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At the daybreak of 2021, Notjustok rightfully predicted the successes of rising skills from Ayra Starr, Mohbad, Jamopyper, Seyi Vibez, Ruger, Liya, Victony, Jaido P, and a number of others. In early 2020, we additionally perceived the chart-topping talents of rising acts corresponding to Tems, Ajebo Hustlers, Omah Lay, Gabzy, Buju and Zinoleesky, all prior to the discharge of their debut undertaking and waves-erupting information. As is now custom, we’ve got equally taken care to draw up a listing of fast-rising Nigerian skills, making numerous sounding music and representing totally different subcultures and life, which can be certain to affect and inform the Nigerian airwaves because the 12 months unfolds. Here is Notjustok’s listing of 22 Nigerian artistes to watch in 2022;

22 Nigerian Artistes to Watch in 2022,

1. 1da Banton

Artistes to watch in 2022
Artistes to watch in 2022

It had began like a gradual flame and shortly 1da Banton’s No Wahala caught on like a wildfire, setting social media ablaze with a pattern that portrayed unfiltered, hilarious and candid reactions to random situations from the video creator’s perspective. 

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Born Godson Ominibie Epelle, the singer a specialist in mellow Afropop tunes blended in with dancehall, just lately made the 2021 ‘On the Road’ playlist of the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken along with his No Wahala hit. 

1da’s current success has additionally proved to be properly deserved, off the again of his 15-track debut album, Original Vibe Machine on which he reeled out tunes in his softly interesting, and numerous type, really resplendent with vibes amidst options from Zlatan, Seyi Shay, Ghana’s Stonebwoy and Duncan Mighty

2. AV

Artistes to watch in 2022
Artistes to watch in 2022

It’s stated that social media has carried out loads of unhealthy nevertheless it’s additionally given us a world of nice stuff and one in every of such is AV’s Big Thug Boys, an up-tempo and soothing Afropop affair that had first piqued the curiosity of the web world earlier than sliding on to extra conventional platforms to change into an all-round hit.

AV struck once more some months later with a sensual quantity, Confession that proves he’s no one-trick pony. For followers and followers of Victor Adindu, who had been transformed from earlier information like Temperature and are additionally privy of his musically-steeped background, his current comes as no shock and the trap-slanging Afropop fusing expertise appears poised to attain even larger heights. 

3. Azanti

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Last 12 months when Nathan Ayomikun, popularly referred to as Azanti broke out unto the scene, he was a fresh-faced 17-year-old singer launched formally by an 8-track album, YP & Azanti Vol. 1, which was a joint undertaking with PsychoYP, chief of the Apex Village collective which he is a member of. Backed with lure cadences, the undertaking had served as the proper platter for his recent fusion of RnB and Afropop and it had been met with raving critiques, with Caro, Ji Masun and Long Way Home rising as faves.

Then in 2021, Azanti re-introduced himself as a lone ranger on an eponymous album with Latan and Time Difference stamping his hit-making expertise and his readiness to personal the scene alone. 

4. Dai Verse

The airwaves have been revolving to Dai Verse’s melodies for probably the most a part of the previous 12 months, with music lovers now ready to inform his chilly espresso tones aside with out lacking a beat, however the face of the artiste himself stays a intently guarded secret. 

This is as a result of Ifeanyi Chineme Lennon, the person with the voice we now know as Dai Verse broke out with an undisputed earworm in the type of the Your Body (Cocaine) and shortly after, hit us with a function on Zugo’s Colorado and Sweet Daddy to cement his type of Afropop that’s as mellow, because it’s smooth and candy and the truth that he’s one act to be keenly watched. 

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22 Nigerian Artistes to Watch in 2022,

5. Fave SZN

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2021 was the 12 months of outstanding feminine breakouts in a male-dominated house and Godsfavour Chidozie, Fave SZN had been one of many women main this narrative. Formerly an underground favorite for the reason that early days of the pandemic and prior, she had been changing on-line listeners into followers one freestyle video at a time and with singles like N.B.U

Then in 2021, veteran rapper and music govt, Olamide had featured Fave on his newest chart-topping album, Uy Scuti, after being launched to her sound by his spouse, Bukunmi. Fave had been featured on two information, Pon Pon and Want with the previous being a favorite amongst many and it had opened her up to a wider viewers drawn to her deep blankety voice. They say the sky is the start line and for Fave SZN, this was an actualisation as she afterward launched Beautifully and intently on its heels, the graceful dancehall-inflected pop banger, Baby Riddim which is presently one of many greatest songs on the continent with the Empawa unique music video raking in practically two hundreds of thousands views on YouTube. 

