Here are the Top 5 New Nigerian Albums You Need To Hear This Week, warm, inviting sound, Pop music for a posh dancefloor, FEATURES OLAMIDE, FireBoy DML, BELLA ALUBO, B-RED, DOLAPOTHEVIBE, HIP HOP, AFROBEATS.
Olamide — Carpe Diem
Nigerian hip-hop icon Olamide returns with Carpe Diem, a 12-track album that features Fireboy DML, Omah Lay, Peruzzi, Phyno, Bella Shmurda, and Bad Boy Timz. It’s his 11th project, and second of 2020 following February’s 999 EP, one that finds him embracing his voice as a singer across bright, upbeat production mainly from P.Priime. “The project is a reflection of my mind, and also the current sound that is brewing underground in Nigeria,” says Olamide.
B Red – “The Jordan”
Nigerian-born singer & songwriter B Red finally releases his Debut studio album. The album is now live after the release of three singles; ‘Dance‘, ‘Dollar‘ and the lead single – ‘Bimpe‘ featuring Africa’s Baddest Davido. All singles are currently topping music charts, buzzing on different digital playlists , television and radio stations across the world. The album is well enrich with great songs of different Afro music genres and features from A-list artistes which are; 2face, Davido, Mayourkun, Dremo, Peruzzi, Sina Rambo and Slimcase (Otunba Lamba).
Fireboy DML – APOLLO
The rising Nigerian singer is on the vanguard of the hybrid “Afro-life” sound and his latest album is the peak of his vision so far, a melodious, detailed, and effortless album of feel-good pop and R&B. Apollo, one of the most complex characters of Greek mythology, is recognized as the Olympian god of light, truth, prophecy, poetry, healing, and music. His motives are anchored by three emotions: pride, lust, and loss. So is Fireboy DML. But on his second album, APOLLO, the Nigerian singer-songwriter vows to aim high, without going full Icarus. “How human am I to think myself a god?” Fireboy says on the project’s preamble. The music itself begins with his bold declaration: “I be king.”
DolapoTheVibe – Unanticipated
Most of the music on Unanticipated is inspired by life, love and life’s experiences. Some elements of the EP are pretty, some are aspirational and some are brazen. ‘Orimi,’ which opens the the EP is an Afro-swing record which sees a brazen Dolapo sing about the beauty, curves and edges of a woman. The backing vocals on the song basically take the song from nothing to beautiful. The calmer and more dreamy-eyed ‘Love Potion’ is more methodical in its horn-aided Hi-life mould of Afro-pop. Dolapo’s character is drunk in love on ‘Love Potion.’ The wild part is that, she doesn’t reject the power of the ‘Love Potion,’ she embraces it. She sings, “Some say na jazz, some say na juju… Baby we nor send…” Ah! E don be o…
Bella Alubo — Popstar
Nigerian singer Bella Alubo releases her sultry new EP Popstar. Featuring four tracks recorded in her London apartment, including “GBOLAHAN,” one of the best pop tracks on Audiomack in September, the project molds R&B, Afro-pop, Afro-house, reggae, dancehall and more into a warm, inviting sound. Pop music for a posh dancefloor.
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