Di'Ja

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Di'Ja
Dija2.jpg
Di'Ja in 2015
Background information
Birth name Hadiza Blell
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active 2002–present
Labels Mavin Records
Associated acts
Website dijanation.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 commitment to school earned her a joint degree in Biology and Psychology. After earning the aforementioned degree, Di'Ja found passion in music, art and philosophy.[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, Don Jazzy announced the addition of Di'Ja to Mavin Records.[3] Her first official single under Mavin Records was also released that same day. Titled "Yaro", it is an up-tempo celebration of love and commitment against all odds. Moreover, 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] Di'Ja was featured on "Arise" alongside Don Jazzy and Reekado Banks. On December 15, 2017, Dija released an extended play, Aphrodija, which also features 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 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"

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. 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 (2014-12-16), Di'Ja - Awww Music Video, retrieved 2016-05-12 
  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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