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2018 Expectations for Nigerian Music

With over 186 million inhabitants and the 20th largest economy in the world, Nigeria is constantly adapting and evolving on numerous fronts. The Nigerian music industry is one that has expanded so much in the past years and is now arguably the largest music industry in Africa.

The Wizkid Music Revolution Continues

While some of the global classic music aficionados might be familiar with the most renowned Nigerian composers, such as Fela Sowade or Babatunde Olatunji, more and more people are starting to get familiar to more modern artists that have revived and transformed Nigerian music. Artists like Wizkid, Davido, Tiwa Savage or Mr. Eazi have constantly raised the bars and remixed in the most unexpected and original ways, those classic values that had defined the local scene in the last decades. With numerous achievements and even more unforgettable Nigerian music concerts that have gathered thousands of fans, the year 2017 might seem to have been the ultimate peak of the Nigerian hip hop music. Nevertheless, the recent evolutions and music performances of younger aspiring artists can only disprove this.  While names like Tekno, Kiss Daniel, Lady Donil or Maleek Berry are on the tips of everybody’s tongues much like free betting tips in the streets today. Whether they have been officially announced or simply confirmed, the next albums from each of these rising stars have already generated incredible reactions all over the internet. Nigerian music critics all agree that even though the actual course of the music industry in 2018 remains unpredictable, the following three upcoming albums are most likely to have a huge impact and leave a profound mark:

 Teckno “Teenage Dreams”

So far, Alhaji Teckno has proven an incredibly skilled Nigerian music songwriter and composer, managing two memorable singles in 2017, the thrilling “Go”, and the heart-melting “Mama”. Each of them has reputed numerous appearances in the Top 10 Nigerian songs with the most Google searches. And to top it all, Teckno has taken the Wizkid music level as well as his involvement to the next level, producing for huge names like Davido. His recent studio photo next to the infamous Drake has only contributed further to the fuss and excitement with which his fans are waiting for the new release.

 Maleek Berry “First Daze of Winter”

Maleek Berry released his first music material way back in 2011, and since that moment on, he never looked back. Showing a constant evolution both in singing as well as writing, Maleek managed to produce one most appreciated and warmly received materials in Nigerian music, the “Last Daze of Summer” from 2016. As the first month of 2018 is coming to an end, everybody is looking forward for the promised sequel, “First Daze of Winter”.

Lady Donil “TBA”

As for transitions to the big stage and the big public, there seems to be no one more prepared for this transition than Lady Donil. This incredibly talented female artist has already gained the respect and appreciating of the entire Nigerian music community with her to EPs, “Letters to Her” and “Wallflower”, only to outshine them through her astonishing live performances. She stands to be the perfect symbol of the new Wizkid music generation, and everybody agrees that she is more than prepared to take things to the future, and grow her acts substantially.

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