Top 10 Tiv Artists you must Know.
One may think Zaaki Azay, Zoole Zoo, Chacha, David Beke are the only Artists we have in Tiv land, but we have over 30 Tiv Artists that are still known.
Here few among the many active musicians we have.
He is another Benue born Star by name Jeffrey Akombo, popularly known by his stage name “Perfecto” (Jaga).
Perfecto is of Tiv origin, born on the 6th of February 1991 in Ikyurav-tiev, Katsina-Ala LGA of Benue State.
He graduated from Benue state University Makurdi, with B.sc. psychology.
He started music at the age of 12 when he was in jss1 at Government Secondary School Gboko in 2003.
According to him, he came into music because He had a message to pass across the world, and the only way to achieve that is through music. Music is life to him and because of the passion he had for music, he started getting close to singers and the more he got closer the more he developed feelings and love for music.
As a little boy with dreams to change the world, he found happiness, Joy and really love expressing himself through music, he loves advising and encouraging people through his music.
His songs always convey message to the world and it’s mostly about lifestyle, fun and love.
His first track was “Nam jaga” and right now he has about 26 recorded tracks which among them are: “Get out”, “Unoku”, “If Not 4 Kiddwaya”, “Who I am” etc. With so many awards like “Best Tiv Rapper of the year 2015” (NAPS National 2015)
Alfred Aondona Anongu is popularly
known by his stage name “2smart
(2smart_Ondemic)” Born on 9 September 1994 in Awajir
Town and raised in Makurdi capital of
He Studied Philosophy from Benue State University, Makurdi and graduated in 2018.
2smart (2smart_Ondemic) is from Konshisha Local government area
of Benue State.
2mart is a Rapper and He started his Music in 2013 and has so far dropped a lot of hits featuring big stars in the industry like Emperor Swag (President EMS), Slizeboy Ability, Rapizo etc… And some of his hit tracks include Ayaba ft EMS,
This One ft Slizeboy Ability, Zankuku,
Yem a Kwase ft Rapizo, Oga, Come
Again, etc and he has recorded a lot of
songs that are yet to be drop.
His real name is Innocent Akpen Vingil but popularly known by his stage name “Noobvee”
Noobvee is of Tiv origin, he was born on the 7th February in 1989 at Mbagbera, Kunav Vande-kya LGA of Benue State.
He is a graduated from the prestigious Benue State University Makurdi (Bsc. Business Management)
Noobvee is a Lagos base though, he resided in Makurdi and this is where he started his music career, basically he grew up with folks who were loves of music so it was a norm for music to be played all day long. Woke up and went to bed with music around him. and due to his love and passion for music he started making some attempts and later had influence from his family.
His first track was “Dundee” in 2005, right now he has countless tracks which among them are “Mzamber abeg” “E get why” “kaana se” etc and so many collaborations. According to him “Can’t tell my number of collaborations”.
Noobvee is an award winning artist with so many awards like “The Indigenous Rapper of the Year” (BSU Nubess Awards 2017) he an Affiliate of WOODHOUSE ENTERTAINMENT.
7. Lady pesh.
Oryina patience (born on 15th of January)
and professionally known as Lady Pesh.
She is a Nigerian singer, song writer and a performer, and super Diva from Konshisha local government area of Benue.
She began her music career in 2013 and in 2014 she was nominated for the best female rising artist of the year (2014).
After winning and receiving the award as an artist, she was motivated to take her music career more seriously with the fact that there where people who loved and supported her.
She got a deal with ZESTWORLD Entertainment and in
2015 she made an appearance on the labels 2015 song titled (TOUCH BODY) which was released that year. During her stay with the label, she recorded songs like: “SHOW UR TALENT”
which was a hit in Benue state.
In 2018, she left the label for SUPER SUCCESS ENTERTAINMENT where she had spent the last
3years and still counting.
Lady Pesh has so many recorded tracks which among them are: “Superstar”, “love”, “tell dem”, “Na God”, “Matter” etc
6. JJ Debusta.
Joseph Mlahaga from Vandeikya Local government of Benue state.
He was born on the 4th of September 1998 and started his Primary education at St Joseph Nursery & primary school Jabi, Abuja.
He attended Royal Academy secondary school, Katsina Ala and later studied at Anglican secondary school, Gboko. graduated in 2014
JJ Debusta started my music at the age of 10. He got to meet the likes of late Mc Cedar ( Radio Jato Aka) and joined his entertainment platform known as Katsina Ala Talented singers (KATS). Mc Cedar mentored him and taught him how to dance.
Mc Cedar later on upgraded the crew into a big time entertainment company ( Evagrin Entertainment) where they had the likes of busta boogie , dreks, double J, codex, and lots more.
Busta then left Katsina-Ala for Gboko, And in Gboko things got complicated. Because he was small and he knew nobody at Gboko and had to stay on a low key until graduated from secondary School.
Just after his graduation, he met a family relation who was into entertainment by name( Tiza ). To
They started a crew together ( Magic eagle
entertainment ) and invited kids from their hood and began this gradually.We made about 3 to 4 shows and his name gradually became a street anthem in Gboko.
