Aramide (musician)

Native name Aramide
Birth name Aramide Sarumoh
Born 22 June
Origin IbadanNigeria Nigeria
Genres Afro-SoulJazz
Occupation(s) Singer, Songwriter, Performer
Instruments SaxophoneGuitar
Years active 2011-Present
Labels Baseline Music
Associated acts ELDeeAdekunle GoldSkales, Saeon
Website www.aramidemusic.com

Aramide Sarumoh (born 22 June),[1] better known as Aramide, is a Nigerian female singer and songwriter.[2] She describes her genre of music as Afro-Soul. Her song “Iwo Nikan” earned her an award for Best Vocal Performance (Female) at the Headies 2015.[3] She is a graduate of Political science from the University of Jos.

Life and career

Personal life

Aramide is married. The traditional marriage and white wedding was held on 18 April 2015 in her hometown, Ibadan.[4][5][6]

Music career and breakthrough single

Aramide’s music quest started in 2006, when she contested on ‘Star Quest’ one of Nigeria’s most prestigious and competitive music talent hunt shows. Her band did very well in the competition as they were judged the 3rd Runners Up. In 2008, she was a part of a show called ‘Divas Unplugged’ in the famous city of Jos in Nigeria; the show had all the leading female artistes in the Nigerian music industry and her participation in this show was very challenging and rewarding, and her performance and involvement was very inspirational.[7]On September 9, 2014 she got signed to Baseline Music after exiting from Trybe Records.[8][9]

Iwo Nikan

On February 4, 2015 Aramide released her first single under Baseline Music, “Iwo Nikan”, which ended up not just being a single but a breakthrough for her and the label Baseline Music. She won Best Vocal Performance for the same song “Iwo Nikan” at The Headies Award 2015.

Musical influence and genres

Aramide’s music is influenced by Erykah BaduMiriam MakebaSade, and Angélique Kidjo. Aramide fuses soul and jazz with African music to depict her sound.[10] She performs in Yoruba and English, and is known for her style, which she calls Afro-Soul.

Debut Album

Aramide’s debut album SUITCASE was released November 22, 2016 and features Sound Sultan, Ice Prince, Adekunle Gold, Koker and Sir Dauda. Productions credits include Cobhams, Laitan Dada, SizzlePRO, and Tintin. [11]

Aramide Suitcase Live (ASL)

Aramide embarked on a debut tour in the United States, Ghana and Nigeria titled “Aramide Suitcase Live” (ASL). She performed at the legendary Sounds Of Brazil (SOBs) in New York, the Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk among other locations. Still expected to tour Canada in the later part of 2017, Aramide’s Suitcase Album Tour has been a success thus far

Notable Performances and Songs

She has been performing in several popular events and shows since she rose to stardom in United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Dubai, Nigeria, Ghana etc.:[12][13]

As lead artist

List of Aramide’s singles as lead artist before debut Album [14]

Title Year
“Killing Me” 2011
“It’s Over”
“Feeling This Feeling” 2014
“Iwo Nikan” 2015
“Odun Tuntun”
“I Don’t Care”
“Love Me” 2016
“FunMi Lowo”

Her single “I Don’t Care” was spotted on number 1 spot on MTN Yhello Top 10 Nigeria Chart, number 4 on Alternative Music Naija Chart on Top Radio 90.9 FM and number 3 on Alternative Nigeria Chart on Radio Continental 102.3FM.[15] Also “Love Me” picked on number 1 spot on Alternative Nigerian Chart on The Beat 99.9 FM [16] and on number 3 spot on Playdata Chart.[17]

Chart (2015–16) Song Peak
MTN Yhello Top 10 Nigeria “I Don’t Care” 1
Top Radio 90.9 FM 4
Radio Continental 102.3FM 3
The Beat 99.9 FM “Love Me” 1
Playdata Chart 3
The Beat 99.9 FM “FunMi Lowo” 1
Playdata Chart 10

As Featured artist

List of singles as featured artist
Title Artist Name(s) Year
“Falling” (featuring. Faze & Aramide) “Femi Jubal” 2011
“Fever” (featuring. Aramide, Yemi Alade & Jowhiz) “Sizzle Pro” 2014
“Rise” (featuring. MunaNikki Laoye, Glowreeyah Braimah, J’odie, Aramide, Shola Allyson, Onos & Joan Ekpai) “Titi” 2015
“Lamba” (featuring. Aramide & Reekado Banks) “Mr Chidoo”


List of Covers as lead artist
Title Year
ELDee‘s – Today Today (Cover)” 2012
Davido’s Ekuro (Cover)” 2013

Awards and Nominations

Year Awards ceremony Award description(s) Results Ref
2015 All Africa Music Awards Most Promising Artist in Africa Nominated [18][19][20]
The Headies Best Vocal Performance (Female) (“Iwo Nikan”) Won [3][21]
Nigeria Entertainment Awards Female Artist of the Year Nominated [22][23]
2016 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Alternative Artist Won [24]
The Headies Best Vocal Performance (Female) (“Love Me”) Nominated [25]
The Headies NEXT RATED Nominated [26]
All Africa Music Awards – AFRIMA Best Female Artist in West Africa Won [27]
2017 All Africa Music Awards – AFRIMA Best Female Artist in West Africa Nominated [28]


  1. Jump up^ “Aramide celebrates birthday with colourful photos”PM News Nigeria. Retrieved 9 July2016.
  2. Jump up^ “Aramide Biography”. Aramide.
  3. Jump up to:a b “Full list of winners @ The Headies 2015”. 2 January 2016.
  4. Jump up^ “Popular Singer, Aramide Ties The Knot With Her Husband (Photos) – Gistmania”www.gistmania.com. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  5. Jump up^ “More PHOTOS: Singer Aramide’s church wedding”African Spotlight. 18 April 2015. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  6. Jump up^ “Being married cannot slow down my career — Aramide – Vanguard News”. 4 September 2015. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  7. Jump up^ “Aramide was on star Quest”. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  8. Jump up^ “Singer Aramide Signs a New Record Label Deal with Baseline Music After Trybe Records Exit”. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  9. Jump up^ “Aramide Joins Skales And Saeon At Baseline Music”. 9 September 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  10. Jump up^ “10 Things You Didn’t Know About Aramide”Youth Village Nigeria. 5 April 2016. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  11. Jump up^ “Suitcase by Aramide on Itunes”. 22 November 2016. Retrieved 20 September 2017.
  12. Jump up^ “Aramide – Shows”Aramide. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  13. Jump up^ “Aramide To Perform At One Africa Music FEST”. 15 October 2015. Retrieved 20 September 2017.
  14. Jump up^ “Aramide songs on iTunes”iTunes. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  15. Jump up^ “Aramide To Perform At Felabration”LifeStyle.ng. 15 October 2015. Retrieved 9 July2016.
  16. Jump up^ “Alternative Nigerian Chart | The Beat 99.9 FM”The Beat 99.9 Fm. Retrieved 9 July2016.

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