The Best Nigerian Songs Right Now
Featuring new Nigerian music from Adekunle Gold, Patoranking, Blaqbonez, Oxlade, Crayon, and many more.
Every month, Nigerian music artists release new songs in hopes of momentarily owning the hearts and ears of current and new fans amidst a barrage of new Nigerian releases.
Here’s a list of the latest songs from Nigeria this month for your viewing and listening pleasure.
Adekunle Gold "Ogaranya"
Adekunle Gold's recently released album, Tequila Ever After, treats us to its first taste through the project's lead single, "Ogaranya." The term "Ogaranya," originating from the Igbo language, conveys the concept of wealth and opulence, which Adekunle Gold skillfully infuses into the song. The lyrics, "I'm on a new level, bobo, I put it all on God, so when you see me smile, my brother, you should just show me love," radiate his confidence and gratitude for his accomplishments. "Ogaranya" serves as a jubilant anthem, commemorating Gold's transformation and triumphant journey.
The accompanying music video adds to the celebration with its vibrant and colorful visuals. Adekunle Gold takes the spotlight, posing with branded tequila bottles and stacks of cash, symbolizing his prosperity and success. Notably, in one scene, he sits beside TV screens displaying legendary African music icons like Fela Kuti and Angélique Kidjo, subtly hinting at Gold's path towards becoming a legend in his own right.
Oxlade "Intoxycated" ft. Dave
Nigerian Afropop sensation Oxlade has made a triumphant return with his highly-anticipated track titled "Intoxycated," featuring British rap superstar Dave following the well-received "OVAMI" featuring Flavour, which garnered praise from fans and critics alike. Ever since his breakthrough on Blaqbonez's "Mamiwota," Oxlade has been steadily building an impressive musical repertoire. Now, teaming up with Dave, he presents a captivating song delving into the complexities of modern love. Both artists express their longing for genuine connections and their weariness of navigating relationships in the age of social media. They yearn for a love that feels truly intoxicating.
Patoranking "Tonight" ft. Popcaan
Patoranking, the Nigerian recording artist, solidifies his position as one of the boldest voices in the African music scene. His unique blend of good vibrations, afrobeats, and dancehall is on full display in his latest single and video, "Tonight," featuring Jamaican star Popcaan. This vibrant summer anthem serves as a teaser for his highly-anticipated fourth studio album, titled World Best, set to be released later this year.
The irresistible urge to dance sweeps over the audience from the very first pound of the bass drum in "Tonight." The lively and uptempo beat, skillfully produced by DJ Breezy, captures the essence of galala, one of Patoranking's favorite musical styles that originated in the ghetto areas of Nigeria, where the reggae and dancehall-inspired genre was born. Popcaan's addition to the track echoes Patoranking's call for a carefree life, where the pleasures of weed and women abound, aligning with some of the themes explored by the Jamaican Unruly Boss.
Blaqbonez "Like Ice Spice"
When the snippet of "Like Ice Spice" first dropped, many fans, speculated that Blaqbonez might be trying to catch the attention of popular American rapper Ice Spice. However, upon multiple listens, it became apparent that "Like Ice Spice" had no connection to the rapper. Nevertheless, he does mention her in the chorus with the comparison, "When she goes down, do like Ice Spice." The song revolves around the notion of fearlessly pursuing what one desires, even if it means going after someone else's girlfriend. Blaqbonez skillfully weaves his rhymes to the rhythmic beat, accompanied by captivating backup vocals. On the other hand, "Like Bezos" lives up to its expectations, with Blaqbonez boasting about the extent of his wealth. He flaunts a luxurious lifestyle filled with diamonds, extravagant parties, and constant globetrotting. The track exudes confidence as Blaqbonez paints a vivid picture of his opulent existence.
Shallipopi "Ex Convict"
Shallipopi's music is tailored for dance floors, where the boundaries between morality and hedonism blur, and the present moment becomes intensely visceral. His musicality shines through as he adopts a flow reminiscent of Zlatan's bold vocal inflections. Shalli's music directly reflects the nightclub "shut-down" culture that emerged in Nigerian societies after 2020. This cultural shift has been significant, and though one may have reservations about its practices, opposing cultural changes often proves to be an uphill battle with little chance of success. Shallipopi captures the essence of this evolving culture through his music, embracing its vibrancy and energy on the dance floor.
Crayon "Ngozi" ft. Ayra Starr
After four years of being part of Mavin Records, Crayon's long-awaited debut album has finally arrived. In this project, the Nigerian artist skillfully documents his emotions, challenges, triumphs, and accomplishments. Backed by the expertise of seasoned music producers like Sarz, Andrevibez, and Don Jazzy, among others, and featuring collaborations with talented acts such as Ayra Starr, Victony, and Oxlade, Crayon seizes the spotlight with a collection of Afropop tracks that effortlessly blend introspection and infectious party vibes. Through this album, he shares his journey, aspirations, and musical experience that resonates with audiences.
Young Jonn "Sharpally"
Young Jonn's winning streak continues this year with the release of hit tracks like "Stamina" and "Aquafina," and his latest offering proves he shows no signs of slowing down. In "Sharpally," the talented artist, signed under Chocolate City, masterfully infuses a love-themed track with a party vibe, skillfully incorporating the captivating log drums synonymous with Amapiano music. With smooth lyrics, he mesmerizes his love interest, expressing just how deeply he is enthralled by her affection, "You dey high me like I’m on colos, on colos." Young Jonn's distinct and irreplicable production style shines through on the hook, where subtle flute chords add to the serenade of his beloved. The fusion of his musical prowess and infectious rhythm creates a truly captivating experience for listeners.
Wurld "Location" ft. Sarz
Once again, the Nigerian singer-songwriter Wurld graces us with his latest single "Location." What sets this track apart is the collaboration with the award-winning superstar producer, Sarz. As soon as you hit play, you'll be immediately drawn into the infectious rhythm and melodies of "Location." Wurld's soulful vocals glide effortlessly over the beats, creating a harmonious fusion of afrobeats and contemporary sounds. The lyrics are relatable and heartfelt, vividly portraying feelings of longing and desire. This new release follows Wurld's earlier hit, "Free (Sounds For Healing)," which featured the musical talents of South African singers, Major League Djz, and Yumbs.
Boj "Can't Be Stopped"
Boj, the Alté pioneer, left audiences in awe with the first iteration of Gbagada Express, boasting an impressive lineup of guest features set against his unreplicable soundscape. He followed up with 'Gbagada Express Vol 2: Moving Mad,' a collection of 9 love-themed songs that showcased his exceptional songwriting skills. Now, he has combined both volumes to create a deluxe version, where the new track "Can't be stopped" serves as the project's introduction.
In "Can't be stopped," Boj embraces the wave of Afro-House inspired tunes currently dominating the music scene. The Adey-produced track features prominent log drum embellishments accompanied by subtle whistling sounds, creating an entrancing atmosphere. Boj's sonorous vocals croon across the length of the track, expressing his determination to stay focused on his grind and avoid losing his way or going astray.
Laime "7 in the Morning" ft. Lojay
Laime has once again demonstrated his musical talent with his latest recording, "7 in the Morning." Teaming up with superstar Lojay, the song becomes an enchanting blend of their vocal skills. As you listen to "7 in the Morning," get ready to immerse yourself in a world of captivating melodies and thought-provoking lyrics.
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