Busta got a little record deal at CBMM ( castle block
music empire) stepped that stepped up his game and up till now he is seen as one of Benue best talent.
After dropping so many songs like “ss3”, “Gboko” etc
and videos. He has been influenced by so many goodbmusicians but these ones are exceptional: Mi abaga, Ice prince Zamani, Wandecoal, Kizz
Daniel and not forgetting the African starboys Davido & Wizkid.
5. Malex Betaboi.
Malex Betaboi with real name Sughnen
publisher Donald and also known as the middle belt sender Mr “Mba a nen kwagh ga” hails from Gboko local government of Benue state, Nigeria. He is the last and only male child from Mr and Mrs Donald.
He was born in Aliade, Benue state from a God fearing family.
Right from infancy, Malex Betaboi was
seriously good in architecture like drawing. He was also good in Dancing. Though, he was more of a dedicated Christian as a child coming from the Family of Jehovah witness.
In 2015, Malex Betaboi became a fast rising musical name in Aliade with his brand named Betterboi mission worldwide and he became a well sort after artist in Gwer East in 2016.
He took his first big music move by moving to Abuja and some parts of Nigeria and he later moved to Lagos State Nigeria where he currently resides.
Malex Betaboi has done major collaborations with some Super stars like Magnito and Dr Smith. Malex Betaboi is recognized as one of the Benue talented Stars.
Just after his debut album tilted *FARAWAY *, he came out with a powerful follow up single
featuring *Rapizo* who is one of a Benue household name and the song was titled “Take you” which was a hit that got Everyone talking..
4. Too Prince.
David Aker well known as Too Prince a hip hop/afro artist from Benue state.
Too Prince who is a talented artist is not relenting anytime soon. He is always on the rise. From releasing different hit songs the talented artist is ready for the future.
Too Prince has dropped other hit songs such as
Mnena,I want to call,Jessica etc he is a maker of
Rapizo who has proved
himself as the hottest super star in
the middle belt with his unique
indigenous style mixed RNB, Ragger,
afropop, afro juju and folk songs.
Rapizo is a performer, song writer, singer and a composer couple with his
strong business ethics makes him stand out as one of the best in the
middle belt currently.
RAPIZO is currently making waves
and giantly pulling crowd in the state
and beyond, with hit songs like
Tarwase, Omo’Ele and Superman.
Rapizo has performed at prominent events and shows in the state and outside the state in which
the likes of the past administration and the current administration still favours his kind of uniqueness in his indigenous pattern, he is so much cherished by great sons and daughters of Benue state and beyond.
On the 18th of December 2016,
Rapizo dropped his second solo
studio album titled “we all need
something”, the launch of this
album was pen down in history, as
it was honoured by the beautiful
mother of the state, her excellency
the wife of the governor of Benue
state, Mrs Eunice Ortom and other
top politicians as well as business
moguls in the state and beyond.
Rapizo’s hit single TARWASE inspires
Benue youths on the need to being
productive, promoting their talents
and where they come from. His
achievement in the Benue music
industry has inspired a lot of artiste
as well as challenged the upcoming
artiste to work hard. The honouring
of his album lunch by the first lady
is an illustration of how sincere and
committed this present government
is, supporting, promoting and
sponsoring youth talents.
Rapizo is no doubt the strongest
music personality in the state and
gradually rising to national level with
the release of hit songs like.
He is by name Peter Aondohemba Emberga, but popularly known by his stage name “Slikish”. He is a native of Masev, Gwer East local government in Benue State, Nigeria. He graduated from Oduduwa University with B.sc in Mass communication.
He stormed the Nigerian Music industry early 2017 with the visuals of his peace song; God na U, Feat. Jo- El Amadi and hasnt looked back ever since. He has collaborated with top Artiste and producers including; Peruzzi, Ceeza Milli, Spellz, Mekoyo, Ozedikus and others.
His style is an afro pop fused with Tiv Lyrics in true testament of his title as the Bahd Sharp Tiv Boy. His greatest motivation is God and his experiences in life.
Slikish has uncountable tracks which among are : Kempeless, Wetin De Play, Lifestyle, Logo, Va (Come), Body (Remix), God Na u.
1. OD Woods.
His name is Orduen Ikon Andrew, Popularly known by his stage name “OD Woods”. He is a native of Guma Local Government Area of Benue State.
OD Woods is a Nigerian Afro dance hall artist and a song writer. He plies his trade in Nigeria’s centre of excellence and hub of entertainment, Lagos State. He rose to prominence in 2012 when his hit song “Go Below” became popular within Nigerian and beyond. Since then, he has done other great songs and has featured some of Nigeria’s finest artists like Davido, Ice Prince, Vector, VJ Adams, Orezi, Magnito, etc and has also worked with great producers like Shizzy ,Phils, Dre beat, Charles creation ,Zil, etc.
OD Woods is the CEO of WoodHouse Entertainment, a company he founded in 2016. He is also the founder, convener and headliner of the Made in Benue all White Party, an annual event held in Makurdi, Benue State capital to celebrate the people, culture and heritage of the state.