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10. Fireboy DML
After grinding for a long time grinding in the background, the dark-skinned Adedamola Afolohan finally got his big break in 2018. The YBNL boss Olamide announced the signing of Fireboy DML to the label. Fireboy DML hails Abeokuta in Ogun State and was born on the 5th of February 1996
The dark-skinned 23-year-old blessed the ears of fans with melodious sounds such as Jealous, King, What if say, Star, etc.
Performance at Starboy fest
The one whom I term the lowly one because of the cool sounds of his songs staged an electric performance that belied the cool nature of his sounds. The crowds were blown away singing to the melodious hits of jealous and what if say among others.
After releasing a series of hit songs that satisfied the ever-demanding Nigerian audience, she deservedly bagged most awards at the Headies Music Awards in 2019. She clinched the Best Female Vocalist, Headies Viewers Choice, Best Pop single and Best Recording of the year. There was little or no hair-raiser as it seems everyone concurred with the decision of the organizers with hits that includes Case, Askamiya, sentimental fan-favorite Uyo Meyo, Power Rangers amongst others.
With media dates, tours and suddenly becoming the cynosure of all eyes, Teni didn’t disappoint as she promptly blessed her fans with an EP. The EP contains 6 songs: Nowo, Billionaire, Superwoman, Complain which is critically acclaimed to be the anchor of the EP, Online And Shayo.
The singer’s birth name is Teniola Apata, from Ekiti State. She was born in Lagos to Mr. and Mrs. Apata, as the 9th of 10 children. Teni attended Apata Memorial High School – a school owned by her late father in Lagos. After secondary school, Teni went to the United States of America (USA) to get a degree in Business Administration at the American Intercontinental University. She is the younger sister, to the popular singer – Niniola. As a child, she was in the school band, where she played the drums. Teniola loves playing basketball, there’s a strong probability if she wasn’t rocking the mick, she’d have ended up a basketballer.
Critically acclaimed to be a definitely a good album, the 10-track debut album Huncho Vibez Vol. I is the body of work where Peruzzi owned it. After a round of scandals of slapping an influencer and over-dependence on other artiste to flourish, Huncho Vibez Vol. I was released with just one feature. It seems he is sending a message to critics that he can be independent, understands the kind of pitch for a beat and cement the authenticity of his talent. The album is the proverbial journey of a thousand miles begins with Huncho Vibez Vol. I. This is a valid reward to the fans for the previous monotonous work.
To date, Peruzzi has succeeded in soothing the craving of his fans with his hit collaboration with 2baba, Amaka, Majesty that received massive airplay several downloads online, Nana, Tatashe, Only One amongst others. Apart from churning soothing African sounds on the solo, he has featured in widely accepted songs like Amaka with 2baba; Disturbance and Sunshine with Davido; What If with Yung Six; Mind and Aje with the DMW crew.
Tobechukwu Victor Okoh best known as Peruzzi was born on December 7 1989. He attended Lerato primary school, Egbeda and command secondary school, Ikeja before proceeding to Odessa National University, Ukraine to study medicine and surgery. He later abandoned his medical education to pursue a career in music which didn’t go down well with his parents. They later let him be to explore his talent after much consultation with his extended family. He got his first studio session in 2007 and is a former signee of golden boy entertainment. His first shot at limelight was with the single featuring LK Chuddy in 2017.
7. Joe boy
With a unique sound with matching vocals, Joeboy broke on to the scene with his hit single ‘Baby’ gathering over 16 million youtube views and debuting at No. 1 spot across Nigeria and Uganda on Apple Music. This was followed by ‘Beginning’ which equally had a huge impact as it reached No. 1 in Apple Music Nigeria and Uganda, as well as the top 10 spots in Kenya, Ghana, and Zimbabwe. This follows on the hills of being the poster child of MrEazi’s empower initiative.
Unlike others who might want to revel in the glamour of newfound fame and leave fans waiting, Joeboy decided to tow the other end by dropping the Love and Light album consisting of five songs - baby, blessings, don’t call me back, all for you, and the beginning with Mayorkun of DMW being the guest artiste. The ‘don’t call me back’ and ‘all for you’ which forms part of his Love and Light album are all the hits that have credibly conferred on him the reputation of releasing no bad song since breaking onto the scene.
Joseph Akinfenwa Donus a.ka. Joeboy is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. Joeboy was born on the 21st of May 1997 in Lagos State, Nigeria. He is a versatile singer whose musical genius spreads across the genre of Afropop and R&B. He is one of the new artistes that is fast rising to limelight in the Nigeria music industry.
