Tag Archives: highlife

Kiss Daniel – Woju (featuring Davido, Tiwa Savage)

20-year-old and upcoming Nigerian artist Daniel Anidupe, better known as Kiss Daniel, has recently recorded a remix of his second hit song Woju. The remix is close to the initial version that was released 6 months ago, but now enriched by solos from non other than Tiwa Savage and Davido. The sticky rumba-like guitar (apparently from Fiokee who also did the lines on Scapegoat from D’Banj) is still very much dominating the rhythm.

It is admirable how often the Nigerian music industry comes to successful collaborations and it is probable that Kiss Daniel is here to stay.

Flavour – Thankful

One of the big names in the naija (Nigerian) music scene, Flavour N’Abania, has recently released his 4th album, Thankful. After establishing his reputation with songs like Nwa Baby (Ashawo Remix) and Adamma, Flavour’s new cd definitely confirms his musical merit.

What is nice about Flavour is that he remains fairly faithful to the (Igbo) highlife genre. This is demonstrated by the first few songs of the album, such as the opening song Keneya (original three-four time), being one of my favorite songs along with the more up-tempo Ife Adigomma and Uru Dia (Shake 2).

Thankful contains different featured artists such as Wande Coal, who joins in the hit song Wake Up, as well as female singer Chidinma who adds a lot of harmony to the balad song Ololufe.

Altogether the album is one of Nigeria’s best releases this year. As with all African releases they can either be found in the music shops on the continent itself or via iTunes.

Daddy Lumba – Awoso

There is a range of legendary artists on the African continent with a big track record behind their names, who just seem to forget promotion of their music. It can be very difficult with those artists to take notice of their new releases. Take Daddy Lumba for instance, Ghana top highlife vocalist with 27 albums to his credit. Some 2 months ago he has released a new album called Awoso. There is one particular song instantly taking me back to the streets of Accra and Kumasi and that I would like to share, Nea Nyame Tumi Ye.

The vocals, guitar and bass seem to be the only parts that are recorded in the studio, but the rest is just as well part of the Lumba vibes easily reaching your ears. This is one to put on repeat for a while (or skip back to 5:34 in the video).