Best Nigerian Albums of 2020 (Review)
As we wrap up the year 2020 in few days, Amebo9ja brings to you the best Nigerian album of 2020.
This year despite the Covid-19 pandemic which we all believed would have been a great obstacle in the music industry happens to be the year top notch Nigerian talented singers premiered their project Album/Ep back to back and many were a hit songs.
Lets take a look at the List
N.B The List below does not follow a particular order
Lists of Nigerian Albums in 2020
- Made In Lagos by Wizkid
- Twice As Tall by Burna Boy
- Celia by Tiwa Savage
- A Better Time by Davido
- Afro Pop Vol. 1 by Adekunle Gold
- Warriors by 2Baba
- Apollo by Fireboy DML
- Three by Patoranking
- Carpe Diem by Olamide
- Yabasi by Basketmouth
- King Of Love by Kizz Daniel
- Yellow by Brymo
- Jordan by B-red
- Original Copy by DJ Cuppy
- African Time by Krizbeatz
- Starving Artist by Black Magic
- Codename, Vol. 2 by Dremo
- Boo Of The Booless by Chike
- Grace by DJ Spinall
- Signature (Ife Chukwu Kwulu) by umu Obiligbo
- Unexpected by Dr Dolor
- Gratitude by Timaya
- Flavour of Africa by Flavour
- Old Romance by Tekno
- Empress by Yemi Alade
- Colours & Sounds by Niniola
- Zaza Vibes by L.a.x
- Alagbe by Qdot
- What Have We Done by Omah Lay
- Nneka the pretty Serpent by Laary Gaaga
- Born Of God by Ada Ehi
- Chiomalize by Chioma Jesus
- Chrome by Zinoleesky
- Light (Imole) by Mohbad
- AfroSoul (Deluxe) by Wurld
- Satisfied by Mercy Chinwo
Lets take some review on few of them.
1. MADE IN LAGOS BY WIZKID
Most sort out Nigerian singer and songwriter, Wizkid has unleash his much anticipated project Album/Ep which he titled “Made In Lagos” ‘Made In Lagos Album’ is the fourth studio collection by the honor winning singer, and he has been teasing and talking about it since 2018. Featured guests on the 14 track album include Tems, Terri, Damian Marley, H.E.R, Burna Boy, Skepta, Ella Mai, Tay Iwar & Projexx. It has production credits from Blaq Jerzee, Honter, Juls, Kill September, Kofo, Legendury Beatz, P2J, SAINT MINO, Sammy Made It & Sarz. Tracklists Below:-
- DOWNLOAD Wizkid – No Stress Mp3
- Wizkid – Smile ft. H.E.R (Mp3 Download)
- DOWNLOAD Wizkid – Reckless Mp3 Audio
- DOWNLOAD Wizkid ft Burna Boy – Ginger mp3 audio
- DOWNLOAD Wizkid ft Skepta – Longtime Mp3 Audio
- DOWNLOAD Wizkid – Mighty Wine Mp3 Audio
- DOWNLOAD Wizkid ft Damian Marley – blessed Mp3 Audio
- DOWNLOAD Wizkid ft Ella Mai – Piece of me Mp3 Audio
- DOWNLOAD Wizkid – True love Mp3 Audio
- DOWNLOAD Wizkid – Sweet One Mp3 Audio
- DOWNLOAD Wizkid – Essence Mp3 Audio
- DOWNLOAD Wizkid ft Terri – Roma Mp3 Audio
- DOWNLOAD Wizkid – Gyrate Mp3 Audio
- DOWNLOAD Wizkid – Grace Mp3 Audio
2. Twice As Tall by Burna Boy
Award-winning Nigerian Afrobeats star and African Giant Crooner Burna Boy comes through with a just-released 2020 album tagged “Twice as Tall”. The newly released Album project “Twice As Tall” consists of fifteen (15) tracklists The production features authentic contributions from Nigeria’s Spaceship Collective, as well as touches from Mike Dean, Timbaland, etc.. Click the tracklists to download; 1. Burna Boy – Level Up (Twice As Tall) (T. Youssou N’dour) 2. Burna Boy – Alarm Clock 3. Burna Boy – Way Too Big 4. Burna Boy – Bebo 5. Burna Boy – Wonderful 6. Burna Boy – Onyeka (Baby) 7. Burna Boy – Naughty By Nature (Ft. Naughty By Nature) 8. Burna Boy – Comma 9. Burna Boy – No Fit Vex 10. Burna Boy – 23 11. Burna Boy – Time Flies (Ft. Sauti Sol) 12. Burna Boy – Monsters You Made (Ft. Chris Martin) 13. Burna Boy – Wetin Dey Sup 14. Burna Boy – Real Life (Ft. Stormzy) 15. Burna Boy – Bank On It
3. Celia by Tiwa Savage
