The ’ember’ season is upon us again and you already know what this means for Nigerian music. Everyone is gearing up to release their music monsters that they hope and pray will dominate the airwaves through this last quarter and hopefully still hold things down for the first quarter of 2018 like Runtown, Wizkid and the rest did in 2016.
Mad over You pretty much put the game in a chokehold for the longest amount of time in terms of being the most popular song until ‘2017 originals’ displaced it (but not without a stiff competition btw).
While some would rather wait till November or December so as to directly feed the hunger for new music during the Yuletide, some others have rolled out their materials early. Maybe the intention for these early releases is to give the jams time to simmer and grow on people or maybe these are even preliminary to what they have in store but we will document them all as we watch out for the track that will rule and reign.
Yeba – Kiss Daniel
For some absurd reason ,This new Kiss Daniel song to me is targeted at the big behinds of Yoruba women who are probably in the preparatory phase of partying their lives out this festive season. The song has already been getting mad love but will it stand the test of time or will Kiss bless us some more before the year round rounds off?
Everytime – Wizkid ft Future
Wizkid be here acting all fancy like he owns this list?. I am actually a bit uneasy about the state his music. If I had to take off my supporters club vest, I’ll tell you this. SFTOS was nice but that’s all it was…. Nice. I’m currently observing this his new link up with Future from afar but will it change the temperature of things this last quarter? I have a feeling he will still pull a Daddy yo on us so you can expect to see him on subsequent volumes of this list.
Fargin – Teni
i am just as surprised as you are about Teni making this list but it is what it is. She came on the scene as a newbie with a dope ass song and it will be treated as such. Will this comic indigenous tune be the soundtrack for the remaining three months?
Komije – Tinny Mafia ft Ycee
Yeah yeah, let us all act like this is not a Ycee single lol but that’s not why we are really here. Are we going to eat Ycee’s Komije up like indomie and Fried rice the same way we did Omo Alhaji in the 2015 ember period?
Gbewa – Yung L
Yung L is one of those guys that I never expect anything short of great and good vibes from. Will this year be the year where he gets his deserved recognition with Gbewa? Guess we will be closely songwatching to find out.
Sorry, I had to enlist the entire album especially as we are not sure what she might release off it that might change the game. Hiphop Hurray, One Kain and and Owambe have great chances to dominate but let’s sha be looking.
In the air – Waje
Waje could really be unbothered about whether her song will be the popping one for this season especially because her core fanbase will still play her songs no matter what, when, or how but will this be the year where the women will dictate the affair of things? Feel it in the air packs all the Carribean/Afropop details that will prop it forward into the celebration scene. Will this be the harmattan theme song? Will we feel it in the air?
I don’t care – Selebobo
So Selebobo took a break from mixing and mastering all the jams in Nigeria (Mixx Monsta) to give us something to rock to. Will he squeeze his way through the crowd of similar tunes to regain and retain the reputation that Yoyo brought him?
Assignment- Dj Consequence featuring Olamide
Ookay, this one has everything it needs to be a viral streethop anthem if it isn’t already. I wont even be mad dancing to this at all the many parties I hope to attend before the year finally packs up. since I heard loud in the Benz, my respect for consequence hit the roof and this jam proves his versatility to please cool Kids and street-smart kids with the same dose of music goodness.
Owonikoko- Ice Prince ft Olamide
Ice has been receiving a lot of criticism from people who feel like he is not living up to his immense music and rapping potential. Well on this one, he has Olamide doing the rapping while he takes a shot at the trending afrobeat singing style. I actually do not mind the jam. The instrumental resonates too well and the money theme can never be played out or overemphasized so just maybe we should keep our fingers crossed for an Icy Christmas aye? LISTEN HERE
Killing Me softly- Naeto C featuring Sarkodie
Now Naeto C has been away for a hot minute but this might just work in his favour. Nigerian music maniacs have a soft spot for him and if his team has a banging post-release strategy plan, this might just be that song that gets him back on the radar as his fans must be starving for his music. LISTEN HERE
Kwasia- Nonso Amadi ft Eugy
You’re probably asking what Nonso Amadi is doing on a list like this but this is just in case the cool kids dictate the pace of music for the rest of the year. Tonight was too massive and Kwasia shares the same sweet mellow yet danceable vibe. Definitely what a lot of bad shidren will do a lot of bad things to but will it surprisingly dominate?
Love you Die- Patoranking ft Diamond Platnumz
Patoranking enlisted our Tanzanian brother Diamond Platnumz (whose a$s has been on the hotseat for cheating btw) on Love you die. Besides the fact that this is a certified jam, the advantage it has in this race is its “dual nationality”. Will it be our favorite tune for these remaining months to come?
Sicker – Niniola
Whatever you do, do not sleep on this girl. She has not just been consistent, but superbly so. Maradonna is still getting mad love and from my own point of view, this song is even sicker (because you’ve missed my sick puns lmao). Will we give in to the infectiousness of this Niniola’s Afrohouse goodness?
I have a post sitting in my drafts with the title- We cannot make jokes about Davido having talentless cousins anymore. Truth is, I think B-red may have found his niche in the Afrobeat corner of Afropop. Fall For You with Davido was lovely but Finally was a very beautiful and remarkable piece (argue with your neighbourhood barber). Uju is nice too but it hasn’t grown on me yet. Will it somehow get recognition and be that song for the season?
Loose Guard – Flavour ft Phyno
This actually came with Flavour’s Ijele the Traveller album but the video was released this September so it is qualified to be on our Ember catalogue. Will we be dancing into the new year with this impressive Young John produced hit featuring Phyno?
I am here shivering in my seat, waiting for what Davido, Runtown, Tekno, Olamide, the Mavins, Wizkid etc have in store for us. I really wish Olamide’s Wo, Mayorkun’s Mama and Dice Ailes’ Ella were stalled because they would have been serious contenders for the ultimate crossover song. Anyway, please ‘songwatch’ with me and feel free to hit me up with any track I may have missed that is worthy, and it will definitely make it onto the other parts of this list. Remember, it should have either been released this September (2017) or pushed out as a single from a project this month.
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