9 Nigerian Alternative Musicians to Listen to

    The genre of Alternative music has been a topic of many conversations in Nigerian music circles. Many wonder who the real alté musicians, some have no idea what the genre represents.

    9 Nigerian Alternative Musicians to Listen to
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    Alternative music, otherwise known as alté, is a mix of different sounds, creating a fusion of sound that is unique to each artist.

    The genre usually refers to music that is separate from mainstream. A type of music that isn’t commercial oriented.

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    Artists who fall under the alté category are usually radical, daring, and artistic. Some of these artists even consider themselves as poets.

    Although the alternative genre is relatively new in Nigeria, it’s fast gaining recognition and a huge fan base.

    Here’s a list of 9 alté artists to listen to in Nigeria:

    Tay Iwar


    The Afro-fusion artist mixes neo-soul, blues, jazz, raggae, and pop in his songs. Singing since he was 11, Tay Iwar has carved a niche for himself in alternative music.

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    Tay Iwar, 23, has four albums to his name, Gemini being the latest of them. He released his debut album, Passport, when he was 16.

    He’s a songwriter who takes his lyrics seriously, pouring his soul into his music. Listen to his song, Monica, below:

    Odunsi (The Engine)


    He has dominated the alté field with his unique sound, mixing pop with a little bit of R&B. Odunsi is the epitome of Afro-fusion.

    Tipsy, and Happy Hour are some of his songs that you should definitely listen to.


    Zainab Donli, UK-based artist, started out as a rapper before changing her style. She has gone on to create an infusion of jazz, R&B, and hip-hop in her songs.

    Ice-cream, and Cash are some of her popular songs.


    Self described as an electro-fusion musician, the Georgia raised artist is one of the more popular alté musicians in Nigeria.

    Wurld, like most alternative artists, is also a songwriter. Asides from writing his own songs, he helps other artists to write songs.

    He co-wrote ’s Blow my Mind (ft ).

    His sound is a mix of afro-soul, R&B, afro-pop, and hip-hop.

    Listen to his song, Wayo, below:

    Johnny Drille


    Although he had been creating music since his days in MTN Project Fame, he came into the limelight in 2017, when he got signed to Mavin Records by Don Jazzy.

    Drille is a drill master when it comes to love songs.

    Yes, he’s recognized in the mainstream but he’s mostly known for his alte vibe. Johnny Drille continues to steal our breath away with songs like Wait for Me.

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    Most people will remember Idakula for his more popular songs, That Stupid Song (featuring Praiz), You Suppose Know (featuring ), or There’s a Fire.

    Listening to songs by Bez is like listening to spoken word poetry with a beat. His songs have an infusion of soul, R&B, jazz, and a little bit of rock.

    Listen to his latest single, Shine, below:


    She has left her days as a gospel artist behind, proceeding to swaying everyone with hits like, Tiff, Jamb Question, and Joromi.

    ’s sound is so unique, it’s hard to classify it. Her beautiful voice is so emotive, it makes you want to drown in her lyrics forever.

    After leaving her former record label, X3M, in 2019, has gone on to establish her own record label – Studio Brat.

    Her latest single, Duduke is making some waves.


    Best known in the mainstream for his song Ara, and his feature on Oleku. has been setting the bar in alternative music from his days in Chocolate City.

    He’s one of the most radical artist in this list. Pushing the limits, barring any barriers, and creating music in his own way.

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    Olawale has been involved in quite a number of controversies, because of his artistic expression. He considers himself the king of the alternative genre in Nigeria.

    is one of those artists whose sound you can’t help loving, even if you don’t agree with some of his ideals.


    remains an undisputed champ in this category. From the days of Fire on the Mountain until now, she has wowed us with her mix of raggae, jazz, pop, and soul.

    She’s a great instrumentalist and songwriter. knows how to enrapture her listeners, by spinning great visuals with her words.

    In 2019, she finally released her 4th album, Lucid.

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