Efa (real name Efa Iwara) is a rapper, Hip-Hop enthusiast and actor.
Born in the ancient city of Ibadan, Oyo State, he discovered he had a passion for rap at a rather young age and went on to write his first verse by the time he turned nine. After high school, he gained admission into the University of Ibadan to study Geography. While at UI, he, along with 3 friends, including DJ Klem formed a group called X-Factor. After a while, the artistes grew apart as they were headed in different directions and the group split up.
Things were to go from bad to worse for him for right after the group disbanded, Efa lost his sister in 2007. Needless to say, his music took a backstage at this point as he mourned. It took the intervention of a close friend to reignite his passion for music and get him back into the studio. Efa went back to writing and recording with his former group member, DJ Klem. Together, they recorded Kwenu, a single which, despite its unreleased status, went on to feature prominently in NYSC camps in Western Nigeria in 2008.
In a bid to discover how well he had developed since signing to Jus’ Kiddin’, he was enrolled in the Peak Talent Show where he was one of the final six at the Ibadan Zone, the only rapper to achieve that feat.
With a debut album due in 2011, Efa will be releasing singles and remixes from the summer of 2010 to introduce himself to the Nigerian market. EFA has shown his softer side with his love-themed and inspired rap verses on his cover of Mo’Cheddah’s “If You Want Me“; DJ Klem’s “Try Again” as well as his recent track “One More Chance“; has taken a more hardcore turn in the road.
E.F.A. deviates from what we’ve seen in his body of work so far. We see EFA drop the playful and loving demeanour for a more rough-edged foray into the struggle that has come to make up the fast rising MC we see today.
It was produced by Knighthouse producer, DJ Klem.
Listen to Efa – E.F.A
Listen to Efa – One More Chance
Listen to Efa feat. Mo’Cheddah – If You Want Me (Cover)
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