1st List: Top 10 music albums of 2019

1st List: Top 10 music albums of 2019

 

2019 is gradually coming to its conclusion and the Nigerian music industry has experienced a massive boost. This is in terms of mainstream exposure, commercial success and critical acclaim.

 

The diverse music genres in the country, predominantly Afrobeat, received a major crossover appeal in 2019. Self-acclaimed African Giant, Burna Boy joined the elite league of Nigerians to receive a Grammy nomination. The 28-year-old Rivers state hitmaker is currently at the peak of his career and he looks unstoppable at the moment.

 

Indeed, Burna has received dozens of awards within the last couple of months; becoming the most decorated music superstar to emerge from Africa in 2019.

 

While Burna is making headlines worldwide; we must not ignore the dominance of Wizkid and Davido in the Nigerian music scene. Although Wizkid only dropped two polarizing solo singles in 2019, his contribution to Beyonce’s ‘Brown Skin Girl’ still gave his fans a reason to cheer. Nevertheless, Wizkid is yet to release his long-anticipated fourth studio album, Made In Lagos. Equally important, he had first made the announcement in 2018.

 

 

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However, Wizkid isn’t the only A-list superstar who didn’t release a compilation album in 2019. Also, the likes of Olamide, Adekunle Gold, Tiwa Savage did not release any album this year. Neither have they made announcements pertaining to it.

 

By the same token, 1st List has documented the top ten music albums of 2019.  Specifically, the criteria for this selection are; commercial success, impact, critical acclaim, hits, awards and cultural relevance.

Album list dominated by good music

1. Falz: Moral Instruction

 

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However, Wizkid isn’t the only A-list superstar who didn’t release a compilation album in 2019. Also, the likes of Olamide, Adekunle Gold, Tiwa Savage did not release any album this year. Neither have they made announcements pertaining to it.

 

By the same token, 1st List has documented the top ten music albums of 2019.  Specifically, the criteria for this selection are; commercial success, impact, critical acclaim, hits, awards and cultural relevance.

 

Falz who gained prominence due to his humorous demeanour pulled off his renowned persona and embodied himself in a modern-day Fela Anikulapo-Kuti’s regalia. Further, he played the role of an activist and addressed the imbalance in society.

 

 

2. SimiOmo Charlie Champagne

Simisola Ogunleye also known as Simisola released her third official studio album in April 2019. However, this turned out to be her last project with Xtreme Music. Indeed, Simi has since established her own studio album, Studio Brat.

Omo Charlie Champagne is noteworthyfor its diversity in lyrics, theme and most importantly, vocal expression.

Also, Simi spent quality time to polish her sound and her style of music on her new album. Each single has its own narrative; it is not a repetition of the erstwhile tracks.

On this album, Simi experimented with Reggae, moombahton and sentimental ballad instead of the usual Afropop or R&B.

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3. Davido: A Good Time

Davido’s second studio album, A Good Time couldn’t come at a better time than now. Specifically, Davido released his sophomore album in November this year; seven years after his debut project Omo Baba Olowo (OBO).

Equally important, the album contains numerous hit singles from the previous year including, ‘Assurance’, ‘Fall’ and ‘If’. Further, his latest hits such as ‘Risky’ and ‘Blow my mind’ have strategically positioned the singer as one of the internationally recognized Nigerian music superstars.

Meanwhile, the inspiration for this project was drawn from his personal experience- family, financial gains, trials and tribulation.

Certainly, this new project, A Good Time has everything that defines his star power.

 

4. Yemi Alade: Woman of Steel

Yemi Alade released her fourth studio album, Woman of Steel in September 2019. Furthermore, she continued her narration on girl power and describes the elements that fabricate a strong, independent woman in Africa.

Yemi’s Woman of Steel album features an impeccable contribution from some of the most meticulous producers and talented singers in the industry.

As a matter of fact, she worked with American rapper, Rick Ross on the song ‘Oh my gosh.

This is the ideal album for every lady as it is relatable and quite easy to understand the theme of the music.

 

6. Sarz & Wurld- I like Girls With Trobul EP

 

Ace Nigerian producer, Sarz collaborated with alternative singer, Wurld. The duo named their 8-track EP, I Like Girls with Trobul. 

Indeed, two artistes coming from different musical backgrounds have shown the depth of the music industry. Sarz is a profound Afrobeat and Afropop producer. His expertise on this experimental masterpiece has shown that he cannot be pigeonholed into a basic zone.

On the other hand, Wurld is still on a journey of helping carve the budding genre, Alte.

Meanwhile, he performed at the 2019 Headies Award and The Future Awards; further confirming that this ‘Trobul’ crooner is doing something right.

 

 

The 8-track music project spoke predominantly about heartbreak, love-hate tragedy and the objective of relationship.

 

7. AsaLucid

Asa released Lucid five years after her last album, Bed of Stones was released. The album documents topics of heartbreak, self-discovery, empowerment, love, joy, pain and identity.

Like any Asa album, at its roots are beautifully composed melodies and imaginative songwriting dipped in symbolism.

 

8. Fireboy DMLLaughter, Tears & Goosebumps

Fireboy DML’s debut studio album, ‘Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps’ is commendable. It is not perfect but it is better than good.

The album excels on impeccable songwriting as Fireboy catapulted himself into a land that had just witnessed a rain of love.

In the ensuing petrichor and with his quill and ink, Fireboy creatively went through 13 tracks by himself.

Fireboy justifies his talent and burgeoning reputation with an anthem for love season.

 

9. Phyno- Deal With It

 

Indigenous rapper, Phyno released his sophomore album, Deal With It in September.

 

On Deal With It, Phyno is blunt, introspective, grateful/in touch with God, sometimes vindictive and in your face while he preaches his proven star quality

 

10. Burna Boy: African Giant

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African Giant is Burna Boy’s fourth studio album.

The album is a mixture of Afro-fusion, Afrobeat, dancehall, pop and hip hop.

African Giant was supported by six singles: “Gbona“, “On the Low”, Killin Dem“, “Dangote”, “Anybody” and “Pull Up”. It won Album of the Year at the 2019 All Africa Music Awards and was nominated for Best World Music Album at the upcoming 62nd Annual Grammy Awards.

 

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