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The 8 Best Nigerian Songs of the Month (August)

Featuring Tiwa Savage x Brandy, Mannywellz x Tems, Burna Boy x Don Jazzy, Liya, Ayra Starr, Joeboy and more.

Here are the best and most noteworthy Nigerian tracks we had on repeat this month.

Follow our NAIJA HITS playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.


Tiwa Savage "Somebody's Son" ft. Brandy

Nigerian superstar Tiwa Savage came through with the new 5-song EP Water & Garri, which she describes as her "most spiritual journey through music so far." The collectiin of songs, which features the likes of Nas, Amaarae and Tay Iwar, has several standout points but it's the Brandy-featuring "Somebody's Son" that's stayed on replay on our end.

Mannywellz 'Peace' ft. Tems

Mannywellz connected with Tems, who is coming in hot off the new popularity of the "Essence": remix, for the new desert music video for "Peace." This is one of the many highlights off Mannywellz' excellent Mirage record, which you can check out here.

Liya 'Adua'

24-year-old Nigerian singer Liya is the first female signee to Davido's DMW label. Her debut 6-song project, Alari, and accompanying lead single "Adua" see her showcasing an immediately-grabbing vocal delivery and style. Check out the music video for "Adua" above.

Burna Boy 'Question' ft. Don Jazzy

Burna Boy shared a brand new single and music video with the help of veteran producer and Mavin Records CEO Don Jazzy. In "Question," the Nigerian superstar can be heard going in over a light guitars and airy synth chords. It's a breezy song that comes paired with a new music video that follows both Burna and Don Jazzy as they hang with the youth. All the positivity, however, is contrasted by a secondary story line of a violent fight for who's king of the local streets.

Joeboy 'Better Thing'

Joeboy continued to drop visuals from his excellent album, Somewhere Between Beauty & Magic. This month he came through with the lighthearted music video for "Better Thing," which you can get into above.

Ayra Starr 'Bloody Samaritan'

Mavin Records' new star, Ayra Starr, shared her debut album, 19 & Dangerous earlier this month. Throughout its 11-songs you can hear the Nigerian teenager showcase just why she's got the whole country paying attention. While there are several standouts, for us its lead single "Bloody Samaritan." Check out our interview with Ayra here.

Mayorkun 'Let Me Know'

Nigerian star Mayorkun shared his latest single, "Let Me Know," a sweet blend of afro-fusion and pop sensibilities. Get lost in the vibes above.

Ayanfe 'Migrate' ft. Davido

Young Nigerian artist Ayanfe connects with superstar Davido for this upbeat Smeezbeat-produced tune, "Migrate." Listen above.

Follow our NAIJA HITS playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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Listen to Tems' New EP 'If Orange Was A Place'

The buzzing Nigerian is also announcing her signing to Since '93/RCA Records and her placement as Apple Music's Up Next artist.

Tems is striking while the iron's hot and sharing her new 5-song EP, If Orange Was A Place.

The new release comes a few days after she dropped its lead single, "Crazy Tings," an addictive and bounce-heavy track produced by Ghanaian beatmaker GuiltyBeatz.

If Orange Was A Place also features a single guest appearance from American singer Brent Faiyaz — who lends his vocals to "Found" — and production from Jonah Christian. It was mixed and mastered by Spax.

The new EP comes alongside the news that Tems has signed to Since '93/RCA Records and been announced as Apple Music's latest Up Next artist.

Tems has been a highly-buzzing name in the last month with her feature on Drake's Certified Lover Boy, in which she appears on the song "Fountains," and for the massive popularity of her single alongside Wizkid, "Essence," which recently got a Justin Bieber remix.

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