Nigerian artists have really been making a global wave in the past few years and the world is paying attention and vibing. Few weeks ago, Shazam shared on their official page that one of the most Shazamed songs in the world was Buga by Nigerian singer Kizz Daniel featuring Tekno. Social media, most especially Tik Tok and Instagram, has really helped these artists increase fan base and the reach of their music. You’ve probably had the chance to hear one catchy Afrobeat tune or two or maybe you have a dedicated playlist on Apple Music, Tidal, Spotify. We wish we could make it to Portugal July 1-3 for Afro Nation 2022 where over 15 top Afrobeats artists alongside other great African talent will perform, but alas, gas is over $5 and like Teirra Mari said “I Ain’t Got It.” The great news is some of these awesome artists are going on the road and making tour stops here in the States. There are five awesome Nigerian artists coming to Chicago this summer that we think you should consider hearing live. For those still making safe covid practice decisions, please do enjoy outside safely.
Tiwa Savage. The “Number One African Bad Girl” is on her first headlining North American tour and the afrobeats star will be in Chicago Thursday June 9. The “Water & Garri” tour which kicked off May 15 in New York, is the tour to her Water & Garri EP which was released in 2021. The tour will be at Promontory (5311 South Lake Park Avenue West Chicago 60615) in Chicago’s Hyde Park on June 9 from 7pm. eventbrite.com
Davido. The DMW Boss David Adedeji Adeleke and self described OBO Omo Baba Olowo (son of a rich father) is coming to the US and Canada with the “We Rise By Lifting Others” tour. His recently released single “Stand Strong” where he teamed up with Kanye’s West’s Sunday Service singers The Samples Choir, has been gaining steam ahead of a upcoming unanamed album. This “We Rise By Lifting Others” tour is technically his first full North American tour as his A Better Time tour was cancelled due to COVID restrictions at the time. Davido celebrated 10 years in the music industry with a sold out show at London’s O2 Arena. He recently shared on Instagram that American artist DaBaby travelled to Nigeria to film a music video for an upcoming collaboration. Davido’s “We Rise By Lifting Others” tour stop in Chicago will be on June 23 at the Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom. livenation.com
Adekunle Gold. AG Baby is your baby oo. The Nigerian crooner has really grown into his own artistically especially in his most recent album which was released February 2022. Adekunle Gold popularly called AG Baby by fans, is an artist who combines Afrobeats with Pop, Hip-Hop and R&B influences. Before music, he was popularly known on the twitter for his. He dropped his new album Catch Me If You Can, which features collaborations with world-class talent including Ty Dolla $ign, Stefflon Don, Fatoumata Diawara and Fousheé and the hit singles ‘It Is What It Is’, ‘Sinner’ ft Lucky Daye and ‘High’ ft Davido and is now headed on tour. The 19-city ‘Catch Me If You Can’ tour will make its Chicago stop June 21 at House of Blues. concerts.livenation.com
Burna Boy. His newest single Last Last where he sings Everybody go chop breakfast (at the end of the day everyone will suffer heartbreak/get broken up with) could be one of the summer anthems. Grammy winner Damini Ogulu bka as Burna Boy is following up his sold out Madison Square Garden performance with a 9 date tour between the US, Canada and Barbados. The Love, Damini Tour Chicago stop will be on July 23 at Northerly Island’s Huntington Bank Pavilion. vividseats.com
Wande Coal. When you listen to Afrobeats of today, know that the movement has been building for a lot longer than you would think and one of the OGs still in the game that put the sound on the map is Wande Coal. He got his start with Don Jazzy and D’Banj’s at the time Mo Hits records, and released his first solo album Mushin to Mo’Hits, in 2009 before starting his own imprint. He recently released a single earlier this year “Hate Me.” Wande Coal will be performing many of his hit songs like Iskaba, My Woman, Kpono, Come my Way and more in Chicago June 18 at Promontory. eventbrite.com
*Featured image via Billboard
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