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5 New Era Songs I Won’t Forget In A Hurry

Posted by Jim Donnett on August 25, 2015 in Editorial · 59 Comments


Forgive me if you find that my taste in music is of an unusual and rare kind. Daddy raised me to country, jazz, reggae, high life (evergreen classics) and old skool pop/R’n’B jamz. That should explain my recklessness whenever I have to write about Nigerian music right? Of which, I only started paying serious attention to them like some 4, 5 years ago… bite me!

Anyhu, don’t hate on my list. I wanna know those NEW ERA songs that you just can’t forget in a hurry.
PS, don’t restrict your list to only songs with commercial acclaim.

1. Love Me

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Before Mrs Billz grew into this phenomenal force that she is now, some of us had been following her since her days of vocal covers on YouTube and trying out for X-Factor UK where she placed third in runner-ups. Back home in Nigeria, alotta femmes were doing a variety of things, but their efforts didn’t seem enough to usurp the spotlight from the hommes. Then came Tiwa, well-prepared and ready for an epic takeover. Love Me was her second official single where she unleashed vocal fierceness almost like Beyonce back then would do and she even put up a darn good show while at it. She served us legs, a tight hot shorts and plenty skin. Her sensual pop offering made all the gals dem sit up!

2. Rich & Famous

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It’s always pained me that we’re yet to fully embrace the beauty in other music genres like alternative soul and R’n’B. This is the category where I find vocalist extraordinaire, Praiz in. Is there anything that Praiz cannot do? Even to singing sampulu sef? I know right. I seriously don’t know why Iyanya beat this guy to winning the maiden edition of Project Fame (Praiz cannot whine sha, might be why :’D) regardless, everything about him remains outstanding. Take for example, the song Rich & Famous, all these time (after Project Fame, I mean) Praiz had been in obscurity and to think he needed an i-yeyeyeee sounding track to get us looking in his direction, the R’n’B number did him unbelievable justice. Praiz reminds me that music, good music is power indeed.

3. Yes/No

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Can Banky W ever do wrong? I don’t think so. This guy has got a very silky smooth voice, you can literally die and die again when you hear him. I find particularly thrilling, his link ups with ace producer, Cobhams Asuquo. You know, Nigerian love songs can be very boring when guys are the ones doing it (probably explains why everybody keeps running away from doing R’n’B). But this brave-hearted singer who recently started to show us his genius gifts in rap, employed the best of instrumental sounds and soulful symphonies to give us a chart-topping afro R’n’B number. Without overstretching creativity, Yes/No makes perfect sense with a lyrics and detailed story plot in just over a minute! Who again did we crown king of R’n’B? *looks away*

4. Aye

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This is was the first of Davido songs that I actually stoop up and danced to. Oh wait, I think it was Skelewu o. Whatever sha! The folk genre nature of this song and Shizzi’s extra smooth production gave it quite a different saccharine effect. When you add that with the feel of Davido’s husky vocals, Aye became especially pleasing to listen to. Atleast for once, he didn’t have to serve his scattered high energy approach on this very chilling tune and this one song put a new edge on Davido’s versatility in music. I couldn’t care much who or where the song came from. The only reason I might need to worry would perhaps be that moment when I can’t find Davido on this track the next time I hear this song. File be, Davido nailed this one.

5. Woju

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Oh, even I am surprised that Kiss Daniel made it on here. Kudos son! It’s an amazement what everybody found intriguing about this song that they just loved to love it so much. When you take away the fact that he’s yet another cute face and with a better refined voice, that of Davido, one might enter into abyss wondering what else. You see, Woju was a timely release. We had become too in sync with songs that had started to sound the same. Newer songs no longer had anything different to offer so Daniel and his team cashed in heavy on that factor by giving us something alternatively different and new, from a name/face that didn’t look/sound like someone/something from before. This song was majorly the context of love. Not love that hinged entirely on a sexy body and a massive baka. Woju will not outlive time but it’s sure gonna last a heckuva long one.

So tell me, which songs are your 5 new era songs _____ ?

