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Meet Dawit Eklund: Age and career of producer linked to Malia Obama

Amber Peake August 5, 2022
Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images


This week Malia Obama was linked to record producer Dawit Eklund after they were spotted out together in Los Angles and many are now curious to know more about him.

The former president Barack Obama’s eldest daughter was pictured with the producer on Thursday (August 4) while they attended a LA art gallery together according to The Daily Mail

The pair’s reported outing has gone on to make headlines, prompting some to wonder about Dawit Eklund’s age and music career. Let’s get to know him a bit better…

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How old is the music producer?

Dawit Eklund is currently 32 years of age but is set to celebrate his 33rd birthday this month, as per The Daily Mail.

Eklund reportedly hails from the capital city of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, but also had stints living in Egypt, Bangladesh, Sudan, and Kenya growing up.  

Eklund has been on the rise in the Washington music scene for almost a decade. The Washington Post described the then 25-year-old in 2016 as one of the district’s “most exciting dance music producers.”

In the same year, Fact Magazine also featured Eklund on its 10 house and techno producers to watch as the publication dubbed him Washington’s “next big thing.”

Dawit Eklund is a record label co-founder

The 32-year-old is a co-founder of the Washington-based independent record label 1432 R. The label, which Eklund founded alongside his two friends Joyce Lim and Sami Yenigun, has a focus on Ethiopian-style dance and house music, was launched in 2014. 

As explained by Truants, the initial foundations for the label began during Eklund’s college days. Eklund is an alumni of George Washington University, where he studied international development in Africa. While studying, Eklund and his fellow 1432 R co-founder Yenigun met while throwing warehouse parties together. 

In a past profile on the label by The Washington Post, it was revealed the name 1432 R references the district in which the label is run, which the three founders are all residents, as it is a DC street address. 

Eklund has also released his own music

While he is a co-founder of 1432 R, he is also listed as one of the label’s artists on its roster of talent.  

Eklund debuted his first musical release on the label in 2014 as he dropped his house track Psycho Animus. 

His second musical offering on the label came in the form of an EP which was released the following year. The project titled Ouroborous featured three tracks. 

Three years later, in 2018 Eklund dropped a second EP with three of the project’s four tracks featuring in his most popular releases on Spotify

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Amber is an entertainment journalist with a love for anything showbiz, celeb or reality TV. After graduating with a degree in Journalism at Brunel University she became a Showbiz Reporter at Having written for both HITC and The Focus, Amber is now a staff writer for The Focus covering the latest celeb and entertainment trends.