Hello there, welcome to another installment of The Weekend Playlist. As you might already know, we bring you some of the hardest and hottest songs from underground Nigerian music acts that might not make it to the big seats.
This week we feature Holmes, Shota Boy, Dan Onkar and others. We explore Afro-pop, Afro-fusion, rap and other genres in this installment. With the Weekend Playlist, we’ve always got you covered on the best of songs. Let’s go.
1. Holmes – Sade
Signed to Addictive Sound Records, Holmes weaves through this Afro-pop song, where he serenades his lover with beautiful words. His tenor voice is rich and smooth as he sings in English, Pidgin English and a spattering of Yoruba. He tells his woman that he will show her what love feels like, and only asks her to hold him tight.
2. Nappy & Bella Shmurda – Whine That Ting
Remember Nappy? He dropped a track with Burna Boy last year and about 3 months back released, Many Things. This time he features Bella Shmurda on this sizzling track. I particularly like Shmurda’s verse and how chill they both are on the song. If you want music that bangs, but stays easy on the ears, here’s your vibe.
3. Shota Boy – Space Vibe
An Afro-swing song on which Shota Boy performs beautifully. He seems to be in his element and does it quite effortlessly. The song sounds more like a freestyle that was later worked on into a full track. Nonetheless, it is a jam. Oporr!
4. Dan Onkar – Spring Water
It was particularly hard to pick a single song out of his EP, A Night Like This to add to The Weekend Playlist. I can bet there’s no way you’re skipping any of the tracks on the project. It’s that good, and as I wrote on Twitter, “na Afro-fusion wey go Harvard.”
5. Fikky – End SARS
Remember the guy who was rapping and freestyling in Yoruba on the top of a bus in Lagos during the End SARS protest. Well, Adey, the producer had the freestyle and worked with the young artiste to create this beauty. You’ll love it.
6. Adey – Deep End
Off his Akiba EP. Very hard song. Just hits you in all the right places. “Tell me, are you ready for the freaking?”
7. Bad Boy Timz – Have Fun
Released on November 6, I think I have played it more than a thousand times. It’s that good. It’s smooth and those percussion are very heavy and lit. With all that is happening in the country, and things slightly going back to normal, it is safe to predict that this song will turn out to be a party banger and a club hit. “O shock won ba’kan”!! You know, on the weekend playlist, we never disappoint.
8. Ditweni – The Takeover
Okay, I’ve been going on and on online about how this song is just too good. Ditweni produces his own stuff and this track is funny, as it is beautiful.
9. Srem Life – Spirit of Ogoni
It is so disappointing that despite all that Ken Saro-Wiwa fought for, nothing has been looked into about the Ogoni place. This is what Srem Life sings about on this track.
10. Deaj featuring Fuad and George – Jojo
It’s easy to mistake this song for Wizkid’s Joro and that’s understandable. The heavy percussion and thrilling saxophone give off a Wizkid vibe. Do have a swell time listening to these songs and see you at the next installment of the weekend playlist.Photo Credit: Instagram