Urban/contemporary gospel is a modern subgenre of gospel music. The style developed gradually, early forms are generally dated to the 1970s, and the genre was well established by the end of the 1980s. The radio layout is set up especially to African-Americans. Christian hip hop can be considered a subtype of this genre.
In Nigeria, an impressive number of gospel musician has come to Identity themselves with the urban gospel form of music splitting into two categories; Hip-Hop Gospel and Afro-Gospel.
The ‘Afro Gospel’ sound emanated from Afrobeats which is a mix of the African sound and the ever evolving style of groovy music.
The Urban Gospel music scene is growing at an immense rate and her artiste are making significant impact for example: The Prayer Walk during the protest was an initiative of some Urban gospel artiste like Limoblaze, Angeloh amongst others.
This artiste have proven to be properly grounded both musically and spiritually, so here’s is a list of urban gospel artiste to look out for in 2021 in no particular order;
Greatman Ademola Takit is a singer, rapper, songwriter who started rapping at the age of 17. He was a former member of The Gratitude until 2020 when he decided to be an independent artiste signed under Same Energy. He is one artiste who believes in the diversity of sounds in the gospel, little wonder his flexibility in music.His musical journey is one full of adventures. In 2020 he released two singles, Sounds of Rain and Bulie, when you listen to both them, you get to understand how flexible he can be in making music. Bulie featured Limiblaza and has been making significant numbers on the airwaves. In a chat with Greatman, he assured naijagospelbeats of more collaborations this year with few A-listers and a greatman Community. This is sure one artiste to look out for in 2020.
Semilore Joshua Oketunji better known by his stage name Se-Ok Music is a Lagos born, South African based gospel rapper.
He is a creative lyricist comfortable on any beat gracing it with the undaunted message of Christ whether it be traditional Hip-Hop beats, trap or Soulful jazz. In his words ’i’m a young person and i’d like to make music with a meaningful message that can reach our generation’. He is a recipients of the Loveword International Music and Arts award. His last single No Fear ft Angeloh and Marizu has hit ten thousand streams. Se-Ok has promised more smash hits in the year 2021 and also a probability of dropping his skincare and beard routine (hehe).
Nkasiobi Chukwu popularly known as Ecplise Nkasi is a Nigerian rapper, producer, media strategist and content creator. Signed to ’The Wild Bunch’ he is a lover of art and culture and he is passionate about creative industrialization. He has a book titled ’No rice on Sunday’ a collection of fictional short stories Hinged on important subject matters that are insufficiently discussed in today’s society. Such as discrimination, jungle justice, drug abuse and more. The stories are set in various times (past, present and future), with uniquely compelling plots that are creatively unorthodox. In 2020 he had 99.1k strems on boomplay and 188.2k streams on spotify. His song i need you which he released on the 16th of feb 2018 raked in two million streams in 2020. Eclipse is another artist to keep up with in 2021.
Marizu Ikechi is a Nigerian musician and Gospel singer. He is one major artiste that brings valuable contribution to the industry through his songwriting, sound and collaborations.
His single ‘chosen’ as at September 2020 has more than one million views on youtube. His 2019 hit single ’looku looku’ has raked in 1.4million views on youtube as at 29 September 2020. No doubt Marizu is one artist that’s raking in good numbers. His first body of work was released on the 28th of august 2020 titled Chapter 1 Volume 1 The EP. The Ep was accompanied by chapter 1 vol 2 that was released on the 2nd of october 2020.
Marizu has certainly come a long way since he started and now has a fast growing fan-base. His uniquely identifiable voice sets him apart from the pack and is complimented by a writing style that stands out as heaven sent inspirational-fodder. Definitely an artist to look out for in 2021.
Angeloh is a recording and performing artist; Speaker; Podcast host (Jesus and Common sense) and Creative Director of Art by Angeloh. The Nigerian singer-songwriter creates a unique style of Christian music that fuses Afrobeat, Hip Hop, RnB and Neo-soul. His method pushes the Gospel through mainstream media sounds and rhythmic standpoints that are catchy, yet surprisingly meaningful. He makes music for every mood, every space, every time, and every frame of mind; with recurrent themes of love, relationships, faith, common sense, and the roller coaster of every-day life.
Most recently, Angeloh is one of 5 individuals (which include Limoblaze, John Koch Ijachi, Gospel Ijachi and Amose.) who God used mightily to birth the #PrayerWalk during the End Sars Protest.
Keeping up with Angeloh would do you a lot of good in 2021.