Who are the youngest Nigerian musicians? Why have they become so popular? Have you ever heard about Ozzy Bosco? What kind of music do they play? Find out more about new musical superstars in the article.
The whole Nigerian music industry has extremely grown in 2016. There have appeared plenty of innovative young musical stars. They have become very popular lately due to their true inspiration, willingness and really great music. Who are they – new Nigerian music celebrities? Therefore, we give you the list of the leading young Nigerian music artists.
Ozzy Bosco opens the list of the youngest Nigerian musicians of all times. When he was just five years old, the boy released his primary single “Sweet Mama”. Ozzy was born on January 7, 2007. At the age of 9 he sings, dances and composes all the time. The kid has already performed in many celebrity shows together with such adult stars as Ifeanyi Ubah and Sentor Ike Ekweremade. He is a constant participant of the major music shows in Nigeria.
Everyone in Nigeria knows Ozzy as Wonderkid and the winner of the 7th season of Nigerian Kids Got Talent. Moreover, he is undoubtedly the only one from the youngest Nigerian musicians to be signed Brand Ambassador by the Lagos Waste Management Authority.
At the age of seven, Ozzy already received over twenty-five prestigious awards such as:
- The best Entertainer Act at the age of four;
- The best Gospel Child;
- The youngest Nigerian musician;
- The Most outstanding Young Artiste.
At the moment Ozzy Bosco has already released over twenty overwhelming singles and six videos.
Davido – David Adeleke
David Adeleke was born on the 21th of November, 1992 in Atlanta, the USA. When he was young, his parents moved back to Lagos. Davido (the singer`s stage name) is a celebrated Nigerian performer, recording artist, and producer.
In 2012, his first album Omo Baba Olowo was finally released. Amongst Davido`s the most popular hits are “Dami Duro”, “Feel Alright”, “Back When”, “Overseas”, “All of You”, “Ekuro” and many others.
In winter 2016, in his Twitter Davido declared that he had signed a record contract with Sony BMG. Millions of his fans were extremely astonished by this news.
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Wizkid – Ayodeji Balogun
Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun is another extremely talented young star in Nigerian music industry. He was born on 16th of July 1990. Now the guy is worldly known as Wizkid (the artist`s stage name). It is one of the most popular and talented songwriters, recording artists, and performers in Nigeria.
At the age of ten his musical career started. At that time the boy released a joint album with Glorious Five under the name “Lil Prinz”. In 2009, Wizkid signed a record arrangement with Banky W.'s. Moreover, the young singer has cooperated with a number of famous artists. Therefore, he was featured on such hits as:
- “Sexy Mama” – ft Iyanya;
- “Girl” – ft Bracket;
- “Bad Girl” – ft Jesse Jagz;
- “Fine Lady” – ft Lynxxx;
- “Slow Down” – ft R2Bees;
- “Pull Over” –ft KCee;
- “The Matter” – ft Maleek Berry.
Presently the singer is mostly known for his unbelievable hit “Pakurumo”, that opens Wizkid`s “Superstar” album.
Brymo – Olawale Ashimi
This well-known Nigerian songwriter was born on 9th of May, 1986. His musical career started when he was a thirteen years old schoolboy. In 2010, he signed a record contract with Chocolate City.
In 2007, Brymo`s initial studio album was released under the name Brymstone. It took his devoted fans another five years to wait for the next album TheSonOfaKapenta that appeared in 2012.
The third collection of his best songs was released in 2012. It is called Merchants, Dealers & Slaves. It was highly praised by both fans and the severest musical critics. On 9th of May 2016 Brymo released his 5th album – Klĭtôrĭs. It consists of eleven tracks.
D'banj – Oladapo Oyebanjo
Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo was born on 9th of June, 1981. Everybody in Africa knows this marvelous singer as D'banj. He is one of the best Nigerian songwriters, singers, and entrepreneur. Oladapo also plays harmonica professionally.
D'banj started to sing at the age of nine. At the moment the musician has already won more than a few music awards, counting such as:
- 2007 – The Best African Act at the MTV Europe Music awards;
- 2009 – Artist of the Year at the MTV Africa awards;
- 2011 – The Best International Act awards;
- 2014 – The Best-selling African Artist at World Music awards;
- 2015 – Evolution award at MTV Africa awards.
D'banj is now recognized globally for his astonishing summer hit “Oliver Twist”. In 2011, this song actually was at the very top of all African charts. In 2012, Oladapo Oyebanjo reached #2 in top-10 hits of the United Kingdom R&B chart.
In spring 2016, T.I.N Magazine has placed D'banj on the first place among the richest Nigerian solo singers.
Waje – Aituaje Iruobe
Aituaje Iruobe was born on the first of September, 1980. In 2007 she started to sing. The girl chose the name Waje as her stage surname. She is the only young singer in Nigeria with vocal range covering three octaves. Waje took part in the remake of P-Square’s “Omoge Mi”. She also has mutual projects with M.I's (One Naira”) and Banky W's (“Thief My Kele”).
Are there any other popular young Nigerian singers?
Of course, there are many of them. We just give you a short list of the most celebrated and successful ones. But Nigerian music industry is full of prominent young performers who are just starting their way to the Musical Olympus.
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