Nigerian pride or not, there’s no denying Ghanaian sound is dominating mainstream Nigerian music for now. With top hits like ‘Mad Over You by Runtown’, ‘If by Davido,’ and All Over by Tiwa Savage, it’s hard denying the magic being created. It is a testament to the wonders we create when we come together as Africans, using our diversity in our favor – Magic.
Mr Eazi came under attack earlier this year when he echoed a similar sentiment about the trend in the use of the sound. Although I agree with the main heart of the argument, there were a number of reasons he was wrong. For one the Nigerian mainstream sound has hardly been defined, and of course there is no one Ghanaian ‘sound.’ Regardless, one would think the statement by Mr Eazi, would inspire Nigerian artists to diversify their sounds but nope, it seems more and more artists are jumping on the bandwagon and hoping the sound gets and keeps them on the radios, because of course the sound is – Magic.
Regardless of how you feel about the trend, one has to be grateful for the artists who have chosen to stay in their lanes or at least diversify the sounds of the songs they release, *cough cough* Runtown. Without further senrenre, here are some Nigerian songs out of many you should be jamming to without ‘the’ Ghanaian sound.
1. Just Like That ft. Vanessa Mdee: “When I move you, you move, just like that.”
2. Kiss Daniel – Sofa: Kiss Daniel has consistently set himself apart with his originality, need I remind you he released one of the best albums in 2016. This year hasn’t been different for Kiss Daniel and Sofa is evidence of it.
3. Niniola – Maradona: Maradona is sort of a blend of South African and Nigerian magic, and I’m thankful for Niniola’s talent for a great execution.
4. Adekunle Gold – Only Girl: – Having carved an alternative sound for himself, Gold knows what works for him and sticks to his lane.
5. Burna Boy – Hallelujah: “For the air I Breathe! For the rivers and Tress and suh mi sing Halle hallelujah.”
6. Tekno – Be: Tekno has had an amazing year so far in regards to consistently releasing hits whether as an artist or producer, and the single “Be” joins in on the streak.
7. WizKid – Come Closer ft. Drake: Well seeing as Wizkid is ‘on becoming’ a Jamaican artist, he made the list and of course ‘Come Closer’ is a jam.
8. Kilamity – Sugarboy ft Kiss Daniel: Kilamity is an empty lyrics song, but will definitely have you moving, slow and sexy.
9. Timaya – Dance feat. Rudeboy: “Can I have a dance?” Aye!
10. Terry Apala ft Bisola – Bad Girl: Terry Apala is probably the least known artist on the list but is just as talented. The fast-rising artist describes his music as Apala Hiphop. Apala music is a genre developed and is more popular with the Yoruba tribe, hence might take a little time to get used to, but ‘Bad Girl’ is a nice introduction. Terry collaborates with Big Brother runner up Bisola who is also very talented.
You can click on the underlined titles to take you to the songs on the list, Enjoy!