Nigerian-American singer Rotimi performs in Ottawa this weekend

Cécile Tala • Apr 11, 2024

Chart-topping Nigerian-American singer Rotimi is coming to Ottawa this weekend (Rotimi/Soundcloud).

Nigerian-American actor and singer Rotimi will perform at The Palace in the Byward Market this Saturday, Apr. 13, 2024. He’ll be joined on stage by Montreal artists Naate and Lil K HPB.

Rotimi’s music is a fusion of contemporary, R&B, afrobeats, and dancehall. He’s been singing since he was three years old, and by eight he’d already travelled around New Jersey as a Nigerian wedding singer.

He’s got 2,579,977 monthly listeners on Spotify and he’s worked with Jay Z, 50 Cent, and Jamie Foxx. Interestingly enough though, Rotimi met Foxx at a nightclub in 2012 and didn’t even recognize the Oscar-winner.

The artist’s music has been influenced by musicians like Bob Marley and Ms. Lauryn Hill. This year, he’s released a single called ‘Sade.’

The lyrics of Sade are about overcoming fear and building trust in a new relationship. Mayorkun sings on the track about “changing and repenting” from his old ways, and Nasty C mentions “fighting the stereotype” of other men who failed to treat their partners properly.

Those interested in attending Rotimi’s show on Saturday at 10 p.m. can find more information and tickets on Eventbrite.

The Palace, 400A Dalhousie St (Google Maps).


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