The song is about Naira Marley's experiences in prison and a jibe at the Nigerian authorities that held him a few months ago for internet fraud. Called the Queen of Afropop her by admirers, Tiwa Savage has been dropping hits that resonate with her fanbase on a constant basis. Burna Boy has had a great year, culminating in his nomination to the Grammy Awards.
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From uptempo romance to feelgood dance, politically spicy rap and crowdpleasing pop, the biggest tracks across Africa last year went big on cross-continental appeal. In May, the year-old was arrested for an alleged advance-fee scam and related cybercrimes after the release of a controversial song about Yahoo Boys a Nigerian phrase for internet fraudsters. Upon his release later that month, he caused a ruckus with the track Soapy, a middle finger to the authorities. Accompanied by a dance mimicking prison masturbation methods, it has elevated the Lagos-born, Peckham-bred rapper to national icon status. His grime flow, lewd lyrics, nimble footwork and unfiltered tweets are expanding that cult following internationally. The latest catchphrase in African pop culture was coined by Ugandan rapper Big Tril, although its roots lie in a sermon where controversial Ugandan clergyman Martin Ssempa — well known for his regular puritanical tirades — laments that his younger compatriots are good-for-nothing hedonists who only know how to party. The video accumulated over 1m views in three months, a symbolic win for the new King of Kampala.
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Earlier in the year we noted a slow start in the Nigerian music industry. The political song delivers a strong message while keeping it light and relatable to his fans. Whether you're at home or in the club, this one's a winner. It's not very common for an animated video or a visualiser for a song by an upcoming act to get a million YouTube views. But that is what Joeboy's visualiser for 'Baby' has done. It has beaten the million views mark by over a half-million views. Mission accomplished. The song has faint disco elements but retains a Nigerian vibe. He has pulled it off again. No marks for guessing what the song is about.
Zlatan 's presence was ubiquitous and powered by the zeal for zanku , a dance which is now de rigueur. They all represent an exciting crop of talents that point the way forward for Nigerian pop. Burna Boy 's new dominance, built around his excellent African Giant album, delivered on his rare talents, while the long wait for Davido 's sophomore album, A Good Time , paid off in satisfying fashion. Simi 's Omo Charlie Champagne Vol. Meanwhile, Yemi Alade exuded female strength with her latest record, Woman of Steel. Mr Eazi also notably launched his emPawa initiative to help fund Africa's promising up-and-coming artists.