Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Nigerian music. Afrobeats/ Dancehall/Afropop have this complex quality of always keeping a dance groove while maintaining sad or cheerful melodies. Not to mention the romantic tones of it all, especially in the lyrics. Here are some songs I’ve been stuck on.
Wizkid – Master Groove
Wizkid is kinda like the Drake of this genre and gets some amazing production. Notice that the song is sorta melancholy but still has that upbeat groove. It’s crazy dope.
Tekno – Pana
Tekno produces his own songs and deserves mad respect, this is my favorite song by him.
Olamide – First of All
This song’s energy is crazy and makes me feel like whining a subway pole when I’ve got my headphones on so shout out to Olamide.
Wande Coal & Dj Tunez – Iskaba
This song is so positive and the video and vibes of it all just makes me happy, so big ups to Wande Coal for this magic right here.
Dj Spinall & Wizkid – Nowo
Dj Spinall is a crazy-good producer and so working with Wizkid is kinda like a home run for me.
Falz – Jeje
Falz is special because he kinda raps more than sings and he’s got bars, plus his voice is hella satisfying to hear.
Orezi & Vanessa Mdee – Just Like Dat
The energy in this track is insane, it’s a great addition to any good-ass day or even a party. I threw this in my Dj set one time and the groove was crazy.
Tekno – Duro
Here goes Tekno again with another hit describing how much he wants to show his love for this one girl. A king of romance.
Tiwa Savage, Spellz & Wizkid – Ma Lo
This right here is a great collab that just slaps, period.
Mayorkun – Posh
Another example of that upbeat yet kinda sad duality right here, Mayorkun brings us this tune that I’m sure a lot of people will end up slapping more than they realize at first.