Artist Of The Week – Omah Lay
Stanley Omah Didia better known as Omah Lay is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and record producer. He released his self-produced debut single “Do Not Disturb” in April 2019. He won the Next Rated award at the 2020 Headies Awards.
1. Who is Omar Lay.
Omah Lay hails from Ikwerre in Rivers State. He attended Comprehensive High School in Rivers State before proceeding to the University of Port Harcourt. Omah Lay comes from a musical family and his grandfather played instruments for the legendary highlife singer Celestine Ukwu before he died in 1977. The musician father also played drums.
2. Omar’s Music Background.
Omah Lay started out in a rap group under the stage name Lil King. He later moved on to songwriting and music producing which went largely uncredited. As a result of being uncredited, he released “Do Not Disturb” in April 2019. He released “Hello Brother” a month after. He signed to a record label named KeyQaad in June 2019 and took a seven-month break. During the break, he worked on what became his debut EP, Get Layd
3. Omar in the Industry.
Following the break, he released “Bad Influence,” which became the most streamed Nigerian song on Apple Music at the end of 2020.
On February 14, 2020, he released “You,” his first official single. He then released his five-track debut EP, Get Layd on May 22, 2020. The EP peaked at number one on the Nigerian Apple Music Charts. All five songs from the EP reached the top 15 of the Apple Music charts for Nigeria, with “You” peaking at number one.
4. Omar and the Industry.
In October, Omah Lay appeared on Olamide’s album Carpe Diem. His feature on Olamide’s track “Infinity” topped the Apple Music charts for Nigeria. On November 20, Omah lay released his second five-track EP, What Have We Done. All five tracks reached the top 12 of the Apple Music charts for Nigeria, with “Godly” reaching number one.
5. Omar’s Recognition.
On July 3, 2020, he was the first artist highlighted for Apple’s Africa Rising Campaign to spotlight African talent. In December 2020, he was included in BBC Radio 1Xtra’s annual “Hot for 2021” list. He was also the first African artist featured on Audiomack’s #Up Now program for emerging artists;
Currently dominating the airwaves with his current track Understand.