• How The Absence Of Nigeria's Biggest Music Stars Opened The Doors For A New Generation Of Artists
  • 2019 has been a slow year for the mainstream entertainment scene. 
    Nollywood hasn't had a blockbuster movie this year and the big music acts have either not released a lot of songs or haven't got any hits this year. 
    Wizkid, Davido, Tiwa Savage and Burna Boy are all working on albums at the moment and their absence created a void in the music scene and some new talents have emerged to fill that void. 
    Like the proverbial saying when the cat is away, the mice will play. 
    But don't be fooled into thinking that these new talents are little mice that can be swept away when the cats return, they have built a significant cult following in the absence of the major stars and they will only keep getting bigger. 
    These new crop of artists are in a zone of their own, they are neither regarded as mainstream, Shepeteri or Alte acts and that is a blessing for them. 
    They are free to explore different angles and can't be zoned into a box. They have also used social media to interact directly with their fans and also win over new fans to themselves. 
    How did these young talents enter the music space very quickly?
    How were they able to take advantage of the absence of the big cats and come into the big picture? 
    The answer to the above questions is simple. THEY WERE READY. 
    Life never tells you when your moment will come or when an opening will arise for you to make yourself known or boost your career so your best bet at succeeding in life is to stay ready. 
    Rema had formed a rap group in his youth church in Benin and had also been making covers of songs. His big break came when he made a cover of D'Prince Gucci Gang song. D'Prince was so impressed with his cover that he went to Benin to meet him and eventually brought him to Lagos. 
    Months later, Dumebi became one of the biggest songs in Nigeria. 
    The likes of Oxlade and Fireboy DML have also been on the music scene for a while and they both got their big breaks this year. 
    Oxlade shone brightly on Blaqbonez's Mamiwota song and that catapulted him into the spotlight while Fireboy DML got signed to YBNL this year, thanks to the success of his hit song "Jealous". 
    There's also the like of GoodGirl LA, Barry Jhay, Dwin The Stoic, The Cavemen and Ignis Brothers. 
    These new artists might be on the verge of shaping a new age in Nigerian music. 

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