Featuring Olamide, Yemi Alade, Adekunle Gold, Simi, Tekno, Wizkid, DJ Spinall and more.
True to band wagons and people who jump on them, South Africa's gqom takeover of Nigerian pop is now in full swing, with even more impressive efforts being made by an increasing number artists, of which three outstanding ones make the cut this month.
March also sees the release of long touted projects by Mr. 2Kay (Elevated) and Dammy Krane (Leader Of The Street)—as well as It's Complicated, the surprisingly excellent EP by Wale.
Read on for our selection of the best Nigerian pop releases of March.
Yemi Alade "Bum Bum"
Pitched confidently between dancehall and galala, "Bum Bum" is taken from the pot of gems that is Black Magic, Yemi Alade's superb third album.
Adekunle Gold "Ire"
Adekunle Gold's "Ire" is the satisfying result of plaintive singing and lofty songwriting whose spirituality calls out strongly, as is expected from one of Nigeria's most philosophical singers.
Juls, Moelogo, Siza & Dj Tunez “Oshey”
The second excellent marrying of sensitive songwriting and elegant production between Juls and Moelogo off his Ojekoo EP, after the delight that was "Eji Owuro" off Juls' Leap Of Faith.
Tekno "Yur Luv"
Doubly impressive is that Tekno has also produced what is already a fine, fine song which doesn't veer off his established template of mellow live overtures.
Mr Real “Legbegbe”
The streets of Durban and Lagos merge on this near-perfect grafting of Nigerian pop on South African house.
Kheengz “Alhamdulillah” ft. Ice Prince
Trap-Hausa gains concrete grounds on this collabo by Kheengz and Ice Prince on what, in truth, is a brag-swag masquerading as a thanksgiving.
Sean Tizzle “Belinda”
The very idea of a Sean Tizzle and KrizBeatz collabo is the potent blend it turns out to be on "Belinda," a delightful highlife confection by the consistently impressive but still underrated Tizzle and ace producer, which ought to get the replays it deserves.
It was always going to be interesting to hear Reminisce's take on gqom considering his rich gruff voice and Street King persona of which he does a good job on "Problem."
Wizkid & DJ Spinall “Nowo”
The high-level of song creation Wizkid continues to operate on may never become boring or repetitive—and long may it continue. To think that he's said to have bags of the stuff vaulted from release.
Simi “Complete Me”
Who else, better than Ms Mild Mannered, could posit a show of vulnerability as a show of strength?
The one where Olamide, once again, deploys the gruff charm in his Lagos Roadman voice to rich depths, albeit over production from the top layer of South African house.