Yes, I’m unrepentant music critic with ears for good music (ask my close buddies 😜), and as an entertainment writer of many years, I can proudly say that I have seen it all in the Nigerian music scene and I have actually written a couple of Nigerian biggest artistes to fame (ask google 😂😂). Irrespective of language, I listen to all genre of music so far it’s good, and It’s no longer news that I’m a great lover of ‘oldskull’ classics. I may not have a favourite NIGERIAN artiste but I have a couple of good and bad artistes who blazed my playlist throughout the year 2018 ( though the year never end 😜). There are some with good songs and some have actually won my heart with their nonsenses that make sense. In no particular order, here my playlist kings and queens of 2018. OLAMIDE: Call him, king of the street vibes, you may not be wrong. I’m not a great fan of Baddo, but my day is incomplete without listen to his few good songs and some nonsenses that make sense. He has many but ‘KPAKUJEMU’ is the most played for now. FALZ THE BAD GUY: This is another good NIGERIAN artiste I hate to love. I’m also not a huge fan of FALZ but I cannot explain how a couple of his songs dominate my playlist. He’s obviously one of the very few NIGERIAN artistes whose lyrics make meanings to me. He always have good songs but ‘WAY’ is on repeat. KIZZ DANIEL: I like this guy’s songs though I’m still not a fan. He’s a good artiste with amazing vocal delivery. His couple of hit songs always got me waiting for the next single. 4DAYS is rocking my playlist at the moment. SIMI: For now, she is one of the top 5 Nigerian female vocalists. 2 or 3 years ago, my friend Tony Doe Onwuchekwa actually introduced her couple of unreleased singles to me, and without any doubt, I knew SIMI is a star in waiting. And today She didn’t disappoint me as her voice and good songs have catapulted her to the top rung of a proverbial ladder reserved for the best. Sorry, I’m confused to pick one of her many good songs rocking my playlist. TEKNO: He got the rhythm and his delivery is enticing. I like him a lot but oh, damn!, I’m not his fan 🤷🏼♂️. TEKNO might not be a fantastic singer, he’s in the class of his own. Without an album (CD) to his credit, this great guy has many hit singles that can make an album go platinum. Though many of his songs are on repeat, ‘GET IT’, his latest collabo got me dancing. ADEKUNLE GOLD: ‘SADE’ was the song that got this gifted singer on my radar. And Adekunle won my heart with his follow-up singles. His debut and sophomore albums (CDs) have made me a great fan of his good music. He dominates my playlist. BRYMO: Here is one of the Nigerian top 5 best singers. Brymo got my love for his unrelenting determination to stay relevant despite the nonsenses in vogue. This dude is his own best competition. Brymo does good music and he’s one of my playlist Kings. BURNA BOY: I’m obviously not his fan but got attached by couple of his old songs( Yawa, Check and balance). BURNA is doing well at the moment and some of his new songs have made me fall in love with his unique style of delivery. Ye! BURNA is currently blazing my playlist, o ‘Gbona’ DANNY S: I don’t know this guy exist until I stumbled on ‘EGE’ this year. His nonsenses ease my tension in Lagos traffic. He obviously can’t sing, Danny S weaves ‘street jargons’ into good rhythm. ‘Oh my God’ and ‘Salary’ got him on the list of my most played songs of 2018. ARAMIDE: she is a good singer with amazing vocal range. I discovered her through a couple of her good songs and I became a fan instantly ( no time to check time 😁). I like most of the songs in her ‘Briefcase’ but catches me with ‘Magic’. What a queen on my playlist. SMALL DOCTOR: I cannot pay to watch him performing live on stage, but will always have a couple of his nonsenses on replay. I never liked the Small Doctor until ‘Penalty’ shot him to the limelight. And ‘REMEMBER’ has made him my 2018 playlist favourite. DAVIDO: He’s obviously one of the Nigerian biggest exports at the moment. Not a fantastic singer but O.B.O’s weaknesses have become his strength and the reason he’s one of the most listen to NIGERIAN artistes. I’m not his fan but I love some of his songs that have gotten permanent places on my playlist. QDOT ALAGBE: I’m a fan of this guy ( I know, some of my friends will be wondering why 😁😁). Probably because I can relate to his rhythm and rhymes. I like the way he delivers his messages, which he weaves in Yoruba parlance. I also like the progression in his music style. With many of his songs on my playlist, ‘GBESE’ is on replayOREZI: Yeah! He’s my guy from way back and I’m not surprised by Orezi’s continuous rise and rise to fame in the Nigerian music scene. He does good music and he’s an highly gifted singer who knows his onions in the competitive music industry. I have lots of his good old and new songs on my playlist, but ‘Whine for Daddy’ is always on repeat .
TO BE CONTINUED— (Written By Omogbolahan Akinwumi)