Though Lagos remains the entertainment capital of the Nation, it is merely a melting pot for all within the Nigerian showbiz space. We look at Buzz Nigeria’s Top 5 Musicians From Eastern Nigeria
The beauty of Nigeria lies in its immense diversity, with over 500 ethnic groups, each speaking a distinct dialect.
Over the years, Nigerian music has evolved into an intriguing blend of the various indigenous languages fused with a dash of Pidgin English, this has produced a sound unique to Nigeria. Its no surprise that Nigerian Afro-pop music is widely celebrated across the continent of Africa and beyond.
It has become impossible to separate a Nigerian singer from his ethnicity, from the Jos-flavored Northern rhymes of Chocolate City’s M.I Abaga, Ice Prince and Jessy Jags to the Lagos street flows of Olamide and his YBNL Crew; our varied culture and language has set Nigerian sound apart from the rest.
The Pana cronner has burst onto the scene with hit song after hit song for the last 3 years. Though born and bred in Northern Nigeria. Tekno Miles has his heritage from Ebonyi State.
The Singer Songwriter has smash hits such as Wash, Pana, Duro, Rara to his name.
Born in Enugu as Chinedu Okoli in November 1983, Flavour, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and performer. Flavour honed his musical in the eastern capital city of Enugu, performing occasionally at the Villa Tuscana Hotel before his major breakthrough with the Hit single Nwa Baby in 2005.
Flavour has gone on to churn out hits such as Ada Ada, Wake Up, Golibe among others. His selling point over the years have been his unique style – a blend of Igbo Highlife and contemporary pop sounds.
Chibuzor Nelson Azubuike was born in October 1986. Phyno was Born and raised in Enugu.
He started his musical career as a producer in 2003 as a Student of the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu, he latter relocated to Lagos to continue his music career.
Phyno is a rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer. Arguably the most famous rapper to come out of the east, Phyno has thrilled the Igbo audience with his mesmerizing use of Proverbs, Adages and smooth rhymes in his songs.
Even non-igbo listeners are left in awe of his effortless rap style. Recently Phyno has ventured more into mainstream pop, singing sometimes more than he raps with hit songs – Fada Fada, Connect amongst others. Other hits from Phyno include, Oringo, Parcel
The Okoye brothers, Peter and Paul were born on the 18th of November 1981 in Jos but hail from Ifite Dunu in Anambra State. The twins started performing at many shows as kids mimicking Micheal Jackson’s dance moves.
After spending most of their early life finding their feet musically, in 2001, P-Square won the “Grab Da Mic” competition, and as a reward Benson & Hedges sponsored their debut album, titled Last Nite.
The brothers have gone on to bigger things, in 2007, they released their bestselling album Game Over. It has sold 8 million copies worldwide
Though initially the duo focused on Pop sounds, more recently they have released songs more reflective of their Igbo heritage with hit songs – Bank Alert, Nobody ugly among others.
1. DON JAZZY
Collins Micheal Ajere was Born and raised in Lagos, Don Jazzy at age 12, began to play the bass guitar. He also gained knowledge of traditional and percussion instruments. Ajareh enrolled in business management studies at the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo state.
He alongside his former patner D’Banj founded Mo’hits and after it break up, Don Jazzy founded Mavis, a record label he has turned into one of Africa’s largest Record Houses; home to Tiwa Savage, Reekado Banks, Korede Bello Dija et al
Critics may say he shouldn’t be on this list, though primarily a Music Producer, Don Jazzy simply oozes creativity, he isn’t your regular Producer, most of his hits are laced with his unique vocals.
He has also featured a number of chart topping songs such as the Mavin crews Janta Manta, Mongo Park etc.The fact is, there is hardly any Mavin/Mo Hits song without his vocals.