Is Kiss Daniel A Flash In The Pan?
The first time l heard the song, Woju by Kiss Daniel, it was through a colleague's ring tone and it fascinated me. Hard as it may seem to believe, l kept on calling my colleague's phone number just to connect to the song and have a good grasp of it because my Yoruba is bad. Though, l am a Lagosian by birth, l love Lagos so much, it's imbued with so many dramas especially as it retains its allure as the entertainment hub- as it concerns fashion, music, movies, comedy and dance. I love to watch from the background, critic if l have to but never hinged on malice or merely author my appreciation of some craftsmen. I have no excuse to make, do I just tell my editor that I have no story ideas for the week? No good journalist does that- in case you're not in the media. So, a reporter is forever hunting and sniffing around for stories.
Never mind my digression. It's to drive home a point. Back to Kiss Daniel, l love his name, it is so different and unique, looking at him closely, he does have a pair kissable lips (before you think I'm lusting after the new kid on the bloc, these are just my innocent observations o). He is so cute and maybe he grew up enjoying compliments on his 'kissable lips', hence his decision to storm the scene with the sensational stage name. His song is an enchantment too, if you've listened to it critically. Now, let me explain, his song is that kind of song you fall in love with 'at first sight' or abi na 'first hearing' such that you never stop kissing (playing), it is on a permanent repeat in your car or in your home. I've found myself often in this situation- when l like a song, l can buy up to 7 to 10 CDs because of the melody. When it crackers, l will pick up another one.
The song remains a thriller- much that you become curious and want to know the creative mind behind notes and tones.
An original start
Nothing charms more than when an artiste emerges in the scene with a fresh sound and a fresh style. I say all the time that, what makes a true talented artist stand out is the originality of his or her work. Even in the system there are lots of noise makers, we know them, l mean the ones that are not talented but carved their niche in the industry on hype, on their own, they can't even save their career by writing a song or play any kind of musical instrument. A lot of them loves and will do anything to grab the attention from the public and revels so much in that world called 'FAME'. I am not one of those people who are so blind or carried away by shallow presentation, l look beyond the picture presented.
There is no doubt the Nigerian music scene is saturated, so if you are going to come out with a song that must control the airwaves, becomes the rave club-banger and see the streets rocking, it must have an original identity and that is what Kiss Daniel has done with his grand entry to the scene. The boy is 'vexing' seriously. To me he is what l call a complete package. He's got the looks, his song is original, very street, very acceptable, it can pass for a wedding jam and above danceable to young and old generation. I've had an occasion to watch Don Jazzy speak of Davido with lots of fondness, clearly, he affirmed years back that the songster has got a place in the future of Nigerian contemporary music. Today, it has come to pass. Love or loathe him, this generation has started kissing Daniel and will do so for a long time if he doesn't falter.
Who will endorse Kiss Daniel?
Why don't our corporate institutions deem it fit to endorse upcoming acts but only the big ones? It's time they started growing with these fresh talents. What use is the endorsement if you won't give his or her dreams a wing? And that is why l was so impressed when Korede Bello got the Woodin endorsement, no matter how big or small this money may come, these lads need every support from them. It makes them work harder. It spurs their creative factories to evolve more. Seeing Korede Bello on those Woodin billboards is a great delight to the eyes, it spells 'HOPE' for these great artists of tommorow. Kiss Daniel is a graduate but has decided to follow his passion in music and he is so damn original.
I heard recently that he paid a courtesy visit to MTN which was facilated by Akpor Gbemre, Gbemre overtime has become one of the most sought after talent managers and top showbiz promoter in the country at the moment.
Apart from being a big fan and supporter of Kiss Daniel, he's bent on marketing him for a major brand endorsement. Kiss Daniel's manager Louiza Williams, was also present.
He should also pay visits to banks, leading beverage companies other telecoms companies who are open to such gesture. With the courtesy call, is Kiss Daniel getting his first endorsement from MTN? ln 2face' voice, 'if to sey na just me' at MTN, I'd give some of these guys my helping hand. There is no gainsaying the fact that MTN has contributed immensely to the growth of Naija showbiz, but more can still be done.
Through the second eye
Now this is me switching on my other mind- a pundit. My inner mind now pops a question, 'is Kiss Daniel not going to end up as one hit wonder, a flash in a pan?' I remember a lot of good music sung by good artists with an original feel, but ended up as a flash in the pan, like Jodie's Kuchie, Deebee's Collabo, AY.Com's Pass Me Love, Bigiano's Shayo, X-Project Lori Le, Jhybo's Run Their Mouth, Infiniti's Olori Oko to mention but a few. The list goes on. These guys were original and made waves with the songs but who knows what actually went wrong.
I hope and pray Kiss Daniel is going to be different because l also hear he pens his lyrics unlike most other acts that freestyle. He has a unique voice and delivery, that he effortlessly dishes out. He is extremely talented and he is very young and fresh.
All you need to know about Kiss Daniel
Kiss Daniel is the new kid on the bloc in the entertainment industry.
Undoubtedly the fastest rising star in the Music Industry right now, his Hit Single "Woju" is the Talk of the Town this Festive Season and has been getting massive airplays on radio. Born Oluwatobiloba Daniel Anidugbe, Kiss Daniel is from Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria.
He attended Abeokuta Grammar School and graduated from Federal University Of Agriculture, Abeokuta, in the year 2013, where he studied Water Resources Management And Agrometeorology (WRMA), Hydrology Option in the College Of Environmental Management (COLERM). Kiss Daniel also has a brother currently in 300 level, in the Department of Entrepreneur Studies(COLMAS), by the name Anidugbe mofoluwato uthman, popularly known as #hotman.
He started his music career professionally 2013 after his tertiary education, when he came across the famous G-Worldwide Entertainment CEO, Emperor Geezy who in turn had heard a lot about him and sign him to his record label. Kiss Daniel's first official single titled "Shoye" produced by Beatburx was released on May 1, 2014 from the stables of G-Worldwide Entertainment and also dropped a video to it couple of weeks after, which was directed by MEX Film. Having created a platform for himself and his record label, he rose again but this time teaming up with the amazing producer Dj Coublon to drop a follow up single titled "Woju" which is a highlife tune. "Woju" talks about a typical African lady response to compliments from a gentleman and Woju has hit no1 spot at several top radio stations in Nigeria and the best is yet to come for the good looking artist whom a lot of babes and even guys are crazy about.
Kiss Daniel has worked with several artistes and producers like Jay Sleek in the industry and still working. He aspires to break new grounds in the music industry by introducing his own genre of music called "Hybrid Music" an infusion of afro in every other genre and also calling his style of music "On school" which according to him means combination of old and new school sounds.
And he's Got a Hot New Remix for Woju already record in which he featured Davido and Tiwa Savage.
By Azuka Ogujiuba
Culled from thisdaylive.com