NAME: Cobhams Emmanuel Asuquo
DATE OF BIRTH: January 6, 1981
GENRES: Gospel, Pop, RnB, Afrobeat
YEARS ACTIVE: 1999 – present
OCCUPATION: Singer, Songwriter, Music producer
Cobhams Asuquo is a Nigerian musician, producer, and songwriter. In 2005, Asuquo was signed on with Sony ATV London as a songwriter. After working as Head of Audio Productions at a local label, Questionmark Entertainment, he set up his own recording facility in 2006. He is the former CEO/Head of Productions of CAMP (Cobhams Asuquo Music Productions) representing himself, Bez Idakula and Stan Iyke. He was responsible for Aşa‘s highly acclaimed international album ASA and has been mentioned on many artists’ sleeve credits as producer and writer. He is now the Founder/CEO of Vintage Gray Media.
Cobhams is a Nigerian born songwriter/music producer/singer who started his academic training as a lawyer. Previously signed to Sony/ATV UK publishing as a songwriter, Cobhams formed his ﬁrst music production and label company Cobhams Asuquo Music Production (CAMP) in 2008. In 2016 He started Vintage Gray Media. Vintage Gray media currently produces “The Cobhams Top 12” – a music countdown show aimed at showcasing new music releases from both Famous and upcoming artists. Cobhams’ international acclaim came with the music production of Nigeria’s soul performer – ASA’s debut album. He also wrote and co-wrote several songs on the album including the singles, “Fire on the Mountain” and “Jailer”.
Cobhams became an MTN Nigeria ambassador for its corporate elite customers in 2015. CNN Africa Voices featured Cobhams in a full-length interview in December 2011.
Cobhams, alongside African musicians such as Dbanj, Omawumi, Femi Kuti and Somi visited the white house to raise awareness on agriculture in Nigeria, through Bono’s global humanitarian group, ‘ONE Campaign’. He was invited by the ONE campaign to produce the anthem for the “Poverty is Sexist” campaign titled, Strong Girl. He teamed up with various African female artists such as: Waje (Nigeria), Victoria Kimani (Kenya), Vanessa Mdee (Tanzania), Arielle T (Gabon), Gabriela (Mozambique), Yemi Alade (Nigeria), Selmor Mtukudzi (Zimbabwe), Judith Sephuma (South Africa), new talents Blessing Nwafor (South Africa) and the video star Omotola Jolade- Ekehinde (Nigeria).
Cobhams was called again to produce a remix of “Strong Girl” and this time it included Bono as one of the artists.
On the ﬁrst of January 2015, Cobhams released his ﬁrst music video for “Ordinary People”. He has also ofﬁcially released 5 other singles – “Do the Right Thing” featuring Bez (2015), Christmas song “Star of Wonder” (2015), Boosit ft. Falz (2016), “The Other Room” ft. Ugovinna (2016) and “Adore” ft. Lauretta Cookey and Fome Peters (2016).
His latest single is “One Hit”, released on January 6, 2018. Cobhams released his ﬁrst ofﬁcial single “Ordinary People” on January 1, 2014, and released the video the following January. Star of Wonder released in December 2014 is his second ofﬁcially released single. His third single Stronger Than Before was released in 2015 and was sung by Morayo. He released his fourth single Boosit featuring Falz in April 2016.
Cobhams also wrote and co-wrote several songs on the album including the singles, “Fire on the Mountain” and “Jailer”. He has likewise produced songs for Nigerian recording artists such as Banky W and Omawumi.
In 2016, he started a digital radio countdown show, Cobhams Top 12. The digital radio show counts down the hottest African/Nigerian songs that Cobhams thinks the Nigerian audience should be listening to. The show was originally called The Top 12 Countdown With Cobhams Asuquo.
Cobhams is visually impaired. On 2 December 2010, he married Ojuolape Veronica Olukanni. They have a son together.