Biography: Chukwuka Ekweani (Ckay) || DYC Recognition Of The Month

Chukwuka Ekweani (born 16 July 1995), better known by his stage name Ckay (SEE-kay), is a Nigerian singer-songwriter and record producer signed to Warner Music South Africa. He was formerly signed to Chocolate City, a member of Warner Music Groupindependent label services ADA. His international hit single “Love Nwantiti“, also known as “Love Nwantiti (Ah Ah Ah)”, was released in 2019 by Chocolate City.

In 2014, he relocated to Lagos, after he got discovered. While signed to Loopy Music, he began working with Chocolate City, early 2015.

Following the merger of Loopy Music in 2016, he officially joined Chocolate City artist roster. He is a musician who has made tracks in a variety of genres including AfrobeatsR&B and dancehall.  On 11 September 2017, he released his first extended play Who the Fuck Is CKay?, through Chocolate City. On 30 August 2019, he released his second extended play CKay the First through Chocolate City,  and on 11 February 2021, he released his third extended play Boyfriend through Warner Music South Africa. On 4 May 2021, he confirmed on Twitter that he is no longer signed to Chocolate City, but signed to Warner Music South Africa.

On 2 March 2018 he released “Container”, an Afrobeat record influenced by the South African gwara gwara dance style. The song became a breakthrough record, and earned him substantial airplay in Nigeria. It was released through Chocolate City, and was produced by Tempoe. On 6 July 2018, he released the music video, directed and shot by the Myth in various locations in Lagos.

In 2019, following the release of CKay the First, “Love Nwantiti” became a major record in Nigeria. On 14 February 2020, CKay released a remix titled “Love Nwantiti (Ah Ah Ah)” featuring Joeboy and Kuami Eugene. In 2021, it went viral on TikTok  and became an international hit, charting across Europe, Africa, Australia and New Zealand, also reaching number 23 in the UK and earned him his first entry on the US Billboard Hot 100. A North African remix featuring ElGrande Totobecame popular in the Maghreb countries and in Germany. A French remix featured Franglish, a German remix featuring Frizzo, Joeboy and Kuami Eugene, the Spanish version with De La Ghetto, the East African remix featuring Rayvanny and a South African remix featuring Tshego and Gemini Major.

He was featured on the song “La La” from Davido‘s studio album A Better Time, released on 13 November 2020, through Davido Music WorldwideRCA Records, and Sony Music. and “Beggie Beggie” from Ayra Starr‘s debut studio album 19 & Dangerous, released on 6 August 2021, through Mavin Records. On 28 July 2021, he received his first YouTube plaque for reaching 100k subscribers.] On 8 October 2021, Ckay became the first African artist to hit 20 Million Spotify Listeners, with over 21 million monthly listeners on his Spotify page.

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