On this new album, Tiwa Savage disclose the secret behind the title which is said to be her mother’s name. No doubt the album ‘Celia’ was dedicated to her mother. Moreso, the 13 solid tracks which includes already released singles: ‘Attention‘, Dangerous Love‘, ‘Koroba‘ and ‘Temptation‘. Tiwa tells Apple Music. “She embodies everything that this album is. It speaks to a strong, modern African woman. This album is Afrobeats from a very female perspective. It’s an extension of the African woman: she still values her culture and her upbringing, but she’s also well-travelled, so it’s blending those two worlds. I want every woman that listens to this to feel attached and connect to it.” Reflecting on the album, Tiwa walks us through the process and inspiration behind each track. Tiwa Savage who is regarded as the ‘Queen of Afrobeats’ fearlessness in combining various genres has paid off, earning her abundance of award wins and recognitions. Tiwatope Savage was born on 5 February 1980, in Isale Eko, Lagos State, Nigeria. Her family relocated to London when she was 11 years old. While attending secondary school, she was a trombone player for her school’s orchestra band. Savage graduated with a degree in accounting from the University of Kent, and started working at The Royal Bank of Scotland. She did backup vocals for English singer George Michael at the age of 16, and lent vocals to other musicians such as Mary J. Blige, Chaka Khan, Blu Cantrell, Emma Bunton, Kelly Clarkson, Andrea Bocelli and Ms. Dynamite. Savage enrolled at Berklee College of Music and graduated with a degree in professional music in 2007. While reminiscing about her experiences there, she said she was motivated by the drive and passion of the younger students. She also said she needed the school’s atmosphere. In 2006, Savage participated in the UK edition of The X Factor and advanced to the final 24, but ended up being the 12th person to be evicted. While participating, she had difficulty dealing with the limelight. She said, “You have to always realize that people are watching. When I got the bad news that I wasn’t getting through [to the final 12] it was a really painful time. But you still have to learn how to hold that until you get home. Because you don’t want to just let everything out. People admire you and want to see that you’re strong; they don’t want to see you breaking down.” In 2018 she made history by becoming the first female to win the MTV European Award for ‘Best African Act’. She has since earned four Channel O Music Video Awards nominations, five World Music Award nominations, MTV Africa Music, BET & MOBO Award nominations and many more. In 2009, Savage signed a publishing deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing. The deal allowed her to write for Babyface, Kat Deluna, Fantasia, Monica and Mýa. She has received songwriting credits for her contribution to Monica’s soul-tinged ballad “Catch Me”. Her collaboration with Fantasia on the song “Collard Greens & Cornbread” earned the American recording artist a Grammy nomination in 2010. Savage wrote Jaicko’s “Oh Yeah”, featuring Snoop Dogg, and Deluna’s “Push Push”, featuring Akon. She performed background vocals on Whitney Houston’s album I Look to You (2009). Inspired by the growth of the Nigerian music industry, Savage moved back to Nigeria and signed with Mavin Records in 2012. In June 2016, there were reports in the media that Savage had signed a management and publishing deal with Roc Nation. On 29 July 2016, she made it official by announcing the deal through her Instagram account, making her the first Nigerian artist to be signed to the label.
