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Budding music stars to watch in 2016 – the young fast rising artistes to keep an eye on

Following a breakout in 2015, these fast rising songsters are finely poised to have a stellar 2016!

ENCOMIUM Weekly’s MICHAEL NWOKIKE presents the budding but fast rising artistes to keep an eye on this year…



Another act from the long line of stars from Chocolate City, Koker is surely one to keep an eye on this year following the release of his hit single, Do something, produced by Reinhard.

Featured on the The Indestructible Choc Boi Nation album, the song is a lovely fuji tune that makes you want to dance.

Koker or Mr Do something first came to some prominence after appearing on M.I’s Rich, the University of Lagos Creative Arts graduate has since gone on to cement his place as one of the hottest acts.

Besides, everyone pretty much agrees with him that owo la fin do something (meaning, ‘money makes things happen’); with lyrics like this, Koker can do no wrong.



It was Tiff released in 2014, that got some to notice this singer’s fine talent, but not so many. But since she served her fans Jamb Question, everyone sings along ma bi mi ni jamb question. She breathed new life into the tune by featuring the witty lyrics of Falz for the remix.

Her subtle voice is pleasing to the ears, it may not jolt you to life in a second, but it soothes you.

2016 should see Simi hit new heights after she rounded off 2015 with the popular Open and Close.



Born Oludemilade Martin Alejo, but known by his stage moniker, Ycee, the 22-year-old rapper knows his stuff.

The Festac, Lagos-born crooner rose to prominence after his two nominations at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards (NEA) 2015 ,with Condo which featured Patoranking; however, it was after he released Jagaban in July 2015 that many sat up to take notice of the young chap who looks set to take over. Jagaban took over the streets, literally; even the ‘King of the streets’, Badoo Olamide acknowledged that and jumped on the remix. The outcome…? Go listen to it!

Speaking to ENCOMIUM Weekly on his success in 2015, the Marine Biology student of University of Lagos said, “It’s not every day you put out a song and it becomes one of the biggest in the country. A lot of things have since changed. It’s been a great ride with shows, performances, more fans (big shout out to them, they make the work fun), I just feel blessed.”

On his plans for the new year, he added, “We’ll be putting out an album by God’s grace, expect more music from Ycee. 2016 will be busier than 2015. I will be bringing more fire and more vibes. I’m not here to rest, I came to collect!”



From Sade, to Orente to Pick up, Adekunle Gold doesn’t seem to be letting up. The question on the lips of many after he released in 2014 Sade was what’s a computer graphics artist doing singing? as he was known for his Photoshop-created memes on the internet.

Sade (which is actually a cover) has earned him several awards including Best Alternative Song at Headies 2015, Revelation of the Year at AFRIMA 2015 and others.

Proving it was no fluke, he released the urban high-life tune Orente which sits well with the ladies and ranks high on their playlist. Ending the year with Pick up- a heartfelt request to God; many have come to expect nothing less than the best from Adekunle Gold.



The Imo-born act impressed his name on the hearts of many with his song, Osinachi (meaning, ‘from God’ in Igbo) which features rap king, Phyno.

The song swept across the music scene, rising through the charts and putting Humblesmith on the map.



The self-styled Mosquito Killer, Small Doctor has been consistent with his streets-inspired tunes, appealing to DJs and rocking dancefloors with every single.

His unique style and lingo is such that gets you dancing from the first second with his energetic delivery and performances particularly eye catching.



Everybody help me find Chukwuma was her plea on the popular Chukwuma (which features Patoranking on the remix) that has seen the Naija Ninja diva’s stock rise rapidly.

Her music is an interesting blend of dancehall and RnB, as she explained to ENCOMIUM Weekly, “My kind of music is rare. I fell in love with reggae and dancehall because of my brothers. I also love RnB so much. But I tend to blend both in order to make it sound different from what you have listened to or you are listening to. So, my kind of music is very unique.” With her strong voice and experience as a backup singer for Sound Sultan, there’s more to come for talented songbird.



Ekiti state native, Niniola is a singer, songwriter and performer, as she rightly put it Project Fame prepared me for a bigger stage.

Since finishing in fourth place at the reality show in 2013, the Afro House diva has kept her fans thrilled with a number of singles including Ibadi, Gbowode and Akara Oyinbo. In June 2015, she released the Sarz-produced Soke which became a club and DJ favourite.

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