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The 13 Best Nigerian Songs of the Month

Featuring Runtown, Santi, DJ Tunez, Asa, Olamide, Kah-Lo, Skepta and more.

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

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


DJ Tunez 'Gbsese' feat. Wizkid & Blaqjerzee + 'Causing Trouble' feat. Oxlade

Frequent collaborators DJ Tunez and Wizkid link up for their latest "Gbese" featuring Blaqjerzee, and we must say it's one of our favorites."Gbese" is a breezy banger that sees Wizkid flexing his vocals throughout the mellow track. Oxlade is in fine form on "Causing Trouble" contrasting the hook's feathery falsetto with afropop "stank" in the hook and verses elsewhere on a steady marimba embellish backbeat.

Olamide "Oil & Gas" 

Both of Olamide's releases for May rely on the house production he used to good effect on "Woske," his previous major release. "Oil & Gas" utilises call & response for structure and musicality while "No" sees the Nigerian artist pinning for a love interest with good humour—"reasons why I love you is uncountable / you dey show me different things more than my cable"—and delivering an easy, sing-along hook.

Asa 'The Beginning'

A plaintive, unhurried piano ushers in Asa's mourning of a relationship—"so when you said goodbye with a smile on your face / I thought it was as usual / you'll be gone for just a little while"—but the loss may be lasting despite her wish to start all over. Additions of strings and drums build to a cathartic crescendo but the much needed relief is for variety from the artist, for "The Beginning" is simply decent and many expect genius from Asa.

Yung6ix x Peruzzi 'What If'

The unmistakable delight of a recorded live guitar and saxophone benefits from a fitting hook from Peruzzi and well-judged verses from Yung6ix, who remains an articulate and attentive rapper. Here, he gets quality support from an expert hook man and a continuing evolving producer in Fresh DVM.

Nonso Amadi ft. Kwesi Arthur 'Comfortable'

Nonso Amadi is an even more interesting singing personality when he subverts his sweet voice and mild manners as is true on "Don't Make Me Love You" and his brilliant verse on Santi's "Freaky." On his new single, he warns a lover against complacency—"you only have me for one night / don't get too comfortable."

Naira Marley x Zlatan 'Am I A Yahoo Boy'

Blatant courting of Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission was not going to go unnoticed and has led to Naira Marley and his cohorts to be arraigned before Nigerian courts. The beat is a delight, and while Marley is a strong individual presence, tag-teaming with Zlatan adds even more relevance and gusto to a song and ever topical subject matter.

Skepta 'Bullet From A Gun'

The picture Skepta paints in his new single is a chilling realisation of possessing even more powers in himself (or one's self) than that which the first flush of success has brought on. "I found my way home / then I saw my granddad's name on the gravestone, the same as mine / already dead, nothing to fear / I been here from time / Chief SK sipping on Palm Wine." The emotional and existential benefits of a return to his ancestral home in Nigeria is deepened by rediscovering a lineage with dead ancestors and the conference of a traditional title.

D'Prince Ft Rema 'Lavida'

On "Lavida," Rema—a convincing new talent—gives boost to a proven solo star in D'Prince, while in turn benefitting bags of goodwill built over the last two decades of Nigerian pop by Mavins and Mo Hits Records. Over a steady syncopated backbeat, Rema sings and slurs, shedding much of the Wizkid influence in the afropop songs on his self-titled EP before Prince reminds us of his star status, as they both bring new fizz to a flat and overused Spanish phrase.

Patoranking 'Temperature' + 'Go Crazy' + 'Black' feat. Busiswa

Ignore "Lenge Lenge" the Fela-bait that is the touted first single from Patoranking's new sophomore album, Wilmer, and look to "Temperature" for lean and effective dancehall, "Go Crazy" for feverish soca, "Black" for authoritative spoken word sermonising and "Open Fire"—featuring the ever formidable Busiswa—over a brilliantly boisterous house beat by Sarz. Wilmer improves upon the gumbo of genres Patoranking displayed on G.O.E his 2016 debut album since which he's established himself as a human synthesiser to which few compare.

Kah-Lo 'Give Dem' Diplo, 'Ballie' with Idris Elba, 'Spice' with Michael Brun

Kah-lo is queening this May with three topnotch collaborations with superstar DJs. First up is "Ballie" featuring Idris Elba who she vaunts as the "hottest DJ in the world right now," then Diplo over whose nocturnal beat she celebrates house parties on "Give Dem" from his Higher Ground EP. Kah-lo rightly brings the attention back to herself on the standoffish and self-celebratory "Spice" with Haitian producer and DJ Michael Brun.

