Many Nigerian artists have been doing the most, but very few have gotten recognition globally.
From the early days of commercialized music until now, Nigerian artists have had the flair and enthusiasm that attracts foreign people their songs, globally.
Great musicians like King Sunny Ade and Fela Kuti, created their sounds, which others have followed.
The footprints of these artists has been closely monitored by other artists walking in their path, creating unadulterated African content to the joy of people worldwide.
Mp3bullet.ng list these artist who have helped Nigeria gain recognition in the music sphere:
10) Yemi Alade
Before joining Universal Music Group in 2019, Yemi Alade had been making money moves that put her fans in awe.
Alade first attained the feat of becoming Mama Africa, with her musical talent spurning across Africa.
Her bilingual skills helped her to achieve recognition in English, and French speaking regions in Africa.
In 2019, Yemi Alade shocked fans by appearing on the red carpet of Disney‘s The Lion King Premiere, alongside Beyonce.
Yemi Alade, was among the only two female artistes featured on Beyonce‘s The Lion King: The Gift album in 2019.
This earned her an appearance on Beyonce‘s recently released visual album, Black is King.
Dbanj is one the artists from the early 2000s that strived to get into the international scene.
Dbanj set the pace for a number of new school artists. He has received over 20 awards throughout his career, from the much acclaimed BET to the revered Headies award.
His song, Oliver Twist made the UK list of R&B Chart, rating as number two in 2012.
Dbanj‘s Bother You was the official soundtrack of Half of a Yellow Sun movie, based on Chimanda Ngozi Adichie‘s book. The cast of the movie, included Chitewel Ejiofor, and Star Trek actor John Boyega, among others.
In 2006, 2Baba‘s African Queen was used as a soundtrack in the Hollywood movie, Phat Girlz.
This set him on the map, continuing his journey as a solo artist, after leaving the Platashun Boyz.
Since then, 2face has gone on to get multiple award for his contributions in the music industry in Nigeria and Africa, both home and abroad.
2Baba has multiple awards to his name, including; MTV Europe Music Award, World Music Award, BET Award, MTV Africa Music Awards, MOBO award, KORA award, Headies and more.
He was the first artist to receive his BET award on the main stage in 2018. This was after Wizkid had called out the BET organizers for shunning Africans by giving them awards backstage.
Davido was also the first Nigerian to perform live at the MOBO awards ceremony in 2017. He’s known for being one of the most featured artists in the world.
He has collaborated with several international artist, the most recent being Chris Brown.
In December 2019, Davido was one of the few artist who attended an exclusive party with Cardi B, featuring prominently on the trap artists Instagram Stories.
Recently, Davido performed on Jimmy Fallon’s The Tonight Show.
6) Tiwa Savage
Tiwa Savage is the first female musician to win the MTV European Music Awards for being the Best African Act, in 2018.
Preceding this feat was her sold out concert in 02 arena, London; becoming the first African female to achieve such an accolade.
Tiwa has performed on the world stage, singing alongside Beyonce, Jay Z, and many more at the Global Citizen Festival in 2018, in honor of Nelson Mandela.
She had previously performed with Jay Z, at his Made in America concert in 2017.
The 49:99 singer was featured in Vogue as one of the Top 100 Inspirational Women in Fashion, in the world.
In 2018, Tiwa also got recognized for her contributions to music, listed alongside 9 other women for changing the face of music globally on British Vogue.
In 2019, she was featured on Beyonce‘s album, The Lion King: The Gift, getting a single to herself. Afterwards, Tiwa Savage announced her signing with Universal Music Group.
The Pepsi ambassador continues to put herself on the map.
Multi-talented Afropop singer, Wizkid has gained worldwide recognition for every step he takes.
From having a sold out concert at 02 arena in London, to walking on the runway of Milan Fashion Week for Dolce and Gabbana – with Naomi Campbell on his arm – Wizkid continues to secure the bag globally.
In 2018, Wizkid collaborated with world renowned sports apparel designer to launch the Starboy merch, which sold out in minutes.
The Nike × Starboy apparel had to be relaunched, for more fans to get their hands on it.
In 2019, Wizkid was unveiled as an ambassador of the United Bank of Africa, adding to his list of ambassadorships.
Wizkid is one of the top stars in Nigeria, who can boast of a Pepsi ambassadorship and a feature on Beyonce‘s The Lion King: The Gift album.
4) Burna Boy
The African Giant who seemed to fade off after his song, Like to Party, came back with a boom.
One major step into recognition for Burna Boy, was when his single, Ye, got the attention of Kanye West fans.
Apparently, Kanye released his album which was also titled Ye, at the same time Burna‘s Ye was topping the charts in Nigeria.
This coincidence led to widespread love for Burna Boy worldwide, garnering him international fans who got attuned to his sound.
Arguably the king of modern Afrobeats in Nigeria, Burna Boy has set the pace for a number of artist to follow, by getting a Grammy nomination in 2019.
World renowned entertainers including, Kourtney Kardashian and Rihanna have been seen vibing to his songs.
Burna Boy performed at Coachella 2018, alongside Beyonce, Mr Eazi, among others. He’s also the first Nigerian artist to be featured on The Daily Show by Trevor Noah.
3) Femi Kuti
Refusing to ride on the coattails of his father, Femi Kuti has since become a renowned jazz artist on his right, while still pioneering Fela Kuti‘s vision.
The saxophonist has numerous accolades, winning multiple awards. He also got several Grammy nominations, for the Best World Music Album category.
Femi Kuti all voiced the Grand Theft Auto IV videogame, acting as the host of radio station International Funk 99.
2) King Sunny Ade
Sunny Ade is a living legend of Nigerian music, and the kind of the Juju genre of music.
The live performer has had hits upon hits, which got him multiple awards for his achievements.
His songs are not just revered by Nigerians or Africans, even people of the Western world and developed countries vibe to his tunes.
King Sunny Ade is so well respected for his delivery, and performance that his music got featured in the 1983 film Breathless, starring Richard Gere.
He also has a soundtrack on a Hollywood comedy One More Saturday Night (1988).
Very few people know that he also starred in a Hollywood movie, O.C. and Stiggs, in 1987.
Fela Anikulapo Kuti is the father of Afrobeats, in fact he created the sound, and charted the path.
When he was alive, Fela had the respects of fans worldwide who loved his kind of music.
In his death, many fans (old and new) celebrate him in the annual Felabration which takes place worldwide, in different countries.
The Felabration which is hosted in Lagos, at the Afrika (Fela‘s) Shrine, boasts of tourists yearly. The event has since become an official tourist site in Lagos, dubbed so by the Lagos State Government.