The music landscape in this country has received an unlimited supply of music as we approach the end of the year 2022. Before the year comes to an end, every one of our favorite Nigerian artists has released at least one song or body of work or has plans to do so soon.
From Afropop to R&B to Fuji-infused music, dancehall to soca, and even amapiano—a currently overused genre that will be the starboy of all genres in 2022—we have listened to a wide variety of music.
Some of these musicians gave us new music to savor throughout the weekend by releasing it during the course of last week. Some artists released songs as their first single of the year, while others are now on their second, third run or even more. To start your week off well, check out some of District234’s best picks:
Camidoh Ft Magixx – Slow
After releasing Sugarcane, a song that became a hurricane of a success, and a remix of it that featured King Promise, Mayorkun, and Darkoo, Camidoh is back to leave a lasting impression on the Afropop scene with his new track, Slow. He collaborates with Magixx on this song, and their beautiful melody on the amapiano-infused track is what sets it apart. The lyrics of the thrilling song, which is a superb exhibition of both performers’ majestic vocals, are bouncy and infectious.
Spinall, Reekado Banks, Phyno Ft Ntosh Gazi—Top Mama
Top Mama is a wholly amapiano track with Ntosh Gazi providing the song’s authentically South African vibe. With his verse, Reekado Banks adds an attention-grabbing element to the song while deftly rhyming across the beat. Even though Reekado Banks would have been the standout performer and only fit for the song, Phyno’s signature Eastern rap is virtually top notch; special compliments to Reekado for the perfect amapiano rendition of the song.
Johnny Drille—How Are You (My Friend)
How Are You is Johnny Drille’s officially announced debut single for the year. In this song, the R&B singer emphasizes the value and influence of friendship. In contrast to the sound that most of us are used to hearing from Johnny Drille, the production meanders in a different direction. The song further accentuates Johnny’s emotive singing as he sings about friendship.
DJ Voyst Ft Victony—(B.O.A) Based on Analysis
DJ Voyst teams up with Victony, the superstar artist of 2022, in this embedded amapiano tune. As always, Victony outperforms himself in B.O.A as he enjoys his customary savoring voice and sensual singing style, flowing in the record produced by Magicsticks.
Hermez Ft Tim Lyre—Lucid Cruise 2.0
On this song, Tim Lyre’s verse is a masterfully composed composition of eccentric and soulful glee. The song, which has a lot of synths, depicts the yearning for a more exciting living amidst an already luxurious, existential lifestyle. Tim Lyre leads the song’s first half, and then Hermez picks up the second half to further clarify the song’s intentions. Both artists work well together on this tune.
Empire x Kizz Daniel—Cough (Odo)
After the huge success of his breakthrough single, Buga, Kizz Daniel teams up with Empire to release Cough (Odo)in anticipation of an upcoming album featuring Empire signed artists. The artist gives a smooth and catchy rendition on the song and despite the divergent opinions of some online fans who claim that Cough is a copy of Buga; the song is pretty addicting and will inspire a good Tiktok challenge.
T.I Blaze—Lock Up
T.I. Blaze is one of the musicians from the new generation who stands for the street-hop scene and carries the torch for the movement’s potential bright future. Lock Up is one of the back-to-back songs released by the musician, who is currently on a roll. T.I.’s vocal on the recently released, groovy track takes us through his life’s accomplishments.
Dami Oniru—Soft Life
The female singer Dami Oniru emphasizes her love for the soft life in her new track, Soft Life. Dami Oniru is slowly but surely emerging as a force to be reckoned with and shining out of her brother’s lights (Burna Boy). In the soothing groove, she sings, “Money on my mind.” Her voice brings out the song’s necessary virtuosity despite how slow and somber it is.
Bryan The Mensah Ft Medikal—Problem No Dey Finish
Medikal appears on the remix of Problem No Dey Finish by Bryan The Mensah. The song is a reflection of contemporary young adults’ lives. In contrast to the verse of the song itself, Bryan modifies his verse in the remix, which aids in clearly expressing the song’s actual title. A notable component of the song is Medikal’s rap verse, which he delivers in stylish bars while infusing with his trademark humor.
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