In the dynamic landscape of the Nigerian music industry, it’s often challenging to pinpoint the best musicians at any given moment. With a plethora of talent emerging and established artists maintaining their reign, the competition is fierce. However, after extensive research and analysis, we present to you the top 9 best musicians in Nigeria as of 2023.
1. Asake: Rising Star
Asake has taken the Nigerian music scene by storm. Rising to prominence after signing with YBNL Nation, this young artist has delivered a string of chart-toppers and critically acclaimed albums. Asake’s impact is undeniable; since the release of his album in September 2022, he has consistently dominated Spotify’s “Top 50 Nigeria” playlist, cementing his position as one of Nigeria’s finest musicians. Notably, Asake was crowned Artiste of the Year by Audiomack in 2022 and even sold out the renowned 02 Academy Brixton.
2. Burna Boy: Global Icon
Burna Boy needs no introduction. With an impressive track record of back-to-back hits and chart-topping albums, he has not only conquered Nigeria but also the global music stage. His Grammy-winning hit “Ye” set the standard for afrobeats worldwide. Burna Boy’s achievements extend to obtaining a gold-certified record in France, selling out arenas in the USA and Europe, and securing RIAA certifications for songs from three different albums.
3. Davido: International Sensation
Davido has been a prominent figure in the Nigerian music industry for over a decade. As the first African artist with over a million hashtagged posts on Facebook, he’s a true social media sensation. Davido’s journey includes being featured on a FIFA World Cup soundtrack and performing at the tournament’s closing ceremony. His hit singles and chart-topping albums have earned him numerous awards both in Nigeria and on the international stage.
4. Wizkid: The Collaborator
Born Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, Wizkid began his musical career in 2011 and quickly rose to prominence. Over the years, he has established himself as a global icon through collaborations with artists like Drake, Chris Brown, Beyonce, and more. Wizkid’s influence reaches far beyond Nigeria’s borders, making him a force to be reckoned with in the music industry.
5. Rema: The Young Prodigy
Rema burst onto the Nigerian music scene after signing with Marvin Records. His megahit “Calm Down ft. Selena Gomez” became the country’s most-viewed music video on YouTube, solidifying his status as a rising superstar. Remarkably, Rema holds the distinction of being the only African artist with a gold-certified album in France and was selected as one of the performers for the 2023 NBA All-Star Game halftime show.
6. Kizz Daniel: Musical Entrepreneur
Kizz Daniel, formerly known as Kiss Daniel, is not only a popular musician but also the CEO and founder of “Fly Boy Inc,” a well-known record label in Nigeria. Since his breakthrough in 2013 with the hit single “Woju,” Kizz Daniel has consistently delivered hit after hit, earning him numerous music awards and a dedicated fan base.
7. Fireboy DML: The YBNL Protege
Fireboy DML, whose real name is Adedamola Oyinlola Adefolahan, rose to fame under the mentorship of Nigerian rapper Olamide at YBNL Nation. His debut studio album, “Laughter, Tears, and Goosebumps,” released in 2019, catapulted him to stardom. Fireboy DML gained international recognition with a collaboration with Ed Sheeran on the remix of “Peru,” which garnered billions of streams on various digital platforms.
8. Ayra Starr: Mavin Records Sensation
Ayra Starr, born Oyinkansola Sarah Aderibigbe, gained prominence after going viral on social media, catching the attention of none other than Don Jazzy. She was subsequently signed to Mavin Records, where her debut E.P. and the hit single “Away” propelled her to stardom. In 2021, Ayra Starr was awarded the title of the best female artist in Nigeria at the prestigious Headies awards.
9. Portable: The Street Sensation
Portable may be the final entry on our list, but he’s certainly not to be underestimated. This street musician made waves in the Nigerian music industry after collaborating with Olamide and dancer Poco Lee on the hit single “Zazuu.” Portable’s extensive discography includes albums, EPs, and a multitude of hit singles. He’s not only a sensation in Nigeria but also gaining popularity worldwide, as evidenced by his upcoming international music tour.
In conclusion, the Nigerian music industry is thriving, with an abundance of talent and diversity. These top 9 musicians in Nigeria for 2023 represent the cream of the crop, each contributing their unique style and influence to the global music landscape. Keep an eye on these artists as they continue to shape the future of Nigerian music and make their mark on the international stage.