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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.

J. Martins featuring Youssou N’Dour

Nigerian singer and producer J. Martins (1977) has recorded a song featuring the legendary Youssou N’Dour (1959) from Senegal. The song is titled Time Is Now, and is a heartfelt call to raise peoples’ consciousness and for a positive change to improve the African continent.

2015.02.01 J Martins & Youssou N'Dour - Time Is Now

The two voices wonderfully join together on a calm beat. Youssou N’Dour sends shivers down the spine in his native language, while J. Martins gives a more urban taste to the song in English. The pace of the music allows you to listen to the song’s message clearly.
The video could be seen as provocative, as it highlights some of the challenges Africa is facing (hunger, disease, corruption and lack of basic health care).

The song by these two internationally acclaimed artists is calling for more of such collaborations between two generations.

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.

P-Square – Taste The Money (Testimony)

A very uplifting hit song has come out of Nigeria from star duo P-Square this week. The tune follows up Personally and also refers to other hits such as E No Easy and Chop My Money. The naija twins deliver a very sticky song that will hit all over Africa and beyond.

The song is free for download and likely to be housed on their forthcoming studio album: one to look forward to. Them a killing the beat and giving them hit!