2013 was great for the Nigerian music with our artistes churning out hits after hits to the delight of music enthusiasts. The likes of Olamide, Iyanya, D’Banj, Kcee, Flavour, etc, dropping monster hits after hits to keep the fans entertained. 2014 however brings an opportunity for fresh stars to break out of the shadows and prove that they have what it takes to make it to the very top.
The following are the stars that ENCOMIUM Weekly expects to light up the music scene with mind blowing songs in 2014.
Past winners of this category, like Wande Coal, Wizkid and Omawumi have gone on to establish themselves as mainstays in the industry and Sean Tizzle shouldn’t be an exception. The stage is set for the Sho Lee crooner to build on last year’s success with his latest work, Komole enjoying rave reviews and massive airplay.
The fact that Sheyi Shay missed out on the Headies 2013 Next Rated Award to Sean Tizzle takes nothing away from the talented singer. She’s got everything, from sex appeal, perfect stage performance, powerful vocals to beauty. The Irawo crooner has already started the year on a bright note after dropping her Ragga Ragga video and there’s definitely more from where that came from. One of her strongest points is her stage performance which proves she’s a natural. More videos are expected from her and possibly her debut album would be released this year.
Tekno, Triple MG’s latest recruit has been tipped for the very top by music experts. He got everybody’s attention with his collabo with Davido in Holiday last year and has already kicked off 2014 with the release of his first official single under MMMG Dance. Dance as the title implies, is a high-octane dance song which he performed at the Industry Nite last Wednesday to the delight of the filled hall. With the video coming soon, along with more singles, it is anticipated that Tekno will be a 2014 break out star.
Ejay Blackmagic announced himself as a singer to be taken serious with his single, Confam where he featured Sasha P to great effect. While music fans were still savouring the tune, he followed up with another classic, Repete, a song that won him the Headies Best Alternative Song. After launching his sophomore album, Blackmagic 2.0 on Sunday December 29, at Ember Creek, Victoria Island, Lagos, last December, his popularity has soared and more is expected from him, especially in terms of headlining shows and promoting his songs this year.
Patoranking is a very promising dancehall artist signed to Timaya’s Dem Mama Records. The artiste is undoubtedly aware of his abilities as evidenced on his bio on Twitter where he tipped himself as the “Next best thing after Bob Marley”. His collabo with Timaya, Alubarika is receiving rave reviews as well as massive airplay at the moment and a lot more is expected of him.
With his hit tune, Show me your Rozay still banging in clubs, Mr. Ketchup is indeed an artiste with a lot of promise. The aforementioned single was one of the biggest club bangers of 2013, and there is no stopping the talented singer/songwriter this year. With his smooth RnB single, Coco Banana featuring Banky W as well Pay as you Go also doing well since he dropped them last year, 2014 should be a year of consolidating and moving on to greater things.
Any music lover that hears Ink’s single, My Medley, will be convinced at first listen, of the artiste talent. It takes a singer/rapper of great dexterity to fuse Iyanya’s Kukere, Ice Prince’s Aboki, D’Prince’s Goody bag and MI’s African Rapper #1 on Drake’s Marvin’s Room instrumental in his own flow. It was therefore no surprise when he was named rookie of the year at the Headies 2013. The talent that was first noticed after the 20 year old’s first single Feeling your P is expected to blossom this year with more singles and probably an album on the card.
– DANIEL FAYEMI