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7 Nigerian Artists To Watch Out For In 2023

7 Nigerian Artists To Watch Out For In 2023

Last year was a fantastic year for Nigerian music, new milestones were unlocked and old ones were shattered. The Afrobeats genre continued to grow in America, Europe, and the world at large.





We saw Rema’s “Calm Down” hit over 300 million views on a single music video on YouTube in just about 10 months. Burna Boy became the first African artiste to sell out the prestigious Madison Square Garden (MSG), in New York.


Davido performed at the World Cup closing ceremony with millions of people watching at once. The above-mentioned Nigerian musicians have proven their mettle in the Nigerian music space


In this article, we are looking at some incredible talents in the music industry that we should keep an eye on. 


The artistes mentioned in this list have insane potential to take their careers to the next level. We are rooting for them and also believe they become the next big act everyone would talk about and try to get involved with.

In no particular order, here are 7 Nigerian artists to watch out for in 2023. 

Ruger

Michael Adebayo Olayinka better known as Ruger is signed to the Nigerian record label Jonzing World and is definitely an artist to watch out for in 2023.

7 Nigerian Artists To Watch Out For In 2023


Ruger was fantastic in 2022 and we’re pretty sure that the dancehall singer was just giving us the tip of the iceberg with much more to come in the new year.

To recap, the eyepatch-wearing singer dropped a deluxe version of “The Second Wave” EP with hits songs like “Girlfriend“, “Wewe” and “Warning“. “Girlfriend” became a viral sensation and “Wewe” did decent numbers too.

To end the year, Ruger dropped two tracks “Red Flags” and “Asiwaju“. The latter has become a de facto anthem last December with the song sitting at number 1 on Apple Music charts for weeks. This year, he promised his fans that he would be dropping his debut album, and we’re excited. Just maybe he would have that Asake run in 2023.

Victony

This Nigerian musician has one of the most amazing stories to tell. 2022 was the year that Victony hit those big numbers he has been dreaming of.

7 Nigerian Artists To Watch Out For In 2023


Somewhere in the middle of 2022, Victony dropped his “Outlaw” EP which had some amazing tracks. For the rest of the year, different songs on the extended play blew up.

There were tracks like “Apollo“, “Kolomental” and the viral sensation “Soweto“. He earned some spectacular features on projects like Burna Boy’s album “Love Damini” amongst others.

The slender singer embarked on a tour of Nigerian universities and also performed outside of Nigeria to his burgeoning fans. He ended the year with a Lagos concert for his fans. We are betting on Victony to get even bigger in 2023 as we look forward to his debut album.

Young Jonn

This young man made such a smooth transition from being just a music producer to becoming one of the hottest artistes on the block in 2022.

7 Nigerian Artists To Watch Out For In 2023


Young Jonn did it last year dishing out back-to-back hits effortlessly. First, he dropped his “Love Is Not Enough” EP and later a deluxe version.

The deluxe had hit tracks like “Dada” remix with Davido, “Normally“,  and “Xtra Cool“. Young Jonn’s fame went beyond Nigeria with the tracks introducing him as being more than a music producer.

“Xtra Cool” topped the Apple Music chart in Nigeria which was quite impressive. We are quite sure that Young Jonn the musician is here to stay and we are rooting for him this year.

Crayon

Charles Chibueze better known as Crayon saw his dry spell turn around real quick last year. He had a stellar verse and hook on Mavin’s track “Overdose“.

7 Nigerian Artists To Watch Out For In 2023

The track is definitely a contender for song of the year for 2022. He struck again with his solo track “Ijo Laba Laba” produced by Sarz. Crayon was once again very impressive on the track that has grossed millions of streams on different DSPs.

On the Mavins “Chapter X” album, he has shown much growth and has found a way to perfect making hooks on records. Crayon is aware and grateful for reaching those milestones in the past year and has promised fans more hits from his bank of songs in 2023. He should drop his debut album all things being equal, but before then a couple more hit tracks. 

Mohbad

Sometime last year, Mohbad had some in-house fighting with his former record label Marlian Music which resulted in his departure.

7 Nigerian Artists To Watch Out For In 2023

He accused his label head Naira Marley of maltreatment and unprofessionalism. Shortly after departing, he dropped a diss track “Tiff” targeted at his former label boss Naira Marley. No doubt Mohbad is a talented singer, with label issues out of the way we are hoping that he would shine brighter this new year.

Guchi

Guchi is the first female music act on our list. The beautiful singer has had a graceful journey and organic growth so far and we’re excited about the bigger things she can achieve in the new year.

7 Nigerian Artists To Watch Out For In 2023

Meanwhile, last year she dropped an impressive body of work the “Purple Diary” extended play. She has what it takes to reach higher heights and we are rooting for her this year.

Fave

Nigerian singer GodsFavour Chidozie better known as Fave had a bigger audience last year and her growth is quite enviable. She dropped a solid EP “Riddim 5”  in the past year with hit songs like “Baby Riddim“, “Obsessed“, and “S.M.K“.


7 Nigerian Artists To Watch Out For In 2023


Fave has achieved all she is now as an independent artiste which is quite laudable. It would be no surprise to see her career take off like that of Tems and it all begins with one great song. Fave has the talent to get to the pick as a female artiste and we hope that 2023 is that year.


Other worthy mentions are Pheelz, Bayanni, Lade who are also amazing as individual artists. We’re excited at the potential they all have and how much they can take their game to the next level.

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