2Baba, Niniola, Davido, etc… The New Yorker’s List of Nigerians Changing the Sound of Global Pop

The New Yorker, one of the most respected literary magazines in the world, and a culture authority, recently did a feature of some Nigerian musicians changing the sound of global pop. Among those who made the list are former Plantashun Boyz member Innocent Idibia, formerly Known as Tuface, but now known as , Maza, , , , , , , Maka, and Mars and Barzini.

The New Yorker wrote of ’s rise nearly two decades ago with the launch of the CD Body & Soul: The Beginning” of the defunct Plantashun Boiz. The magazine wrote that the CD sparked a new movement that changed the sound of global pop.

On and The 79th Element, the magazine wrote that both updated old-fashioned highlife with R&B. The result has been a pleasant new groove. The magazine also noted ’s self affirmation – him being the best live performer in .

Adekunle Gold and the 79th Element

On , the magazine focused on her track “Mardaona,” released last year, which has since earned over 1 million listens on Spotify, making her the first Nigerian female musician to obtain that milestone.

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Focusing on “Nwa Baby” crooner , the magazines describes his life as one of riches to riches, being the son of a wealthy businessman. The magazine also noted ’s gift of making hit after hit.


’s music, the magazine writes, bears influences from ’s afrobeat king Femi Kuti and of course Latin jazz.

Next on the list is the “I Dun Care” crooner (Simisola Ogunleye), who the magazine describes as focusing on songs and not dance tracks. Besides being a singer, she is also a noted writer

On the duo of Mars and Barzini, the magazine noted them as an emerging singing duo. The magazine noted facetiously their tribute to weed, wine and women in their song “Suegbe.

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Mars and Barzini

The magazine writes of Maka that she draws her inspiration from jazz and soul, not . In some of her songs, she praises the vibrant energy of Lagos, ’s sprawling metropolis.   



On , theElectric Package EPmastermind, the magazine noted her as a singer and songwriter of great aptitude. One cannot but agree, given her impressive résumé as a singer and collaborator.

Last on the list was , theSMH (Shaking My Head)mastermind. The particular focus of the magazine, writing about , was the up-tempo beat of his song titled “Shake Body.” He has also gained critical success with other songs, of course.



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