Friday, 25 July 2014

Di' Ja

Hadiza Blell, better known by her stage name Di'Ja, is a Sierra Leonean Nigerian recording artist, visual artist, fashion designer, 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.

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. At a young age, Di'Ja committed herself to academia and earned a double degree in Biology and Psychology. After earning the aforementioned degrees, Di'Ja became passionate about music, art, and philosophy.
Her music career started in 2008. In 2012, Di'ja released several singles, including "Dan'Iska (Rudebwoy)", "Hold On (Ba Damuwa)", and "How Can We Be Friends".

In 2013, she returned to Nigeria and signed a record deal with Nigerian record producer Don Jazzy. On February 14, 2014, her record deal with Don Jazzy was publicized.

On 14 February 2014, Di'Ja released her first official single under Mavin Records. The song, titled "Yaro", is an up-tempo celebration of love and commitment against all odds. The song infuses Hausa and Krio dialects in honor of her Nigerian and Sierra Leonean roots.

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. In May 2014, an animated video was released for the trending "Dorobucci". As of June 21, 2014, "Dorobucci" has attracted over 12 million download since its release.
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