Here are the highlights, biggest moments, of Nigerian music this year 2017.
Phyno vs Pia Mia
Don’t forget when Nigerian truly believed that Pia Mia, a US singer signed to Interscope will grab a Phyno album and steal a record that wasn’t even going to be a single. Who could have seen that coming.
Phyno vs Pia Mia dispute over a record created a ruckus in Nigeria, and we at Pulse felt the heat a little.
Every year in the past 4 years, we get stories of a Psquare fight. The Okoye brothers who have made magic together in the past, have been at loggerheads for almost the last half-decade.
But in 2017, Psquare finally broke up the group and moved their separate ways; Peter became Mr P while Paul went his way as Rudeboy.
Wizkid and Davido beef
Another interesting beef is the one of Wizkid and Davido.
Wizkid and Davido sit at the throne of African music, and continue to be at each other’s throats in a bid to dominate. This year, the battle hasn’t been subtle.
Wizkid and Davido beef in 2017 has been direct, unforgiving and contagious.
Wizkid and David have created such a division online that one has to either identify with Team OBO or Team Starboy to run commentary on a topic.
Kiss Daniel Exit From G-Worldwide Entertainment
Kiss Daniel already was going to leave G-Worldwide Entertainment. It was only a matter of how and when.
In 2017, Kiss Daniel found the sweet spot in his contract to break his contract and dash into the sunset with a bag of hits, and no regrets.
Emperor Geezy and his lawyers have already launched a case in court.
Kiss Daniel’s lawyers are looking forward to the challenge, and everyone can rest easy in the knowledge that this might just go to court.
MOBO Awards Win For Wizkid and Davido
For the first time ever, the MOBO awards had two categories open to Africa, and Nigeria won them both.
Wizkid took home MOBO 2017 Best International Act, and Davido became MOBO 2017 Best African Act.
For Wizkid, this triumph was particularly uplifting because Starboy defeated American rapper Jay-Z, Drake, SZA, Cardi B, Kendrick Lamar and other strong nominees to clinch MOBO 2017 Best International Act trophy.
Wizkid’s Historic Performance at the Royal Albert Hall, London
It was a night of great music as Wizkid broke boundaries with a great performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London. He is the first Nigerian pop artist to do so.
Wizkid's concert at Royal Albert Hall, London which held on Friday, September 29, 2017, was sold out two days before the concert, with tickets going fast.
Wizkid shut down Royal Albert Hall, London through his two-hour set, starting the night with songs from his EME beginnings to this point as Africa’s number one artist.
Wizkid also brought out Wande Coal to share the moment with him.
Wizkid's songs such as ‘Jaiye jaiye’, ‘Ojuelegba’, and ‘Come closer’ moved the Royal Albert hall which was filled with over 5000 guests featuring an array of different races.
Mr Eazi vs Nigerians
Mr Eazi twice got on the wrong side of Nigerians on Social media in 2017.
In January, he tweeted: The influence of Ghana in Nigerian music cannot be overemphasized, opening a controversy that pitted the two nations together.
Mr Eazi was roundly attacked on social media by Nigerians. Such was the magnitude of the controversy that the singer had to publicly apologize for his comments.
In September, Mr Eazi returned this time in an interview with Capital Xtra, questioning the use of Ghanaian slangs in Nigerian music.
Mr Eazi further discredited their use of Ghanaian elements saying: “Now everybody is using words like Banku, Shitor, Maami, Odoo, Sika. My guy, how come? How do you know Odoo? How do you know Sika? How do you know Maami? From where, what’s the connection?
The backlash to Mr Eazi's statement was instant, with many Nigerians ‘disowning’ him on social media.
Yemi Alade Sells Out Le Trianon In Paris
Global music force Yemi Alade, kicked off the first leg of her Mama Africa World Tour in France, and it was amazing.
The Effyzzie Music singer sold-out the iconic Le Trianon, Paris; days before the concert which held on March 7, 2017.
Armed with her Ova Sabi band and dancers, Yemi Alade delivered a electrifying 90 minutes set; performing songs from her arsenal of hits.
Yemi Alade also wowed fans by bringing out international saxophonist Jean Baptiste Moundele for "Na Gode", afro R&B singer, Dil to sing the romantic duet "Temperature"
and Marvin for the French version of "Kissing".
Yemi Alade's concert at Le Trianon also saw breath-taking performance from phenomenal French diva, Djany; who opened for Miss Alade.
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