21 Nigerian Music Artists To Watch Out For In 2018
Welcome to 2018 and in this edition of Nigerian Music Industry Diary, we’re taking down a 21-list of Nigerian artists bubbling under the radar this season. This list is coming in no order and it’s based on our prospects that these artists are likely to make waves in the new year 2018.
Whose stage name is the abbreviation for The Return Of Dagrin (TROD). Real name Olatubosun Olaonipekun, TROD is the younger brother of the Dagrin who made a legendary impact in the Nigerian indigenous hip hop music. Just like his late brother, TROD is an indigenous rapper with so much originality and street vibes.
More than a couple of times he’s proven himself worthy of being the next-rated. He also got featured in CDQ’s Kosere remix after which he dropped his ‘Wild Mind’, the rap song that got people talking.
Signed to Reminisce’s Les Roses Rouges (LRR), Yovi is fast becoming a sensation having emerged with the top-charting AMEN (remix) featuring Lil Kesh and Mayorkun. Of recent, he’s disturbing the waves with his ‘Osha Pra Pra’ remixes.
Teniola Apata aka Teni Makanaki is the younger sister of Niniola. She made her first debut with “Fargin” and it was widely accepted that it became somewhat a national anthem. Teni as she simply referred has got a new wave for the industry. Carved out in her own style, she’s up for the industry game. She also credited herself as the songwriter behind one of Davido’s hit songs, “Like That”. Her most recent song, “Pareke” is another jam in the buzz.
This is one indigenous rapper that’s got great energy synonymous to that of Olamide. Zlatan Ibile has been jostling things around the corner for a while until he made his major strike with ‘My Body’ featuring Baddosneh, Olamide. Having worked with Oritse femi, Ola Dips and few other contemporaries, Zlatan is definitely one artist under the radar for 2018.
Music producer, rapper and afro hip-hop artist is a body of talent when it comes to music. Ralio who released a 7-track mixtape, ‘Till Am Dead’ couple of years ago made a sudden reappearance with a new ‘Rosco Rasaki’. Coming with more assertion, Ralio has hinted on dropping some new body of works early into the new year.
Quite popular Yoruba actor and singer, she’s finally taken her first bold step to the mainstream music industry. Bukunmi Oluwasina who is graduate of Theatre Arts from Obafemi Awolowo University over the years had been the singer behind most of the theme songs used in Nollywood Yoruba movies. Branching out with her first official single, “Eazy Eazy”, one can say Bukunmi’s future in the industry can only get brighter.
In this era where female rappers in Nigeria are going extinct, Beambo Taylor is a voice many are lending their ears to at the moment. The FemCee dropped ‘Funwon Finish’ which turned out to be a major hip-hop sound and followed it with “YE” which she released about a month ago. She’s one rapper under the industry radar at the moment
The duo of Ray and Jay signed to Dream Records are fast becoming an item in the music industry. The Hypa brothers got two banging songs out there – ‘Alert’ and ‘Asiko remix’.
The Mavin Records duo made a solid impression in the last season under review. With successive releases and buzz, DNA struck a major spot on the music scene. Their singles, ‘How Can’ and ‘Queen’ got a whole lot falling for their style.
This is meant to be the new boy Wizkid signed to his record label, Starboy Worldwide at his December concert. This young chap simply indentified as Ahmed took charge of the center stage for the couple of minutes he rendered a gratifying freestyle.
The Ayepo crooner signed to Aquila Records has been all out of recent with deeply connected vibe. Making a remix of his popular song, Ayepo with Burna Boy sort of raised his buzz and got the radar hovering around him. More is expected of Airboy this season as the least he can do is to prove his musical talent.
The GoldenBoy Entertainment artist who came under partnership with DMW made a solid vibe out of ‘For Your Pocket (Remix)” which featured Davido. With his solid affiliation with DMW, Peruzzi is expected to deliver more great sounds this season.
Just when the industry is a major concentrating on the pon pon sounds and other commercial genres, A Nonso Amadi emerged from nowhere to refix our taste bud for good and quality music. Two great strides he pulled in the last season, ‘Tonight’ and ‘Radio’ redefined her prospects on what sound would thrive in industry. Focus on this dude in 2018.
Considering his roots and upbringing, it is no wonder that Sheun Natural has become a music sensation having mastered genres of music like Afro-pop, R&B and funky fuji; the latter being a genre he created thereby infusing it in most of his music regardless of the genre.
After signing a record deal with Kobi Mighty Records in the year 2016, Sheun Natural has blessed us with beautiful audios and visuals like Body Perfect, Plenty Plenty, Grace, Pemperepe, Gyrate to name a few.
Is a delectable Afro-pop singer who is making a statement with his affectionate tone of music. T Classic made an great impression with ‘I Want You’ and his latest follow-up, ‘Isabella’ went up the curve. Getting airplay on radio and TV station, T Classic music has moved up the mainstream to put him under the radar of artists on the look out for this season.
An electronic pop music artist and producer with deep, eccentric connecting vibe. His style of music is refined and seems to absorb more of its inspiration from strings and drum rollings. His singles ‘Pray’ and ‘Slay Mama’ gathered much buzz online. Xbreazy also has new song, “Friday” out there and it’s already in the airwaves.
Real name Adekunle Seyi is a unique bred of artist that made a remarkable strike in the last season. His song ‘My Way’ was actually the song that got his that air of recognition with massive airplay and buzz across the online media. We believe Shorae Moore has got more to unveiled in the music scene as we keep our fingers crossed.
One of the new street pop artists taking over at the moment. This buzzing act featured on the popular street anthem, ‘Legbegbe’ by Real Self and he’s behind the trending ‘Omo Shepeteri’ sound. Idowest is signed to Dammy Krane’s Worldstar Records.
This street pop artist is on almost every hit song out there. Slimcase is one music act that has whole lot of street appeal in him. Featuring in ‘Omo Shepeteri’ and “Oshozondi”, Slimcase poses to be one hell of a trouble to the Nigerian music industry. He recently brought his raw talent to play in Dbanj’s new song, “Issa Banger”.
Born Collins Olawole aka Makeway, Collynx is a multi-talented instrumentalist, rapper, singer and songwriter with various spices, his music aura got spread across continents. After his stinct music exploration across several parts of the world, Collynx returns to Nigeria to make music and his recent shot was quite effective. ‘Romantical’ is the song that earned him a spot on the radar as it portrays the music potential embedded in him.
Winner of Airtel One Mic 2015 has finally got his music game together as he makes a gallant entrance into 2018 with ‘Awon Temi’. Jay Dreamz has been promising since he came out successful at the Airtel One Mic Competition. He first major debut song, “Magic” featuring Reminisce was quite a sensation back then. However, 2018 is the game time for rapper who is now signed to Marcus Adeyanju Records. Be on the lookout!
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