Janet Jackson’s first song in 3 years was produced none other than Harmony (H-Money) Samuels, so you already know he’s no joke when it comes to production. Harmony Samuels was born in Tottenham, North London to Nigerian parents and at just age 4, he started taking piano and guitar lessons and eight years later, he had grown to become the music director at his church.Samuels production credits include Jennifer Lopez, Ariana Grande, Kelly Rowland, Jennifer Hudson, Fifth Harmony, Chip, Michelle Williams, Fantasia, Chris Brown, Brandy, Keyshia Cole, Jason Derulo, Jordin Sparks and Ne-Yo.
From watching a video of Timbaland and Jay z working together to actually working with Jayz, NEbony ‘WondaGurl’ Oshunrinde is about to be a household name. At age 21, WondaGurl already has album credits with a lot of musicians in the world. Her production credit includes Lil Uzi Vert, Big Sean, Usher Travis Scott, Jay Z, Drake, Bryson Tiller, SZA, Young Thug, Kanye West amongst others.
Born to Nigerian parents living in Canada, Ebony started producing on her keyboard with drum pads when she was only 9.
In an interview with Complex magazine, she told her story of how she became a producer.
“I started when I was 9-years-old. I was on my computer watching YouTube videos of Timbaland—he’s my favorite producer. When I saw those videos of Timbaland, I fell in love with what he does in making the instrumentals, and I wanted to do the same thing. I started out making little beats on my keyboard, and then I went up to Magix Music Maker, then to Reason, and then FL Studio.”
With the rise and rise of streaming and the decline of downloads, its little wonder why the music industry is now shuffling for playlists on these services. Born in the United States and raised by Nigerian parents, Tunde Ogundipe or Tuneday as he is known on social media is Spotify’s Global Lead of African Music & Culture.
With afrobeats growing bigger and the culture gaining more traction. Tunde is behind the one of the most important movements on Spotify. Recently, as part of Spotify’s Global Cultures initiative, spotify launched Afro Hub, a playlist section dedicated to celebrating African music on the continent and the African Diaspora.
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