Santi 'Raining Outside' + "Diamonds / Where Have You Been' feat. Seki

Taken from Mandy & The Jungle, the much anticipated follow up to Santi's influential 2016 debut Suzie's Funeral, "Diamonds / Where Have Have You Been?" is either two songs tacked as one or a two-part suite shared with Seki and best represents the sensible choice of collaborations on the album. "Raining Outside" is one of seven songs out of 16 that are sung solo and allow more berth for his often mercurial vocal abilities.

Runtown 'Emotions'

"Emotions" is one gem among the 6 songs that make up Tradition, the new EP by Runtown. The key would appear to be Spellz' delightful beat which matches to Runtown's well proven songwriting abilities.

Rotimi 'Summertime' + 'Sip Slow'

Two standouts from Walk With Me, the new EP by actor-musician Rotimi, whose buttery R&B chops impress over the twinkling and playful beat of "Summertime," even more than they do on "Love Riddim," whose afropop approximations are avoided on "Sip Slow," despite the reliance on a dembow beat.


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



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MohBad & Naira Marley in "Komanjensun." (Youtube)

MohBad & Naira Marley Connect For 'Komajensun'

The uplifting tune sees Naira Marley and his newly signed Marlian Music artist going in over a head-nodding beat by Rexxie,

Naira Marley and MohBad come through with the new music video for "Komanjensun."

The uplifting tune sees Naira Marley and his newly signed Marlian Music artist going in over a head-nodding beat by Rexxie,

The music video for "Komanjensun," which was directed by Naya Effectz, sees both Nigerian artists playing the part of students as they and their mates dance on a school bus.

Naira Marley also recently connected with C Blvck for the music video for "Tingasa," the opening track from his Lord of Lamba (LOL) EP.

The 6-track project Lord of Lamba is a classic representation of the Naira Marley's signature upbeat sound. It features the likes of Young John and Mayorkun and was produced by Killertunes, Studio Magik and Rexxie.

Watch the new music video for Naira Marley and MohBad's "Komanjensun" below.

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Nike Has Unveiled a New Nigeria 2020 Kit—and It's Just as Striking as the First

The Super Eagle's new kits are an impressive follow-up to the 2018 design.

Nike and Nigeria have done it again.

On Wednesday, the sporting brand unveiled a brand new Nigeria kit. This comes after the success of the wildly popular World Cup kit from 2018 which seamlessly fused streetwear with athletic function. The famous design was even nominated for the Beazley Design of the Year Award the year of its release.

The 2020 design is just as striking, featuring an angled, hand-drawn green design on top of a cream base. The Super Eagles's football crest is placed at the top front of the jersey, with the signature Nike swoop underneath. Matching sock sets were also unveiled for both colors of the jersey.

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Stormzy performs during The BRIT Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage) via Getty Images.

Watch Stormzy's Powerful BRIT Awards Performance Featuring Burna Boy

The night saw the British-Ghanaian star run through a medley of songs from his latest album, Heavy Is the Head.

The BRIT Awards 2020, which went down earlier this week, saw the likes of Stormzy take home the Best Male trophy home and Dave win Best Album.

The night also saw Stormzy deliver a stunning performance that featured a medley of songs from his latest album, Heavy Is the Head. The British-Ghanaian star started things out slow with "Don't Forget to Breathe," before popping things off with "Do Better" then turning up the heat with "Wiley Flow."

Stormzy nodded to J Hus, playing a short bit of "Fortune Teller," before being joined onstage by Nigeria's Burna Boy to perform their hit "Own It." Burna Boy got his own moment and performed an energetic rendition of his African Giant favorite "Anybody."

The night was closed off with a powerful message that read: "A lot of time they tell us 'Black people, we too loud.' Know what I'm sayin'? We need to turn it down a little bit. We seem too arrogant. We a little too much for them to handle. Black is beautiful man." The message flashed on a black screen before a moving performance of "Rainfall" backed by his posse.

Watch the full performance below.

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The ornate gilded copper headgear, which features images of Jesus Christ and the Twelve Apostles, was unearthed after refugee-turned-Dutch-citizen Sirak Asfaw contacted Dutch 'art detective' Arthur Brand. (Photo by Jan HENNOP/AFP) (Photo by JAN HENNOP/AFP via Getty Images)

A Stolen 18th Century Ethiopian Crown Has Been Returned from The Netherlands

The crown had been hidden in a Dutch apartment for 20 years.

In one of the latest developments around art repatriation, a stolen 18th century Ethiopian crown that was discovered decades ago in the Netherlands, has been sent back home.

Sirak Asfaw, an Ethiopian who fled to The Netherlands in the '70s, first found the relic in the suitcase of a visitor in 1998, reports BBC Africa. He reportedly protected the item for two decades, before informing Dutch "art crime investigator" Arthur Brand and authorities about his discovery last year.

The crown is one of only 20 in existence and features intricate Biblical depictions of Jesus, God and the Holy Spirit. Historians believe it was given to the church by the warlord Welde Sellase several centuries ago.

Read: Bringing African Artifacts Home

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