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The 12 Best Nigerian Songs of the Month

Featuring Teni, Rema, Kizz Daniel, Tekno, Niniola, Davido, Wizkid and more.

Read ahead for our selection of the best Nigerian songs of October.

For more Nigerian hits, follow our NAIJA HITS playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.


Teni 'Billionaire'

"Wanna make love on the moon, dancing to my tunes / is it too much?" asks Teni on "Billionaire," the title track off her debut EP. "Billionaire" is introduced by zesty drumming and sustained by aspirational lyrics that manage to avoid vanity.

Kizz Daniel 'Pak 'n' Go'

The husk/rasp in Kizz Daniel's voice has long suggest maturity and here convinces especially over recorded live instrumentation by long term collaborator DJ Coublon.

Tekno 'Skeletun'

Over a delicious highlife beat, Tekno delivers his newest additions to the afropop dictionary with the words: "skeletun," "kelepu," and "keletu." Playful and nonsensical, "Skeletun" is the work of a fine music brain who continues to discover newer depths of musicality.

Niniola x Precision Prod 'Pocket' (Bitter Sweet Riddim) 

Niniola's first departure to Soca is helped by Trinidad & Tobago's Precision Prod, who have co-written and produced "Pocket." Niniola reins in her vocal power, perhaps more interested in supplicating her lover in the refrain, "will you be my mine?" But she still maintains her flashes of raunchy/suggestive lyrics like "come and enter my socket."

Wale 'Love & Loyalty' feat. Mannywellz

"I'm like a young Sunny Ade of my city" boast Wale on "Love & Loyalty," taken from his sithth studio album Wow… That's Crazy. The busily brilliant beat combines highlife and 808 drumming into a riotous production over which Wale impresses with speed and timing with solid support hook support from Mannyywellz.

Davido 'Risky' feat. Popcaan

Davido's "Risky" is a taste from his upcoming album A Good Time, which is set to drop on November 22. The new single sees the Nigerian heavyweight connecting with Jamaican star Popcaan as they both go in over afrofusion-meets-dancehall beat work. It was produced by DMW's in-house beatmaker Speroach Beatz. The track notably features Davido doing a cheeky flip of his own freestyle he did on Shade 45 earlier this year, which was made fun of across social media. "What you all laughed at !! You will dance to !! " Davido posted on Twitter.

M.I Abaga 'The Viper'

MI Abaga brings to bear his full powers as an MC, label head, OG and public intellectual on "The Viper,"his own character assassination of Vector's own character assassination "The Purge." Stretching over 5 minutes long, it buttresses and matches AQ's own diss at Vector "Distraction 2."

Vector 'Judas The Rat'

Vector leans into his background as a battle MC on "Judas The Rat." Alert, angered and, yet, zen, Vector's response to MI Abaga's "The Viper" is a studied take down and propels the rapper to the fore of conversations about supremacy which, before now, he was largely left out of. It's a fine display of skill sets by a proven craftsmen.


WizKid 'Joro'

By Wizkid's own admission on a recent Beats One interview, the word"Joro" means nothing; a non-word whose aural quality and four-lettered brevity is full of musicality as was "Soco."

ASA 'Murder in the USA'

A searching guitar introduces "Murder In The USA", the first song on Asa's fourth album titled Lucid. The drums come in the second verse, as do the cause of her lover's paranoia; "we'd just made love and it was so pure / and then my phone started ringing / you saw a name and got crazy." What followed isn't detailed but has led to this lover's death and her own impending demise via electrocution: "Guess ill see you soon now / they say i gotta face the chair now."

Rema 'Lady'

The best surprise on Rema's third project Bad Commando is "Lady," a delicious confection of house but rendered completely in Nigerian idioms. The beat's propulsive rhythms helps to showcase Rema's vocal control and the occasional flourish or stank especially when in pidgin, when he's just as convincing on a trap or "Soco"-inspired beat.

Erigga 'Ayeme' ft. YungZee Onos

Taken from his album The Erigma 2, "Ayeme" is a well rendered tale of steadfast love delivered in a near-ceasless flow. The song is memorable for its details and affecting for its portrayal of an eventful and lasting relationship.


For more Nigerian hits, follow our NAIJA HITS playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.


