24 Nigerian musicians to look out for in 2024

A new class of up-and-coming performers enters the fiercely competitive Nigerian music scene every year, and they are all expected to put forth their best effort.

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In the industry, artists such as Nezaboy, Big Boi Tee, Qing Madi, Llona Yarden, Shine TTW, Amada Goodness, and others have established themselves. However, for them and a few other rising stars, 2024 may be the year without limits.

Although nothing is sure, we constantly search for fresh music, therefore without any particular order, here are our top twenty-seven Nigerian musicians to look out for in 2024:

Qing Madi

Qing Madi

The smash song “See Finish” propelled Nigerian singer, composer, and dancer Chimamanda Pearl Chukwuma, better known by her stage name Qing Madi, to fame.

Madi, a Nigerian musician born in Benin City, Edo State, is reshaping music with her own brand of genre-bending pop, soul, R&B, and Afrobeats. The Nigerian singer-songwriter began her career at the age of seven and has almost ten years of experience under her belt. She is a master of her profession.
Inspired by Kendrick Lamar’s lyrical compositions and overall artistic vision, Qing Madi hopes to use her unique style of brilliance to permanently alter the course of the business.

She is gradually establishing herself in the Afrobeats business with her scorecard in 2023, as she is expected to be.

Llona

Llona

Michael Ajuma Attah, better known by his stage name “Llona,” is a young, talented songwriter and recording artist from Kogi State, Nigeria. His songs mostly feature dancehall, R&B, and modern Afrobeats.

Llona started his musical career at a young age, and the release of his debut single, “Nobody,” in 2019 marked the beginning of the end for his career. Since then, his fan base of those who value his distinct voice has increased progressively.

Llona made a stunning comeback with the release of her charming new blockbuster hit single, “HBP.” With the release of his remix of Bella Shmurda’s hit song “HBP,” he became incredibly famous.

Known for his extraordinary musical abilities and captivating demeanor, Llona has been able to win over audiences all over the world and establish himself as a major player in the music industry.

Llona, a talented and up-and-coming singer-songwriter, blends a variety of genres—from modern Afrobeats to R&B and dancehall—drawing inspiration from renowned artists like Olamide to create a distinctive and colorful musical tapestry.

Yarden

Yarden

Born on August 2, 2000, Okereke Blessed Jordan, better known by his stage name Yarden, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. Although he was raised in Lagos State, he is from Abia State. He has a distinct sound with a dark, funky, and menacing atmosphere that the world can embrace and relate to on an infinite scale. He hails from a family of musicians and entertainers.

With Etins Record Limited, the 20-year-old Afrobeats artist is now signed. Since his first musical performances in school and church, Yarden has delighted in the challenge of bringing heart to songs. and began performing music professionally in 2019. He began performing music in 2018 as well.

His tracks, such “Wetin” and “Busy Body,” have received an odd amount of attention.

Yemzzy

Yemzzy

Yemzzy made a name for himself as one of the artists to look out for in 2023 after breaking out on the music world less than a few years ago with his debut single “Only One” in 2020.
The Afropop artist has released a number of projects over the past two years to demonstrate that he is the new kid on the block.

Yemzzy’s first significant project since the start of his musical career was his EP, “Son Of Moses.” In his repertoire, he also has a few singles and covers.

Following Yemzzy’s release of the single “Tire,” which was devoted to numerous young Nigerians opposing the country’s current situation amid the #EndSARS drama, the EP was released.

The song addresses a number of issues that impact Nigerians, including “Police Brutality,” “Corruption,” and the intimidation and murder of peaceful protestors who are calling for a better Nigeria.
The song was a follow-up to his hits “Remember,” “Blessings,” and “Only One,” which are still receiving a ton of radio. Yemzzy is a natural talent with a strong musical background and consciousness, as seen by his most recent effort, the “Vibes B4 Sun Dawn” EP. His goal is always to produce music with a message, which is represented in his sounds and lyrics.

Shine TTW

Shine TTW

Nigerian musician Chukwuma Chinaza Ferdinand, better known by his stage name ShineTTW, hails from the southeast region of the country. He attended Anambra Secondary School, where his talent for beatboxing and singing made him a popular choice for the role of “class entertainer.”

