Top 10 R&B Artists In Nigeria 2023
This article aims to rank Nigerian R&B singers who have been holding it down despite the wave Afrobeats is making globally. I will be taking you through a list of the top 10 R&B artists in Nigeria 2023.
R&B is a music genre that has strong lyrics which are romantic and emotional and which can make listeners feel emotional.
In Nigeria, R&B might not be as big as Afrobeats, but it has its audience too. Below are the Top 10 R&B artists in Nigeria in 2023 that you should know. This list is ranked from bottom to top. Enjoy!
Omawumi Megbele, born 13 April 1982 and better known by her stage name Omawumi, is a Nigerian singer-songwriter. She gained attention as the 2007 runner-up on West African Idols, a reality TV show part of the Idols franchise. She won the Best Vocal Performance (Female) at the Headies in 2009 and 2018 respectively. Omawumi is considered one of the most gifted Nigerian female vocalists of all-time.
Aituaje Iruobe, known professionally as Waje, is a Nigerian RnB singer who first gained recognition after being featured on the remake of P-Square’s “Omoge Mi”. She was also featured on the duo’s 2008 hit track “Do Me”. Waje has released 4 critically acclaimed albums. Her most recent project was the 2022 album titled Waje 2.0, which is an 11-track album that has features from Tiwa Savage, Imi Lawz, Falz, Emmyblaq and Masterkraft.
8. Nonso Amadi
Nonso Amadi, 27, is a self-taught Nigerian singer, songwriter and music producer who embarked on his music career in 2012 while at Covenant University. He released his first EP, “Alone”, in 2015. He is also well known by his hit single “Tonight”. Nonso Amadi took a break from music for 3 years and returned in 2022 with a new single titled Foreigner, which was followed by another single featuring the Canadian Rnb duo Majid Jordan titled Different.
7. Seyi Shay
37-year-old Deborah Oluwaseyi Joshua, popularly known as Seyi Shay, is a popular Nigerian RnB singer, songwriter, and actress. She rose to prominence with the release of her single “Loving Your Way” in 2011. She released her debut album “Seyi or Shay” in 2015. In January 2021, she signed a publishing deal with the French division of Universal Music Publishing Group. She’s remained one of the most relevant Nigerian RnB artists for over a decade.
6. Banky W
Olubankole Wellington, popularly known as Banky W, was born in the United States on 27 March, 1981 to Nigerian parents. He is a songwriter, music producer, and singer. In 2009, he left the US for Nigeria and established his record label in Lagos by signing artists like Niyola, Shaydee, Skales , and Wizkid to the label. He released his debut studio album, Back in the Building, in 2005. He’s now a politician, but he still releases songs. Banky W is considered one of the most influential Nigerian R&B Artists ever.
Praise Adejo, known by his stage name Praiz, is a talented R&B singer who came into the limelight through a televised music competition in 2008. He has performed alongside R&B veteran singers Brandy and Joe (2011 PFWA concert in Lagos) amongst other top shows in Nigeria and the UK. His music style is a blend of soul and R&B. He is currently signed to X3M MUSIC.
4. Ric Hassani
Ric Hassani, whose real name is Ikechukwu Eric Ahiauzu, is a Nigerian R&B singer from Port Harcourt, Rivers State. He hit the limelight with his debut single “Hello”. He released one of his best known songs “Gentleman” in 2016. The song earned him several nominations of his career. He was born on 6 January 1989.
3. Johnny Drille
Johnny Drille, born as John Ighodaro, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, producer, and sound engineer. He was born on 6 January 1989 in Edo State. He’s signed to Mavin Records. His popular songs include ‘Romeo and Juliet’, ‘Dear Future Wife’, ‘Count On You’, ‘Forever’, ‘Finding Efe’, and ‘Hello My Friend’.
Chike, born on 28 January 1993 as Ezekpeazu Osebuka is an R&B singer, songwriter, and actor from Onitsha, Anambra, Nigeria. He became popular for his debut album titled Boo Of The Booless after his exploits on the Nigerian Project Fame West Africa TV reality show in 2015 and for finishing as runner-up in The Voice Nigeria Season 1 TV talent competition. The success of his debut album put him on this list of top Nigerian R&B artistes making waves in the creative industry.
Born Temilade Openiyi on 11 June 1995, Tems is a Nigerian singer who rose to prominence after she featured on Wizkid’s 2020 single “Essence”, which reached the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100. That same year, she released her first EP titled For Broken Ears. In 2021, she featured on “Fountain” off Canadian rapper Drake’s album Certified Lover Boy. In 2022, her vocals from her song “Higher” were sampled by American rapper Future on his single “Wait for U”, which reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 – Tems, therefore, making history as the first African female singer to reach such milestone. In the same year, she won 2 BET awards in a single night, one being for “Essence” as Best Collaboration and the other being for herself as Best International Act. In 2022, she became the first, and only, Nigerian female singer to win a Grammy award. She’s the most successful Nigerian R&B singer to date.
Pheelz Released Potential Club Banger ‘YOLO’
Kizz Daniel Employs Former Record Label Boss, Emperor Geezy As CEO Of Flyboy Inc (Video)
Listen: Bad Boy Timz Drops Debut Album ‘No Bad Boy, No Party’
Top 10 Nigerian Songs Of April 2023
The following are the top 10 songs for the month of April 2023. The artistes include Wande Coal, Zinoleesky, Young...
Top 10 Nigerian Love Songs Of All Time
Nigerian love songs are undeniably dominated by themes of love, making it a daunting task to rank them all time....
‘Rave & Roses’ Rises As Davido’s ‘Timeless’ Album Departs Billboard 200 Chart
Nigerian Afrobeats singer Davido’s ‘Timeless’ album has left the Billboard 200 chart after 2 weeks charting. According to a latest...
‘Calm Down’ Surpasses 1 Billion Streams On Spotify
‘Calm Down’ has surpassed 1 billion streams on Spotify across all versions. The 2022 international hit single by Nigerian pop...
‘Calm Down’ Extends Record As Highest Charting Nigerian Song On Billboard Hot 100
‘Calm Down’ has extended its record as the highest charting Nigerian song on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. ‘Calm...
Davido ‘Timeless’ Debuts On Billboard 200, Becomes His Highest Charting Album
Award-winning Afrobeats megastar Davido has earned his highest charting album with ‘Timeless’ on Billboard 200. Davido has continued to reach...
DJ AYI – Big Chune Riddim(Reggae Mix)
DJ AYI Releases Reggae Remix of Big Chune Riddim Nigerian OAP and celebrity DJ Ayi releases “Big Chune Riddim,” a...
DJ AYI Portharcourt Mixtape Vol 6
Dj AYI drops Portharcourt Mixtape Vol 6 and it is all shades of goodness for lovers of mixtapes. Super93.3fm DJ...
MIXTAPE: DJ PlentySongz – Best Of Davido & Wizkid 2023 Mix
“Popular Nigerian Disc Jockey DJ PlentySongz comes through with this amazing piece of work titled “Best Of Davido & Wizkid” the mixtape features all...
MIXTAPE: DJ Freeflex – Attention
After a short break from the music scene, talented DJ Freeflex returns with a new mixtape tagged “Attention” featuring the...
Afrobeat Mixtape 2023: DJ Ayi Birthday Mixtape
DJ Ayi Birthday Mixtape Celebrity DJ Ayi celebrates his birthday by giving his fans a brand new mix of the...
DJ Ayi – Bedroom Selection
DJ Ayi explores good songs for lovers titled ‘Bedroom Playlist’ PH City Disc Jockey, DJ Ayi comes through with a...