Full Name: Hadiza Salma Blell
Stage Name: Di'Ja
Date of Birth: August 14th.
Genres: R&B, urban contemporary, Afrobeat, Afropop, african hip hop.
Years active: 2008 – present.
Relationship Status: Married
Labels: Mavin Records.
Occupation: Recording artist songwriter performer model.
Hadiza Blell simply known as Di’Ja or Aphrodija, is a Sierra Leonean-Nigerian recording artiste, visual artiste and song writer. She grew up in Sierra Leone, Nigeria, USA, Canada; Raised in a family where great emphasis was placed on the value of formal education, Di’ja committed herself to the academics and earned two university degrees at a very young age. However young Di’Ja’s passions soon extended beyond the classroom walls towards the colourful world of music, art and philanthropy. In 2008, her musical artistry was recognized by the academy of the best music Awards, Canada, when she was presented the award for the best new artiste of 2008.
In the following year, one of her songs got nominated for the “best Urban/ RnB single” award at the 2009 Canadian Radio Music Award.
In 2013, she returned to Nigeria and soon signed a record deal with super producer Don Jazzy, as a recording artiste under Mavin Records. Di’ja’s signing was announced to the world on February 14, 2014 alongside the release of her first official single; YARO. In July she teamed up with Chocolate City’s ICE PRINCE on a remix to YARO.
In December 2014, this beautiful multi-talented Mavin artiste Di’ja dropped a new single titled Awww. The song is a melodious sing-tale that captures love from a bold lover’s perspective with a fresh approach and a happy ever after feel. Produced by Don Jazzy, this song and the music video redefines Africa’s music standard in every sense of it… the song Awww was number one on iTunes for near a month and also was number one on a number of television and radio station’s countdown in west south and east africa.
The demand for the song performance has been from Europe, United states, and pan africa. The song is mid tempo sing-tale of love and has about half a million views on YouTube already with over ten covers worldwide. The music video was directed by unlimited LA.
Awards and Nominations.
NIGERIA ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS “Most Promising Act To Watch” (2014)
CANADIAN RADIO MUSIC AWARDS “Best Urban/R&B Single” (2009)
BEAT MUSIC AWARDS “Best New Artiste” (2008)
DI’JA’s singles include;
“How Can We Be Friends”,
“Dan’Iska (Rudebwoy), “Hold On (Ba Damuwa)”,
“Dorobucci” (with Don Jazzy, Tiwa Savage, Dr SID, D’Prince, Reekado Banks, and Korede Bello),
“Adaobi” (with Reekado Banks, Korede Bello, and Don Jazzy)