The top 5 Nigerian musicians from the diaspora who are taking the culture forward
They claim that the presence of pop music and its proximity to culture in the Nigerian music industry breaks down barriers to diaspora acceptance among fans, music listeners, and industry leaders.
However, as long as artists keep as close as possible, these considerations should not limit one’s ability to pursue one’s aspirations.
Top 5 Diaspora Nigerian Musicians
Nonso’s music breeds romance, breakups, make-ups, and rhythmic balance in vocals. “Tonight”, off the “ALONE EP” pushed his credibility at home.
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Although occasional shuffles between Lagos, Toronto, and the UK have stalled his career, the man will push the limit between R’n’B and the alternative genres.
Mohammed Animashaun popularly known as Moelogo is a British–Nigerian singer-songwriter, has songwriting credits for some notable music projects, including Tiwa Savage’s Celia.
In 2017, his contribution in Jonas Blue’s single “We Could Go Back” as a featured artist scored him a UK Singles Chart entry.
The single peaked at No. 74. It also charted in the US Dance/Electronic Songs chart peaking at No. 34. It is also charted in Belgium, Sweden, and New Zealand.
Just within weeks, the Afro-Canadian Afro-fusion singer scored more than 1.8 million streams across all platforms with her groundbreaking project ‘BT4W (Bigger than four walls)’.
The album featured Runtown, Zlatan, and King Promise.
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Tome also performed on One Africa Music fest’s Hope for Africa virtual concert a few weeks ago.
Tome has deep roots in music which will make her music stand the test of time.
The Nigerian-American singer muscles his way into the hearts of Nigerians in Atlanta, Georgia.
He has also opened for Burna Boy and Mr Eazi during their American tours in 2019.
Toye is also closely associated with Davido and it shows in his charisma as an upcoming ‘Faaji’ singer (a blend of Fuji and Juju genres which he carved for himself).
In the past few months, Toye performed for Colors and released a Wizkid and DJ Tunez inspired cover to ‘Gbese’.
Dolapo The Vibe
The Nigerian who moves between Lagos and the US is growing under the wings of Bankulli, the Nigerian music executive, producer, and singer.
Although, not yet in the mainstream, her vocals serenade in the music she makes.
The US Army officer is also destined to release a project in the nearest future after the highly-accepted “Owo’’ which featured Peruzzi.
Kida Kudz evolved as a boy from Ibadan who was winning rap battles sponsored by soda companies to a man who experimented with sounds influenced by the grime scenes in the UK.
Kida Kudz has worked with almost all the big names and he is still a fan favorite to the mid-age Nigerian who witnessed his rise in music.