The great thing about writing a music blog is that you can u write from the soul. It is a writeup about lifestyle and it is fun. So, it isn’t really a job until you are faced with many obstacles but you have to deliver. It’s another time for Artiste in focus. And this week, we have Tẹ́nì and Joeboy.
Teniola Àpáta is the younger sister of Niniola Àpáta who has become popular in the music industry. Tẹ́nì Makanaki as she is fondly called is a Nigerian singer, songwrite and an entertainer. She got into the world of music in 2016 when she was signed to Shizzi’s Magic Fingers Records. She recorded and released her debut single “Amen” with the record label. But in 2017, she left the record label and got signed with Dr. Dolor Entertainment. With her new record label, she released her first hit song fargin. Fargin was a the song that gave her a national recognition in the world of music. She was being referred to as the afro voice. She didn’t stop at fargin or give the song some time to die down. She released other hit singles like; “Askamaya”, “Case” and “Uyo Meyo”. In fact, “Askamaya” was ranked 15th on MTV Base’s year-end list of the Top 20 Hottest Naija Tracks of 2018.
Without a doubt, talent runs in the àpáta family. The unique artiste chose her own style of music. She won Rookie of the Year at the 2018 Headies Award. Her song also made way for her to win Most Promising Act to Watch at the 2018 Nigeria Entertainment Awards. She also won Best New Artist at the 2018 Soundcity MVP Awards Festival. However, NotJustOk ranked her eighth on its list of the 10 Hottest Artists In Nigeria.
However, in 20 February 2019, Teni was featured on YouTube Music’s Trending Artist on the Rise. Her love for her work and music left her with consistency. On May 3, 2019, she released the video for “Sugar Mummy”. On June 14, 2019, she released a new single titled “Power Rangers”.
Teni has some new music to serenade our eardrums and make us move our hips. Songs like Jo are phenomenal to the afro music world. Teni’s genre is majorly Afro. When she is not doing music, she is making people laugh that’s why she’s an entertainer.
Joseph Akinwale Akinfenwa is his name but he chose Joeboy as a professional name. He is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. Joeboy made appearance to the music world in 2017. He was discovered by Mr. Eazi of record label “Empawa Africa” in 2017. His genre of music is that of Afro pop and R&B. However, it was not until 2019 after he released baby that he became popular. The song earned him 20 million streams across YouTube and Spotify in 2019.The visualizer music video for “Baby” surpassed 31 million views on YouTube. That same year, Joeboy released the Killertunes-produced track “Beginning”. The song was also a hit as the visualizer music video for “Beginning” surpassed 23 million views on YouTube.
Not letting his success get to him, the same year, Joeboy released his debut extended play Love & Light in November. The debut was released by emPawa Africa and was supported by the popular singles “Baby” and “Beginning”. The EP also contains the Mayorkun-assisted track “Don’t Call Me” and “All for You”.
All these hard work was soon rewarded. He won Best Artiste in African Pop at the 2019 All Africa Music Awards, and Best Pop at the 2020 Soundcity MVP Awards Festival. He was nominated for multiple City People Entertainment Awards and The Headies.
In 2020, he released Call which became popular as soon as it was released. However, January 2021, Joeboy announced his debut album Somewhere Between Beauty & Magic, set for a release in February. Joeboy does everything Afropop, Afrobeats, contemporary and R&B.