Top Legendary Musicians Still Buzzing The Music Industry…
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Without further ado, we present to you another exclusive editorial content like we always do, undisputedly & exceptionally. It is the ‘Top Legendary Artistes That Are Still Buzzing In The Music Industry’.
15. Reminisce – Remilekun Abdulkalid Safaru aka Reminisce is no doubt one of Nigeiria’s music pioneer. He’s been around for a very long time, even whilst lots of us were still in college. He was featured in 9ice’s sophomore album, Gongo Aso, in 2008. Although he did record an album while he was signed to iD Cabasa’s Coded Tunes record label in 2006, but the album was never released. His appearance in the movie ‘King Of Boys’ which premiered in 2018 shows he is very ambidextrous. He recently dropped an Extended Playlist titled ‘Vibes and Insha Allah’, tracks include Gbedu, Jogodo, Vibes, Eja Osan, Over 2.5, and peoples’ favorite, Ogaranya, featuring Fireboy DML.
14. Angelique Kidjo – Angélique Kpasseloko Hinto Hounsinou Kandjo Manta Zogbin Kidjo, known as Angélique Kidjo, is a Beninese singer-songwriter, actress, and activist who is noted for her diverse musical influences and creative music videos. Virtually everyone on this soil grew up listening to her music. She’s had hits like Agolo, Wombo Lombo (Fifa Soundtrack), Afrika, We Are One, and so on. Just last year, she dropped another Grammy Winning masterpiece, Celia. However, Angela was also featured in Burna Boy’s ‘African Giant’ album which also dropped last year and was also put up for a Grammy Nomination, but eventually lost to her ‘Celia’.
13. Don Jazzy – Michael Collins Ajereh, better known as Don Jazzy is a Nigerian record producer, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He founded the now defunct record label Mo’ Hits in 2004. Following its closure, he set up Mavin Records in 2012. He’s been around since the days of JJC & 419 Squad in the 90s, alongside artistes like D’Banj, MP, Kas, JJC, etc.. He’s produced and featured in hit songs like Why Me, Igwe, Dorobucci, Godwin, Koko, Wine Am Well, and many other. He’s not only one Nigeria’s most successful/accomplished Singer/Producer, he’s groomed artistes like Tiwa Savage, Rema, Johnny Drille, Reekado Banks, Korede Bello, Poe, DPrince, etc.
12. Asa – Asa is no double another Nigerian music mogul. She became prominent after dropping her self-titled sophomore album in 2007, with tracks like Fire On The Mountain, Bibanke, Jailer, and so on. She has consecutively dropped hit albums like Beautiful Imperfection in 2010, Bed of Stone in 2014, and recently Lucid in 2019. No one in Nigeria talks about Jazz & Pop Genre without mentioning Asa. She was recently sighted in the studio alongside Wurld; which signifies another lurking banger!
11. Koffi Olomide – Antoine Christophe Agbepa Mumba, known professionally as Koffi Olomidé, 64, is a Congolese Soukus singer, dancer, producer, and composer. He’s had several gold records in his career. He is the founder of the Quartier Latin International orchestra with many notable artists, including Fally Ipupa and Ferré Gola. He’s had hit albums like Effrakata in 2001, Magie in 2004, Ultimatum in 1997, etc. Of recent, he dropped Mama Amy & Requiem, which is off his Mama Amy EP. He is evidently one of African Music founding fathers.
10. D’Banj – Shey make we tell you the Koko? Lol… Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo, also known as D’Banj does deserve to be on this list. He’s been in the industry for as long as Don Jazzy too has. We could easily streamline or synchronize his discography with that of his old counterpart, Don Baba J. Giving us hits like Why Me, Fall In Love, Oliver Twist, Mobo Lowo Won, Igwe, and so on. Although, things have been tragic for him over the past few years, having lost his first son, dealing with a Rape Allegation, etc. Dapo is truly a mastermind, and we really do not think his musical career is dilapidating anytime soon.
9. Sound Sultan – Lanre Fasasi popularly know as Sound Sultan is another mastermind in the Nigerian Music Industry. We were still toddlers when he dropped Jagbajantis. The video featured the popular songstress, Chidinma Ekile as a juvenile. Later on, he also unleashed hits like Area, Orobo, 2010, Ole, Natural Something, Very Good Bad Guys, Oko Won Lode, amongst others. He’s had affiliations with Kennis Music, his brothet, Baba Dee, 2face Idibia, etc. He recently dropped aa hit song titled Naija Hood Rep, featuring 2face.
