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Top 6 Most Sought-After Music Video Directors In Nigeria

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Music video directors in Nigeria are now enjoying more recognition and public attention compared to the past when they were relatively unknown behind-the-scenes figures.

The significance of music videos in Nigeria is undeniable. While fans appreciate hit songs and albums, the anticipation for the visual aspect of each song is equally high. This heightened demand for top-notch visuals has turned music video directors into sought-after professionals as artists aim to deliver the best visual experiences to their audiences.

In the past, cinematographers often played the role of music video directors without receiving the credit they deserved. However, the landscape has evolved, and now video directors are rightfully acknowledged for their crucial contributions. Their works have become so distinctive that their style is easily recognizable even without checking the video credits.

Some of the most in-demand music video directors in Nigeria are chosen based on their body of work, fame, and pricing. See them below.

1. Clarence Peters

Music directors in Nigeria - A portrait of Clarence Peters.

Clarence Peters stands as a prominent figure in the music video directing industry, often credited with paving the way for the recognition of the true worth of music video directors.

Born to Nigerian Afro-Juju musician, Shina Peters and Nollywood actress, Clarion Chukwuka, Clarence pursued cinematography at a film school in Cape Town, South Africa. Returning to Nigeria, he played a pivotal role in establishing the Alliance Film Company, now known as the Allied Film Company, alongside a group of filmmakers.

With over two decades of experience, Clarence Peters boasts a portfolio of directing over 50 high-quality HD music videos. Notably, he commands a significant fee for his services, reportedly charging up to 6 million Naira.

His extensive list of collaborations includes A-list artists in Nigeria such as Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade, Kizz Daniel, Davido, Wizkid, and many others.

With a consistent track record and widespread acclaim for his work, Clarence Peters remains one of the most sought-after music video directors in Nigeria.

2. TG Omori

Music video directors: A portrait of TG Omori.

TG Omori, also known as Boy Director, emerges as a rising star in the music video directing sector, gaining recognition as one of the top directors in the country. Born ThankGod Omori Jesam, the 28-year-old cinematographer, originally from Cross River State, grew up in Agungi, Lagos State, amidst a middle-class background.

Embarking on his journey as a video director at the young age of 15, TG Omori oversaw stage plays in his school and church. His passion for video production led him to enter the field professionally after graduating from the PEFTI Film Institute at the age of 18, making him one of Nigeria’s youngest professional filmmakers at the time.

Over the years, Omori has made a significant impact on the entertainment industry, directing numerous chart-topping videos for various Nigerian celebrities. Notable among his works are videos for hits like “Soapy” and “Am I A Yahoo Boy” by Naira Marley, “Totori” by Olamide ft Wizkid, and “Billionaire” by Teni.

Other acclaimed music videos under his belt include Asake’s “Peace Be Unto You“, Rema’s “Are You There?“, Ololade Asake’s “Sungba“, Fireboy DML’s “Playboy, and Kizz Daniel’s “BUGA“.

Having garnered several awards, TG Omori is now one of the most sought-after music video directors in Nigeria, and it comes as no surprise that he plans to charge as much as 1 million dollars per video shoot.

3. Daps

Daps, born Oladapo Fagbenle, secures a spot among the most sought-after music video directors in Nigeria, lauded for his remarkable diversity. The Nigerian-born British director initiated his career as a video producer in New York and London before establishing himself in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Daps is renowned for directing chart-topping music videos both in Nigeria and internationally. His extensive portfolio includes collaborations with global superstars like Migos, 2 Chainz, Kendrick Lamar, Stormzy, Iggy Azalea, and Afrobeats icons such as Wizkid, Patoranking, and Davido.

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One of his notable achievements is directing the video for Migos’ “Bad and Boujee“, amassing over 67 million views on YouTube and counting. Despite his reputation for being “quite expensive and not for everybody”, Daps’s top projects include music videos for “Fall” by Davido, “Come Closer” by Wizkid featuring Drake, “Close Friends” by Lil Baby, and “Double Tap” by Jordin Sparks featuring 2 Chainz.

4. Dammy Twitch

Dammy Twitch has swiftly ascended to become one of the most sought-after music video directors in recent years. His journey began as a photographer in 2013, and in 2017, he delved into video directing while interning for Director Q.

Renowned for his explicit music videos, Dammy Twitch has collaborated with top artists such as Davido, Olamide, Falz, Burna Boy, Mayorkun, Peruzzi, Zlatan Ibile, Dremo, Lil Kesh, Victor AD, and more.

Among his notable projects are Davido’s “FEM“, “Jowo“, and “Stand Strong“, featuring The Samples, along with Naira Marley’s “Montego Bay video“. At the age of 28, Dammy Twitch earned a spot on the Forbes 30 under 30 list for 2022.

5. Moe Musa

Mohammed Musa, widely recognized as Moe Musa, stands as one of the veteran and renowned figures in Nigeria’s video-directing realm. Holding the distinction of being one of Nigeria’s premier music video directors, Moe Musa has lent his expertise to numerous projects.

