A lot of young and talented artistes made their debuts in the Nigerian music industry making the year an impressive one. For some, it was a take-off year, while others saw it as a year to consolidate their gains.
These new crops of talents are leveraging on the use of streaming services and social media. Here is a list of new artistes to look out for in all genres in no particular order.
Afropop singer, Divine Ikubor, popularly known as Rema, has not slowed down since he hit the industry with a banger single, ‘Dumebi’. The popular song went on to top several music charts in Africa.
Rema who is signed to Don Jazz’s Mavin record label became more popular when his song, ‘Iron Man’ appeared on Barack Obama’s 2019 summer playlist. The youngster was crowned as the Next-Rated Act at the last Headies Award.
Joseph Akinfenwa Donus Joeboy has proved to music lovers that he is a bag of talents with a melodious voice easy to listen to. Leveraging on Banku Music under exclusive license to emPawa Africa Limited, Joeboy grabbed fans’ attention after emPawa filmed his music video for ‘Baby’ which got 16 million YouTube plays and stayed at the top 10 of Apple Music’s charts in Nigeria, Uganda, and Kenya for weeks.
The 22-year-old singer went on to drop another hit single, ‘Beginning’, which is one of the best songs of 2019 with massive airplay.
3. Fireboy DML
YBNL singer, Adedamola Adefolahan professionally known as Fireboy DML, took the industry by the storm in 2019 after he had a breakthrough with his popular track, ‘Jealous’, a song about love and the complicated feelings.
The talented vocalist and composer who described his genre of music as Afro-Life is certainly here to stay after he went on to penetrate the hearts of fans with his debut album, ‘Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps.’
On the album, the Obafemi Awolowo University’s graduate proved his distinctiveness as he displays a diverse approach to the Afro beat sound, with a lyricism perfectly blended with his sharp voice. Fireboy DML is on a mission to become the next superstar!
Fast-rising talented Nigerian vocalist and songwriter, Oniyide Azeez popularly known as Zinoleesky is another newcomer with impressive vibes, who has a unique power of making listeners fall for his records and him particularly in few seconds. Zinoleesky became a social media sensation with his unique voice and freestyles on Instagram with hi counterpart, Lil Frosh which hauled them an organic growth.
His fame increased after getting an Instagram repost of his cover to Fvck You by the song’s original singer Kizz Daniel. Zinoleesky relentlessly and successfully convinced countless listeners to become his fans in 2019 with impressive tracks and collaborations. The “Who Knows” crooner, was said to have turned down AMW/DMW offering before he was signed to Marlian Records of controversial singer, Naira Marley in December 2019.
Buzzing Nigerian-American based artiste, Sadiq Onifade, widely known as WurlD practically stole the airwaves in 2019 after teaming up with award-winning producer Sarz On the Beats, for an entrancing new 8-song EP, I Love Girls with Trobul.
The project was on the first spot of Nigeria’s iTunes charts and with highly-addictive jams like “Trobul” and “Ego” WurlD has been in the industry for a while but his efforts in 2019 have had massive impacts on his career after he dropped his first EP, Love Is Contagious in March 2019.
Oxlade is a young singer who hustled his way from being a ‘star’ in Surulere – a Lagos suburb – to performing at Wizkid’s Starboy Fest, a sold-out show at the O2 Arena in London.
Oxlade turned out to be well accepted by fans after several songs, some of which include ‘Mamiwota’ by Blaqbonez, ‘Causing Trouble’ by DJ Tunez, his biggest hit so far titled ‘Shugar’, amongst others.
7. Lil Frosh
The fast-rising indigenous rapper, Lil Frosh teamed up with Zinoleesky and built himself musically by uploading freestyle videos on Instagram then successfully earned a lot of attention.
Lil Frosh raps in the Yoruba language with clear and smooth flows, coming up with well-cooked punchlines. His fame rose after he had a collaboration with Nigerian street sensation, Small Doctor on a track tagged “Firi Yahoo”. Now armed with a Davido co-sign DMW/AMW, 2020 seems to be the year the youngster from Agege transition from being an upcoming act to a hit maker.
Moshood Adeola Adisa widely known by his stage name as Hotkid is a fast-rising Nigerian hip hop rapper, Afro beats singer, songwriter, stage performer and recording artiste currently signed to Dr. Dolor Entertainment.
Hotkid was discovered by Dr. Dolor, the DDE boss in a viral Instagram video where he got thrilled by his rapping skills. With no doubt, he has shown the industry the versatility of his talent with his debut single “Ozana” and his “Honourable” EP
Afropop singer and songwriter, Lawal Raheem, also known as Lyta, has had his low and high times after he quit his record label, YBNL, owned by the famous indigenous rapper, Olamide.
The 20-year-old Kwara State indigene was well received by music lovers after he featured former boss, Olamide, in a song, ‘Time’. Lyta has displayed his flexibility and innovation to the Afrobeat sound in his songs, including Self Made, Monalisa, featuring DMW act, Davido, and worked with Jaywon on the remix of Aje. Lyta wraps up 2019 with a brand new song “Worry” that is currently enjoying massive airplay. He’s certainly a must-watch act!
10. Bella Shmurda
Bella Shmurda is a Nigerian singer and songwriter who rose to fame after YBNL boss, Olamide featured him on his hit single ‘Vision 2020’. Having made an impression with his viral “Vision 2020”, before he went on to release collaborations with Zlatan and Mohbad.
The Lagos State University’s graduate recently disclosed that he is dishing out an EP titled ‘High Tension’ following a successful run in 2019.