Top 10 Nigerian Artistes of 2016 – Music fans speak!
Earlier this month we set a poll to ask who you think ruled 2016 in the
Nigerian music industry. We showcased 16 of the best today and people
voted both on our site and on Instagram for who they think ruled supreme
and is the fans favourite.
Tekno rules Best of the Best 2016.
Earlier this month we set a poll to ask who do you think ruled 2016
in the Nigerian music industry. We showcased 16 of the best in the
Nigerian music industry today and people voted both on our site (see here) and on Instagram (see here also) for who they think ruled supreme and is the fans favourite.
These 16 were picked based on their hit singles, crisp clean videos,
international crossovers, content driven songs and tune popularity. By
virtue of the votes as cast we can deduce as follows:
Instagram Poll – We had a total of 159 votes. Tekno
47, Wizkid, 26, Mr Eazi 25, Falz 15, Phyno 14, Yemi Alade 5, Kiss
Daniel 5, Tiwa Savage 4, Reekado Banks 4, Ycee 4, Adekunle Gold 3,
Patoranking 3, Olamide 2, Flavour 1, Simi 1 and Davido 0.
Website Poll – We had a total of 47 votes.
Instagram poll – We had a total of 159 votes.
Now let us digest this result for better comprehension. 2016 saw a
lot of surprise acts springing out with tunes that caught their peers
off guard and swooped the Nigerian music industry of its feet. We would
now analyze the top 3 according to the votes based on our popular “5 Rules” – Pen Cred, Wiki Tales, Mic Skillz Top Bite, Floetry and Tube View.
Pen Cred – The best we gathered was he enrolled in a music
school by age 8. He did his high school at Heritage School, Kaduna. He
also studied at Green Island but didn’t really finish because he
believes he understands the practical aspect of music, so he read and
understood the science of music.
Wiki Tales – As a kid, he liked to talk a lot and connect
with people. He belonged to the first set of dancers in his school. They
were called ‘The Enclomadies’. They used the first letter in
everybody’s name to christen the group. In church, He used to play
musical instrument, dance and sing. Tekno Miles was first signed under
K-Money Entertainment. His first single titled “Holiday” was released
under the imprint. With featured vocals from Davido, “Holiday” was
positively accepted and gained massive airplay. In 2012 while in Abuja,
Tekno Miles was spotted by renowned Nigerian comedian Julius Agwu at an
event after Tekno Miles received a standing ovation following the
performance of a song titled “Onye Ne Kwu”, his remix of Ice Prince’s
“Oleku”. It was at the same event he met Iyanya and Ubi Franklyn, the
manager of Made Men Music Group (Triple MG) who he became friends with.
Ubi and Iyanya eventually encouraged Tekno Miles to move to Lagos to
further his music career. Before signing to (MMMG) he said he got offers
he turned down, according to him he had offers, from Pukano Music, from
Jim Iyke and a lot of people. He has 11 nominations of which he won 2
(Duro – best pop video NMVA 2015 and best new act MTV Africa Music
Awards 2016). He is a producer, actor and dancer also.
Floetry – Pana – ‘Baby Pana…they say you like cassava…I get
big cassava. Baby Pana…anywhere wey you go…I go follow you dey go…my
love for you will never die…never die’
Tube View – 12,600,664 views and counting
Pen Cred – Dropped out of Lead City University in 2011 in his 3rd Year where he was studying ‘International Relations’.
Wiki Tales – Started singing at age 11, releasing a 7-track album entitled Lil Prinz
(2001). He formed a group called the Glorious Five with a couple of his
church friends. The group dropped an album prior to dismembering.
Wizkid later met OJB Jezreel, a record producer who prevented him from
recording for a year. While visiting Jezreel’s studio frequently, he
watched 2 Face Idibia record Grass 2 Grace and Sound Sultan record Jagbajantis.
