D.Matthews shares his four most inspirational artists from his home Nigeria

Exuding infectious Afro-pop sensibilities on his latest release, D.Matthews lists the artists behind these rhythmic tendencies and influence.

Smooth flowing and sultry, the grooves of D.Matthews are addictive. Based in Auckland and born in Nigeria, he wields an eclectic wand of Afro-pop, hip-hop, and motivational rap. It’s no wonder he draws creative guidance from masters of a similarly passionate art form.

Whilst, the dynamic video for his latest single Sunrise showcased the beauty of New Zealand, the tempo aligned with his African roots. D.Matthews took a glimpse into the world of Afro-pop artists and developed his own brand: a unique concoction of urban flavours and drama.


Lyrically, D.Matthews cites music pioneers Fela Kuti, Burna Boy, and Patoranking as his biggest influences. Today, he has gone a step further to name his four most inspirational musicians from his hometown of Nigeria:

“Although, they all have different sounds but the way Wizkid & Mayorkun lay out their smooth & polished vocals on a track is one that can’t be taken for granted or ignored. On the other hand, the way they address the colour of a track is somehow very chilled and saucy as a means of attraction. Undeniable & effortless.”




Burna Boy

Grab your copy of D.Matthews latest release Sunrise here.

Enjoy the video below: