Nigerian Afrobeat artiste, Mr. Eazi has been named as one of the performers for this year’s Coachella.
He will join the likes of Solange, Kid Cudi, J Balvin, Virgil Abloh, Wiz Khalifa, Diplo, Anderson .Paak, dvsn, Khalid, YG, BLACKPINK, Ella Mai, Pusha T, H.E.R. and Ariana Grande for the event which runs from April 12th-14th and April 19th-21st, 2019.
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is an annual music and arts festival held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, located in the Inland Empire’s Coachella Valley in the Colorado Desert.
It was co-founded by Paul Tollett and Rick Van Santen in 1999, and is organized by Goldenvoice, a subsidiary of AEG Live.
The event features musical artists from many genres of music, including rock, indie, hip hop, and electronic dance music, as well as art installations and sculptures.
Nigeria’s Mr. Eazi is a Ghanaian-based performer known for his R&B-influenced Afro-beat sound. Born Oluwatosin Oluwole Ajibade in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, Mr. Eazi grew up in Lagos.
After high school, he relocated to Kumasi, Ghana, where he studied mechanical engineering at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. Basing himself there, he launched his musical career in 2012 with the single “Pipi Dance.”
A year later, he collaborated with the U.K.-based DJ Juls on the track “Bankulize” (featuring Pappy Kojo). The single caught on and more high-profile recordings followed, including 2015’s “Skin Tight” (featuring Efya), which also performed well, garnering thousands of views online. From there he collaborated on tracks with Sarkodie, Lil Kesh, Burna Boy, and others.
Despite his success, Mr. Eazi was denied participation in the 2016 Ghana Music Awards because he was not a Ghanaian citizen.
Nonetheless, that same year he signed with the Starboy Worldwide record label.
In 2017, he released the mixtape Life Is Eazi, Vol. 1: Accra to Lagos, which featured guest appearances by Big Lean, Tekno, Phyno, DJ Cuppy, and others. Included on the album were the singles “Leg Over” and “Tilapia.” The album debuted at number four on the Billboard World Albums chart.