Tracklists: 1. Tiwa Savage – Save My Life [Mp3 Download] 2. Tiwa Savage – Ole Ft. Naira Marley [Mp3 Download] 3. Tiwa Savage – Bombay ft. Stefflon Don & Dice Ailes 4. Tiwa Savage – Park Well ft. Davido [Mp3 Download] 5. Tiwa Savage – Us (Interlude) [Mp3 Download] 6. Tiwa Savage – FWMM (F*CK With My Mind) 7. Tiwa Savage – Pakalamisi ft. Hamzaa 8. Tiwa Savage – Glory [Download Mp3 Here] 9. Tiwa Savage – Temptation ft. Sam Smith 10. Tiwa Savage – Koroba [Mp3 Download] 11. Tiwa Savage – Dangerous Love 12. Tiwa Savage – Celia’s Song [Free Mp3 Download] 13. Music: Tiwa Savage – Attention
4. A Better Time by Davido
Davido’s A Better Time delivered just that. Replete with instant hits and collaborators including international hip hop stars Nicki Minaj, Nas, Young Thug and Hit-Boy, as well as Tiwa Savage (Nigeria), Mayorkun (Nigeria), Sauti Sol (Kenya) and Sho Madjozi (South Africa). The project swiftly made it onto two Billboard charts simultaneously, debuting on the World Album Chart at number four and number 170 on the Billboard 200 Chart. A Better Time has already surpassed 213.2 million streams across major digital platforms a month since it was released. “A Better Time” Consists of 17 tracks and had guest appearances from few and others. Off the Album work,
Tracklist Below:- 1.DOWNLOAD Davido – Fem Mp3 2. DOWNLOAD Davido – Jowo Mp3 Free Audio 3. DOWNLOAD Davido – Something Fishy Mp3 Free Audio 4. Davido ft Nicki Minaj – Holy Ground Mp3 Download 5. DOWNLOAD Davido – Heaven Mp3 Free Audio 6. DOWNLOAD Davido – Very Special Mp3 Free Audio 7. DOWNLOAD Davido Ft Mayorkun – The Best Mp3 Audio 8. DOWNLOAD Davido Ft Chris Brown & Young Thug – Shopping Spree Mp3 Free Audio 9. DOWNLOAD Davido – Sunlight Mp3 Free Audio 10. DOWNLOAD Davido Ft Tiwa Savage – Tanana Mp3 11. DOWNLOAD Davido Ft Mugeez – MEBE Mp3 Free Audio 12. DOWNLOAD Davido Ft C Kay – La La Mp3 Free Audio 13. DOWNLOAD Davido Ft Lil Baby – So Crazy Mp3 Free Audio 14. DOWNLOAD Davido Ft Nas & Hitboy – Birthday Cake Mp3 Free Audio 15. DOWNLOAD Davido ft Mayorkun & Sho Madjozi – I Got A Friend Mp3 Audio 16. DOWNLOAD Davido ft Bella Shmurda – Fade Mp3 Free Audio 17. DOWNLOAD Davido Ft Sauti Sol – On My Way Mp3 Free Audio
5. Afro Pop Vol. 1 by Adekunle Gold
Adekunle Gold delivered a masterclass in Afro Pop Vol. 1, reiterating his sonic flair and baring new dimensions in contemporary African sounds. The Album contains 10-tracks featuring top-notch artists like Patoranking, Tekno and others.
Tracklist1. Adekunle Gold – AG Baby Lyrics Ft. Nailah Blackman 2. Adekunle Gold – Sabina 3. Adekunle Gold – Pretty Girl ft. Patoranking 4. Adekunle Gold – Okay 5. Adekunle Gold – Here for Ya 6. Adekunle Gold – Exclusive ft. Olayinka Ehi 7. Adekunle Gold – Firewood ft. Tekno 8. Adekunle Gold – Something Different 9. Adekunle Gold – Water Carry Me 10. Adekunle Gold – My Ex
6. Warriors by 2Baba
“Warriors” album availed to consolidate his remarkable landmark of 20 years a king in the Nigerian music mainstream.
Moreover, the star studded project, “Warriors” album is complied with 13-tracks which features the like of Wizkid, Burna Boy, Olamide, Tiwa Savage and others.
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7. Apollo by Fireboy DML
YBNL Nation and Empire singer and songwriter, Fireboy DML unleash his much awaited album/Ep titled “Apollo”
The new album/Ep project consists of 17 tracks which includes already released songs such as ELI, Tattoo and New York City Girl.
