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Nigerian Industry Artists Who Could Actually Do Good Globally?

Which of our artists can actually do well in globally,i.e. the U.S./U.K/Europe/Asia and Africa as a whole??

I had argument with a friend because I said, currently, not 1 artists could do it, what do you think?

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@Ascony, Cobhams is definitely an artist and producer who deserves and is capable of blowing up internationally.

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Good point. I can dig that.

Hears another perspective we can look at the main question I was asking.

If one of our artistes were to go to the United States(seeing as that is the place where your career in music is propelled to greater heights) could their so called "product", sell enough to make in the Billboard top 10 charts.

Sean Paul and Dancehall music is a prime example, yes he/it had a following back in the Carribean and with Carribeans abroad, but doesnt Femi or 9ice and Nigerian music have the same. ONLY TIME WILL TELL REALLY.

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@ Dbanj Fan,

Haba! Dont say there is no Nigerian artiste that can do good globally. There are a few who will and some who are widely known already.

They just need more promo and support.

Its easy, a law of branding says , 'to be a global brand, have a local perception'. Nigerian artistes who are original and do good music will do well globally. There's nothing wrong with 'our music' if only there's a touch of excellence.

So my list is:

Nice

Asa

Pasuma, Obesere, Saridon P(Saheed Osupa-this guy makes sense)

Dbanj

Durella (this guy is crazy)

My other list- I think they are very talented and will also do well globally.

Mode Nine

M.I

Paul Play

Nomoreloss

Thats all i can remember for now.

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To me only Asa and maybe D'banj can make it. Why? Due to uniqueness. If you look at the current Billboard charts you will notice that the people on the charts are UNIQUE. The World loves something new, fresh and different. In fact, D'banj, Tu Face, Durella, Timaya, 9ice, Asa and Lord of Ajasa (He's doing Rap music from a new perspective!) are very unique. They  can hold their own in the international scene and make our music more popular. People like M.I, P-Square, Mode9 (Even though lyrically he's better than most of the rappers in America including Jay-Z), Banky W, Wande Cole, Sasha, Naeto-C and Ikechukwu are all good musicians but sadly they are just doing what is already being done abroad. They can't compete with the already existing artistes who have better reputations. Right now, Lady Gaga's song Poker Face is top of Billboard's Hot 100 and anyone that has heard that song will know that it is absolutely unique.

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9ice

i loove gongo aso~

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Anyone can do well cos Nigerians are everywhere.

I was very pleased hearing African Queen on Bahamas radio when the song was in vogue.

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2 face will definetly do,i think you have to own your kind of music trademark,a unique kind of music and be original before you could go wide globally,like someone said,M I is a good rapper no doubt,but he cant do much when it comes to international views.

maybe i see it this way,americans especially never seems to like rappers from other continents doing much,they dont really appreciates alliens.they believe they are hip hop,they run the show,and they are the show

p sqaure and asa are cool too

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Yeah

Asa and Paul Play

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i hope you all saw the title of the post?

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Ojb jezreel,

dat guy is consistent

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d only nigerian artistes i can think of who would do well globally is Asa, 2face & Femi Kuti. of course, the other artistes can be popular among nigerians in diaspora but i dont see them getting airplay on foreign radio/tv stations. if we're talking about being popular among non-africans most 9ja musicians cant cope. not like they are not good but ppl from other countries have their own 'popular' musicians, then there are the big american artistes also. so foreigners have so many other choices, plus a different idea of what's cool and what's not.

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These guys are not original by ur definition.

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well i think what sells abroad's not just talent which a lotta our artistes have but originality which a lotta our artistes lack.so this list contains the list of nigerian artistes who are original and therefore also talented(because they're nigerians.lol).modenine,m.i.,asa,tuface,9ice,dare,and of course our current "international champions" femi kuti and lagbaja the masked minstrel.

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yada yada yada, its all bout hu is behind u, if 2face was still wv kennies, well , mayb, we all knw huz behind ikechukwu/naeto/sasha , they got global recognition, u can have all the talent/originality/etc in the world bt still be confined to the walls of ur state if u aint got a good pillar!

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Asa and paul play are the only guys that can sell globally. I also think don jazzys beats are as good as his american counterparts.

