DJ YK Reveals All To Al Jazeera

King of Nigeria's underground Afrobeats

By  | Jun 17, 2022, 10:59 AM  | Top of the

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One of the brightest and, to date, least-known Afrobeats stars in Africa has done an extensive interview with Al Jazeera and in it, we learn a lot more about Olayinka Lawal who burst onto the scene with his epic hit “Dance” which has helped drive his 50 million streams on TikTok.

The 29-year-old describes himself as a 'beat maker', with the original "Dance" tune, - which was labeled South Africa beat style, garnering almost 865,000 views on Youtube.


In the article, DJ YK notes his disappointment that so few actually know who he is despite having done a tune that reverberated through the continent and was played on various entertainment spots.

“You know the content, so sad you don’t know the face, now it’s time you all know the face,” reads his album cover.

Just like many young Africans learning their trade on the internet, DJ YK revealed he learnt everything he knows about music on Youtube.

“I learned everything I know about music on YouTube,” he said. “Music production is how people knew about me,” he said. ‘When you have been doing something for a while, and people are not turning up, you have to sit down and find the way forward and make yourself popular.”
Lawal has a unique way of doing his music, and is yet to feature any artiste in his works. He has however done an album, The Face, Vol. 1, which had nine tracks.

Part of the problem is that some people think (we totally disagree by the way) that DJ YK’s music can’t be played on the radio. However, despite having not hit the headlines in Nigeria, DJ YK has performed at various concerts, sharing the stage alongside some of the game's big names, including Mr. Eazi and Reekado Banks. 
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