It takes more than just the singing art or form to be conferred with such a revered yet simple title as being a vocalist and some female Nigerian musicians are definitely up to the task.
Stargist.com presents 10 totally amazing musical sensations from the Nigerian shores
1. Tiwa Savage
First, she boasts a degree in professional music from the Berklee College of Music, and in 2006, she featured on the UK platform for X-factor where she placed third in runner-up. A vocalist per excellence, Tiwa has lent her sonorous voice to international music legends Mary J Blige, Chaka Khan, George Michael, Whitney Houston and Andrea Bocelli just to mention a few. Tiwa blessed us with sound treaties that showed her acuity in the vocal department. Kele Kele Love, Love Me, Without My Heart, Ife Wa Gbona, Olorun Mi and Wanted, are some of the songs she slayed with her contralto.
2. Seyi Shay
Ms Shay boasts an impressing list of international music credits from singing to songwriting. She was privileged to be the lead act for a now defunct UK-based girl group where she got the opportunity to not only tour with, but also open a show for one of the world’s utterly successful music divas, Beyoncé.
Waje, otherwise referred to as ‘The African Soul’ has been a powerful singer since her days with P-Square and Mr Incredible where she was the vocal sensation behind their music hits Do Me and One Naira respectively. Her big, strong voice covers over three octaves and this unrivalled talent has her associated with mates Omawumi, Tiwa Savage, Praiz, Timi Dakolo and others.
Omawumi Megbele is a born certified music diva. Omawonder placed first in runner-up the year 2007 at the premier edition of West African Idols, thereby attaining due prominence in the process. Her selling point being an uber strong voice that just could not be missed and then a very out-going personality. Omawumi began to thrill us with records from her repertoire which she slayed with rich vocal flavour.
Having launched fully into the limelight, Simi has released successive singles, Tiff, E No Go Funny and Jamb Question, all showing her melodious approach to story-telling and with distinct relish. She is referred to as the one with a velvet voice.
6. Yemi Alade
Yemi blew our minds with her majestic poise and her sweet ringing soprano at the debut edition of Peak’s talent hunt show in 2009. Yemi welcomed us officially to her music world with the release of Fimisile and followed that closely with more stellar efforts Ghen Ghen Love, Bamboo and Johnny especially, which later became the lead single for her debut album, King of Queens.You can always bank on Yemi Alade’s voice at any time of day and it’s an unusual feat that has given her quite the edge.
Ekiti State-born Niniola Apata, better known by her stage name, ‘Niniola’, broke into limelight shortly after emerging third in Project Fame competition in 2013. Renowned for her electrifying display of stage energy, vocal power and stage craft, she has been able to create a world of her own in the Nigerian music industry through hardwork, resilience and consistency.
Asa’s song is an art that she has perfected over time, having tailored after the likes of Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill and D’Angelo. When you add that with the sojourn she enjoys abroad, it perfectly explains why she is a force to reckon with. Asa’s self-titled debut contained records that were hugely successful hits especially 360, Fire On The Mountain, Eye Adaba and Jailer. In like manner, her sophomore disc contains notable releases like Be My Man, Why Can’t We and Baby Gone.
Chidinma razzle-dazzled to the delight of many during her stint at the 2010 edition of MTN Project Fame Academy, which earned her respect from far and wide. Although her musical choices have swiveled for some time now, it doesn’t change the fact that she’s a pitch perfect vocalist at any time she so chooses to be.
Niyola is one songstress with a voice quite damn good as she looks. Niyola’s notable releases in exudence of her post as first lady to the EME label, includes the popular afro ballad, Toh Bad as well as Love To Love You and her latest offering, Go On. Miss Nini has enjoyed vocal association with mates Banky W and Shaydee, as well as Paul Play Dairo and Lynxx.