Top 5 Music Producers in the Nigerian Music Industry

Music is an orderly combination of rhythm melody and harmony that is pleasant to the ears. As its immaterial nature, music is considered a temporary or time art, just like literature.

Music is the art of coordinating and transmitting sound, harmonious and aesthetically valid effects, which are generated through the voice or musical instruments. A musician is a person who puts music into practice or plays it through an instrument.

Frequently, musicians take all the praise for award-winning songs with little or no recognition to people who work behind the screen transmitting, producing, and mastering the melody to creative work of art called music.

Music producers are people that use their creative intellects and innovative skills to turn sounds into lovely melody in the ears of the listeners. Nigerian music producers over the years have put a Midas touch to various sounds and turned them into melodies that have won awards across the globe. Meet our top 5 music producers in the Nigerian music industry. The list is compiled based on the number of songs produced, the popularity of the songs produced, and the caliber of artists they have worked with.

1. Don Jazzy

 Micheal Collins Ajareh is a record producer, songwriter, and recording executive. He is the CEO of Marvin Record. Don Jazzy was a boss and producer of the defunct MoHits record label which housed one of Nigeria’s greatest talents Dbanj, who released Oliver Twist, one of the biggest tunes out of Africa, the ace producer has also produced very big hits including Dorobucci, Surulere another hit track by Dr. Sid, Wande Coal’s The Kick, Tiwa Savage’s debut album including chart-topper Eminado. Don Jazzy has also worked with both international and Nigerian artists like Kanye West & Jay-Z, Beyonce Darey, Naeto C, Reekado banks, etc. He has won several awards including Headies Award, Nigerian Entertainment Awards.

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Don Jazzy

2. Cobhams Asuquo

This list would not be complete without adding this incredibly talented producer. He is a Nigerian songwriter, singer, and music producer. Cobhams Asuquo is known for his ability to create classic and timeless music. Also, he played a huge part in Asa’s highly acclaimed international album ASA, he has worked with other highly rated artists including 2face Idibia, Banky W, Yinka Davies, MI, Omawunmi, Darey Art Alade, Styl Plus, Bez, Rooftop Mc’s, Charly Boy, Djinee and more. He produced hot tracks like Strong Ting, If You Ask Me, Kedike, Banky W’s Yes/No, Praiz’s Rich, and Famous. He produced Dbanj’s Cocoa na Chocolate and Mo’Chedda’s Destinambarri. Sony ATV London signed him as a songwriter. He has made appearances in international concerts and performances including One Africa Music Festival in New York 2016. No doubt Cobhams Asuquo is a respected Nigerian music producer with international recognition.

Cobhams Asuquo

3. Sarz

Osabuohien Osaretin popularly known as Sarz is an Edo-born record producer and musician. He is known for the tagged Sarz on the beat at either the beginning or at the end of his production. His talent is evident in the songs he has so far produced. Reminisce’s street hop Kako bi Chicken and Ghetto by Shank and Beat of Life (Samba) ft Wizkid are among his list of works. Not to forget the chart-topping Jor Oh by Jah Bless this became a street anthem back then. He also produced most of the tracks in Eldee’s Undeniable album, Goldie’s Don’t Touch, Da Grin’s Kondo, as well as, YQ’s I Like Girls. He produced Tosin Martins’ TGM, Reminisce’s Fantasi, and Eleniyan Wizkid. Sars has worked with the best artists in the Nigerian music industry.

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4. Shizzi

Oluwaseyi Akerele known as Shizzi is a Nigerian music producer and a songwriter. He was behind the hits songs Wizkid’s Love My Baby, Davido’s Damiduro, and Harry Songz’ Taiye Kehinde. In 2013, he produced two massive hits; Skelewu and Gobe for Davido. He was also the producer of Wande Coal’s Baby Face and Go Low. He co-produced Davido’s Tchelete featuring Mafikizolo currently that got huge airplay as well as MultiChoice Africa’s Rise Up featuring Davido, Tiwa- Savage, Sarkodie, Diamond, Mzytikal, and Lola Rae. Shizzi has worked with creative and talented artists including Sasha, Harrysong, OD Woods, Naeto C, Sauce Kid, Wande Coal, Wizkid, D’Prince, May D, etc.


5. Pheelz

Philip Kayode Moses popularly called Pheelz is one of the youngest Nigerian music producers and songwriters. He produced Olamide hit Baddest Guy Ever Liveth album. The album contains tracks such as Durosoke, Anifowoshe, Rayban Abacha, Eleda Mi, Baddo Love, Turn Up among others. Besides Olamide, he has worked with other artists the likes of Vectors, Tiwage Savage, and produced the hit song Chairman by MI. He won the Producer of the Year Award at Headies Award 2020. He released his debut extended play (EP) Hear Me Out through Empire distribution in 2021. Pheelz is one of the talented music producers in the Nigerian music industry.

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