Efemena Mukoro is a Nigerian rapper, singer, and songwriter better known as Blackmagic (formerly Ejay and Ejay Blackmagic). He began his musical career while still a student at the University of Benin. He is the CEO of the Based on Belief record label and received a Headies Award in 2013 for “Best Alternative Song.”
Early Life and Education
Blackmagic was born on April 21, Nigeria, and raised in Lagos State, but he is a native of Delta State in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region. He received his primary and secondary education in Lagos, as well as at King’s College, Lagos. He later moved to Benin, where he earned a computer science degree from the University of Benin.
Blackmagic’s interest grew as he grew older, as did his passion for music, and he was fortunate to have easy access to cameras and recording tools. While still a student at the University of Benin (UNIBEN), he became well-known on campus for frequently displaying his musical interests while making movies of his classmates and lecturers on various subjects. With the passage of time, he was able to gain a better understanding of his future and what he could do to improve it. His passion for music grew from that point forward, and it’s understandable that he couldn’t put it on hold any longer.
Blackmagic began his music career as Ejay after dropping out of school to pursue it. He was signed to Lynxxx’s Syndik8 label in 2010 as a soul and Afrobeat performer. He went on to release a number of singles as well as his debut album, Blackmagic 1.0, in 2011. He rose to prominence after co-writing the single “Confam” with Sasha P. However, he rose to prominence following the release of his 2013 single “Repete.” According to the press, “Repete” is one of the most well-received Nigerian songs. He is regarded as a pioneer of Nigeria’s alternative scene.
After leaving Syndik8 Records, he changed his stage name to Ejay Blackmagic, then to simply Blackmagic. Later, in 2013, he founded his own record label, Based on Belief.
He is best known in Nigeria as a pioneer of alternative music, with songs like “Sorry” (2021), “Anything for Love” (2019), “Ponmo” (2019), and the 2021 album “Something for The Pies,” among others. He has also collaborated with Olamide, Adekunle Gold, Seyi Shey, Blaqbones, Vector, Phyno Reminisce, and a slew of other artists.
Black Magic has had a good time and made memories in the music scene, but much is not known about his relationship and other aspects of his life.
- “Tomorrow” (2010)
- “Rainbow” (2011)
- “Fantasy” (2012)
- “Repete” (2012)
- “Foreigner” featuring Saeon
- “Black Friday” featuring Kid Konnect (2015)
- “Wonder” featuring Fetty Wap (2016)
- “No need” (2018)
- “Anything for Love” (2019)
- BM (2019).
- Version 1.0 (2011)
- Version 2.0 (2013)
- Black Friday (2015)
- Version 3.0 (2020)
Awards and Nominations
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His net worth is estimated at $900,000.