Nigerian artists are arguably the most listened to across sub-Saharan Africa. With their frequent churn out of pop records and artists, they continue to enjoy the streaming numbers, spotlights and collaborations with international counterparts.
Led by the Afrobeats rubric, the Nigerian pop sound, which is gradually taking the world by storm with every release, is constantly evolving beyond dance-ready rhythms to include emo pulses, street vibes, amapiano and even traces of hip hop.
After a key observation, Netbuzz Radio brings you the top five (5) Nigeria’s biggest tracks of 2022 so far.
English singer Ed Sheeran offers a fresh verse on Fireboy DML’s smash hit ‘Peru’. The track is produced by Shizzi who maintained an enduring party groove invoked by spare percussion work and an ultra-fine melody in the original bop.
2. Zazoo Zehh by Poco Lee ft. Olamide and Portable
Neo-Fuji singer Portable’s big break came as a result of Dancer and hype man Poco Lee’s ‘Zazoo Zehh’. The song released in 2021 invites guest rapper Olamide to the pulsating street vibe that has been central to Nigeria’s mainstream music.
3. Trouble by Basketmouth ft. 2Baba and Blaqbonez
Produced by Duktor Sett, the song is the lead single off comedian Basketmouth’s sophomore LP Horoscopes. Released to critical and commercial acclaim, ‘Trouble’, which is humorously themed around minding one’s own business, is a great entry point into Horoscopes.
4. Mayana by Aṣa
French-Nigerian soul singer Aṣa makes her first entry into Afrobeats on the breezy ‘Mayana’. This performance demonstrates her infinite versatility. “Mayana” is off Aṣa’s fifth studio album titled V, featuring Amaarae, The Cavemen and Wizkid. “V is about happiness, love, friendship and lots of joy, It’s fresh and modern, but it’s also something you’re familiar with”
5. Calm Down by Rema
Rema continues to break boundaries while submitting soothing vocal performances on bops with string-filled instrumentation tagged to his unique style. The song which was released a month ago is expected to feature on his forthcoming Rave and Roses album later this year.