How Spinall Went from Church Gigs to Becoming one of Nigeria’s top Djs

Apr 21, 2023

Lauryn Njeri

2 min read

Widely regarded as one of Africa’s top DJs, Nigerian producer SPINALL is undoubtedly one of the continent’s most sought-after artists. SPINALL is a well-known force to be reckoned with, having received numerous accolades for his work and several top-charting collaborations under his belt.

He grew up in a musical family, and it was always a central focus. His father was a drummer in a local church, which sparked his interest in performance at a young age. SPINALL soaked up a variety of genres growing up, including gospel, highlife (a Ghanan jazz/African fusion), and juju (the music of the Yoruba). He was particularly interested in hip-hop and R&B, citing DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Premier, and DJ Kool Herc as some of his early influences.

“The first time I had to be a disc jockey was at the church. They had a youth party, and a friend called me to DJ for them because she knew that I was always playing loud music. She did not even know if I was a DJ or not at the time,” SPINALL told Punch Newspapers in 2018. “My first experience was a bit overwhelming but I did a good job even though I did not have a lot of Christian music. I repeated Cece Winans about 20 times, but the pastor did not complain and everybody seemed to be having a good time.”

Since then, SPINALL has released several chart-topping albums and singles, including his most recent, Top Boy. Wizkid, Fireboy DML, Tiwa Savage, DJ Snake, 6lack, and Kranium are just a few of the many musicians that the great producer has collaborated with, both in Nigeria and internationally. His love of music and undeniable talent as a DJ have been a major part of his life from a young age and have helped to shape his successful career in the industry.

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