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The 10 Best Nigerian Songs of the Month (October)

Featuring Wizkid, Asake, Blaqbonez, Ayra Starr, Joeboy and more.

Here are the best new songs and music videos that came out of Nigeria's buzzing music scene this month.

Head here for more of our Best Songs of the Month lists from Nigeria, Ghana, South African and East Africa. You can also check out our weekly, Songs You Need to Hear roundup for the best new music.

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CKay’s ‘Sad Romance’ Tells A Story of Troubled Love

On his debut album, the Nigerian superstar immerses listeners in lush soundscapes and eccentric tales.

The music of CKay eludes definition. Perhaps the songwriting tips a hat to Afropop’s linguistic conventions, but the sound—which is where he truly excels—packs an incredible amount of fusion. You’ll hear the sensual, spiritual chants of Latin-inspired styles as well the choral compositions of classical music. He’s also adept at R&B, weaning soft records from the battlefield that is love. On his last project when he revealed himself as "Africa’s Boyfriend," the Nigerian musician was reaching a fullness of his powers, combining bluesy melancholy with edgy lyrical direction.

It was a working formula, as CKay’s profile was cemented among lovers of a specific tradition within Afropop. Records like “Felony” and “Kiss Me Like You Miss Me” soared with character and soul, and throughout 2021 the EP continued to soundtrack the myriad motions of youthful love. Just before the year was over though, the star of CKay exploded even more fiercely as “Love Nwantiti,” a sultry record off his CKay The First project, became a global hit. Suddenly millions all over the world became aware of his talent. Everything changed after that, yet CKay has retained control over the one thing that truly matters: the music.

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The 8 Best Nigerian Songs of the Month (September)

Featuring Wizkid, Burna Boy, Mr Eazi, Ayra Starr and many more.

The Unquestionable Rise of Asake​

From "Mr. Money" to "Omo Ope," we dissect and trace Asake's road to blowing up.

The 10 Best Nigerian Songs of the Month (August)

Featuring Pheelz x Davido, Mr Eazi, Fireboy DML, M.I Abaga, Joeboy, Rema x Selena Gomez and more.

Interview: Ajebo Hustlers Are Port Harcourt’s Latest Cherished Export

We talk to the rising duo about breaking into the Nigerian mainstream with hit tracks like "Symbiosis," "Barawo," and "Loyalty," and their upcoming project, Bad Boy Etiquette 101.

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The 10 Best Nigerian Songs of the Month (July)

Featuring Crayon, Burna Boy, Tems, Naira Marley, Omah Lay, P-Square, Fireboy DML, Mayorkun and many more.