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TOP 5 MALE/FEMALE COLLABORATIONS

The Nigerian music industry is an expeditiously growing one.

Some days ago I was involved in a conversation with someone who was of the strong opinion that Nigerian music can very well stand the international music industry.

With the variety of songs coming out of this industry. I cannot argue.

I’ve initially spoken about the Nigerian music industry and it perks but this is basically going to focus on my top 5 Male/Female artist collaborations so far this year.

5. I dey – Teni and Boomboxx

What really captivated me about this video was the NYSC opening scene. If you went to camp and you’re a girl you are most likely going to have a bit of nostalgia watching this.

Because it sure brought back a lot of memories.

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The video vixen is so beautiful. Boomboxx did a great job

And yes Teni’s shades were very very awesome. She delivered on the singing “As usual”.

The end was good. But If I had the option to direct the video it would probably not end like that.

The gateman cracked me up too.

Download link

 

4. 2 Baba Ft. Waje – Frenemies

This song truly made a lot of sense especially the chorus

But again what do you expect when two musical giants/Ex judges of TheVoice Nigeria decide to make a song.

The chorus

“Oh Lord Save Me From Frenemies

Make Nothing Come Dey Join Our Destiny

Make Nothing Make Me Deal With Their Fallacies

For My House Oh Or Even If Na Overseas

Oh Lord, Give Me Bazooka

Make I Bomb Them Scatter Them From Area

The Fire Wey Go Follow Them, Na Holy Ghost Fire

My Brother, No Be Small Matter”

Has to be my favorite part.

The video was different.

 

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Video quality did not have the “Wow! Great!!”  effect on me but it is very ok. I still enjoyed it.

The link to the video is right here

3. No one else (Remix) – Idahams & Teni

I  can totally relate to this video because my friends are as annoying as Idahams friends. Always picking on me arghhh…

The shoot on the bus was great too

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All around it’s a beautiful video

Watch and download here

2. One more Night – Mr. P and Niniola

Okay!!!!

So I heard the song before seeing the video.  I absolutely loved it and anticipated the video.

I thought to myself. A blend of MR P that can dance and Niniola that can dance too would be perfect… And yes they delivered. 

 

The beginning had me rolling. So I had initially seen the video of Don Flex and Mr P doing the dance off on Instagram and it seemed like they had taken off their shorts but alas they still had it on. It was just so nice that they incorporated this into the music video. From the second scene where the lady took off her undies and tossed it to Mr p on his right-hand side. He passed it onto the guy at the back who sniffed and I’m not sure why he passed out but he did.  It really had me howling.

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The video had some oldies new age blend I could not really tell if it was an 80’s setting or 90’s maybe because of how good the cinematography was.

MR P did his thing with the dancers

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However, I’d have loved to see Niniola dance more.

The last scenes where she did dance alongside MR P…..priceless. I’d have loved to see more but this was sufficient.

I’ve done enough talking watch the video yourself.

 

1. Jericho – Simi, and Patoranking

The blend of the sweet voice of Simi and Patoranking’s reggae Jamaican vibe makes this song a Jam.

I mean a mega JAM!

And I dare say that it is here to stay for a long while. The music video does more justice to the song. It is so Colorful and even though I am not a fan of so many colors I still found the video beautiful and the vibe from the video was just HAPPY! HAPPY!! HAPPY!!!. The kids doing the dance during the woyyo yo part was just all too cute.

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And what was even cutest was seeing Simi dance and roll her waist the way she did.

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Simi’s voice om this song is beautiful as usual and I don’t think anyone would have done greater justice to that song as a featuring artist the way Patoranking did.

This is what you get when you put two uniquely different talents in a room.

A Whole mega jam.

And permit me to say my gbe body eh is at par with Simi’s own at the end. So thank you. That’s how stars do.

 Download the awesome video here.

Is there anyone I’m missing out? Probably one you think I should check out.

