Presented by Shifting Culture, the afrobeats star arrives in Vancouver on May 19 at the Korean Cultural Centre. For those unaware of who YCEE is, the Nigerian native hails from Festac Town. Commencing his introduction into the music scene in 2012 as an underground rapper signed to Tinny Entertainment, his skills quickly became apparent. After a short hiatus as a result of his admission into the University of Lagos, YCEE made a comeback after releasing the critically acclaimed single “Condo” in May 2015; a song which earned him nominations for “Best Music Video of the Year” and “Best Collaboration of the Year” at the 2015 Nigerian Entertainment Awards. Two months after, he garnered his first radio hit with the release of “Jagaban.” Jagaban made YCEE a household name as the single massively dominated radio charts. The inclusion of Olamide on the remix intensified the hype of the single. His career further hit the limelight after he was nominated for Revelation of the Year at the 2015 edition of the MTV Africa Music Awards, as well as earning the nomination of “Best Artist in African Pop” category at the 2015 All Africa Music Awards.
He later went on to win The Headies 2015 “Rookie of the Year” Award with the release of Omo Alhaji which was
one of the biggest afrobeat tracks for that year.
YCEE has worked with a variety of Afrobeats artists like Falz, Maleek Berry, Wizkid, Olamide, Eugy to name a few. In 2017, he released an EP titled “The First Wave” centred on the freshest fusions of Afrobeats, trap and rap-laying down edgy collaborations with a roster of acclaimed African producers and artists. The hotshot bounce of “Link Up”, with Reekado Banks, and the seductive harmonic complexity of “Juice”, featuring Maleek Berry, broke new ground across Africa and beyond. This year, he released “SayByeBye” featuring Eugy and blessed us with the Late Night Vibrations EP with Bella- honest moody vibes with a fusion of Afro-soul/R&B. He is here to stay, and his raspy melodic voice will surely hold your attention.
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