2018 has been a great year for the Nigerian music industry and we have both our seasoned and prolific artists, as well as some new faces to thank for it . These new faces are vamping up the industry by introducing their own style of music and sounds into the mix. They are the ones you should be on the lookout for as they are fast rising and may just be the next big thing in Nigeria and Africa as a whole. Find some of them below:
Teni is the hottest name on the block right now in the music industry. Even if you don’t know this young talent facially, there’s a great likelihood that you must have heard her music playing at some public event or on your TV screens or radio. Popularly known as Teni Entertainer but born Teni Apata, she kicked off her music career in 2016 when she signed to Magic Fingers Record run by the talented music producer, Shiizi. Not too long after that, she dropped her hit single titled “Fargin” which was hailed for its message to young girls about abstaining from premarital sex. Ever since, she has released more “hit-worthy” tracks such as Wait, Pareke and the very recent Askamaya which has everyone wearing their dancing shoes. Anyone who met Teni at a much younger age would have recognised her as a star in the making because she started doing music at the age of 2, playing drums for past Governors of Lagos State such as Mohammed Buba Marwa, Bola Ahmed Tinibu, and Babatunde. Teni describes popular “Afro-House” musician Niniola who happens to be her elder sister as one of her inspirations and the one who told her to “pursue what she loves”. She is signed to Dr. Dolor Entertainment. Check Teni Entertainer on her social media accounts, you can’t miss her with the tomboyish hair-cut, dungarees, and free size shirts.
Peruzzi has been a sensation in 2018 from featuring with music legends like 2baba and Duncan Mighty to releasing his own singles which the fans have loved. Tobechukwu Victor Okoh with the stage name Peruzzi, came to limelight after he dropped out of Odessa National University, Ukraine, where he was studying Medicine and Surgery. His first hit single was “For your pocket” which was produced by Speroach Beatz in July 2017 and featured LK Kuddy. However, his big moment came when he signed to Davido Music Worldwide (DMW). According to him, Davido loved one of his songs in particular and soon he got in contact with the star and got signed. The talent in Peruzzi is undeniable as he has sung more hit songs with the DMW crew in a relatively short period of time and featured on 2baba’s song “Amaka” which gave him an extra boost in his career. Most who listen to his songs would know his favourite line “don’t move until I say you move”; he has a way with beats.
You must have probably heard of the street singer who is known for the slang “Saint Sami Ganja. This is Slimcase, the king of “Shaku Shaku” himself. Slimcase took the industry by storm earlier this year with the song “Oshozondi” which featured DJ Sidez and Masta T. He soon featured with big artists like D’banj, DJ Enimoney, Reminisce, Tiwa Savage, and Yemi Alade on songs like “Issa Banger”, “Diet”, and many more promoting the “Shaku Shaku” sound in the process. It was not always rosy for Slimcase, who was a factory worker for many years. Not too long after Slimcase began working in a factory, he went into music as a rapper, but didn’t find much luck in that genre. Eventually, he would find the ghetto sound (wobey and shaku shaku) which would lead him to becoming one of the most sensational artists of 2018. Slimcase’s style of music has succeeded in promoting a new sound in the industry and he doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Check him up on social media.
The first thing that pops into your head when you hear Victor AD’s recently released song is “hustle”. The street anthem which encourages hustlers to work hard and never give up on their dreams is very relatable to the singer himself. Born Victor Adere but popularly referred to as Victor Ad, the Delta-born talent, started doing music at the tender age of 6 and credits his musical influence to musical legends such as Lucky Duba, Bob Markey, Sunny Ade, and Michael Jackson.
Victor always showed promise with steady rise to stardom in music. He was the leader of a music band in Auchi Polytechnic where he schooled and was voted as the best artist at a music competition. His career officially began in 2014 when he released a song titled “Jowo”. However, 2018 was his “breakout” year with the feature of Erigga on a single titled ‘Motivation’ and the eventual release of his own single “Wetin We Gain”.
According to him, he composed “Wetin We Gain” as a cry to God for help when he was at a low point in his life but was unaware of how impactful the song would turn out to be on the streets of Lagos and beyond. Victor AD is signed to Ghana-based record label, ETINS Record. He is truly talented and someone to watch out for; check him out on his social media accounts below:
Another signee on Davido’s DMW record label, Dremo is another fast-rising musician that you should watch out for. Dremo whose real name is Aboriomoh Femi Raymond, was always into music right from childhood. He used to visit the studio at the tender age of 12. According to the young rapper, he thought he was being pranked when Davido called him to sign to him on his record label because he got the call on April 1, 2016. However, it turned out to be the real deal.
Dremo featured in the DMW song titled “Mind” which attracted more publicity to him. He has also released songs like Iro Nla, Who?, That Way, Next Single, and many more. At the young age of 23, Dremo had already achieved remarkable success by winning several awards such as Nigerian Teen Choice Award for Choice New Hip Hop Act 2016 and City People Music Award for Rookie of the Year. Check him out on social media, you may just be amazed at what you see; the man is creating a niche for himself.