Nigeria's DJ Cuppy Takes Her Place on US Stage with MTV2 Appearance

Dec 10, 2015, 12:33 ET from DJ Cuppy

NEW YORK, December 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --

Florence Otedola, aka DJ Cuppy, Nigeria's premier female DJ, has appeared on MTV2's talkshow Uncommon Sense, performing and participating in the show's topical debates. Filmed in New York, the 30-minute show on MTV2 saw the 23-year-old showcasing some of the hottest new tracks coming out of Nigeria's contemporary music scene as well as US hits, with a variety of hip hop, R&B and some old school records featured in her set.

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Cuppy featured alongside major US acts including rapper T-Pain, reality TV star Tahiry, hip-hop journalist Rob Markman, and actor Damien Lemon. The show was hosted by musician and presenter Charlamagne tha God, and was broadcast throughout the USA.

Speaking ahead of the filming, Cuppy, said: "It's hugely exciting to be on the show with such a talented group of people. I was on Charlamagne's radio show earlier in the year and it's great to be a guest of his again - this time on MTV2. We get on really well and I hope we can carry on working together."

Cuppy recently completed a continental tour across Africa, performing in front of thousands of fans in eight countries and engaging in a number of charitable programmes in association with The Dangote Foundation. She is currently interning with Jay Z's label Roc Nation while she completes a Masters degree at New York University.

Cuppy also hinted at her ambitions to raise the profile of Nigerian music in the US.

"Touring Africa this summer was an amazing experience. It was such a privilege to be welcomed into so many wonderful communities and to bring them a taste of what the Nigerian music scene has to offer. I'm looking forward to showcasing that culture in the States, and opportunities like Uncommon Sense are a great way for me to start doing that," she said.

About DJ Cuppy 

DJ Cuppy is an international DJ, producer and entrepreneur, pioneering a new genre of music that fuses house and afrobeat, coined 'Neo-Afrobeat'.  

Cuppy's six-year career has seen her play at high profile events in major cities all over the world. In 2014 she entertained global diplomats and international representatives at the Financial Times Luxury Summit in Mexico City as well as an elite crowd at Tatler Magazine and Christie's Inc. Arts Ball in London. More recently, Cuppy headlined the Oil Baron's Charity Ball in Dubai, where she entertained more than 3,000 guests.

In June 2014 Cuppy was announced as the resident DJ at the MTV Africa Music Awards in Durban - a landmark moment in her career that secured her place in the African music scene.

Also in 2014 Cuppy was appointed official Nigerian Tourism Ambassador by the Minister of Culture and Tourism. Alongside this role she is a brand advocate for the 'Fascinating Nigeria' campaign, aimed at promoting tourism to the country.

Her second mixtape, 'House of Cuppy Volume II', was released in June 2015, and follows the original House of Cuppy compilation, released in 2014, which accumulated more than 9,000 downloads and 50,000 listens.

In July 2015, Cuppy embarked on an ambitious African tour titled 'Cuppy Takes Africa', performing in eight countries from Nigeria to South Africa.

Cuppy resides in New York, where she is studying for a Masters of Arts in Music Business at NYU having completed a Bachelor's degree in Business and Finance at King's College London in 2014. She is currently interning at the Roc Nation headquarters.

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