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The A – Z Of Ten Nigerian Artistes To Reckon With In 2022

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Nigerian artistes really took it up a notch last year and showed the world what it truly means to be the Giant of Africa.

Keeping in line with our tradition, for the fourth year in a row, we’ll be highlighting “The A-Z  Of Ten Nigerian artistes To Reckon With In 2022” who have shown massive growth potential and, for the first time, one phenomenal non-Nigerian talent.

Here are the ones to watch in 2022.

Ayra Starr | Instagram

Ayra Starr

Oyinkansola Sarah Aderibige, known professionally as Ayra Starr, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. Unknown to some of her fans, she started as a model at the age of 16 before making the switch to music.

After covering many songs by popular artistes and sharing them on her Instagram account, she posted her first original song in December 2019. This brought her to the attention of record executive Don Jazzy and led to her signing to Mavin Records.

Day Wale

Akintade Adewale, popularly known as Day Wale, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. He rose to prominence earlier this year with his unique sound.

He draws inspiration from Fuji music by the likes of King Wasiu Ayinde (K1 De Ultimate) to R&B by American artists like R. Kelly.

The release of his eight-track EP dubbed like “Waiting For You”, “Flood”, “Cocoa Butter”, “Vado”, “For Me”, “Orofo”,”Wapa” and “Ireti” helped make his sound memorable to Nigerians especially “Cocoa Butter” which topped many charts including Apple Music Nigeria’s charts.

Flyboi Oma

Ayeni Oluwaseun Micheal. popularly known as Flyboi Oma, is a Nigerian musician, singer, songwriter, and performing artist. In 2019, Flyboi Oma started his career as a professional musician. He released “The New King” in May 2021.

He gained popularity that same year after a featuring with Jhybo titled ‘Young Boy’. He’s on a fast track and 2022 is looking real promising.

Cavemen

The Cavemen

The Cavemen are a Nigerian Highlife band consisting of sibling duo Kingsley Okorie, a bassist, and Benjamin James, a drummer. They released their debut single, “Osondu” in 2020 and released their debut album, Roots, in August 2020. The album was recorded in their living room and was fully produced by them.

Since then, they’ve gone on to capture the hearts of music lovers around the world with their electric performances and unique take on highlife that would leave listeners utterly mesmerised.

They also won the 2020 Headies Award for the Best Alternative Album and you can be sure they’re not stopping there. The sky’s the limit for this uber-talented duo.

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Victony 

Anthony Victor who goes by the moniker ‘Victony’ is a singer and songwriter whose been through the fire this year but has managed to shine through tragedy because of his talent.

Victony’s musical career kicked off professionally in 2017 and at the time, he was a rapper. He made his debut with a mixtape on SoundCloud titled “The Outlaw King” which is why some of his fans refer by that nickname to date.

2021 became his breakthrough year when his record “Pray” started gaining traction, as it was released after an unfortunate fatal accident that took the life of his friend and complicated his health. A timely collaboration with Mayorkun on ‘Holy Father’ is the final nail in the coffin that cements him as one of 2021’s breakout stars.

Fave

GodsFavour Chidozie is a 21-year-old Nigerian singer and songwriter known professionally as Fave. She utilised social media platforms, particularly Twitter, to showcase her talent and share videos of herself freestyling, which eventually got her recognition and social media shares.

Starting in the choir, she honed her skills and has risen to the level of serving up hit songs. Her song ‘Baby Riddim’ became an internet sensation after it took off on Tik Tok. Subsequently, it began rising on the charts and became a certified hit.

Although Fave still has some ground to cover, she is showing them she can easily make her way up.

Zinoleesky | Instagram

Zinoleesky 

Oniyide Azeez, better known as ‘Zinoleesky’ is a fast-rising Nigerian artiste with incredible range and the ability to surprise listeners on any given song.

He began his sojourn into music via social media alongside his friends and associated artistes Lil Frosh and Ibradosky.

He is currently under the tutelage of Naira Marley and signed to Marlian Records. He has dominated charts with his releases this year and he doesn’t seem like he’ll be relenting in 2022.

Twistarboi

Ikudayisi Oluwatosin is a Nigerian musician with a unique sound and eccentric personality. He is the front leading artiste for “Blessed Records” He started making music at tender age and has not stopped since.

He gained popularity after a featuring with Danny S titled ‘Shebe’ in 2019 also another featuring with Oladips titled “We Go Dey Alright” that same year. He’s on a fast track and 2022 is looking real promising.

Greatly inspired by his circumstances and personal experiences, you can always hear the truth of his life in his music.

With a persevering spirit and limitless potential, Twistarboi is certain to make some big strides in the year 2022.

Somadina 

British-Nigerian R&B singer and songwriter Somadina Onuoha, known to most as just ‘Somadina’ is an interesting new talent who has been able to show her range through sonorous music.

Her 5 track “EP Five Stages”, which followed her 2019 single ‘Lay Low’ was very well received and propelled her onto the radar of lovers of music everywhere.

She has a unique sound that makes it almost impossible not to be swayed by it.

Before now, she had toured with Odunsi The Engine on his UK tour and held it down every time she graced the stage.

In addition to her musical prowess, she is also a feminist advocate and takes the cause quite seriously. There are many sides to this artiste and we look forward to seeing what her 2022 presents.

Amaarae (Honorable Mention)

Ama Serwah Genfi is an American-Ghanaian known for her incredible vocals and ability to evoke emotion through her music.

It would be appropriate to point out that she had been on the radar of the publication for years but because the list is dedicated to Nigerians, it took a little longer to highlight her.

Her work reached new heights in 2020 and she truly became a more present force in the global music scene and her work with other musicians including Nigerian like Tems, Blaqbonez, Tiwa Savage, and Yinka Bernie to mention a few have definitely shown that her talent knows no bounds.

On November 12, 2020, Amaarae released her debut studio album, “The Angel You Don’t Know” to which Owen Myers of Pitchfork stated, “The Angel You Don’t Know crackles with innovation, a pacesetter at a time when industry bigwigs are waking up to the long-held truth that Africa is setting the global tempo for pop music.”

She is definitely a worthy mention and 2022 is hers for the taking.

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