Nigerian Artist That Carved Their Names In Afro-Pop And Reggae

African Celebs
2 min readNov 20, 2019

These five successful artists have become the pioneers in the music industry for their unique blends of genres. Here is a detailed look on their lives.

TIMAYA

Inetimi Timaya Odon was born on August 1980 in Rivers Estate into a large family. H e moved to Lagos to join Eedris Abdulkarreem’s hip hop band as a back vocalist.

He met the producer Obaksolo, which marked the beginning of his solo career with the major hit Dem Mama.

His first two albums earned him nationwide recognition as well as the “Album of the Year” Award at Nigerian Music Awards.

His third and fourth albums, he collaborated with a variety of artists from the gospel singer Kefee to reggae singer Ras Kimono.

Between 2014 and 2019, he went on various world tours to perform. His most recent release is Chulo Vibes, featured East African artists.

PATORANKING

The Nigerian reggae singer Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie was born on May 1990. His debut in the show business was at an early age but as a carnival dancer.

During one of these carnivals, he met a Jamaican artist who introduced him to some producers. His debut singles were Iya Bisi and Alubarika released in 2013.

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His music style immediately drew attention since he combined reggae and dancehall music while addressing socio-political issues with his lyrics.

His most famous song is Girlie I Remix that got him to African music charts. His 2016 album titled God Over Everything carried him further up the ladders and placed him at no 4 on Billboard’s Reggae Albums Chart.

He is currently working on his new album Wilmer.

RUNTOWN

Douglas Jack Agu was born on August 1989 in Enugu State, Nigeria. His first album included the single Gallardo featuring Davido.

The single was successful nationwide and won the Best Collaboration on 2014 award at Nigeria Entertainment Awards.

The album Ghetto University made him one of the most-streamed Nigerian artists in 2015. In 2016, his single Mad Over You was ranked no 38 on the Billboard Twitter Top Tracks.

He is currently working on a new album named Tradition.

WANDE COAL

The Nigerian Afropop singer Oluwatobi Wande Ojosipe was born on October 1985 in Lagos Island.

He was part of a church choir as a teenager while performing as a dancer at the same time. After being recognized by Don Jazzy, he has signed a contract with Mo’ Hits Records.

Initially featured in other artists’ songs, he finally released his debut album Mushin To Mo’ Hits.

The album received positive reactions not just in Nigeria, but also in the UK and the US.

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Originally published at https://africancelebs.com on November 20, 2019.

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