The Nigerian music industry is no 1 in Africa and one of the best in the world. The style of Naija artistes is amazing and unique from their counterparts across the globe. Nigerian artistes are known as the gods of Afro-beat. These artistes have judiciously explored the Afro genre of music and gave birth to awesome genres classified under afro such as ; afro-pop, afro-juju, afro-RnB etc. Other than the Afro genre, Nigerian artistes also produces hit jam under the rap, dancehall, reggae, soul, etc genres. Talking about great artistes in the industry, we can’t help but make mention of the likes of Burnaboy, who was just nominated into the 2021 grammy’s award for the second time in a row, Davido, who recently entered Billboard charts, our one and only Machala 1 (Wizkid), etc, who have made us proud globally.
However, there are still some artistes who the public applaud and the recognition is nothing compared to the great body of works they do. Below are the 5 most underrated Nigerian artistes;
OLAMIDE (BADOO): Olamide is arguably the most underrated Nigerian artiste at the moment. He started as a rapper with his first hit titled Eni Duro. Ever since then, Olamide has been giving us luscious jams. Olamide gives his fans hits every single year making him one of the most consistent artistes we’ve heard in Nigeria. In case you haven’t listened to his music before (which I know it is not possible..lol), do well to listen to his latest album- Carpie dem. You will love it.
Kiss Daniel (VADOO THE GREAT): Signed to G-worldwide entertainment, Kiss rose into stardom after he released Woju in September, 2014. Kiss is now under flyboy entertainment. Vadoo has quite a number of hits that moved the music industry. His style and linguistic lyrics are so dope and lit. he released an album this year titled- King of love. Biko!…make sure you listen to it . you are missing a lot if you don’t jam kiss songs.
BRYMO: I’ll call Brymo, the Nigeria John legend or maybe Sam Smith. Brymo’s style is very unique and classy. He calls his music genre ijinle orin Yoruba, and Yoruba soul. Brymo has been consistent over the years but the applaud his songs receives is way too low for his quality. If you haven’t listened to Olawale Brymo before, do your ears some good by listening to these albums of his; Yellow, Klitoris, Son of Kapenta, Tabula Rasa….
ADEKUNLE GOLD (AGBABY): AGBABY is your baby! I bet you’ll believe this intro of his if you do listen to adekunle’s songs. Formerly signed to YBNL records owned by Olamide. Adekunle is well known for his beautiful love songs. Adekunle gold has 3 amazing albums to his name. Most of the Nigeria populace do not listen to him because he started off as a love singer, but, AGBABY has really evolved and this new Adekunle’s style is all your ear needs. Download his latest album titled- Afropop vol.1 and feel the magic.
CHIKE: Chike is one of the new artistes in Nigeria, whose style is phenomenal and edgy when compared with the new artistes emerging in the industry. His album, Boo of the Booless made justice to this argument. His vocals and lyrical contents makes him unique.
If you feel there is an artiste that should be in this list, please drop them in the comment section