Oluwatobiloba Daniel Anidugbe also known as Kiss Daniel is a singer/songwriter and entertainer. He is one of the fast-rising Hip-Hop recording artiste in Nigeria.
Kiss Daniel was born in Ogun state, Nigeria. He hails from Abeokuta North local government area. He graduated from Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, in 2013, with a degree in Water Resources Management and Agrometeorology (Water Engineering). While in university, he decided to pursue music as a career alongside his studies.
Kiss Daniel showed an interest in music from an early age, and was encouraged by his father. He started his music career professionally 2013 after his tertiary education, when he came across G-Worldwide Entertainment CEO, Emperor Geezy.
After being signed to G-Worldwide entertainment, he released his first official single “Shoye” which was produced by Beatburx on May 1, 2014, along with a music video was directed by MEX.
Daniel released his second single “Woju”, produced by Dj Coublon on September 1, 2014. The video for Woju, released by Adasa Cookey, was shot in Lagos, Nigeria. The song spent eleven weeks on the MTV Base Official Naija Top Ten, including six weeks at the number one spot.
Daniel then recorded and released a remix of “Woju” featuring Tiwa Savage and Davido. “Woju” and its remix peaked at Number 1 and Number 2 respectively on the MTV Base Official Naija Top 10, the first time that an original song and its remix would peak at the first and second positions on the chart. A cover of the song performed by 2face Idibia appeared online.
In May 2015, Daniel released a third follow up single “Laye” on his birthday, along with a video two weeks later which was shot in different locations in eastern part of Africa and was directed by AJE FILMS
Shows and Appearances
Kiss Daniel has appeared and headlined crowd pulling shows both in and out side Nigeria. Other countries he has visited includes Malaysia, Ghana and UK.
How he got his stage name
According to the singer,
“I got the name when I was in school.
I have a dimple in my cheek and in school, when you had dimples in both cheeks, you were called ‘Kisses’.
Since I had just one, I was called ‘Kiss.’
Because there were other Daniels in school, the ladies added Kiss to my first name to tell me apart from the others.
So, when I started music I decided to stick with the name.’
Kiss Daniel has listed acts like Danfo drivers, Zulezu, Oritse Femi., 2face, 9ice, W4, Wande Coal, Owl City and Ed Sheeran as musical influences. Kiss Daniel lost his father on the 9th of May 2015.
Awards And Recognition
Kiss Daniel got his first major Award nomination with the Nigerian Entertainment Awards categories: Hottest Single Of The Year and Best New Act To Watch.
Other awards include:
- Extreme Awards (Benin Republic) Next Rated Artiste of The Year – Won
- Maya Awards (Ibadan) Newcomer/Revelation of The Year – Won