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Stylplus, samsong, naeto.c, wandecoal, 2.baba,asa, d other naija hiphoppers r pretenders, includin p2 and d.banj

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What are u guys talking about, Fela did went global, till date he's one of the few african act known globally. I've met folks from all works of life and different race. whenever  our discussion gets close to african music, 3 out of every 5 mentions fela and his music. Fela is a legend and his music still lives not just in africa but around the world. I've walked into countless spots abroad with nothing relating to africa or nigeria but yet hear them play fela's music. Femi kuti is also known beyond the shores of africa but not globally.

Lagbaja for sure will sell globally if with the right record label

Asa for sure is global material, watch out for her reign sooner or later.

Our traditional music will do better abroad if well guided by the right hands than these foreign genre our nowadays youths are in love with.

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Asa, Nigga Raw, Lagbaja, Jeremiah Gyang

U see, my criteria is, whoeva must represent Naija ought to have a lot of nigerian spirit!

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u took d words of me.

M.I is strong as an african rapper but internationally, he'll be just another guy.

i think hes a better rapper than modenine but i think nine would have more international appeal.

just my opinion.

as for who will make it internationally, ASA definitely will.

i dont think she sounds like tracy chapman(have you actually heard tracy chapman?)

dats it 4 me really

ASA only

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Darey, too.

Remember, to Dare is to do!

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seriously speaking.If it is not tu face, e no fit be liek tuface.

There is no doubting that he is the best Africa has got to offer.The rest remaing unborn.He second to none.

2BABA, WE LOVE U

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'International stage' should mean d grammys and billboard charts.

Only d artistes doing tradional nigerian music can get this far. KSA and Femi Kuti are good examples.

9ice is good but can he be consistent? He trade is naija hiphop and nothing other than american hiphop can be at d world stage not even uk hiphop.

Only dummies will include M.I ,naeto c ,ikechukwu and other rappers.

I dont rate ASA but i think with her French record company she has a chance.

Tuface sounds very wack of recent. I dont think he can make another classic.

Dbanj can. only for the rhythms.

So lets just sit back and enjoy our artistes and not decieve ourselves by thinking they can get there.

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P-Square,Stylplus,2face,Faze,Asa,Resonance,9ice are doing pretty well globally.Nigerian artists are among the most creative and talented on earth.

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We already had a messiah! Yes 2baba is the modern day most successful african based artist and happens to be a nigerian.his song african queen is sdtrk to phatgals and those that have a ghana tv,uganda tv,angola tv and even ethiopia should try to watch their music programmes and the result will be glaring.i'm proud of naija.the most successful african rapper is kanaan from somalia.his album recently entered the billboard charts at no 32.

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Fela

Dede mabiaku

lagbaja

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Abeg you guys should stop listing M.I

The reason he won't get international recognition is simple. His rap is not indigenous to naija. He raps western. If you rap like lil wayne, biggie, nas, etc the entire world will judge you based on their standards. M.I is just "another rapper" when it comes to the real world. Yes he may be the deal in naija but outside naija/africans, he doesn't stand a chance.

I believe ASA started a career in france so you'd expect her to already have a lil intl recognition.

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pasuma wonder, obesere, i love dis guys

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For me, I believe there are not many Nigerian artists that can be accepted globally. This is not because they are not creative enough or original in their approach to music. We need to understand that there is a lot of politics being played by all the big music recording companies. Africa is definately not their choice continent where they can draw music talent from. And it mostly bolis down to skin colour and nationality. I have listened to some CD's of the ' great' white musicians they promote and all I can say is that the music is trash. One of the best rappers in the 90's was Akinyele [ Check out his music on Youtube. He was a New York Rapper and most probably has a Nigerian father ], yet he was not really promoted by the music company that signed him. There is something going on which people with an african heritage or origin will never understand.

Also, music today has been comercialized. It is not about the message anymore. It is mostly about beats and rhythm. If it was about the message in the music, Asa should be number one on the world music charts by now. Bukola Elemide is good anyway. For Africa to start producing artists that will sell millions of album copies internationally, African record companies will have to set up shop in the Western world and market their artistes themselves. Dbanj, Tuface, Psquare, Mode 9, Nice and the rest of them are good but their music is mainly listened to by blacks and people of african origin.

