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Okayafrica's Top Ten Nigerian Songs Of 2013

We run down Okayafrica's Top Ten Nigerian Songs of 2013 from Temi Dollface to Bez.


As Nigeria continues to be a hotbed for a new wave of popular music coming out of Africa, it only felt right to spotlight the Naija songs that grabbed our attention in 2013. From a Blackmagic slow burner to an Ice Prince head nodder, from Phyno's indigenous rap to Bez's alt-soul crooning, from the massive collabs to the first-looks, we bring to you, in no particular order, a run-down of our Top Nigerian Songs of 2013. Play on:

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SDC "Feel Alright"

The hip-hop duo made up of Ghost and Tec blessed us early in the year with their mid-tempo exposé on dealings with the opposite sex. Ghanaian producer DJ Juls laces the joint with a smooth highlife beat, which also features vocal help from DRB LasGidi crooner Boj and quotables from buzzing wordsmith Poe.

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Drawing you in with its resonant bass line and alluring vocals, EP opener "Skin," is a major head-bopper. Merry-Lynn pours her heart out over the rippling guitar chords singing "When you gonna call me baby?/ Or don't you think about me lately?" Before you know it you're midway through the sultry and euphoric cut, "Temptation," and fully locked-in to this musical experience.

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