These are the top 10 upcoming artists in Nigeria to watch out for in 2020
2019 was an amazing year especially in the music industry because a lot happened for both upcoming artistes and star musicians alike. Ranging from shows, events, music fests, debuts, and major collaborations. Many Upcoming artistes have now sprung up in the Nigerian music industry in 2020 with several hit songs backing them.
Some of these upcoming artistes have mind-blowing songs, massive airplay, outstanding positions on music charts and engaging music performance in events. However, Webbspy provides the list of unique Top 10 upcoming artists in Nigerian to watch out for in 2020.
These are the Top 10 upcoming artists in Nigeria in 2020:
- Fireboy DML
- Omah Lay
- Good girl LA
- Shaggy Blaq
Rema is a very talented 19-year-old Nigeria hip-hop artiste, whose birth name is Divine Ikubor. Mavin Records boss (Don Jazzy) signed him after he made a viral freestyle which he posted online on the beat for popular afro-pop singer (D’Prince) track featuring Don Jazzy and Davido titled “Gucci Gang,”.
In the past year, Rema has been well-groomed and enlightened by some of the best players and great minds in the music industry. He also has a chart-topping hit track titled, “Dumebi,” which brought him to limelight. In March of 2019, he released his debut self-titled EP on Mavin Records, an EP spent over four weeks at No. 1 on Nigeria’s Apple Music charts.
Rema also won a major award for upcoming music artistes in Nigeria which sends out a major message in the music industry – Headies Next Rated Award 2019 which he beat Zlatan Ibile and others to clinch it. And even though he doesn’t have much records yet, he is already at the top booming.
Blaqbones is a super talented and creative rapper who made it to the list of upcoming musicians in Nigeria in 2020. Emeka Akumefule is his real name, but he is widely known as Blaqbonez. He is a popular Nigerian rapper, who is signed to a hip hop label imprint of Warner Music Group African partner, Chocolate City known as 100 Crowns. Back in 2019, The New York Times profiled him alongside Teni, Odunsi, and three other artists as the new guards of music in Nigerian.
He released his EP titled Mr. Bombastic back in 2019, an extended play in which he featured Falz and it got massive airplay. He was also nominated for 2019 Rap act of the Year category at the City People Music Awards.
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3. Fireboy DML
If you love Nigerian hip-hop music with passion, then you be familiar with the popular song titled ‘Jealous’ by Fireboy, a new artiste under the management of YBNL record label.
Fireboy DML whose birth name is Adedamola Adefolahan is a very talented artiste who has been releasing hit songs back to back, keeping his fans and admirers very much entertained.
He is an indigene of Ogun State and has an amazing taste of Afro music with a unique blend of country music sound. His genre of music is unique and sounds like blues. Looks like he is a perfect replacement for the star musician Adekunle Gold in YBNL record.
Fireboy also got nominated in the next rated category of Headies awards in 2019. Yes, You should check out his songs because they are so good that Wizkid brought him to perform in the starboy fest.
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Joeboy is gradually becoming a popular Nigerian music artiste. He is a talented singer and songwriter, behind viral hit single “Baby,” which it’s video has amassed over 5 million views on YouTube and he is also currently at the top of the charts. He got signed to Mr Eazi’s ’emPawa’ Africa record label.
Joeboy is an undergraduate of the Human Resources department in the University of Lagos. After the release of another hit single titled, “Beginning” and Baby was one of the hottest hit singles of 2019. He also has an EP to his record.
Hence, it’s safe to say that Joeboy is a force to reckon with in the music industry, he made it to the top 10 upcoming artistes in Nigeria in 2020.
Joeboy also got nominated in the next rated category of Headies awards in 2019.
5. Omah Lay
Stanley Omah Didia popularly known as Omah Lay is a boy from Port Harcourt Rivers State who has announced his entries into the Nigerian music industry in 2019 with singles like Brother and Do Not Disturb. At the beginning of this year, Omah Lay was not popular but he had his breakthrough during the pandemic using digital platforms to stream his 2020 singles like You, and Bad Influence. His songs got over 10 million streams and he is on his way to becoming one of the biggest upcoming African act. His Get Layd EP which was released on 22nd March, 2020 had singles like Damn, LoLo, and Ye Ye Ye.
