The music industry is a sky that everybody can fly in; its fun to fly but hard to learn, without practice and consistency you will fall. ‘Soldier go’, ‘Soldier come’ our elders tell us but that’s how the Nigerian music industry plays.
Each year young and vibrant artist come into limelight and take the spotlight making hits and being the best in the game. A good number of artists whose name didn’t ring a bell in the previous years lingered in 2018 and became a household name in such a short period of time.
Here is our list of promising and fast-rising artist to look out for in 2019 in no particular order
- TENI THE ENTERTAINER
It’s very easy to admire teni, for carving a niche for herself in the music industry without the influence of her big sister Niniola who is already a big brand.
For someone like teni who is androgynous and comfortable in her own skin, I mean we all know she is a ‘tomboy’ as carved her own path to success. She initially started by entertaining us with creating hilarious videos and covers of songs on Instagram. She got signed by Shizzi into Magic Fingers Records and later moved on and got signed to Dr. Dolor Entertainment.
Her first hit single ‘FARGIN’, which was initially a freestyle got a lot of views and immediately became a hit. She followed up with a series of hit singles including the likes of Askamaya, Case, jersey and Pray featuring Phyno. In the space of a year, she won the headies award for ‘Rookie of the year’ at the 2018 edition and she is already becoming an A-list Artist in Nigeria and a household name. Be on the lookout for Teni next year because this is just the beginning.
- Johnny Drille
You don’t need any confirmation that the mavin artist johnny drille which 2019 will make it his second year under mavin is becoming the prince of soulful pop. He held his debut headline concert in October ‘johnny’s Room live’ where he delivered with an intimate performance and got the crowd in a soulful mood.
The singer, who dropped ‘hallelujah’ with Simi this year, has shown himself worthy to his fans and 2019 will definitely be another year for him.
If you think Peruzzi is not holding to his name then you are wrong. The DMW singer, definitely had an impressive year featuring on songs like ‘mind’, ‘Aje’, and gave us the hit song ‘Amaka’ with 2baba.
We can say he is the father of features, as he was one of the most featured acts this year. His style and favorite phrase ‘I’m loosing control’ as been stuck on everybody. We want to see more of Peruzzi and sure is one to watch out for in 2019.
Mystro the multi talented singer/ producer is another to look out for; he started the year with his single ‘Sugar’ and followed up with his collaboration with wizkid ‘immediately’.
He also teamed up with Tiwa savage in ‘Guwu’ and also featured on Dj consequence’s ‘Do like That. Mystro has got the groove and the potential to make it big in 2019.
Oladips the rapper, he first became known in 2015 with his verse on Blaqbonez’s ‘South Africa must go’. In 2018 he blessed us with the street anthem ‘Lakukulala’ and went on with ‘O sure’. He has proved he is good at what he does with other collaborations and oladips is one to look out for in 2019.