For every music industry, there is always a trend. This is probably why it is practically impossible for any musician to reign forever, but only maintain relevance through the continual release of hit songs and music videos that align with the trends in vogue.
As 2018 finally comes to an end Showtime takes a cursory look at how emerging music acts almost took over the music scene with the introduction of a new wave of music, videos, street slangs and dance steps which have since gone viral, putting even the musical big shots on their toes.
Below is Showtime’s list of emerging music acts who dominated, ruled the Nigerian music scene with hit songs, musical collaborations, and viral dance steps in 2018.
Some say she may be taking after her elder sister, Niniola Apata, but Showtime can tell you with authority that with the current pace at which Teniola Apata, popularly known as Teni The Entertainer is going, she may even outshine Niniola who has been in the music game years before she debuted. Though the talented singer is touted to lack the looks but is equipped with talent. She crawled her way to limelight with her Instagram freestyle, ‘Fargin’. Ever since, she has continued to climb the industry ladder with hit songs such as ‘Wait’, ‘Askamaya’, Case’, ‘Fake Jersey’, ‘Shake Am’, ‘Pray’, ‘Pareke’, ‘Amen’, ‘Lagos’, and the latest, ‘Uyo Meyo’, which released on her birthday last week.
Indigenous rapper, Omoniyi Temidayo, aka Zlatan Ibile, has been around, but because it requires a lot to have a club banger, the prominence he currently enjoys cannot be compared to that of his earlier years in the industry. His self-titled debut single, ‘Zlatan’, released in 2017 earned him reasonable attention but with his hit song, ‘Jogor’, featuring Lil Kesh and Naira Marley, his impressive verse on Chinko Ekun’s ‘Able God’, featuring Lil Kesh, introducing a new wave of dance which he called ‘Zanku Legwork’, a dance step which has since gone viral even more than the ‘Shaku Shaku’ dance, and other hit songs cum impressive collaborations with Davido, Oritsefemi, Reminisce and a couple of A’List artistes, he rose above the ranks, ruling the music wave like an A’list singer. When Zlatan’s relationship with young singer, Segun Wire, fell apart after the budding singer’s acquaintances physically assaulted him, it was like a propellant for him as he even gained more prominence on the music scene, earning him more social media followership, YouTube views, radio and TV airplay. He is sure one of Showtime’s emerging music acts to look out for in 2019.
Signing on to Davido’s DMW record label was a good starter for Tobechukwu Victor Okoh, better known as Peruzzi but featuring on 2baba’s hit song ‘Amaka’, was the icing on the cake as he rose from nowhere to become a name to reckon with on the music scene. After jointly dishing out songs such as ‘Mind’, ‘Aje’, ‘Twisted’, ‘Aza’, with his DMW music crew, and his collaboration with 2Baba, he became Nigeria’s most sought after artiste for musical collaboration. He jumped on Ice Prince’s ‘Yawa’ after 2Baba’s ‘Amaka’ and thereafter it was an avalanche of musical collaborations. With his sonorous voice, he dishes out impressive verses on any song he jumps on, be it a personal single or collaboration. His own singles, ‘For your Pocket’, ‘Mata’, and ‘Tatashe’ currently top music charts locally and internationally