In spite of the raging COVID-19 pandemic that affected the Nigerian entertainment industry as a whole, some Nigerian artistes still recorded critically acclaimed albums that showed their commitment to good music, vocal dexterity and much more.
TheNewsGuru takes a look at the top 7albums of 2020
1.Burna Boy-Twice As Tall
Burna Boy’s ‘Twice as tall’ released in August 2020 further cements his place as a premium African entertainer. The album features Sauti Sol, Youssou N’Dour and others. Bose Ogulu(Burna Boy’s mother and manager) and P Diddy serve as the album’s executive producers. The Fader ranked it as one of the top 50 best albums of the year 2020.
2. Davido- A Better Time
Nigerian pop star, Davido released his fourth album ‘A Better Time’ in November 2020. The album contains songs like ‘Fem’ ,’Jowo’, ‘Holy Ground’ and others. He also enlists Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Young Thug and others on the album. The Afro-pop album is one of the most streamed body of works in Nigeria at the moment.
Rapper and music entrepreneur, Olamide has not only been instrumental to the success of the likes of Adekunle Gold, FireBoyDML and others, he has continued to up the ante as a celebrated pop star. Carpe Diem is his eleventh album with songs like “Loading ft Bad Boy Timz”, “Infinity ft Omah Lay” and others. The artiste further explores his versatility and originality on the album.
4.Wizkid –Made In Lagos
Wizkid’s ‘Made in Lagos’ is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated albums of 2020. The album has been adjudged one of the most streamed bodies of works on major streaming platforms. He enlists Darmian Marley, Skepta, Tems and others on the melodious work of art.It generally got positive reviews from his numerous fans and music pundits.
- Fireboy DML-Apollo
When you think of an artiste who has grown in terms of talent, creativity and songwriting, look in the direction of Fireboy. With songs like ‘Champion’, ‘Airplane mode’ and others, ‘Apollo’ is an album you will fall in love with at first listen. The album comprises of 17 songs and collaborations with Olamide, Wande Coal and D Smoke
- Chike-‘Boo of the booless’
Chike’s ‘Boo of the booless’ will take the front seat when incredible debut albums are being mentioned. .Blessed with a soft sonorous voice, the record comprises 15 tracks with collaborations from M.I, Zoro and Ric Hassani .The album has garnered remarkable rave reviews and one of the most streamed bodies of works in 2020. Armed with songs like ‘Beautiful People’, ‘Out of love’ and Running’, ‘Boo of the booless’ is one of the irresistible musical delicacies of 2020.
- Mercy Chinwo-Satisfied
Popular Nigerian gospel artiste, Mercy Chinwo has one of the most popular albums of 2020.The winner of Nigerian Idol in 2012 delivers an album that would calm frayed nerves with songs like ‘Obinasom’, Onememma’ and ‘Na you dey reign’.’Satisfied’ explores Chinwo’s amazing vocal strength, creativity and passion for her craft.