By ANTHONY ADA ABRAHAM
The music scene is becoming more competitive daily with young talents like Small Doctor, Wizkid, Davido, Falz, Yemi Alade, Adekunle Gold, Mr Eazi, Patoranking, Kiss Daniel, Ycee, Reekado Banks, Runtown, Olamide, Tekno, and others giving some big names in the idustry a good run for their money. But it seems some notable artistes are yet to have any hit song this year even though some of them have released some singles and even collaborated with other fellow entertainers. ANTHONY ADA ABRAHAM writes on some few artistes who have not really dominated the airwaves this year.
This artiste who due to his hit songs was nominated for LEADERSHIP Artiste of the Year came into limelight with Oleku and the song was regarded as one of the top 10 most played songs in the last decade.After the success of Oleku, he subsequently released other songs that have hit the airwaves like Super star, Whiskey, Tears for Naija, That could be us and Magician. In 2017, most fans would be forgiven to think Ice Prince is an upcoming act as he has been completely relegated to the background.His releases these year and features include ;Magic, Successful,OD Woods with Vector,Bless my way, Bam Bam, All Night Long , Satisfy and a host of others. Since he left Chocolate City, he has not really showed fans that he is a strong force to be reckoned. The Oleku crooner needs to release a hit song before the year runs out as his fans are patiently hoping and waiting for him to dominate the airwaves once again.
With the release of don’t break my heart, the industry knew that Cythnthia Morgan has come to stay in the Nigerian Music Industry. Her brand and style of music was fresh and Nigerians were happy we have found our own Queen Patra.
Subsequently when she dropped German Juice,she confirmed her status as an A- list artist.She also had some good songs like drops That Baby Mama, Olowo, Lead me On, I am Taken, Come and Do, In Love, Bubble up, Money, Twerk It, Kiss and Tell, Hey Boy, Up and Down With In love and No Cameras.
Her features includes Far Away with Bracket, Odo by Petrah and Samini and with Edanos in Up and Down as latest releases in 2017. So far, she has been gradually fading into obscurity as we are yet to hear a hit banger from our Ragga queen .Maybe she is cooking something in the studio that would sweep us off our feet.
The Koko master is arguably the biggest artist in Nigeria in the last 10 years.When he first debuted with his label mate and partner, Don Jazzy,it was a partnership made in Heaven.D’banj was releasing hit upon hits – Tongolo, Why me, Fall in Love,suddenly ,Igwe ,Pere were all national anthems .Then no wedding or party was complete without playing Dbanj’s song.He was the biggest artiste in Africa. He even had a collabo with American Superstar Snoop Dogg. Everything he touched turned to gold .The kokomaster went international with the release of his song Oliver Twist cementing his status as Africa’s Micheal Jackson. Things began to go downhill when he left Mohits records, like a pack of cards his career began to crumble. Last year he made a brief comeback with his song Emergency, it was a temporal relief and his fans expected him to maintain the tempo. While he still has some star quality based on his numerous endorsement deals,he has not done any song that is enjoying massive airplay and the year 2017 is almost gone. The Koko Master is loved by many no doubt and it is hoped that he will use his koko to bring something out soon.
MI Jude Abaga
Mr Incredible popularly known as rose to fame in 2006 with his song Crowd Mentality. MI with his fellow label mates Ice Prince; Jesse Jagz redefined rap music in Nigeria which was going extinct.
His song Safe is regarded as one of the best rap songs by an African. His style of rap is likened to Kanye West as his delivery and punch lines are second to none in Nigeria.After the success of safe, he released some hit bangers like One Naira, Africa Rapper Number one, Action Film, Bad Belle and Bullion van.His last album Chairman won the best Rap Album in last year’s Headies Award. But it seems that the ‘Chairman’ as he is fondly called by his fans and contemporaries has forgotten that he has a huge follower who believed in his charismatic presentations of lyrics. As one of the best MCs in the hip hop genre,he has a bigger crowed than most of his equals. But 2017 has not really seen the vibes coming from him. It is believed he would drop something for us that would make the industry and fans crave for more.
After the release of ‘Kukere,’ the Calabar born artiste who won the first edition of Project Fame could do no wrong.He followed it up with your waist, S*xy Mama, Lekwe Ukwu, What’s your flavor, Mr Oreo amongst others. In 2017, he has not really had a fair deal in the music industry.
Maybe that informed his decision to team up with Mavin to revive his career. 2017 has not been great for our man, but the Mavin Crew are known for hit songs and as part of the crew, we expect him to drop something that would continue to enjoy massive airplay to the admiration of his female fans.