Equation’s Time – Nigerian AfroBrit Star Gunning For Stardom
Across the world, the top dogs Afrobeats musicians are now rightfully receiving the applauds they deserved. For every Burna Boy and Wizkid with a Grammy Awards nomination, they are freshmen, new-generation artists, like Kairo ‘Adam’ Ephraim alias Equation following their footprint – hoping to attain legendary status in the coming years. As a rapper, singer, and songwriter, Equation knows his onions. In the right way, he’s bullish in his chase to becoming one of the best young Nigerian AfroBrit(UK rap merged with African vibe) superstars in the coming months.
A native of Cross River State in Nigeria but a British born respected across the local underground music scene, he was once labeled BIK (Best In Kent). “I was born in the UK somewhere in the north. With my parent, I made my way down to the south in Kent. That was where music started for me. Growing up, I was very active – I took part in many school play and music events. I had a role in Bugsy Malone. I also played football. In 2015, I attended the Liverpool Young Academy and trained there for two weeks. Although I loved football, I loved music a lot more – When I was 14, I released my first video called Panda.”
Although Equation now spends most of his time in Lagos, professionally, he has released songs on the music charts across Nigeria. “So my first major single is called ‘Faaji’. It’s a party tune inspired by the hustling and bustling in the city of Lagos. I featured Teni on ‘Nowadays‘. I rapped a lot on that song while she brought the African vibe to it. I released ‘Swing My Way ‘ while in the UK – I wanted both my African and UK fans to listen to my blend of Afrobeats that I tagged AfroBrit. Currently, I am promoting a song called Jeje. I recorded it while learning how to speak the Yoruba language. I love the video I made for it.”
With the COVID-19 pandemic, the year 2020 took a toll on the music industry. Despite the topsy-turvy, musicians like Equation were laser focus. He did spend more time recording songs, gearing up to take the world by storm in 2021. “I aim to do my bit in 2021 by releasing songs that will get everyone dancing and singing along. My fans should expect some eye-catchy collaborations and maybe the release of my debut EP in the first quarter of the year. Everyone should get ready to stream my music and see me performing at concerts. I also look forward to winning awards and becoming brand ambassadors for the top brands. It’s Equation’s Time, and I will make it count.”
Socials – Instagram – @officialequation , Twitter – @equationmusic1
Words by Sesan Adeniji – Instagram & Twitter – @sesanadeniji