Much of the music made in Nigeria, especially mainstream music is always mostly about the beats with very little attention paid to vocals. A quick recipe for cooking up a hit song around here is that artistes focus 70% of the time on the quality of the beat while other ingredients would take the back seat. Yet again, nobody pays attention to the voice component of a song.
Over the past few years, there has been a decline among musicians who take out time to give fans music which rides solely on vocal dexterity. In spite of the decline there are are few who still have an excellent mastery of their vocal skills and still put it to use.
We hope to highlight these endangered species of Nigerian musicians who can still work magic with their voices, the few whose voices can give you goosebumps.
First of all ‘Nobody be like Wande Coal‘. Besides Waje who comes first on the list, there really isn’t anyone male or female who can rival Wande Coal when it comes to vocal dexterity. The Black Diamond boss has proven himself over and over again and he still does on a very good day. He has a long string of hits that were reliant on his vocal capacity. He can reach down low or pitch a high note with some fantastic riffs and runs when necessary. Vocally speaking Wande Coal is a king.