2016 saw a lot of Nigerian artistes put out their albums especially towards the last quarter of the year, it also saw the likes of CDQ, Reekado Banks, Adekunle Gold, Lil Kesh and Kiss Daniel put out their debut albums.
We have earmarked a few artistes that are likely to release their debut albums in 2017 and we are hugely anticipating the releases.
TeknoTriple MG superstar Tekno totally owned 2016 with back to back smash hit singles the biggest of them all being “Pana”. “Pana” sat conveniently on top of most charts across the country for several weeks making it arguably the biggest song of the year.
The anticipation for a Tekno body of work/album is heightened, the singer should put out his debut album in 2017.
If there is an award for revelation of the year it will surely go to Mr Eazi. Ever since he burst on to the Nigerian scene earlier in the year, he hasn’t looked back. Although he’s been popping in Ghana and diaspora for a while, he officially made an entrance into the Nigerian music scene in 2016.
Mr Eazi undoubtedly the most featured artist in Nigeria in 2016, he has a guest appearance on virtually all the albums that was released in 2016. 2017 can only get bigger for the Star Boy-signed singer. We look forward to the release of his debut album in 2017 tentatively titled “Life Is Eazi”
Reggaeton/Dancehall act, Cynthia Morgan has been on the impressive for a while now. She’s been putting out decent singles for at least the past 24months since she officially inked a deal with Jude Okoye’s Northside Inc.
She has grown significantly as an artiste over the years and she’s definitely due for a debut album, we hope it comes in 2017.
“Your Number” is arguably the most successful afrobeats single in America till date, burning up airwaves with the help of Fetty Wap. It also boasts a remix with Chris Brown and Kid Ink. 2016 has seen Ayo Jay perform at mainstream concerts in the States, sign a deal with RCA Records and he has also garnered more fans while at it.
We hope Ayo Jay rides on this current wave and drop his debut album in 2017.
Humblesmith has been consistent with the releases since he made a breakthrough with his smash single – Osinachi. He has since released a slew of singles featuring heavyweights like Davido & Flavour.
His current single “Change” is currently enjoying decent airplay across the nation. 2017 should see the singer unload his debut offering.