Fireboy DML features talented rappers D Smoke, Wande Coal and his label boss Olamide with production from Pheelz, P.Prime, iamBeatz andType A.
According to the multi-talented artiste,
“This album is about evolution, growth, love and pain. gratitude to God for blessings”.
He then gave shoutout for the various contribution towards his second album… ‘Gratitude to everyone who worked with me on this album; gratitude to my team (YBNL/Empire), my family and the kings who blessed this project with their presence’.
Adedamola Adefolahan (born 1996/1997), known professionally as Fireboy DML, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. He is signed to YBNL Nation, an independent record label founded by Nigerian rapper Olamide.
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8. Three by Patoranking
For his third album Three, Afropop and dancehall act Patoranking dwells on the themes of kindness, joy, growth, love and happiness. It also finds him whip up a toothsome blend of sonic experimentations – the result is an array of hit songs starting with ‘Abule’.
Patoranking Three Album Tracklist
9. Carpe Diem by Olamide
10. Yabasi by Basketmouth
Nigerian Comedian BasketMouth enters into the music scene to give us a new project Album/Ep he has been working for months dubbed “Yabasi“.
This project contains 10 (Ten) Tracks which features the likes of Duncan Mighty, Ice prince, Oxlade, Show Dem Camp, Waje, Ladipoe, Flash, BOJ, Chike, Zoro, Play, Umu Obiligbo, Ceeza Milli, Flavour, Phyno, Bez, Cavemen, Peruzzi and Ill Bliss.
11. King Of Love by Kizz Daniel
Kizz Daniel took his rightful place as Africa’s King of Love songs. With 17 songs, no features, and love as the theme of his most talked about body of work, Kizz Daniel kept his prolific track record of not releasing any bad song since his debut into the Nigerian music scene.
Check Out The 17 Tracks and Download Links Below;
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- Ada 👉 Download
- Boys Are Bad 👉 Download
- We Wan Comot 👉 Download
- Aii 👉 Download
- Pak ‘N’ Go 👉 Download
- Need Somebody 👉 Download
- Tempted To Steal 👉 Download
- Chek 👉 Download
- Yapa 👉 Download
- Fvck You 👉 Download
- One Day 👉 Download
- Find A Bae 👉 Download
- Padi 👉 Download
- Chana 👉 Download
- Pipa 👉 Download
- Hook 👉 Download
12. Yellow by Brymo
Ace Nigerian singer and songwriter, Brymo who has been away for while now returns from the haitus with a new studio album titled ‘Yellow’.
The album contains 15 songs which were divided into three parts. Listen and download below.
- Brymo & Lindsey Abudei – Abu Ya
- Brymo – A Fèèdú Fan’nà
- Brymo – Òrun n Móoru
- Brymo – Adèdótun
- Brymo – Brain Gain
- Music: Brymo – Rara Rira
- Music: Brymo – Gambu
- Brymo – Black Man, Black Woman
- Music: Brymo – Woman
- Brymo – Without You
- Brymo – Heartbreak Songs Are Better Than English
- Music: Brymo – Ozymandias
- Music: Brymo – Blackmail
- Brymo – Esprit De Corps
- Music: Brymo – Strippers + White Lines
13. Jordan by B-red
The album comprises of17 tracklists and features the iconic Nigerian singer, 2Baba alongside his fellow record label mates, Mayorkun, Peruzzi, Davido, Dremo, Sinarambo, Slimcase, Magic Boi, and also his father, Senator Ademola Adeleke.
14. Original Copy by DJ Cuppy
The title of the album “Original Copy” was picked by her fans (the cupcakes) after creating several polls on social media. The title is a strong oxymoron that portrays Cuppy herself. It accurately depicts the body of work that will showcase Cuppy’s immense talent as a music artiste and her diverse knowledge of great sounds.
On the 21st of August, 2020, Cuppy dropped the highly anticipated 12 track album which features the likes of Efya, Wyclef Jean, Wale, Darkoo, Stonebwoy, Teni, Sir Shina Peters, Nonso Amadi, Julain Marley, Ms Banks, Ycee, and Seyi Shay.
