By Rotimi Agbana
2018 was unarguably an amazing year for the Nigerian music industry. With the release of credible hit songs from 2Baba, Davido, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Falz, Simi, Adekunle Gold, Kizz Daniel, Duncan Mighty, Yemi Alade, Victor AD, Barry Jhay, Erriga, Teniola, Flavour, Reekado Banks, Skibi, Mayorkun, Dremo, Olamide, Chinko Ekun, Zlatan Ibile, Mr. Real, Mr. Eazi, Ckay, Dice Ailes, Demmie Vee, Burna Boy, and others worthy of note, to shooting beautifully crafted videos, it was never a boring moment for the music scene.
As expected, in 2019, the eagle eye of music pundits, fans and lovers of good music would be on the lookout, as expectations are high. However, Showtime breaks away from the norm as we take a look at a few music acts expected to steal the show from A’list artistes in 2019.
After a successful musical outing in 2018 with his club banger, ‘Able God’, featuring Zlatan Ibile and Lil Kesh, endlessly ruling the airwaves, clubs, fun spots, restaurants and bars, former YBNL signed artiste, Chinko Ekun is expected to up the ante in 2019. Judging by the tempo at which the song continues to rule the airwaves and topping music charts across the country, the singer whose music career was revived with the release of ‘Able God’ is fully prepared to regain his lost glory and maintain relevance. Showtime’s investigation revealed that the singer is currently strategizing on how to steal the show in 2019.
When Indigenous rapper, Omoniyi Temidayo, aka Zlatan Ibile, released ‘Jogor’, featuring Lil Kesh and Naira Marley, it went viral like wildfire on the music scene but little did we know that it was just a tip of the iceberg. The release of another street banger, ‘Zanku Legwork’, which introduced a viral dance also titled ‘Zanku Legwork’, the music industry knew that the young act had come to stay. To crown his musical feats in 2019, he released an impressive collaboration, ‘Killin Dem’, with Soundcity MPV artiste of the year, Burna Boy, a song which has since been enjoying massive radio airplay across the country. With these and more, Showtime believes he is one artiste to look out for in 2019.
With his exit from the Don Jazzy led Mavin records, all eyes are on Ayoleyi Hanniel, aka Reekado Banks. Though his 2018 discography didn’t breathe well, his songs ‘Pull Up, Blessings on me’, ‘Bio Bio’, and features on Harry Song’s ‘Selense’, Skibi’s ‘Sensima’, among others, the ‘Dorobucci’ crooner who recently launched his own record label, Banks Music, would give all it takes to remain at the top of the music chain in 2019.
Former Five Star Music act, Skibii, kicked off 2018 on a memorable note and he made efforts to maintain the tempo with which he started out the year. Unlike some A’list artistes, Skibi’s 2018 discography consisted of ‘Proud of my woman’, ‘Gara’, Skibobo’, and the latest, ‘Sensima’, featuring Reekado Banks’, which currently continues to top music charts on radio and TV station across the country. While he still basks in the glory of his musical achievements of 2018, he is sure to ride on the same crest to maintain it in 2019; which is why he is on Showtime’s radar.
Wizkid, Davido, Olamide, Maleek Berry, Mayorkun, Simi, Toby Grey, Reekado Banks , Kiss Daniel, Falz, Niniola , Soti, Tekno and Adekunle Gold