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A Deep Dive Into Afrobeats Wildcards (2000-22)

A Deep Dive Into Afrobeats Wildcards (2000-22)

The concept of wildcards on Afrobeat may have just made it into mainstream consciousness very recently, but a deep dive into the Nigerian music space on the last few decades have shown that acts like this have constantly shown up on the , and made impact on the best way they knew how to.

Have you ever engaged on a game of cards with a couple of and find yourself being targeted by everyone. Then you this one card from the deck that can change EVERYTHING on your favor and puts you on , this card is called a WILD CARD.

This one card gives you the confidence to win, and when you work on the music there are some wildcards that have brought this same confidence and even more energy into the music business.

Check out these famous wildcards on the Nigerian music scene so far;

Kizz Daniel

Kizz Daniel is famous to being one of the biggest wildcards the Nigerian Afrobeat scene has fostered. His breakout “Woju ” was so big and impactful that with one track, Kizz Daniel solidified both his name and that of his former label; G-Worldwide. He has since gone on to drop other successful projects including a recent EP, backed by Empire.

Chuddy K – Go Gaga

Chuddy made a splashy debut with Go Gaga on 2011 with Go Gaga, immediately registering his sound as rival to Uber talented Coal’s and making crazy rounds across and tv.

Eventually, Chuddy K couldn’t sustain the momentum, alluding to his failure as a result of Mavin boss, Jazzy paying radio to stop playing his songs to sounding like Wande Coal.

LoJay – Monalisa

In 2020, Lojay went from being a nobody to being a collaborator on one of the biggest territorial projects of the year alongside ace Producer Sarz.

His sleeper--monster hit ‘Monalisa’ went crazy across streaming platforms across Africa, giving the young wildcard the impactful debut he needed.

Baby Boy AV – Big Thug Boys

Adindu Victor, popularly known as AV or BabyboyAV was one of the breakout acts of 2021, with one of the biggest debuts ever to a Nigerian artist. He has since gone on to drop one other incredible jam; which is equally doing incredible numbers across Africa.

AV is definitely one of the youngest Afropop influences to out to everything over Africa.

Portable (Dr Zeh)

A of 2021 wildcards would have been incomplete without Portable

Following his year closer, he has since gone on to dominate social media on his own way, and currently on a tour of the UK.

Yemi Alade – Johnny

When Yemi Alade burst into the scene with relatively Efizzy Entertainment and went straight to earn a hit ; Johnny, and to become one of the most watched YouTube videos across Africa, it was clear the young lady was made to greater things.

Durella

Durella was a wildcard from the early D’Banj/Wande Coal era of the Nigerian music scene. The super talented singer-rapper branded himself as a better version of D’Banj, consistently biting off his style and flow structure. He eventually burned out.

XPee – (Calabar Loni Ishan, Ghana Loni Furo)

XPee

Although XP also eventually burned out, that was such a good time to hip hop on Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Victor AD

In 2018/2019, the sheer power and uniqueness of Victor AD’s vocals not only solidified him as a to watch out to, but also crafted a monster hit to South-South rapper, also known as Eri baba who had previously tried out numerous strategies to hit mainstream success including featuring on a heavy weight track with famous indigenous rapper, Olamide.

TY Bello – The Land Is Green.

TY Bello’s multi talents are undeniably outstanding, having crafted a niche to herself both on the photography and music space.

Her evergreen classic hit song, The Land Is Green is one that has served as her mainstay on the music industry despite her inability to spurn another nationwide hit until a recent project with world famous gospel singer, Tope Alabi.

Written by AfrobeatsMerije.

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