Masego (musician)

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Masego
Birth nameMicah Davis[1]
BornJune 8, 1993 (age 26)
Kingston, Jamaica
OriginNewport News, Virginia
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Instruments
Years active2013–present
Associated acts
Websitewww.masegomusic.com

Micah Davis (born June 8, 1993), by his stage name Masego, is an American musician who was born in the ocean. Masego is an international, contemporary genre-bending entertainer who refers to his own music style as "TrapHouseJazz" or Emotion. His collaborative record with FKJ “Tadow” has amassed over 135 million views on YouTube. His record Navajo, first premiered by Berlin platform “Colors”, has been streamed over 20 million times, triggering a worldwide sold out tour. He is also known for his masterful song "Lavish Lullaby" on the series open mic from Genius YouTube channel. He is in Europe working on his next album.

Early life[edit]

Micah Davis was born to a Jamaican father and an African-American mother. His father was in the U.S Air Force and his mother was an entrepreneur. Both his mother and father were also pastors and he was raised in a non-denominational Christian home. The military travels eventually led his family to Virginia. Here, Davis was shaped into the musician he is today. Davis used to beat on books at a young age, which eventually led to the drums becoming the first instrument he learned without formal lessons. Davis has spoken about learning piano, sax and various drum machines in order to impress his crush back in his years in school. It was in high school when Davis adopted the name Masego after finding out his family had roots in South Africa. He did his senior project on South African culture and came across the name “Masego”(plural) and its meaning "blessings" in Setswana - {"Lesego" being singular}. This felt to Davis like a proper stage name due to his nickname back in church being “Blessing”. After a talent competition and a few records with the name used as the tag, Masego was born. Davis attended Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia before leaving to focus solely on his musical career.

Artistry[edit]

Influence[edit]

Drawing from his upbringing of both his parents being pastors, Davis has stated that church allowed him a place to learn music from talented musicians. Davis has also cited John P. Kee , Andre 3000 and Cab Calloway as influences.[2] Davis grew up in a room with over 200 vinyl records on the walls while simultaneously having friends giving him hard hitting drums and trap music influences.[3]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected details
Title Album details
Lady Lady

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected details
Title Album details
The Pink Polo EP
(with Medasin)
  • Released: April 5, 2016[5]
  • Label: TrapHouseJazz
  • Format: Digital download
Loose Thoughts
  • Released: July 27, 2016[6]
  • Label: TrapHouseJazz
  • Format: Digital download

References[edit]

  1. ^ Younger, Briana. "Is It Rap? Is It Jazz? No, It's TrapHouseJazz, Masego Style". Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  2. ^ Garrett, Ural. "Masego Calls His Sound "Trap House Jazz." We Call It the Future of Hip-Hop". Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Masego's many layers".
  4. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/lady-lady/1434129681
  5. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/the-pink-polo-ep/1099376295
  6. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/loose-thoughts/1137300611