Like in previous years, Spotify has released its list of artists to watch out for on the platform in 2023. Usually, these are fast-rising musicians they think will blow up as the year goes by; fast-rising Afrobeats and Nigerian artists are not exempted. Every year, these emerging artists form the lifeblood of the industry. Last year, Asake, Ayra Starr, and Seyi Vibez were some of the upcoming artists that had that kind of run. With 2023 still fresh, Spotify has moved forward to tell users who they should keep an eye on.
Keep reading to see the list below.
Talented teenager Khaid was discovered last year by popular Instagram Influencer Sydney Talker. Khaid subsequently signed to Sydney’s Neville Records, releasing a couple of singles (including the impressive ‘With You’) and a 5-track extended play.
Tempoe is one of the more established acts on this list. The wickedly talented producer has already worked with industry juggernauts Wizkid, Burna Boy, etc. He’s behind Victony’s enchanting ‘Soweto’, CKay’s ‘Love, Nwantiti’ and even Joeboy’s 2021 smash ‘Sip (Alcohol)’. Tempoe already has over 100 million streams on Spotify.
Fans know Lee as the industry’s finest connector– this guy has a knack for making impossible collaborations happen. From dancing in music videos, he’s ready to try production. He will be keenly followed by his giant fanbase.
Bayanni was one of the new additions to the Mavins army last year. Remember, Don Jazzy’s outfit currently houses Rema, Ayra Starr, Crayon, etc. People under the Don just know how to go viral, and this might be the year for Bayanni.
When Brume dropped ‘Workaholic’ in 2021, I thought he’d be the next big thing in 2022. However, that didn’t quite turn out true. But you cannot put it past the Nigerian to rediscover his form this year, given his talent.
The other Nigerian artists on Spotify’s 2023 ones to watch list are YKB and Kaestyle.
.You can check out our own Afrobeats Rising Stars of 2023 HERE.
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