whole chunk of the year 2019 is gone. And as we step into the eighth month of the year, the heart of summer, it’s not without love from out guys in the music industry. Yeah, we look forward to more party music, like never before.
September is still young, anyway and most of the songs trending now are probably songs released in the course of last month. That’s not to say the guys ain’t already dropping new music, though. But of all those long lists of songs released in August, which are Top 10 Naija Songs (Nigerian Songs)? The ones still trending? You can say, the best.
Guess we’ll just find out!
Wizkid – Joro
Wizkid is now ready for 2019, we believe. And his “Made in Lagos” should be here anytime from now. “Joro” which we’ve waited on for quite a while, is here though. The NorthBoi production is all shades of the new Wizkid sound. It’s relevant, to say the least.
And even though it was just a day, it managed to rock September and is still trending!
Wizkid – Ghetto Love
First off, “Ghetto Love” isn’t a street song (he did say a few “gbese” on the track, though.) It’s just love the way Wizkid does it. Afro loving, with all the good and positive vibes, flowing around. And he didn’t just jump on any shit, he had Kel P and Killertunes work on the jam. The sound, at the very least, is contagious. And very positive, and powerful.
Tiwa Savage – 49-99
“49-99” marks the beginning of that great future we talk about when we say international deals. In the past, our artists in Nigeria haven’t really been able to hold on to their deals with foreign labels, maybe because the deals are half-baked or are missing something. Tiwa Savage, though, is likely to be our first break out on that front. The Nigerian Dream, as we know it.
The music, which is her own way of doing the Fela thing (nothing she’s not tried before, though) samples from one of the Legend’s catalogue, from ’78. Not just the “forty-nine sitting ninety-nine standing” reference, but also the music. From the saxophone, to the specific percussions and the female backups (c’mon!!), everything reeks Fela Kuti. And the tempo was managed, keeping it Afro, even despite its consistent kicks and beats. Fire!
Naira Marley – Puta
Naira Marley is a beast and he knows how to make the streets go gaga. That’s exactly what he did with this “Soapy” follow-up. “Puta” (or Pxta) is a mad street jam, and the reception was massive, since he’s got everyone hyped up before.
“Puta” is still one of September’s hottest!
Zlatan x IVD – Bolanle
“Bolanle” is the same tempo as “This Year” but this is the first time I’ve heard a storyline on a Zlatan song, in a while. It’s capturing, somehow. And then the hook, the pause of the beat, and the systematic “bolanle pepper dem” makes the song catchy. Catchy enough that you would start singing it, unconsciously.
Street aside, this is real music that you can feel in your veins. It’s just like when Small Doctor’s “Penalty” was street, but then was more than just street.
DMW – On God ft. Davido, Mayorkun, Dremo
It’s not a DMW year, but doesn’t mean they’re not doing their best to stay on top of their game. “On God” is a big one and it has the three main guys from the Davido imprint, just having fun on some big afropop beat. Issa vibe.
M.I Abaga x Blaqbonez x A-Q, Loose Kaynon – The Purification (Martell Cypher)
Martell Cypher II, is like the second coming of Bad Meets Evil, they all got a lot to say. Blaq is fresh off his beef with guys who don’t think he’s good enough to be best in Africa. A-Q is keeping a low profile, but does he have bars? Hell yeah! M.I got ’em covered, digging up some really deep shit. He actually numbered the rappers in SA, Ghana and Kenya.
Rudeboy – Audio Money
“Audio Money” which has an infectious afro-beat, with all those percussion roll-in’s Rudeboy loves, isn’t just a song that’s trending because it’s from someone we actually like. It’s got the vibe, and also a message. And it couldn’t have come at a better time. This time that Shatta Bandle is giving so many niggas inferiority complex and driving them to opt in for ‘fake lavi da loca’. The message is loud and clear.
Naira Marley x Young John – Mafo
Young John has been low-key, for far too long. The last time we heard from him was “Ello Baby” when he feautured Kizz Daniel and Tiwa Savage. Truth is, Young John is one of those producers that if a big artist doesn’t have a song with, we ask why. We even ask how that artist became ‘big’. And his work on high tempo beats is like Thor swinging his hammer. Now add all that to the raving Naira Marley energy, “Mafo” is what you get.
Adekunle Gold – Young Love
Adekunle Gold is married, and y’all know what married artists do. Retire or just go silent, for a while and then storm back one day again, dropping a song. Expecting us to catch the vibe.
We can say, Adekunle, however has still been pretty much active since his marital status has changed, and his personal life isn’t even interfering with the career. “Young Love” is a groovy thing, not the usual Adekunle Gold, but the one we’ve been getting for a while now. So, it’s OK.
Then, we had the reply to the M.I Abaga-led Cypher, led by Vector, “The Purge” Payper and Vader also came in with the Viper. And, Sound Sultan dropped “Odo”, a real vibe featuring an unlikely cast of Teni, Mr Real and Olu Maintain.
“Ride For You”, Phyno’s big collaboration with Davido, off his album is a mad one. Falz the Bahd guy also came through with “Loving”, as Reminisce kind of replies M.I with “OGB4IG.”
September worked out, after all.