On today’s episode of 1st Jams, we would be recognising some of the most beautiful Afrobeat songs in the country. Indeed, this is Afrobeat season.
Consequently, we are about to experience the explosion of Afropop and the global expression of Nigerian dancehall music.
After four decades, going through recess and continuous refinement, Afrobeat is gradually garnering mainstream popularity.
Equally important, this development has been forthcoming for almost a decade now.
The music genre is now gaining mainstream attention. Further, the Western world is beginning to share in the culture. Afrobeat, Afropop, Highlife, Banku Music, Reggae Africana are beginning to turn heads.
On Friday, July 19, American songstress Beyonce released the compilation album titled Lion King: The Gift.
Moreover, the music project saw immense contribution from Nigerian artistes. In addition, there was a Ghanaian singer on board along with songsters from other African countries.
Some of the artistes featured on the music project include Wizkid, Tiwa Savage and Mr Eazi. Furthermore, the album had Burna Boy, Yemi Alade and Tekno.
Indeed, consistency is key and there is power in remarkable contents. Afrobeat music is king.
Above all, the music industry is currently reaping the hard work, blood, sweat and tears of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti.
Many years after the demise of the Afrobeat legend, Nigerian musicians have refined it and taken it to the mainstream. The likes of D’Banj and Don Jazzy, Davido, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage and Burna Boy, among others come to mind here.
Check out the top 10 brand new 1st Jams of the week.
1st Jams: Afrobeat songs of the week
1. Simi x Adekunle Gold – By you
Once you see a song between lovebirds and celebrity couple, Simi and Adekunle Gold expect nothing but a masterpiece.
Notably, the couple tied the knots on January 2019. Although they have been surreptitious about their marital affair, it is apparent that they are living their best life.
‘By you’ as the name implies is all about remaining by your partner despite the ordeals and turmoils of love.
2. Crayon– So fine
Crayon is a new artist signed to Don Jazzy’s Mavins record. He released his 6-track EP a few days ago. As a matter of fact, he is making a statement in the music industry.
‘So fine’ is the lead single from the youngster’s EP.
3. Patoraking– Wilmer
The newly released video for “Wilmer” showcases Patoranking’s unabashed adoration for his daughter. In addition, the visuals depict the close bond between them.
Set at a colourful backyard party with Wilmer as the centre of attraction, Patoranking and Bera perform their reverent lyrics. Meanwhile, party guests are seen having in the background.
4. Zlatan Ibile x Tiwa Savage– Shotan
Zlatan Ibile has become an unstoppable force in the Nigerian music scene.
His street-centric Yoruba rap bars aren’t exactly cut out to appeal to the mainstream Nigerian audiences. But he still commands a wholesome chunk. Further, he has his own viral ‘Zanku’ dance to prove it.
This song features Zlatan’s amazing bars, Tiwa’s confident and melodic performance and a flamboyant video directed by TG Omori. Indeed, it’s hard to bet against the song becoming a staple at parties and clubs over the next few months.
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5. Dave x Burna Boy– Location
Dave just released the music video for Location. Specifically, its simple documentary-style direction highlights Dave’s celebrity status and the song’s remarkable smash hit status.
The four-minute long music video is directed by Kaylum and Dave. In like fashion, the concept of the video is basically about the live performance of Dave.
It features the singer and his friends as they make a trip out of the country to perform the song. Furthermore, the performance is witnessed by a rousing crowd of cheering and adoring fans.
6. JoeBoy– Baby
Joeboy is Mr Eazi’s Banku Music label’s frontline artiste. He has staked his lover boy claims with a romantic song “Baby”.
Further, he delivered it with effortless charm and charisma to make a hit record.
Addressing a love interest over the Dëra produced blend of EDM inspired synths loops and Afropop drum riffs, “Baby” splits the difference between romance and dance floor appeal.
7. Johnny Drille – Please Forgive Me (Bryan Adams Cover)
Mavins Record multi-talented singer, Johnny Drille has released a cover to Bryan Adams smash hit single titled, “Please Forgive Me”.
The summer smash was first performed by Canadian rock musician, Bryan Adams.
It was released on October 1993 as the only single and bonus track from his greatest hits compilation album So Far So Good.
8. Oduma Esan x Peruzzi x Orezi– Totally
BNS Records Boss, Oduma Essan premiered the visuals to the remix of his smash hit single titled “Totally”.
In particular, Oduma Essan collaborates with Nigerian pop star, Orezi and DMW vibes machine, Peruzzi. Both add a new flavour to the record to make it more superior than the original.
9. Terri– Nonstop
Wizkid’s Starboy Entertainment presents the official music video to Terri‘s latest single titled “Non-Stop“. Likewise, the song comes with unique production assistance from Killertunes.
As promised, Terri puts out a new banger to consolidate his previous records doing well on the mainstream.
Finally, we doff our hats to Wizkid
10. Beyonce x Wizkid x Saint Jhn x Blue Ivy– Brown Skin Girl
Here is a melodious work of art titled ‘Brown Skin Girl. The work features Wizkid and Saint Jhn off Beyonce‘s music album Lion King: The Gift.
The song talks about an African girl child. Remarkably, it encourages her to be proud of who she is as well as her colour. ‘Brown Skin Girl’ also features Beyoncé’s daughter, Blue Ivy Carter. Uniquely, Blue Ivy seems to be the topic of the song.
The synergy between Beyoncé and Wizkid got Nigerians talking on Twitter. Indeed, it has earned Wizkid a lot of accolades.