15. Grace by DJ Spinall
Talented popular Nigerian disc Jockey, DJ Spinall premieres a new project Album/Ep titled “Grace Album“
It also has production credits from ith quality production from Ozedikus, Baby Fresh, Kel-P, TMXO, Spellz, Spax, Bam Beat, and DJ Spinall himself.
Krizbeatz – African Time
Nigerian producer, Krizbeatz released his debut album “African Time” which features Diamond Platnumz, Vanessa Mdee, Nandy, Ray Vanny, Mr Eazi, Reekado Banks, Teni, Tekno, Yemi Alade, Samini, Ceeboi, Faze, Timaya, Skales, Phyno, Obesere, Skuki, Falz, and Fuse ODG.
Dremo – Codename, Vol. 2
After the amazing success of “Codename, Vol. 1,” Dremo released “Codename, Vol 2” which houses 12 tracks with features from Davido, Falz, Naira Marley, Sinzu, Peruzzi, Idowest, Lil Frosh, The Flowolf, and Knucklez. The set also boasts production from a host of notable producers including Benjamz, Alpha Ojini, Fresh VDM, Vsix, Zhyno, Mosess, Nackademus and Samfire. Off the project, Dremo served us with the music video for the track ‘Mabel‘ featuring Davido without wasting time.
Chike – Boo Of The Booless
Chike’s debut album came like a thief in the night. Released in the month of love, the critically acclaimed album exposed the singer’s deft, beautiful, imaginative, and brilliant songwriting. It circles around a mother’s love, forgiveness, and peace and on infidelity- the ultimate story of love. The 13 track album is filled with beautiful melodies that make it nearly impossible for any listener to skip any song.
Chike’s album got its production from non-famous names such as Deeyaso, Vtekk, Doron Clinton, Adejames Crack, Blaisemix, Bierdman, and Nevmix. This album received millions of streams upon its release and is one of the best projects released this year.
Umu Obiligbo – Signature (Ife Chukwu Kwulu)
HighLife Music Duo, Umu Obiligbo surprised fans with the release of the album titled “Signature” (Ife Chukwu Kwulu). The houses 10 tracks with guest appearance of A-List acts; Zoro, Victor AD and Bube.
Dr Dolor – Unexpected
Dr Dolor Entertainment boss unveiled his debut album “Unexpected” on the 18th of September,2020. The 14-track album puts Dr Dolor in the driving seat as he fully expresses himself like never before, a desire borne out of his passion for music. The album has guest features from DDE artistes with Teni coming through on “Love“, Hotkid featured on “Special One“, Afin Osha on “Goody Goody,” Nikita and Ryan Omo on “Santorini,” and others.
Writing credits go to Klem, Suppa, and the DDE All Stars while production accolades go to Tayoristar, 4Tunez, Jasynths, Suppa and Magic. Milla Mix did his thing on sound engineering. The “Unexpected” album is definitely another milestone in the very interesting musical journey of Dr Dolor.
Timaya – Gratitude
On the 18th of November, Timaya released his 7th studio album which sees him take center-stage of his rock-solid artistry with no guest features. For Timaya stans, this album brings a heightened level of experience of the goodness that the Bayelsa star’s music has come to be known for through his 15-year career. It features producers like Yung Willis, Orbeat, Ayzed, Spotless, Wireless Mouth, Chillz, Vibe O, BoomBeatz, Krizbeatz, and Chris Strings.
Flavour – Flavour of Africa
On the 4th of December 2020, Flavour released a new body of work, album titled “Flavour Of Africa.” The album is a 15 track music project which features; Fally Ipupa, Tekno, Odumeje, Phyno, Biggie Igba, Beenie Man, Waga G & Larry Gaga. It also has the guest act of Odumeje – The Liquid Metal.
This album comprises of the Afrobeat, R’n’B, Afro-Hi-life, and Afropop sound which got productions from Masterkraft, Selebobo, Spax, Marvio, DJ Tunez, and others. Flavour sings fluently in Igbo switches between Igbo, English, and Yoruba on this beautiful project.
Tekno – Old Romance
Old Romance Album by Tekno has fourteen (14) exclusive tracklist with no featured artiste.
