Top 5 Nigerian Singers in Diaspora

Yup! Yup!!! First Things First!!! From all of at Afrobeats360– Happy Easter Sunday, Beautiful People. We trust the celebration still went on in our various little ways, whilst the Coronavirus ‘wahala’. Let’s not forget to stay safe! And also, stay happy, somehow.

Now to the matter, music continues to be the language that unites everyone across the world, regardless of race or origin. All over the globe, it is well known, that Nigerians are blessed with lots of talents in various areas, like sports, acting and music. This talented stars are spread across the globe doing their jobs and making the country proud as well. In this article, we will take a look at Singers of Nigeria in diaspora.

WALE

Olubowale Victor Akintimehin professionaly known as Wale, was born on September 21, 1984, in Northwest, Washington, D.C. His parents, both from the Yoruba ethnic group of southwestern Nigeria, and both of them came from Austria to the United States in 1979. Wale who, apart from his birth name is also known as Ralph folarin is an award winning Nigerian-American rapper and singer. He is a Grammy nominee for his song, Lotus Flower Bomb. He also has the BET, Hip Hop Award , Nigeria Entertainment Award, Soul Train Music award and a host of others. The rapper who is known for hit songs such as Bad, Matrimony, Ambition and more, signed with Interscope Records for $1.3 million in 2008. His debut album ‘Attention Deficit’ was released in 2009 with the singles “Chillin”, “Pretty Girls”, and “World Tour”. The album, although under-shipped, received positive reviews from critics. In early 2011, Wale signed with Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group , where members of the label released a compilation album, Self Made Vol. 1 on May 23, 2011.

JIDENNA

Jidenna Theodore Mobisson was born on May 4, 1985 in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, to Tama Mobisson, a Caucasian accountant, and Oliver Mobisson, a Nigerian Igbo academic. Jidenna grew up partially in Nigeria, where his father was working as a professor of computer science at Enugu State University. When Jidenna was 6 years old, the family moved back to the United States. In 1995, the family moved to Norwood, Massachusett, and then to Milton, Massachusetts.
The Nigerian – American singer / rapper known for hits like Classic Man, Bambi, Boomerang and many more , has won four Soul Train Music awards, received in 2015. His debut album,The Chief was released on February 17, 2017 and peaked at number 38 on the Billboard 200.
In September 2016 Jidenna was featured in an episode of the Netflix original series Luke Cage. Season 1 episode 5, “Just to Get a Rep”, opens with Jidenna performing “Long Live the Chief” at the fictitious Harlem’s Paradise. He performed “Long Live the Chief” and “Little Bit More” with a full band on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah in October 2016. Jidenna guest starred on Insecure in the episodes “Thirsty as Fuck,” and “Shady as Fuck,” which aired in November 2016.

SADE ADU

Helen Folasade Adu professionally known as Sade Adu is a British-Nigerian Singer, songwriter and actress. Sade Adu , was born January 16 1959 in Ibadan, Nigeria , to a professor father, Adebisi, and a British nurse, Anne . She grew up in Essex, England. Prior to joining the band Pride in the early 1980s. After gaining attention as a performer, she formed the band Sade, and secured a recording contract with Epic Records in 1983. The band then released the album Diamond Life a year later, which became one of the best-selling albums of the era, and the best-selling debut ever by a British female vocalist.
In July 1985, Sade was among the performers at the Live Aid charity concert at Wembley Stadium . In late 1985, they released Promise, which was also a resounding critical and commercial success, topping the UK Albums Chart and becoming the band’s first album to debut atop the Billboard 200 . It later earned quadruple platinum certification in the U.S., and reached platinum across Europe. It also earned the group the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1986.

 

TOKUNBO

Tokunbo Akinro is a German-Nigerian soul, jazz and pop singer. She is the daughter of a Nigerian and a German parents. Tokunbo lived in Nigeria until the age of ten. In Germany, she was the lead vocalist of the German Acoustic Soul band, Tok Tok Tok which won five Grammy awards. The band was active from 1998-2013. There music was a beautiful flower stripped of all unnecessary colors. She has toured all over the world from Paris, Berlin, Madrid, The Hague, Kiev, Tel Aviv, and Sao Paulo. As the lead singer of the band Tok Tok Tok, fifteen studio albums were released (inclusive of a greatest hits compilation and a live dvd album)of which the recent one was ‘Gershwin with Strings'(2012). Her debut album Queendom Come was released in 2014, and her second album The Swan (Yoruba Girl / Soulfood) followed in 2018 , which she partially financed with crowdfunding and on which she worked for two years. Ulrich Rode (guitar, keyboards), Christian Flohr (bass), Matthias “Maze” Meusel (drums, percussion) and Anne de Wolff (strings, trombone, vibraphone, accordion) were also involved.
She teaches singing as an art, at the Hanover Academy of Music.

Nneka

Nneka lucia Egbuna is a German Nigerian singer, songwriter and actress. She was born in Enugu, southeast of Nigeria. She however, relocated to Germany at a young age. Nneka came to lime-light with her ska-groove single ‘Heartbeat’. The single was a world-wide hit and was the reason for tours in North-America and Europe. Nneka has five studio albums in total, Victim of Truth(2005), No longer at Ease(2008), Concrete Jungle(2010), Soul is Heavy(2012), and My Fairytales(2015). She was a former coach on local music talent discovery show, Nigerin Idols. Her music has heavy influences of afrobeat, reggae, and ska(a slower version of reggae).

These top Stars from different intertwined backgrounds are no doubt making the African music industry a force to reckon with.

At Afrobeats360, we couldn’t be less proud of their excellence, respectively. And we this we say-

Cheers! To Africa
Cheers!! To Africans
Cheers!!! To African Music

Annie Cruz

Author: Annie Cruz

A die hard fan of Burna Boy & Wizkid, Anita Oronsaye a.k.a Annie Cruz is a lover of afro-fusion and just anything that defines great music!

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