Daniel George (born September 1, 1984), known by his stage name DenG, is a Liberian singer and songwriter from Bong County.He made history by becoming the first Liberian artist to receive a nomination in the Listener’s Choice category at the 2016 MTV Africa Music Awards.
Deng is a native of Bong County, Liberia and the descendant of the Kpelle Tribe in Liberia. As a child, DenG joined the church choir where he discovered his interest in music. When the civil war erupted in Liberia, DenG alongside his family migrated to neighboring country Ghana in search of refuge. In Ghana, he attended the Achimota Secondary Boarding School and later joined a singing group in the school. DenG later returned to Liberia and continued his education at the United Methodist University, majoring in Business.
DenG first gained recognition from a collaboration with Liberian R&B singer Emma Smith titled ‘I Want to Go’. He was known as an R&B Artist, but studying the Liberian entertainment industry, and analyzing its market, he changed his style of music and went into Hipco/Afropop. In 2013, DenG collaborated with the Liberia Vice President’s son, Tan Tan, and Liberia’s female Hip-Co Rapper Queen V on a hit single titled’ Jue Pa Your Own Pa’. He later featured Tan Tan on a single titled’ Eleh Leh’ that he co-wrote. DenG’s first international collaboration was with Liberian-US based Rapper E-Boy called ‘African Woman’.
Later the same year, DenG released three new singles with one becoming a hit locally and internationally. ‘They Vex’ was released with the theme of inspiring people to keep thriving and ignore the attempts of others to lower their motivation or self-esteem.His second single ‘A Nah Right’ was featured in a Liberian feature film. The song was about speaking out against domestic violence which was at its peak in Liberia. DenG released another hit single titled Kemah which garnered over 300,000 views on YouTube and gained him a nomination at the African Entertainment Awards in the USA.On December 25, 2016, DenG dropped ‘Make Dem Talk’, featuring Nigerian superstar KCee.
In 2016, Deng collaborated with Nigerian musician Kcee_(musician) on the song “Make Dem Talk”.DenG is signed to the record label owned and operated by African Entertainment, African Entertainment Music Group (AEMG) which released this record “Make Dem Talk.
- 2014 Liberia Entertainment Awards, Best Music Video Of The Year
- 2014 Nominated for Liberia Music Awards, Best New Artist
- 2015 Won the Liberia Entertainment Awards, Song Of The Year
- 2015 Won the Liberia Music Awards, Song Of The Year
- 2015, Won the Liberia Entertainment Awards, Artist Of The Year
- 2015, Nominated for Liberia Music Awards, Afro pop Artist Of The Year
- 2016, Nominated for Nigerian Entertainment Awards 2015, African Male Artist (Non Nigerian/Africa) Award
- 2016 Liberia Music Awards Song of the Year, Kemah and Artist of the Year
- 2016 Liberia Personality of the Year
- 2016 Liberia Entertainment Awards Best New Artist
On January 27, 2015, DenG signed an endorsement deal with Liberia’s telecommunication network ‘Novafone’ as a brand ambassador.
- DenG “Bay Bay” Produced by Lupace
- DenG “Kemah” Produced by Rawlo
- DenG “A Na Right” Produced by Stone LuckShine
- DenG “They Vex” Produced by Stone LuckShine
- DenG ft KCee “Make Dem Talk” Produced by Mystro
MTV Base Mama 2016 Awards Nomination
In December 2016, DenG became the first Liberian artist to be nominated in the MTV Base Mama 2016 Awards ‘Listeners Choice Category’ alongside top musicians in Africa such as Adiouza (Senegal), Bebe Cool (Uganda), Burna Boy (Nigeria), EL (Ghana),Jah Prayzah (Zimbabwe), and Jay Rox (Zambia)