6. Guchi

Artistes to watch in 2022
Artistes to watch in 2022

With a sound that feels acquainted and novel on the identical time, Guchi’s music is a mixture of highlife, bongo flava components and pop that’s slowly making a case for itself. Full title Ugochi Onuoha, the singer had run in the earlier 12 months as an rising feminine act off the discharge of her singles, Benzema and Jennifer, all put out after her debut on the I Am Guchi EP launched in 2020. Jennifer presently sits on a whooping 33million views with Kenyans and Tanzanians displaying immense love for the artiste’s melodies.

Keen on cementing her standing as a budding international sensation, the singer has additionally been featured on Tanzanian sensation, Rayvanny’s Sweet, giving proof of her globally certain leanings. Additional proof is the huge fan love she obtained whereas acting at two areas in Sierra Leone.

Guchi additionally just lately put out Scatter My Head with Zlatan, her first Nigerian collaboration, to the delight of followers of each stars and it is apparent she’s on her means to shining greater than ever. 

7. Jaywillz

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There’s a whole subculture of magnificence fans, in any other case referred to as slay queens, in addition to lovers, that thrive on the rise of soft-toned and romantic Afropop music and Jaywillz, has proved to have the best dose of that.  

Originally named Victor Ima, Jaywillz had additionally been blessed by an Olamide co-sign after the rapper watched freestyling movies of him on Instagram and featured him on Jailer, off his UY Scuti album. Following that, tracks off his beforehand launched EP, Love or the Word, started to discover well-aligned footing in the mainstream with Medicine turning into a sleeper hit and a favorite for beauties and lovers in all places. Love or the Word presently sits on a complete of 100 million streams throughout all platforms and certainly, it will be ill-advised to sleep on Jaywillz

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8. Lojay

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Without a doubt, Lojay and Sarz’s Monalisa was one of many greatest Nigerian information of 2021, with the singer making a primary look at Wizkid’s present on the 02 Arena with the document. The final monitor off his debut EP, LV & ATTN which obtained the Notjustok stamp of approval because the fifth finest undertaking in 2021, had been a high tier introduction to the edgy supply and fiery type of Lojay, full title Lekan Osifeso Jr, which had maximized his double cosign from Sarz and Wizkid who additionally made a visitor look on the undertaking.

Lojay has since made an look on DJ Neptune’s Only Fan alongside Zlatan, proving his skill to maintain his personal on any monitor with the identical vocal supply he’d championed from a lot earlier singles corresponding to Ariel

22 Nigerian Artistes to Watch in 2022,

9. Magixx

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During the present interlude and whereas the followers had waited for the following scene at Johnny Drille’s Johnny Room Live, 2021, Alexander Adelabu, popularly referred to as Magixx had taken to the hardly lit stage and began up a gradual and confident rendition of Love Don’t Cost A Dime in close to darkness.

In lower than a minute, and whereas nonetheless cloaked in darkness, the group had come round, singing the tune together with him phrase for phrase. That incident serves as the proper analogy for the younger Afrofusion singer’s artistry, unhurried, exact in his numerous supply and healthful as evidenced in his debut undertaking, Magixx EP

10. Minz

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Artistes to watch in 2022 Minz

Dami Aminu, or Minz as he’s professionally recognized, has been making a reputation for himself in the Nigerian various music house over the previous few years, placing out sensual Afrofusion bops like Beautiful and Skin which had made him a women favorite and the man for the fellows as properly. But 2021 was an particularly distinctive 12 months for the singer, first from securing a number of options on Runtown’s SoundGod Fest Reloaded after which placing out profitable solo information from the self-produced 234 to BDMN that not solely propagates his uniquely sensuous type however present that there’s a lot love for it. His collaboration with music expertise firm, Ejoya and Fasina on their 2021 undertaking, Scream and Shout additionally contributed to the artiste’s profitable 12 months.

With the point out of the forthcoming launch of his debut album, By Any Minz, 2022 seems to be the 12 months of Minz.  

11. Mizzle

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Last 12 months, Mizzle full title Temitayo Anifowoshe, drew music lovers into his universe on his debut album, In the Dark. A star-studded debut with A-list acts like Wande Coal, Niniola, Sarz and Oxlade, the roster of featured acts had not come as a terrific shock due to the work he’d beforehand put out on social media the place he’d gone viral with a show of his dexterity as a music producer and recording artiste with enjoyable movies the place he re-imagined the music creation processes of a few of our favorite acts from Wizkid to Oxlade.

The collaborations paid off on his aforementioned debut as an Afropop singer and producer with the Oxlade function, Smile For You turning into one of many standout tracks on his album. His solo entries have been additionally properly acquired, like Sweet Escape, a soulful and poppy monitor in regards to the craziness of Lagos, which has been getting an entire lot of affection. Already armed with a loyal fanbase, Mizfits, and a undertaking that sees him garnering followers from high musicians, Mizzle is properly on his means to creating a whole Mizzleverse of music lovers.

