Following the massive success of African music, Nigeria in particular, the world has finally turned its ears. The more correct way will be to mention the songs and/or albums that are turning heads. But 2018 was the set-up for the slam dunk that is 2019. So, here are the best albums of 2018.
5. Kizz Daniel – No Bad Songz
For the most part Kizz Daniel has been dealing with litigation from his former record label after his unceremonious exit. Away from that, the pop sensation put out his sophomore ‘No Bad Songz’ album and debut body of work under Fly Boy Inc.
Vado as he is fondly called, tried to live up the very audacious title of his album. 20 tracks was a bit too much, it would be even more stellar if it was cut in half. Overall, it’s one of the top 10 LP released this year.
4. Brymo – Oso
Brymo’s sixth studio album, ”Oso” alongside the accompanying visuals to the lead single ‘Heya’which was released the same day as the album is one that further embellished the polarizing figure by which a number of music lovers view him.
But despite the criticism he gets, his talent has never been in doubt and on songs like ‘Olanrewaju’ dedicated to his son, ‘Banuso’ and ‘Time is so Kind,’ Byrmo again exhibits authenticity, inclusivity and proper writing in an age where the latter is fast fading delivering yet another worthy addition to his impressive catalogue.
3. Adekunle Gold – About 30
Adekunle Gold took his time, and with a stunning rollout plan, returned with a triumph called ‘About 30’. With songs like Down With You (feat. Dyo), Fame and Call On Me, Gold played with new sonic textures while successfully retaining the core of his artistry. While the album is decidedly not adventurous in respect of themes, it is timeless.
2. Mr Eazi – Life is Eazi: Lagos to London
Lagos To London has all the Mr Eazi’s elements, melodious with a global appeal. Lagos To London fuses elements of highlife, reggae, dance-hall, hip hop and disco. The standout track of the album is his Simi assisted ‘Surrender’ that has joined our wedding playlist. Mr Eazi also shows of his heterogeneity in Lagos To London by sampling diverse sounds, producers and featuring guest artists like Burna Boy, Mi Casa, 2Baba, Giggs, Slim Case and others.
Mr Eazi’s third project, Life Is Eazi Vol.2 – Lagos To London is a celebration of his newly found global audience and influence. After releasing Life Is Eazi Vol.1 – Lagos To Accra, he toured the world, performing at venues in Europe and America.
1. Burna Boy – Outside
Burna Boy’s OUTSIDE is 38 minutes of thrilling, exhilarating and absolutely stunning artistry. On his third major label release, Burna is at his most honest, introspective and creatively unpredictable. The project embodies the singer’s truth and offers to the public, a light text of his personal experiences with no apology of any sort. On dexterity, OUTSIDE is Burna Boy’s most versatile offering as it saw him push far beyond the boundaries of basic dimensions – balancing speed, depth, and par storytelling.