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11. Tekno – Dana
12. Tekno Enjoy
14. Tekno – Mistake
Yemi Alade – Empress
“Empress” is the 5th studio album by songstress Yemi Alade. Released under Effyzzie Music Limited, the album reveals Yemi Alade’s stake as the undisputed Afropop Queen, stamping her mark on the genre while growing her sound. The 15 track set is crafted with rich elements of Afro-pop, highlife, soul, coupe decale, gospel, and dancehall to make the listener move with reckless abandon.
The album houses power collaboration which French music superstars Dadju, Vegedream, and an infectious pop duet with Rudeboy. It features songwriting and production contributions from Vtek Da Awesome, Egarboi, Jimmy Huru, Yung Felix, among others. The project shows off a versatility only she can bring.
Niniola – Colours & Sounds
Nigeria’s Queen of Afro-house released her sophomore album “Colours And Sounds” on the 2nd of October, 2020. The Nigerian singer unites the Continent and the Diaspora on”Colours and Sounds,” incorporating influences from South Africa’s hypnotic Amapiano sound to Jamaican dancehall and vintage Afrobeat.
Producers include music icon Timbaland; Niniola’s long -time collaborator Sarz, and fellow Nigerian beatmakers Kel-P. Features on this album are; Nonso Amadi, Sauti Sol, Busiswa, Timbaland, Afro B, Femi Kuti and Sarz.
L.A.X – Zaza Vibes
The project Album/Ep was released on the 26th of November, 2020, L.A.X released his 2nd album “Zaza Vibes” which features Timiboi, Peruzzi, Omar The DJ, Mr Eazi, Tekno, Simi, and Tiwa Savage. The production credit of this album goes to Clemyz, Legendury Beatz, Spotless, Quebeat, and Blaise Beatz.
Q-Dot – Alagbe
Indigenous Nigerian singer, Qdot release the “Alagbe” album on the 19th of November, 2020. It features Jaywon, Pepenazi, T-Classic, Niniola, Patoranking, Xsmile, 9ice, Alh. Wasiu Alabi Pasuma & Zlatan. This body of work is a total of 16 songs with a Bonus track project (making it a total of 17 tracks ). The Bonus track on the project is his hit song “Jaiye” released earlier this year 2020. “Ah!” and “Kokanmi” are the lead singles that welcomed this highly anticipated album
What Have We Done by Omah Lay
Omah Lay unfold his much anticipated project Album/Ep which he titled “What Have We Done“
What Have We Done Album by Omah Lay is the second project work after his previously unleashed Album named”Get Layd” which is still trending till date.
Lastly, Omah Lay was last heard in his latest, “Damn (remix)” featuring 6LACK
Satisfied by Mercy Chinwo
‘Chinedum’ hitmaker Mercy Chinwo’s sophomore album Satisfied is thick with spiritual hymns and uplifting anthems. The former Nigerian Idols winner is not only renowned for charming lyricism but also a powerful, searing voice. Satisfied was released on EeZee Conceptz Global, and is among the most streamed Nigerian albums for the year. The project also catapulted her to the second most streamed female musician on Boomplay in the sub-Saharan Africa region in 2020.
Born Of God by ADA EHI
Inspirational gospel singer and songwriter, ADA EHI rolls out a new project Album/Ep titled, ‘Born Of God’.
The Album Zip Born of God by Ada Ehi is available for fast download below on Amebo9ja.
The sixteen (16) tracklist album is spirit filled. Enjoy!!
Chrome by Zinoleesky
Zinoleesky is one of the leading Nigerian artiste and a multi-award winner in the Music industry.
He is signed under record label named “Marlian Music” and under his imprint are a lot of talented acts.
Chrome serve as his first studio album this year following up his previous single title Kilofese.
Light (Imole) by Mohbad
Talented artiste and Marlians records sensation Mohbad, unveils his first official debut album/ep which he titled “Light (Imole)” after months of anticipation.
The budding singer and writer came into lime back in 2019, when he was signed alongside Zinoleesky and Cblvck by Marlian bossNaira Marley. Since making his debut singer for the label, Mohbad has grown bigger and bigger, making him one of the most promising singers in the Nigerian music Industry.
Born Ilerioluwa Oladimeji popularly known as Mohbad, is widely known for his Street Pop genre vibes.
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