Despite the raging coronavirus which shuttled into the year from 2020, the Nigerian music scene remained strong as artists blessed us with amazing new music.
Towards the beginning of the year saw several breakout stars providing a fresh take on Nigeria’s famous Afrobeats genre. Artists like Odunsi and Ladipoe are putting a new spin on Nigerian music and breaking barriers for incoming artists. By mid-2021 many had adapted to beats from young stars like Ckay, Fireboy DML Peru and so on.
From Afrobeats to R&B, Nigerian artists have been hard at work this year helping bring the world together, getting us all singing and dancing throughout 2021.
Here are five Nigerian songs that went viral in 2021
Essence Remix, Wizkid Ft Tems
Essence, the collaboration song between Wizkid and Tems, has hit the platinum mark in the United States, just a year after its release last October. It was the first afrobeat song to reach that level, in such a short time.
Love Nwantiti”, CKay
Ckay’s hit tune was the number one song in the world on Shazzam’s global charts in September. Originally released in 2019, “Love Nwantiti” went viral on TikTok this year and has now gained more than 5 billion views on the platform.
“Somebody’s Son” by Tiwa Savage
Despite being caught in the scandal web, Tiwatope Savage, the vibe queen dedicates this special song to all the ladies in the house in search of love and happiness.
Bloody Samaritan” by Ayra Starr
Mavin’s superstar, Ayra Starr, whose real name is Oyinkansola Sarah Aderibigbe has displayed pure versatility by dropping a mind-blowing song off her 19 And Dangerous debut album.
“Peru” by Fireboy
YBNL signee, Fireboy DML took the world by storm with his Shizzi-produced track, ‘Peru’. The singer, whose real name is Adedamola Adefolahan dishes out this hit track nearly a year after his successful sophomore album, ‘Apollo’ in August 2020.