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.[12] The music video for "Dami Duro" was nominated for Most Gifted Dance Video of the Year at the 2012 Channel O Music Video Awards.[13] The music video won the Most Gifted Newcomer Video of the Year category at the aforementioned Channel O Music Video Awards.[14] The music video was also nominated for Best African Act Video at the 2012 4Syte TV Music Video Awards.[15] At the 2012 Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA), Davido won the Best Video By A New Artiste award for the song.[16] Moreover, "Dami Duro" was nominated for Best Pop Single and Song of the Year at The Headies 2012.[17]

Year Awards ceremony Award description(s) Results
2012 Channel O Music Video Awards Most Gifted Dance Video of the Year Nominated
Most Gifted Newcomer Video of the Year Won
Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA) Best Video By A New Artiste (Live Beats Choice) Won
4Syte TV Music Video Awards Best African Act Video Nominated
Nigeria Entertainment Awards Hottest Single of the Year Won
The Headies Best Pop Single Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated

Covers and remixes[edit]

  • Digital download
  1. "Dami Duro" (Sai Phifer featuring Victoria Kimani and Archapello remix) - 4:16[18]
  2. "Dami Duro" (Babsss remix) - 4:34[19]
  3. "Dami Druo" (Acetune remix) - 2:51[20]
  4. "Dami Duro" (Gizmo cover) - 4:07
  5. "Dami Duro" (Mayor Kun cover) - 4:10
  6. "Babalawo Duro" (Shuun Bebe cover) - 4:06[21]
  7. "Dami Duro Lyrical Version" (Boogey remix) - 4:10[22]
  8. "Dance Azonto" (Mr Eazi Dami Duro cover) - 3:54[23]
  9. "Gbemu" (J.Mulla cover) - 4:39[24]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
Nigeria October 30, 2011 Digital download HKN Music

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New Music: Davido – Dami Duro". Bellanaija. 31 October 2011. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Dami duro for launch today". The Punch. 22 July 2012. Archived from the original on March 17, 2014. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Ten Hit Songs That Rocked 2012, Davido-Damiduro Leads The Way". GoldMyne. 20 December 2012. Archived from the original on 17 March 2014. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Akintayo, Opeoluwani (15 May 2012). "Nigeria: Davido Collaborates With Akon". allAfrica.com via Vanguard. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "Dami Duro (remix) by Davido ft Akon". OMG.com. 13 May 2012. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "AKON REMIXES DAVIDO's DAMI DURO". Hip Hop World Magazine. Archived from the original on 17 March 2014. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "Davido ft Akon – Dami Duro REMIX Review". AfricaPublic.com. 2 November 2012. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Davido drops video for 'Dami Duro'". YNaija. 10 January 2012. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "NigeriaNewsDaily: Videos : Nigeria Videos". NigeriaNewsDaily.com. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  10. ^ Alonge, Osagie (1 January 2014). "VIDEO: Abiola Ajimobi – Watch Oyo State Governor sing Davido's 'Dami duro'". Nigerian Entertainment Today. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  11. ^ Kaggwa, Andrew (22 December 2013). "Uganda: Davido, Chameleone Face Off At Kyadondo". allAfrica via The Observer. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  12. ^ "Nigeria Entertainment Awards 2012! All The Winners". Jaguda. 2 June 2012. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  13. ^ "Channel O Music Video Awards 2012 Nominees Announced". Hype Magazine. 5 September 2012. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  14. ^ "Full list of winners at the 2012 Channel O Music Video Awards". ModernGhana. 18 November 2012. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  15. ^ "Full list of 4th MTN 4Syte TV Music Video Awards 2012". Ghanamusic. 20 October 2012. Archived from the original on December 20, 2013. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  16. ^ "Nigerian Music Video Awards (NMVA 2012 ) Full Winners List". Prisoner of Class. Archived from the original on November 13, 2013. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  17. ^ "THE HEADIES (HIP HOP WORLD AWARDS 2012) WINNERS LIST". Hiphopworldmagazine. Archived from the original on October 29, 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  18. ^ "Remix Vs. Remix – "Ara" Meets "Dami Duro"". Bellanaija. 7 May 2012. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  19. ^ Odenigbo, Obinna (20 February 2012). "Pres Obasanjo's grandson turns rapper: remixes Davido's "Dami Duro"". Cruise Nigeria. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  20. ^ Eta, Phillip (13 December 2012). "Acetune jumps on Davido's 'Dami Duro' track". DailyPost Newspaper. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  21. ^ "Music: Shuun Bebe – Babalawo Duro (Dami Duro Cover)". NaijaFusion. 22 January 2013. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  22. ^ "Music: Boogey – Dami Duro [ Lyrical Version]". Jaguda. 23 June 2012. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  23. ^ "Get Familiar: Mr Eazi – Dance Azonto [Dami Duro Cover]". 360nobs. 17 April 2012. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  24. ^ "J.mulla- Gbemu (Dami Duro Cover)". 22 June 2012. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 

External links[edit]

Dami Duro (Official Video) on YouTube