6. Starboy Terri
Terri is a 26-year-old talented star boy artiste who stepped into the limelight after his amazing melodious verse on the Wizkid’s monster single titled, ‘Soco.’
Terri is an upcoming artist who is related to a well-accomplished star Nigerian singer, Tekno. Terri got signed by Wizkid after he made a viral video of his recordings which he tagged the superstar singer and posted on Instagram.
He also released a groovy single titled “On Me”, a follow-up to ‘Shuu’. His singles have enjoyed relative mainstream success, as he is constantly touted as the next big thing by Wizkid.
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“Lawal Raheem” is a talented Yoruba artiste who is popularly known Lyta. He was formerly signed to YBNL record label before he had some controversies and left the record.
He kick-started his career in the music industry with an amazing hit song titled, ‘Time.’ The song became his debut official single under the former label, which had featured, Olamide – YBNL Nation boss.
He still went ahead without relenting to release other hit singles like ‘Kpakujemu,’ ‘Self Made,’ ‘Ire’ (Adekunle Gold Cover), and a whole lot of others before he exited the record label.
Lyta returns to making music after the YBNL divorced with his new single ‘Monalisa.’ The singer also had made a remix with the DMW boss – Davido and had the music video done.
8. Good girl LA
Good girl LA is a very talented and creative female music artiste and after the release of her hit track titled “Bless me”, she is tipped to be the next Tiwa Savage.
Euphemia Runyi Ekumah is her real name but she is popularly known by her stage name Good girl LA. She is a popular Nigerian Afro-fusion singer and artiste. She is a native of Cross River State and was born on the 20th of February. Ladern was her initial stage name. She has contested on Glo Naija sings after she auditioned with her group and she also took active part in the popular Nigerian Idol contest.
Her 2019 singles “Bless me” and “Faraway” have massively gained airplay in Nigeria.
GoodGirl LA is a rare musical talent with a very unique sound, with lyrical prowess and she has amazing vocals that is very much complimented with her gorgeous looks.
Chamberlain Olisa is his real name but he is popularly known as Strange. He is a Nigerian singer and songwriter who was born in Lagos but is a native of Nnokwa in Idemili South LGA, Anambra State. At 12 years old, Strange became an enterprising child, he had a burning desire for music. and at 17 years old He Started practicing music.
His tracks are ‘I Talk Am’ (2016), ‘Crazy’ (2017) and ‘Do the Dance’ (2018) featuring Steam which are available on digital platforms. After his past collaborations with Kennycee, In 2016, Strange got featured by K Dope in his track titled “Control”. At the moment he has no strong official public affiliation with any other music artist. Strange has his recently released track ‘Aye’ made available on all digital platforms.
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Shaggyblaq is a fast-rising 20 year old Afro-Dance fusion artiste, Born Udaya Peter. He came into the limelight after his major hit song and street favorite “Ekurole” which in Yoruba language in Nigeria means “Good Evening” was released. After which he has seized to relent with thousands of streams on Spotify, getting aired in the just concluded BIG BROTHER NAIJA reality Tv show, multiple music videos, and numerous award nominations.
He announced his debut Album “THE BLAQMAN” which is set to be released early 2020. He has shown that Dancehall can be fused with conscious words which promotes the black culture and still gets the people to Dance, no wonder he’s called the Blaqman. This act is surely an artist to Watch out for in 2020.
Chidokeyz (born July 14, 1997) is a fast rising Nigerian singer/recording artiste, singer, songwriter and a great music performer. He has a collaboration with Davido in a track titled “With You” and also featured Wizkid in his newest track titled “Fibadi”.
Among honorable mentions to watch out for in the music industry in 2020 include; Dice Ailes, Emcode, Demmie Vee and Oxlade.
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