These 7 Young & Upcoming Talents are the Future of Nigerian Music 2019 was an amazing year especially in the music industry because a lot happened for upcoming artistes and star musicans alike. Ranging from shows, events, music fests, debuts, and major collaborations. Some of these upcoming guys released mind-blowing songs, some have topped music charts all year long, some got massive airplay, and so forth. However, we think these 7 have got all it takes to further place Nigerian Music on the world map in 2020 Here are the 7 upcoming artistes to watch out for in 2020
7.Barry Jhay Barry Jhay is a fast-rising afro-beat music singer. His real name is Oluwakayode Junior Balogun, son of late Fuji music king, Ayinde Barrister, became a sleeper sensation after he released his single, ‘Aiye’ in 2018. Barry Jhay has perfected the music craft with songs like Aiye. He won City People Music Award for Best New Act of the Year.His brand new hit single was dropped in June, called “Melanin”
6.Blaqbonez Emeka Akumefule, popularly known as Blaqbonez is a super talented rapper signed to 100 Crowns, a hip hop label imprint of Warner Music Group African partner, Chocolate City. He released his EP titled Mr Boombastic this year. An extended playlist in which he featured Falz and got massive airplay. He was also profiled by the The New York Times alongside Teni, Odunsi, and 3 others as the new guards of Nigerian music
5.Joeboy Joeboy is gradually becoming a household name in the Nigerian music scene. Currently signed to Mr Eazi’s ’emPawa’ record label, his viral hit single, ‘baby’ amassed over 5M views on YouTube. He got nominated in the Next Rated category at this year’s edition of the Headies awards. Joeboy is an undergraduate of the Human Resources department in the University of Lagos.
4.Fireboy DML If you love Nigerian music you’d be familiar with the popular song ‘Jealous’ by Fireboy. The 2019 Headies nominee is currently signed to Olamide’s YBNL Records. The indigene of Ogun state has an amazing taste of Afro Music with a unique blend of country music. Little wonder Wizkid added him to his Starboy Fest lineup at the O2 Arena, London.
3.Zlatan The 24 year old indigenous rapper is one of the most listened to artistes at the moment. Zlatan is the pioneer of the new trending street dance move, ‘Zanku’ which was originated after the release of his ‘Zanku Anthem’ teaching fans how to do the ‘Legwork.’
2.Teni Makanaki She made her breakthrough after releasing the hit singles “Askamaya”, “Case” and “Uyo Meyo”. Askamaya was ranked 15th on MTV Base’s year-end list of the Top 20 Hottest Naija Tracks of 2018. Confident in her skin and looks, Teni has become one of Nigeria’s biggest female artistes, breaking new grounds in the music scene. A younger sister to popular singer Niniola, the talented singer before now had become an internet sensation based on her numerous IG freestyle videos
1.Rema Mavin Records boss, Don Jazzy, signed the talented 19-year old artiste after he made a viral rap freestyle video with DPrince’s ‘gucci gang’ beat With various chart-toping tracks like ‘dumebi’, ‘lady’ in his bag, Rema is destined for greatness in the Nigerian Music Industry. He beat the likes of Zlatan Ibile to clinch the 2019 Headies Next Rated Award.