Black Magic (Efemena Mukoro) is a Nigerian singer from Delta State with an alternative take on rhythm. His music draws from afrobeat, hip-hop and soul and the rapper/singer accordingly claims Fela, Jay-Z, Sade and Lauryn Hill among influences. His first 2 singles, afrobeat-inspired ‘Tomorrow’ (2010) and disco-tinged ‘Rainbow’ (2011) – both released under Syndik8 Records – met with acclaim and a modest following.
His debut album ‘BlackMagic Version 1.0’ (2011) was well received, and spawned a further single, ‘Foreigner’ featuring Saeon. He left Syndik8 Records shortly after.
BlackMagic released the songs ‘Fantasy’ and ‘Repete’ (2012) leading up to his sophomore, and the latter turned out to be one of the most critically acclaimed songs in the country of his birth. Both songs later featured on his sophomore Version 2.0 (2013). At the 2013 Headies, BlackMagic won the Best Alternative category for ‘Repete’.
‘Version 2.0’ has produced more singles including ‘Africa’, for which remix, BlackMagic recruited three of Nigeria’s favourite rappers, Reminisce, Vector and Phyno.