When it comes to Afro music, the Nigerian Afrobeats scene has witnessed a surge in worldwide following with any form of retardation. This is expected to get even bigger in 2020 as Nigerian artists continue to release banging dance hits without any sign of taking a break.
Below are some Artistes and there Music that gave so much world recognition to the Afrobeat music category.
So far, the year 2020 follows in the footsteps of 2019, a remarkable year for Afrobeats not only in Nigeria but also in the entire West African region, and has already seen incredible tracks released by some of Nigeria’s best-known musicians.
Almost all the songs on this playlist were released in 2020, but we decided to also include some tracks from late 2019, as they were strategically released to gain traction in the coming year. One such track is Wizkid’s ‘Starboy’, which was released quietly as part of the seven-track Soundman Vol. 1 EP shortly before the end of 2019.
These songs Below are not in any p articular order and the criteria used in their selection include airplay frequency and number of streams and downloads. This playlist will be updated throughout the year, so make sure to bookmark it for your continuous listening pleasure.
1.Wonma! by Olamide
Shortly after he announced his forthcoming ninth studio project 999 EP, Olamide dropped this impressive track. 999 EP comprises nine tracks with guest appearances from Phyno, Snow, Cheque, Rhatti, Nilly, Sosa-E, Jackmillz and Jayboi.
2.Blow by Wizkid ft. Blaq Jerzee
Wizkid stealthily released his EP at the end of last year. Surprise releases of this nature shows an understanding of the contemporary media attention space, which is overflowing with competing stimuli.
3.Odogwu by Burna Boy
Burna Boy’s second single of the year is blowing minds. In Igbo, ‘Odogwu’ is used for a great or accomplished man. The Afro-fusion superstar is relentless in delivering an original sound. In ‘Odogwu’, highlife is presented with a new twist loved by contemporary audiences.
4.Beamer (Bad Boys) by Rema ft. Rvssian
This is a sequel to Rema’s ‘Dumebi (Remix)’ featuring American act Becky G. Rema is on a musical spree this year and he raises his game a notch higher on this bouncy tune.
5.Fantasy by Niniola ft. Femi Kuti
Niniola’s fusion of Femi Kuti’s Afrobeat and her style of electro-inspired music looks is a smashing success. The track has been well received by fans and has enjoyed constant airplay in Nigeria.
7.Jore by Adekunle Gold ft. Kizz Daniel
Adekunle Gold’s ‘Jore’ enjoys vocal assistance from Flyboy Inc leader Kizz Daniel, who delivers a ditty verse on this tune. ‘Jore’ follows the remix of ‘Kelegbe Megbe’ by Wizkid’s official disc jockey, DJ Tunez.
8.Jaho by Kizz Daniel
Kizz Daniel premiered this video in mid-January and has since gained impressive numbers on streaming services. Kizz Daniel has mastered the art of writing catchy songs that fans fall in love with immediately.
9.Geng by Mayorkun
Although this track sounds more like a freestyle hip hop composition, it’s become an anthem with Nigerian Afrobeats fans.
10.Again by Wande Coal
Wande Coal started the new year and decade with the release of this new single. The talented singer goes back to his good old days of love jams. On this mid-tempo, Afropop tune, the artist showcases his loving side to celebrate the month of love. Wande Coal has always been a top feature in the Nigerian music scene, through a career spanning over a decade.
11.Caro by Zinoleesky ft. Naira Marley
Zinoleesky taps Naira Marley’s talent to deliver an impressive record. ‘Caro’ serves as Zinoleesky’s debut song under his new imprint.
12.Marry by Teni
Teni is debating an important subject for many: the issue of love and marriage. The award-winning artist seem to be unstoppable in her usual style of sonorous rhythms, and ‘Marry’ is another great track form this impressive artist.
13.Unripe Pawpaw by Zlatan ft. Papisnoop, Jamopyper and Oberz
Naija Afrobeats and zanku star Zlatan hits fans with a fresh single titled ‘Unripe Pawpaw’, licensed to Empire on behalf of Zanku Records. The single serves as a follow-up to ‘Quilox’. As expected, the video is a splash of colours, theatrics and eye-catching dance moves. Zlatan and crew offers a zanku dance manual here.
14.We Must Groove by 2Baba ft. Burna Boy
This can be described as the ultimate combo, long awaited by fans who have wanted to see 2Baba and Burna Boy working together. The two superstars have not disappointed with this collaboration. The title says it all and the sound delivers a feel-good vibe with its flow and call for gyration.
15.Take It by Rudeboy
Former P-Square member and Fire Department Inc boss Rudeboy presents this banger, produced by Chrisstringz. Rudeboy delivers yet again with his ever-blazing sound.
16.Somebody by Skiibii ft. Kizz Daniel
This is a song for lovers. The colourful display and video quality of this fresh track has taken fans by storm. The two artists coming together can be described as a rhythm fest, as both are accomplished crooners in their own right.
17.Arizona by Blaq Jerzee and Wizkid
Serial hitmaker Blaq Jerzee teams up with Wizkid on ‘Arizona’, an elegant display of addictive sounds defined by flowing beats.
18.Shekere by Yemi Alade and Angélique Kidjo
An Angélique Kidjo-Yemi Alade collaboration can only be magic. The Nigerian sensation doing ‘Shekere’ with the Beninese Grammy winner shows the willingness of Kidjo to give young African artists the required support. The song is a reminder of Kidjo’s 1996 hit ‘Wombo Lombo’.
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