Though the music industry in Nigeria is fast growing and becoming one of the best in the world, it is being dominated by singers who only rely on meaningless sounds just to earn a living and unfortunately they have been getting all the attention in recent times.
For those who can come to terms with good music in terms of lyrics, vocals and originality then you will agree with us that these Nigerian musicians have been misunderstood and underrated giving their feats in the industry.
One thing is to create sound that everyone can relate and dance to but what is much more important is for such a sound to have a lasting impact on its listeners.
Thus, let us look at some these unique artistes, who have in so many ways proven that it’s okay to be different and it’s okay to be original.
These artistes have over the years been giving us nothing short of good music in their own different genres despite the lack of support and being underrated by their Nigerian audience especially. They are icons. They are legends.
1. 2Baba (2Face):
After his infamous fall out with his former group members, Faze and Blackface in 2004, 2Baba went solo and dropped his first single under Kenny’s Music in 2006, “African Queen” .
The hit single which became Africa’s rave of the moment at the time, did not only take 2Face beyond Africa but Nigerian music generally.
Since then, 2face has continued to drop hits back to back.
Over time, the 41-year-old iconic singer and songwriter has been able to turn himself into a brand as far as good music in Africa is concerned through his originality, unique sound and timeless lyrics.
Being a legend, 2Face has won lots of local and international awards to his credit.
Again, as an ambassador to lots of brands, 2Face is not just a singer; he is a leader, mentor, role model and peacemaker among others.
With 6 albums to his credit, 2Baba is known for his singles such as “African Queen”, “No Shaking”, “See Me So”, “4 Instance”, “Enter the Place” (featuring Sound Sultan), “Implication”, “Only Me”, “Rainbow” and True Love” among many others.
2. Burna Boy:
Since his arrival into the music scene in 2012 with his hit tract, “Like To Party”, he has been on top his game by dropping club bangers and songs of life.
Burna Boy has been able to stay original in terms of unique vocals, lyrics and creativity. His voice stands him from every single artiste in Nigeria.
In 2016, the ‘Yawa Dey’ hit maker dropped a lit EP titled “Redemption” which comprises of songs such as “Pree Me”, “Boshe Nlo”, “Mary Jane”, “Body To Body”, “We On” and Fa So La Ti Do” among others yet, none of these incredible songs got the needed or deserved attention by DJs and the media generally.
Here is what Nigerian American based singer, Jidenna had to say about Burna Boy during an interview with BN: “ Burna Boy – That’s my guy, he is so funny and I think he is underrated. I like his music, his sound is very distinct and his style is just… amazing. I’m going to link up with him soon!”
3. Tiwa Savage:
Tiwa Savage also became Nigeria’s first music act who got signed under Jay Z’s record label, Roc Nation in 2016
Looking at her feat as far as music in Africa is concerned; there could not have been any better way to describe the incredible singer. Her strong vocals, good lyrics and sound definitely set her apart from the crowd .
Last month, Tiwa was announced as one of the artistes that will perform at the 8th annual Essence “Black Women in Music”—an official GRAMMY Week event – this February. A feat only her has attained in Nigeria so far.
It’s understandable that since her infamous marriage scandal, the first lady of Mavins Records, Tiwa has been juggling between some personal issues and her career as compared to when she had no competition amidst limitless talented women in the industry.
But from January 2016 till date, the undisputed talented mother of one seems to be trying all possible to get back at her feet again in the music circle.
The unstoppable diva has been releasing nothing short of hits back-to-back since her return to Nigeria from the United Kingdom where she got signed to the biggest record label in the country, Mavin Records in 2012.
In 2013, the “Kele Kele Love” singer became the first Nigerian female singer to hit an endorsement deal with one of the biggest brands in the world, ‘PEPSI’. This was followed by lots of other endorsements with big brands such as MTN, Maggi, Forte Oil and more.
Take it or not, Tiwa has paid her dues and she so deserves the throne.
The sexy music god has been on a steady rise in her career in spite competitions not just in the midst of other talented females in the industry but also in a country where the music world is been dominated by men.
Both Tiwa Savage has won lots of awards since breaking into music scene and have been on the rise since then.
This sound god did not only make us proud this year but also took Nigeria to the world on a whole new level. And yes, he deserves much more from his fans, media houses and supporters.
Did you know that he has been nominated for 2017 Grammys for his song with Drake, “One Dance?”
The 35-year-old rapper is definitely sitting on the throne when it comes to spitting bars, rhythms, tight lyrics and originality in Africa.
One cannot successfully talk about the revolution of hip hop in Nigeria without giving this legend a credit.
After he dropped his mad single, “crowd mentality” in 2006, MI did not only become a music sensation across Africa, but also set the record straight to all budding rappers across the continent that it is no longer business as usual.
With 3 studio albums to his credit, MI has won several local and international awards to his credit.
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