Nailah Blackman recently appeared on The Wayne Ayers Podcast to reveal the title and release date of her upcoming album. Blackman will release her album “Teknique” on September 23rd. She also reveals the album will be a double album with 15 total songs. Blackman released her first two singles off the upcoming album titled “Teknique” and “Best Friend.”

Nailah Blackman

The Trinidadian singer-songwriter most strongly related to the soca genre. Blackman’s grandfather, the late Garfield Blackman, well known as Lord Shorty or Ras Shorty I, invented a musical style known as Jamoo and is credited with inventing the Soca as a means of revitalizing calypso music.

Nailah Blackman first rose to fame in 2016, Blackman performed her song “Runaway Train” for the Pixel Play exhibition of the movie Towne. The performance raised her national profile and helped create a buzz ahead of the 2017 release. Blackman collaborated with internationally successful soca actor Kes on the song “Workout,” which became a massive hit during the carnival. Trinidad, as of 2017, continues to enjoy lasting popularity. “Workout” led Blackman to the final of the 2017 Soca Monarch International Competition.

In 2017, Blackman also released “Bailah Mami“, produced by Anson Pro Soverall. Blackman’s most popular songs were released, including “O ‘Lawd Oye” and “Badishh,” the latter featuring Jamaican dancehall singer Shenseea in 2018. In August 2019, she released her first EP, “The Reel” which included the single “Sweet & Loco.”

Nigeria’s Afropop artist Adekunle Gold featured her in his single titled AG Baby off his album and with this, Nailah has cemented a place in the Nigerian Music Industry. In 2020, she released another Caribbean anthem “Say, Less” featuring Medz Boss which garnered over 1 million views on Youtube. She has released an acoustic version that has reached over 2 million views on Youtube.


Nailah was nominated for the BET Viewers’ Choice Award for Best New International Act and had over 50 million views on YouTube in total, not counting other music platforms. She won the Groovy Soca Female of the Year Award with Baila Mami at the International Soca Awards in Santa Lucia. Nailah was nominated for Best New Soca Artist and Best Collaboration at the Your View Awards in Jamaica. She won the Best New Crossover award at the TTCO Awards in Trinidad and Tobago, and her song “Sokah” was chosen by NJAC as one of the 20 best calypsos of the year. Nailah received the New York Senate Cultural Ambassador Award during Labor Day 2018 celebrations in New York City. The rising star was nominated for BET’s Best New International Performance competition in 2018.

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