by Tosin Adeda
Since the emergence of young superstars like Wizkid and Davido, there has been an influx of young talents into the Nigerian music industry. More importantly, record labels have been willing to invest in them.
Though many of these young guns are misguided and untalented, neither are they ready to walk the path of hard work and dedication to success, there are quite a few that possess some talent, and have very good prospects based on material they have put out so far.
I have compiled a list of four young artistes who have showed great prospects of becoming superstars, and whose debut albums are feverishly anticipated.
This list is based on talent, appeal, and amount of hit songs put out already.
First on the list is Alhaji Tekno, the former Abuja based multi talented artiste. I first heard of Tekno when he did a cover of Ice Prince’s Oleku titled Onyenekwu in 2012, one of many covers for the hit song at the time. Onyenekwu was a song he did to get his name out and on the lips of people.
Tekno got signed to Kay Money Entertainment in 2013, same year he dropped his first major single titled Holiday featuring HKN Gang CEO Davido. I remember seeing the video for the first time on MTV Base, not knowing who the blonde headed guy was. I thought he was just another guy with money to burn but little talent.
However, the presence of Davido kept me glued. I was disappointed in a good way, because the blonde headed artiste practically proved me wrong by proving himself a talent worth listening to.
Tekno later got signed to Iyanya’s Made Men Music Group and has gone ahead to drop dope joints back to back. Tekno’s style can be described as a fusion of high life and pop, his ability to craft melodious hooks is a great advantage for him plus his style of music has the African feel and sound, which is also a positive for him.
The track Anything showcases him in his comfortable zone of pop flavored high life.
On Alleluia, Tekno rides on a reggae beat and delivers.
His 3 biggest songs so far are Dance, Duro and his latest Wash.
Duro was one of the biggest songs in Nigeria in 2015, a love song produced by Dj Coublon (in house DJ at MMMG.) It showcases Tekno in his best of forms. He followed up with Wash which also picked up instantly and registered Tekno as a pure hit maker. His union with Dj Coublon has been strategic as Coublon understands Tekno’s sound.
Hopefully Tekno rides on the hype his singles have created and drops a debut album this year.
Next on the list is Bariga born 20 year old Keshinro Ololade, also known as Lil Kesh.
First time I heard of Lil Kesh was when he got signed to YBNL. The dancer turned singer hit the airwaves with Lyrical, a rap song where he dropped punchlines upon punchlines. His impeccable flow, both in pidgin and Yoruba registered his name in the minds of people.
Lil Kesh blew up in 2014 when he dropped the monster hit dance track Shoki. Shoki was so huge that it had a major influence on the pop culture and had Nigerians doing the dance routine for a long time.
The remix of Shoki made the song even bigger. It had Davido and Olamide dropping generous verses and helped solidify Lil Kesh’s burgeoning presence.
To be honest, after the huge success of Shoki, I didn’t believe Lil Kesh would be able to come up with a worthy follow up. My sentiments were to be proven wrong as Lil Kesh dropped a new song early 2015 titled Gbese. After listening to Gbese, I was beginning to have a change of mind. Though Gbese wasn’t as huge as Shoki, it played as a decent follow up to his single.
Later in 2015, Lil Kesh dropped another banger titled Efejoku, (with Viktoh,) produced by resident YBNL producer and hit maker, Young John. My impression after listening to this song was that Lil Kesh has discovered his style and sound, and he is a hit maker.” Efejoku has this addictive hook, and introduced us to the famous slang “Skiboroborobo.”
His next single Is it because I love you? featuring Patoranking is a love song with playful lyrics. As usual, the story telling number became an instant hit and was soon on the lips of many.
Lil Kesh’s street slangs and charming persona make him very popular on the streets. Being signed to YBNL, the label owned by Olamide adds a massive influence to his popularity quotient. Lil Kesh seems like a young dude who studied the success pattern of his label boss, and modelled his music after it.
