The Nigerian music stars continue in their recent success.
Nigerian Afro Pop artists, Naira Marley and Zlatan Ibile, will headline a show set for the O2 Academy Brixton in London, UK on December 15, 2019.
With a capacity of 4,921, the center is undoubtedly big, as the artistes are. In the past year, both artistes – who are closely knit friends – have seen their stock rise in fame and fortune.
It all began with their (among others) arrest by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) with the Nigerian Government agency basing this act on the premise that they were advanced fee fraudsters (Yahoo boys). Eventually released, Zlatan Ibile walked free while his locs-wearing comrade was in prison; he too, was eventually let go after a hearing, after he applied for bail at two million naira, amongst other commitments.
Since then however, both artistes have conquered the Nigerian – and in extension, African – music industry with their high-energy, Fuji-influenced Pop sounds. While Zlatan Ibile is notoriously still considered a rapper, Naira Marley leads a new movement which has sprung from the streets, riden fiercely on the wheels of fandom: Marlians.
Together, they share credits to the problematic “Am I Yahoo Boy”. Each boasts of hit tracks such as “This Year” and “Soapy”.