Celebrity Focus: Wande Coal – The Black Diamond And His Extra-Ordinary Voice

Wande Coal has got one of the best ever-green albums to be released in this era.  His album, “Mushin to Mo’Hits” produced by Don Jazzy and featured songs like “You Bad,” “Bumper to Bumper” and more still ranks among the top 10 album in Nigeria till present day.

Black Diamond, as he is commonly called is undoubtedly Africa’s pride and has managed to still remain relevant with his craft, sweeping new breeds under the rug has his skills have made him incontestable. Unlike his counterparts that has got unique craft fusing Afro Hip Hop, Pop and R&B but remain underrated, Wande Coal’s reputation for turning a song to a well of gold that keeps giving is ever bright and is not likely to dwindle anytime soon judging by the success of his new releases.

Born Wande Ojosipe, this talented performer has always stayed true to his first love, music. Growing up in Mushin, a tough part of Lagos, young Wande stayed out of trouble by singing in the choir of his local church. His decision to stick with music paid off when he started getting gigs as a professional dancer. It wasn’t very long before the 26-year-old started getting attention with his skill for improvisation and unique dance moves. His inimitable vocal style got him noticed by Don Jazzy who wasted no time in signing him up to a long term deal in 2006. He started gaining national attention after being featured on D’banj’s Rundown/Funk You up album on singles like; “Loke,” “Tonosibe” and “Why me.”

His distinctive voice also stood him out on the 2007 compilation album by Mo’Hits crew titled “Curriculum Vitae.” After “Ololufe,” his first single from the album was released, fans became impatient to lay hold on Wande Coal’s album but the album just kept dragging. By the time “Mushin to Mo”Hits”  was released in 2008, a lot of fans and critics understood why Wande’s album had to be delayed because it was a fresh sound And nothing like what was obtainable at the period. The album broke several records by racing to sell over 3 million copies with 3 singles that shot straight to Number 1 on the charts. He also won the Hip Hop Awards Next Rated Category for the album, driving home a car.

While fans still await his sophomore album, Wande Coal has released several singles including “The Kick,” one of the biggest club bangers in recent times, “Rotate,” and “My Way.”

In spite of his breakneck rise to the top, Wande has never forgotten his Mushin roots and does a lot of work for local charities and orphanages. This is one Mavin whose huge stage presence is matched only by the size of his heart.

Other collaborations include “Kiss Your Hand” with R2Bees, “For Me” with Wizkid, “Ashawo” with Naeto C and more. Wande Coal has since started his own label, Black Diamond Entertainment, however, he is still signed to Don Jazzy’s Mavin Records. On June 3rd 2013, it was announced that Wande Coal has parted ways with his long term manager, Sunday Are.



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