Upcoming Artists in Nigeria to watch out for 2022
Here is a list of 2022 upcoming Nigerian Artists
Salle, whose full name is Gospel Kosisochukwu Peters is a 17 year old singer/songwriter from Imo state. She has been singing since she was 10 years old. She got interested in music from singing in her church choir.
She used to help her mum sell food after school. She started to get recognition and fame when a viral video of her singing a song she wrote surfaced on the internet. This recognition made Salle an upcoming artist in Nigeria
Popular influencer Mufasa Tunde Ednut posted the video and she started to get a lot of views. She also got cosigns from Rihanna and Don Jazzy.
Because she was receiving so many praises and cosigns, people expected her to get signed by a major record label but the fame didn’t materialize to a record deal.
She has been doing her thing as an independent artist ever since
Songs: Let me see, Soul ft. T.I Blaze
Check out Salle’s songs here
Ekeh Chiaka Joseph, professionally known as Majeeed is a singer/songwriter/aspiring producer from Imo state.
Even though Majeeed is from the Igbo tribe in south eastern Nigeria, he chose the stage name Majeeed which means “noble” in Arabic because it portrays attributes of himself.
Majeed is gradually transcending from being an upcoming Nigerian artist to being a well known singer
He is signed to Dream Empire music. He used to write songs for big music stars before he got signed. He is a graduate of Mass communication and Journalism.
He recently dropped his debut project; Bitter Sweet which made it into the top 10 albums on Apple music Nigeria.
As said at the end of the intro how I care Majeeed says he doesn’t want to just release music, he wants to pass across a message and impact people with his music.
He also bagged a remix with afro pop super star Joeboy on his hit song Yawa no dey end. He cites Asa and Rihanna as artists he would like to work with in the future.
Songs: Time, Yawa no dey end
Check out Majeed’s songs here
Shekoni Suleimon Abiola also known as Khaid is a 17 year old musical artist from Ojo, Lagos state.
He is currently signed to Neville records owned by popular comedian and influencer Sydney talker.
He is an upcoming artist in Nigeria who was named ‘Khaid’ by Sydney Talker because he wanted something simple, different and catchy.
Khaid is the first ever artist signed to Neville records. Khaid was a former mechanic and he used to drop freestyles on social media before he got discovered by Sydney talker.
His hit track with you which topped charts everywhere was his first ever recorded song released which shows his immense talent.
Khaid wishes to go back to school soon to study Fine Arts. He wants to work with Made Kuti, Rema, Ruger and Blaqbonez.
Songs: With you, Blessed, Akpako
Check out Khaid’s songs here
Oluwakayode Oyetoro simply known mononymously as Kayode is a 23 year old singer/rapper from Ogun state, Nigeria. He has been doing music for more than three years now.
He got interested in music at the age of 12 from church.
He attends the University of Lagos, where he studies Political Science. Kayode is an independent artist but he has been dropping music consistently over the years.
He finally got his big break when his single live started making waves on Tik Tok. The sound garnered over 1.3 million views on Tik Tok and shot him into the limelight. The song itself has amassed over 25 million streams on streaming platforms.
This made Kayode an upcoming artist in Nigeria to look out for
Songs: Live forever, Love Divine, 456 ft. Victony
Check out Kayode’s songs here
George Oamen Irabor, SirBastien is a 2022 upcoming Nigerian alternative singer, producer and songwriter. He studies Electrical Engineering at the University of Ibadan.
His style of music is majorly R & B.
The video to his song home with you ft. Remy Baggins and Daynim was distributed by Mr. Eazi’s emPawa Africa although SirBastien is still an unsigned artist.
Despite being unsigned, SirBastien has released three projects already. SirBastien has a soothing voice and can play the guitar.
He is an active stage performer, you can catch him performing at Hangs and Colors, a yearly art exhibition event that happens in Ibadan city. He would like to work with Amaarae and Santi.
Songs: Home with you, Angel eyes, Genuine
Check out Sirbastein’s songs here
Jumbo Otonye Glory a.k.a Adryanne is an upcoming Alt Nigerian artist who also delves into R & B. This makes Adryanne a very versatile artist.
He is a 20 year old guy that hails from Bonny Island, Rivers State. His sound is driven by the love of music and life and he draws inspiration from various artists from Burna Boy to Jacob Banks to Jon Bellion.
He started music in 202o and released a two-track self-titled project “Adryanne” with the songs “Tic TAC Toe” and “Friday Night”. He is a student of NDU.
Songs : Tic TAC Toe, Friday Night
Check out Adryanne’s songs here
7) Naya Akanji
Naya Akanji is a Lagos born upcoming Nigerian artist. She graduated with a degree in Psychology from the University of Lagos, Nigeria.
She is a singer/songwriter and she admits to being versatile with her genre because she believes music is diverse and attaching a single genre to an artist can be limiting. Lagbaja is her musical inspiration.
In an interview with 49th street, Naya admits that Lagbaja is her musical inspiration and she would love to collaborate with Burna Boy and Psycho YP. She is also a lover of writing.
Songs: Vivid Emotions, Set me on Fire, Faji
Check out Naya’s songs here
8) Candy Bleakz
Candy Bleakz is a 22 year-old upcoming Nigerian artist in Nigeria who has mastered the art of rap, there are very few female rappers in Nigeria and Candy Bleakz has carved a niche for herself in this genre.
Her real name is Akiode Blessing and she became popular after winning upcoming artist of the year at Afrika Shine- an event in Lagos.
On April 16, 2020, Chocolate City signed Candy Bleakz as an artist.
Songs: Tikuku, Owo Osu, Kelegbe
Check out Candy Bleakz’s songs here
9) The Rap Prof
The Rap Prof” whose name is Adeyinka Gold, is a fast-rising rapper, singer and songwriter who was born on March 4, 1997. He recently graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Music at the University of Ibadan.
He went from having five followers on Tiktok, to having seven thousand followers overnight after uploading a single video of his rap song. The Rap song then went on to have more than 300, 000 views on Tik Tok.
Check out The Rap Prof here
Lade is the latest viral sensation in the Nigerian music industry right now. You know what they say: “Save the best for last”.
Lade came into limelight with her “Airtel 444” advert. Nigerians really resonated with the song. It was not until 2022 that she released her hit record “Adulthood Anthem” A.k.a “Adulthood na Scam”.
Lade is the hottest upcoming 2022 Nigerian artist right now.
Songs: Adulthood Anthem, Hustle, Situationship.
Check out Lade’s songs here
A recognition of all other upcoming Nigerian artists who could have been on the list. You can suggest them below!
2022 Nigerian Upcoming Artists are: Salle, Majeed, Candy Bleakz, Lade, Kayode, Adryanne, Naya Akanji, SirBastien, Khaid and The Rap Prof
Upcoming Nigerian Artists 2022
7) Naya Akanji
8) The Rap Prof
9) Candy Bleakz
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