The global music industry has been impacted by the hits that the Nigerian music scene has continuously produced over the past few years. Nigerian mainstream musicians have come through with some incredible recordings and releases in 2022–2023, continuing the nation’s pattern of prolific musical creation.
Notably, we want to spice up your week with the help of our weekly playlist. You already know that we only provide you with the best music out there, and we certainly included some of your favourites. Read as we highlight 10 fantastic Nigerian songs that you should add to your playlist this week.
- Hypnotize – SHigh ft. Victony & Zinoleesky
Shigh collaborated with two talented musicians from Nigeria named Zinoleesky and Victony to create the magnificent song titled “Hypnotize“. The amazing song was released in 2022 for the music industry’s and fans’ attentive listening enjoyment.
The two featured promising and ambitious Afrobeats crooners, Victony and Zinoleesky, gave a polished performance on this tune that one would love to hear over and over again. Hypnotize really sounds like the ideal epitome of modern Afrobeats music. Notably, one of Nigeria‘s top music producers, Telz, was in charge of its creation, and he gave the song a ton of excellent sound and juice.
- Believe Me – Johnny Drille
The mesmerizing new song, “Believe Me“, by Nigerian singer-songwriter Johnny Drille was just released. This amazing song, which is Johnny Drille‘s debut single for 2023, should be on your playlist and is certain to be a hit with fans.
Don Jazzy who is a renowned and talented musician, songwriter, and producer is the one who produced the song “Believe Me”. With his remarkable abilities, the Mavin CEO has created a masterpiece that perfectly complements Johnny Drille‘s unique style and delivery. As you listen to the record, you can hear and feel how exciting and new it is.
- How Many Times – DJ BIg N ft Oxlade & Ayra Starr
Mavins princess, Ayra Starr, and the renowned Nigerian vocalist, Oxlade, both delivered their voice of gold on “How Many Times” as accompaniment for DJ Big N‘s fantastic composition.
DJ Big N‘s first release of 2023 is this beautiful delivery. Notably, Andre Vibez produced the song “How Many Times” – with Oxlade and Ayra Starr playing their parts to the best of their abilities. The song’s wonderful melody is ideal for sing-alongs. How Many Times is a gorgeous single from these talented musicians – the song’s vocals by Ayra Starr and Oxlade, along with Vibez, an internal music producer at Mavin, who was in charge of its creation – so you get to update your playlist.
- Many Things – Zinoleesky
With the song, Many Things, Nigerian superstar, Zinoleesky, makes a decent comeback to the music scene this year. The song was meticulously constructed to leave an impression on listeners. “Many Things” features catchy instrumentation and lyrics that will make them desire more.
Zinoleesky is steadily making a name for himself in the country’s music industry. The rising star wasted no time in releasing his first single for the year 2023 and isn’t showing any signs of quitting or slowing down despite having been featured on multiple tracks that are still on the charts.
This most recent single – Many Things – not only features outstanding creativity from Zino, but also superb production by BabyBeats. With their combined experience, the duo was able to produce a sound that allows listeners to play the euphony repeatedly without growing weary of it; your playlist is in dire need of this amazing banger.
- Unavailable – Davido ft. Musa Keys
The song “Unavailable” by Davido and Musa Keys deserves praise and has received praise from both Nigerian and foreign music fans. The pairing works perfectly, with Davido continuing to bring the heat as Musa Keys makes a stylish entrance. South African clubs and Nigerian parties will be rocking out for months thanks to this amazing partnership.
On Davido‘s fourth album, Timeless, “Unavailable ft. Musa Keys” ranks among the album’s most catchy songs. The album has achieved widespread acclaim, charting in over 100 nations and peaking at No. 1 on the US and UK Apple Music Charts. It should be noted that “Unavailable ft. Musa Keys” is one of the songs with the smoothest Amapiano-Afro fusion flow this year – you definitely need this bop featured on your playlist this week.
Asake returns to the stage with the magnificent solo record “2:30“. You should definitely include this Amapiano music in your playlist.
Remarkably, Asake continues to establish himself as one of the most promising musicians in the Nigerian music industry with the release of the scorching new song, 2:30. It’s only fair to mention that, during Davido‘s record-breaking album Timeless, Asake momentarily occupied the top spot on most streaming sites.
The lively tune “2:30” was produced by BlaiseBeatz and Magicsticks and is the perfect blend of Afropop and Amapiano. It should be noted that “2:30” is Asake‘s follow-up to “Yoga,” released in January of this year.
Mohbad makes his recording debut of the year with the stunning “Ask About Me” solo effort. The track, which features Amapiano, should unquestionably be on your playlist because it demonstrates the musician’s current musical knowledge and skills.
Following a significant falling out with Marlian Records, Mohbad utilizes this solo song to show that he is capable of writing a smashing banger on his own. Mohbad continues to create music in Nigeria with a modern twist on Street-Pop. Ask About Me, a popping song, will be played nonstop on the streets for months.
Another wonderful song to add to your playlist is Soweto (Remix) by Victony ft. Don Toliver and Rema. The melody of this remixed track has made the tune much more delightful to listen to as the new composition features Don Toliver and Rema‘s smooth delivery and distinctive manner, which bring a whole new dimension to the song.
“Soweto” progressively gained popularity and turned into a hit song after making waves on TikTok – the track even gained popularity outside of Nigeria – and this feat is because of everything from the instrumental to the words to Victony‘s incredible voice. The smash song originated from Victony‘s intriguing sophomore project, “Outlaw EP” which featured seven exquisite tracks. The audience appreciated the youthful afro-fusion singer’s lyrical flexibility and agility, which were demonstrated in the aforementioned extended playlist.
The Afro-pop music phenomenon, Joeboy, came through sometime last year with this gorgeous soundtrack titled Body and Soul. Regardless of the genre you like, this tune has mind-blowing lyrics and rhythms that will keep you enthused.
This euphony, though, comes after his previously published track, “Likkle Riddim” – it has Afrobeat and Dancehall blended together in this song’s visually stunning music video, which was created by TG Omori and has nearly 1 million views on YouTube. As one of the new generation artists topping streaming charts and touring the continent with outstanding shows, Joeboy has amassed a sizable fan base that believes in his skill.
One of the year’s biggest songs, “Kante by Davido & Fave” gets appreciation for its outstanding delivery. The two Afrobeats musicians mesh well together, with Davido continuing his cool loverboy cause while Fave offers a hip duet. This artistic collaboration would captivate Nigerian audiences for a very long period. Unusually, this song also features Fave‘s consistent appearances on high-profile projects. You may recall that she had her first huge hit with Olamide.
The more times you listen to this Damie-produced song, the more captivating it becomes. Davido and the gorgeous musician Fave displayed their singing skills and vocal range in this song, which is why listeners would love to play it over and over again without getting bored.