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Joseph Akinwale (born 21 May 1997), known professionally as Joeboy, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter.[1] Mr Eazi of the record label emPawa Africa discovered him in 2017. His musical genres are Afro-pop and R&B. He was born in Lagos State, Nigeria. He’s also called Young Legend.

The Mr Eazi-assisted track “Fààjí” was released on 26 October 2018; he used his portion of the grant he received from emPawa100 to shoot a video for the song.[2][1] Joeboy’s single “Baby” was released on 1 March 2019; it garnered 20 million streams across YouTube and Spotify in 2019.[3] The visualizer music video for “Baby” surpassed 31 million views on YouTube.[4] Joeboy released the Killertunes-produced track “Beginning” on 15 August 2019, where its accompanying visualizer music video accumulated 23 million views on YouTube. In the video, he finds himself developing feelings for a friend whose advances he had initially dismissed.[5] Followed by this, he released his debut extended play Love & Light in November 2019 by emPawa Africa.[6] It was supported by the singles “Baby” and “Beginning”.[7] The EP also contains the Mayorkun-assisted track “Don’t Call Me” and “All for You”.[8]

Joeboy won Best Artiste in African Pop at the 2019 All Africa Music Awards, and Best Pop at the 2020 Soundcity MVP Awards Festival.[9][10] He was nominated for multiple City People Entertainment Awards and The Headies.[11][12] Joeboy released the Dera-produced track “Call” on 10 April 2020.[13] Described as a “catchy love song” by OkayAfrica , “Call” is the lead single from his upcoming debut studio album. The TG Omori-directed video for the single features dystopian sci-fi themes.[14]

In January 2021, Joeboy announced his debut album, Somewhere Between Beauty & Magic, which was released in February 2021 to moderate commercial success.[15]