With several predictions here and there, one thing is certain for the Nigerian music industry in 2018 – it will be an interesting year for both mega and emerging artistes. Although the previous didn’t see the breakthrough of any artist in particular, 2018 promises to have loads of them and we are banking on these to steal the spotlight this year.

Based on their level of performances, acceptance and achievements, below is a list of artistes to watch in 2018;

  • Nonso Amadi

The Covenant University graduate came through with the self-produced hit single “Tonight”. The song gathered over a million YouTube views and his follow up songs such as Radio, Long Live the Queen and other singles have received positive reviews from fans across the world. He released an EP titled WAR with Odunsi The Engine in 2017 and scored a few other collaborations. He is definitely an act to watch out for.

  • Yovi

The LRR signee is another massive talent to watch out for in 2018. Signed by Reminisce in 2017, he dropped the mild hit Amen and followed up with the remix featuring Mayorkun and Lil Kesh. His second single, All For You was also well received. We await new materials from the talented dude this year.

  • Peruzzi

The For Your Pocket crooner was picked up by Davido’s DMW in 2017 after being credited for penning down lyrics to Davido’s mega smash hit “FALL” and “FIA”. The remix to For Your Pocket featuring Davido is gaining momentum on airwaves nationwide.

  • Dapo Turbuna

‘Eyan le blow any goddamn time’, with songs like Nothing and African Lady and a befitting remix to Nothing featuring YCEE and Olamide, Dapo Turbuna seems not to be in the industry to play. Armed with a wonderful voice and the Tinny Entertainment resources, he is definitely an act to watch out for in 2018.

  • Bella Alubo

Also signed to Tinny Entertainment, Bella Alubo is one diva to watch out for. With a unique voice, appealing looks and excellent lyrics and delivery as evidenced on Radio featuring YCEE and Kokoka feat Tinny mafia, it is crystal clear that Tiwa Savage and the rest should watch their back in 2018.

  • Davolee

After his verse on the smash hit, Pepper Dem featuring his label boss, Olamide, Davolee dropped Festival Bar, Cirocing and Oya Gbeff which all achieved moderate success. However, we expect more from the YBNL signee as he takes over the Yoruba rap scene in 2018.

  • Zlatan Ibile

One of the biggest single of 2017 was crafted by this wonderful guy. The rapper featured YBNL boss, Olamide to give us the club banger, My Body and the song became one of the songs that aided the spread of the shaku shaku dance. Definitely one act to watch out for in 2018.

  • Demmie Vee

Love Me Tender crooner and close associate of Oladips, Demmie Vee was one of the new acts that did exploits in 2017. With tracks like Awesome God ft TuBaba, Love Me Tender remix ft 9ice and Figure 8 which all achieved moderate success, we are in for a brilliant 2018 from the deep voice and melodious Demmie Vee.

  • Ckay

After the ground breaking podcast which had MI, Loose Kaynon and Osagie Alogie where Osagie asked who the f*** was Ckay, Ckay trended for some time in the entertainment circles and capitalize on the opportunity to drop an EP which was well received. With songs like Nkechi, Gaddemnit ft Dremo, Girlfriend ft Dice Ailes and many more, it’s safe to say that we would actually get to know Ckay better in 2018.

  • Teni the Entertainer

Following the viral video of her cover to one of Chief Osadebe songs, Teni went ahead to release Fargin produced by Mystro. With song writing credits to Davido’s hit single “Like That” and another buzzing song titled Pareke, the singer who is related to Afro house Niniola and also an affiliate of Shizzi has all it takes to rule the airwaves come 2018.

  • Junior Boy

Following the success of his single Irapada featuring 9ice and a shout out he got in Small Doctor’s mega smash hit Penalty, Junior Boy followed up with My Prayer and Bombay ft CDQ. However we expect more from the Junior Boy as he attempts to join his senior boys in the music industry.

Worthy mentions

  • Ahmed

After coming on stage at the Wizkid’s concert held on December 24th of 2017 and dropping heavy bars in the Yoruba language, he immediately got signed to Starboy entertainment and with a 10 million pledge to help his career, tell me how this is not an act to watch out for in 2018

  • Destiny Boy

After the release of the viral fuji cover of Davido’s IF, Destiny boy went ahead to release covers for YCEE’s Juice, Olamide’s WO, Mayorkun’s Mama, Humblesmith’s Lagos and his official single, Omo Better. We expect more from him in 2018.


This article was written by Sam Synord; he tweets via: IAmSynord

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