It’s easy to believe Nigerian music just started making waves with the rise of Afrobeats. But these music legends will remind you that our music has been heavenly since way back.

Sir Victor Uwaifo

Joromi will forever be a classic, and you should definitely play it at your wedding.

Onyeka Onwenu

She’s the musical legend that gave us Iyogogo, One Love and You and I, and we really need to appreciate her more. 

Christy Essien Igbokwe

The next time you’re jamming to the evergreen Seun Rere song, this is the face you should remember.

Chief Osita Osadebe

RIP to the legend who gave us Osendi Owendi.

Victor Olaiya

You might know him for Tuface’s remix of his popular song Baby Jowo a few years ago, but he’s been a musical force for decades before that.

Prince Nico Mbarga

If you’ve ever sung along to “Sweet mother, I no go forget you”, then you have this man to thank for such a timeless song.

King Sunny Ade 

He’s a living legend.

Fela Anikulapo Kuti

He pretty much laid the groundwork for the Afrobeats sound we love today. He’s gone, but forever a legend.

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