2019 has been one of the best years for many Nigerian acts.
New acts graced the music scene in 2019.
Rema, Joeboy and Fireboy all recorded hit songs and dropping a total of five projects.
In 2020, new artistes are going to take up the space and spearhead the industry.
In 2019, Wizkid, Tekno, Tiwa Savage and others as on Beyonce’s Lion King: The Gifted album while the African Giant album, Burna Boy bagged a Grammy Award nomination for World Music Album for his epic performance on his fourth studio album “African Giant”.
With 2019 coming to an end, artistes are gearing up to take over in 2020. Record labels and management firms have already started creating new promotional strategies to enable their acts blow up next year.
Here are top 5 artistes that will blow up in Nigeria in 2020.
Lagos based singer Oxlade real name Ikuforiji Abdulrahman Olaitan is currently one of the young new acts tagged to change the face of the Nigerian music industry. Like many other Nigerian artistes, Oxlade started his journey from the church – alongside creative videographer Naya Effects and became the junior choir master not long after.
With the help of social media and digital streaming platforms including SoundCloud and YouTube, Oxlade warmed his way into the hearts of many music lovers. He has released quite a number of songs including Iyanu, Ojoro, Questionnaire, and more.
His mid tempo 2019 single “Shugar” is an underrated masterpiece that will be appreciated in time to come. His lyrical prowress could be likened to that of Fireboy DML. Oxlade is the young kid that’s gradually gowing to limelight. We expect to see more fire from him in 2020.
Crayon, the new face of Afrobeats, brings street experiences. He’s inspired by Fela, Drake, Justin Bieber, Bryson Tiller, Wizkid and Davido. He has a fresh sound: colorful music blend of pop and local groove.
‘Colorful’ is the keyword – he merges elements of pop, afro-oriented sound, Latino music, and Carribean sounds into his artistry.
After joining the second imprint of Nigeria’s leading record label, he was featured on the June 2019 MAVIN single, ‘All Is In Order’ – his first-ever video shoot. Following the glimpse we saw on ‘All In Order,’ he released his debut EP, “Cray Cray”. Off the EP is his hit song “So Fine”.
Crayon bagged his first international collaboration featuring on Kalash’s album ‘Diamond Rock’ on a song titled “Bad Gyal”. He was also nominated for Headies Award’s ‘Rookie of the Year” award 2019. All these he recorded in his 8 months career. This could only be a prove of the great things coming in 2020.
3. Barry Jhay
Barry Jhay’s fuji influences were instantly recognizable on his breakout single, “Aiye”, but it was his motivational lyrics that earmarked him as an artist to watch. He has since kept up his reflective and spiritual persona through subsequent releases.
Barry Jhay has had an eventful career so far. He has kept his game clean, linking up with plugs and collaborating with many. Barry was featured on Zlatan’s debut album “Zanku” and has over 6,000 subscribers on Youtube,
His talent is raw, untapped and irresistible.
Despite not having much financial support, Barry has sold out his brand with the hope of getting more fans to accept his sounds.
4 Bella Shmurda
Bella Shmurda is a Nigerian singer and songwriter who rose to firm after his singing the remix of his ‘Vision 2020‘ song with YBNL boss, Olamide. He has formerly appeared on all top pages of instagram influencers after his video clip with his school mates vibing to his “Vision 2020” single went viral.
Though literally starting off his career, Bella Shmurda has garnered over a million views on Youtube, featured Olamide and Zlatan and it’s set to launch a successful career year in 2020.
He is one of the top new artistes that will definitely blow up in Nigeria in 2020.
Mix Naija Entertainment frontline act T-Classic is another act to watch out for. He literally took charge of his career in 2019 with his single “Nothing Pass You”. Despite the huge numbers the hit track has given him, he was omitted in Headies Awards 2019 nominations which raised eye brows.
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