It has been a great year in the Nigerian music scene, witnessing many singles and album releases. Fans have been hit by a series of new songs on the radio and the internet, some of them great. The continuous delivery of catchy, smooth sounds and new dance moves has put Naija hip hop and Afrobeats in the spotlight as the music from the country keeps turning more and more heads around the world.
Below are some of the hottest dance tracks making their rounds in Nigeria today:
1. ‘Totori’ – Olamide, Wizkid, Id Cabasa
Totoriis a singalong track where Olamide brings the old pidgin word totori, often used in expressing pleasure or the good life to the fore.
2. ‘Beginning’ – Joeboy
The Sensational Joeboy is currently one of the most sought after artists in Africa who burst into the scene less than a year ago and making waves due to the creativity and dramatic animated videos. This song is the go-to song for newlyweds in Nigeria and beyond.
3. Soapy– Naira Marley
The song is about Naira Marley’s experiences in prison and a jibe at the Nigerian authorities that held him a few months ago for internet fraud. Marley is known to court controversies, and the style of dance to it says it all.
4. Disturbance’ ft Peruzzi – Davido
Disturbance is one of the tracks of the newly released Good Time album in a typical Davido flow, rhythm and sing-along style. He professes his love and deep affection for a fine girl, hoping to locate her low waist.
5. Attention’ – Tiwa Savage
Called the Queen of Afropop her by admirers, Tiwa Savage has been dropping hits that resonate with her fanbase on a constant basis. She confirms her position as one of the top superstars from the continent this year.
6. Scatter / Gbas Gbos – Fireboy DML
The Olamide nurtured singer, Fireboy DML has seen a steady rise in his music this year. Signed to YBNL Nation, ‘Scatter’ a track from his new album Laughter, Tears &Goosebumps is one of radio and party DJ’s favourites, enjoying constant airplay. ‘Scatter’ is getting the fans dancing into the holiday season.
7. ‘Omo’ – Burna Boy
Burna Boy has had a great year, culminating in his nomination to the 2020 Grammy Awards. He released this video in November, four months after dropping his African Giant album, it is still hot and a club banger anytime.
8. ‘Joro / Jam ‘ – Wizkid
Another track influenced by Fela Kuti, Joro is taken from the Zombie album. Soothing flow and dance confirming Wizkid’s status as an international artist bringing Afrobeats to the world.
9. Pawon– Olamide
Olamide’s new single is getting all the attention on radio and the internet with videos of different ladies twerking on Instagram.
10. ‘Billionaire’ – Teni
Confessing the dream of many young people, the dream of becoming a billionaire is paramount. Flashy cars and holidays in Santorini, not many will say no to that.
11. Zlatan ‘Zanku (Leg Work)’
Zlatan ordained himself the originator of the zanku craze in January with the release of “Zanku (Leg Work),”which phased out shaku as 2019’s new dance craze.
12. Santi ‘Sparky’
A large part of Santi’s charm is what he shrouds in metaphors and mystery. “Sparky”runs through strong imagery (“bon chiga with a darkie”) layered with unexpected references like “sexy punkie rider,”which could be a nod to Sean Paul. The Nigerian artist delivers all of this in a mumbled-patois that draws the listener in to his hazy world.
13. Rema ‘Dumebi/ Lady’
“There’s no actual box I belong to”said Rema in a recent interview with OkayAfrica, “I create different types of sounds. I’m led by my spirit to create.”These sounds range from trap, afro house, R&B, and the near-perfect “Soco”-style beat heard on “Dumebi.”Produced by Ozedikus, the song perfectly presents the musical brain showcased across Rema’s three EPs—Rema, Freestyle and Bad Commando—which all have the brilliance of being both promising and fully formed.
14. Burna Boy ‘Anybody / YE
African Giant saw Burna Boy deliver several addictive shades of his signature afro-fusion sound by blending influences from afrobeat, dancehall, hip-hop, RnB and more. It’s nearly impossible to pick just one (or two) tracks to highlight from the album for this list, but we’re going with “Anybody.”The Rexxie-produced song follows Burna as he sends a message to his naysayers over smooth saxophone riffs and rhythmic percussion.
15. Tiwa Savage ’49-99′
This pulsating single sees Tiwa Savage referencing Fela Kuti’s famous “49 sitting, 99 standing”line from his 1978 song “Shuffering and Shmiling.”Throughout “49-99,”Tiwa sings about the pursuit of money in her home country, offering commentary on widespread poverty.”’49-99′ is a term coined from the hard life many Nigerians go through,”she explained. “A transit bus serves as a case study. It ought to have only 49 seated passengers, however due to poor economic conditions, we often have nearly twice that number of passengers standing (99).”https://www.shareasale.com/u.cfm?d=644910&m=70634&u=2214341
16. Kizz Daniel ‘Fvck You / JAHO’
Fvck You”is a marvel of a song about a spurned love: “Na you the cheat na me the beg / make una check ogbanje / shebi na me the find sisi yellow.”The repetition of the offensive song title has real bite and could’ve easily been tasteless if done by another singer. But it’s well presented here by Kizz Daniel’s supreme delivery, which spawned endless covers as part of the #FvckYouChallenge from the likes of Tiwa Savage, Falz, Sarkodie and others.
17. Beyoncé, Wizkid, Saint Jhn ‘Brown Skin Girl’ feat. Blue Ivy Carter.
The global impact of Beyoncé, Wizkid, and Saint Jhn’s single “Brown Skin Girl”is irrefutable. From Lupita Nyong’o to the adorable Dream Catchers’ viral video, it’s clear that this song, and more especially its lyrics, affirms and continues to affirm brown skin girls in every corner of the world. From its minimal afro-fusion inspired beat to Wizkid’s outstanding lead verse, this was a major moment that showcased just how far Nigerian music is going.
18. Burna Boy ‘Killin Dem’ feat. Zlatan
“Killin Dem”sees Burna Boy and Zlatan going on over some highly-infectious beat work produced by Kel P. The song is a straight-up banger that seamlessly blends Zlatan’s energetic ‘zanku’ style with Burna Boy’s afro-fusion. While the single dropped in early 2019, it later was included as one of the many standouts in Burna’s African Giant album.
19. Simi ‘Ayo’
A psalm for good fortunes inspired by Nigerian jùjú music legend Ebenezer Obey is tastefully crafted here by Simi and the production duo Legendury Beatz. “Ayo”was the third single from the singer’s standout album, Omo Charlie Champagne, Vol.1, released in March.
20. Davido ‘Risky’ feat. Popcaan
Davido initially dropped “Risky” as a taste from his long-awaited album A Good Time. The single sees the Nigerian heavyweight connecting with Jamaican star Popcaan as they both go in over afro-fusion-meets-dancehall production. It was produced by DMW’s in-house beatmaker Speroach Beatz. The track notably features Davido doing a cheeky flip of his own freestyle he did on Shade 45 earlier this year, which was made fun of across social media. “What you all laughed at !! You will dance to !! “Davido posted on Twitter.
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