10 Nigerian Artistes Who Have Gone International

Posted by STAFF on November 11, 2017 in Content · 65 Comments


The horizon of Nigerian music is broadening, beyond the shores of Africa to the field of global music. Nigerian music is like the new gold causing people of the west to rush to the market. Good for us because with the growing rave around our music; our artistes move steps closer to that very elusive Grammy award. Here’s a list of 10 already internationally recognized Nigerian artistes:

  1. Wizkid

He might not be the pioneer of this movement but no doubt when you think ‘Africa to the world,’ his name first comes to mind. The sold out concerts and record breaking collaborations speak for him. Wizkid is no doubt Africa’s biggest music export of this age.

  1. MC Galaxy

The vibe to his songs have somehow transcended across borders. His biggest hit yet ‘Sekem’ received warm reception across many nations. The song was also recognized by the highly sophisticated Hollywood after it was used as a soundtrack on the Disney movie ‘Queen of Katwe’.

  1. Asa

From the onset, it was obvious Asa’s music could not be contained within the boundaries of her home-country; Nigeria. The indie soul and fusion artiste has a way of using her music to connect with people of diverse origins and her outings can confirm that.

  1. Ycee

There is an evolution in the Afrobeat scene and we can witness it in form of the ‘Pan-African sound’ that the new cats are exporting to the world audience. Part of this movement is the song ‘Juice’ which is enjoying massive acceptance from many of the Westerners.

  1. Mr Eazi

Thanks to Mr. Eazi, the Banku music is now steps closer to global dominance. The singer has become a favorite in many parts of the United Kingdom and America. Mr. Eazi’s Detty world tour has recorded sold out shows in several western countries.

  1. Tiwa Savage

Tiwa comes highly recommended and in hot demand by her upper west side colleagues. Her pan-African music style has made her the topic of discuss in circles around the likes of Jay Z, Brandy, Fat Joe and Chris Martin. Moreover, her working stint with Mary J Blige, Whitney Houston, Kelly Clarkson and Andrea Bocelli had her adequately equipped for this takeover.

  1. Davido

The 30 billion gang leader is one spectacular African artiste breaking boundaries on the international front, and it dates far back to the days of his come up. His song ‘Skelewu’ was the sound that launched him on the global front, even causing a trend. Today, icons like Ronaldo, Taraji P. Henson and R.Kelly have endorsed him.

  1. Yemi Alade

Girl with the sauce took the music industry like a raging storm. Ms. Alade has successfully grown her craft into a moving force that lights up stages from London to Paris, Germany, Canada and of course America, where she sells her mama Africa music to her fans using her amazing vocals and energetic dance moves.

  1. Femi Kuti

Contrary to popular belief, Femi worked so hard to establish himself as an artist independent of his father’s massive legacy. He’s taken the gospel of Afrobeat to locations in the UK and US, earning him collaborations with some industry titans, and 4 Grammy nominations in the World Music category.

  1. Tekno

It wasn’t until after the release of ‘Pana’ before the slim daddy stamped and solidified his arrival on the international scene. Now, not only is he shutting down shows around the world, his talent already has him tipped by music giants, Sony, and he sits on the rollcall of one of the world’s most revered entertainment brands.

If you think we have erroneously left out any names, please share them with us in the comments section below.



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  1. Yeah… Dbanj should be there, he pioneered the global movement #Respect

  2. Dbanj should be there, he pioneered the global movement of Afro-pop sound.

  3. Dbanj shud be at number 1 coz he pave the way for the new generation

  4. haba whre dbanj Na. this list no correct.. dbanj olliver twist.. urna no try all all

    • U dey mad u no n o wizzy baby,who be dbanj

  5. t

  6. I gbadu tekno pass all those people. Tekno i hail ooooooo

  7. Baba nla on top

  8. Tooxclusive are you guys kidding me?? D’banj started this with Oliver Twist and his name is not on the list abi una don 4get D’banj so soon ni???????

