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5 Artists From the Nigerian New Wave Who Are Shaping the Future of the Music Industry

Get to know Tomi Agape, Wavythecreator, Tobi Lou, Santi, and ODIE.

The music industry is changing faster than it ever has and the rise of social media and new streaming technologies has opened doors for independent artist to mold their own space and shape their own standards. Especially amongst African creatives, there has been a unique renaissance bubbling where traditional norms on culture, identity and even gender no longer define an artist success.

In Nigeria, where afropop reigns supreme, there has been slower progress than places like South Africa for non-traditional afrobeats artists, but there has been a revolution both within the continent and its diaspora brewing. With artists no longer waiting for validation from major labels, they are focusing on their music, branding, visuals and connecting to their fans organically. It is showing the world that disruption can also mean freedom from boundaries created by past generations.

From Lagos to London to Los Angeles below are "5 Nigerian artists shaping a new wave sound and their views on future of the music industry and how they feel about the current African renaissance.

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Davido performs at 'OkayAfrica: Afrobeat x Afrobeats' at Lincoln Center, 2016. Photo: Oluwaseye Olusa.

Davido, Odie & Amara La Negra Will Be Performing At This Year's 'Made In America' Festival

Some of our favorites join the line-up for the 7th annual Made In America Festival and we're here for it.

The Made In America music festival is known for its diverse line-up of artists who dominate the genres of hip-hop, rock, pop, R&B, latin, electronic amongst other genres.

This year, Nigerian star Davido, Nigerian-Canadian artist, Odie, and Afro-Latina singer Amara La Negra will be gracing the stage, carrying with them the beats of West Africa and the Dominican Republic.

They will be performing among other popular artists such as Janelle MonĂ¡e, Nicki Minaj, Ty Dolla $ign, Rich The Kid, Miguel, Meek Mill, Diplo, and more.

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