Assembled below are seven totally badass musical sensations you’ll ever hear from the Nigerian shores… and well, with 1 or 2 notables.
Just to be clear, the reference point here is still “VOCALISTS”, and not just anybody who can open their bucca to make melodies from it. It takes more than just the singing art or form to be conferred with such a revered yet simple title. So with that understanding, please peruse this list and let us know what you thought about it.
7. SEYI SHAY
If there was anything else Seyi Shay could have done better than singing, I bet it would still be singing. She’s like one of the baddest singer chics ever liveth! Ms Shay boasts an impressing list of international music credits from singing to songwriting. She was privileged to be the lead act for a now defunct UK-based girl group where she got the opportunity to not only tour with, but also open a show for one of the world’s utterly successful music divas, Beyoncé. After working with a fine crop of international artistes including Michelle Williams, Justin Timberlake and Chip (just to mention a few), she returned to her home country and began to shine right from her very first release, Loving Your Way. It was succeeded by other breaking singles Irawo, Ragga Ragga, Murda, Crazy, Jangilova and more recently, Right Now. Seyi’s voice is quite the rare type, her heart is deeply souled up in it and the sound is totally disarming. Ms Shay is signed to Island Music and not long ago, she was featured on a live performance with R&B artiste, Neyo. Her debut album drops in a couple of days.
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6. TIWA SAVAGE
Nobody badder than Mrs Billz, I tell you. First, she boasts a degree in professional music from the Berklee College of Music, and in 2006, she featured on the UK platform for X-factor where she placed third in runner-up. A vocalist per excellence, Tiwa has lent her sonorous voice to international music legends Mary J Blige, Chaka Khan, George Michael, Whitney Houston and Andrea Bocelli just to mention a few. After she had amassed an exhaustive amount of vocal and lyrical credit, she returned back to Nigerian shores with the only motive being to dominate and rule. And so did she! Tiwa blessed us with sound treaties that showed her acuity in the vocal department. Kele Kele Love, Love Me, Without My Heart, Ife Wa Gbona, Olorun Mi and Wanted, are some of the songs she slayed with her contralto. She has an impressive list of vocal features with Waje, Sean Tizzle, Solidstar, Skuki, Pasuma, Isaac Geralds and many many others, as well as mates from her record label, the Supreme Mavin Dynasty.