Nigerian music has transformed itself over the years with the constant inclusion of new dynamics, actors and players. 2016 will be no different in ushering in a fresh breed of artists who will add a new touch to Nigerian music as we know it. Without further ado, here is our freshman draft for 2016.
Musically, Lil Kesh had a great 2015. After getting us dancing to Shoki, he released a follow-up club-banger Efe Joku. While his hit-maker superpowers are no longer in question, 2016 will be the perfect time for Kesh to transition from another Olamide protege to a force to be reckoned with.
Sound mixer and songwriter Simi has been on a steady rise since she released Tiff in 2014. In 2015, she dealt us some Jamb Question and urged us to Open and Close. These three deftly recorded songs were aided with crisp visuals that stamped her place on the map. We can’t wait to see more of her in 2016.
Getting featured on the first song of M.I’s Chairman album is one good way to get our attention but Koker was not done. He topped it with smash hit, Do Something, a tribute to Afro-Juju legend Shina Peters and we still can’t get enough. We will be looking at the Chocolate City man this year for more.
YCEE’s Jagaban was one of the singles that defined 2015. The follow-up remix featuring Olamide only did more for the rapper’s growing popularity. The rap music genre in Nigeria is already evolving its new pioneers and without a doubt, YCEE is set for the centre stage.
When Adekunle Gold released Sade in 2014 many feared he was a one hit wonder. The release of Orente in 2015 however, proved everyone wrong. Towards the end of the year, the YBNL singer made waves again with Pick Up. While we await Adekunle Gold in 2016, we recommend you check out all three videos if you need conviction still.
CDQ is definitely a rapper to watch. In 2014, the rapper released Amen to support the #BringBackOurGirls movement. 2015 saw his singles, Salaaro and Wobi becoming DJ favorites. He also racked up features with Wizkid and Olamide in the process. We can only wait to see how 2016 turns out for CDQ.
Penthauze songstress, Stormrex is set to become the biggest thing out of the East. She already has links with some of the industry’s heavyweights like Olamide, M.I and Phyno. Stormrex does mostly high life music and we expect this to be her biggest strength as there are currently not many females in the same genre.
These are some other upcoming acts you should also look out for; Milli, Dice Allies, Ink Edwards, Khali Abdul, Pepenazi, Viktoh, Johnny Drille.