As we wrap up the year 2017, we deem it right to review the top 5 music albums released within this period in the Nigerian Music Industry.
Coming in no order, this list is based on the popularity of album work/EP, also on the performance of the singles in the compilation.
SIMI – Simisola
Simi’s debut album, Simisola released under X3M Music is arguably the best album of the year owing to the classic perfected work put into it. The alternative pop singer has carved out her music in a unique way that has become appealing to whole lot of music lovers in Africa and cut across. Featuring only Adekunle Gold in the project, Simi made a remarkable feat with Simisola. Tracks like Owanbe, Gone For Good, Smile For Me, Joromi are top favorites.
Wizkid – Sounds From The Other Side
Wizkid’s SFTOS became the most anticipated album of the year the moment he hinted dropping the body of works. As the title implies, Wizkid after crossing the border to penetrate the international market, decided to work out an album that would be of international standard. Of course, his deal with Sony Music gave him the opportunity he needed. His Starboy Worldwide movement became proclaimed across the shores of Africa.
Come Closer ft. Drake is the heaviest track on the album. Although, it generated some sort of controversy as Drizzy failed to appear in the two videos Wizkid made for the song. At the end, Nigerians and the whole of Africa were glad that the Afro-pop sound is now a global sound. Other popular tracks on the album include African Bad Gyal ft. Chris Brown, Gbese ft. Trey Songz and Naughty Ride ft. Major Lazer.
Niniola – This Is Me
Niniola is one item in the Nigerian music industry that many are currently understudying. The Maradona crooner released her debut album, This Is Me in November. The album unexpectedly turns out to be fire showcasing the singer in different facets of music talent – a soul singer, dancehall queen and alternative performer. Sicker got another wind of dominance in music charts and Hold Me ft. Patoranking is also a vibe. Niniola is a rare breed of musician as she turns out to possess an element of every genre. Her album is a masterpiece that won’t be forgotten in a haste.
Falz – 27
Although, Falz dropped this album when we least expected but its effect is far from ephemeral. 27 was released on 27th October which coincided with his birthday. The 17-track album is a complete work of artistry for Falz who can be regarded as the most successful rapper in 2017. La Fete, Child Of The World, Something Light and few others number among major hip hop hit songs of the year.
Cobhams Asuquo – For You
This should be rated the most vital album of the year owing to the fact that Cobhams never had one to his credit until the release of “For You”. Apparently, the pure gospel album is worth the wait as it comes with classical sounds and soulful songs. Ordinary People, For You, Highly Lifted ft. Aaron Lindsey, No One ft. Nosa among others are awesome tracks that would take over one’s consciousness anything. The soul album must be the best gift of the year from Cobhams
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