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Rema Makes History As The First African Performer At The Ballon d’Or Ceremony

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Rema makes history after performing at the 2023 Ballon d’Or ceremony.

He grew up singing and rapping while in secondary school.

After signing with the Jonzing World recording label, he skyrocketed to fame with the release of the song “Dumebi.” He has dropped two albums: “Rave & Roses” (2022) and “Rema Compilation” (2020).

In 2023, Rema soared globally with ‘Calm Down,’ achieving chart-topping success and breaking records.

Following his continued international rise, Rema has released a new EP a 5-track EP he calls ‘RAVAGE’ which became available on streaming platforms on October 27, 2023.

According to data collected by TurnTable Chart which is Nigeria’s foremost music chart publication, ‘RAVAGE’ EP has now broken the first-day streaming record for an EP on Spotify Nigeria.

In its opening 24 hours, ‘RAVAGE’ EP garnered 957,378 streams on Spotify Nigeria for a new record.

In another landmark feat, Rema became the first African to perform at the Ballon d’Or ceremony which is an annual ceremony organised by the France Football Federation to honour the best players in the world.

At the event in Paris, Rema entertained the guests which included superstar footballers from all around the world to his hit single ‘Calm Down’.

In a post on his social media accounts, Rema stated that it was a great honour for him to take Afrobeats to the global stage while giving gratitude to God for grace.

With his performance at the Ballon d’Or ceremony, Rema joins Davido and Burna Boy as Nigerian artists to have performed at some of football’s biggest stages.

Davido performed at the 2022 FIFA World Cup final in Qatar making him the first Nigerian to perform at the World Cup while Burna Boy performed at the 2023 Champions League final in Istanbul making him the first African to record the feat.

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