The year brings new resolutions that we will surely break, new trends, and a brand new slate of artists who are stepping up to the spotlight. The entryway for potential fans to reach these artists usually starts from social media buzz, and grows from there, as things such as blog hits and Vine loops determine the cream of the crop that will dominate our feed. From melodious hooks, highly infectious verses to practically genre-less music genius, the rookies of this year are possibly the most eclectic bunch in quite some time. Catch up to the future with our list of the 5 artists that we feel will have a major impact in years to come.
- Kiss Daniel
Kiss Daniel started his music career professionally 2013 after his tertiary education, when he came across G-Worldwide Entertainment CEO, Emperor Geezy. After being signed to G-Worldwide entertainment, he released his first official single “Shoye” which was produced by Beatburx on May 1, 2014, along with a music video was directed by MEX. Daniel released his second single “Woju”, produced by Dj Coublon on September 1, 2014. The video for Woju, released by Adasa Cookey, was shot in Lagos, Nigeria. The song spent eleven weeks on the MTV Base Official Naija Top Ten, including six weeks at the number one spot.
Daniel then recorded and released a remix of “Woju” featuring Tiwa Savage and Davido. “Woju” and its remix peaked at Number 1 and Number 2 respectively on the MTV Base Official Naija Top 10, the first time that an original song and its remix would peak at the first and second positions on the chart. A cover of the song performed by 2face Idibia appeared online.
In May 2015, Daniel released a third follow up single “Laye” on his birthday, along with a video two weeks later which was shot in different locations in eastern part of Africa and was directed by AJE FILMS
We expect a whole lot more hits from Kiss Daniel?? I am sure you would agree
Hadiza Blell, better known by her stage name Di’Ja, is a Sierra Leonean–Nigerian singer, visual artist, fashion designer and songwriter. She is currently signed to Mavin Records. In 2009, she released her first single “Rock Steady” which was nominated for Best Urban/R&B Single at the 2009 Canadian Radio Music Awards. Moreover, she won the Best New Artist award at the 2008 Beat Music Awards.
Her music career started in 2008. In 2012, Di’Ja released several singles including “Dan’Iska (Rudebwoy)”, “Hold On (Ba Damuwa)” and “How Can We Be Friends”. On February 14, 2015, Don Jazzy announced the addition of Di’Ja to Mavin Records. Her first official single under Mavin Records was also released on February 14, 2014. The song, which is titled “Yaro”, is an up-tempo celebration of love and commitment against all odds. It infuses Hausa and Krio dialects in honour of her Nigerian and Sierra Leonean roots.
In May 2014, Di’Ja was featured on “Dorobucci” alongside label mates Don Jazzy, Dr SID, Tiwa Savage, D’Prince, Korede Bello and Reekado Banks. In May 2014, an animated video was released for “Dorobucci”. As of 21 June 2014, “Dorobucci” has received over 12 million downloads since its release. Di’Ja was featured on “Arise” alongside Don Jazzy and Reekado Banks.
We lover her song Yaro and Know she will give us more sweet tunes
Patoranking started his performing arts career as a street jam and carnival dancer. In a 2012 interview with Entertainment Express, he said that his stage name was given to him by a Jamaican artist whom he met at Alpha Beach in Lagos. Patoranking has cited Buju Banton, Bob Marley, Fela Kuti, Lucky Dube, Chaka Demus, Majek Fashek, Blackky, Blackface, Tuface and Marvelous Benjy as his key musical influences.
On 12 September 2013, Patoranking released the video and audio for “Alubarika” simultaneously. The song literally translates to “God’s Blessings” and features vocals from Timaya. The music video for “Alubarika”, which was shot by AJE Films, ran for 4 minutes and 16 seconds. According to an article posted by Victor Akande of The Nation, Patoranking described the song as a summary of his life as a musician. He also said that the song opened doors for him in terms of building a fan base and working with established musicians.
In February 2014, Patoranking signed a record deal with Foston Musik and ended his affiliations with Dem Mama Records. During an interview with Toolz on NdaniTv’s The Juice, Timaya said that Patoranking left his label and was never officially signed.
On 4 February 2014, Patoranking released “Girlie O”, a song produced by WizzyPro. The music video for the song was shot and directed in London by Moe Musa. It was released on 5 February 2014, a day after the audio release. In the music video, Patoranking liberates his next door neighbour from domestic violence by expressing his innate feelings to her.
Foston Musik released “Girlie O Remix” on 19 May 2014 to critical acclaim. The song features vocals from Tiwa Savage. It debuted at number 9 on MTV Base’s Official Naija Top 10 chart. Tiwa Savage told Ehiz of the aforementioned chart show that she admires Patoranking’s music and decided to reach out to him to do the remix. The music video for “Girlie O Remix” was also shot and directed in London by Moe Musa. Joey Akan of the Pulse commented on the song and said that “On the new remix, the basic winning elements were not discarded. They were retained and improved. The beat, chorus, and dynamism were held onto, and major work put into the lyrics.”