Growing up in a creative home with a DJ father, his love and interest in music are firmly ingrained in his DNA and early years. In 2018, he made the decision to pursue music full-time.
He calls his style of music “Afro-Sentio.” Sentio, which translates to “experience” from Latin, wants listeners to feel the same way he does with each song. He hopes to capitalize on the current Afrobeats craze by spreading his rich, immersive sound throughout Africa and beyond.

As a relatively new artist in the music industry, Shine TTW has made a big impact with songs like Designer, Enjoy Yourself, and No Religion. Airwaves are still filled with his late tune Alinko.

Based on the degree to which these songs have resonated with popular culture, Shine TTW might be at the top of the charts in 2024 with his next releases.

Raebel 

Raebel

Nigerian musician Raebel is now carving out a niche for herself in the music business with a new style that combines elements of reggae/dancehall, Neo-soul, alternative R&B, and traditional Nigerian cuisine.

Raebel’s biggest success of 2022, “Miniskirt,” was a freestyle that she performed initially before working with producer Timbun to make it a blockbuster hit record.

She continued to write songs in 2023, and her most recent offering, “Kash and Karry,” shows that she is still up to something for her followers—especially THE RAEBELLIONs, the moniker given to her global fan base.

Moonlight Afriqa

Moonlight Afriqa

Afro rhythms and Afro-fusion are expertly blended by Moonlight Afriqa, who possesses an amazing vocal range and remarkable compositional skills, to create an unmatched and invigorating musical experience.

Raised in both a Muslim and a Christian home, Moonlight Afriqa was born Imaekhai Richard Igebina. At the age of four, he started playing the drums after his uncle exposed him to music.

His first EP, “Tales By Moonlight,” features an entrancing assortment of intriguing soundtracks that skillfully combine captivating narrative with Afro-fusion rhythms.

The main track on the EP, “Love Dimension,” released in May and has since taken the music scene by storm, spreading throughout Ghana and Nigeria.

Enjoy the enchantment of Moonlight Afriqa’s songs as he gives the industry a fresh and original spin.

TML Vibez

TML Vibez

Born in 2000, Timileyin Sulaimon is a gifted singer and songwriter from Nigeria who goes by the stage name TML Vibez. He is gaining recognition for his extraordinary talent and is making notable progress in the Nigerian music scene.

With his contagious enthusiasm and melodies that transcend genres, TML Vibez, who recently signed to Seyi Vibez’s record label “Vibez Incorporation,” is poised to dominate the music industry.

Following the release of his debut effort, the “Timileyin EP,” TML Vibez shot to the top of the charts with his track “Goated,” which featured Seyi Vibez, the head of his label. Be cautious around him.

Gdzilla

Gdzilla

Gdzilla’s musical adventure, which sprouted in 2023, sprung from the vibrant heart of Lagos State. It is more than just a career choice; it is the fruition of a longtime desire and an emotional odyssey. His music creates a captivating environment by skillfully fusing classic Afrobeat rhythms, which are ingrained in Lagos culture, with a modern twist.

Gdzilla is a brother to Ruger and Rema because he is signed to DPrince’s Jonzing Record company.

Gdzilla’s artistic skill explores the many strands of Lagos State’s past, fusing social concerns with personal tales. His lyrics speak louder than words themselves, bearing witness to his unwavering connection to his heritage and his passionate desire to use music as a vehicle for social change.

Gdzilla is a force to be reckoned with in 2024 because of his dedication to breaking down barriers and questioning conventions. He is destined to ignite the music industry with honesty and talent.

Ninety

Ninety

At a time when the Afrobeats genre is changing due to the influence of Gen Z and Late Millennials on traditional music genres, Ninety whose real name is Alabo Tuonims. 

Ninety is making his way around the globe as a musical staple from Port Harcourt. Ninety, formerly known as Ninety6, is an Afro-Fusion musician that skillfully combines Dancehall, Pop, R&B, and Reggae into a seamless combination.

