Contemporary Nigerian gospel artistes: Over the last 12 months, a good number of notable Nigerian music ministers have celebrated the big 40-year age milestone, while others are fast approaching it. I celebrate these gospel greats. From Sammie Okposo to Mike Abdul, Solomon Lange to Glowreeyah, Buchi, Joe Praize,… to name a few. Some of these iconic artistes have not only set the pace in the Nigerian Gospel Music space, but are still very relevant today. Remarkably, we’ve seen about the same crop of artistes’ consistently perform on certain platforms for over a decade.
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This is great! It shows the artistes are constantly reinventing themselves, right? However, it got me thinking of TRANSITION.
What does tomorrow hold for Nigerian gospel music? Is there an evolution in the industry, as it is in other parts of the world? Are the senior artistes thinking in these lines? Are they contributing to the development of a new generation of artistes that will perform even better than them in the near (and far) future? Yes, a number of them are. I’ll share details in subsequent posts.
I might need to do some more research to prove this, but I believe people listen more to music made by artistes in their age bracket. Teenagers listen to music by teenagers, millennials listen to music by millennials, and old folks often listen to old-folk made music.
This means youthful gospel music lovers will be more inclined to listening to music by young gospel artistes.
I have been into active Gospel Radio Broadcasting for over 5 years now, and have closely monitored the growth and development of the music industry. I am particularly exhilarated by the quality of fast rising music artistes emerging.
There are quite a lot of them, but for this list, I have chosen to spotlight on a few who are in their 20s – Super gifted, multitalented, and with a passion enough to set the world ablaze.Their music reflects the fact that they are in tune with today’s sound; their zeal reverberates the fact that they will be around for quite a long time.
Please note that this list is not in any particular order.
Name: Samuel Imo
Special Skills: Singing, Rapping, Songwriting, Music Production, Geek, Entrepreneurship
Born October 25, 1995 in Benue State, and currently an Undergraduate of Federal university of Agriculture Makurdi with good grades, Limoblaze is one artiste whose passion for his craft hasn’t distracted him from his studies.
Limoblaze is a Christian Rapper, singer, producer, music entrepreneur and worship leader whose knack for excellence is unequalled amongst his peers.
His production skills give him an edge as he is able to freely express his creativity in his very own way. He is the founder or YSR Collective Music Outfit.
Limo (as he is fondly referred to) is pure talent. He is one of the few great songwriters in Nigeria. He articulates his thoughts very nicely, cooks world class beats and delivers rap bars with such panache when jumping on it.
With smash singles including No Regrets, Pressure, Reppin’, 3 EPs (Random Notes,Last Arena& Unexpected), and one album (BLIND) to his credit, Limoblaze has consistently honed his craft.
He has developed a network with artistes in the Eastern part of Africa, which has earned him a few collaborations with international singers, including Zambia’s Abel Chungu Musuka on his recent single Eledumare, and For The Love, featuring Kenyan Kris Erroh.
Limo Speaks: I just wanna be heard across Africa and bless lives, I feel I have a message and sound that cuts across hence why I network a lot
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He has caught the bug of passing the torch by discovering and grooming other artistes as well, under his YSR Collective music outfit.
YSR collective is just a sort of support system I started to support selected talented young people, YSR stands for young, saves and Royalty… The idea is not to function as a full musical label but to provide some of the structural backings a label can give to an artist for these young ones.