There has been a lot of music within our purview in recent weeks, and more often than not, artists on the come up often get sidelined as a result of lack of substantial promotion budget when compared to artistes who dominate the mainstream scene. With the soundscape in Nigeria being ever so dynamic and offering a palate of diverse music, this week’s article spotlights artists who deserve more recognition for their music with an especial focus on artists who have released projects or singles within the past few weeks.
Here is a list of five artistes – in no particular order – who have recently released projects or singles that are deserving of attention:
1. Victony – Saturn E.P.
Victony’s six-track debut EP is a bashment of music that authoritatively stamps his talent from the jump. Victony has been previously heralded amongst music enthusiasts as a future popstar especially with the dexterity on display in his lead single, Space and Time. On Saturn, Victony ushers in Nigerian pop music with its finest embellishments and promises an all-round feel-good experience for listeners. If you are looking for one of the next popstars out of the country, Victony is the artist to turn to. Personally “Jo Riddim is a bop”. Its funny how he was sick when this was made. Truth be told in our lowest and darkest moment we do make our finest work.
2. OBT – Birdie Album
Birdie is the love-child of OBT’s relationship with Africa. The twelve-track debut album plays like a collection of experiences garnered through OBT’s travels through Africa. On Birdie, OBT infuses several African sounds with a dancehall vibe that he had previously established himself for. It’s a proud time to be African and Birdie convenes Africa’s sonic elements into one expansive album. OBT story represents artistes who persevere daily, for the dream of being heard, being appreciated, and finding their own space, audience and voice In the growing music industry. OBT represents the new generation of artist slowing changing the landscape.
3. Straffitti – Straff From Nigeria E.P.
Straffitti has established a name of some sort in the media industry, having worked with names such as Burna Boy, Falz, M.I. Abaga. Straffitti is the founder of creative collective, Thirsty WorldWide, he is also a visual artist as well as a music artiste. Straff from Nigeria is a six-track EP that features appearances from Zlatan Ibile, Buju, Ice Prince and Prettyboy D.O. and blends hip-hop, soul, and pop music excellently.
4. Olu – Feels E.P.
Feels is a soulful seven-track EP by Olu. On Feels, Olu is melancholic, reflective, and melodic. Feels exhibits Olu’s soothing voice over often subtle piano riffs , and she bares herself unabashedly through her words . For lovers of chill music, Feels is a perfect E.P. for you.
5. Toje – Abena
After a year-long absence from the music scene, Toje returns with Abena. On Abena, Toje uses rhythmic chants peculiar to native African music and layers it with famous Afro-pop elements of loose wordplays and danceable rhythms. The song alludes to the beauty and power a woman withholds and if it is anything to go by, Toje is establishing himself as one of the most promising emerging talents in the Nigerian music scene.
One thing that stands out for sure in the words of Victor Hugo “Music expresses that which cannot be put in words and that which cannot remain silent”