Naira Marley says his dad helped his Yoruba-speaking abilities

Naira Marley, the self-proclaimed “King of Afrobeats,” shared in an exclusive interview that he was raised in London by his dad with a strong emphasis on preserving his Yoruba cultural heritage and language.

According to him, his father was adamant about him speaking Yoruba, ensuring that he stayed connected to his roots and native tongue.

The result of his father’s strict upbringing is evident in Marley’s fluent Yoruba-speaking abilities, which he skillfully incorporates into his music.

Notably, he released a song called “Aye,” entirely in Yoruba, showcasing his commitment to promoting his cultural identity through his artistic expression.

Born in Peckham, London, to a Nigerian father and a British mother, Naira Marley’s passion for music emerged at a young age. In 2019, he made his debut with the single “Marlians.”

Naira Marley’s musical style has received praise for its infectious melodies and thought-provoking social commentary.

His talent and impact have been recognized with various accolades, such as the prestigious Headies Award for Best New Act in 2019.


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