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Emerging Artistes to Watch in 2020: The Next Decade’s Kings and Queens

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Top Artistes to Watch in 2020

Over the years, a myriad of artistes has popped onto the music scene showing off their individual talents. However, only a few make it to the top with hits and a good buzz to follow; while others, like small fishes in big ponds, remain unnoticed despite the evident talents at their disposal. As 2020 and the new decade off to a great start for the music industry kingpins, it is also expected to be a great year for a myriad of underdogs who just might attain the kingly status in the industry before the year runs out.Some of these artistes are known only within their own niche, yet wield so much talent and potential that we can suffice it to say that they are forces to be reckoned with. In no particular order, we present the acts to watch in 2020:


Bella Shmurda’s emotive “Vision 2020“, is lowkey the biggest sleeper hit of 2019 and it features YBNL leader Olamide. The viral number and collaborations with Zlatan and Mohbad catapulted Bella to street-hop stardom. The Lagos State University`s graduate plans on releasing an extended play titled “High Tension” in 2020, and we know that it will be fire. Never count out the ibile guys, and Bella is currently leading the pack.


BlaqBonez claims to be the Best Rapper in Africa and would have to rise up to the occasion, at least commercially in 2020. Last year, Bonez has strategically placed himself at the centre of the Nigerian hip-hop table with self-centred daring marketing antics backed by a praised extended play, boasting visual, a headline event and numerous of high-profile award-nominations. Bonez is on course to be the new face of his genre.


You should have your eyes on Afro-fusion singer Daniel Benson! Buju‘s sound has positioned him in the realm of fast-rising acts like Oxlade, and the likes. “Spiritual” with Zlatan is fast becoming a pop anthem and he is gaining the respect and attention of his colleagues and the media at large. On his appearance on Show Dem Camp’s “Do Me Nice”, he steals the show proving he has the ability to deliver on-demand. Buju which is an acronym for “Beauty Underneath Just Understood” has been building his fanbase with his stellar covers, and superb use of social media.


Chike first surfaced with a viral audition on The Voice Nigeria, then went on to sign to Universal Records, starred on a couple of hit television series and took a break. The gifted tenor independently reintroduced himself with a couple of admire anthems “Beautiful People“, “Amen“, and “Out of Like” and has groomed a cult-following with his weekly viral social media sessions. The gifted tenor with a distinct tone plans to win hearts and mend broken hearts in 2020. That`s not a bad plan, right?


Under Blowtime, released his praised extended play titled “Cray Cray” which was a descrived as a brilliant fusion of pop, Latin, street-hop and island rhythms. “Cray Cray” birthed mild hit “So Fine”, and houses potential pop smashes with “Bamiloke” and “Gock Am”. Armed with the might of Don Jazzy and company, Crayon`s success is almost certain, and he is well on his way to becoming this era’s Kizz Daniel or Reekado Banks.


Hot was launched with a solid extended play titled “Honourable” which houses budding hit “Ozana”, a number which was gained over 400,000 views on YouTube as is currently burning the radio and T.V circuit with a vengeance. Many criticize the artistic choice of name, notwithstanding Moshood Adeola backed by the might of Dolor is fated to explode in 2020.


Donli who recently caught the attention of Davido and got him to feature on the remix of fan favourite “Cash”, nonetheless keeps touring and winning souls one stage at a time.


Although his AMW/DMW debut “Fifty” did not explode on entry, the indigenous rapper has the wit and skills to own his field and he is kitted up to play hard.


Ox has laid a solid foundation in 2019 with the successful release of “Shugar” and will hopefully build on it further in 2020.


Tems’ provocative music, appealing alte-stylings, mysterious use of social media and difference will see her break down doors her peers failed to open.


Tolani has proved that she has the perseverance of her sister DJ Cuppy, and by not backing down, she has amassed impressive numbers on streaming platforms and social media.


With the force of the Marlians behind him, anything is possible.

Compiled and authored by P.R/A&R consultant Ogaga Sakpaide

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