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Wande Coal

Mar 17, 2022

12:10am – 12:40am CT


This performance is part of the showcase that starts on Wednesday, March 16at Stubb’s

WANDE COAL is one of the most revered, influential and multifaceted African recording artists of the modern era, with over 200 million global streams to his credit. A singer, songwriter and producer, he’s the voice behind afropop essentials “Iskaba” (2017), “So Mi So” (2018) and the Patoranking collaboration, “My Woman, My Everything” (2015). As DJ Tunez, the producer of “Iskaba” and DJ for Wizkid, told The FADER: “Wande is Africa's number one vocalist... talent-wise, he's that guy.”

Born Oluwatobi Wande Ojosipe in Lagos, Coal’s music journey began in church, where he learned to sing and play the piano, helping him develop what would become his trademark soulful sound. In 2007, he joined Mo’ Hits after principals Don Jazzy and D’Banj noticed him as a dancer in music videos. Quickly becoming an indispensable part of the label’s writing and production stable, he penned some of its most notable releases including D’Banj’s landmark “Oliver Twist,” the Kanye-endorsed big bang which birthed today’s afrobeats explosion.

In 2009, Wande released his debut album, Mushin 2 Mo' Hits, an era-defining LP that’s been called “the classic that set the bar for Afropop” by The Native Mag.

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Lagos Island, NIGERIA