Popular International Musicians From Nigeria. Over the years, Nigeria have boasted of very fine musical exports who make headlines abroad in far away countries like The US, Britain and others. These award winning artists have been celebrated in their acts so much that you would not ordinarily believe they are Nigerians. Here is a list of 8 top most celebrated international artistes from Nigeria.
Popular International Musicians From Nigeria
1. American Rapper, Nas
Born Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, Nas, who is the son of popular Jazz musician, Olu Dara blues musician of Yoruba descent, is an internationally known American Rapper, producer and more.
He began his musical career in 1991 and released his debut album Illmatic, in 1994.
Popular for tracks like “Hate Me Now” and “Ether”, Nas’ 2002 album God’s Son peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.
Time Magazine named it the best hip-hop album of the year. Nas visited Nigeria when he attended the 2008 edition of the Soundcity Music Video Awards (SMVA) to present the award for the “Best Hip-Hop Video”.
2. British Rapper, Tinnie Tempah
Mention Chukwuemeka Patrick Okogwu and people will give you a blank stare, but mention Tinie Tempah, and everybody knows who you are talking about.
He was born to Nigerian parents from Ibusa, Delta State, but has spent all his life in London.
He is one of UK’s hottest rappers at the moment, with two of his singles peaking at number 1 (“Pass Out” and “Written in the Stars”) in the UK Singles Chart of 2010.
He has collaborated with the best of the best in the music world including Rihanna, Rita Ora, Eric Turner, the defunct Swedish House Mafia, J Cole and Snoop Dogg.
His most popular track till date, “Written in the Stars”, was the official theme song for WWE’s Wrestlemania 27 and was also used to usher in the New York Giants for Super Bowl 46.
He has performed at various top events in the world including the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics where he performed “Written in the Stars”.
The performance was watched by an estimated global television audience of 750 million.
3. US Singer, Jidenna
Popularly known for his February 2015 single, “Classic Man”, Jidenna blends African Ankara prints into his outfit, a move that gives him up as an African.
Jidenna Theodore Mobisson, who is signed to Janelle Monae’s Wondaland Records label, was born in Wisconsin to a Nigerian father and a white mother and grew up in Nigeria.
In 1995 his family moved back to Boston Massachusetts. His song “Classic Man” was nominated for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the 58th Grammy Awards.
4. American Rapper, Chamillionaire
The controversial Grammy Award-winning rapper was born Hakeem Seriki in Washington DC to a Muslim father and a Christian mother, both of Nigerian extraction.
At a very tender age, the family relocated to a rough neighborhood in Houston, Texas.
It was a move that would go on to shape the rest of his life. While in Houston, he was influenced by hardcore acts such as The Geto Boys and Public Enemy.
His first solo album, The Sound of Revenge, peaked at number 10 in the Billboard 200 US chart following its release in November 2005.
Chamillionaire is best known for his 2007 Grammy Award-winning rap single, “Ridin’”, which featured Krayzie Bone of the Bone Thugs-n-Harmony.