Music Review: Six Songs With Unforgettable Beats

The Nigerian music industry has witnessed a great bloom over the years birthing artistes with blooming careers. This has made Nigerian hip hop artistes take their music from Nigeria, Africa to the global stage leaving indelible rhythm in the heart of fans all over the world.

Looking back over a decade, we bring you a chart of some of the notable music with resonating and unique beats and instrumentals. This list is judged based on the available production quality popularity at the time of release.

9ice – ‘Gongo Aso’

On the sixth spot is 2008’s title track form 9ice’s sophomore album Gongo Aso. Produced by the dexterous ID Cabasa, the heavy dance provoking track rode on a strong baseline accompanied by very pronounced keys. The track catapulted 9ice into the elites club and won him numerous recognitions and awards including a MOBO awards for Best African Acts and six awards at the Hip-Hop World Awards in 2009 now known as Headies.

ID Cabasa also walked away with the coveted producer of the year statuette.



Davido – ‘Dami duro’

On the fifth spot has Davido’s 2012 sophomore but break-in single ‘Dami-Duro. The Shizzy produced track did not only launch the career of Davido but also introduced his young producer sidekick.

The opening electronic-disco sound generated from fruity-loops soon meets with hard banging baselines to make it almost impossible to not move the body in sync when the track plays. dami-duro later earned two nomination at the headies in the song of the year and best pop single categories.



D’banj and Don Jazzy – ‘Oliver Twist’

In the fourth spot is arguably the first Nigerian hip-hop track to receive airplay on mainstream radio in the United Kingdom. The combination of D’banj and Don jazzy has created a lot of hits for the Nigerian music industry but the creation of the 2012 track ‘Oliver Twist’ was on another level.

The track rode on a partially hypnotic, afro beat meets hip-hop riff to create it’s near impossible to resist the hip-shaking melody. The track earned two nominations at the world music awards while winning the top prizes at the Channel O music awards and the Headies.

CDQ – ‘Say Baba’

In the third spot is CDQ’s crazy dance and raunchy track ‘Say Baba’ produced by the usual suspect Master craft. The three seconds loop sequence appears like just another ordinary beats with varying octave.

It however continues to enchant listeners in a manner that even long after the song has stopped playing; the beat is still ringing in the head.



Banky W – Strong Thing

The second spot takes us back to 2009 at a time when the Nigerian music mainstream is dominated by the Reggaeton sequence made popular by Jamaican reggae artiste.

Out from the blues, Bankole Welligton more popularly known as Banky W released the R&B track ‘Strong Thing’ to wide critical and commercial success.

The Cobhams Asuquo produced track sits right at the top echelon of Nigerian music during its era not only for its uniqness but also quality. The sombre feel of the Chinese flute instrumentals dominates the head bumping rhythm in a manner that carries the entire song from top to bottom.



Idris AbdulKareem – Nigeria Jaga Jaga

For the number one spot we roll way back to 2004 for Eedris Abdulkareem’s controversial track, ‘Jaga-jaga’.

The track rode on a clap-beat mash as soft accompanying keys. This was at a period when beat and song sampling was a big deal among emerging Nigerian acts. The then Kennis music acts still put out a track that eventually dominated the airwaves for a long time.

MAMA’s Final Nominees: Wizkid leads With 3 Nods

Tiwa savage, MAMA's, nominees list, 2016The race for prizes at the 2016 edition of the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA), intensifies as the award organisers reveal the last group of nominees for this year’s prize.

Nigerian artists such as Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade, Olamide, Patoranking, Wizkid and many others have received new nominations in the coveted categories which included artist of the year, best female, listener’s choice, best breakthrough and song of the year. MAMA's, 2016, nominees,

The nominees were selected from a pool of thousands of contemporary mainstream artistes across Africa.

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In terms of nominations, Wizkid leads the pack of nominees from Nigeria. He was nominated in the artist of the year category, best male artist and in the personality of the year category.

X3M music artiste, Simi whose music continues to garner attention earns a nomination in the breakthrough category alongside compatriots, Tekno and Falz the bahd guy.

For the young singer, who actually has been craving the spotlight for almost a decade, with a handful of lukewarm songs over the years, getting a MAMA nomination is another milestone in her career.

She sits on the podium with another Mama fresher, hip-hop act Y-cee who got catapulted into the elites’ group after his 2015 hit, ‘Jagaban’.olamide

He earned a nomination in best hip hop category which pitches him alongside music heavyweights including YBNL Boss, Olamide whom he featured in his breakthrough track.

In 2015, Nigerian dance-hall and reggae music act Patoranking picked up the best newcomer prize and in just about a year, he is now being nominated for the best male category contending alongside Wizkid and South-African rapper A.K.A.

