Getting tired of listening to the same genre of music or feel like spicing up your playlist? Here is a list of mind-blowing artists that are unique and you should probably put on the look out.
Probably everyone has heard Drake’s chart topping hit song, ‘One Dance’, but how many have wondered who the guy featured on the track really is?
Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, popularly known as Wizkid, is a Nigerian recording artist, songwriter, and performer. His genres of music are basically Afrobeat and Afropop. He is a household name in Africa as a whole and has numerous hit songs to his name.
Claim to fame: Wizkid rose to the global scene primarily when he did a remix to one of his hit songs ‘Don’t Dull’ with American pop heavyweight Akon. Ever since, Wizkid has risen to glory with Drake in his hit song ‘Ojuelegba’ and receiving several accolades from various global stars such as rapper Wale and movie star Taraji P. Henson (who claimed to be addicted to one of his songs). Furthermore, he was recently listed as the 12th most downloaded artist on Global iTune/Spotify. He also just concluded touring alongside Chris Brown on an international concert held in Amsterdam titled ‘One Hell of a Nite Tour’. Wizkid has definitely got something big coming so watch out!
Kwon Hyuk popularly known as Dean is a South Korean singer, songwriter as well as a record producer. His genres of music are alternative R&B, K-pop and hip hop.
The 22-year old South Korean started of as a rapper before finding success in K-pop boy bands VIXX and EXO. Later on, he broke out of the K-pop mold shifting his style towards that of Trey Songz and Omarion. Dean’s penchant for synth-swathed beats earned him a duet with Mila J. This was his first single titled ‘Here and Now’. This later landed him with legendary R&B singer and songwriter Eric Bellinger and his popular song ‘I’m Not There’. Dean’s diversity is quite deep and this makes him an artist you would surely want to look out for.
Melissa Bailey popularly known as Melissa B. is an American singer and songwriter as well as the lead actress on the pilot show called NU School for Y.E.S (Youth Entertainment Studios).
Melissa dropped the Exclusively EP in 2015 and closed it with her Feels Good mixtape. Both collections had been said to be one where gauzy modern R&B meets the empowerment vibes of Mary J. Blige or Keyshia Cole. With her unique style, Melissa would probably be all over the place in the next few years.
The year 2015 was a massive one for Sam as his EPs Short Stories and Escapism. It featured some of the best production skills displayed in the year. Sam changed management teams during 2015 which saw him release his Escapism on XL Recordings. This is the same record company that signed Adele. Expect to see him touring all over as his popularity increases and with a major label now backing his music.