By Tony Nwankwo with agency reports
Nigerian, Faridah Demola Seriki, Kah-Lo, a daughter of former Minister of Defence and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, Chief Demola Seriki, is one of the nominees whose fate would be determined today for the prestigious Grammy Awards.
Kah-Lo, an alumnus of Hofstra University in the United States of America, was nominated for Best Dance Recording for the song “Rinse & Repeat” where she was featured by Riton. According to Agency reports, “there’s no better way for performers to cut their teeth than by playing to indifferent coffee-house patrons in New York City. Just ask Bob Dylan. And if you can’t reach him, ask rising star Kah-Lo”.
After graduating from Hotstra University in 2013, the Nigerian-born singer toughed it out on the local circuit playing venues around the city and learning hard lessons along the way. “I noticed that it’s not a good idea to do show songs”, she tells the Post. “They’re boring for me and people just stare at you!”.
Three years ago, Kah-Lo reached out to British producer Riton via Twitter, explaining that she was a fan and suggesting collaboration. She impressed him with her sultry vocals and they came up with “Rinse & Repeat”, which emerged in late 2015. The song became a club smash in the United Kingdom, racking up more than 27 million Sportify plays stateside, played 1.5 million times on YouTube less than a month after its release.
Now it’s in the running for Best Dance Recording in the field that includes Chainsmoker.
Kah-Lo – real name Faridah Demola Seriki – divides her time between Yew York and Lagos, and it was there, in Nigeria’s capital city, that she heard via social media that “Rinse & Repeat was up for the prize. “I screamed”, she says. “My mom thought robbers were in the house!”.
The success turned her into an overnight star in Nigeria, where her Grammy nomination made the front page of a national newspaper.
Aside ‘Rinse & Repeat,’ Kah-lo has put out a strong collection of work on her Soundcloud, demonstrating her great musical ability. There is much more to her than the monotone rap she delivers so well; Kah-lo is also a talented singer, arranger and instrumentalist, tipped for big things.
Kah-Lo will be at the Staples Center, tonight, where she’ll make a beeline for Queen Bey, “I just want to breathe the air she’s breathing and may be keep it in a box!”.
The Grammy Award for Album of the Year is presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to “honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position. Album of the Year is the most prestigious award category at the Grammys having been presented since 1959.
Although it was originally presented to the artist alone, the award is now presented to the main artist, the featured artist(s), the producer, the engineer and/or mixer and the mastering engineer.