Nigeria has so many great songwriters making some waves at the moment. These are some of those songwriters.
Making music involves a lot of parties and sometimes all we know about making music rises and falls on the artiste who finally lays his/her vocals on a beat. Unfortunately, the songwriter does not readily come to mind, in fact he/she is the last entity you think of in the chain of making music.
One of the most underrated process of making a song, is the art of songwriting. Songwriting is both a talent and an art form in itself. An artiste might have an exceptional vocal and singing ability but overall sucks at writing their own songs. Some of the best musicians out there did not write their best songs. For some artistes, they are both blessed with graceful songwriting skills and good vocals to back it up.
In this post, we hope to give credit to some of the finest new school songwriters doing the most in the music industry. Their discography stacks a string of songs where they showed exceptional songwriting skills.
In no particular order here are the finest Nigerian new school songwriters below.
The Mavin Records artiste is a multi-talented musician. Johnny can sing, play instruments, produce music and at large a fantastic songwriter. The folklore singer has a nice discography of songs that he put in the work in terms of songwriting. Some of his finest works are ‘Romeo & Juliet‘, ‘Wait For Me‘, ‘Count On Me‘ to mention a few. Actually Johnny Drille has no bad songs to his name.
Adekunle Kosoko popularly known as Adekunle Gold came into prominence for his song ‘Sade‘, a hearty remix of One Direction’s ‘Story Of My Life‘. He excited further with tunes like ‘Orente‘, ‘Pick Up‘ and two solid albums to his name. His music has been surreal and his songwriting is nearly flawless. The Afro-Urban singer has written a lot of songs behind the scenes, however, Davido gave him credits for co-writing a song on his ‘A Good Time‘ album.
Besides having a light sonorous voice, Simi is also an amazing songwriter. Her consistency in churning out songs with quality lyrics has separated her from some of her colleagues. Simi is flexible, emotive and often articulate when putting down the lyrics to her songs. She has maintained the same fervour from ‘Jamb Question‘, to ‘Smile For Me‘, ‘Joromi‘ and others. She is easily one of the best in the industry.
Against all odds Teniola Apata has broken down several stereotypes with her very sensational kind of music. She is one of the few musicians who make the process of making music seem so easy. One thing that has differentiated her from the rest is her music composition. Her music writing skills is highly commendable having written for top acts like Davido. She could easily give some of her senior colleagues a run for their money with it comes to music writing and composition. She is simply effortless and graceful with the arts.
The former G-Worldwide singer has an uncanny songwriting skill. He has crafted some of the most witty and diverse lyrics to his songs. From ‘Woju‘, ‘Good Time‘, ‘Jombo‘, ‘One Ticket‘ the list extends. He made a bold stake with his debut album ‘New Era‘ and sophomore ‘No Bad Songz‘ which are phenomenal pop albums. Kizz Daniel is one artist you can count on when his comes to delivering a complete form of music, lyrics, vocals and otherwise.