A London-based R 'n' B and Afrobeat artist, Moelogo mixes up traditional genres of music to create a distinctive sound that is uniquely his own. Born in Lagos, the capital city of Nigeria, the young singer relocated to the United Kingdom in 2001. As a young teenager, he became a member of his school's choir, which, he admits, allowed him to improve his range and to gain greater insight into the way music is arranged. Moelogo – real name Mohammed Animashaun – soon started developing an interest in recorded music and he began working together with the London producer Bayoz Muzik. It was around this time that Animashaun dropped his real name in favour of his stage moniker.
Moelogo's career milestones
The first track that Moelogo unleashed on the public was called “Pangolo”; a one-off single that showcased his vocal style. With plenty of synth sounds, electronic drums and handclaps, the track was designed to be a floor-filler for DJs. The track blended UK-style dance music with Afrobeats in a seamless way. It was this ability to fuse elements of jazz, R 'n' B and pop music into something with an African-inspired backbeat that would become Moelogo's signature style.
After “Pangolo”, Moelogo's next attempt at a hit record was “The Baddest”. Made available for digital download and via streaming sites, there were no less than five versions of this track that were put out. As well as an instrumental version and the original, there was a video edit version that featured Giggs, the South London-based rapper perhaps best known for his album Landlord.
Three singles followed in 2015: “Do You Love Me”, “My Sweetie” and “Te Ota E Mole”. The last of these was particularly West African in its style, despite being completely accessible to a mainstream UK audience. Moelogo's first EP did not appear until 2016. Ireti really started to get the artist noticed on the professional music scene in the capital. With his star rising, the likes of Davido and Sarkodie went on to remix his tracks, helping the performer to get better known by a wider range of music fans. He followed up the EP with a festive track named “Y'ello Christmas” before putting out two further singles in 2017; “Shine Your Light” and “Tender”, a song that featured Endia.
Moelogo's music has been picking up fans in the country of his birth as well as the UK. In 2016, he was nominated by the Nigerian Entertainment Awards for a prize under the Diaspora Artist of the Year category.
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