After becoming a viral sensation with his Drake-approved freestyle video, filmed on the streets of Lagos, 19-year-old breaking talent Hyzah is now ready to unleash his first official single. Following that unprecedented turn of events, Hyzah’s debut ‘Dan Mi (Pass The Lighter)’ is the start of something brilliant and pioneering, and kickstarts his new deal with Warner Records.
Despite appearing to be an overnight sensation, the young Nigerian has been making music since his early schooldays. It was not easy for the aspiring artist. “We didn’t have actual instruments to make music, but we’d use our hands to make beats” he recalls.
Hyzah’s life took a completely different path when Oak Spotlight Management filmed his impressive rhythmic flow and incredibly rich melodies. They uploaded the freestyle to Twitter, which sparked his viral moment. Additional videos of him began to circulate around social media, and his streetside performances quickly became iconic.
The original video has 790,000 views and has been circulated by many so big social media platforms that its origins are impossible to trace. Eager to build on the growing attention, Hyzah launched an Instagram account. After going to bed with just two followers, he woke up to find out Drake had followed him and gave him a welcoming co-sign. Now with 121,000 followers on Instagram, Hyzah has a crowd waiting for this irresistible debut song.
We had the opportunity to speak with Hyzah who shared some insight on himself as an artist:
I love making music for my mind, vibes upon vibes is how I create music. I am heavily influenced by rap and my favorite rap artist is Drake. The type of music I create is different from the different sounds you are likely to hear in Nigeria. My music is all about vibes, its about freeing my mind and going with my own flow. I essentially love creating music for myself, and that is why it sounds so different as it comes from a place of vibes, my own vibes. I must say I have been inspired by Wizkid, from a young age I have always listened to his music. My aim is to make my music known worldwide and to also put a smile on my Mother’s face. I want to achieve a lot of things when it comes to my career, in addition I would like to help other artists that want to start their career in the music industry. There are people that are really working hard, and if I have the opportunity to help them, why wouldn’t I?
A vibrant and expertly stylised music video matches the energy supplied by the song. Its variety of locations capture multiple vibes and reflect the journey that Hyzah has taken to get where he is today. His charismatic performance and striking choreography underline his future star status, which is further supported by his contemporary fashion choices.
‘Dan Mi (Pass The Lighter)’ was based on his viral freestyle breakthrough, but it’s just the start of Hyzah’s story. His whole life changed within a moment, a heart-warming narrative that demonstrates that if you have talent, dedication and a little luck, anything is possible. Now Hyzah takes his undeniable talent global, with a real summer track that’s fresh and authentic to his city.
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