We anticipate an increasing trajectory in Ninety’s growth in 2024 because of the new fluidity that Ninety brings to the tsunami of sounds being made in this multi-genre. Songs like Smoke and Chill, Sharp Attack, Touch and Follow are just a few examples.

Smada

Smada

Adams Olabode, better known by his stage name Smada, is a multi-genre performer and songwriter. From Alternative to Afro-Pop to Indie to Afrobeats.

He has a record deal with NATIVE Records and Def Jam Recordings.
Smada has become well-known for his ability to write upbeat, groove-filled songs that appeal to a wide range of listeners. In Lagos, Nigeria, I was born and raised. His professional career began in 2017.

Taking cues from the vibrant Nigerian music scene and global electronic artists, he set out to build his own unique sound.

Ayox

Ayox

Nigerian singer-songwriter Ayox is also known by her stage name, Ayomide Bakare Iyanuoluwa. When he was twelve, he recorded his first song. He is an Afrosoul musician whose spirituality and musical taste were shaped by his father’s taste. Legendary performers like Beautiful Nubia, Orlando Owoh, Wale Glory, and Olamide Baddo were among the songs he grew up listening to.

His first big break came in 2023 when he covered Libianca’s song “People,” which brought in a ton of prominent industry stars, like Akon, Chris Brown, BU, James, Don Jazzy, Gibson Kagni, Bankulli, and a ton of other luminaries.

High life, Fuji, Afrobeat, Hiphop, and especially R&B & Souls are all blended together in Ayox’s music. He claimed that singers Olamide, Burna Boy, Fireboy, Jahmiel, Justin Bieber, and Giveon Evergreen are among his musical influences.

With “Walking Dead,” which features Zlatan, Ayox honors the late Mohbad, to whom he has been compared. The song reflects on the fleeting nature of existence and implies that, up to death, we are all like the “walking dead.”

With Zlatan’s captivating charisma and Ayox’s amazing ability to create infectious, chart-topping tunes, “Walking Dead” offers a fitting and incredible coda to this extraordinary musical odyssey.

Major AJ

Major AJ

Among the most colorful voices emerging from Nigerian music is Major AJ, particularly in light of the current trend of the genre leaning toward R&B/Pop monotony.

Born on April 8th, Ajogwu Boluwatife Vincent grew up accompanying his mother and grandmother to church rehearsals, which is where his passion for music began. While studying computer science at the University of Ilorin, he never wavered in his devotion to music.

His unique style of Electronic Funk, Pop, R&B, and other influences transports listeners to the heyday of the 1980s, when artists like Fela Kuti, Steve Monroe, and William Onyeabor thrived with their unique sounds of escape.

He entered the studio as soon as he graduated in 2019 and released his debut single, “Terminator,” in February 2020. More recording possibilities resulted from this, and in April he released “Original Love.”

He dropped a single in 2021 titled “SALO,” which attracted the notice of Chocolate City’s A&R. The rest is history, as they say.

He released his EP, Retroverse, in 2022, and one of the year’s best love collaborations was his 2023 song, “My Own,” starring Blaqbonez.

Tariq

Tariq

Tariq Oluokun, a Nigerian singer-songwriter better known by his stage name TAR1Q (pronounced “TAH-reek”), is signed to Chocolate City Music’s Nutrybe development academy. He is renowned for his poignant narrative, captivating stage presence, and chameleon-like ability to meld several genres. He is blessed with a silky voice and tone.

His sound, which he refers to as “Neo-Afro,” combines pop, hip-hop, traditional R&B, and modern Afrobeats. He also lists Frank Ocean, K1 de Ultimate, and Post Malone as major influences on his sound and theatrical presence. He was born in Benin City and at the age of twelve fell in love with music.

2018 saw him make the decision to pursue music as a career and start experimenting with his sound. He started out as a trap-rapper who loved to mix words together. Later, he developed a taste for melody and chants, which he has combined to produce a distinctive and moving sound.

Tar1Q has graduated from the Academy after a year of recording music, with a complete portfolio of 100 unreleased tracks and a strong grasp of his sound and brand. Being an introvert, “His Music” precisely expresses his feelings instead of providing an avenue for escape.

