Meet Omah Lay, Nigeria’s fast-rising star and afro-fusion artiste

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Omah Lay

Omah Lay, Nigeria’s fast-rising star and afro-fusion artiste

Omah Lay has made some serious strides in a relatively short space of time, stemming back to his viral debut single “Do Not Disturb”, which dropped less than two years ago. Since then, he’s collaborated with the likes of 6lack, Olamide, and DJ Spinall, spat out some features alongside veterans Adekunle Gold and Wizkid, turned out two EPs that have amassed tens of millions of streams, and assembled a dedicated army of fans (can we coin them as ‘Laymen’?).

Omah Lay Nigeria’s fast-rising

There’s a contagious warmth and even sunnier outlook that’s so integral to Omah Lay’s sound that this rapid ascent makes sense. Née Stanley Omah Didia and a self-described ‘afro-fusion artiste’, Lay blends a concoction of modern, sparing production with rich storytelling, romantic melodies, and uncompromisingly authentic lyricism. On single “Damn”, he revels in unconditional love: “She loves me when I’m jobless, she loves me when I’m wrong, even when I no need love.”

Omah Lay afro-fusion artiste

Self-produced in collaboration with Nigerian producers Bizzouch, El Jack, and Andre Vibez, his debut EP Get Layd introduced him in May 2020 as a fresh-faced charmer to watch out for. While his second EP What Have We Done cemented his presence in an exciting new league of honey-toned millennial crooners – Fireboy DML, Joeboy, WurlD, and Tems to name a few – all bringing their unique spin to the sounds of the diaspora. We linked up with him to hear his origin story, ambitions for the future, and the unexpected event that occurred in Uganda in December.

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