12. Obongjayar

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Crossing over formally with the tacit Sarz cosign on their joint Sweetness EP, Stephen Umoh, recognized popularly as Obongjayar, had earlier than that, been slowly however steadily making a reputation for himself as an Afrofusion artiste, mixing in components of funk and various RnB and Afrobeats to create his distinctive type of music that had earned him underground cult standing in the diaspora in addition to in Nigeria off the again of his debut album, Which Way Forward? 

Soon after that, he’d collaborated with British rapper, Octavian, American duo, Take A Daytrip and Nigeria’s Cruel Santino on Poison which had charted at quantity 13 on Nigeria’s Apple Music charts. While in current instances, following the success of his EP with Sarz, he’d joined forces with British rapper, Little Simz on Point and Kill to create a document that has been ranked by Dazed as top-of-the-line songs of 2021. Afterward, he launched Style and Fashion with Pa Salieu and in addition put out absolutely the headbanging document along with his single, Message in a Hammer

22 Nigerian Artistes to Watch in 2022,

13. Ogranya

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For many vastly listened Nigerian music lovers, Ogranya’s title, totally Ogranya Jable Osai, and his one in every of a sort ambient various type which fuses Afrosoul, R&B, and Jazz, is a well-known one and a favorite as they hope and await his large break following the discharge of his stellar debut EP, Imperfect.

A reclusive act, described as an architect by day and performer at night time, the singer took issues into his fingers in probably the most relentlessly artistic and unique means; launching #Project52, a private undertaking that noticed him launch a tune each week of the 12 months in 2021, collaborating with a different listing of artistes like Show Dem Camp, Brum3h, Alpha Ojini, Cameroonian T’neeya and plenty of others, music producers and engineers included. This not solely served to sate the urge for food of outdated followers, however opened him to a world of music lovers, who revelled in information like In My Dreams Tonight and In Those Eyes, Streets with Show Dem Camp and Odeshi with Alpha Ojini

With a profitable 2021 carried out and dusted, predicting Ogranya’s subsequent step could also be unattainable, however he seems well-positioned to have a good higher 2022.

14. Portable

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Every 12 months, obscure acts from common streets in Lagos give the nation a banger avenue hop document. Most instances these songs blow up unexpectedly and slowly and flow into the airwaves for an prolonged interval after which we by no means hear from the artiste behind the document. But for Habeeb Okikiola, his rise to the highlight from the streets of Mushin was extra tactical, with DJs and microbloggers serving to garner a buzz round his Zazoo tune. Soon after, Olamide jumped on the tune to give it a remix that has now change into an aforementioned avenue banger, performed at golf equipment, events, the streets and in all places else. 

While the Olamide and Poco Lee impact on Portable’s Zazoo is simple, his command of avenue slangs that bought Zazoo, recent lamba, a singular mix of Apala, and an urge for food for inflicting controversies make him a recent avenue act to look out for. Already, he has put out a brand new single, Ogo Forever, that makes it apparent he has what it takes to make an enduring title for himself. 

15. Raybekah

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Raybekah Finger Down

If you suppose you haven’t heard of Raybekah, you most likely have however had no concept– her Finger Down tune which was some of the relatable songs about Covid-19 was properly circulated, getting nearly one million streams on Spotify alone and different songs from the dancehall-inflected Afropop singer like Gimme Vibe and Cut Soap have additionally been properly acquired. 

Born Rebecca Chinonso Arinola, the singer up to now has launched singles so the airwaves in 2022 has each indicator of being her taking part in floor with the extra prospect of releasing a physique of labor at hand. 

16. Ria Sean

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Ria Sean Satisfy My Soul

Ria Sean’s entry into the mainstream world of Nigerian music was hinged on her signing into Aristokrat Music with the hypnotic cash anthem, Money Bag. But for Ria, full title Gloria Asene Enebi, the signing was merely a brand new and far deserved degree she’d been working in direction of since she began to nurture her music skills on the age 16, eager on producing music that the listener would really feel in their soul. And really, a survey of the reception of her EP would reveal that whereas the promotional single, Money Bag obtained the hype, it’s information just like the siren candy Satisfy My Soul and her earlier launched dreamy document, Lemonade getting a bulk of the love. 

Inspired by RnB and Soul greats like  Brandy, Frank Ocean, Whitney Houston and Chris Brown, it’s obvious that Ria isn’t about to belt notes of vocal conformity and can proceed to carve a path for her heady and distinctive mix of Afropop, RnB and Soul. 

22 Nigerian Artistes to Watch in 2022,

17. SGaWD

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Last 12 months, SGaWD teamed forces with an Alte music sweetheart, Somadina, to make a rap document that has been recognised by Young Nigerians eager on the brand new age of music, because the document of the summer season. Titled Pop Shit, an uptempo, pop-infused anthem that sees SGaWD shine in full glory as a guts-wrenching, uber audacious, sex-positive, rapper the likes of which has by no means graced the Nigerian music scene. 