Patoranking was featured on Seyi Shay’s “Murda” single alongside Shaydee. The song was produced by Dokta Frabz and released on 1 April 2014. On 11 May 2014, the music video for “Murda” was uploaded onto Vevo. It was directed by Meji Alabi for JM Films.
Patoranking has got the whole world dancing to his infectious melodies and wicked riddims. His new song “My Woman My Everything” in which he featured Black Diamond’s Wande Coal is a smash hit. You hear the song and you wanna dance.
Pato got the FIRE!!!!
WazzyDee Omogbolahan Tajudeen, or ‘WazzyDee’ as we all know him is an exceptionally talented and highly promising young singer and song writer. Born on 3 January in Lagos, Nigeria, WazzyDee was raised in Lagos, Nigeria. Although he discovered his singing and song writing abilities at a tender age, he ruled out a career as a musician as he felt his shy personality would be better suited elsewhere rather being in the spotlight that comes with being a top artiste. More importantly, he did not think his parents, who placed a premium on higher education, would approve of a career in music.
In the year 2012, WazzyDee moved to working on his music production skills under House of ACE in house producer Crisace Andrea. During his spare time, he found himself either listening to, or writing and singing songs. In 2014, WazzyDee, who had previously ruled out a career in music, had a change of heart as friends and some family members recognized his immense talent and constantly urged him to try and develop it. It was then he started to reach out to several music producers to help transform his raw abilities and artistic ideas into top quality songs.
Since his graduation in May 2015, WazzyDee has hit the streets of Lagos to promote his great music, with shows and interviews. He currently has 4 singles available for download. Other artists, and pundits have called him the next “big thing” on the Nigerian music scene. WazzyDee’s unique voice, melodies, beat making and writing skills is unlike anything we have heard in the music scene. WazzyDee is currently signed to House Of Ace and is being managed by House Of ACE Music Group
WazzyDee makes the “jammest” (yes you heard that word here first) tunes at the moment. Listen to his new singles and see why he is next rated to be a top billing
Wazzydee – Bebe nlo
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WazzyDee – Quality Something
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- Korede Bello
Korede was born in Lagos State, South Western Nigeria to parents who were music fanatics and went on to finish his basic and secondary school education there. He started performing at the age of 7 by the stage name African Prince and went on to write his first song after forming a music group with a friend while in primary school. He started music professionally by recording songs in the studio while in secondary school through the support of his parents before he went on to release his first single “Forever”. He holds a National Diploma certificate after studying Mass Communication at the Nigerian Institute of Journalism.
After the release of his first single which got relatively positive reviews, he was introduced to Don Jazzy by his manager Casmir after which they recorded some songs together which got Don Jazzy impressed. On 28 February 2014, he got signed to Mavin Records under which he has recorded popular songs like “African Princess” and “Godwin”. He is currently working on his first studio album and cites Asa and 2face Idibia as people he draws inspiration from.
Korede became one of Africa’s promising acts after his infamous “Korede Bello wink” in the music video of “Dorobucci”, a chart-topping song by Mavin Records artistes . He has a large fanbase of people called “Bellovers” with over 200,000 followers on social media.
Korede Na God Win!!!!
Deborah Oluwaseyi Joshua (born 21 December 1985),professionally known by her stage name Seyi Shay, is a Nigerian based English singer-songwriter, recording artist, performer, and record producer. She wrote and produced three songs for the soundtrack to Konami’s video game Crime Life: Gang Wars (2005). She also wrote “You Will See”, a song that was included on Melanie C’s third studio album Beautiful Intentions (2005). Shay wrote “White Lies”, a song from Chip’s Transition album. In 2008, she became the lead singer for the now defunct pop girl group From Above. The group signed a recording deal with Sony/Columbia and was managed by Mathew Knowles’ Music World Entertainment company. Shay is currently working on her debut studio project. She has released the singles “Irawo”, “Ragga Ragga”, and “Chairman” to support the upcoming album. In November 2013, she signed an endorsement deal with telecommunications service provider Etisalat.
Shay was introduced to Sound Sultan during his visit to London in 2011. After listening to some of her demos, Sultan convinced her to relocate to Nigeria and pursue her musical career there. During a project with Sound Sultan in the UK, Shay was introduced to Cecil Hammond of Flytime Promotions. Hammond signed Shay to his record label (Flytime Music) and decided to launch her solo career in Nigeria. In 2013, Shay departed the record label. During a November 2013 interview with Kehinde Ajose of Vanguard, Shay said she joined Flytime Music to promote her brand. She said that while signed to the record label, she was very much in control of her brand. Moreover, she said she still has a relationship with the label
Off the heels of signing to Island Records, songstress Seyi Shay put out a new video for this sensual number titled “Right Now” produced by award winning producer and songwriter ‘Harmony Sammuels’
Seyi got the looks, the goods and the tools. She is the total package