Many fast-rising artistes have emerged as top trends in 2021 and there’s much expectation from them in the coming year.
As the new year is fast approaching, The PUNCH highlights seven Nigerian artistes to look out for in 2022.
Singer and songwriter, Oyinkansola Aderibigbe, popularly known as Ayra Starr, is a 19-year-old artiste signed to Don Jazzy’s Mavin Records.
The singer has received favourable reviews for her songs such as ‘Away’, ‘Fashion Killer’ and ‘Bloody Samaritan’.
‘Away’ was said to have reached No. 1 on Nigeria iTunes and also peaked atop the Apple Music charts of countries including Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Sierra Leone and Gambia.
To describe Daniel Benson, aka Buju, as one of the most sought after artistes for collaboration, especially for choruses, in the country cannot be considered an overstatement.
The fast-rising afro-fusion singer, songwriter and pianist is behind the chorus (hook) of many current hit songs.
His top features include ‘Feeling’ with Ladipoe, ‘Mood’ with Wizkid, and ‘Peru’ freestyle.
Habeeb Okikiola, aka Portable, became popular two weeks ago for his song titled, Zazoo Zeh, featuring popular singer and rapper, Olamide Adedeji.
Portable has also performed at several concerts with top music artistes such as Tiwa Savage, Wizkid and Davido.
His followership on Instagram has also rapidly increased from 20,000 to over 500,000 followers as of the time of filing this report.
Chukwuka Ekweani popularly known as Ckay, is known for his hit single Love Nwantiti, and has recently attracted international musicians.
A week ago, popular American singer, Ne-Yo, revealed his intention to collaborate with the Love Nwantiti crooner, who also recently announced a collaboration with French producer, David Guetta.
Adindu Victor, professionally known as AV, dominated 2021 with his hit song ‘Big Thug Boys’.
Though released in 2020, the song has received over 10 million streams across music platforms and Nigerians have used the song for Instagram reels and TikTok videos.
He also performed at one of the eviction shows at the Big Brother Naija Shine Ya Eye stage.
Fast-rising star, Lojay, rose to limelight following his latest body of work titled LV N ATTN, which featured Wizkid and Sarz.
Born Lekan Osifeso, the singer’s amapiano-inspired ‘Monalisa’ has become a hit across radio stations and clubs.
Michael Adebayo, professionally known as Ruger, is popular for his two hit songs, Bounce and Dior.
The 22-year-old who is known for wearing an eye patch also featured in Burna Boy’s August Twice as Tall concert in 02 Arena, London.
He’s currently signed to Jonzing Records.