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7 Nigerian Artists Who Have Performed At International Football Tournaments

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Football and music are two passions that ignite hearts across the globe. And in Nigeria, these passions often intertwine in spectacular ways. Throughout history, talented Nigerian artists have taken centre stage at some of football’s grandest events, weaving their rhythms and melodies into the fabric of iconic tournaments.

From the African Cup of Nations to European club football and even the pinnacle of the sport—the FIFA World Cup—Nigerian artists have left their mark on the beautiful game.

Just recently, Yemi Alade‘s vibrant performance at the 2024 AFCON in Ivory Coast added another chapter to this rich legacy. But Yemi Alade isn’t alone.

Going deeper, let’s look into the stories of seven incredible Nigerian artists who have graced the stages of international football tournaments, bringing their unique sounds and energies to football fans around the world.

At the closing ceremony, under a sky ablaze with celebratory fireworks, a single voice rises above the jubilant roar: D’banj, the Koko Master.

The Koko Master graced the closing ceremony of the 2013 African Cup of Nations in South Africa with his superstar presence. On that historic night for Nigerians, he delivered a performance of his hit single ‘Top Of The World.’

The celebratory moment reached its pinnacle as the Super Eagles secured victory over Burkina Faso with a 1-0 score, ultimately lifting the continental trophy.

Davido, the Afrobeats megastar, achieved a significant milestone by becoming the first Nigerian artist to perform at the FIFA World Cup closing ceremony during the 2022 World Cup held in Qatar.

His performance featured the official anthem ‘Hayya Hayya,’ where he shared the stage with AISHA and Trinidad Cardona.

This remarkable moment marked a historic presence for Nigerian music on the global stage of the prestigious football event.

Burna Boy, the Grammy award-winner, achieved another monumental milestone by becoming the first African artist to perform at a UEFA Champions League Final.

This historic moment took place during the 2023 European Club Football Final held in Istanbul, showcasing the global recognition and influence of African music on major international platforms.

Yemi Alade showcased her mesmerising talent during the opening ceremony of the 2024 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Ivory Coast.

The renowned artist delivered a captivating performance of the official anthem, “Akwaba,” alongside Magic System and Mohamad Ramadan, adding a memorable musical element to the prestigious event.

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The Ballon d’Or ceremony, an eagerly awaited annual football awards night, is not a tournament but a highly esteemed event on the global football calendar.

In the 2023 edition, Rema added a touch of excitement to the proceedings by thrilling the guests with his hit single “Calm Down,” making history as the first African artist to perform at the esteemed Ballon d’Or ceremony.

Kizz Daniel, a prominent artist, was among the stars who adorned the FIFA 2022 Concert in Qatar, serving as one of the side attractions during the tournament.

The acclaimed hitmaker took the stage and delivered a captivating performance of his 2022 smash hit single “Buga,” featuring the talented Tekno.

Patoranking, the renowned artist, took centre stage as one of the headlining performers at the FIFA 2022 Concert in Qatar.

During the event, he treated the audience to an enthralling performance, showcasing a medley of his popular hit songs.

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Kanye West Performs With North West During ‘Vultures’ Release Party In Paris

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At the recent launch party celebrating his new album “Vultures 1,” renowned musician Kanye West welcomed his eldest daughter, North West, to join him on stage.

The ten-year-old North showcased her talents alongside her father at the Accor Arena in Paris on Sunday. Together, they performed the song “Talking/Once Again,” much to the delight of the audience.

Videos shared online show North confidently sang along to the track as it played, while she and her father shared a fun and energetic dance routine onstage.

During the performance, North briefly folded her hands in a prayerful gesture, repeating the words “Bless me, bless me” with sincerity.

Meanwhile, Kanye, who shares four children with his former spouse, Kim Kardashian, remained silent while the song played. Instead, he danced and gestured towards the audience.

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Both North and the 46-year-old Grammy award winner wore entirely black attire for the event.

Kanye West chose an outfit he had worn previously, consisting of a jacket, pants, and shoes. He completed the look with a distinctive “Friday the 13th” face mask.

Upon removing the mask, one could see a white image of a crucified figure embroidered on the hood underneath. This specific design choice echoed the one he showcased at the Super Bowl earlier in the month.

North West, mirroring her father’s style, sported a pair of baggy pants, chunky shoes, a graphic T-shirt, and a puffer coat with a white stripe running down one sleeve. To top it all off, she wore a large, fluffy trapper hat.

The “Flashing Lights” rapper has been exploring various European cities with his wife, Bianca Censori. They are on a celebratory tour to mark the release of their new album, which they collaborated on with Ty Dolla $ign. Though the couple has been sharing pictures and videos of their travels on social media, it remains unclear when their eldest child joined them on their European adventure.

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Ruger & BNXN In New Single “Romeo Must Die”

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BNXN and Ruger have finally put their two-year-long feud behind them with their collaborative song release, “Romeo Must Die (RMD).” This single marks a new chapter for both artists and signifies a fresh start in their relationship.

The song, released on February 29th, 2024, comes with a music video filmed in Malibu, California. The video showcases the artists enjoying themselves amidst the scenic backdrop of the ocean, palm trees, and luxury cars.

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While fans were initially curious about the musical direction the song would take, given BNXN’s lean towards R&B and Ruger’s focus on dancehall, the artists have successfully blended their styles. Produced by Kukbeats, the song celebrates their success and throws subtle shade at their critics.

The song “Romeo Must Die” is a direct reference to the popular action movie released in the year 2000. The film starred martial arts star Jet Li and the late R&B singer Aaliyah.

This collaboration between BNXN and Ruger is a significant one, as it’s the first song they’ve released together in 2024, and it follows a successful year for both artists in 2023.

An important thing to note is that Ruger recently left his previous label, Jonzing World. Because of this, “Romeo Must Die” is his first song released under his own new label called Blown Boy.

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Skepta Features Portable In New Afrobeats Hit “Tony Montana”

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British-Nigerian rapper Skepta is teaming up with rising Nigerian star Portable for a new Afrobeats song titled “Tony Montana.” This collaboration marks Skepta’s exploration of the Afrobeats genre, potentially connecting with his Nigerian roots.

The song, produced by award-winning JAE5, follows Portable’s “Tony Montana of London” EP, released earlier in 2024. Notably, Portable’s visit to the UK in the same year led to this collaboration with Skepta.

Fans on social media are excited about the single, particularly impressed by Portable’s contribution. His melodic chorus is a departure from his usual “hoarse street music” style.

“Tony Montana” is not Skepta’s first foray into exploring collaborations with Nigerian artists. Earlier this year, he released “Jangrova,” featuring Nigerian rapper Odumodublvck and British-Ghanaian actor Idris Elba.

Interestingly, Skepta recently made his directorial debut with the movie “Tribal Mark,” focusing on a British-Nigerian hitman. He reportedly decided to create this film as a response to discussions about casting a black actor for the role of James Bond.

“Tony Montana” serves as one of the lead singles for Skepta’s upcoming sixth album, “Knife & Fork,” expected to be released later in 2024. This collaboration and album anticipation mark a promising year for the British-Nigerian artist.

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