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Mayorkun, Lola Rae, Mr Eazi & More make MTV Base “Ones to Watch” list for 2017



MTV Base has released its list of “Ones to Watch” for 2017 – its hand-picked selection of artists tipped to make it big on the music scene in 2017.

Compiled by the MTV Base music and talent experts from across the continent, the list of 55 established and up-and-coming artistes is based on the channel’s assessment of the artists’ current and future potential, including sales performance, active release schedule, popularity/buzz, radio and video airplay, style, and other intangible factors.

MTV Base aims to support the “Ones to Watch” artists as much as possible throughout 2017, building their profiles via on air and on line exposure, play-listing their repertoire, supporting key video releases and involving them in MTV Base events and gigs.

The next such initiative sees Wurld’s latest video “Show You Off” featuring Shizzi and Walshy Fire, premiere exclusively on MTV Base in SA and ROA on Tuesday 14 February.

According to Monde Twala, Vice President, BET, Youth & Music, VIMN Africa, “’Ones to Watch’ is our annual curated list of artists who we anticipate great things for in the coming year.  It’s awesome to see how far the artists on 2016’s list have come and how much the support we provide has helped these artists build their careers both locally and across the continent.”

See the full list below:

Edmasia Angola
Nero Americano Angola
Locko Cameroon
Minks Cameroon
Ezi Emela England/Nigeria
Hiro France / DRC
Boboh Ghana
Capasta Ghana
Eugy Ghana
Teephlow Ghana
Triggmatic Ghana
Wondaboy Ghana
Band BeCa Kenya
Everlast Kenya
Kaligraph Jones Kenya
Timmy Dat Kenya
Videz And Shiv Kenya
Willy Paul Kenya
Filomena Maricoa Mozambique
Laylizzy Mozambique
Dremo Nigeria
Grey C Nigeria
Jilex Anderson Nigeria
Lola Rae Nigeria
Mayorkun Nigeria
Mr.Eazi Nigeria
Ric Hassani Nigeria
Terry Apala Nigeria
Wale Turner Nigeria
Wurld Nigeria/USA
Amanda Black SA
A Reece SA
Bhizer SA
Distruction Boyz SA
DJ Fortee SA
DJ Mdix SA
Easy Freak SA
Frank Casino SA
Gemini Major SA
King Monada SA
Nadia Nakai SA
Sjava SA
Tellaman SA
Tshego SA
Yung Swiss SA
Apple Gule Swaziland / SA
Ben Pol Tanzania
Billnas Tanzania
Harmonize Tanzania
Rayvann Tanzania
Ruby Tanzania
Ceaserous Uganda
Lydia Jasmine Uganda
Ykee Benda Uganda


  1. christian sister

    February 16, 2017 at 2:10 am

    How is Nonso Amadi not on this list?

  2. lolarae

    February 16, 2017 at 2:58 am

    abeg commot lolarae for this list she has been upcoming since 2012

  3. p

    February 16, 2017 at 7:15 am

    yaaay!!!!! boboh made the list!!!

  4. Big Tee

    February 16, 2017 at 11:53 am

    why are they linking Mr. Eazi with naija? let him go and claim Ghana,…….even his mix-tape and album, let him sell them in Ghana….. we no want…

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