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Rising Stars from the North: 5 Artistes You Should Know

Poetic mastery, musical diversity, rhythmic complexity, social relevance, and cross-cultural exchange makes Hausa music a rich and distinctive artistic tradition. Hausa artists bring their unique…

Poetic mastery, musical diversity, rhythmic complexity, social relevance, and cross-cultural exchange makes Hausa music a rich and distinctive artistic tradition. Hausa artists bring their unique styles and perspectives to the Hausa music scene, enriching it with a diverse range of sounds and themes.

Below are five (5) artistes who are currently highlighting the vibrancy and creativity of contemporary Hausa music :

  1. Hamisu Breaker : A popular Hausa singer known for his Breaker is renowned for his clever wordplay, metaphors, and use of local proverbs. His music focuses on the theme of love and social issues. Breaker is known for his melodious voice and hit songs like “Jaruma” and “Bayanzu ba”

 

  1. Umar M. Shareef: A well-established artist with numerous collaborations which has solidified his place as a key player in the industry. He is considered one of the pioneers who helped modernize Hausa music and made it appealing to youth audiences. With his velvety vocals, deft fusion of tradition and modernity, and widespread popularity across generations, Umar M. Shareef is regarded as a highly influential figure in the contemporary Hausa music scene.

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  1. Auta Waziri : Auta Waziri is a prominent Hausa musician who has expanded his reach by collaborating with other artists, blending traditional sounds with contemporary influences. For instance, his 2024 release “Zuciya” delves into themes of love and emotion, showcasing his lyrical depth and musical versatility. His work continues to resonate with fans across Nigeria and beyond, especially with his hit song “Aljannata” solidifying his status as a key figure in Hausa cultural music.

 

  1. Namenj: Namenj’s music often features a blend of contemporary Afrobeat with Hausa cultural elements. One of his notable tracks, “Dama,” featuring another Hausa star, Hamisu Breaker, received widespread acclaim. His recent single “Gani” continues to showcase his talent and is expected to be a top song in 2024​

 

  1. Ado Gwanja: Frequently played at Arewa events, Ado Gwanja’s music is synonymous with celebration and joy. His recent EP “Amada” has further cemented his popularity​. Ado Gwanja continues to be a dynamic force in Hausa entertainment, with his music and films deeply embedded in the cultural fabric of Northern Nigeria.

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