6 Nigerian Artistes Who Has Faded Out Of The Music Scene
For music lovers who are beginning to appreciate good music, Sunny Neji is probably part of the old generation you should consider checking because of his “Traditional highlife” style.
Sunny Neji was born in Lagos, to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Neji; Sunny, the youngest of five kids. He began to sing at an early stage. As a young boy, he participated in cultural performances while in school and by 1987 he ventured into recording earning a reputation in the jingle-production scene in no time.
His debut album, ‘Captain’ on EMI was released in 1991, before he went on to join Colors Band with which he performed as the lead singer for five years. In 1997 with the release of his sophomore set ‘Mr. Fantastik,’ the album sold hugely and won numerous awards for the artiste.
He went on to drop other amazing works, such as Tribute Album To The Legendary Sir, Victor Uwaifo with his reinterpretation of the classic ‘Joromi,’ ‘Wake up!’ in 2003 to challenge Nigeria to vote right in the general election. These special projects helped to set the tune for his fourth full-length album unchained, with Oruka and Face Me.
Sunny Neji was described as Nigeria’s Luther Vandross, whose beautiful love songs are enjoyed by everyone, old and young. His hit single “Oruka”; still remains a dream song for every couple walking down the aisle in Nigeria. 6 Nigerian Artistes Who Has Faded Out Of The Music Scene
Terry G, an eccentric singer, and producer can be credited for taking the hip hop music to the street with his ‘madness style’. He has been described as “one of the world’s weirdest singers and craziest musicians in Nigeria,” by Nigerian media.
The singer, whose name is Gabriel Oche Amanyi was born in Benue State and began his professional music in 2006. He brought a new kind of flavour to the music scene, carving a niche for himself, as a talented singer with a hyper-energetic style of music delivery.
Freestyling on a beat he had produced for another artiste, his infectious beat and melody of most of his songs could not be overlooked.
Terry G grunted his way to stardom with a worrisome trend that the likes of Naira Marley, Zlatan, Qdot and others have carried on with.
Some of his ‘crazy’ songs from the ‘Ginjah Master’s that shut down Nigerian airwaves at its prime, includes ‘Free madness,’ ‘Run Mad,’ ‘Akpako Master,’ ‘See groove,’ and ‘Sangalo pt 2.’ He has also faded from the scene.
Kenny Saint Brown
Kenny Saint Brown, popularly known as KSB, is a multiple award-winning artiste before she went on to become an entrepreneur, author, life coach, and a politician.
Born in Ago Iwoye, Ijebu to the family of Late Chief Felix and Otunba Leticia Ogungbe, she jettisoned a career in oil and gas industry for music.
The talented singer was waxing stronger even when some other gospel stars were disappearing from the landscape.
Her unforgettable songs include ‘Turn Around’ featuring Da Grin, ‘Baba Ara,’ ‘Moti Goke’ featuring Terry G; ‘Alaye’ featuring Ice Prince, among others.
Many years ago, singer, AY.com, was rated as one of the raves in the music industry with his hit song, ‘Pass me your Love’ featuring Terry G.
The singer whose real name, Ayoola Johnson, faded from the music scene after allegations caused a rift between him and Terry G.
Ay.com went on to release more singles like ‘Jombolo’, ‘Komagbon’, ‘No Mind Dem,’ among others.
Anthony Olanrewaju Awotoye, popularly known as ‘Tony Tetuila’ is another successful Afro hip hop artiste, formerly a member of The Remedies (along with Eedris Abdulkareem and Eddy Montana), he split with the group and went on to established himself as a successful solo musician.
He hails from Kwara State and is best known for his song, ‘My car’, where he shaded his former labelmate Eedris Abdulkareem, and pay homage to Bola Tinubu, the Lagos state governor at the time. He went on to drop other hit songs such as ‘Only You,’ ‘Iseju Kan,’ ‘My Heart Go jigi jigi,’ ‘Omode Meta.’
Nothing was heard from him again musically. In 2014, Tony Tetuila ran for political office for the House of Assembly of Kwara State as a candidateof the All Progressives Congress, but lost.
Paul Play Dairo
Even if the younger generation does not listen to him, Paul Play Dairo is still a living Afro music legend. Known for his soft-spoken vocals, the son of Nigerian bandleader, I. K. Dairo who was the father of juju music for his role in establishing that musical style, eventually displaced West African high life as Nigeria’s national sound.
Like his father, Paul’s music genre revolves around high life, but he added Gospel, R&B, and Soul to the mix as well. He knows how to serenade his listeners right, and expresses it with the simplest of lyrics to convey his message of affection.
His song titled, ‘Angel of my life’ was one of all-time popular classics, where he expressed all the emotions and feelings he has for the woman in his life, and how he would be without her. But he has faded from the scene.
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