Mp3bullet.ng presents Nigerian artists who have directed their own music videos.
Most Nigerian artists don’t stop at singing, some of them go the extra length of directing their own music videos.
Nigerian Artists are talented individuals who have proven that dropping bars into a mic isn’t the only skill they possess.
For some of them, their other skills revolve in supplementing their singing abilities, while others have skills that are outside the sphere of music.
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In this article, Mp3bullet.ng takes a look at Nigerian artists who have directed their own music videos.
Wizkid- Made in Lagos Deluxe short film
2021 was a good year for Wizkid who dominated the international music scene for thanks to his “Made In Lagos” album. That same year he decide to drop a deluxe album which featured four extra tracks, “Anoti”, “Steady, “Mood” and “Essence remix”.
The release was followed by a short film on the deluxe album which was directed by Kuukua Eshun and Wizkid himself, showcasing the celebrated singer’s keen fashion sense and commitment to dazzling cinematography.
Burna Boy- Last Last
In anticipation of his forthcoming album, Burna boy dropped the first single of the project, Last Last“, a heartbreak themed song. The Chopstix-produced song samples Toni Braxton’s “He Wasn’t Man Enough.”
Much like Braxton’s 2000 breakup tune, “Last Last” finds Burna Boy reflecting on romantic woes to the rhythm of a bouncy, mid-tempo beat.
Immediately, he dropped the music video for the song which he revealed was directed by him.
Alte singer, Santi’s been around for a while, having consistently released a number of projects and visuals since 2016.
He directed or co-directed the majority of the visuals, demonstrating his versatility as a multi-disciplined creative.
One of his popular work is on the video for his 2019’s “Sparky” song.
Despite the disturbing graphics depicting the murder of a young boy, Santi’s ability to comment on and convey difficulty while delivering feel-good music is truly remarkable.
Three young ladies star in the extremely cinematographic video, which uses saturated colours to tell a story about death, rage, sadness, friendship, and betrayal.
Terry G- Jump & Pass, Run Mad, Free Madness, e.t.c
Terry G is one of Nigeria’s multi-talented artists and one of the most inventive entertainers we know. Terry G is not only a musician but also a music producer and director of music videos.
He is credited for directing videos such as Jump & Pass, Run Mad, Free Madness and most videos under his TGP entertainment.
Ayra Starr- Bloddy Samaritan
Ayra Starr might still be a newcomer in the industry but the Gen Z artist has gained massive fame and accolades in the short period she entered the industry.
In 2021, she released the hit song, “Bloody Samaritan” which was the first single off her debut album, “19 and Dangerous“.
She directed the video for the song. Ayra Starr told Notion in a new interview that she has always wanted to direct a music video and that Bloody Samaritan provided her with the excellent opportunity to “show off.” On Monday, November 15th, 2021, the interview was published.
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In her words;
“So, I’d always wanted to direct a video, and the thing about “Bloody Samaritan” was different from my other music videos. I’ve always been very extreme as an artist, almost trying to show off.
With “Bloody Samaritan”, I wanted people to see my personality and style as authentically as I could translate into video form. I wanted people to see my character.
For the video, I had a tiny budget to work with, which pushed my creativity. I had to call my friends and be like please show up for me guys, just come to the video shoot and vibe with me. Like that’s what it was, just me and my friends were having fun. Very grungy, very low budget, just showing me as the teenager I am.”