Nigeria is widely known both for its Nollywood movies and the music industry as well. The best artist in Nigeria can be found not only as seasoned actors, film producers or scriptwriters but also within the Nigerian music. And if you still do not know who is the most popular musician in Nigeria in 2018, keep reading!
Top 10 best musicians in Nigeria
The list of famous Nigerians among the music industry celebrities is growing. Also, there is a tendency for more female artistes to take a prominent spots in this industry. So, do not waste your time and read this post to know who is the best musician in the country, as well as the most popular Nigerian musicians worldwide according to charisma, talent and voice.
Before his solo career, Kcee worked with his friend and fellow artist, Presh, for 12 years under the stage name, KC Presh. Since then he has released various tracks including Limpopo and Pull Over which show how talented he is. Moreover, his song Limpopo was titled the song of the year at the Headies 2013. Kcee is also known to be the brother to the business tycoon, Emeka Okonkwo.
9. Tiwa Savage
Tiwa Savage is one of the young talents, who has already released many songs in a short time of her musical career. Some of her works are Kele Kele Love, Eminando, and Ife wa gbona. And she has worked alongside such famous music icons as Eminem, 50 Cents, Black Eyed Peas, and Robbie Williams. While she was studying at the Berklee College of Music, she entered the 24 finalists in the UK X-Factor music gala event. Now she is named the richest and most popular female Nigerian artist and titled First Lady of Mavins Record.
8. Yemi Alade
Yemi Alade has released various songs such as Heart robber, Charlie, Single & searching, Knack am, and others. Her song Johnny was a real musical breakthrough for her, and it gained more than 69 million views on YouTube. Yemi has made various appearances and performs not only in Nigeria, but in other countries as well.
Olamide Adedeji, also known as Olamide, is a Hip-Hop artist and a songwriter. He started his music career in 2010 and since then has released 7 studio albums: ‘Rapsodi,’ ’YBNL,’ ‘Baddest Guy Ever Liveth,’ ‘Street OT,’ ‘Eyan Mayweather,’ ‘THE GLORY,’ and ‘Lagos Nawa.’ One album ‘2 Kings’ is a compilation one and was recorded alongside rapper Phyno. It sounds impressive that Olamide has released seven studio albums in 6 years. His hit singles are ‘Eni Duro,’ ‘First of All,’ ‘Voice of the Streets,’ ‘Durosoke,’ ‘Story for the Gods,’ ‘Goons Mi,’ ‘Bobo,’ ‘Lagos Boys,’ and the smash street anthem ‘Wo.’ He is also an owner of his record label ‘YBNL Nation’ and was awarded at Best Rap Album Awards and Album of the Year Awards. He also won Best Male Artiste in Africa at AFRIMA.
6. Banky W
Oluwabankole Wellington, also known as Banky W or ‘Mr. Capable,’ is a singer, songwriter, actor, and rapper. His singing career started a long ago when he was eight years old and decided to sing in his church choir. Banky W albums are ‘Undeniable,’ ‘Back in the Building,’ ‘Mr. Capable,’ ‘The W Experience,’ and ‘R&BW;’ his hit songs are ‘Undeniable’ and ‘My Regret.’
He is the owner of his record label, Empire Mates Entertainment(E.M.E.) and has won many awards. He was titled the 2003 R&B/Soul Artiste of the Year at the Urban Independent Music Awards in 2006, at the Nigerian Entertainment award for the RnB/Soul artiste of the yea.
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David Adeleke, also known as Davido or OBO (Omo Baba Olowo), is one of the top Nigerian musicians. His is known for IF, Fall, Dami Duro, Aye, Gobe songs and many others. He is both famous and wealthy Nigerian music artist, whose songs If and Fall has gained over 60 million views on YouTube. David Adeleke is also a co-owner of the HKN Music label with his brother Adewale Adeleke.
4. 2Face Idibia
2Face Idibia is Nigerian music legend, whose breakthrough in music internationally was the African Queen song. His music career began very early, and now he is a very successful musician, who has won such Music and Entertainment awards as the KORA, MOBO, MTV, BET, and Channel O Music Video Awards.
D’banj, whose real name is Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo, was named the Best Performer of the Year for his Fall in Love and Oliver Twist songs. He is not only a successful musician and talented singer but also a television star and entrepreneur. Before starting a prosperous solo music career, he was Don Jazzy's partner and worked with him on various projects. He is also known for his remarkable performance at the African Cup of Nations in 2013, and now he is one of the greatest Nigerian musicians of all time.
2. Don Jazzy
Michael Collins Ajereh, also known as Don Jazzy, is one of the richest Nigerian musicians. He is a music producer, songwriter, and director. This great artist has great vocal and charisma. Don Jazzy is widely known for his hit songs such as Eminado, Looku Looku, Arise, Dorobucci Highlife, Adaobi, and Jantamanta. He has worked with the best artists in Nigeria, such as Iyanya, Korede Bello, Reekado Banks, Tiwa Savage, and others. Moreover, he is an award-winning artist and won the Headies award twice in 2011 and 2014, as well as the Producer of the year titles from the Nigerian Music Awards and the Nigerian Entertainment Award and City People Entertainment Award.
Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, also known as Wizkid, started singing when he was only 11 years old. Now he is perhaps, the most famous Nigerian musicians. One of his hits that brought him popularity is the Halla at ur boy song released in 2010. Moreover, Wizkid is well-recognized and has received the Grammy awards. He also has collaborated with many worldwide artists including Chris Brown, Kendrick Lamar, Trey Songs, Drake, and Alicia Keys. Wizkid is the richest and the most famous top Nigerian musician, who lives like a king with his luxury cars, electronic gadgets, and mansions both in his native country and abroad.
You have seen the top 10 best musicians in Nigeria, and now it is up to you personally choose your favorite one! The choice can be difficult because all celebrities listed in our post are unique and extremely talented. Listen to and enjoy their music!