NIA Entertainment: Discover Our Identity

Welcome to the vibrant world of Nia Records! Established by the pioneering Aleem twins, TaharQa and Tunde Ra Aleem, Nia Records has long been synonymous with groundbreaking music and nurturing emerging talent. As we continue our journey, we invite you to join us in celebrating creativity, innovation, and the power of music to unite and inspire. Welcome to the beat of Nia Records, where every note tells a story and every artist finds their voice.

Welcome to the vibrant world of Nia Records! Established by the pioneering Aleem twins, TaharQa and Tunde Ra Aleem, Nia Records has long been synonymous with groundbreaking music and nurturing emerging talent. As we continue our journey, we invite you to join us in celebrating creativity, innovation, and the power of music to unite and inspire. Welcome to the beat of Nia Records, where every note tells a story and every artist finds their voice.

  • Founding and Early Success
    Founded in 1979 by TaharQa and Tunde Ra Aleem, financed with $1500 borrowed from their father. Released first single "Hooked On Your Love" in 1979 under the name Aleem, featuring Leroy Burgess on lead vocals. Became an immediate hit in clubs, peaking at #15 on national disco charts. Re-released in 1980 with a remix by John Morales. Nia Records released several singles under various names during this time.


  • Pioneering Dance Music and Hip-Hop
    Pioneered the market for 12-inch dance records. Bridged the gap between disco and emerging house/club music. Ventured into hip-hop, giving exposure to artists like Captain Rock, Marley Marl/MC Shan, and Sparky D/DJ Red Alert. Released smash singles like "Release Yourself" in 1984. Continued success with singles like "Get Loose" (1984) and "Confusion" (1985).


  • Expansion and Collaboration
    Stepped back from recording as artists in the '90s to open Konkrete Recording Studios in Mid-town Manhattan. Started B.I.D. (Black Independent Distribution) to promote and distribute records, working with artists like Rick James, Kashif, Technotronic, and the Wu-Tang Clan. Helped the Wu-Tang Clan distribute their first single "Protect Ya Neck" in New York and assisted them in getting signed to LOUD Records. Recorded some songs for Wu-Tang Clan's debut album, "Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)," at Konkrete Studios. Collaboration with the Gravediggaz, featuring Prince Paul, Frukwan, Poetic, and RZA, further expanded their influence in the hip-hop scene.


  • Founding Hip-Hop for Humanity
    Founded Hip-Hop for Humanity on September 11, 2001. The goal of HHFH is to assist musically inclined youth by educating them to embrace leadership roles, take responsibility as future leaders, and engage in positive actions in their community and the world.


  • Nia's Collective
    With the enduring ideals ingrained in the hearts and minds of artists, producers, and contributors, Nia Records persisted through the years. In 2024, Nia's Collective emerged, reintroducing the label to a new generation of creatives, poised to reclaim its position as a forward-thinking force in the industry.

NIA Entertainment Collaborations

  • DR. JEKYLL AND MR HYDE

    Harlem World Crew Duo

    In 1980, Tunde-Ra and I were busy promoting our new hit dance record, "Hooked on Your Love." We were deeply involved with the everyday activities of our new record label, "Nia." Nevertheless, we made sure to make our annual trek to Harlem World to visit Fatman. Fatman had just lost one of his legs from complications due to diabetes.

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  • LEROY BURGEES

    American Singer

    The Fantastic Aleems, TaharQa and Tunde Ra, collaborated extensively with Leroy Burgess, a singer, songwriter, and producer. Together, they created notable funk, soul, and disco hits in the late 1970s and early 1980s, including "Hooked on Your Love" and "Get Down Friday Night," blending Burgess's voice with the Aleems' production.

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  • RZA

    American Rapper and Actor

    Graduates from urban America, my twin brother Tunde-Ra and I, TaharQa, learned the music business from Edward Portnoy. We opened BID, distributed Wu-Tang Clan's "Protect Your Neck," and recorded "Method Man." Mismanagement by Rock Deloren led to a showdown between Rock, Wu-Tang, and the Fantastic Aleems. For more, see *Jimi Hendrix & the Ghettofighters in Harlem World*. Read More

  • MISSY ELLIOT

    American Rapper and Actor

    Missy Elliott and the Fantastic Aleems collaborated on the 1984 single "Get Down Friday Night," where Elliott was featured as a vocalist. This collaboration showcased the merging of the Aleems' funk and electro style with Elliott's emerging talent, marking an early point in her illustrious career.

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