Several Nigerian music stars had ramped the landscape like a super hero, is on the edge of oblivion today. They are all trying very hard to revitalize their vanishing music career. Below are some Nigerian musicians struggling to stay ahead in this competitive music industry.
9ice – Abolore was expected to dominate the music sector for a long time due to his unique style. With a powerful single ‘Gongo Aso’ (2008), ‘Street’, and ‘Photocopy’ 9ice vanished. His debut album was a hit and he earned many awards, but there are obstacles hurting his career adversely.
M.I. – Rapper Jude Abaga rose from obscurity to prominence with his song, ‘Crowd mentality’. He is fondly called Mr. Incredible, but his latest album, ‘Chairman’ is not making any development in Nigerian music sector. He needs to revive himself. What made him explode in his first music album needs to be replicated.
D’banj – Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo is a Nigerian singer popular as ‘The kokomaster’. He is not amused with his vanishing musical touch. Since 2005, he and Don Jazzy (his former partner) hit the world with their first album ‘No long thing’. Like despots, Don Jazzy and D’banj held the Nigerian music sector firmly with their dazzling songs.
Their popularity grew rapidly. In 2006, ‘Rundown Funk U Up’ was another hit. The Mo’Hits Record was established and top artists like Wande Coal, Dr. Sid, Prince, and K-Switch were signed. Mo’Hits too was successful in Nigeria until D’banj planned to go solo.
In 2011, D’banj signed Kayne West as an artist. His desire to sing under the GOOD music label was fulfilled. After going, solo D’banj established DB records and signed his young brother Kayswitch along with two producers Deevee and Jaysleek. D’banj signed a jumbo multi-album deal with Sony music in 2012.
D’banj paid millions to feature Kayne West in ‘Oliver Twist’ album. It was a good way to promote and reap profits. In this way, D’banj got some popular American celebrities to play a role in his singles, which led to a blind alley.
D’banj has won many musical awards including –
- Best African act in 2007
- Artist of the year in 2009
- Best International act in 2011
- Best selling African artist in 2014
D’banj is listed as the richest Nigerian musician with money made from endorsements, goodwill, CDs, and live performances. On the other hand, Don jazzy after leaving D’banj is famous as a successful musician and producer.
‘Oliver Twist’ took D’banj to South Africa for his major act scenes at the African Cup. He won the most gifted male video of the year and song of the year award for Oliver Twist. You can enjoy d’Banj latest music hit ‘Oliver Twist’, which topped UK singles chart, an up-tempo Afrobeat dance fusion. However, he has still not produced a Nigerian hit since leaving Mo’Hits. Instead he made himself busy featuring in hit song remixes of other artists and stays connected with the music world. His fans believe that he must buckle up or join hands with Don Jazzy and repeat the success of his first album.
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