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Naira Marley Biography

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Biography

Azeez Adeshina Fashola (born 10 May 1991), known professionally as Naira Marley, is a British-Nigerian singer and songwriter. He is recognized as the president of his controversial fan base, “Marlians”. Naira Marley’s music is a blend of Afrobeats and hip-hop, and he has been a significant figure in the music industry, with numerous hits, controversies, and a dedicated fan base.

Naira Marley
Full Name Azeez Adeshina Fashola
Born May 10, 1991 (age 32)
Nationality Nigerian
Occupation Musician
Relationship Status Single
Education Peckham Academy
Awards Viewers’ Choice Award (2020 Soundcity MVP Awards)
Booking Contact [email protected]
Organization Marlian Records

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Early Life

  • Born on 10 May 1991.
  • At the age of 11, he moved to Peckham, South London, England.

Education

  • Graduated with a distinction in Business from Peckham Academy.
  • Studied Business Law at Crossways College (now Christ the King Sixth Form College).

Career

2014–2018: Career Beginnings

  • Initially aspired to become an MC and a voice-over artist.
  • Began his music career in 2014 after discovering his passion for it.
  • Released the track “Marry Juana” in collaboration with Max Twigz.
  • Launched his debut EP titled “Gotta Dance” in 2014.
  • In December 2017, he released “Issa Goal”, featuring Olamide and Lil Kesh, which became the theme song for the Super Eagles at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
  • His music is a fusion of Afrobeats and hip-hop.
  • Adopted the stage name “Naira Marley” as a tribute to Jamaican singer Bob Marley.

2019–Present: Musical Releases, Marlian Records, and Debut Album

  • Released the track “Am I A Yahoo Boy” in May 2019, leading to his arrest by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
  • Launched “Soapy” in June 2019, shortly after his release from prison.
  • Released his second EP “Lord of Lamba” in December 2019, which featured artists like CBlvck, Young John, and Mayorkun.
  • Announced the establishment of his record label, Marlian Records, in December 2019 and introduced signed acts including CBlvck, Zinoleesky, and Fabian Blu.
  • In July 2020, he introduced another artist under his label, Emo Grae.
  • Announced a new album titled “God’s Timing Is The Best” in June 2021.

Awards and Nominations

  • Won the Viewers’ Choice award for “Soapy” at the 2020 Soundcity MVP Awards.
  • Nominated for Song of the Year and Best Pop at the 2020 Soundcity MVP Awards.
  • Nominated for Artiste of the Year (Male) and Street Song of the Year for “Soapy” at the 2019 City People Music Awards.

Personal Life

  • Known for his controversial fan base, “Marlians”.
  • Has faced legal issues, including an arrest by the EFCC in 2019 related to his song “Am I A Yahoo Boy”.
  • Detained for violating lockdown orders during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Accused of assaulting his signee, Mohbad, in October 2022, which he referred to as a “family affair”.

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