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Video: Niniola Talks Afro-House and Getting Co-Signs From Timbaland & Drake

We sit down with the Nigerian singer for our latest installment of 'Moments With'

Niniola is the Nigerian queen of afro-house.

Through massive singles like "Maradona" and "Bana"—and standout albums like This Is Me—the singer has taken the throne as the leading artist pushing a blend of afro-pop and house. She's continued that upward trend with more recent drops like "Boda Sodiq" and "Designer." The artist was also one of OkayAfrica's 2019 100 Women honorees.

Niniola sits down with us for this latest edition of Moments With, in which she talks about growing up in Nigeria, the success of "Maradona," and getting recent co-signs from Timbaland and Drake.

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Niniola Returns With Infectious New Single 'Boda Sodiq'

The Nigerian "Queen of Afro-House" delivers another banger.

Nigeria's "Queen of Afro-house' is back with a new single, "Body Sodiq," and it's catchy as ever.

As usual, Niniola delivers a club-ready track that's made to dance along to. The song sees her laying her signature airy vocals atop pulsating production from popular Nigerian producer Kel P. On the track, the singer narrates a mesmerizing night out on the town.

It's her latest single since "Designer," featuring Sarz, which she dropped at the top of the year. The song got a cosign from legendary producer Timbaland, and that's not the only major nod the singer has received this year either. In April, Drake revealed he was a fan of the artist when he played her hit song "Maradona" on BBC Radio 1xtra.

The artist has a productive 2018, releasing the memorable "Bana." She was also one of OkayAfrica's 2019 100 Women honorees. We're excited to see what else the artist has in store for us for 2019.

For now, listen to her latest, "Boda Sodiq' below.

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Apparently Drake Is Niniola's New Big Fan

The Canadian rapper played "Maradona" while co-hosting on BBC Radio 1Xtra.

Drake is no stranger to Nigerian music, as we've seen from his many collaborations with Wizkid on "One Dance" and "Come Closer," and the "Ojuelegba" remix. He even brought Wizkid out at his recent London O2 Arena show.

It seems the Canadian rapper has now placed his attention on the sounds Niniola, Nigeria's queen of afro-house.

Drake initially followed Niniola on Instagram a week ago, which had the Nigerian star writing on her social media, "Imagine waking up in the morning to find out Drake just followed u... Hmmmm dis Isolo girl Sha!!!"

After finishing up his impressive seven show run at London's O2 Arena, the Canadian star stopped by co-host on BBC Radio 1Xtra with Tiffany Calver. During that show Drake made a request for Niniola's "Maradona" to be played.

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Is South Africa's Gqom Music Taking Over Nigerian Pop?

We investigate the rise of gqom sounds in Nigerian pop songs from Patoranking, D'banj, Niniola and others.

South Africa's buzzing sound, 'gqom,' is taking over Nigerian pop. A subgenre of house, gqom originates from the Zulu dominated neighbourhoods of Durban, the country's second largest city, and is characterised by its starkness and skeletal framework, believed to reflect the social and living conditions of the townships. Big name proponents include Babes Wodumo, Distruction Boyz, DJ Maphorisa, and DJ Lag, the self-named "Gqom King."

Ever ready to hop on a big wave, an increasing number of Nigerian pop artists are adopting gqom productions, the most prominent examples being "Available" by Patoranking, "Issa Banger" by D'banj and "Leg Work" by Niniola. Others have been "Jacurb Dance" by MC Galaxy and "Craze" by Sololo, Orezi and Mystro.

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