Ten Nigerian Artistes To Watch In 2022
Looking back at the year in review, it’s safe to say that 2021 has been full of mixed feelings and uncertainty, especially for Nigerians who dealt with a financial crisis and fluctuating forex rates that led to the arrest of an ‘Aboki’ in London.
However, amid all the instability, one thing has been consistent: music.
Nigerian artistes really took it up a notch last year and showed the world what it truly means to be the Giant of Africa.
Tems, a previous honouree of this annual forecast rose like a phoenix alongside Wizkid who made history by becoming the first African artiste to sell out the 02 Arena in England three times [within minutes] in under a month as well as enter the Billboard Top 10 charts for his global hit song ‘Essence’.
Burna Boy is also scheduled to headline the prestigious Madison Square Garden in the first quarter of next year, just after completing a rigorous global tour and winning his first Grammy all in the same year.
Last year’s honouree, Ckay also rose to global acclaim due to the success of his smash hit ‘Love Nwantiti.’
It’s been phenomenal to witness, and Nigerians everywhere are ecstatic.
Keeping in line with our tradition, for the fourth year in a row, we’ll be highlighting ten Nigerian artistes who have shown massive growth potential and, for the first time, one phenomenal non-Nigerian talent.
Here are the ones to watch in 2022;
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Oyinkansola Sarah Aderibige, known professionally as Ayra Starr, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. Unknown to some of her fans, she started as a model at the age of 16 before making the switch to music.
After covering many songs by popular artistes and sharing them on her Instagram account, she posted her first original song in December 2019. This brought her to the attention of record executive Don Jazzy and led to her signing to Mavin Records.
Since then, she’s been topping charts first with her debut EP ‘Arya Starr’ and subsequently her album ‘19 & Dangerous’. The lead single “Bloody Samaritan” peaked atop the Turntable Top 50 chart, becoming the first solo song by a female artist in the history of the chart to reach the number-one position. She’s definitely on an upward trajectory and it’s exciting to watch her journey to the top.
Lekan Osifeso Jnr. popularly known as Lojay, is a Nigerian musician, singer, songwriter, and performing artist. In 2016, Lojay started his career as a professional musician. He released “Ariel” in October 2019.
He gained popularity early in the year after a collaborative project with Sarz titled ‘LV N ATTN’. The project had only one feature, Wizkid. He grew up on a lot of gospel music courtesy of his mum being a pastor. Lojay would eventually discover other musical influences both homegrown and international that would influence his sound and help him become the multi-talented artiste he’s growing into. He’s on a fast track and 2022 is looking real promising.
The Cavemen are a Nigerian Highlife band consisting of sibling duo Kingsley Okorie, a bassist, and Benjamin James, a drummer. They released their debut single, “Osondu” in 2020 and released their debut album, Roots, in August 2020. The album was recorded in their living room and was fully produced by them.
Since then, they’ve gone on to capture the hearts of music lovers around the world with their electric performances and unique take on highlife that would leave listeners utterly mesmerised.
They also won the 2020 Headies Award for the Best Alternative Album and you can be sure they’re not stopping there. The sky’s the limit for this uber-talented duo.