Each year there are artists that edge closer to making their big break into the mainstream of Nigerian music, some are relatively new to the scene, some have been grinding for years before making their presence felt, while some merely caught our attentions with their talent alone.
Here are Nigerian Next Rated Artiste To Watch out For In 2016 that should see their fortunes drastically improve in 2016 if they put in the required work.
Tekno has been on our radar for quite some time now, way before Made Men Music Group (Triple MG) signed him up in late 2013.
With his stellar remake of Ice Prince’s “Oleku“ and his chart topping single – “Holiday” featuring Davido you could tell the singer, dancer and producer had what it took to churn out a smash hit single.
Though he had constantly delivered buzz singles like “Dance” and “Everything”, 2015 was the year he finally scored a smash hit.
“Duro” was one of the biggest songs of 2015 in Nigeria, the Triple MG act followed that up with “Wash” which is currently enjoying massive airplays across the entire nation.
2016 promises to be a very good year for the young singer, and if he can keep up his current momentum, he will surely shoot-up to the super-stardom status in no time.
There is no denying the ascendance of X3M music songstress and songwriter – Simi in the last 12 months. Her 2015 single – “Jamb Question” was received with rave reviews from fans and critics alike. A guest appearance by Falz on the video and remix made the song even bigger.
She followed “Jamb Question” up with the dance tailored single – “Open And Close” a fusion of pop and fuji. Her own guest appearance on Falz’ “Soldier” is also noteworthy.
Simi is a fantastic songwriter, one of her secret weapons is her storytelling ability evident in most of her songs coupled with her soothing voice.
Simi is expected to drop a body of work in 2016 that should hopefully take her a step closer to belonging to the top tier of Nigerian music.
Tinny Entertainment signee – Ycee took quite some time to get his groove on. He released a slew of singles since his debut in 2012, mostly misses, but the young rapper kept grinding until he finally struck gold in 2015 with the crossover single “Jagaban”.
The catchy song with heavy instrumentals also boasts of a remix with Olamide which made the already blown song even bigger. Ycee quickly followed that up with an impressive single dubbed “Omo Alhaji” which is doing quite well with the release of the visuals.
There is a lot of promise for the 2015 rookie of the year winner at the Headies.
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