In this post, we are going to give you a comprehensive list of all the record labels in Nigeria. If you are an upcoming artist or musician hoping to be signed by a record label, then you are at the right place.
This is not a classic top 10 or 20 list but rather focuses on a complete list of all the record labels. We will also list the musicians signed onto these labels, their boss/CEO, hit songs and many more.
Read on as we bring you the list.
NB: You should kindly note that the list of music labels below is not arranged in any order.
What is a record label?
It is a music management business entity that manage musicians or actors they have signed or have contracts with.
Basic functions of record labels in Nigeria
Almost all the record labels perform similar functions. See the basic responsibilities of any music record label below.
- Artiste and musician management
- Financial support which basically goes into touring, video shooting, music production, publicity, public relations (PR), deals negotiations and many more.
A label is mostly run as a business, therefore any money invested into the music careers of their artists are expected to yield profit both for the management and artist.
The labels listed here may probably be looking for new artists to sign contracts and work with. If you believe in your craft and think you are really talented, contact any of them below and see what might come out.
These are the list of record labels and location in Nigeria, everything you may need to know about them in the Nigerian Music industry.
Nigeria Record Labels in 2021
Location: Lagos, Nigeria
Mavin Records, a subsidiary of Mavin Global Holdings is one of Nigeria’s and African popular record labels. It was founded by record producer, businessman and recording artist Don Jazzy in 2012. This label has churned out top and talented artists for the Nigerian music Industry.
They have won several awards in and outside Nigeria.
Past artists who have worked with this music label include Wande Cole, Tiwa Savage and Reekado Banks.
Presently, artists they have contract with include Korede Bello, Johnny Drille, Di’ja, D’Prince, Dr. SID, LadiPoe, DNA, Rema, Crayon and DJ Big N, Baby Fresh, Altims and Don Jazzy.
Rema happens to be the newest musician signed onto this record label
How to contact Mavin Records
To get in touch with Mavin Records, visit their website contact page and fill the contact form or send them a direct email [email protected]
The Davido Music Worldwide often shortened as DMW is a record label founded by top Nigerian Singer, Davido. It is one of the youngest of its kind.
He first and major signing was Mayorkun. Mayorkun has been massively embraced by the Nigerian people for churning out quality and soul touching music.
Other artist signed by DMW are Peruzzi and Dremo.
Founder: David Adedeji Adeleke (Davido)
STAR BOY ENTERTAINMENT
Location: Lagos, Nigeria
Star Boy Entertainment has distinguished itself as one of the top and most recognized record labels in Nigeria. It was founded by Nigeria’s top afrobeat, RNB and Afropop musician Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun known in the music scene as Wizkid.
The sole aim of this record label is to give up and coming young musicians a platform to showcase their talents.
Musicians and record producers who have worked this label include Wizkid himself, Maleek Berry, Legendury Beatz, DJ Olu, Mr. Eazi, L.A.X, R2Bees, Efya and Terri.
During the 2013 Vodafone Ghana Music Award, Wizkid made announcement about R2bees and Efya officially joining the label.
YBNL is an independent record label founded by Nigeria’s indigenous rapper Olamide Adedeji popular known as Olamide. YBNL is the acronym for Yahoo Boy No Laptop.
Current acts on the label include Olamide himself, DJ Enimoney, Fireboy DML, B. Banks and Temmie Ovwsa.
Artiste who have formerly worked with this label include Lil Kesh, Viktoh, Chinko Ekun, Adekunle Gold, Xino, Davolee, Lyta, Picazo Rhap, Pelepele, Limerick and Yomi Blaze.
Fireboy happens to be one of the most sought after musicians in Nigeria currently.
Location: Lagos, Nigeria
Founder: Osadolor Nate Asemota (Dr. Dolor)
Location: Lekki, Lagos Nigeria
Dr. Dolor Entertainment have one of Nigeria top female musician, Teni signed onto its label.
Teni is noted for popular songs such as Billionaire, Case and Power Rangers. Case specifically crossed the Nigerian boundaries and was had massive airplay in Ghana and other neighboring countries.
In 2017 this label was awarded the best innovative record label by Lagos State Eti-Osa Achievers Merit Award.
Other acts currently on this record label include Afin Osha, Nikita, Dr. Dolor the founder, Ryan Omo and Hotkid.
For more information about this music label visit their official website on www.drdolor.com
960 MUSIC GROUP
Founder: Efe Omorogbe
Location: Lagos, Nigeria
960 Music Group, headquartered in Lagos, is a Nigerian record company, content owner, and artist management firm focused on providing diverse audio and visual entertainment across Nigeria.
It is an umbrella music label that have stakes in several other independent record labels. It is a subsidiary of Hypertek Digital, a record label founded by 2face Idibia.
Founder: Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
Parent Organisation: Christ Embassy
Location: Ikeja, Lagos State, Nigeria
Loveworld Records is an independent Christian music record label founded by popular Nigerian and international Pastor Chris Oyakhilome. The ultimate aim of this label is to discover talented gospel musicians in and outside of Nigeria.
It is one of the oldest record labels in Nigeria.
Notable and popular musicians groomed by Loveworld records include Sinach, Frank Edwards, Joe Praize among several others.
If you are a talented gospel act and need recognition, contact Loveworld Records.
Location: Lagos, Nigeria
Founders: Audu Maikori and Paul Okeugo
One of the most notable artists to have come out of this record label Ice Prince. Chocolate City is a Nigerian record label founded in 2005 by lawyer Audu Maikori and Paul Okeugo.
The label is home to recording artists such as M.I Abaga, Femi Kuti, Nosa, Dice Ailes, Blaqbonez, ClassiQ, CKay, Candy Bleakz, Torna and Dijay Cinch.
Musicians formerly signed to the label include Victoria Kimani, Ice Prince, DJ Caise, DJ Lambo, Jeremiah Gyang, Ruby Gyang, Pryse, Brymo, Koker and Jesse Jagz, Lemon Adisa, Mr. Gbafun and Ijay. Kahli Abdu & VHS Safari.
Record Label Looking For Upcoming Artist 2021 In Nigeria
- HKN Music
- Spaceship entertainment
- PentHauze Music
- Empire Mates Entertainment
- Mo’ Hits
- Soul Muzik
- G-Worldwide Entertainment
- Kennis Music
- Founder: Kehinde “Kenny” Ogungbe
- Founded: 1998
- Zanku Records
In Nigeria, there are a lot of talented upcoming musicians. Most of these young talents find it difficult to breakthrough into the limelight due to lack of financial support.
Therefore many of them go into search for record labels willing sign them and work with them.
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