We all know that gospel music come in styles and languages. In this article we will be discussing the top 10 Yoruba gospel musicians in Nigeria.
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The musicians listed here are very versed in the Yoruba language. When you hear them worshipping God using the language, the feeling you get is so much out of this world. Check out the stars below.
Alabi Patricia Temitope popularly known as Tope Alabi was born in Lagos State, October 27, 1970.
The famous Yoruba gospel singer started her music career in 2001, when she sang the popular “ore ti o common”. Since then, she has released lots of albums and single tracks.
In May 2019, Tope was crowned the ‘Queen of Yoruba Language’. She was also invited by various film producers for their sound tracks. So far she has made about 350 sound tracks for several Yoruba films. Her awards includes;
· City People Movie’s Best Sound Track Artiste of the Year, in 2017.
· Nigeria Entertainment Award for Gospel Artist of the Year, 2015 and lots more.
She is happily married with two kids. Her songs has over the years won many souls to Christ and has been a source of strength to the weak.
One wonderful habits of hers is to always pray before any performance. According to her, she has never performed on stage without praying first.
And she testifies that God has really helped her to give out more inspiring songs to her audience.
Another famous Yoruba singer is Yinka Ayefele. He is popularly known for his music videos which started in 1999.
Olayinka Joel Ayefele rose to fame with his talent despite being crippled. He has released lots of albums over the years which includes; Next level in 2007, Gratitude in 2008, Transformation in 2009, Fresh Glory in 2016, Living Testimony In 2017, Favour In 2018, Beyond The Limits In 2019 and lots more.
His awards includes;
· Member of the Order of the Niger in 2011. This was awarded to him by former president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
· Ekiti Cultural Ambassador Award, Heritage Award in 2019.
Ayefele is multi award winner that is well recognized locally and internationally also.
He is happily married and his wife gave birth to a set of triplets last year 2019.
Shola Allyson Obaniyi rise to fame after the release of her album “Eji Owuro” which happened to be a sound track for a Yoruba film as named “Eji Owuro” in 2003.
She is commonly known as a multi-dimensional singer whose genre of songs involves folks, soul and gospel music.
She is also a counselor and a consultant and well known for making sound tracks for Yoruba movies.
Other albums of hers are; Gbeje F’ori in 2005, Ire in 2007, Im’oore in 2009, Adun in 2012, Ope in 2015, Imuse in 2018 and Iri in 2019.
Her awards include;
· Best Soft Rock/Alternative video, Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA) in 2013.
· Special Recognition Awards, City People Music Awards in 2018. She is happily married with three children.
Omolara George is both a citizen of Nigeria and America. She is a US-based Nigeria gospel musician.
She is also a song writer, a producer and a legal practitioner. Her songs and albums have won her many awards like:
· Voice of the Year, Nigeria Music Awards in 2008
· Best Vocals Performance (female) in the Industry Wide in 2010.
· She became the winner of the Best African Female Gospel Artiste Category at the 2011 African Gospel Music Awards held in London.
· In 2016, she was named “Trailblazer” of the Year by the Africa Gospel Music Awards. Her albums are: forever in my heart which was released in 2008, Dansaki album released in 2012, the Medley album in 2014, Love Nwantiti in 2014 and others.
She is married to Gbenga George and has two lovely children apparently a boy and a girl.
Bola Are dedicated her music talent to the service of God. She started singing at a very young age, serving the Lord.
She was the former President of the Gospel Musicians Association of Nigeria. She owns a music band in her ministry known as Bola and Her Spiritual Singers.
Some of her albums from the year 1965-2000 are; Baba Kuse, Jesus is Coming Back Be Ready, Lion of Judah, Oore Ofe, Power in Praise and so on.
She is equally married although now a widow with lovely children.
Opelope Anointing as she is popularly called started her music career way back in the 90s, 1998 precisely. However, she got famous after the release of “Opelope Anointing” album.
In 2010, she founded the Opelope Anointing Foundation, which is a Non-Government Charity Initiative. She has a daughter and proudly a grandmother.
Funmi started singing officially in 1983. She is a singer, song writer and also a televangelist. Her songs includes: Glory of God, Good Portion and so on.
Kunle is a talented gospel singer that was born a Muslim. Aside singing and writing songs, he is also a saxophonist, a televangelist and a director of music at the Redeemed Christian Church of God.
In 2007, he was awarded the Award of Excellence by the Redeemed Christian Church of God. In 2018, he was awarded the Leadership Award in Nigeria Music.
Toyin Sokefun Bello popularly known as Ty Bello, is a renowned Nigeria gospel singer, a song writer a philanthropist and a photographer.
She released her popular single song ‘Greenland’ in 2008. After which other singles like the future and the rest of them came up. She was awarded “Best New Act of the Year” in 2008.
She earns her money from other talents of hers that she has invested in. She was officially the photographer to former President of Nigeria- Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
She also worked for the fashion magazine called “Thisday”. She is happily married.
Also a televangelist and a song writer, Joseph started his career into gospel songs way back in 1984. And so far has released lots of songs like Emmanuel ti de, Okan mi bale, Bami se Jesu, Amina Tete maa bo, Gboro mi rot, Ilekun Anu and lots more.
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