Trending Nigerian Songs this week
Here is a list of Trending Nigerian Songs this week.
This list is updated weekly
This list of Trending Nigerian songs is updated every week with facts gathered from our site, The Scoove Africa, and stats gathered from streaming platforms like Apple Music, Spotify, Boomplay, Audiomack and YouTube.
Trending Nigerian Songs this week
10) Machala by Caterefe ft Berri Tiga
Machala makes the list of the Trending Nigerian Sons this week again as it remains on the top charts of streaming platforms in Nigeria. The song is also noted for its amazing hook/chorus of “Machala…Machala”
9) Jaiye Foreign Tiwa Savage ft Zinoleesky
Jaiye Foreign is a Trending Nigerian song this week. After tracking its progress since release, Jaiye foreign has managed to remain on the top 5 or top ten of charts on streaming platforms.
8) “Kenkele” BNXN ft Wande Coal
BNXN’s Kenkele joins the list of trending Nigerian songs this week several weeks after its release. The song has been found to be a really cool club listen by Nigerians.
7) “Electricity” Pheelz ft Davido
After his hit track featuring BNXN, Pheelz has released another trending Nigerian song titled Electricity with DMW boss Davido. While electricity is doing well on streaming platforms, it may not hold the position among trending Nigerian songs for long
6) “Bandana” Fireboy DML ft Asake
“Bandana” remains a Trending Nigerian song this week even though it’s been released for over a month now. The song has the right vibe, the right hook, and the right tune. Bandana is here to stay with Nigerians, and for long too.
5) “Bigger” MI Abaga ft Nas, Olamide
“Bigger” joins the list of Trending Nigerian songs this week off MI Abaga’s latest album. The song has been making waves on YouTube and ranking among Top song searches here on The Scoove Africa.
4) “New Born Fela” Bella Shmurda
Bella Shmurda’s New Born Fela was almost not a hit when it was released. Meanwhile, overtime, it gained popularity and has now joined the list of Trending 2022 Nigerian songs this week.
3) “Propeller” Jae5 ft BNXN
Propeller is a Trending Nigerian song this week and it sees BNXN drop gems on this song as he shares his experiences.
2) “Ijo Laba Laba” Crayon
Crayon’s song this year “Ijo Laba Laba” received positive feedback from Nigerians and it is no wonder that it returns as a Trending 2022 Nigerian song. The song is trending because of its Relatability and groovy vibe.
1) “Terminator” Asake
Asake has proved that this is his year. With his debut album coming, Asake has been dropping hits left, right and center without stopping. For the week of August 21, 2022. Terminator is the trending Nigerian song.
Trending Nigerian songs this week
- “Terminator” by Asake
- “Bandana” Fireboy DML ft Asake
- “Jaiye Foreign” Tiwa Savage ft Zinoleesky
- “Electricity” Pheelz ft Davido
- “Ijo Laba Laba” Crayon
- “Ku Lo sa” Oxlade
- “Machala” Carterefe ft Berri Tiga
- “Kenkele” Bnxn ft Wande Coal
- “Bigger” MI Abaga ft Nas, Olamide
- “New Born Fela” Bella Shmurda
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Afrobeats (with the s) is commonly conflated with and referred to as Afrobeat (without the s), however, these are two distinct and different sounds and are not the same.
Afrobeat is a genre that developed in the 1960s and 1970s, taking influences from Fuji music and Highlife, mixed in with American jazz and funk.
Characteristics of Afrobeat include big bands, long instrumental solos, and complex jazzy rhythms.
The name was coined by Nigerian afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti.
This is in contrast to the afrobeats sound, pioneered in the 2000s and 2010s.
While afrobeats takes on influences from Afrobeat, it is a diverse fusion of various different genres such as British house music, hiplife, hip hop, dancehall, soca, Jùjú music, highlife, R&B, Ndombolo, Naija beats, Azonto, and Palm-wine music.
Unlike Afrobeat, which is a clearly defined genre, afrobeats is more of an overarching term for contemporary West African pop music.
The term was created in order to package these various sounds into a more easily accessible label, which were unfamiliar to the UK listeners where the term was first coined.
Another, more subtle contrast between the two sounds, is that while Fela Kuti used his music to discuss and criticise contemporary politics, afrobeats typically avoids such topics, thereby making it less politically charged than afrobeat.
Yeni Kuti, daughter of Fela Kuti, expressed distaste for the name ‘afrobeats’ and instead preferred if people referred to it as “Nigerian Pop”, “Naija Afropop”, or “Nigerian Afropop”.
Music critic Osagie Alonge criticised the pluralisation of ‘afrobeat’.
Sam Onyemelukwe of Trace Nigeria, a television show, however noted that he liked ‘afrobeats’, noting that it acknowledges the foundation set by afrobeat while also recognising that it’s a different and unique sound.
Nigerian artist Burna Boy has stated that he does not want his music referred to as afrobeats.
However, most of these monikers, including afrobeats, have been criticised for using the ‘afro’ prefix, presenting Africa as a monolithic entity, rather than one with diverse cultures and sounds
Fela Kuti and his longtime partner, drummer Tony Allen, are credited for laying the groundwork for what would become afrobeats.
Afrobeat was developed in the late 1960s led by Fela Kuti who, with drummer Tony Allen, experimented with different contemporary music of the time.
Afrobeat is also influenced by Highlife, which began in Ghana in the early 1920s.
During that time, Ghanaian musicians incorporated foreign influences like the foxtrot and calypso with Ghanaian rhythms such as osibisaba (Fante).
Yoruba vocal traditions, rhythm, and instruments are incorporated.
Highlife was associated with the local African aristocracy during the colonial period and was played by numerous bands including the Jazz Kings, Cape Coast Sugar Babies, and Accra Orchestra along the country’s coast.
This was the music Fela Kuti and Tony Allen played and listened to when they were young