It can’t be argued that some of the exceptional music talents of the Nigerian music scene are in the form of a duo. These artistes are either paired up by birth, friendship, partnership or alignment of dreams.
Here are some of the exceptional musical duos currently holding it down.
Show Dem Camp
Tec and Ghost have been incredibly consistent as one of the major frontiers of African Hip-Hop. For over a decade, they’ve been killing it with their series of Clone Wars and “Palmwine Music”. The former which caters to core Hip-Hop fans first came out in 2010, now in its fifth installment. “Palmwine Music” was introduced in 2017 and its fourth installment came out 2023. SDC, as they’re popularly known, is consistent in providing a platform to new and young artistes via their music projects. In case you’re wondering which Nigerian rappers are currently touring North America, “It’s the Show Dem Camp, omo yes indeed.”
Made up of siblings Benjamin James, a drummer and Kingsley Okorie, a bassist; the Cavemen are known for their fresh take of Highlife music. Their Headies-award winning debut album, “ROOTS” was released in 2020 and made fans out of many young Nigerians. The Cavemen’s sophomore album “Love and Highlife” came out in 2021. The album boasts of features from Made Kuti, Efuk Ubong, PC Lapez and Cobhams Asuquo.
Chukuemeka and Ifeanyuchukwu Obiligbo are also siblings making Highlife music. Their discography boasts of two recording albums and two EPs. Their traditional and cultural approach has gained them placements on Basketmouth’s “Yabasi” and Larry Gaaga’s “Rattlesnake” soundtrack albums. Umu Obiligbo toured the U.S this year, and concluded the European leg two months ago.
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Straight out of Port Harcourt, singer Piego and rapper Knowledge, known for their strong street poetry and rap-highlife fusion, began their musical journey in 2015. Five years later, they got the mainstream’s attention with their “Barawo Remix” that featured Davido— the song which originally addressed the gruesome killing of the ALUU 4, became the unofficial anthem during the End SARS protest. Ajebo Hustlers released their full length debut titled “Kpos Lifestyle Vol. 1” in 2021, the same year they became the first artistes and musical duo in Apple Music’s “Up Next” programme.
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Lost & Found
Though rappers Boogey and PayBac iBoro have their solo careers, through their super rap group “Lost & Found,” they’ve given us some of the most memorable lyrical sparring moments ever. “Face-Off”, their debut, came out in 2016. Their latest offering is the critically acclaimed “Alternate Ending” released in 2019. Boogey hasn’t released new music in a while, PayBac keeps pushing the envelope with his latest, “West African Goat”.
BOJ and Ajebutter22
These guys have had each other as guest artistes on their songs multiple times, but the first time they put out joint music in 2018— their EP, “Make E No Cause Fight”, their chemistry was so evident. The second installment of the EP included rapper Falz as primary artiste.
Legendary! That’s the word for them. More than two decades they’ve championed the Nigerian and African music scene; dropped serial hits, inspired kids to dance and toured around Africa. After their public, messy break-up in 2017, the twin brothers, Paul and Peter Okoye, took to solo careers; though not as successful as their group career. After years of the feud, the brothers reunited in 2021. In the last 24 hours, news of their new album has been going around. We’re excited.
The Grey Area
Consists of singer-songwriters 3rty and Kid MARLEY. Although their solo careers are not taking back seats, they came together to become The Grey Area in 2015. They put out their self-titled joint album in 2018. With organic instruments, interesting perspective and strong storytelling, they’ve proved to be one of the best duos since Don Jazzy and D’Banj. In preparation for their next offering, they’ve started receiving beats.
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