When I say the music, I mean the music from young Nigerians blowing up the airwaves; Thank God for social media and streaming services, now your music can go to places you never thought could happen without the help of “godfathers”. Young artistes harnessing the power of the internet. What a time to be alive right?
As an artiste there are apps that you should be active regardless of how busy you think are especially Twitter, Instagram and then make sure you get your streaming platforms up (Apple music, Sound cloud, Audiomack) – social media won’t push if they don’t see your works. If Speedy Darlington can do it, why can’t you?
As a music aficionado, I have compiled a list of artistes that have shook 2019, young artistes that have used the internet to achieving their dreams, some with record deals but essentially doing more
for themselves and having an eccentric fan base.
22 years old Joseph Akinfenwa Donus is really a story. Coming from his days in Akoka and University of Lagos, I knew he was a ladies man but not an artiste which is 30% of the work.
If your female fans are up, there is every likelihood for your music sales to go out by a tangible percent. A beneficiary of Mr Eazi’s EmpawaAfrica, Joe Boy has gone on to becoming one of the biggest newcomer in the industry.
With major singles like “Baby” , “faaji” and his new jam “Beginning” , this little chap has one thing on his mind, the top!.
@joeboyofficial on Instagram and Twitter.
23-year-old Adedamola Adefolahan dropped one of the biggest songs last year. You know how Olamide always finds that one artiste that is different from his norms (remember Adekunle Gold in prime YBNL era), this is what he has done with this durag wearing singing demon.
After his break out song “jealous” on the YBNL Mafia album, Fireboy has lived up to his name by dropping fire singing records every time he gets in the booth. He is a must listen – the real no bad song.
@fireboydml on Instagram and Twitter.
3. Jinmi Abduls:
22 years old Jinmi Abduls aka Jimboy is one person you see and think – This boy is a star. He was one of the stand out performer at the just concluded island block party, his songs got everyone to the stage connecting.
“Abena” is one track that you instantly get hooked which is unusual for relatively unknown cat. Signed under The Plug Management company, Jinmi Abduls got bigger tunes coming our way according to word on the streets.
@JinmiAbduls on Instagram and Twitter.
24 years old Temilade Openiyi aka Temsbaby is my personal favorite, a singer whose distinct voice can be felt even when you are deaf, the emotions from her voice comes from a place of passion and deep rooted love for the music, a personal recommendation for anyone who still fails to appreciate the writing ability of a Nigerian.
From “Mr Rebel” Looku Looku” to “Try me” to anything you can find from Tems, I bet you would be a fan instantly. She is a part of the relatively new genre in Nigeria “alte” but I beg to differ. She is music and she deserves whatever credit she is getting at the moment.
@temsbaby on Instagram and Twitter.
Akumefule Chukwuemeka to me he is the most noticeable rapper in Nigeria not because he has the best songs in the country but because he has been able to harness social media.
90% of his followers basically started noticing this cartoon looking rapper because of his antics on twitter coupled with the big co-sign from M.I.
The only rapper on this list Blaqbonez released an EP that changed the conversation – Bad Boy Blaq Re Up with killer songs like “Mami wota”, “Good boy” , he is a must listen and follow on social Twitter.
@Blaqbonez on Instagram and Twitter.
19 years old Divine Ekubor aka Remy Boy is undoubtedly, undisputely the leader of the new school, the biggest thing to hit Nigeria since last year, the only Nigerian artiste on Obama’s playlist, the one toddler that should be writing Jamb but rather having grown women grind him on stage.
Not only did he harness the internet but he made it his. One of the few artistes to turn his freestyles to an EP and still smash streaming numbers. A music strategy only a Don Jazzy could think of. Maybe with questionable lyrics but one thing Rema wont leave you is depressed.
He makes people for the ones that live!
@heisrema on Instagram and Twitter.