2016 turned out to be a high intensity musical year in Nigeria. Sounds and melodies juggled the air space as Nigerian artistes put out some really good songs. This brought bliss to majority of Nigerians who only would have had recession to talk about.

The year allowed some brilliant new musical acts sell their craft to the ever-willing-to-listen Nigerian populace. This year, 2017 is new and Nigerian music lovers expect these breakout stars to reach further into the music space as they drop more fan-friendly music. The following artistes hold such immense promise in 2017:

  • Johnny Drille: He was a Project Fame contestant in the season 6 edition of the prestigious music talent show. He took a while to find his feet in the industry; his first couple of releases laid the groundwork and he has built on his good debut. Since he dropped ‘Love Don’t Lie’ and ‘Wait For Me’ in 2015, it has been a climb of the rung for Johnny Drille. In 2016, he released some interesting songs of his own and had impressive collaborations with Niniola and Sister Wisdom; he even featured on Vector’s ‘Lafiaji’ album. On all of these songs, Johnny Drille did splendid. He continues winning over fans with every release. He boasts of a solid fan base and promises to continue satisfying their good music demand.It is safe to say, 2017 is definitely Johnny Drille’s year.

  • Temmie Ovwuasa: This lady became the cynosure of the media only by signing for YBNL. At that point last year, it became foolproof that her music was going mainstream, early in fact. In 2016, Temi released two brilliant works, ‘Jabole’ and ‘Afefe’ and both songs enjoyed good circulation. Fans are expecting her to get busy dropping major songs this year, as it appears she has the focus of the YBNL team now that some artistes have left the label, whether for good or bad, time would tell. However, it can only be good influence on Temi’s nascent and promising career.


  • Terry Apala: I call him my ‘surprise surprise’ of the music industry last year. This amazing artiste called our attention to an unpopular genre of music, Akpala-pop, and he made us love it. His ‘Champagne Shower’ was brilliantly composed and it got massive airplay. His forte only goes to show that the music industry appreciates ingenuity and new vibes; I don’t think that would change in 2017. Terry Apala definitely an artiste to watch this year.

  • Wale Turner: An Instagram success story, Wale Turner’s music career is an interesting wonder. Started from skits to recording songs and then dropping a good video to set himself up as an interesting act in 2016. He even got the aka, ‘hottest’ to testify to the buzz he generates with his music. The Yoruba wordsmith dropped a song, ‘NO’ last year and music lovers went wild over it. Personally, I like the vocal experimentation and the humorous style of his music. Wale Turner does not give the indication that he has hit the brakes; he looks like he would be zooming into the 2017 music year.



2017 promises to be another year of music galore. As music lovers, we hope seriously that we are served a lot of quality music this year, even more than the previous years. Our eyes are fixed on the above listed artistes to deliver musical goodies this year, the thirst for quality music would definitely have us spreading our net but the artistes on this list sure have our attention.


This article was written by Ibironke Oluwatobi. He tweets via: @ibironketweets

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