He studied Studied at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), where he bagged a degree in Human Resource. Joeboy who grew up in a musical family (his older brother was in the choir and his dad played the keyboard in the church) started his singing career at the age of 16 and recorded his first song “Gbeseyin”, an Afrobeat tune, at the age of 17. However, his key to stardom was Ed Sheeran ‘Shape of You’ cover which was well-received both in Nigeria and across the globe. Mr. Eazi discovered him and offered provisional mentorship. He was inspired by ID Cabasa and 9ice whom he had spent studio time with back in the day.
In March 2019, Don Jazzy announced through social media the signing of a then-new upcoming act, Rema to his Mavin Records.
The signing was immediately followed by the release of the visuals to his introductory single, 'Iron Man.' In fact, it is believed that the signing is in response to the growing thirst for Nigerian music globally and also the company’s desire to eventually become a music powerhouse in Africa which can be safely concluded that Rema was vital part of that plan.
Mavin Records’ newest signee, Rema has made history as the first Nigerian artist to debut five top songs on Apple Music. The 18-year-old also set records on the TRAP charts with songs off his eponymous Extended Play (EP), ‘Rema’. Songs such as ‘Boulevard’, ‘American Love’, ‘Spiderman’, ‘Trap out the Submarine’ and ‘Dumebi are all part `of the EP. ‘Iron Man’ and ‘Dumebi’ singles are currently topping charts around the country.
Over the weekend, Rema had been one of Nigeria’s trending and most discussed artiste after exhibiting various genres of music in his EP and getting spotlight positions (#1 Album of the week, Song of the week #2 & #7 and more) on the apple music charts. This week, It was revealed that “Dumebi” and “Iron man” are officially topping the iTunes charts in Nigeria alongside other pieces of music like Burnaboy “Dangote” Patoranking “Confam” ft Davido, Olamide “Woske” and more. This is the first time in the history of the country where a new artist would be having four (4) track on the chat. On Boomplay, songs like “Dumebi” “Corny” Why” and Iron man are trending on various playlist like Songs of the week, Pick of the week, Most engaging songs and more. Other international digital streaming platforms like Deezer and Spotify are currently on the rise with Rema creeping into the best spot and editorial picks. The EP’s leads singles are “Dumebi” & “Iron man” is an undeniable highlights of the records and so far it's surprising. In fact, it no surprise that Barack Obama is a listening fan of the Edo born singer who was born on May 1, 2000.
With these exploits so far, it was a matter a time before the accolades started rolling in. At the 2019 Headies Awards, Rema grabbed the ‘next rated’ superstar award.
The singer defeated the likes of Zlatan, Lyta, Victor AD, Joe boy and co to go home with the coveted award. He promptly remarked that he is the future. That might rightly be so as many believe he has made a huge impact in the industry within a very short time. Rema’s prominent singles ‘Iron Man’ and ‘Dumebi’ has garnered 11m and 2m youtube views respectively.
Since the days of his Empire Mates Entertainment, the talented Ojuelegba crooner has been it holding down solidly. Yet, 2019 seems to be one of his biggest years.
First, the queen Bey herself featured him in arguably one of the biggest songs of 2019 - the brown skin girl song off her lion king album. And he didn’t disappoint in the delivery.
On the home front, he delivered as expected as well as he dropped hot singles Joro and Ghetto love as icing on the cake for the collabo with Beyonce. Now, for the second year running, he succeeded in shutting down the prestigious O2 Arena in London for his fun-filled Starboy Fest. Wizkid is not new to success, but 2019 has been one of his best years in the industry as his international status has added another win.
Wizkid is having a great year and it keeps on getting better. The superstar sold out the O2 Arena in London for his Starboy Fest—all 20,000 seats—making him the only African to have ever sold out the coveted venue two years running and it was wild.
David Adeleke has been on eagles wings with back to back wins in the year 2019. Earlier in the year, social media was agog with the news of his engagement to his girlfriend, Chioma. The buzz has not settled on that, then the news broke that he has fathered a son from the same Chioma as well. As if those were not enough, he made back to back international collaboration with Chris Brown which became hit songs.
Back home, his collabo with Zlatan and Naira Marley became a hit; turned around a mockery during a radio show into one of the biggest songs (risky) of 2019 topping charts on all fronts for weeks on end.
Then to cap it all, he released a well-cooked album rightly titled A Good Time as this is really a good time in all spheres for OBO. What more can a man ask for?
