Without the creativity and brilliance of a music producer, there will be no such thing as a hit song. Heck, there will be no song at all. Producers basically lay the foundation of the sweet jams we get to enjoy. They create the body of work from scratch, putting together several elements to produce instrumentals.
The Nigerian music industry is blessed with exceptionally gifted producers who have a knack for fresh sounds. In recent times, we have seen more admiration and acknowledgment for Nigerian producers. Their role in the growth of Afrobeats cannot be downplayed.
With the proliferation of Afrobeats on a global stage, contemporary producers alongside the veterans are working tirelessly to make dynamic instrumentals that our musicians can jump on and turn into magical pieces.
Below is a curated list of producers (in no particular order) who are taking the game to another level;
If you’re talking alternative music, Spax is a household name. The production genius has worked extensively with talented Nigerian acts including Falz, SDC, Saeon, Shaydee, Oxlade, Dammy Krane, Funbi and many others.
He holds credit for his work on SDC’s Palmwine Music (1 and 2), Funbi’s The Serenade EP, Ajebutter’s hit single Lagos Love.
Many musicians describe Spax as one who has an in-depth understanding of music and instruments. He is revered when it comes to production and is consistent in his work.
The rising music producer is one of the key people responsible for the popularity of the famous Zanku sound. Together with Zlatan, Rexxie has crafted a niche for himself with his specialty in making street pop songs.
He is responsible for hit songs that have topped mainstream charts such as Able God, Bumbum, Zanku, and more.
His ability as a producer who adapts street pop sound and mainstream sound is highly commendable.
When you hear his signature (Shabalistica) on a song there’s no denying that you are in for a treat.
Killertunes has been one of the most reliable producers in the Nigerian music industry who can assuredly deliver a banging beat.
He has produced some of the biggest Afrobeats songs recently including Manya, Yeba, Bobo, Motigbana, and many others.
He has worked with a number of top acts such as Wizkid, Olamide, Kizz Daniel, Mayorkun, Timaya.
Peter Kelvin, who is highly recognized as Kel P (or Kel P Vibes), is a Nigerian music producer. He’s one of the few producers whose works speak for him.
Although he is mostly known for his work on two of Burna Boy’s biggest hits Gbona and On The Low, he has been in the Nigerian music scene for quite a while. He also produced the track Killin Dem which featured Burna Boy and Zlatan.
Without even saying much, you know Sarz ought to be in the list. Sarz has redefined the production game in the Nigerian music industry and is still doing it.
The veteran has produced songs across a range of genres and has produced for musicians including Wizkid, Reminisce, WurlD, Niniola, and many more.
Sarz has a distinct touch and continues to produce contemporary Afrobeats sounds which have taken the African sound to an international level.
Steadily, we are approaching a point where Nigerian producers are getting recognition for their input in songs. Hopefully, they would begin to get the full credit they deserve (especially in terms of royalty).
Some other producers who did not make the list but are worthy to be mentioned are Kiddominant, Fresh, Spellz, Speroach, Phantom, Alpha.