August was a huge month in Nigerian music industry. The likes of Burna Boy, Fireboy DML, Adekunle Gold, DJ Cuppy, Patoranking and Tiwa Savage dished out their body of works. The 2020 global pandemic prevented entertainers from thrilling fans at live performances forcing most of them to record so many songs while on lockdown and releasing mixtapes, albums and extended plays.
In September 2020, Tems came through with "For Broken Tears" EP and Wande Coal with "Realms" EP. These two projects alongside grammy worthy "Twice as Tall" by Burna Boy, reggae-filled "Three" by Patoranking, and amazing performances on "Apollo" and "Celia" albums by Fireboy DML and Tiwa Savage respectively has really spiced up the second half of this year not forgetting "Afro Pop Vol 1" and "Original Copy" by Adekunle Gold and DJ Cuppy respectively.
The music scene would have boring if not for these project. Nigerian fans connect more with songs when they could vibe and dance to them at clubs, concerts, events and parties. The release of this multitude of projects has given the audience vast materials to explore.
While we still celebrate and rock this awesome body of works, here are top five (5) Nigerian album we are expecting in Ocotober 2020.
5. Reekado Banks - "Off the Record" EP
Former Mavin records act, Reekado Banks recently announced selecting five songs off his pre-planned album for an ‘Off the record” EP. According to the singer, “Off the record” EP shall feature, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Mr Eazi, Kida Kudz and EO.
4. Niniola - "Colours and Sound" Album
The next album that should be dropping in October 2020 is Niniola’s sophomore album tagged “Colours and Sound”. Niniola Apata mostly known as Niniola links up with veteran American music producer, Timbaland in what she considers her best project so far. The 13 track album features Nonso Amadi, Sauti Sol, Femi Kuti, Sarz and Busiswa.
3. Peruzzi - "Rum & Boogie (R&B)" Album
DMW and Plug Entertainment recording artist, Peruzzi is finally ready to dish out his debut album tagged “Rum and Boogie”. Peruzzi had so far dropped three extended plays; "Heartwork" (2018), "Huncho Vibes Vol. 1" (2019) and "3" (2020). The multi-talented songwriter hopes to make a solid impression with “Rum and Boogie” which features Davido, Wande Coal, Fireboy DML, Tiwa Savage, Dremo, Idowest and supported with two bonus tracks “Lagbaja” and “Not Me”.
2. Olamide - "Carpe Diem" Album
Olamide Adedeji mostly known as Olamide is back with another album. The YBNL boss after penning down a joint venture deal with Empire music in 2020 is set to dish out his 11th studio project tagged “Carpe Diem”. Olamide had earlier released a 9-track body of work this year titled “999”. “Carpe Diem” is a follow back album to “999” and has guest appearances from Bella Shmurda, Phyno, Peruzzi, Fireboy DML and Omah Lay, Badboytimz. The album is set for release on October 8.
1. Wizkid - "Made in Lagos" Album
Nigeria’s sensational singer, songwriter and performing artist, Wizkid is set to take Afrobeat to a new dimension with his highly anticipated “Made in Lagos” album. The Starboy Entertainment boss and RCA records artist has been talking about this album for over two years now. Weeks ago just after the release of “No Stress”, Wizkid confirmed October 15 as the new release date for MIL.
Other albums that should be dropping in October 2020 include, Simi “Restless” EP, Basket Mouth “Yabasi” which features Phyno, Ice Prince, Show Dem Camp, Ladipoe, BOJ, Flash, Duncan Mighty, Oxlade, Chike, Umu Obiligbo, Ceeza Milli, Flavor, Peruzzi, Bez and The Cavemen.