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Nigerian music is in a good place after a disruptive last year or so. Thankfully, a selection of high-quality up-and-comers are aiming to shake the scene up in 2021 and beyond as Nigerian music continues to go from strength to strength with a range of different artists with a range of different artists. There is some gifted talent emerging, too.
The digitalisation of the music industry has certainly enabled some artists to reach new audiences in the process. The emergence of music streaming platforms has been a major factor behind a range of success stories. These types of services can be easily accessed and downloaded in a matter of seconds on the same smartphone devices we use to update our Facebook pages, watch Hulu movies, play Gold Rally slots from a South Africa casino play Gold Rally slots from a South Africa casino and order food using a variety of apps.
Such platforms have led to the likes of Bella Shmurda, Zinoleesky and Mohbad registering decent success, alongside the likes of Dunnie and Tsuni. Even more talent is expected to reach larger audiences in the coming months and years ahead, too. In fact, the Nigerian music scene has arguably never been so gifted.
With Nigerian music entering yet another exciting phase, here is a look at a selection of artists to watch in the coming months and years ahead.
Omah Lay continues to win over more listeners with every track he releases. “Bad Influence” was a particular favourite for many, but he has produced a range of masterpieces since. His rich and enchanting voice lends itself beautifully to genres such as Afrobeats, Afrofusion and soul, which is why American singer and rapper 6lack couldn’t wait to work with him. Omah Lay’s latest release, “Understand”, is expected to go down well also as the Nigerian singer-songwriter continues to demonstrate his undoubted talent.
Known by many for his freestyles which have gone viral on social media which have gone viral on social media on numerous occasions, Zinoleesky is now making a name for himself with his erotic Afropop creations. “Ma Pariwo” is a widely adored track by his fans, but more material is expected to come our way in the future also. Chrome Eccentric, which was his debut project in 2020, is worth checking out too.
You’ve probably heard “In My Maserati”, right? The artist behind the track, Olakira, is tipped to dominate the charts once again in the near future. Until he does, his EP dubbed Wakanda Jollof that was released in 2019 is well worth listening to.
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Tems is a Nigerian singer-songwriter well and truly on the rise. Her 2019 single “Try Me” showcased her powerful music as she continues to produce some of the most original soul, hip-hop and R&B music Nigeria has to offer. Tems has also won over thousands of fans thanks to her powerful lyrics, which has enabled her to tap into audiences outside of the country. Tems certainly has an infectious sound.
After being unveiled by Jonzing World, Ruger has gone on to produce a range of masterpieces. Rema’s success, who was also unveiled at Jonzing World in 2019, could also materialise for Ruger as word around the artist and the talent he possesses spreads. The singer boasts an original voice and a clean sound that is likely to appeal to global audiences in time.
After signing with Zlatan’s ZANKU Music, Jamopyper is expected to kick on even further in the coming months and years ahead. “If No Be You” featuring Mayorkun went down extremely well on a variety of social media platforms but the Nigerian talent is expected to release even more street bops in the future. Jamopyper is an artist worth keeping an eye on.