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The Best East African Songs of the Month

2020 started strong with standout releases from some of the region's heavyweights.

East African Artists started 2020 on a good note with major releases from heavyweights like Rayvanny, Lava Lava, Otile Brown and more. Here is our selection of the hottest tracks that came out in the month of January.

This list is no particular order.

Rayvanny ft Busiswa & Baba Levo “Zipo”

Tanzanian superstar Rayvanny is building up a great catalogue of hit songs with a healthy number of Pan-African collaborations. In his latest banger "Zipo" he enlists South African sensation Busiswa and Baba Levo to create a dance-ready kwaito and g-qom mashup.

Otile Brown “The Way You Are”

Kenyan bongo star Otile Brown started the year with a new release title "The Way You Are", a song telling women of all shapes, colours and sizes to love themselves the way they are.

Lava Lava ft Rayvanny “Tekenya”


WCB Wasafi talent Lava Lava got together with his label-mate Rayvanny for the "Tekenya" Remix. This catchy rendition is a sure hit.

King Kaka ft. Kelechi Africana  “Kesi”

Kenyan rap heavyweight King Kaka returned in the new year with 'Kesi", the newest single from his 'The Servant & The King' mixtape. He features Kelechi Africana on this love-inspired track.

Harmonize “Hainistui”

Tanzania's biggest star of the moment served us his first single of the year "Hainistui", and as expected, he doesn't disappoint.

Spice Diana “On You”

Ugandan pop star Spice Diana came through this month with a fiery club starter titled "On You." The fast-rising singer incorporates flirty lyrics into this infectious dancehall-tinged jam.

Sailors and Nadia Mukami “Ni Tekenye”

Kenyan Gengetone sensations Sailors teamed up with award-winning songstress Nadia Mukami for their latest track "Ni Tekenye." The group, which is well known for igniting last year's "Wamblambez" craze, take a different direction on this track incorporating a smoother and more romantic delivery.

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The 10 Best Ghanaian Songs of the Month

Featuring Shatta Wale, Strongman, Kiddblack, Bryan The Mensah and more.

It's a brand new year, and you know what that means – brand new music!

As we began the year, several Ghanaian recording artists issued new releases, some attempting to re-up on the magic of last year, and some attempting to stake a new claim on the airwaves and charts in 2020.

We give you a list of the best songs to come out of Ghana in January. Check it out below.

The list is in no particular order.

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Dave's 'Psychodrama' Wins 'Album of the Year' at the 2020 Brit Awards

The British-Nigerian rapper took home the top prize moments after a performance during which he called the British Prime Minister a 'real racist'.

British Nigerian rapper Dave took home the top prize at this year's Brit Awards. His 2019 debut album Psychodrama, which was certified gold in just three months and went on to win last year's Mercury Prize, was awarded "Album of the Year".

However, it was Dave's performance prior to him receiving the award that really stole the show.

According to the BBC, the artist gave a fiery performance of his track "Black" wherein he added a new verse which called out the government and referred to Prime Minister Boris Johnson as a "real racist".

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Get Into Shirazee & Saint Jhn's Highly-Addictive 'Juju'

The new music video follows Shirazee and Saint Jhn to New Orleans.

Shirazee is back with his latest single "Juju."

The new song sees the Benin-born singer-songwriter linking up with none-other-than Saint Jhn for a highly-addictive tune built on afro-fusion beat work. The striking new music video for "Juju," which was directed by Tiara Marei, follows Shirazee and Saint Jhn to New Orleans, Louisiana.

"This one is special to me 'cause the song was recorded at a time I needed to break a love-spell that I felt was put on me by a serious crush of mine [laughs]," Shirazee tells OkayAfrica. "Shooting this video in New Orleans, a city with historical ties to my Benin, was such a privilege and does so much justice to the song and theme.

"[I'm] looking forward to releasing new music this year and the first of two EPs called LOST is on the way and it's exciting," he adds.

For more on him, revisit our interview with Shirazee on his journey, taking risks and going independent. As you remember, Saint Jhn featured on Beyoncé and Wizkid's "Brown Skin Girl," one of our favorite songs last year.

Get into Shirazee and Saint Jhn's "Juju" below.

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