In 2015 Lil Kesh was so hot he was endorsed by Surebet. When he lost the Next Rated Award at the Headies, there was a total meltdown on social media. His music is majorly the Ibile type of music, laced in his mother tongue, street slangs and lingua.
2016 should be the year we see a debut album from him, and he has kicked off from where he stopped with the jam Ibile, one that re-emphasizes his origin and type of music. Ibile is that song that wants you to embrace your culture as a Yoruba person.
Lil Kesh may not be your conscious rapper or lyricist, but boy knows his strengths and weaknesses, knows his style, knows his craft and that works for him.
Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie, also known as Patoranking is arguably the new king of dancehall. Boy been hustling underground since about 2009 when he did the song So Nice, got signed to K Solo’s label Igberaga records in 2010, same year he dropped Up in the club. Patoranking did drop quite a number of records but the song that actually brought him to limelight was Alubarika featuring then label boss Timaya.
Alubarika was an instant hit and propelled Patoranking to success. The reggae/dance hall song was just a tip of what was to come from Patoranking.
In February 2014, Patoranking signed up with Foston Musik, same year he dropped his follow up single titled Girlie O, produced by Wizzy Pro. Girlie O was a monster hit but it was nothing compared to the remix, an explosive duet with Tiwa Savage.
At the 2014 Headies, Girlie O Rmx won the award for the Best Reggae/Dancehall category.
After enjoying success in 2014, enjoying one of the biggest songs of the year and winning 2 awards, 2015 had to begin with a bang and Patoranking did not disappoint. When Daniella Whine dropped as his next official record, it was evident Patoranking wasn’t about to let go of that top spot any time soon.
Later in 2015, he teamed up with talented vocalist Wande Coal who delivered a stunning hook, on the love song My woman, my everything. As expected, the song enjoyed massive success. The chemistry between Wizzpro beats and Patoranking cannot be over emphasized, hopefully the album drops soon and has Wizzypro producing majority of the project.
Patoranking’s album is hugely anticipated. After a successful 2015, he finished the year as one of the top 10 hottest artistes.
Anidugbe Oluwatobiloba Daniel is better known as Kiss Daniel. The success of this young man has been massive over a short period of time. The 21 years old singer has in the space of just over a year, won the hearts of Nigerians, especially the ladies.
Signed to G World Wide, Kiss Daniel’s first official single was titled Shoye, a good song, but one that ultimately didn’t get much traction.
His next single Woju, was to be one of the biggest songs of 2014. Woju was a national anthem and was on the lips of everyone. It announced the arrival of Kiss Daniel as a bona fide super star.
Woju (produced by Dj Coublon) enjoyed such massive success that letting go was hard. A remix was commissioned featuring heavy weights; Davido and Tiwa Savage. Though a hot mess, from a business angle, it was a massive strategic effort that introduced Daniel to the considerable fan clubs of both superstars..
His follow up single Laye also produced by Dj Coublon, didn’t really enjoy the success of Woju, but it was a very good song, if slightly derivative of Woju. If you ask me, Laye is the better song. Laye opened my eyes to Daniel’s song writing skills.
Kiss Daniel’s charm and swag on the video of Raba, a song by his label’s official DJ Shabzy and featuring label mate SugarBoy was impeccable, contributing widely to the song’s acceptance. I once watched him live and was very impressed.
Kiss Daniel teamed up with label mate SugarBoy once more and the result was Molue, a song about the wonderful backside of African women. Kiss Daniel once again was superb on this song. Seems to me like dude has a lot to offer, and he’s just serving us bit by bit. Hopefully the album will be a total package.
Good time which is Kiss Daniel’s follow up to Laye, shows the usual flirty Kiss Daniel, but in a more mature way. The video of the song explains it better. Kiss Daniel has these moves and class, and he just doesn’t seem to ever run out of them.
2016 hopefully will be the year he gives us that album, he has everything going for him, and the hype is pinnacle high at the moment. Hopefully Dj Coublon gets major production credits, their chemistry so far has been very good.