A graduate in Media Technology from Thames Valley University, United Kingdom, Moe Musa has collaborated with A-list superstars across Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, France, Cyprus, and America. His breakthrough came with the direction of the chart-topping 2009 Fuse O2DG song and music video “Antenna“. Additionally, he owns a production company for movies and videos known as the UK and Afrobeat Music Culture Online Video Broadcaster.

Moe Musa’s portfolio includes iconic projects like “Skelewu” by Davido, “Azonto” by Wizkid, “Wanted” by Tiwa Savage, and “Diaspora” by 2Baba. His stature as one of the most expensive music video directors in Nigeria further solidifies his position in the industry.

6. Meji Alabi

Meji Alabi stands as a prominent figure in Nigeria’s music video directing industry, renowned for his creative prowess. He has left an indelible mark with visually stunning music videos for A-list artists such as Wizkid, Maleek Berry, Tiwa Savage, Runtown, Asa, Mr. Eazi, Seyi Shay, and more.

Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Alabi’s diverse background includes living in London and Texas. This cultural blend enhances his ability to connect African and Western markets through various visual mediums, encompassing music videos, photography, advertising campaigns, magazine editorials, and artist branding.

Among his recent notable projects are “Monsters We Made” by Burna Boy featuring Chris Martin, “49-99” by Tiwa Savage, and “Smile” by Wizkid featuring H.E.R.

Notably, Meji Alabi contributed to Beyoncé‘s “Black is King” video project, showcasing his global impact in the world of visual storytelling.

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Apple Music Launches Monthly Replay Experience

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Hey, music lovers! Apple Music just dropped a game-changer: monthly Replay mixes. Now you don’t have to wait until December to discover your latest musical obsessions and share them with the world.

Remember how you used to eagerly await the annual Replay Mix, revealing your top songs and artists for the whole year? Well, that excitement is now monthly! Simply log in to Apple Music and head to the “Replay” section to see your current top picks in songs, albums, and artists. It’s like having a mini-version of your personal music awards ceremony every month.

But the fun only just began there. Your beloved year-end Replay mix is still here, updating weekly to give you a broader picture of your musical journey throughout the year. Think of it as the ultimate director’s cut of your listening habits.

To join the monthly Replay party, make sure you’re an Apple Music subscriber and listen to enough music to qualify. Then, get ready to dive into your personalized stats and discover the soundtrack of your month. Share your monthly musical discoveries with your friends, see how your tastes evolve, and maybe even find some new artists to love along the way.

So, what are you waiting for? Get on with exploring your monthly Replay mix and share your musical journey with the world. The wait is finally over, and the music never stops.

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Kcee Features Teni & Skibii In New Single “Ebelebe”

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Nigerian music sensation Kcee is back with a brand new banger! After making waves in 2023 with his innovative hit “Ojapiano,” which blended Amapiano with the traditional Igbo flute, Kcee is ready to take his Amapiano exploration to the next level with his latest single, “Ebelebe.”

This catchy and upbeat track features the talents of fellow hitmakers Skibii and Teni, ensuring a vibrant and exciting listening experience. Produced by the renowned Jaysynths, “Ebelebe” boasts a pulsating rhythm that’s guaranteed to get everyone moving.

Kcee did a great job on the track, showcasing his confidence and charisma with lines like “Many man promise, no miss call, why, cos man no call.” It’s a testament to his staying power and ability to adapt to evolving trends while staying true to his signature sound.

Consider adding this incredible jam to your collection. It’s a fantastic option for those times when you’re seeking to unwind and lose yourself in the rhythm, moving to the beat with joy and excitement.

Available now on all streaming platforms, “Ebelebe” marks a powerful kickoff to Kcee’s 2024. It’s a celebration of life, music, and the joy of collaboration. So get ready to turn up the volume and groove to this infectious new tune.

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Adekunle Gold Drops New Single “The Life I Choose”

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Nigerian music star Adekunle Gold has hit the ground running in 2024, dropping his most recent single yet on February 22nd titled “The Life I Choose.” Channelling the late 2000s Terry G style, Adekunle confidently proclaims his ownership of his life, declaring his intention to live it on his own terms.

This bold move comes hot on the heels of his successful collaboration with Zinoleesky, “Party No Dey Stop,” which dominated music platforms and solidified his fan base. Following that triumph, he released his critically acclaimed fifth album, “Tequila Ever After,” and embarked on a sold-out North American tour, further solidifying his international appeal.

Now, with his sights set on conquering the UK leg of his tour and “The Life I Choose” setting a vibrant and energetic tone, Adekunle Gold seems poised for another year of musical dominance. His willingness to experiment and push boundaries makes him an artist who consistently surprises and delights his audience.

With his dedication to his craft and his ever-evolving sound, there’s no doubt that Adekunle Gold has many more exciting chapters to write in his musical journey. So, buckle up and get ready to be swept away by his infectious energy and innovative soundscapes.

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