Omoniyi Temidayo Raphael, also known as Zlatan Ibile, who is widely famous for his catchphrase, "Kapaichumarimarichopaco" is a Nigerian rapper, songwriter-Singer, and dancer. In 2014, Zlatan won the Airtel One Mic talent show held in Abeokuta, Ogun state.
After dishing out hits in musical works like “Zanku” song and well as dance, “Killing Dem” and others, it is no surprise that Zlatan is one of hottest and most featured artiste of 2019. True to his growing reputation, he has never disappointed in any collaboration from Able God with Chinko Ekun to Gelato with Cuppy to Gbeku with Burnaboy to Shotan with Tiwa. He has not failed to impress with hits ‘Shaku Shaku,’ ‘Zanku’ ‘Leg Work’
He has achieved so much within a short time considering his former status not long ago where he recounts that he did some menial jobs before he became the superstar singer that he is today. According to him, he was once a bricklayer; he cut grass for people and worked in a cold room at 10 thousand Naira per month. Zlatan’s rise to be one of the most featured artistes Nigeria is truly amazing.
2. Naira Marley
Most of his life was spent growing in the UK when he was taken there at age 11. However, the profile of Afeez Fashola better known as Naira Marley sporadically soared within a short while. He released ‘Issa Goal’ in 2017 which became a street anthem. However, his present fame status stems from a scandal.
In May 2019, he was arrested as a suspected yahoo boy following remarks made supposedly supporting advanced fee fraud. Meanwhile, he released another street anthem AM I A Yahoo Boy? Following his release from EFCC’s custody, he has since raised a large army of cult-like followers now known as Marlians. His Marlian fest show at the O2 Brixton Academy with a capacity of 4,921 was sold out in just three minutes according to OAP, Adesope Olajide popularly known as ShopsyDoo.
He shut down the O2 Arena in London at the Wizkid’s fest concert when he was introduced and he sent the crowd wild with his performance. It is almost indisputable that his introduction and performance were the highlights of the show.
Despite his controversial status and his lifestyle likely being resented by the conservative who sees him as a bad influence, Naira Marley has solidly established himself as one persona you would love to hate but can’t deny his strong influence on the streets.
This is the golden boy of the Nigerian music industry in 2019. Burna boy wowed his fans consistent churning of hits such as ‘Dangote’, ‘On the Low, ‘Gum Body’, ‘Anybody’,’African giant’ and a host of others, it is clear that he deserves every recognition he’s got for his efforts.
As stories go in the industry, he was not free from scandals. Earlier this year, he lashed out at the organizers of one of the largest music festivals in the world Coachella expressing his dissatisfaction with the listing where unlike the big international stars, his name appears below artistes such as Pusha T and Gucci Gang and his name was written in tiny fonts. In a post on his Instagram story, Burna Boy wrote, "@coachella I really appreciate you. But I don't appreciate the way my name is written so small in your bill. I am an AFRICAN GIANT and will not be reduced to whatever tiny writing means. Fix things quick please'' he is quoted by pulse. His Grammy-nominated album title came from that incident with the Coachella scandal as he later revealed. Despite the controversy, in April, the star performed some of his hit songs like 'Ye' and 'Killin Dem' at Coachella alongside big names like Solange, Kid Cudi, and Billie Eilish.
Later in the year, he featured in Beyonce’s Lion King album and has won a string of awards such as the BET awards. He also won the Best International Act at the BET awards in June this year.In November, he won the Best African Act at the MTV EMA Awards. He is one of Africa's most talked-about stars, sampled and featured by some of the world's biggest artists including Fall Out Boys, Jorja Smith, and Beyonce. He has sold out show venues across the globe.
When it comes to collaborations he has collaborated with heavyweights and award-winning artists like Angelique Kidjo, Damian Marley, and Lily Allen, he has risen in prominence as the Afrobeats sound has also gained global recognition.
He has appeared in some of America’s major TV platform. He has been a guest on The Daily Show hosted by Trevor Noah where he performed the ‘African Giant’ performed hit tracks ‘Ye’ and ‘Anybody’, drawing loud cheers from the audience; Jimmy Kimmel Live!; The Breakfast Club and Ebro In The Morning. These he did with top-caliber people like Mark Sanford, a former US representative and former Governor of South Carolina Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCarprio and Margot Robbie who came to promote their movie, 'Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.'
The singer has also signed an agreement with Swedish digital music service provider, Spotify, to launch Burna Bank.
Among his achievements of 2019, the latest and clearly the biggest win is his nomination in the Best World Music Album category of the prestigious Grammy Awards which pitches him among Africa’s greats such as Seun and Femi Kuti, Angelique Kidjo and other heavyweights who have equally been nominated in the past.
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