The northern Nigerian music industry is on another level when it comes to the music industry. It is not as popular as Nigerian music but it has a very loyal fanbase with thousands of listeners. The success of these songs can be said to be due to the very talented music artists behind them. In this list, we’ll look at the top 10 music artists from Northern Nigeria in 2021. For this purpose, we start counting albums released from the 1st of January till the 31st of December.
Top 10 Music Artists from Northern Nigeria in 2021
10. Ali Jita
Ali Isah Jibrin or as he is popularly known, Ali Jita released hit songs like Mai Waka, Amarsu, and Na Janje this year. Though he is a very popular name, he hasn’t really been active in 2021 as in previous years, hence his ranking as the 10th.
9. Lilin Baba
Shu’aibu Ahmad Baba, professionally known as Lilin Baba is one of the top 10 music artists from Northern Nigeria in 2021. He released 2 albums that year. Rigar So and Sounds from the North. Both albums did extensively well and the songs were a blast. In one of the songs from Sound of the north titled “Tsaya”, he featured acclaimed artists Umar M. Shereef and Rahma Sadau. It is no wonder that he made the list. In total, the artist has over 15 songs in 2021, all listened to in the streets.
8. Adam A. Zango
Although he sang a few sings like So Da Alkawari and Munyi Kama this year, he made the list by being featured on Umar Mb’s song Fatima Zara. This song was a hit and we all know it.
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The actor turned musician also released Tuntube, a song from his TV series Farin wata sha kallo.
Mubarak Abdulkareem, Mr442, was brought up in Zaria Nigeria. He has sung a few hits and this year, he made several massive hits. One of his popular songs this year was Soro Seke. Although it was released in 2020, following the ongoing trend at the time, the music video was released in 2021 which led to its making the list. He also released Yinshine where he featured Mohbad and they earned the title of ‘Arewa Marlian.’
His other songs this year include, Shagali, Daka, and mace which is an instant hit on Arewa Tiktok etc. The artist has 10 releases this year
6. Nura M. Inuwa
A popular Arewa musician, Nura, also called M. Inuwa who also made it to our top 10 music artists from northern Nigeria in 2021 released three albums this year. Lokaci and Ni Da Ku and Tamburan Sarkin Bichi in honour of the new Emir of Bichi, Nasiru Ado Bayero.
Both were a success with reigning songs like Ya Farin Gida, Bankwana, Muji Tsoron Allah, Zaren Zuciya, and many more. 2021 was a very busy year for this artist.
5. Hamisu Breaker
Being featured is one thing and making smashing success on your own is another. Hamisu Breaker, born Hamisu Sa’id Yusuf is one of the most popular names in the music industry. He is young and good-looking. This year, he took it slow and released a few singles unlike in 2020.
Despite that, he has a hit song in the form of Sai Dake and an album, Alkhairi. Even without much effort, his talent was enough to make the song successful.
4. Umar Shareef
No one can deny that Umar M Shareef is a king when it comes to Kannywood music and no one can deny that he earned his spot a number one. He released his song Fanan this year which was a huge success and also made music videos for his songs Kina Nesa and Ban Miki Laifi Ba.
His other song this year was Ta Kamani which many know and love. With his talent and reputation, it is not surprising that he made this list.
3. Nazir Sarkin Waka
Nazir M. Ahmad or Nazir Ahmad Sarkin Waka or whatever way you choose to state the name is a very popular music artist. He needs no introduction and neither does his Labarina album which blew minds. It had many songs which have graced the ears of many of us.
Some of those songs are, Labarina Dawo Dawo, Labarina Dena Kuka, Na Kulle da Mukulli, and many more. This artist is good and he knows it.
2. DJ AB
Our very own DJ AB or DJ Abba whose name is Haruna Abdullahi is a household name. He has been on the top list for a while and this year is no different with his release of the album SUPA on the 1st of November 2021. His songs were a massive success and were played in several places after their release.
His E.P Supa featured popular Nigerian musician Mr Eazi and his smash hit Lukuti was in the mouths of almost everyone. He also featured on other songs, such as the Hausa remix to Joeboy’s popular song, Nobody.
Namenj, whose real name is Ali Jubril Namanjo was the top artist in 2021. He released his album North Star on the 10th of November 2021, which proved he is indeed a Northstar. He also released several singles. In his song Dama, he featured Hamisu Breaker who is not a new name in the Kannywood music industry. He also featured Joeboy, a reigning Nigerian musician in another song titled, tired.
As a breakout star in 2021, Namenj is number 1 on the list of top 10 music artists from northern Nigeria.
The above-mentioned artists obviously made the top 10 list of music artists from Northern Nigeria in 2021. The top picks were determined by the popularity of musicians, the success of albums and songs, and the general view of the target demographic.
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