Kobalt Music Signs Nigerian Afrobeat Star Omah Lay to Worldwide Publishing Deal

AE - Melissa Emert-Hutner

JUNE 1, 2022 – Kobalt today announced that it has signed 25-year-old afrobeat star Omah Lay to a worldwide publishing administration agreement, including global synch and creative services for his catalog and future songs.

With two EPs and over a billion streams, Omah Lay is one of the new frontrunners of afrobeat, taking the world by storm. Born Stanley Omah Didia in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria, Lay spent most of his teenage years at the Marine Base, where he started making music as a part of a teenage rap group and went by the name Lil King. 

The singer and producer’s brand of afro-fusion effortlessly pulls from his deep personal history with West Africa’s percussion-heavy highlife genre and his enthusiasm for the popular sounds of his generation—from classic rap to the afrobeat empire flourishing in his home base of Lagos. With his darkly sparkling vocals, evocative storytelling, and contagious rhythms, Omah Lay is one of Nigeria’s most talked about innovators. 

Said Melissa Emert-Hutner, VP, Creative, Kobalt, “From the minute I first heard Omah’s music, I was completely blown away. His hard work, great music, and star power have continued to expand, and Dominique, myself and the rest of the team can't wait to roll up our sleeves and work on being his proactive publishing partner."

"I am very pleased that Omah has chosen to join Kobalt for his publishing,” said Dominique Keegan, VP, Creative, Kobalt. “Omah’s music, lyrics, and artistry prove he is one of the strongest voices in the afro-fusion and global music scenes. We are extremely proud to have him join our family." 

Commenting on the Deal, Omah Lay’s manager, Valentine Ngaji, said, "Omah is special, and special talents like him require special attention. Therefore, we can’t think of a better administrator to take care of his masterpieces than Kobalt. They are big fans of his works, and we are certain they are in good hands.”

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