His sophomore album, “All I Felt,” which was published in 2023, represents a significant turning point in his career development as it demonstrates his growth as a musician.

Eli Jae

Eli Jae

Abuchi Elijah Emedem, a.k.a. Eli Jae, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and performing artist. Born and raised in Port Harcourt, he liked writing songs and serving as a backing act for other musicians before deciding to pursue his own music career. His sound skillfully combines alternative music, Afro rhythms, and R&B.

Growing up in a home where everyone liked and embraced music, he was exposed to a wide variety of sounds and genres that affected his love of music.

He enjoyed listening to gospel, dancehall/reggae, hip-hop/rap, early 2000s rnb/soul, pop, and early afrobeat music.

“Novo Amor, Ed Tullet, Hailaker, The Japanese House, Miguel, Frank Ocean, and Chris Brown are some of my musical inspirations.” I admired their presentation of music to the world and their view of it as art.

Eli Jae’s music showcases his diverse influences, ranging from gospel music to Fela’s Afrobeat, with a stunning blend of pop, R&B, and Afrobeats.

His debut EP, “Blend,” which he published in September 2023, demonstrates his artistic growth by inviting listeners to view the world through his musical lens and narrating an engaging story in each song.

Noon Dave

Noon Dave

Alumnus of Peter Kings College of Music, Nigerian AfroPop singer-songwriter Noon Dave draws inspiration for his songs from his wide exposure to various genres, absorbing aspects from Pop, R&B, Soul, and, of course, Afro Beats to create his own sound.

After Noon signed with Chocolate City in 2022, his breakthrough song Brunch dominated radio playlists and made him a rising star.

His position was cemented by his sophomore single, “Hillary,” which talks about a toxic relationship ending and learning to live and love once more. Noon can effortlessly make amazing music that everyone can relate to, and she has appeared on tracks by peers like Blaqbonez.

His method of creating music is undoubtedly one that will ensure his continued relevance for a very long time.

Brown Joel 

 

Brown Joel

With the goal of being a symbol of hope and an ambassador of excellence, Brown Joel shines via songs inspired by a portion of his ideas, surroundings, era, and experiences from a location where many generations are struggling.

Agubosim Favour Brown was born in Lagos, Nigeria, and reared there. Joel writes music from the heart that speaks of joy, safety, peace, and friendship messages that awaken the mind and spirit. a positive attitude These allusions, however, are not restricted because his music addresses a wide range of related topics and subjects.

The musician is a virtuoso and fantastic performer who is prepared to impress his listeners. He has a targeted fan base of the popular culture’s trending generation (Gen-Z).

Kold AF

Kold AF

Kold AF is a young Afrofusion performer from Nigeria. Kold AF’s ascent to fame was a well planned path, highlighted by a pivotal era of her artist development during which her sound exuded assurance and confidence.

She blends a dynamic combination of musical styles with her own unique inventiveness, all supported by her skill as a songwriter.

She has so far put out two interesting EPs: the two-song “Kold Szn” EP from 2022 and the “Kollided” EP from 2023, which she co-produced with French musician BGRZ.

It is impossible to dispute her amazing ability to blend genres. You’ll be persuaded after listening.

Muis

Muis

Lagos, Nigeria-born Muis Ajao Oyindamola, better known by his stage name “MUIS,” is a gifted singer, composer, and musician. In 2018, while MUIS, originally known as King AMO, was enrolled in the University of Lagos’ third year of study for Medicine and Surgery, he began his professional music career.

In 2021, he inked a management agreement with Chase Music and was featured in the extended playlist dubbed “The Chase EP,” which topped the Apple Music Nigerian pop album rankings upon its release.

His song “Want You,” which he collaborated on with Jinmi Abduls, was included in Audiomack’s “Best Song Of The Week” playlist. With the release of his song “Pon My Mind,” which quickly became a fan favorite, Muis shot to fame.

He changed his name and began using MUIS in 2023. He released “SAATI RAMONI,” one of the most inspirational songs of 2023. It peaked at number 11 on Spotify’s viral charts, received airplay from radio stations, garnered numerous co-signs, and undoubtedly established him as one of the most gifted up-and-coming musicians in Nigeria right now.

