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October 14, 2023

Divine Ikubor, known professionally as Rema, is a Nigerian rapper, singer, and songwriter born on May 1, 20001. He was born and raised in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria21. He started his music career in churches before he was discovered by D’Prince, the CEO of Jonzing World Records2.

Rema gained initial recognition with the release of “Dumebi” in 20191. He was signed to Jonzing World, a record label owned by Nigerian singer, D’Prince and affiliates to Mavin Records1. He is best known internationally for his 2022 hit single “Calm Down”. The remix with American singer Selena Gomez peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, and led the U.S. Afrobeats Songs for a record-setting 52 weeks1.

In addition to his solo work, Rema has collaborated with several artists. In October 2023, he collaborated with Ice Spice on a track titled "Pretty Girl"345. The song was released just days after Ice Spice was announced to be Saturday Night Live’s premiere musical guest3.

Rema’s music career has been marked by several accolades. In 2022, Spotify announced that Rema’s “Calm Down” remix with Selena Gomez is the first track led by an African Artist to achieve a billion streams6. He and Selena Gomez accepted the inaugural MTV VMA for Best Afrobeats in September as well6.

Rema’s discography includes two albums: “Rave & Roses” (2022) and “Rema Compilation” (2020)7. His music spans genres such as Afrobeats, rap, and Afrorave1, a subgenre of Afrobeats with influences of Arabian and Indian music1.

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