The 2016 MTV Africa Music Awards is scheduled to hold in Johannesburg, South-Africa later in 2016.

Jeffery Daniels Encourages Nigerian Artistes To Stay True To Their Sound

Jeffery Daniels, Nigerian Acts, SoundFamous American R&B singer, songwriter and choreographer, Jeffery Daniels, has advised aspiring singers to continue to focus on their strengths and strive to be original.

He told Channels Television that he had noticed that in the beginning, artists try to explore various genre, only to crossover to the dominant pop sound after a while.

Daniels, who was a founding member of the popular 80’s group Shalamar, was also known for his dance and choreography moves, one of which was the famed moonwalk, eventually made popular by Michael Jackson.

Advanced ‘Out Of Nothing’

Between 2010 and 2013, he gained exposure to the Nigerian music industry, as a musical reality television show judge alongside Yinka Davies and Audu Maikori who was later replaced by Charly Boy and later Femi Kuti.

Over the past few years of picking interest in Nigerian music, Daniels has mentored a couple of new talents.

He expressed his surprise at how much the industry had advanced, ‘out of nothing’.

Nigerian music is heavily characterised by dance elements. It is a general believe that the most successful songs are the ones with heavy beats and groovy melody.

However, some also believe that there are only few acts such as Adekunle Gold and Brymo who can garner commercial success from making other genres of music, as the industry is largely monolithic.

“Chocolate City Is Doing Well, Not Imploding”- Dice Ailes

nigerian music industry, dice ailes, chocolate city, Chocolate City artiste, Dice Ailes, has joined M.I. in reiterating the fact that the music imprint, is not imploding as suggested by many.

Following the exit of ice-prince and rapper, Milli, from the group Chocolate City, the ‘Telephone’ singer told Channels Television that they left amicably and nevertheless, still maintained a good relationship with the record label.

“We’re doing well at Chocolate City, I think it’s just growth. People are pretty much growing and evolving into new things. Ice-prince left but he’s still a part of the family.

“Everybody is doing their own individual thing but we’re still a collective family at the end of the day,” he said.

Highlighting the progress of his career in Nigeria, the performing artiste talked about his latest single, ‘Machinery’. “It is doing pretty well… really accepted by the streets”.

He also mentioned that his new single, ‘Miracle’, featuring Lil Kesh, would drop sometime between late August and early September.

Although, he started performing in Canada, until he was introduced to the Nigerian mainstream music in 2014 by the Chocolate City label, the artist said it was not much of a task.

He has,however, switched his style, to the dominant Nigerian hip-hop, because according to him, he grew up in a typical Nigerian home and listened to typical Nigerian music.

“I like to believe that I’m a very versatile artist. I can band however I choose. So it wasn’t really much of a task.

“I just knew that the Nigerian commercial market wanted to hear a certain thing and I gave it to them with ‘Machinery’,” he said.

Here is a video of the song, Machinery.

Nomoreloss’ Body Committed To Mother Earth

NomorelossThe body of veteran Nigerian singer and songwriter, Nomoreloss, has been committed to mother earth on Friday.

Nomoreloss, whose birth name was Olumuyiwa Osinuga, was buried at the Ikoyi cemetery in Lagos State, Nigeria’s commercial city.

Family, friends and showbiz practitioners were present at the funeral to pay their last respects to the singer while they lent their support to his wife and daughter.

The talented artiste was confirmed dead on Monday, March 21, after battling an illness since January.

Aged 39, he has contributed immensely to the growth of the Nigerian music industry and his death would be felt by the industry.

After his death was made known, Twitter was awash with condolences from people in the music industry, his fans and other sympathisers.

Collaboration With John Legend In The Works – Praiz

Praiz-John LegendRnB singer, Praiz is working on a major collaboration with Grammy Award winning singer, John Legend, an EP and a second album, which has been titled ‘Out Of Africa’.

In an exclusive interview with Entertainment News on Channels Television, the singer who is a John Legend fan, revealed that he is currently in talks with the ‘All Of Me’ crooner.

Praiz also talked about his plans to promote talented new acts in the industry, as his way of giving them an opportunity to become big shots in the music industry.

“I’m looking for eight talented underground artistes that I think deserve that platform and I’m going to feature them on the EP. I’m going to shoot videos to promote them and put their faces out there. Try and do a radio tour and introduce the world to this new acts,” he said.

His album, which he said is titled ‘Out of Africa’, would also contain collaborations with a number of artistes from different parts Africa from the north, central, west, east and south.

“It’s also to just promote our continent; promote the culture of this continent – music, dance, emotions, everything about Africa”, Praiz said.

Nomoreloss Passes On After Brief Illness

NomorelossTalented Nigerian singer and songwriter, Olumuyiwa Osinuga, popularly known as ‘Nomoreloss’ has passed on.

