Top 10 Nigerian musicians that were the backbone of their record label

These top 10 Nigerian musicians that were the backbone of their record label.

The Nigerian music industry, one of the fastest-growing in the nation, has expanded and improved throughout time thanks to the work of several record labels, and here are the top 10 Nigerian musicians that were the backbone of their record label.

Top 10 Nigerian musicians that were the backbone of their record label
Top 10 Nigerian musicians that were the backbone of their record label

There artistes at a point that was the bedrock or pillar of the record label at a given time

With people like Don Jazzy, Olamide, Davido, Naira Marley and others using their record labels to give young talented acts a chance at fame, it’s easy to see why the industry is evolving.

Top 10 Nigerian musicians that were the backbone of their record label


Innocent Ujah Idibia known by his stage name 2Baba, is a Nigerian singer, musician, pianist, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, philanthropist, humanitarian, and activist.

Prior to July 2014, he went by the stage name 2face Idibia, 2Baba was the bedrock or pillar of Kennis Music

He is one of the most decorated and Afro pop artists in Africa.

2Baba is the first winner of MTV Europe, Best African Act Award in 2015


Olamide Gbenga Adedeji known professionally as Olamide (and also Olamide BaddoBaddoSneh, or simply Baddo) is a Nigerian hip-hop recording artist.

He records in Yoruba and English, in 2011, he released his debut studio album Rapsodi while signed to Coded Tunes.

Olamide was the pillar of Coded tunes in 2012

Wande Coal

Oluwatobi Wande Ojosipe, popularly known as Wande Coal, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter.

With his yearning for romantic ballads, Nigerian singer, songwriter, and producer Wande Coal pioneered the sound of Afrobeats while becoming an international star.

Coal got his start singing in a church choir as a teenager and broke into the music business as a dancer before signing with the Nigeran label Mo’Hits in 2006.

Coal contributed to the 2007 compilation Curriculum Vitae as part of the Mo’Hits All-Stars.

Wande was the pillar of Mohits record at some point when Dbanj start to decline


Wizkid carried the EME record on his back from the beginning till he left the label

Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun known professionally as WizkidWizzy, Big Wiz, Machala, or Starboy, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter.

The recipient of several international music nominations and awards, He signed a multi-album deal with  in March 2017.

In 2019, he was featured on Beyoncé’s project The Lion King: The Gift on the collaboration “Brown Skin Girl”, which won a Grammy Award for Best Music Video.

His fourth album, Made in Lagos, was released in October 2020, to wide commercial success and acclaim.

The album includes the single “Essence”, which became the first Nigerian to chart on the Billboard Hot 100.


Davido was the pillar of the HKN record from the beginning to the end of his contract

David Adedeji Adeleke popularly known as Davido, is a Nigerian-American singer, songwriter, and record producer.

Davido rose to fame after releasing “Dami Duro”, the second single from his debut studio album Omo Baba Olowo (2012).

In 2012, Davido won the Next Rated award at The Headies. Between 2013 and 2015, he also released a number of hit singles and in January 2016 he signed a record deal with Sony Music.


Dbanj was the pillar of Mohit records at some point in his career.

Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo better known by his stage name D’banj, is a Nigerian musician, singer, songwriter, rapper, lawyer, entrepreneur, and television personality.

He has won several music awards, including the awards for Best African Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2007, Artist of the Year at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2009, and Best International Act: Africa at the 2011 BET Awards.

Also the best-selling African Artist at the 2014 World Music Awards, and Evolution award at the 2015 MTV Africa Music awards.

Burna Boy

Burna Boy was the bedrock of Aristocrat record at some point in his career

Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu known professionally as Burna Boy is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, rapper, and dancer. He is one of the biggest and most African artists.

He rose to prominence in 2012 after releasing “Like to Party”, the lead single from his debut studio album L.I.F.E (2013).

In 2017, Burna Boy signed with Bad Habit/Atlantic Records in the United States and Warner Music Group internationally.

His third studio album Outside marked his major-label debut, in 2021, he won the award for Best World Music Album at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards.

Tiwa Savage

When Dbanj and Wande Coal left mo hits record, Don Jazzy formed Mavin record, Tiwa Savage was the queen and the bedrock at some point.

Tiwatope Savage (born 5 February 1980) is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and actress.

Born in Isale Eko, she relocated to London at the age of 11 for her secondary education. Five years later, she began her music career doing backup vocals for artists such as George Michael and Mary J. Blige.

After participating in the UK edition of The X Factor and graduating from Berklee College of Music, Savage signed a publishing deal with  Music Publishing in 2009

Yemi Alade

Yemi Alade was the bedrock and pillar of effizzy music label from the beginning till date

Yemi Eberechi Alade is a Nigerian Afropop singer, songwriter, actress, and activist.

She won the Peak Talent Show in 2009 after which she signed to Effyzzie Music Group, and had a hit with her single “Johnny” in 2014.

Since then Yemi has gained prominence in the music industry and is considered one of the biggest artists in Africa.

Following the releases of her albums King of Queens and Mama Africa the huge commercial success recorded for both albums, made her embark on world tours consecutively.

She won the MTV African Music Awards for Best female in 2015 and 2016 consecutively and was nominated for Artiste of the Year in 2015.

is the pillar and bedrock of the G-worldwide music label until he left.

Oluwatobiloba Daniel Anidugbe, better known by his stage name , is a Nigerian singer and songwriter.

He is best known for his singles “Woju” and “Yeba”, he went by the stage name Kiss Daniel prior to changing it in May 2018.

He founded the Fly Boy Inc record label in November 2017.

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