by Rachel Ogbu
21-year-old Uzo Emenike, better known as MNEK, is a British singer who has been nominated for a Grammy, he is a songwriter, record producer and remixer signed to Virgin EMI Records – because of his deep music talents, some have named him the Pharell Williams of London.
At age 16 he had written and produced “All Fired Up” for the British girl band, The Saturdays where he was responsible for the beat: “Keep me on your radar”, which became their album title and he has worked with Little Mix, Kylie Minouge amongst others.
“I signed mu publishing deal when I was 14,” he tells Attitude magazine in an interview.
Recently he was invited by Madonna to contribute to her new album titled, Rebel Heart while at the same time focusing on promoting his newly launched EP titled; Small Talk, which features electro-soul hits like “More Than a Miracle,” “Every Little Word,” and “The Rhythm.”
“There’s a stereotype that Nigerian parents love their kids to be academic and be doctors and lawyers,” he says. “In reality, my parents knew that I was a vegetable outside of music. They have fears, they know how tough and competitive it is, but they’re happy that there are a lot of people backing me,” he said in another interview.