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Fela Kuti also known as Fela Anikulapo Kuti or simply Fela, was a Nigerian multi-instrumentalist, musician, composer, pioneer of the Afrobeat music genre, human rights activist, and political maverick.

Fela Kuti - Teacher Don't teach Me No Nonsense

Bright Chimezie, also known as Okoro Junior, is a Nigerian highlife musician. His type of music, popularly known as zzigima, became widely available in Nigeria from the early 80s.

Bright Chimezie - African Style

Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe, often referred to as just Osadebe, was an Igbo Nigerian Highlife musician from Atani. His career spanned over 40 years, and he is one of the best known Igbo highlife musicians. His most popular hit was the 1984 "Osondi Owendi", establishing him as a leader in the highlife genre being the most popular record ever in Nigeria.

Chief Osita Osadebe - Agbalu Aka Ma Azo Mi

"King" Sunny Adé is a popular performer of Yoruba Nigerian jùjú music and a pioneer of modern world music. He has been classed as one of the most influential musicians of all time.

King Sunny Ade - Let Them Say (Audio)

Victor Uwaifo is a Nigerian musician, writer, sculptor, and musical instrument inventor, born in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria In 1941. He is famous for his joromi music. He records under the name Sir Victor Uwaifo.

Sir Victor Uwaifo - Joromi

Ebenezer Obey, nicknamed the "Chief Commander", is a Nigerian jùjú musician. Obey, whose full name is Ebenezer Remilekun Aremu Olasupo Obey-Fabiyi, was born in Idogo, Ogun State, Nigeria of Egba–Yoruba ethnic background. He is of the Owu subgroup of the Egba.

Chief Ebenezer Obey-Eni ri nkan he (Audio)

Onyeka Onwenu is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, actress, journalist, politician, and X Factor series judge. She is the youngest daughter of the Nigerian educationist and politician D.K Onwenu. Dubbed the "Elegant Stallion" by the Nigerian press, she is a former chairperson of the Imo State Council for Arts and Culture, and currently the Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of the National Centre for Women Development.

Onyeka Onwenu - One Love (Audio)

Sonny Okosun was a musician and music mentor from Nigeria. His surname is sometimes spelled Okosuns and first name Sunny. He was one of the leading Nigerian musicians from the late 1970s to mid '80s.

Sunny Okosun - Mother & Child (Audio)

Majekodunmi Fasheke, best known as Majek Fashek, is a Nigerian reggae singer and guitarist. Various translations of his name Fasheke include "high priest who does not lie", "powers of miracles" and "divination does not lie".

Majek Fashek - So Long

Christy Uduak Essien-Igbokwe MFR was a Nigerian musician and actress. She was known as Nigeria's Lady of Songs. She put Nigeria's name on the world music map with her evergreen "Seun Rere" track. She was the first female president of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria. She was also the chairman and managing director of Soul Train entertainment limited.

Christy Essien Igbokwe - Seun Rere (Audio)

Osayomore Joseph is a Nigerian musician, guiterist and human right activist. He was born in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria. He is famous for his "Tanker Driver" hit song.

Osayomore Joseph - Tanker Driver (Audio)

Oliver De Coque was a Nigerian singer and guiterist. He started music with Ekpili at the age of 17. He is from Ezinifite, Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State. Oliver's real and full name is Oliver Sunday Akanite.

Oliver De Coque - Biri Ka Mbiri

Jide Obi is a Nigerian music star of the 80s. In the late 1970s he studied law at Enugu campus of the University of Nigeria, where he met his colleague, Chris Okotie. He is known for his hit song, Kill Me With Love.

Jide Obi - Kill Me With Love/Forever (Audio)

Bongos Ikwue is a singer-songwriter, music icon and a living legend. He was one of the most famous Nigerian artists in the 70s. His personalized style of African folk and American soul music made him completely unique.

Bongos Ikwue & The Groovies - Mariama (Audio)

Chris Okotie had a very successful pop music singing career in the 80s. Presently, he is a leading Nigerian televangelist and the pastor of the Household of God Church International Ministries, a Pentecostal congregation in Lagos, Nigeria. 

Chris Okotie - Carolina (Audio)

Chris Mba is a Nigerian singer-songwriter, best known for his 80s hit song "Baby Don't Cry."

Chris Mba - Baby Don't Cry (Audio)

Stella Moye is a Nigerian veteran female singer, described as the ‘Samba Queen’. She dominated the airwaves with her award-winning track ‘Oko Mi Ye’ in the early 80s.

Stella Monye - Oko Mi Ye (Audio)

Felix Liberty was a pop singer- turned pastor. He is popularly known as the Lover Boy which was the title of one of his hit albums. 

Felix Liberty - Ngozi / Lover Boy (Audio)

Nelly Uchendu was Nigeria's undisputed Queen Of Highlife. Her hit track, Waka, established her as the Golden Voice in the Nigerian music industry. She lived most of her life in Enugu, Nigeria. She passed away in 2005 after a brief illness.

Nelly Uchendu - Wakabout (Audio)

Chief I.K. Dairo was a well known for his Nigerian juju music. He had a sucessful music career in the 60s and was described as the first international star of african music. He released several albums and toured Africa, Asia, Europe and the U.S. He paved the way for younger artists such as Ebenezer Obe, King Sunny Ade to mention a few.

Chief I.K. Dairo & His Blue Spots Band - Mo Sorire (Audio)

Elizabeth Bessem Ayamo Manga, also known as Bébé Manga, was a Cameroonian makossa singer whose best-known song is "Ami O". She is considered one of the most popular makossa singers of the 1980s.

Bebe Manga - Ami O (Audio)

Prince Nico Mbarga was a highlife musician, born to a Nigerian mother and a Cameroonian father in Abakaliki, Nigeria. He became popular with his hit song "Sweet Mother" which he  recorded with his band Rocafil Jazz

Prince Nico Mbarga - Sweet Mother (Audio)

Named the "Princess of Africa", Chaka Chaka is a South African singer. She has been at the forefront of South African popular music for 20 years. Songs like "I'm Burning Up", "thank you mister dj", "I Cry for Freedom", "Makoti", "Motherland" and the ever-popular "Umqombothi" ("African Beer") ensured Yvonne's stardom.

Yvonne Chaka Chaka - Umqombothi

Miriam Makeba, nicknamed Mama Africa, was a Grammy Award-winning South African singer and civil rights activist. In 1960s, she was one of the first artists from Africa to popularize African music around the world.

Miriam Makeba - Pata Pata

Mike Okri came into the Nigerian music scene in 1988 with his chart-busting debut LP, Concert Fever. The singer who belonged to the Nigerian pop generation of Dizzy K Falola, Felyx and Mozyx, Alex O, Alex Zitto and Chris Mba, almost immediately changed the general tone of Nigerian pop music and was hailed as a fresh sound.

 

He is arguably one of the best singers ever produced in the country. 

Mike Okri - Rumba Dance

Nigeria's lady with the golden voice, Veno Marioghae was best known in the early 80s for her patriotic songs. 

 

Siobo Nome and Nigeria Go Survive were her hit songs. Till date, her song is still well appreciated in Nigeria.

Veno Marioghae - Siobo Nome

Known as the "Queen of Nigerian Reggae," Evi-Edna Ogholi recorded her first album in 1987, a light style of reggae with vocals in her native Isoko.

 

She established herself all over West Africa and received sponsorship from Pepsi for a Nigerian national tour.

 

Her days in the music industry were days of joy. She made everyone happy because her songs contained powerful messages that people learned from.

Evi-Edna Ogholi - Jealousy