Nigerian singer-songwriter and record producer Idahams shone through the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 with his successful 7-track ‘Man On Fire’ EP, a collective of songs to comfort and give encouragement. In 2021, Idahams dropped the deluxe version of ‘Man On Fire’, which flaunts his ability to mix African sounds with pop; from the mid-tempo bounce of “Ada” to the Remixes of “Man on Fire” featuring Falz and “Shima” featuring Peruzzi and Seyi Shay.
Idahams calls out one of Nigeria’s most celebrated rappers on the remix of “Man On Fire”. On the single and new music video, Falz brings his signature wit and charm to the EP’s title track, fitting into the well-received anthem’s bounce and pun.
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In his 2021 Deluxe ‘Man On Fire’ EP, Idahams retains the best bits of last year’s run with more star power. He updates some of 2020’s high points with more emotive highs and textured singing. Other additions in the 9-track EP include “Belle” – where Idahams’ serenades in an up-tempo afro-pop ballad and the inspirational “God When”, in which he serves us with a spiritual follow-up to 2018’s “No One Else”.
Idahams shares on the success of the deluxe EP, “I decided to add 3 songs on my 2021 deluxe EP because I felt that this year my fans should have more from the original version of the 2020 ‘Man On Fire’ EP. The response has been massive and I can see fans being creative with the songs,” adding, “This makes it my biggest project at the moment.”
Idahams’ other 2021 plans include working on an upcoming album and recording new songs which he promises to be a different sound and worth to be on the lookout for. He’s got his eyes on Tanzania’s Diamond Platinumz amongst a host of other East African artists that he would love to collaborate with. As for his legion of East African fans, Idahams shared a special message: “Never stop pursuing your dreams, keep on working hard as it will eventually pay off, focus on your craft and the sky will be your starting point.”
Idahams was signed to Universal Music and Grafton Records, after making his big break in 2018. He has since been on an impressive streak, thanks to his music and identity heavily influenced by the rich culture and local sounds of his Southern Nigerian roots: Highlife and the use of other percussion-heavy rhythms.