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Wizkid & Tiwa Savage in "Ma Lo"

The 10 Best Nigerian Music Videos of the Year So Far

The best Nigerian music videos of 2018 so far featuring Falz, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Davido, Yemi Alade and many more.

This August, OkayAfrica presents the best Nigerian pop music videos release so far in 2018.

It's a bountiful year for a medium that continues to showcase invention and vitality in this new golden age of Afropop.

Read ahead for our the 10 Best Nigerian Music Videos of the Year So Far.


Tiwa Savage "Ma Lo" feat. Wizkid & Spellz

Shot on location at The Shrine, director Meji Alabi depicts Lagos nightlife as a heady and hedonist bliss featuring large amounts of smoke and drink, scuffling thugs, loving couples, steamy dancing, palm fronds and the charming tag-team of Tiwa Savage and Wizkid. It's a visual feast that improves on an already winning song produced by Spellz. The video went on to shock Nigerians online by amassing 500,000 views in its first day.

Brymo "Heya!"

The naturalism espoused in Brymo's music is crystallised on the song and video for "Heya" in which, clad in just a sheaf over his nether regions, he emotes on themes of life's simple essential wants on a grand piano looking at the expanse f a Lagos lagoon.

Falz "This Is Nigeria"

Nigerian rapper, Falz has been known to use his sharp brand of humor to address social ills in his country. Today he's taken it a step further with the release of a new song and video entitled "This is Nigeria" and the outcome is an audacious, decidedly necessary critique of Nigerian society inspired by Childish Gambino's viral video "This is America." The song was reportedly banned by the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission just last week.

Davido "Assurance"

Davido's idea to shoot "Assurance," an ode to his true life lover, in idyllic Barbados is fully realised by the director who explains in a note to OkayAfrica: "The thing about Chioma and Davido is that the love is real. The chemistry and energy is real. And although video models have their own chemistry—there's something about a backstory and knowing that this shit is real love."

Patoranking " Available"

The earliest and best realised grafting of South Africa's gqom and gwara grawa to Nigerian shaku and pop sensibilities. The use of colours with strong chromatic contents may beg to be noticed, but it's the sharp and snazzy editing that holds attention in Patoranking's standout visual.

Wizkid x Terri x Ceeza Milli x Spotless "Soco"

The music video for "Soco" features an excellent staging of still models and agile dancers, graffiti and on-trend dances,. There's also the sensible use of teal and spot-on performances from the quartet of Wizkid and his Starboy mates on what is already the perfect pop song.

DJ Enimoney x Reminisce x Tiwa Savage x Slimcase "Diet"

In this year of the shaku, where nary a music video (and Instagram post) is made without the shaku dance, "Diet" scores high marks for artfully collaging the major talking points of Nigerian pop in the first half of the year with trendy phrasing. "Diet" includes faultless features from Tiwa Savage and Reminisce, and an elegant house beat by Sarz, all egged on by hype man of the moment Slimcase.

WurlD "Contagious"

What do Fela's afrobeat and United Colors Of Benetton have in common? Pristine and elegance is to be found in the tasteful combination of hypnotic dance and colour palate that evokes WurlD's Yoruba heritage, his debt to Fela, his blue hair dye, and the universality the Nigerian-American preaches.

Burna Boy "Ye"

Ever a magnetic screen presence, Burna Boy, as well as his models, dancers and entourage are the living part of a set that would also work well on it own as an exhibition of fluorescent light sculptures.

Yemi Alade "Heart Robber"

Specific items and combinations bring distinct glamour to Yemi Alade's videos. The coral-coloured evening dress she wears is delightfully regal, but more interesting is the band of men and women in white turbans and print-heavy trousers & waistcoats that offer an Arab-African vision that makes one seriously consider an alternate reality of cultural cohesion.




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(From left to right) Stéphane Bak and Marc Zinga in 'The Mercy of the Jungle.' Photo courtesy of TIFF.

Congolese Actor Stéphane Bak on His Intense Experience Shooting 'The Mercy of the Jungle' In Uganda

We catch up with the actor after the film made its North American premiere at TIFF.

When actor Stéphane Bak first got the script for The Mercy of the Jungle (La Miséricorde de la Jungle), he knew there was one person he had to consult: his father. "My dad did school me about this," he says. While Bak was born and raised in France, his parents had emigrated from what was then Zaire in the 1980s—before the events of the movie, and not exactly in the same area, but close enough to be able to pass on firsthand knowledge of the simmering ethnic tensions that underpin the action.

The story takes place in 1998, just after the outbreak of the Second Congo War—which came hot on the heels of the First Congo War. Two Rwandan soldiers find themselves separated from their company and have to make a harrowing trek through the jungle to link back up with their regiment. Bak plays Private Faustin, the young recruit hunting Hutu rebels to avenge his murdered family, a foil to Marc Zinga's seasoned Sergeant Xavier. As a Congolese militia swarms the area, and it becomes increasingly difficult to tell enemies from friends, the two are forced off the road and into the thick vegetation.

Their journey is physically difficult, but the jungle also nurtures them, providing food, water, and shelter. "The title is very explicit in a way," says Bak. It is the human beings they encounter, from rival soldiers and militiamen to the hostile security forces guarding illegal gold mining operations, who bring sudden danger and violence. The challenges are conveyed as much through the actors' physicality as through the minimal dialogue. As for the strain on his face, Bak says it was all real. "To be honest, it was very difficult," he says of the shoot, which took him 25 days. "I had to learn my accent in two weeks." Prior to commencing, there was training with the Ugandan army for realism. Due to the ongoing conflicts in the DRC, the movie itself was shot in Uganda.

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The language will also be incorporated into primary and secondary school curriculum in the country, says the Minister of Culture.

Yoruba history and culture has an undeniably strong presence in Brazilian society, due of course, to the Transatlantic slave trade which brought millions of enslaved West Africans to the Americas. Despite the inhumanity they faced, many managed to keep their ancestral culture and traditions alive.

Centuries have passed, and Yoruba influences still continue to thrive in various regions of the country, as many Brazilians maintain a strong relationship with the language and religion. Its influence can be seen through the music, food and spiritual practices of various communities. Last month the Ooni of Ife—the spiritual leader of the Yoruba people—visited the country, where he was met by crowds of Black Brazilians who turned up to pay their respects.

This connection will likely remain strong for future generations, as the language has now become an official foreign language in the country.

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Brazilian producers Felipe Pomar (of TrapFunk & Alivio) and Telefunksoul come through with a dizzyingly energetic EP in the form of Ré_Con Ba$$.

Telefunksoul, who happens to be one of the main promoters of Bahia Bass music, came up with the concept of exploring the rhythms coming out of Recôncavo of Bahia and showing how they can fit into bass music.

Through the 7-track Ré_Con Ba$$ EP, him and Pomar mold and transform the diverse music of Bahia, fusing its rhythms with afrobeat, future house, deep house and much more.

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