Advance Warning is journey to discovering new talented acts across the Nigerian Music Scene. Here we forecast the future of Nigerian Centre stage artistes. These are the ones to look out for in the nearest future.
You must have come across this name before and probably not paid attention to him. Well, you should…..
John Ighodaro aka Johnny Drille is a freshman in the music industry with great potential. In 2013, he was a contestant and finalist on Project Fame West Africa and was listed as one of ‘10 Nigerian artistes to ‘blow’ in 2016’.
The Benin City native is a master of percussion, instrumentation, and the best of lyrics. From his viral ‘Awww’ cover, to his now trending ‘Wait for me’, the singer leads the new generation of folk, rock and Afro fusion sounds. He is definitely next in line.
The singer made his debut in January 2015 with a cover of Di’ja’s ‘Awww’, as he gave it a country swing and embellished it with guitar strings. Shortly after, he released his first original song in June, 2015, ‘ Love don’t lie’ on which his showcases his songwriting expertise. Drille also produced the song himself. Two months later he released another love song titled ‘Wait For Me‘.
The song producer joined the ‘Hello’ wave and collaborated with R&B artist, Byno on a cover of Adele’s hit song. On their version, the create an alternative melody infused with lyrics delivered in pidgin English.
Inspired by his parents and their love story, in February he released a folk song titled ‘My beautiful love’. Johnny Drille relentlessly collaborates with Niniola on a duet titled ‘Start all over’. He was recently signed to Don Jazzy’s Mavin Records.
In an industry where everyone is vying for commercial success and following the bandwagon of creating mainstream pop music, Johnny Drille cleaves to his originality and a course in alternative, folk and gospel music. He is definitely one worth adding to your playlist.
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