Written by Jim Donnett
@jimancipation





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  1. Nyc review *thumbs up

  2. Ojuelegba ooooooooooooo

  3. Any MI song.. Especially One Naira..

  4. (1) Olamide Eleda mi (2) Olamide Apa ti jabo (3) Olamide Bobo (4) Olamide Duro soke (5) Olamide Zoro joy

  5. Ifeanyi57@ymail.com…. Nice.. Good morning Africa

  6. 1. Timi Dakolo-WISH ME WELL
    2. Psquare- Bring it on
    3. Patoranking- Alubarika
    4. Kamarr- Igun
    5. Reekado banks- Tommorrow

    • Bro ur head dey there……..u bam

  7. Your list doesn’t cut reality at all. Anyone who values good music will include at least 2 of wizkid tracks. Also Even tuface track will defo mak the list. So sorry this ur list is crap Ooo

    • only rich nd famous shuld b in dat list d rest is rubbish…… I support u bro

  8. Ojuelegba rmx noni

  9. Top of the world

  10. 1) Godwin korede bello
    2) Ojuelegeba wizkid
    3) Aye davido
    4) Woju kiss Daniel
    5) Shake body skales

  11. 1) alubarika (2) girlie’o (3) aye (4) ghost mode (5) o set

  12. T-spize produced AYE, not shizzi…. and u didn’t remember to fix Darey’s ‘not the girl’, Africa’s no 1 love ballad… #u get that?#

  13. Nice

  14. Dbanj feeling the nigga, dbanj. Confidential, praise R&F, timi dankolo, great nation. Dija aww.

  15. Timi Dakolo – Iyawo mi
    Timi Dakolo – Wish me Well
    Darey – Pray for me
    Simi – Jamb Question
    Sean tizzle – Perfect Gentleman

  16. wizkid- On Top ur Matter

  17. 1) Wizkid joy, 2) korede bello, Godwin, 3) bank w yes/no, 4) sean tizzle loke loke, 5 wizkid thank you…..

  18. nice list… the comments here shows that we really have good songs so far… Even Orente and Sade would be included if everything we want must be there…

  19. olamide reminicse olonishola and hkyme salamalekun. i cnt never forget bout songs

  20. bros jimmy, t-spize! produced aye o, shizzi ko o.. just gimme tuface grass2grace album and am just ohkay..

  21. U didn’t impress me Jim. Not this time.

  22. timaya sanko,shake ur bum bum,

  23. timaya bow down n ukuw

  24. manologede by timaya

  25. Did u just say Shizzi produced Aye??

  26. Woju is my numero uno

  27. Na Tspize produce Aye oo…#TakeNote

  28. Dis u just said shizzi produced AYE! I laugh in mogadishu. Nd ur list is nt even making sense, where is Ojuelegba by wizkid?

  29. Love my baby (wizkid). Omalicha (wizkid). Ekuro (davido). Da yan mo (olamide). Good mornin (brymo) and ojuelegba (wizkid)

  30. Gbemisoke by mr kswag
    Awww by dija
    Iyawomi-timidakolo
    Rain on me-ugo
    Kite-chidinma

  31. No joke by psquare

  32. aye was produced by tspize

  33. I know say na conment u na want…NO Wizkid track..Haters.

  34. I know say na conment u na want…NO Wizkid track..Haters.

  35. I know say na conment u na want…NO Wizkid track..Haters.

  36. Olamide – Responsibility
    Tuface – African queen
    9ice – Gongo aso
    Timi Dakolo – Iyawo mi
    Dagrin – Thank God

  37. aye n woju. …on dat list dats all

  38. harpmusicng.blogspot.com. nice choice of music

  39. My own list
    1. African queen ( 2baba)
    2.Aye ( davido)
    3. Love my baby ( wizkid)
    4. Rich and Famous ( praiz)
    5. Orignality (Faze)

  40. hi my people Swansee is back again oh I like due way you wine am

  41. hi my people Swansee is back again oh I like due way you wine am

  42. Gud evening Nigeria

  43. I like ur choice of music.

  44. Gbemisoke by kswag ibile by lilkesh rain on me by ugovina katapot by reekado do something by koker

  45. I love kswag and his debut song #gbemisoke dat dude is talentd

  46. watch out for kswag reekado banks tekno adekunle gold simi and lilkesh come 2016 &beyond

  47. Wiz -chris:i see love in ur eye,kiss daniel woju

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