Top Ten Hottest New Artistes In 2021

We take at look at the top ten hottest new artistes currently rocking the airwaves and winning the hearts of music lovers and critics in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.

These artistes are sure contenders for rookie of the year or best new act awards across Nigeria and Africa as a whole . The list is in no particular order

1) AV (Big Thug Boys) – Adindu Victor popularly known as AV is an Afropop singer and song writer from Nigeria. The talented act came into the Nigerian scene with the release of “temperature” in 2018 and released follow up singles like “blow” and “hustle” in 2019. In June 2021, AV had a major breakthrough when he released the single “Big Thug Boys”, an Afrobeats song produced by Kulboy with an accompanying video directed by Boydirector. The song has amassed massive airplays across the country with over 300k streams across all platforms and over a million youtube views within two months. His second single ” Confession” is also doing massive numbers on the airwaves . AV is definitely an act to watch out for in 2021 and beyond.
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2) Lojay (Monalisa) – Lekan Onifeso Jnr aka Lojay is one of the hottest new artistes with amazing songs that achieved mainstream recognition in the Nigerian music industry this year 2021. Lojay first gained recognition when he featured on Sarz single titled “Tonongo” in 2021. He then went ahead to release a joint EP with Sarz titled Love and Attention (LV n ATTN). The EP album was met with critical acclaim with many hailing Lojay voice, delivery, lyrics and melody which blended well with the amazing production from Sarz. One of the most popular joints from the EP is “Monalisa” and “LV n ATTN” featuring Grammy award winning artiste, Wizkid. The songs are enjoying massive love on the streets and radio. He also recently performed at the O2 Arena At Wizkid‘s Made in Lagos Tour . Critics have stated that Lojay is sure getting a nomination for rookie of the year at this year Headies award. 


3) Ajinomoix Beats (Focus) – Ajinomoix beat produced the viral instrumental beat titled “Focus” and the track is perhaps the most viral and one of the most successful singles of 2021 so far. The Beat of the song was produced by Ajinomoix beats and the dance was popularized by hagmandc and abatiade on the social media platform – Instagram. The song has achieved critical success and entered the top 100 trends on TikTok as well as getting endorsements from stars like Micheal Blackson, Davido, Pogba, Burna Boy and many more.  The Remix of the song with Dice Ailes has amassed over 500k views on YouTube .

4) Ria Sean (Money Bag) – Gloria Asene Enebi aka Ria Sean is a Nigerian songwriter and recording artiste signed unto Former Burna Boy Record Label, Aristokrat Records. The artiste is renowned for her distinct vocals and delivery. She featured on a track off Moelogo’s Ep titled “Who Talk” and has released songs like All I Need, Lemonade and the recent single “Money Bag” which is currently enjoying massive airplay across the country. 

5) Ayra Star (Bloody Samaritan) – Oyinkansola Sarah Aderibigbe known professionally as Ayra Starr, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and model. She was signed to Mavins Records by Don Jazzy after she uploaded a video of herself on Instagram singing an original song titled “Damages”. She released her debut EP “Ayra Star” on January 22nd to critical reception. The EP had hits like “Away” , “Sare” and “DITR”. She released her debut album “19 and Dangerous” on the 2nd of August, 2021 and the project is currently enjoying massive airplay across the country. The single “Bloody Samaritan” of the album is receiving massive love across the country and is on its way to become a monster hit. 

6) Ruger (Bounce) – Micheal Adebayo popularly known as Ruger is an Afro rave artiste signed unto Jonzing records owned by Dprince and Mavins records by Don jazzy . Ruger made his debut on the 20th of January, 2021, on the label’s single ‘One shirt” featuring D’Prince and Rema. After the release of One Shirt, Ruger released his first music project ‘Pandemic’, a six-track EP, and the record ‘Bounce’ off the EP Remains a hit record that stayed at the top in various Nigerian music charts at the time of release and was among the Top 100 songs in Apple Music Nigeria and other African countries like Uganda for weeks. . His other singles like “ Abu Dhabi” and “bow“are also enjoying massive love. He performed at Burna Boy’s show in London this year .

7) DaiVerse (Cocaine) – Akandu Ifeanyi aka Daiverse is a recording artiste born in Lagos. He dropped his first single titled control in 2019 . His recent 2021 single “ Cocaine” is gaining massive acceptance everywhere . The song went viral on social media platforms in 2021 and has amassed over 500 thousand streams across all platforms.

8 ) Jaywillz (Medicine) – Following a Record deal with Chaddo Music Worldwide in 2020, Jaywillz released his First Ep titled ” PUN”. The Ep was a modest success . In 2021 however, Jaywillz achieved mainstream success with the release of his smash hit single “Medicine ” which has amassed over 4 million views on Youtube and is a viral tiktok sensation . His second EP ” Love or the Word ” boasts of features with artistes like Bella Shmurda , Zlatan , Papisnoop and LucyQ. Jaywillz also scored features on Olamide’s critically acclaimed ” UY SCUTI” album with “Jailer” and CDQ ” Vibes and Lifestyle ” album on Addicted alongside Wande Coal .

9) Mizzle (Angelica) – Temitayo Anifowoshe aka mizzle is a Nigerian Afrobeats musician and songwriter . He became popular in 2020 when he dropped imitation videos of some top Nigerian musicians on Tiktok and twitter . The budding star imitated the music styles of artistes like davido , Burna boy , Wizkid , Wande Coal , Oxlade among others . The videos gained massive acceptance and saw mizzle amass a sizable number of fans . He quickly followed up with the well received “ in the dark “ Ep featuring Wande coal, Sarz , Niniola , and Oxlade with stand out tracks like Angelina Ft Wande Coal. The Ep has achieved critical success.

10) Hypeman Bobby banks (Shedibalala) – DjBalsit and Hypeman Bobby banks released one of 2021 ‘s biggest club hit titled Shebi balala. The song and slang went viral on social media platforms and evolved into the popular shedibalala challenge that ruled the social media platforms in 2021 .The track has amassed over 300k streams across all platforms .

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