D.Y.K – Did You Know? 18 January 2023



  • Taylor Swift grew up on a Christmas tree farm with her family in Pennsylvania
  • Taylor Swift is the youngest solo artist to win Album of The Year 
  • Taylor Swift made history at the 2021 Grammys, becoming the first female artist to win Album of the Year three times
  • Taylor Swift learned to play the guitar at the age of 12 
  • Taylor Swift is one of the highest-paid women in music 




  • Glorilla rose to fame after releasing her 2022 song “F.N.F. “, which was later remixed with Latto and JT of City Girls
  • Glorilla has 5.9M monthly listeners on Spotify 
  • Gloria Woods aka Glorilla is an American-based female rapper from Frayser, Memphis
  • In 2022, Glorilla made the billing for the Rolling Loud Music Festival alongside A$AP Rocky and Nicki Minaj 
  • GloRilla recently signed a deal with Yo Gotti’s Collective Music Group



  • Senzo Mfundo Vilakazi known professionally as Kwesta, is a South African rapper and songwriter
  • Kwesta was born in Katlehong, Gauteng, a township also known as “K1”
  • At the age of 15, Kwesta and his friends formed a rap group Ghetto Fellaz
  • Kwesta is referred to as a trendsetter and a music mogul 
  • Kwesta recently released his new album with Kabza Da Small “Speak N Vorstaan” which is an ode to Kwaito 




  • Although he is professionally known as Popcaan, his real name is Andrae Hugh Sutherland
  • In 2008, Popcaan joined Vybz Kartel’s Gaza Music Empire
  • In 2010, Popcaan released his breakthrough international hit “Clarks”
  • Popcaan’s music has been featured in the latest season of Netflix’s drama Top Boy 
  • Popcaan recently teamed up with Drake on new single “We Caa Done” 






  • Although he is famously known by his stage name, Post Malone’s real name is Austin Richard Post 
  • Post Malone has a face tattoo under his eyes that says ‘’Always Tired’’
  • Post started learning how to play the guitar by playing the famous game ‘’Guitar Hero’’
  • Post started writing lyrics when he was 16 years old 
  • Post Malone started his career as a wedding DJ 



  • AKA’s real name is Kiernan Jeremy Forbes
  • AKA was the first South African musician to gain 1 Million Twitter Followers
  • AKA was the first person in Africa to receive the Exclusive Twitter Camera App
  • AKA’s first performance of new single, One Time, trended worldwide and was the most watched episode of Live Amp ever
  • AKA was the first South African artist on Tim Westwood’s UK show and paved the path for other South Africans to be featured




  • Omi’s real name is Omar Samuel Pasley
  • Omi is best known for “Cheerleader”, a worldwide hit for him in a remixed version by German DJ Felix Jaehn
  • Omi is currently signed to Ultra Music, a part of Sony Music
  • Omi’s music genre is categorized as Pop music, Reggae, Soul music, Deep house 
  • Omi began his career performing in Kingston and was discovered by Clifton Dillon




  • SZA dropped out of Delaware State University where she studied marine biology
  • Although she is professionally known as SZA, her real name is Solána Imani Rowe
  • SZA’s stage name is taken from the Supreme Alphabet, where “Z” and “A” stand for “Zig-Zag” and “Allah,” respectively
  • SZA spent thirteen years as a competitive gymnast 
  • SZA doesn’t write songs in a conventional way, she freestyles songs from the top of her head 





  • Rihanna has sold over  250 million records worldwide
  • Rihanna admits that she loves being a mom 
  • Rihanna is the second-best-selling female music artist of all time
  • Although she is most popularly known as Rihanna, her real name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty 
  • Rihanna and A$AP Rocky welcomed their first baby together in May 2022




  • Growing up, Shiko Matlebjane’s grandfather could not pronounce his name and would often call him ch’cco. His family soon began referring to him as that, which is how his stage name came to be. 
  • Originally a rapper, ch’cco has cemented himself as an Amapiano vocalist 
  • He has worked with South African artists such as Pabi Cooper, Kwiish and Mellow and Sleazy 
  • He is best known for his song ‘’Nkao Tempele’’ featuring Mellow and Sleazy 
  • He prides himself with being part of a cultural movement helping put South African music on the global stage





  • In 1995, Queen Elizabeth II honored Elton John with the Commander of the Order of the British Empire or CBE title
  • Although he is famously known as Elton John, his birth name was Reginald Kenneth Dwight before legally changing it 
  • Elton John broke Elvis Presley’s record for most consecutive years of Top 40 hits on Billboard’s singles chart
  • Elton John is in the Rock ‘N Roll Hall Of Fame 
  • Elton John was nicknamed ‘Rocket Man’ 







  • Although he is famously known as Stormzy, his real name is Michael Ebenezer Kwadjo Omari Owuo Jr
  • Stormzy is a London-based grime MC of Ghanaian heritage
  • Stormzy gained attention on the UK underground music scene through his Wicked Skengman series of freestyles over classic grime beats
  • Stormzy compares himself to a cross between Kanye West and Donny Hathaway 
  • Stormzy says he aims to expand grime outward by encompassing R&B, chart-pop, and UK hip-hop into his exacting style




  • Ariana Grande has more than 50 tattoos 
  • Ariana Grande’s big break is considered to be her role in the Nickelodeon’s hit TV show Victorious 
  • Ariana Grande began her career when she appeared in the Broadway musical 13 in 2008.
  • Ariana Grande became a chart-topping pop music sensation at age 20 
  • Arina Grande’s favourite movie is Bruce Almighty 






  • Meghan Trainor was born and raised in Nantucket, Massachusetts
  • Meghan Trainor wrote her first original song when she was 13 titled “Give Me A Chance”
  • Meghan Trainor  began singing in church at the age of six, alongside her father who used to play the organ
  • When Meghan Trainor was in high school, she played the trumpet in a jazz band 
  • Meghan Trainor turned down a full scholarship to the Berklee College of Music while still in her late teens to pursue her dream of songwriting and performing





  • Oxlade rose to prominence with the release of the song “Away”, which appeared on Rolling Stone’s 50 best songs of 2020
  • Oxlade is signed to Epic Records and Columbia Records UK 
  • Oxlade was born in Lagos, Nigeria 
  • Oxlade gained admission to Lagos State University to study History and International Studies but dropped out two years after

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