But earlier than Pop Shit, SGaWD had been making waves, laying her gospel as a rapper and a singer by that includes and being featured on tracks corresponding to Jess ETA’s Resistance, Feel Right with help from Mafeni and DOZ, U by Sute Iwar, and a number of different well-received collaborations. Then late final 12 months, off the wings of the success of Pop Shit, the Cross River native had rolled out her debut EP, Savage Bitch Juice to raving critiques from followers and media homes, with tracks like Rude, serving as a show of her doubly-loaded versatility to show that SGaWD is one rapper not to be slept on. 

18. Soundz

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Music listeners who have a tendency to have their ears shut to the heart beat of the underground would most definitely not want an introduction to Samuel Oluwadarasimi a.ok.a Soundz as in 2020, he put out the eponymous Darasimi, a sweet-sounding, well-received Afropop prayer document carried out up along with his Apala/ Street hop inflections in tow. That had served as a prelude for his pace-setting 2021 as he’d taken full benefit of the ability of collaborations, going from singing alongside Teni on Ejoya’s 2021 undertaking on Morenike, to laying the refrain of Laycon’s Drunk in Love.

All these songs had discovered beneficial footing nevertheless it was his groovy mid-tempo collaboration with Chop Daily on Down that had actually topped his efforts, amassing nearly one million streams on Spotify alone, making him one for not simply playlists however watchlists as properly. 

19. Superwozzy

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Self-lauded as ‘Odindin omo tan pe ni children!’ which loosely means a baby like many, Superwozzy or Awolodun Oluwamayokun, is one rapper that has been making the rounds in the road hop circle. A product of Federal University of Technology, the rapper had begun making waves there, rising a gradual fan base from the varsity populace and afterward, its environs. Eventually, he began to achieve recognition on the mainstream, with a number of collaborations with high street-hop rapper,  Zlatan Ibile from Fine Girls Like Us to DJ Real’s Owo Odun alongside Zlatan once more, and in addition that includes alongside Davolee on Hustle by music producer BBanks

Then late final 12 months, Superwozzy struck out totally along with his debut undertaking, Light of the Trenches, a cohesive and well-rounded street-hop certain physique of labor that options high acts corresponding to Oxlade, Barry Jhay, some extra Zlatan, and a Bella Shmurda function on the standout monitor, Higher. Light of the Trenches was met with widespread approval and has steadily been racking up numbers particularly on Audiomack, giving each indication that Superwozzy is out to play the massive leagues of Nigerian avenue hop. 

20. Veeiye

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The BBNaija Reality TV present has proved to be an indispensable funnel of skills to the leisure sphere. And whereas a number of the housemates have dabbled into music making at one level of their careers, the present has solely given a handful of certifiable skills with British-born Nigerian singer, Veeiye— Victoria Adeleye, being one in every of such promising acts. 

In truth, again in 2020, when she’d gone into the Big Brother home, she’d already put out three singles, On and On which is a solo, Ecstacy with Afro B and You Know with Don EE, all proving her expertise as a musical artiste and a songwriter. 

In October final 12 months, she re-established this truth to her wider fanbase with the discharge of her debut undertaking, Young and Restless EP that sees her soar with Afrosoul and RnB melodies as she cuts throughout as a fiercely unbiased lady and lover and a firebrand singer to be taken observe of. 

22 Nigerian Artistes to Watch in 2022,

21. Wani

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Also referred to as Wani Wonder, the velvety-toned singer has made a reputation for himself as one for the women, churning out serenade evoking information in his easy Afrofusion type. 

Wani had begun to take the music scene by storm as early as 2018, a 12 months after his debut when he launched his first undertaking, Lagos City Vice, a soothing 6-track affair that had opened the doorways to the hearts of a number of listeners in order that he was ready to perform a repeat version. This had concerned Wani’s second EP, Lagos Vice City 2 with information like Times Two, Level and Jailer standing out as favourites. 

22. Wavythecreator

 

When Wavythecreator, born Jennifer Ejoke had settled again in Nigeria, she’d captured the curiosity of many who have been interested in her along with her completely totally different type of music and her distinctive voice on H.I.G.H, What You Like by Omagz and Body Deep however she quickly grew to become an elusive act, withdrawing from placing out music to the dismay of followers. 

This backstory should have knowledgeable the creation of her first undertaking, an EP, because it’s titled P.S: Thank You For Waiting. Made up of seven songs with options from Wurld, Tay Iwar, CKay, and Efya, it serves as the proper present for followers who had been ready to hear extra music from her in her otherworldly and ethereal various pop type. With Wurld-featured Harmonies and the Ckay and Efya-bearing Stella Riddim topping various charts, it is apparent that PSTYFW has all it takes to be the present that retains on giving if expertly promoted this 12 months. 

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