With the success of this song in the Nigerian music scene, Muis’s EP is now one of the most eagerly awaited releases among up-and-coming artists in 2024.

His music, which he defines as experimental yet nostalgic, has made him a rising star in the AfroFusion genre, and he is expected to become one of the greatest exports of Afrobeats in history.

Amexin

Amexin

Kalu Born on July 25, Daniel Onoh, better known by his stage name Amexin, is a Nigerian singer-songwriter who combines folk and Afrobeat to create a distinctive sound. In 2022, Amexin inked a publishing agreement with Ultra International Music Publishing and a record deal with Estlon Music.

DJ Tunez and Amexin partnered to create the self-titled EP “Amexin” in 2023.

It’s evident that Amexin is a romantic in both his character and the themes he sings about. Nature is what drives him. What he means by gorgeous is the unity that occurs among variation and the wholeness of every species bound by nature. It is this fact alone that inspires him.

The singer’s EP suggested that he wasn’t even here to perform, and his December 2, 2023, Pop Central live presentation revealed that there will be more.

Twelve XII

Twelve XII

Twelve XII calls himself a sound engineer, producer, singer-songwriter, and noisemaker. In 2015, he started playing with different styles and instruments, and by 2018, after visiting Bantu Studios, his first studio ever, he was considering turning his passion into a career. His life had completely altered when he requested his mother for a guitar when he was 12 years old.

“By creating music that I and others like me can connect with, I hope to be a conduit of emotion, soul, and self,” states Twelve XII.

The music of Twelve XII, which draws inspiration from amazing musicians like Michael Jackson, Sampha, and Khalid, creates a surreal connection between listeners.

He’s honed his craft to the point where, under the guidance of regular collaborator Tay Iwar, he creates a fusion of smooth afro-fusion, sweet future soul, euphoric alternative R&B, and even enigmatic trap; a sound palette that has caught the attention of radio host Rebecca Judd, superstar Tems, and rap duo Show Dem Camp.

With the initial airing of his 2023 release “Undercover Lover” on BBC Radio One in the UK as well as numerous other radio stations and music platforms, Twelve XII amassed a listenership fan base of 100,000.

Amada Goodness

Amada Goodness

AMADA GOODNESS, a.k.a. DC Poundzy, is a gifted singer-songwriter and vocalist. He grew up in Ughelli, North Delta State, where he was born.

He uses music as a means of communicating his inner ideas.

Amada Goodness claims that his surroundings, attitude, and songs by icons like Burna Boy and Wizkid all influence his music.

The young artist talked about how he got started in music, saying, “I started out singing in the church, played keyboards, drums, and eventually ended up creating songs for myself.”

I had to quit remixing other people’s songs and start making my own music at some time. Reading Wizkid’s biography inspired me, and I haven’t looked back since.
Amada Goodness began his professional career as a musician in 2023, but based on the caliber of his releases, it appears that he has already mastered the craft.

NezaBoy

NezaBoy

The Nigerian musician NEZABOY is incredibly gifted. He began writing music at a young age. His ability to create music in a variety of genres and languages from around the globe is what makes his music so beautiful.

Ever since he signed with JTUNESWORLDWIDE in 2019, he has recorded more than 300 unpublished songs. Since then, he has also dropped three stunning tracks.

Boogie Man (2021), Wagwan Teelan (2022) (double single compilation), and BADDERZONE (2023) (double single compilation) were the releases he made.

Nezaboy has also been included in a number of the top playlists on several international streaming services. Across all streaming platforms, he has received over a million streams.

Big Boi Tee

Big Boi Tee

Big Boi Tee, also known as David Azuma, began creating music at a young age. The youthful artist can compose in a variety of musical styles.

He has put out catchy songs and one EP.

In 2023, he released the EP LOVE, SPACE & TIME. In 2023, BIG BOI TEE also released FLAMERS and Chiburu Oma.

He is now working on AETERNUM, his debut album.
BIG BOI TEE has received over a million plays across all streaming platforms and has been included in numerous top playlists on various platforms worldwide.


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