10 Nigerian Alternative Musicians You Have Been Sleeping On

There are a lot of amazing musicians in Nigeria doing great things with music, and the music scene is filled with more talent than ever before.

Alternative music is basically really cool, chill music. If you’re willing to try something different from afro beats (which we think is dope) and just enjoy great music, then alternative music  is for you.  Popular Nigerian artistes such as Asa, Nneka, Brymo and Bez have forged a brilliant path for the Nigerian alternative music scene.

There are rising stars who are carving a niche for themselves in the space and fast becoming superstars. Here are 10 alternative artistes you should definitely start listening to. Your playlist will thank you for it.

1. Falana

Falana was raised by Nigerian parents in Brampton, Canada. Her music is influenced by great Nigerian artistes such as Fela Kuti, Sunny Ade and Sade Adu. She describes her sound as ‘Soul Fusion’ which is a unique blend of  jazz, soul, afrobeat, and R&B.



2. Nana Aisha 

Nana Aisha is an up and coming Indie/folk singer-songwriter. Her music displays an interesting blend of depth and simplicity and her single, ‘Faraway’ has a rich organic sound. She’s definitely one to watch out for.

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3. Bemyoda

Bemyoda is a soul singer and songwriter and his music is characterised by folk, soul, jazz, and pop influences. His widely acclaimed E.P ‘Sketch’ is simply brilliant and the songs have been used as official soundtracks for various short films and T.V shows such as Ndani TV’s ‘Gidi up’.


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4.  Ese Peters

Ese Peters is a Nigerian singer, writer and composer. His voice is simply amazing and he wormed his way into our hearts by doing covers to hit songs such as Wande Cole’s “Taboo” and Darey’s “The way you are”. His original songs are amazing and he describes his music as soft rock, pop and folk.

Ese Peters

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5. Tay Iwar

Tay Iwar  is a Nigerian recording artist, singer, songwriter, composer, audio engineer and music producer. He began creating music at the tender age of 14 and is the co-creator of Bantu Collective. He released his debut compilation ‘Passport’ in 2014 and followed it up with ‘Renascentia’ which translates to rebirth in Latin.

Tay Iwar

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6. Temi Dollface

Temi Dollface is a unique artiste and her music style and fashion sense immediately sets her apart. She describes her sound as ‘Drama soul’  created by fusing together seemingly disparate genres, informed by a love of the theatrical. Her music videos are usually quite entertaining and she is quite the fashionista.

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7. Vicktor Taiwo

Nigerian born musician Vicktor Taiwo is an all round creative. He used to be a photographer before trying his hands at music, and he decided to go into music while he was in university. The result was a mix of R&B melodies and electronic flourishes, accompanied by Taiwo’s soulful falsetto. The singer’s debut EP, ‘Juno’ is testament to his great talent and you should definitely give him a listen.

Viktor Taiwo

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8. Oyinda

Oyinda is a London raised, Nigerian singer, songwriter and producer. She is currently based in New York and she’s been dubbed a “best-kept secret” by Rolling stone and had tracks and videos premiered by V, Fader and Billboard. Oyinda released her debut single ‘Rush of You’ in 2014 and has since then gone on to release two spectacular E.Ps.


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9. The Ises

The Ises is actually not a band. Bankole Oluwole is the young man behind the moniker. He is following closely in footsteps of Frank Ocean and The Weeknd, the leaders of alternative R&B. His mixtape from the ‘Don’t tell Mother’ project is a beautiful body of work. He describes it as his interpretation of my alternative reality.

The Ises

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10. Lady Donli

Lady Donli fuses neo soul, alternative, jazz and hip hop to create eclectic music that is simply amazing to listen to. Dubbed the princess of neo alternative soul, her amazing vocals makes her songs a delight to listen to. She recently released the ‘What is perfect’ E.P.

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We definitely hope that you would take the time out to check out these amazing artistes, and listen to something new. You should also check out our favourite music videos from August 2016. 

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