Nigerian musician Rayce is one of the leading lights of a style called Afrobeats, a sound fusion of hip-hop, EDM, R&B, and African rhythms. Rayce whose real name is Irase Amoni Kingsley, was born in Lagos, Nigeria, Growing up, he was a major fan of Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, and he got inspired to try his own hand at making music. Rayce at six years old had decided he wanted to be a music star, and he got his start as a drummer in his church band. He became interested more in production, Working in several recording studios in Lagos, he learned first-hand about studio technique.
He started producing other artists under the moniker Admire Beatz, and in 2002 he began releasing material on his own as he honed his skills as a songwriter and vocalist. In 2008, Rayce released his debut album, Get Lifted. After years of working on the sidelines, he stepped into the spotlight in 2011 with the release of the single “Roll,” which became a major hit in Nigeria. After scoring several more hit singles, including “Wetin Dey,” and “Jack Sparrow,” Rayce dropped his second album, D.C.M.R. (“Dey Call Me Rayce”), in 2015.
In 2017, as his fame grew in his homeland, he became the first Afrobeats artist to land an American record deal, when the long-running independent label Shanachie Records issued the collection African Juice. In March 2020 Rayce released a single ‘GESHIN’ in 2023 is Now signed under Black Wall Street Records label that is dropping a new single titled Ara