Last night, Rema appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to perform “Iron Man”, one of the first tracks he released when we first met him with his eponymous debut project. With each of the four tracks on the EP exploring different unique Afropop styles, Rema was introduced as one of Nigeria’s most versatile artists, and backing from veteran label, Mavin, the whole world had to take notice. He was recently named as Apple Music’s Up Next artist, and his growing appeal on a global scale is hard to ignore.
While fans here in Nigeria were more drawn to “Dumebi”, the project’s lead single, people from other parts of the world seemed to gravitate more towards “Iron Man”, especially after Obama added it to his summer 2019 playlist. Throughout the year, and in the last few weeks specifically, Rema has continued to add to his increasingly diverse catalogue, sharing new music as though unfazed by the pandemic.
We might not be able to see him perform at concerts with the lockdown measures in place, but we can watch him perform “Iron Man” with a live band on the intimate quarantine edition of “Jimmy Kimmel Live”.
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