Contemporary Nigerian artistes have always had club bangers and monstrous hits, but in 2014, they took it up another notch, releasing songs that had their fans bopping and swaying from dance tracks propagating new dance moves such as Sekem and Shoki to songs celebrating love.
ENCOMIUM Weekly takes a look at the songs that rocked the year…
The video of the hit song, Dorobucci featured Mavin’s boss, Don Jazzy, Tiwa Savage
, Dr. Sid, D’Prince, Korede Bello, Di’ja and Reekado Banks. Dorobucci, which shook the music landscape, premiered some months ago and in less than 24 hours, the video had over 10,000 views on YouTube.
The 22 year old pop star, David Adedeji Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, released his hit song, Aye produced by T-Sprize early 2014. The video, directed by the virtuoso, Clarence Peters, features heavy use of traditional costumes. With this song, Davido really made waves in the entertainment industry.
Afro hip hop singer, Esegine Allen, famously known as Orezi cashed in on the popularity of the Shoki dance step by creating a song of the same name. The song, Shoki produced by Popito was widely accepted by Nigerians and till now has not left the lips of his fans.
SKALES, Shake Body
Rapper, singer and songwriter, Raoul John Njeng-Njeng, popularly known as Skales kicked off his new phase with a single, Shake Body
produced by Jay Pizzle. Shake Body is a beautiful dance track which ruled dance floors at clubs and parties throughout the year.
ORITSEFEMI, Double Wahala
Self-professed musical Taliban, Oristsefemi Majemito Ekele, famously known as Oritsefemi, had an unforgettable 2014. His remake of Abami Eda, Fela Kuti’s Double Wahala shot him to the top of the charts and made him grin from ear as he walked to the bank.
Surulere, suru laye yi o…Nigerian music lovers, both young and old sang along with Dr. Sid and Mavin Records boss and beat making guru, Don Jazzy on this track. It’s a song that preaches patience and its rewards as portrayed in the Daniel Ugo shot visuals.
SEYI SHEY, Murda
Sultry singer, Seyi Shey ruled the air waves with Murda featuring singers Patoranking and Shaydee. The hit, produced by the veteran Dokta Frabz, has a catchy beat and rhythmic chorus which made it a deejay’s favourite.
YEMI ALADE, Johnny
Delectable singer, Yemi Eberechi Alade, popularly known as Yemi Alade ruled the airwaves with Johnny produced by Selebobo. The visuals for the hit, shot by the prolific Clarence Peters, featured Nollywood actor, Alexx Ekubo, singer Saeon and comedian Bovi.
MC GALAXY, Sekem
Popular artiste, Innocent Udeme Udofot, known as Mc Galaxy dropped beautiful tune plus viral dance video, Sekem produced by T-Spize. The video featured comedian Basketmouth and 2Face doing their Sekem dance will make you start dancing unconsciously.
PATORANKING, Girlie O
Dancehall artiste, Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie, popularly known as Patoranking released a song called Girle O featuring Tiwa Savage. The video was directed by Moe Musa. The song, Girile O widely accepted by Nigerians especially ladies, has been played in different ceremonies on different occasions.