Music partnership is a path deployed this here more than ever before. Here are the five most featured artists in the Nigerian music scene so far in 2018.
This year has been quite exciting for Nigerian music lovers, with collaborations playing a major role in the number of hit singles that has been released.
When we compiled the 15 biggest songs at the half way point of the year, 6 out of the total songs were collaborations as artists continue to branch out and embrace other genres of sound in ther craft.
The year has seen a number of artists proving to be exceedingly eccentric with their art, while still remaining true to their style.
This list is meant to highlight and celebrate some of the most hardworking and diversely talented artists who have lit up the year working together.
The story of 2018 will be incomplete without the name ‘Duncan Mighty’ taking at least a few pages of the book.
After a fairly quiet couple of years, Duncan Mighty is the industry’s go-to man for a life-changing record. Since his feature on Wizkid’s ‘Fake Love’ in May, Duncan Mighty has registered nothing short of 15 collaborations to his name.
Essential Mentions: Aza with DMW, Lova Lova with Tiwa Savage, ‘Bio Bio’ with Reekado Banks
Short of saying that no one has had a bigger year than Davido. It may not have occured to you that Davido is not regarded as one of the hardest working artists on the scene based on his constant travelling alone, but also the amount of music he readily jumps on.
This year has witnessed some stellar singles from Assurance to Nwa Baby and Aza, but Davido have also featured on a number of overwhelming collaborations both with his members of his DMW family and also internationally.
His appearances across board have been impressive as he has extended his success and clout to other artists.
Essential Mentions: Larry Gaaga in ‘Doe’, Dremo with ‘Kpa’, ‘Way Too Fly’ by A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and ‘Dun Rich’ by Popcaan.
For all the seemingly divided opinion about his music, it’s impossible to deny how much of a stirring year that Wizkid is having.
Both within and abroad, Wizkid is fast becoming an unstoppable force music wise and culturally, as he continues to break boundaries in headline concerts and endorsement deals.
His best work in 2018 can be however found with other artists, either on Soco which featured members of his Starboy imprint in Terri, Ceeza Milli and Spotless or Fake Love alongside Duncan Mighty.
Wizkid has displayed his versatility working with a number of artists and lending his star dust on quite a resounding volume of this year.
Essential Mentions: with MHD in ‘Bella’, Kizz Daniel with ‘For You’, Joanna Remix with Afro B, Skepta in ‘Bad Energy’, Mystro’s ‘Immediately.’
Slimcase and Mr Real
With the ‘Shaku Shaku’ wave in late 2017, came two characters in Slimcase and Mr Real heralded as the ‘leaders’ of the viral dance.
The release of solo anthems‘Oshozondi’ and ‘Legbegbe’ created a tide that could not be washed away, and though the number of songs parading their signature sounds have lessened over the last couple of months, Slimcase and Real totally owned the first half of the year.
Not to be confused, they are both individual artists, but the number of times they have been jointly featured on a song will have you taking them for a group.
Songs like D’banj’s Issa Banger and Mr Eazi’s ‘Overload’ features both acts in their elements.
Essential Mentions: Slimcase – DJ Enimoney’s Codeine Diet, Malowa with DJ Spinall, Mz Kiss ‘Merule’ and Issa Goal Remix
Mr Real: Zoro’s ‘Upandan’, DJ Lambo ‘Kunta Kunte’, Jaywon with ‘Ma Sun’, and Solidstar‘Allow Me’.
For a bunch of Nigerian artists, Kizz Daniel’s decision to leave his former label, G Worldwide, is a blessing as he allows them tap into his brilliance.
Since setting up his own imprint, FlyBoy Inc, Kizz Daniel has had a spectaular run with an impressive number of high profile collaborations that have left many asking why it took this long.
Kizz is doing a lot entirely on his own terms, working with everyone from Wizkid to Omawumi to DJ Spinall, so it is fair to say that his effect on the industry thus far in 2018 cannot be understated.
Essential Mentions: DJ Neptune ‘Wait’, DJ Spinall in ‘Baba’, CDQ with ‘Gbayi’, Harrysong in ‘Selense’, Seyi Shay with ‘Surrender’ and Omawumi’s ‘Me Ke’.