Despite how challenging 2020 has been, Nigerian artistes have been able to squeeze in so many projects this year. The global pandemic took a better part of the year. COVID-19 has so far claimed 1,155 lives in the country with a recovery rate of 93.9%. The music industry has suffered a glitch. Concerts and shows have been put on hold as the pandemic doesn't allow people to be crowded. Though virtual events, concerts, and performances have been held in a bid to diversify and make earns meet, the earnings can't be compared to that of live events.
Just when everyone thought we were moving away from the economic meltdown caused by the pandemic, the fight against police brutality, injustice and corruption seem to be the topic of the day in Nigeria. This was a major reason Wizkid pushed the release date of his album to October 29th away from the October 15th initially scheduled.
Even with all this drama, many Nigerian artistes have been able to dish out awesome projects this year. Burna Boy, Fireboy DML, Olamide, Tiwa Savage and Patoranking gave us "Twice as Tall", "Apollo", "Carpe Diem", "Celia" and "Three" respectively. DJ Cuppy, Wizkid, Omah Lay, Kizz Daniel and Cheque all released their new albums this year. With less than two months to round up the year, there are still a few albums that could just be dropping this year.
Below is a list of all the albums we believe could be hitting the media space before the year runs out.
1. Tekno - Old Romance
Cartel Music frontline artist, Tekno might just be dropping his highly anticipated debut album "Old Romance" within the next few days. The afropop and dancehall singer and music producer, Tekno announced the name of his debut album on November 18, 2019 via his verified twitter handle. The singer has since then dished out amazing singles that could make it to the album. We can't say for sure when the album is going to be released, but we are hopeful it will be dropped within the next few days.
2. Timaya - Gratitude
Popular Nigerian dancehall singer, Timaya revealed on April 20, 2020, via his Instagram page that his new album will be called "Gratitude". He highlighted the fact that the album was only on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, with the pandemic dying down, Timaya has dished out a new tune tagged "Gra Gra" which we believe is a forerunner to his "Gratitude" album.
3. Peruzzi - "Rum and Boogie"
Davido Music Worldwide songwriting genius, Peruzzi on the 29th of September 2020 revealed his debut album "Rum and Boogie" will be dropping soon. The singer also shared a tracklist of the album which features Tiwa Savage, Phyno, Patoranking, Teni, Davido, Wande Coal, Fireboy DML, and Idowest. For now, we can't verify the release date of this album but we believe it shall be released before the years runs out.
4. Omah Lay - "What Have We Done"
Keyqaad frontline act, Omah Stanley popularly known as Omay Lay is set to dish out his second EP of the year. The "Bad Influence" crooner who recently linked up with American singer, 6lack in "Damn remix" revealed his new extended play tagged "What Have We Done" shall be released on the 20th of November 2020. The singer is yet to confirm the tracklist of the said EP.
5. Davido - "A Better Time"
The last among the list is Davido's "A Better Album". The highly anticipated album is expected to be premiered on the 13th of November 2020 and shall feature artistes like Lil Baby, Nicki Minaj, Mayorkun, and others. So far we are yet to get an official tracklist for the singer, but we are to expect the second single from the album on Monday as announced by the artist on social media.