Mp3bullet.ng presents Nigerian artists who took after their Parents in Music.
Some Nigerian artists didn’t just discover music by chance but because their parents were actually musicians.
Most parent hopes and wishes that at least one of their children would pursue a career in the same field as them, and even better, that they will outperform them.
Several past Nigerian musicians nurtured their children to follow in their footsteps in the music industry, but only a handful of them have gone on to become larger stars.
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Here is a list of some Nigerian artists who took after their parents.
Darey Art Alade
The Nigerian artist is the Son to Modupe Arthur Alade, popularly known as Art Alade was a famous Nigerian highlife/jazz artist in the sixties and seventies.
Darey is noted for his lyric writing and unique musical style, and he has written hit songs such as Not the Girl, Style na Style, Follow me Go, and many others.
Femi Kuti is an internationally acclaimed Afrobeat artist and the son of Fela Anikulapo Kuti, the Abami eda himself.
He is one of Nigeria’s most successful musicians. With several Grammy nominations, his song was used in GTA IV and was sampled by a number of international artists, including Jayz and Jcole.
Since the founding of his band ” Positive force” in the 1980s, he has been keeping the Nigerian flag flying.
Barry Jhay comes from a succession of Nigerian music royalty. The singer’s father is Sikiru Ayinde Barrister. He coined his stage name, Barry Jhay, from his father’s name. Barry Jhay simply stands for Barrister Junior.
Ayinde Barrister was a Yoruba singer/songwriter and music performer. He is regarded as the pioneer of Fuji music. After his first break into music in 1965, Ayinde Barrister went on to release over 70 studio albums.
A national award recipient, Barrister died on December 16, 2010.
His grandfather was Isaiah Kehinde Dairo, popularly known as IK Dairo. The late singer, IK Dairo was a notable Nigerian Jùjú musician who was a Member of the Order of the British Empire. An MBE is the third highest-ranking Order of the British Empire award.
He is also the nephew of veteran singer, Paul Play Dairo.
Gabriel Afolayan (GFresh)
Gabriel Afolayan is the son of Sir Adeyemi Josiah Afolayan, also known as Ade-Love who was an actor and musician famous for the Hit Single Taxi Driver and Iya ni Wura.
Gabriel, who is also an actor, is well known for his hit singles “Kokoro Ife” and “Awelewa“, and has gained popularity in the Industry.
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Rapper and “Angel of My Life” Crooner is the son of Isaiah Kehinde Dairo, better known by his stage name I.K Dairo, a well-known Juju singer who dominated the Nigerian music scene from the 1960s to the late 1980s.
The singer is recognized for songs such as Mo so rire, a remake of his father’s big tune, happy day, Forever, and was one of the artists who performed when Bill Clinton visited Nigeria in 2003.