The only Nigerian artiste that might break into the white market in the near future is Asa [ Bukola Elemide ]. She is unique and mysterious. Just listen two her track- ' Eiye Adaba' Her videos are also mind blowing. Cheers.

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2 Face Definitely Can!

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2face - Best suited for the international scene if you ask me . . . one thing this dude has got working for him is that though he doesn't have an exceptionally good voice, he makes good use of it . . . knows how to twist and turn his voice . . . and make you like it.

9ice - Good voice . . . sounds deep . . . brings great harmony/melody to his songs . . . plus the mere fact that his songs are performed in his local parlance . . . laced with proverbs and idioms . . . all these are his strongest points.

Asa - Though criticized for sounding like Tracy Chapman, she still brings a good measure of originality to the table . . . her song "No One Knows Tomorrow" has a lot of international appeal . . . it reminds me of Lighthouse Family's "Good Bye Heartbreak" . . . "Jailer" is already doing fine.

Others: Shank, this dude is promising . . . if he can up his game . . . that Jamaican stuff would work for him . . .

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the only two pple who are currently making waves here in europe and america is

tuface, getting mad play on channel u featured international artiste on his songs and currently recordin a track with estelle, how internationally can yu get again.

Asa, she got it all already, recently featured on cnn

Femi kuti, living the felas dream and paying for him

Lagbaja, originality really pays

those are the only artitse that can come to europe or go to america and pull proper crowd all the others will just be playing at indoor venues.not even M.I no originality pple rather pay to hear lilwayne than lil wayne clone.

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Music is really something one cannot predict,

You think you have a great music, and people are not accepting it,

For originality, we have a lot of them, from my very own koko master to 9ice, to tubaba, but then you wonder how much acceptability they can get out there, maybe the likes of obiwon, Asa then,

For me, can't say, but I know for certainty one thing, Tuface broke the ice, to have been accepted than any other artist in the past, globally.

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Nanto c and ikechukwu.

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i think born 2 rule is the new best naija artist you need to watch this video

you go laugh, seriously he is the kind of artist naija needs,

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P.SQUARE HAS GOT IT ALL

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9ice,Asa,Nnena, maybe M.I

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@ Noah69

hey!!! get your facts right!!!

Majek Fashek is already a global star, the dude was actually being seeded as the natural heir to Bob Marley's throne before cocaine come fry him brain, notwithstanding lets give honour to whom it is due!!!!

"Since the passing of Bob Marley, reggae has been searching for its great black hope. It may have found one in Majek Fashek, even if the guy hails not from Jamaica but Nigeria. No matter. Fashek makes the most melodic reggae of now. Ziggy may be Bob Marley's biological son, but Majek Fashek is his spiritual heir. In terms of vocal tone, Fashek is Marley's spitting image, though he grooves on inflections of his own. His first US album, 'Spirit of Love,' recalls the breathtaking melodies and deep grooves of Marley and his music is gorgeously hypnotic, at times approaching the elegant beauty of prime Van Morrison. For those who like their reggae sweetened with pop-rock craft, this is one of the prettiest albums now out."

  - Jim Farber, New York Daily News, Jan. 19, 1992

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Majek_Fashek

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ASA is there already with International Record Label

9nice is already accepted even to d far East and Europe

P-square are well known all over Africa

D-Banj is also a good product wit his Charisma

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Asa (she has already started)

M.I.

9ice - he has unique music, and you don't even have to understand what he is saying

D'Banj

PSquare - because it sounds like Jamo music and that's already selling internationally

Majek Fashek (e don tay, e suppose don make am since but we still dey pray)

Why is 2Face not in this list? Because he needs to go for deliverance and has failed to do so,

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As senseless as dbanj sounds!

His tag d koko master and his entertaining skills are a big plus 4 him

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Asa.And then maybe M.I,

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probably ASA. . . , She's got talent

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Psquare is known most parts of africa.

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ohhh, its true, maybe ASA, she is currently doing well in parts of europe and mostly africa.

but Nigeria needs its own Swag, we cloning everything right now mehn, M.I. is possibly one who could too

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