The veteran artiste was confirmed dead on Monday, March 21, after battling an illness since January.

He has contributed immensely to the growth of the Nigerian music industry and his death would be felt by the industry.

After his death was made known, Twitter was awash with condolences from people in the music industry, his fans and other sympathisers.

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Some of Nomoreloss’ popular songs are Iyawo Asiko, Ololufe, Ojuri and So Sorry.

Mr NoMoreLoss To Comeback With ‘Beautiful Things’ Album

Mr NomorelossNigerian singer, Muyiwa Osinuga, better known as Mr NoMoreLoss is set to make a comeback to mainstream music with an album titled ‘Beautiful Things’ on June 2nd.

The ‘Iyawo Asiko’ crooner, who recently signed a management deal with Tate Music Group, has not released a new recording for some years. He told Entertainment News on Channels Television that the absence was deliberate.

“I’ve been in and out of Nigeria trying to make sure that when we eventually drop it (this time), we can properly harness the benefits of it,” he said, noting that distribution was a major challenge in the industry.

“So much free music, nobody wants to actually pay for physical CDs”, he complained, but quickly added that “it’s not like they can’t pay for physical CDs, they just don’t know where to get the original copies. Everybody is forced to buy the pirated copy.”

Mr NoMoreLoss is looking to sell his music even outside Nigeria.

“I’m a very old-school type of guy. What you would call a timeless classic. I love to create music that is not just for the now but music you can play 10 years from now,” said the singer whose 13 year old song, Iyawo Asiko, remains a classic.

Speaking on his new work, Mr NoMoreLoss said on “June 2, the album drops globally on Tate Music Group”, a U.S based label he recently signed to.

The album titled ‘Beautiful Things’ is all about positivity, love and reflects the ‘happy place’ the singer now finds himself in.

“Beautiful Things is a summation of the happiness and the joy that I feel with music”, however, there would be no collaborations on the album.

“Maybe there will be a remix album of the same album,” he said.

He’s also working on an 5 track EP which is expected to hit the market “sometime in July 2nd”.

VIDEO: Celebrities Shine At Headies Awards

The Headies Awards 2013 was well attended by Nigerian celebrities but raving lyricist Olamide emerged the biggest star of the night by carting away three individual prizes and one for his ghost mode collaboration with fast rising act, Phyno.

The rapper also won the  best rap album, album of the year and the best street hop categories.

Other winners were Jaywon of Kennis Music who bagged the recording of the year, EME’s Banky W with the Best R&B Single, 2face Idibia with best pop single, and rapper Modenine reclaimed the respected Lyricist on the Roll Prize.

2013 was no doubt an eventful year within the Nigerian music industry. Entertainment correspondent, Abidemi Dairo sat down with entertainment PR consultant, Ayeni Adekunle to review the highs and lows of the Nigerian music industry in 2013.

MUSIC: Tillaman Drops New Singles Rumba Style, Miss Africa

Popular Nigerian artiste, Tillaman, born Adeyemi Adetona has released two new singles titled, ‘Rumba Style’ and ‘Miss Africa’ featuring upcoming act, Tolu.

The music maestro who broke into the Nigerian music industry with his party tune, Pu Yanga, has rose to even more fame with the release of his hit tracks, Ko Ma Roll and Ori Owo.

His increasing popularity also earned him special recognition from the Oyo state government as he was awarded with the Youth Musical Ambassador title.

Tillaman is taking his game a notch higher as he thrills his fans with his new singles, Rumba Style and Miss Africa, produced by Skillz YBRL.


Ebisan Says No Special Challenges For Female Artistes

Upcoming artiste, Ebisan has said that there are no gender-based challenges in the music business,contrary to the popular belief that females in the Nigerian music industry face tough times finding a level playing ground with their male counterparts.

The soul artiste said “whatever challenges that has come my way, I can’t particularly say it’s because I’m a woman. I think a guy would go through some of the things that I have gone through” and stressed that the method of overcoming obstacles is what differentiates people.

“There’s always going to be challenges, but I’ve never really looked at it as it’s because I’m a woman. I just think that any career path that you take, there would always be challenges.

However, one’s passion, motivation, drive would help artistes overlook obstacles and consider them as vehicles of improvement.

She said this during an interview on Sunrise where she also revealed that her degrees, in Accounting and Finance (B.Sc) as well as International Business Management (M.Sc), have put her in a “better position” because “this is a music business after all.”

She added that her experience in a family of music lovers influenced her decision to pursue a career in music. “There was always something fun and creative happening at home”.

The singer who was raised in Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and England said music moved from being a passion to a profession at age 16, when she was paid for the first time.