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Nigerian singers who bagged international record deal

In the late 80s and 90s a revolution was launched in the Nigerian music industry which saw to the emergence of the contemporary music that is being enjoyed now.
In those earlier years, party goers rocked foreign music while Nigerian music was relegated to the illiterates’ listening pleasure. But gone are the days as different genres of Nigerian music are not only exportable now but have attracted foreign investors and collaborations. Music veterans like late Fela Anikulapo Kuti, King Sunny Ade and some other veterans’ music attracted international music deal.
NAIJ.com makes a list of contemporary Nigerian singers who have bagged international music deal.
1. Davido
Singer Davido at the Sony office during the partnership meeting in January, 2016
The Omo Baba Olowo (OBO) crooner signed a record deal with Sony Music Entertainment at its headquarters in New York City. The deal makes the Skelewu singer the first African to enter into such deal with the international label.
The deal expected Davido to release two albums to be distributed globally by Sony.

2. Asa

Asa
Bukola Elemide popularly known as Asa‘s debut album Fire On The Mountain released under Question Mark label in 2007 attracted international attention.
The award-winning female singer is currently signed to French independent record label, Naïve Records. Asa also has a music publishing deal with international music conglomerate, BMG.
3. Patoranking

Patoranking
Patoranking is the first Nigerian reggae artist to sign a music distribution deal with the world’s largest reggae music company VPal, a sub-division of VP records music group.

4. Brymo

Brymo
The alternative music singer who was once signed on to Chocolate City is now signed to Oklahoma based Record Label & Music Publishing Company, Tate Music Group (TMG). He has since released a 8 track album titled Trance under the label which TMG is expected to distribute.

5. Wizkid

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The Ojuelegba crooner signed an international management deal with Tinnie Tempah’s music management company, Disturbing London, in 2012.
He inked the deal while he was still with Banky W’s Empire Mates Entertainment (EME).

6. D’banj

D’banj standing by his won trophies
D’banj was launched into the music scene under Mo’hits record co-owned by him and erstwhile friend Don Jazzy. His first international music deal with G.O.O.D music was one of the reasons the duo of D’banj and Don Jazzy parted ways and ended Mo’hits record.
Though the G.O.O.D deal did not last long, he has an international deal with Mercury Records UK a sub division of Universal music group UK. He was in 2012 signed on to Sony Music.

7. Psquare

Psquare
The singing duo, Psquare signed a music distribution deal with Universal Music South Africa in May 2012. They were also said to have a deal with International superstar, Akon’s Konvict Muzik in December 2011.
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