    • Tooxclusive I think you guys got problems for not putting DBANJ as number ..D-banj made away for new generation when they seems to be noway ..maybe tooxclusive are you mad for this mistake ..You guys should correct that list

  9. Dbanj their fada no dey Dia, so this hate for dbanj neva stop, but when it’s time to write rubbish yall will remember him, it’s well, the funny thing be say I’d they should compile all the achievements from all this artist maybe except Wiz against baba international achievements, none of them come close, the numbers speak for themselves.. From awards to shows and exposure… Yall can keep hating,and una want make that lizard head and body like Jim to blow.smh

  10. Timaya should be there…cuz he rule all the carribeans country

  11. Timaya worth this list ..shark ur bum bum that went viral in different country haba

  12. this post is a trash D’banj should be at the top of the list

  13. Where is Skales on this list????????????

  14. GOOD

  15. Na wa ooooooo, even Tubaba did not make the list,. So quick to forget Phat Girls: African Queen. Too sad

  16. You guys post shit here so where is dbanj where is 2baba ,would wizkid be number naija sha, is it bcus wizkid has been taking pictures and get hooks in songs , tekno is there dbanj isn’t

  17. WERE IS 2BABA(AFRICAN QUEEN)

  18. Tooxclusive… This hate/disdain for D’Banj is just funny. How on earth would Wizkid be on the list without D’banj being featured?

  19. D, Banj is the number one… Baba carry go jore

  20. Pls where is p square

  21. Where is Yemi Alade

  22. So psquare is not there?

  23. D crown belong 2 d owner eleniyan u own it more bless daddy yo

  24. So D’banj, 2 Baba and P’Square didn’t made to the list? The whole of you guys who compiled this list are bunch of jokes. “Chai there’s God oo”

  25. God bless us all

  26. Timaya needed is an insult to him

  27. Na WA oooooo dis list no complete.. Were is Olamide

  28. You forgot Maleek Berry .

  29. where is dbanji 2baba and p square

  30. Where Dbanj, 2baba, Timaya, Patoranking, Olamide. They are internationally recognised. The list shelved off reggae artiste completely. Thaz unfair tho @K01Abinibi

  31. Where is dbanj 2baba and psquare

  32. I saw Wat u guys did by putting Davido at no 7 ??

  33. BIG FISH

  34. this list is sh*t.
    where is 2baba, dbanj, psquare.
    i think this is a joke

  35. Y Ycee? where Dbanj, 2baba and Psquare?

  36. where is borna boy

  37. Were is timaya

  38. This is a new generation of artists and also of new music,you can’t expect dbanj or 2baba to be in the same list of you them… we know that they are on top already

  39. abeg where 2face, d’banj,m I, and skales, Una no try at all. even patoranking no dey ur list

  40. Tiwa savage and timaya

  41. Dis list no correct o. were D-banj, 2face, M.I, pantorankin, Timaya day

  42. what about olamide

    • Abi Olamide nko badoo himself him suppose dey there na at least if others no gree feature am due to him locality wale dey try pity am dey feature am na this list never complete without the WO crooner there oo make una reconsider abeg there is God ooo lol i no serious at all olamide ko aramide ni how manage local fool wan enter there make him die for Nigeria na ibile king

      • y u dey abuise the gy nw

  43. fake list

  44. Who is Femi Kuti?

  45. This List is Totally Rubbish, Tooxclusive Make Small Sense Fall on u D’banj Pave way for the Nigerian artist wen internation Collabo, 2face African Queen was 1st ever nigerian song to be Played on Mtv base wic also received international awards,Psquare did Personally in Respect of the Legend himdelf Micheal Jackon the Song went Viral even Janet jackson commend them for the job Welldone!!! So tell me the reasons why this 3 artistes aren’t included!!

  46. rubbish list

  47. Up wizzy

  48. Up wizzy

    • ???

  49. the first contemporary artiste to feature international artiste was 2face ft Beenie Man Nfana ibaga remix 2005. first Africa song to be played on mtv was Africa Queen and it was used as a sound track for phat girls..Yet 2baba was not included..

  50. cch

  51. Timaya, Tubaba and D’banj are missing, okay nah

  52. big up Boss @ star Boi…..
    u know wala mean

  53. Where’s 2baba, dbanj

  54. Where is small doctor

  55. I think this list is for new artistes, not the bosses in the industry. If not Psquare, MI Abaga, Dbanj, Tubaba, Timaya, would have all been there.

  56. Dakliq

  57. Davido shuld be on the top of the list becus he gat lot of soung’s baunging out their skelwu,fall,if, many other’s an more 2 come

  58. at you see is the present you don’t use the past what about artist like 2 baba and p square ft artist like akon,rick Rose that open the front door for younger artist

  59. what you see is the present you don’t use the past.what about artist like 2 baba and p square ft artist like akon,rick Rose that open the front door for younger artist

  60. ycee will be at the very top in the coming years…the guy is just mad lit?


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