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8 Underground Nigerian artists to discover in Detty December

Underground Nigerian Artist Buju and UK producer Jae 5 in the studio
Buju and UK producer Jae 5 in the studio

It’s evident that the Nigerian Music Industry has the attention of the world considering the events of the last 5 years, ranging from international investment for independent artists & record labels (Sony, Arista, RCA Records etc.) and the worldwide recognition of Nigerian artists. Knowing Nigerians they will reply to this article with “no be me dey underground” so please forgive in advance.


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With many of the diaspora returning to their ancestral homes for ‘Detty December’ here is a list of 8 “underground Nigerian artists” you may have not heard of…yet.

1. YKB – @ykbonly

Yusuf Kan Bai aka Ykb is a Nigerian Afropop singer and songwriter. He is one of the new artists making wave and pushing through in the Nigerian music industry. Very talented and possessing a tiny unique voice, Yusuf has been able to fit into the hot competition among latest Nigerian Artists. He currently has less than 10k monthly listeners a  proper underground Nigerian artist

His latest release is a smooth melodic vibe with lots of replay value.


2. Seyi vibez – @seyi_vibez

Seyi Vibez is one of the Nigerian superstars proving himself in the music industry. He is a well-talented and already amasses 700k followers on instagram (linked above) with many records that are still making waves and collecting lots of streams across DSPs. You can listen to his EP NSNV (no Seyi no vibez) below.



3. Zinoleesky – @zinoleesky

Zinoleesky is a Nigerian vocalist and lyricist with a melodious voice and meaningful lyrics that captivates. He’s been doing this for a while now and doesn’t seem to be slowing down. He boats over 1m followers on Instagram and with several underground Nigerian artists becoming viral sensations due to social media, don’t be surprised if you hear Zinoleesky on a TikTok near you.

His biggest song ‘Kilofeshe’ has gone off in the clubs (if you go to the Afrobeats rooms) comes from his ‘Chrome’ Eccentric album. Check it out below:


4. TMP – @tmp_offisial

TMP is an underground Nigerian artist that we discover very early in his development with only 200 monthly listeners. This is another superstar that is continuing a steady upward trajectory in the Afrobeats music ecosystem, an artiste with excellent vibes to look out for.


5. Ruger – @Rugerofficial

Ruger is a fresh, new Afro-dancehall star breaking out of Nigeria. Having bounced onto the scene at the start of 2021, Ruger has been shaking tables for the past 9 months. His 5-track EP ‘Pandemic’ has seen Ruger topping singles and album charts across Africa and he’s already shared the stage with Afrobeats elite such as Burna Boy and Davido.


6. Bella shmurda – bella_shmurda

After busting into the music scene only in 2018, Bella Shmurda has become a prominent figure amongst the popular new artistes as his voice and personality has an appeal to the streets/youths. He also has great melodies that are very soothing to the ears, this obviously is one of the reasons wizkid had him on stage at the O2, he’s one to look out for on the global stage.


7. Buju – @Bujutoyourears

Buju has been behind the music scene for a long time. It’s so exciting to see him get his kudos this year and he followed it up with the ‘sorry i’m late’ ep and a lot of features. Buju has a special voice that compliments his melodies so well. He was also featured on Wiz Kid’s ‘Made In Lagos deluxe’. That was a BIG mood.


8. Oxlade – Oxladeofficial

He rose to prominence with the release of the song ‘Away’, which appeared on Rolling Stone 50 best songs of 2020 and i might state that oxlade is on a lane of his own as he seems to have cracked a code to making impeccable music. Also his voice is glorious, a global star for sure

Notes from the author:

You should look out for these guys and many more we didn’t mention, they are coming with all the heat you’ve never seen. I know Nigerian music blew up for its Afrobeats execution but what’s crazy is the fact that the Nigerian music industry is still shying away from its potential. We have trap artists, afro juju, apala, 234drill, hip hop artists and many more.

These guys are not playing either, I’m certain as an investor you won’t go wrong if you put your money in the growth of an underground Nigerian artist – it’s a win win. Some of these boys can’t even afford studio sessions, much more promotions. The Underground Nigerian Artistes is a platform aimed at promoting underrated or unrecognised recording artists; showcasing them to a vast audience. If you want to discover the next viral afrobeat before the rest of the world, consider subscribing to my YouTube channel.

Daytona (@YtonaDa)


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