International Women’s Day: New School Nigerian female artists changing the landscape
To celebrate International Women’s Day, Mp3bullet.ng honours the New School Nigerian female artists who are reshaping the music scene.
The growing popularity of new school female Nigerian artists have pushed other young female artists to push the boundaries of their abilities in order to get into the mainstream.
Here are some of the young Nigerian artists who are shaping the scene in honour of International Women’s Day in 2023.
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Born on June 11th, 1995, Temilade Openiyi, known betters as Tems, rose to prominence after she participated in Wizkid’s 2020 single “Essence” which garnered a Grammy Award nomination.
Following the release of a remix featuring Justin Bieber, the song also reached its peak at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100.
At the 65th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, she received her first Grammy Award. The singer won the ‘Best Melodic Rap Performance’ category for her work on Future and Drake’s smash hit song “Wait for U” in 2022, making her the first female Nigerian artist to do so.
As a result of her contribution to Rihanna’s song “Lift Me Up,” which was made for the film “Wakanda Forever,” Tems became the first Nigerian artist to be nominated for an Oscar.
Tems also made history in 2022 when she became the first female musician from Nigeria and Africa to take home the Best International Act award at the BET Awards.
Sarah Aderibigbe, better known by her stage name Ayra Starr, was born on June 14, 2002. She shared her first original song on her page in December 2019 after recreating a number of well-known songs on Instagram. This resulted in her signing a contract with Mavin Records.
With the release of her self-titled extended play and its number-one single “Away” in early 2021, the musician gained widespread acclaim.
The track prepared the stage for the August 2021 release of her debut full-length mixtape, 19 & Dangerous. The album, which is mostly classified as Afropop and R&B, has received positive reviews from critics.
The lead single, “Bloody Samaritan,” reached the top of the Top 50 chart, making history as the first solo track by a female artist to do so.
Ayra Starr received widespread notoriety on a global scale in 2022 when her hit song “Rush” was released.
Ayra made history by becoming the youngest African female artist to get 100 million views on a single YouTube video and the first to do so in less than five months with the help of the song.
Also, she broke a record by becoming the only female artist from Nigeria to have a solo song score on the UK Official Singles Chart.
Guchi is the stage name of Ugochi Lydia Onuoha, a Nigerian Afropop singer who has been making waves in the music Industry.
Her debut single, “No Be Jazzy,” was published in April 2019, and after signing with PG Records Entertainment, she released “Addicted” later that year, followed by “Closer” and a 5-track EP, I Am Guchi, in October 2020.
The song “Jennifer,” which she first published in February 2021 and later re-released in June 2021 in a remix with Tanzanian singer Rayvanny, became the subject of a TikTok viral challenge.
The song “Benzema,” named after the French footballer Karim Benzema, made its debut in October 2021 at position three on the Billboard Top Triller World Chart.
Despite Street Hop being dominated by men, Akiode Blessing popularly known as Candy Bleakz has managed to rise from the shadows.
Also known as Ladies Dragon, Candy has been in the industry for a while but found mainstream fame after signing with Chocolate City in 2019 after which she dropped “Owo Osu”, “Kelegbe”, “Won La”, “Tikuku” and others.
Omolade Oyetundun popularly known as Lade first found fame as the voice behind the popular Airtel 444 commercial. However, she found fame after a snippet of her hit song, “Adulthood Anthem” went viral.
Millions of people were drawn to the song as young adults entering adulthood could not help but think back to the simpler times when their parents were in charge of their welfare.
However, as they grew older, learned to live on their own terms, and started families, they realised that life was not as easy as they had thought.
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