You cannot talk about record labels in Africa without mentioning Davido Music Worldwide (DMW) and the members or crew.
DMW was created in 2016 by Davido who was formerly signed to HKN Music which was co owned by Davido himself and his elder brother, Adewale Adeleke aka Chairman HKN.
Davido launched DMW after he signed a one million dollars deal with Sony Music and the deal required Davido to have his own separate record label.
In that same 2016, Davido signed both Mayorkun and Dremo. They were the first signees under DMW.
List of DMW Members in 2019 (30 Billion Gang Members)
The full list of DMW members or the 30 billion gang members include:
This is the leader of the 30 billion gang. He is an African superstar who has dropped monstrous hits under DMW such as If, Fia, Assurance, Wonder Woman and many more. It was under DMW that Davido experienced the biggest growth in his career.
The Mayor of Lagos has grown so big within his almost 3 years at DMW. He dropped his debut album last year, The Mayor of Lagos (TMOL). He won the Headies Next Rated Act in 2018.
Dremo was originally based in Ibadan but after he got signed he moved to Lagos. He was formerly signed to APG Records but Davido carried all of them while signing Dremo Drizzy. His EP was released last year and it had a massive impact. One of the prominent song on the Codename EP is Kpa.
Currently, there is an ongoing battle between Teni Makanaki and Peruzzi about who is the next rated act. Many people are taking sides with Teni but one fact that remains unchanged is the fact that most of Peruzzi’s 2018 collaborations were mega hits. When we talk about the DMW’s Mind and Aje, Amaka with 2Baba and Twisted also with Davido. Not forgetting Aza with Davido and Duncan Mighty
Lati is the PA to Davido. He is a part of the 30 billion gang. He made the headlines late December 2018 to early January 2019 with the viral Lati no pick my call. This was after Davido promised someone one million naira at his show and few days later, went online to rant shouting I call Lati, Lati no pick my call. Davido and his crew used it to mock him.
Idowest got signed during the Shaku Shaku rave. He was signed after he dropped the banger, Shepeteri. He is an indigenous rapper and was also featured on another Shaku Shaku hit song, Legbegbe by Mr Real. After he got signed, he sang a song with Davido which was titled after the catch phrase he made popular- Ji Masun.
You must be familiar with Dammnn, Fresh on the beat. Well, Fresh VDM (Very Disturbing Music) is the in house producer for DMW. He produced songs such as Aje, Mind, Fia, Twisted, Red handed and so many more.
He is known as Davido‘s hypeman and whenever you see him around shows, that means Davido is near. He is allegedly known to cause most fights which include DMW members. He also has a son which happens to be his first born.
Broda Shaggi went viral with his funny and comic videos in February 2018. Little did we know that not only could Broda Shaggi make us laugh but we could also dance and sing. He got signed in the year 2018 also to DMW.
He was signed in 2017 but Yonda has not really made much impact coupled with the fact that he was given a platform at DMW. He was featured on DMW’s Aje and Mayorkun’s Red Handed.
Other DMW Members include:
- Chioma (Davido’s girlfriend)
- Aloma DMW
- Ayomide DMW
- Asa Asika (Davido’s Manger and The Plug in DMW)
- Femi Nuvo (Dremo’s Manager)