Korede Bello is a Nigerian singer and songwriter currently signed to one of the biggest record labels in Nigeria, owned by a Nigerian, Mavin Records. He is best known for his hit single "Godwin", a semi-gospel and pop song which became a national anthem and topped many music charts across Nigeria.

Early life, education and career

Korede (English:"harvest") was born in Lagos State, Nigeria, where he completed his primary and secondary school education. He started performing at the age of 7 and went by the stage name African Prince. While in primary school, Korede Bello went on to write his first song after forming a music group with a friend.

He started music professionally by recording songs in the studio while in secondary school, and eventually released his first single "Forever". He studied Mass Communication at the Nigerian Institute of Journalism and holds a Higher National Diploma certificate. Korede Bello is an Associate Member of the Institute of Information Management.

Mavin Records deal

After the release of his first single which received relatively positive reviews, he was introduced to Don Jazzy by his manager Casmir Uwaegbute after which they recorded some songs together which got Don Jazzy impressed. On 28 February 2014, he got signed to Mavin Records under which he has recorded popular songs like "African Princess" and "Godwin". He is currently working on his first studio album and cites Asa and 2face Idibia as people he draws inspiration from.

Korede Bello has overtime engaged in several humanitarian activities such as the Project Pink Blue Walk for Cancer awareness programme in Abuja, 2015 and 2017.

Discography

Singles

Title Year Release date
"African Princess" 2014 February 28, 2014
"Dorobucci"
(with Don Jazzy Tiwa Savage, Dr SID, D'Prince, Reekado Banks and Di'Ja)
May 1, 2014
"Adaobi"
(with Don Jazzy, Reekado Banks and Di'Ja)
May 27, 2014
"Cold Outside" August 15, 2014
"Looku Looku"
(with Don Jazzy Tiwa Savage, Dr SID, D'Prince, Reekado Banks and Di'Ja)
October 31, 2014
"Jingle Bell" December 25, 2014
"Godwin"

2015 January 28, 2015
"Jantamanta"
(with Don Jazzy Tiwa Savage, Dr SID, D'Prince, Reekado Banks and Di'Ja)
27 October 2015
"Romantic"
(with Tiwa Savage)
December, 2015
"Mungo Park" 2016 May 7, 2016
"One & Only" May 26, 2016
"Do Like That" September 13, 2016
"Butterfly" 2017 May 17, 2017
"My People" September 1, 2017
"Melanin Popping" 2018 January 18, 2018
"Work it" April 1, 2018
"So te" May 7, 2018
"2geda" May 22, 2018
"Champion" September 29, 2018
"Bless Me" September 30, 2018

Studio albums

  • Belloved (2017)

Awards and nominations

Year Award ceremony Prize Recipient/Nominated work Result
2014 Nigeria Teen Choice Awards 2014 Most Promising Music Act To Watch Himself Won
2015 4th Annual Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards Best Song of the Year "Godwin" Won
2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Hottest Single of The Year Nominated
Best New Act Himself Nominated
2016 The Headies 2015 Best Pop Single "Godwin" Won
Song of The Year Nominated
Next Rated Himself Nominated
2016 City People Entertainment Awards Pop Artiste of the Year Himself Won
2016 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Collaboration "Romantic" (featuring Tiwa Savage) Nominated
9th Nigeria Music Video Awards Best Contemporary Afro Video "Godwin" Won