Temidayo Raphael Omoniyi, popularly known as ZLATAN IBILE, is a multitalented, Nigerian-born performing artiste. Zlatan Ibile is not only an indigenous rapper, singer and songwriter but also an inspired dancer and the renowned originator of one of the most popular and explosive dance sensations in Africa; ZANKU and GBEKU. The slang he created, ‘Kapaichumarimarichopaco’ is a call to arms with a special meaning to fans and listeners worldwide.
Zlatan Ibile exploded into the music scene in 2017 and has quickly become indisputably the most desired street sensation with a voice that immediately injects energy into all spaces. He has become particularly influential in the music industry as a result of his unique talent and the vibrant new sound he has made his own, gaining him recognition at home and abroad. His songs; singles and collaborations continue to top various charts and are sure to turn any party upside-down with infectious energy. With over 5 million active followers across his social media networks, Zlatan has a vibrant young fan base that grows every day as his music and persona travel.
Though an indigene of Ekiti State, Nigeria, Zlatan Ibile was raised in Lagos and it was on the famous Lagos streets he inherited a love for energetic beats and started to craft his authentic inimitable sound. Unearthing his talent at an early age, Zlatan’s interest in music did not deter him from his education and though he started to channel his energy into music after his high school in 2011, he continues to develop himself both academically and socially. Temidayo obtained a Higher National Diploma in Business Administration from Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta Ogun state where he won the Airtel One Mic Talent Show in 2014.
In 2017, Zlatan Ibile released the groundbreaking single titled ‘My Body’ featuring Olamide. The song quickly took over the streets and when Davido posted a video of him dancing to the song, it went viral and broke through to wider mainstream success. In 2018, Zlatan Ibile was featured along with Lil Kesh in Chinko Ekun’s hit song ‘Able God’. The energy and vibrant sound he brought to his music proved irresistible and his trademark style quickly made him a fan favourite able to penetrate underground and mainstream markets alike. Soon after the release of “Able God” he released ZANKU which was accompanied by the leading dance routine named after song. At that point it was clear that Zlatan and his high-energy sound was there to stay. Later that year, Zlatan Ibile collaborated with Burna Boy on perhaps one of Africa’s biggest songs; ‘Killin Dem’ with Burna Boy proved a runaway hit and it continues to top charts and fill dancefloors worldwide.
Since 2017, Zlatan Ibile has continued to release an unprecedent string of non-stop hits, some of which are collaborations with top artistes in the music industry, including Davido, Tiwa Savage, Naira Marley, Peruzzi, Tekno etc. He released his debut album in 2019 titled ‘ZANKU’. The album is a 17 track album with each track making remarkable numbers in terms of downloads, streams and sales on all digital platforms.
In 2020, Zlatan established his own record label named Zanku Records, after his contract with his previous record label expired. His vision for Zanku Records is for it to be a conduit and platform to develop and nurture the yet undiscovered or underdeveloped creativity and talent that is to be found at all levels of society whether it be from the same Lagos streets that Zlatan came up from or from other parts of the wider continent. Already with a stable of talented artists, Zlatan Ibile is poised to bring more market-breaking talent to the industry.
Temidayo is at home on the biggest stages and has already graced enough stages to perform his hit songs to demonstrate that he is a certified crowd-puller with the energy, charisma and finesse to bring a crowd to life and leave fans asking for more. He remains Africa’s favorite with his indigenous rap style and high-octane performances. He has successfully headlined sold-out concerts in Abuja, the nation’s capital and in Lagos, pulling crowds of about 10,000 people each time. His music travels and his imprint on the Nigerian music scene suggests that he is one of a small number of artists who have been able to shape the culture in recent times with the ability to transcend borders and lead the way in terms of sound and production. The sky is the limit for Temidayo as he continues to leave his mark in his own special way.