Nigerian music remained powerful despite everything that happened in 2020. As the pandemic spread earlier this year, established stars like Niniola, Burna Kid and Rema were already releasing singles. Many had adjusted to the odd year by mid-2020, and albums like Tiwa Savage’s Celia, Fireboy DML’s Apollo, and Burna’s Twice As Tall began to emerge.
The trend of high profile collaborations between Nigerian and North American / European stars continued this year, with Tiwa Savage collaborating with Sam Smith and Mr. Eazi collaborating with Nicki Minaj and Major Lazer among others. The #EndSARS protests against police brutality and corrupt governance in Nigeria crippled the country’s music industry in October.
Despite the outbreak, lockdowns and participation in national protests, a slew of major Nigerian acts released albums by the end of 2020, with Wizkid’s Made In Lagos, Davido’s A Better Time, Carpe Diem of Olamide, and others among them.
Below is a list of mixes you should have on your playlist:
Romantic Love Songs Vol. 5 ft. Rema, Ajebutter22, Simi, Yemi
Omah lay, Patoranking, Kcee, Timaya, Reminisce, Fireboy DML #mdundomix
Afro Beat: Joeboy, Simi, Patoranking, Lexsil, Otile Brown, Reminisce