Drop the songs in the comment below

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Focus: Nigerian Music

If you love quality music with rich lyrics, if you enjoy love songs and you have not already heard about this unique voice, then this post is for you. 
It was the night of a working day in 2016 during my 3 months internship but there was an ongoing strike in the city of Ibadan. I lay on my bed unable to sleep because of the massive infestation of mosquitoes in Mariam Hostel, U.I Road Ibadan, Nigeria. What else can a currently jobless girl do but to surf the net? I searched for new songs, and I have a particular taste in music so I was very intentional with my search and viola I saw this song I tried to click for download but it led me to a YouTube video. Welcome with a beautiful girl wearing an African print and rich yellow background and the sound “oooh, ooh lelele. I could not but watch the video of “double double” more than once. I almost danced off my bed actually, and I searched for other songs. The next song I downloaded was  “love me jeje”. You still don’t know who I’m speaking about. Hold on. You would in a bit. 
So my desire for this unique sound pushed me to download the music that changed a lot of things about my view of Nigerian music as being cliché. The song was “Gentleman. I had this song on “repeat, repeat. I naturally get tired of songs after about 2 months but this is the second year and this song is still on “repeatrepeat” on my phone, laptop and tab. 
YesI’m talking about none other than…
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Yes, he is so fine.
And I just wanted to find out more about this wonderful artist. It was a crush, and it is still a crush.
Eric Ahiauzu popularly known as Ric Hassani is an African-Pop singer and songwriter. I was genuinely impressed and happy to find out he was born on 6th January 1989, considering the fact that I was born on January 8th too (yay Capricorns we are) and what’s more? He is also the last child of his family. I mean come on. That’s too much coincidence.

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The Capricorn man who was born in the big city of Port Harcourt, Rivers State started singing at a very early age of seven as he sang in the classical church choir. However as surprising as this might seem to a lot of people who have heard Ric’s voice,  He started off his musical career with Rap.
Ric, who is a graduate of Covenant University proceeded to further his studies in England with a Masters in Energy Economics.

 

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His actual musical career started in 2013 with the first attempts at playing piano and singing. He was inspired to pick the nickname Hassani from TV series Fresh Prince and Ric was definitely from his name Eric. The singer says his music is influenced by musicians like Sam Smith, Craig David, Chris Brown and his favorite band is Boyz II Men and Ric has his own record label Riverland Records. 
Ric Hassani is known for his single “Gentleman and his debut album “The African Gentleman“. The album turned out to be very successful. 
Ric Hassani’s voice is not the only thing that distinguishes him but his fashion sense and style deserves an A++. 
His use of rich African prints with a blend of contemporary outfits makes him stand out from every other artist as he looks like a top model with a 6 figure pay check. This was evident in the video for the song “Gentleman” where he was dressed as a stylish African gentleman in western-style clothing with national African prints.

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Ric, who says that his fashion style was inspired by Triple MG co-founder, Ubi Franklin is reportedly working on his own clothing brand which would definitely be a hit considering the fact that the founder is a real trend setter. 
He was nominated for Best Alternative Song and Best Vocal Performance in the 2016 Headies: both for his 2015 single, ‘Gentleman. (I have ear for good music, I know.)

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Ric Hassani was also nominated for three AFRIMMA Awards in the following categories: Best R&B/Soul Artist, Video of the Year, and Most Promising Artiste.
Ric Hassani song reaches the soul and is laden with quality lyrics. Someone described his song as “Having a repeating beat and minimal baseline, adorned with masterful acoustics. He pours his heart out through his lyrics with the theme of his songs being love. He is considered one of the most eligible bachelors in Nigeria and has done well to avoid any form of scandals. (Ladies……..)

God bless the night and those mosquitoes that propelled me to discover this Talent. 2 years on and I have zero regrets.
What more is there to say but to tell you but to drop the titles of the top five Ric Hassani songs you should download. (N.B This list is my top 5. I found it hard choosing but i just had to)
And here they are:
5. SING.
4. I LOVE YOU.
3. BELIEVE.
2. ONLY YOU
And definitely;
1. GENTLEMAN

 

You don’t have any of his songs?  What are you  waiting for, you can download them here.

Ric Hassani’s Songs