Nigerian Singers Who Have Composed Hit Songs For Other Artistes

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Without a doubt, the Nigerian music industry is one of the fastest growing in the world and is full of talented people.

While most of the focus is on artists, there are others who work behind the scenes to accomplish certain tasks. One such group of people is a songwriter.

Saturday Beats looks at the singer who composes music for other artists

Runtown

Douglas Agu, aka Runtown, is a talented singer and songwriter. In addition to writing his own songs, he has written songs for several artists. One of these songs that became popular was Davido’s ‘Aye’. Created by Tspize.

While answering questions from his fans on social media, the singer said, “I wrote ‘Aye’ for Davido.

Recall that the song won the Headies Award for ‘Song of the Year’ in 2014 and was also named the biggest song of the year at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards in the same year. The song was also nominated in the ‘Best International Song’ category of the Soul Train Awards in 2014.

World

‘Blow my Mind’ is Davido’s fourth album, ‘A Good Time’, released in 2019. The song was written by singer and songwriter, Sadiq Onifade, aka Wurld’. In an interview in May 2020, Wurld said that he created the song in 2012. He also said that Shizzi, a producer who works with Davido, told him that Davido wants to record in 2019. three weeks from his release. It also peaked at number 3 on Billboard’s Top Thriller Global Chart in August 2019.

The song was also nominated for ‘Best Single’ at the African Entertainment Awards, held in the United States of America in 2020.

Olamide

Senegalese-American singer, Akon, released his second studio album, ‘Akonda’, in October 2019.

‘Bottom’, the fourth song on it, got a lot of attention because Akon sang in pidgin and Yoruba. After its release, allegations surfaced that the song was composed by singer, songwriter and record label executive Olamide. This news was confirmed after a Twitter user, Solomon Ford, wrote, “Olamide wrote ‘Down’ for Akon. We don’t deserve this legacy.”

Olamide responded with a praying hands emoji.

‘Injure Me’ is the eighth single off Teniola Apata’s debut album ‘Wondaland’ co-written by Olamide. This information is on the official YouTube database page of the song, which also names Kayode Phillips and Olamide as the authors. The album has been nominated for the 2022 Headies Award in the ‘Best Afrobeat Pop Album’ category.

Teni

Singer and songwriter, Teniola Apata, aka Teni, took to her Twitter page a few years ago to announce that she wrote the song, ‘Like Dat’ for Davido. He wrote, “Shout out to OBO for giving young writers like me a chance. I can’t wait for you all to hear ‘Like Dat’, another monster hit.”

Of course, this song was very good, because the airplay was good. The song was nominated for the ‘Best Music Video of the Year’ category of the 2018 Headies Awards.

Techno

Singer, songwriter, Augustine Kelechi, aka Tekno, is a talented singer, musician and producer, and has many hit songs in his kitty.

In addition to writing and recording his own songs, he has also written popular songs for other artists. Undoubtedly, one of the greatest of these songs is ‘If’ by Davido.

On different occasions, Davido has thanked Tekno for writing the song for him. He added that he didn’t have a hit song for a year before Tekno came to him. In a chat with the media, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Davido said, “Tekno brought me back. It’s been almost a year without a hit song. Tekno wrote the song, ‘If’, and he wants me to catch him.”

The song went on to be heard around the world. Among other awards, it won the ‘Best Pop Single’ category of the 2018 Headies Awards.

Cobhams Asuquo

Cobhams Asuquo is another singer, songwriter and producer. Among other things, he is known for his ability as a composer. In addition to writing and producing his own music, Asuquo also writes for other artists. He was signed with Sony ATV London as a songwriter.

He wrote the popular song, ‘Fire on the Mountain’ by another singer and songwriter, Bukola Elemide, aka Asa. The song has been described as ‘deep’ and ‘spacey’ by many. He also co-wrote Asa’s other song, ‘Bibanke’, which won several awards—including ‘Best Vocal Performance’ and ‘Recording Artiste of the Year’—at the 2008 Headies Awards.

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Source: The PUNCH

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