A year later, Wizkid started recording. His first song featured OJB
Jezreel. The song was met with great reception throughout Surulere (his
birth place in Lagos). Wizkid cited Naeto C as one of the people who
mentored and coached him while he was 15 years old. Wizkid once said his
parents weren’t receptive of his music from the onset. In order to gain
his father’s trust, he had to work hard and spent lots of time in the
studio. Wizkid said he and Banky W became friends prior to starting a
professional relationship. He co-wrote Banky W’s “Omoge You Too Much”, a
song off the The W Experience album. In 2006, he collaborated
with Naeto C and Ikechukwu. In 2009, Wizkid became a household name
within Nigeria’s musical landscape and has been featured on many songs
across Africa. On 2nd May 2013, he released his album “Ayo’s” lead
single “Jaiye Jaiye” featuring Femi Kuti. Wizkid said that he
collaborated with Femi Kuti in order to prevent people from depicting
him as an artist whose lyrics revolve around girls, cars and
materialistic things. On 5 January 2015, Wizkid released the music video
for “Ojuelegba”. The official remix of the song which premiered on OVO
Sound Radio on July 5th 2016 featured vocals from Drake and Skepta.
April 5th 2016, he became Nigeria’s first artist to emerge on
Billboard’s Twitter Last 24 hours chart following his guest feature on
Drake’s “One Dance” single, which charted at number 21. He has worked
with international stars likes of Akon, R Kelly, Chris Brown, Drake,
Skepta, Justin Skye, Tinnie Tempah to mention a few. He has enjoyed
several achievements and awards including a BET Award, a MOBO Award,
five The Headies Awards, two Channel O Music Video Awards, six Nigeria
Entertainment Awards, two Ghana Music Awards, two Dynamix All Youth
Awards, two City People Entertainment Awards, a Future Award. He has
also received three nominations at the MTV Europe Music Awards. He has
also been nominated four times at the World Music Awards.
Floetry – Ojuelegba – ‘Ni Ojuelegba…they know my story…for
MoDogg studio…I been struggle to chop. Ni Ojuelegba oo…my people dey
there…dem dey pray for blessing…for better living…’
Tube Views – 13,001,051 views
Falz The Bahd Guy
Pen Cred – An alumnus of the University of Reading, London
after graduating with an LLB honors degree in Law. He was called to the
bar in 2012 after graduating from the Nigeria Law School, Abuja but
Wiki Tales – Falz started music as a hobby while in
secondary school. He formed a music group with a friend called “The
School Boys”. In 2009, while in high school, he released a compilation
of some of his recordings as a mixtape titled Shakara: The Mixtape. In
2011, Falz released a single titled “Waz Up Guy” before he went on to
release “High Class” and “Currency” which gained him grounds in the
Nigerian music industry. On 30 May 2014, Falz released his debut studio
album titled Wazup Guy which was received to critical acclaim among
music critics. Falz describes his style of music as “Wahzup
Music”- fusion of comic lyrics with the contemporary hip-hop in a faux
Yoruba accent. Falz shot into full limelight in 2015 after his song
titled “Ello Bae” which is a comical rendition delivered in one of the
funniest lyrics/punchlines got music critics and fans alike talking. His
2014 song”Marry Me” (featuring vocals from Poe and Yemi Alade) won him a
nomination in the “Best Collaboration of The Year” category at the 2015
Nigeria Entertainment Awards thus he became a force to reckon with in
the music industry in Nigeria. He has 13 award nominations and won 4.
Mic Skillz Top Bite – Bahd Baddo Baddest featuring Olamide and Davido
Floetry – Bahd Baddo Baddest – ‘Omo meta sere, bahd baddo
baddest…aro meta lori biti, bahd baddo baddest…they want to join the
bahd gang…you can’t initiate…which musician did you know is having
Tube Views – 1,112,109 views
On this note we give the crown to non other than Triple MMG/Sony
Music signee Tekno Miles a.k.a Alhaji Tekno the Pana Master. He has
established himself not just as a singer but a full musician with
dazzling dance steps and a mastery of various instruments like the piano
and acoustic guitar. His constant funny activities on social media has
also endeared him to many as he keeps all entertained. During a tour of
Europe sometime this year, a video of him dancing to his song Pana at an
airport in Amsterdam went viral with many views and commendation for
his display while waiting to catch a flight. The song Pana caught
everyone off guard and spread like wild fire with its infectious rhythm
and lyrics. It topped charts across Nigeria for weeks, rocked parties
and dance halls across Africa with notable acts like Sarkodie and Yemi
Alade lending their admiration for his wonderful talents with a cover of
the song. His Sony Music deal we gather would be announced anytime soon
officially and thus his sojourn to greater heights in 2017 begins. We
wish him all the best in his glowing career and pray for more hits to
keep us all glued to his style of music. Tekno rules Best of the Best
2016. All hail the King of Pana!!