Di'Ja

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Di'Ja
Di'Ja in 2015
Di'Ja in 2015
Background information
Birth nameHadiza Blell
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active2002–present
LabelsMavin Records
Associated acts
Websitedijanation.com

Hadiza Blell, better known by her stage name Di'Ja, is a Nigerian singer 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[edit]

Di'Ja has lived in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, the United States and Canada. Her mother is from Northern Nigeria and her father is from Sierra Leone. Di'Ja's received a joint degree in biology and psychology.[3]

Music career[edit]

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, 2014, Di'Ja signed a record deal with Don Jazzy's Mavin Records.[3] "Yaro", her first official single under the label was also released that same day. 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 SID, Tiwa Savage, D'Prince, Korede Bello and Reekado Banks.[7] She was also featured on "Arise", alongside Don Jazzy and Reekado Banks. On December 15, 2017, Di'Ja released her extended play Aphrodija, which also features guest vocals from Tiwa Savage and Reekado Banks.[8][9]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Event Prize Recipient Result Ref
2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Most Promising Act to Watch Herself Nominated [10]
2009 Canadian Radio Music Awards Best Urban/R&B Single Rock steady Nominated [1][2]
2008 Beat Music Awards Best New Artist Herself Won

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Album
2008 "Rock Steady" Non-album single
2012 "How Can We Be Friends"
2013 "Dan'Iska (Rudebwoy)"
"Hold On (Ba Damuwa)"
2014 "Yaro"
"Dorobucci"[11]
(with Don Jazzy, Tiwa Savage, Dr SID, D'Prince, Reekado Banks, and Korede Bello)
"Awww"[12]
"Adaobi"[13]
(with Reekado Banks, Korede Bello, and Don Jazzy)
2015 "Looku Looku"
2016 "Take Kiss"[14]
2017 "Air"
2019 “Omotena” "Di’Ja EP"

Videography[edit]

Year Title Album Director Ref
2016 "Take Kiss" Non-album single Adasa Cookey [15]
2016 "Falling For You" Unlimited L.A [16]
2014 "Aww" Unlimited L.A

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Abimboye, Micheal (15 February 2014). "Nigerian Entertainment Round-up: Donjazzy's Mavin Records signs on new artiste' Di'Ja". Premium Times. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  2. ^ a b Filani, Omotola (14 February 2014). "Don Jazzy signs female act Di'Ja to Mavin Records". Daily Post Newspaper. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  3. ^ a b Alonge, Osagie (14 February 2014). "Don Jazzy signs new act Di'ja to Mavin Records, 2 more to follow". Nigerian Entertainment Today. Archived from the original on 10 March 2014. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Mavin Boss Don Jazzy Signs New Act Di'ja to Mavin Records, 2 more to follow". Information Nigeria. 17 February 2014. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  5. ^ "Must Listen! Di'Ja presents "Dan'Iska (Rudebwoy)" and "Hold On (Ba Damuwa)"". Bellanaija. 5 February 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  6. ^ S, Deji (14 February 2014). "Introducing Don Jazzy's New Artiste Di'ja! Listen to Her New Single – Yaro". bellanaija. Retrieved 14 February 2014.
  7. ^ S, Quedy (1 May 2014). "MUSIC: Mavins – Dorobucci ft Don Jazzy, Dr Sid, Tiwa Savage, Dprince, Di'Ja, Korede Bello, Reekado Banks". 360nobs. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
  8. ^ ""Aphrodija" Offers a More Complete Expressive Di'ja". Pulse.
  9. ^ View Nigeria (21 September 2014). "The Mavins – Arise Ft. Don Jazzy, Reekado Banks & Di'Ja". View Nigeria. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
  10. ^ Abimboye, Micheal (31 May 2014). "Pop duo, Skuki, reject Nigerian Entertainment Awards nomination". Premium Times. Retrieved 1 June 2014.
  11. ^ Opeoluwani, Akintayo (10 May 2014). "MUSIC REVIEW: 'Dorobucci' Could Have Been Better With D'Banj". Daily Times of Nigeria. Archived from the original on 22 May 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  12. ^ MavinRecords (16 December 2014), Di'Ja - Awww Music Video, retrieved 12 May 2016
  13. ^ "New Music: Mavins Feat. Di'Ja, Reekado Banks, Korede Bello – Adaobi". Bellanaija. 27 May 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2014.
  14. ^ "New Music Di'Ja – 'Take Kiss' ft. BabyFresh". Pulse.ng. Joey Akan. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  15. ^ "Di'Ja Singer is playful and adorable in 'Take kiss' video". Pulse.ng. Joay Akan. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  16. ^ "Di'Ja, Patoranking Stars become colourful lovers in 'Falling for you' video". Pulse.com.gh. David Mawuli. Retrieved 3 February 2016.

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