8. Femi Kuti – Femi, the son of Afrobeat singer and political activist Fela Kuti, inherited his father’s zeal for both music and activism. The death of his father in 1997 unleashed the beginning of his tremendous discography, having had hits like Beng Beng Beng, Sorry Sorry, Truth Don Die, Dem Bobo, Yeparipa, and so on. Femi has been nominated twice for the annual academy awards, Grammy, in 2012 and 2014. He is no doubt a renaissance man in the industry and in Africa as a continent. May the soul of his father keep resting in perfect peace!
7. Seun Kuti – Another Kuti has made it to our list. This shows how resilient the family has been after the demise of their father. People often say Seun is the reincarnation of Fela, after his appraisal. He’s been very vocal and quick to react when it comes to political affairs, it’s obvious he despises oppression, just like his pedigree. He’s fed our ears with hits like Fire Dance, Giant of Africa, Mr. Big Thief, Rise, African Problems, Mosquito Song, etc. Seun is truly an icon, because he’s conscious of his environment and his social media presence and activism is top notch.
6. Sarkodie – Michael Owusu Addo, 35, known professionally as Sarkodie, is a Ghanaian rapper and entrepreneur. He’s been nominated and won numerous accolades like BET’s Best International Act, MTV Africa’s Best Hip Hop Music, The Headies’ Best Raggae/Dancehall Artiste amongst others. He’s one of those musical-acts to put Africa on the World Map. He’s so eloquent, fast and clean with his flows and word deliveries. His discography includes tracks like U Go Kill Me, Adonai, No Kissing Baby, Original, Pain Killer, Odo, etc. He’s had affiliations with notable Nigeria Musicians like Runtown, Ice Prince, Patoranking, and so on.
5. Wande Coal – Black Diamond himself is regarded as one of the best singers in Africa, today. Having been praised by Wizkid, Mayorkun, Don Jazzy, D’Banj, amongst others. He was recently signed to Don Jazzy’s MoHits Record Label, alongside Dr. Sid, D’Price, D’Banj and K Switch. His sophomore album ‘Mushin 2 Mohits’ which debuted in 2009 made his really prominent. Every tracks on the album was a hit; Wande obviously has no bad records or whatsoever. He just recently dropped ‘Realms EP’ in September, which was streamed over 14million times. Isn’t that a success?
4. 9ice – Photocopy, Ko Easy? You can never be like him! Abolore Akande, also known as 9ice is another African Mastermind. He’s boasted a good longevity in the industry, and we don’t think he’s faltering anytime soon. Imagine what a country without Baba Zion would look like? Boring right? Yeah! He’s blessed us with bangers like Gongo Aso, Bachelor, Photocopy, Street Credibility, Kinda Life, Gbami Gbami, Bluetooth, Living Things, and so on. He’s very energetic when it comes to putting out musics. He recently dropped an EP, titled Tip Of The Iceberg: Episode 1, which has been streamed almost 2million times since it was released.
3. M.I – Jude Abaga Garba, 39, is yet another mogul never to be forgotten. He’s been in the industry for over 14 years and he’s still very much active. He’s one of the best Rappe/Emcee to ever come of this continent. He dropped his Debut Album titled ‘Talk About It’ in 2007, featuring artistes like his brother Jesse Jagz, Ice Prince, Blaise, Wizkid, Gabriel, YQ, General Pype, and so on. Jude allegedly discovered Wizkid before introducing him to Banky W. He has also given platforms to other artistes like Blaqbones, AQ, Yung6ix, Phenom, amongst others. He’s had beef with Iceberg Slim, Kellly Hansome, Vector, AKA, and so on. Isn’t that what Rap music is all about? He’s fed our ears with songs like Safe, Teaser, Short Black Boy, Anoti, Forever, African Rapper Number 1, Undisputed Champion, Beef, Action Film, etc. He recently blessed us with ‘Judah The EP’, and ‘Live Report’ which is a joint-project with AQ.
1. 2face – The number one on the list is none other than The Father of All Nation himself, Innocent Ujah Idibia. 2baba’s consistency and relevancy in the Nigeria Music Industry is out of this planet. He’s been around for over 2-Decades, dropping back to back hits annually. No one in Africa talks about African music without uttering 2face’s name. He’s challenged himself couple of times; like when he detached himself from Plantashun Boiz, and also when he left Kennis Music to unleash his Hypertek musical record label. He’s been surrounded with too much controversies, like when his counterpart ‘Black Face’ allegedly accused him of plagiarizing his ‘African Queen’ track. 2Baba has had more hit tracks than anyone on this list; and we’d implore him not to quit anytime soon.
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There are still multitudes of Legendary African artistes who aren’t listed, like; Sauti Soul, Mafikizolo, Illbliss, Mode 9, Vector, Becca, Duncan Mighty, and so on. We’re not disrespecting anyone by not enlisting their name, this is actually the most we can do.
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*Top Legendary Artistes That Are Still Buzzing In The Music Industry*