Seyi Vibez: King Of Underground Yoruba Afrobeat music
Afolabi Oluwaloseyi Balogun AKA Seyi Vibez is the king of underground Yoruba afrobeat music now gone mainstream. A couple of years ago, many doubted if Seyi vibez could match up to the popularity and talent of numerous mainstream artists. Today nobody dares question his undeniable talent.
Currently, Seyi Vibez is the rave of the moment and it is no shocker that everybody wants a piece of him.
His recent project “Billion dollar baby” is currently the top album in Nigeria at the moment. Garnering about 6.08M in streams. Some people find this quite surprising as over half of this project is in Yoruba. But we all know it takes a true master to have people from all over the world vibing to a song filled with lyrics they can’t properly pronounce or understand.
Right now fans are ecstatic as the singer plans to host a concert in the UK this April.
Another project of his that’s proven he is ‘that’ guy is his EP- Memory card which peaked at number 10 on the Apple Top 100 US Charts.
Although Seyi may be all the hype right now the 32-year-old has had to deal with comparison with fellow Yoruba Afrobeat singer, Asake. But this is no surprise to anyone because Nigerians have shown over time that they cannot enjoy good music without sprinkling in a bit of comparison here and there.
Some say the singer sounds just like Asake but Seyi Vibez has certainly proven that he is in a league of his own. He kick-started his music career in 2019 with the song, “Dia Fada”.
As per tradition, there is always one song that contributed significantly to the rise of every underground artist to mainstream media. And for Seyi Vibez that song is God Sent, a single released in 2021.
After then the singer has gone on to release numerous other songs like; Bad type, C-major, the 90s, etc. Some of his other albums besides the two already-breaking records are – NSNV, billion dollar baby 2.0, and Vibez Tracks.
It would be fair to call Seyi the king of street music and as many Nigerians would say a win for his music is a win for the streets.
It would be safe to say, so far the singer has had a good run in his career and we are sure there’s more to come. Seyi Vibez worked with other mainstream artists like Simi, Balloranking, Bella Smurda, and Ice Prince.
Like many other musicians who were inspired to go into music by older musicians, Seyi Vibez was inspired by musical legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti.
Apart from his music, the artist is currently chasing a Sociology degree from Lagos State University. Also worthy of mention is his hilarious and heartwarming banter with his fans on Twitter.
The internet was recently astir as pictures of him with iconic singer WizKid found their way to the internet. Rumors have surfaced that both singers are going to drop a song together soon. However, there is no concrete evidence to back that claim.
In the meantime, we revel in the joy his new album brings whilst we anticipate more from him.