The Nigerian music industry keeps keeping us on our feet every week with hot new releases. From dancehall tunes to songs with slower beats, the latest Afrobeat songs prove that the genre is positioned for long-lasting success. This week we discovered that another American singer has been bitten by the Afrobeat bug as Ashanti released Pretty Little Thing featuring Ivorian singer Afro B.
If the title of the song reminds you of the online retailer, then you are on the right track with your thoughts. A few weeks ago, Ashanti launched a bathing suit collection with online retailer PrettyLittleThing. According to her, “I wanted pieces that felt exotic and global. The Amazon meets the Carribean. I wanted pieces that would empower women… There are unique and exotic pieces for every woman’s shape and size.”
The video of the song literally became her runway as she sampled pieces from her collection. This is a clear case of mixing business with business as Ashanti cleverly marries her singing career with her entrepreneurial fashion adventure while tapping onto the Afrobeat wave currently taking over the world. Good one Ashanti!
Other than PLT, we’ve curated four more hot tunes from music heavyweights like Olamide, Mr Eazi and others.
Here are 5 of the hottest songs to listen to this weekend…
1. Ashanti ft. Afro B – Pretty Little Thing
Although I was disappointed that Afro B was not seen in the video, the reggae/Caribana vibes of this song and having to see Ashanti’s collection for PrettyLittleThing made me forgive her. Afro B wants to be Ashanti’s Django as she promises to be his Pretty Little Thing and follow him wherever he goes. The fact that he sang mostly in pidgin English makes the song all the more appealing and relatable to the African community.
2. Mr Eazi and Simi – Doyin
Mr Eazi and Simi are at it again! They don’t seem to want to take a break at all. This time around, the duo record a love jam straight from the heart titled Doyin. The song explains how both lovers are feeling and how badly they want each other around. I can already see this one popping up on everyone’s “Naija Love Song” playlist.
3. Larry Gaaga ft. Patoranking – In My Head
Gaaga Muzik boss Larry Gaaga features Nigerian dancehall heavyweight Patoranking as they deliver a brand new single titled In My Head. This serves as Larry Gaaga’s third single for the year. This track is Gaaga’s heartfelt dedication to the loved ones he has lost. While this will get you moving to the beats, on a closer listen, you will get all emotional especially if you like most people have lost loved ones. Larry and Patoranking sing about dealing with the pain of being left behind, plagued with endless memories of the good times they shared.
4. DMW ft. Davido, Mayorkun and Dremo – On God
Davido Music Worldwide Crew dishes out another new family collaboration dubbed On God which features the Boss Davido, Dremo and Mayorkun. The song which was produced by serial hit-maker, Rexxie was mixed and mastered by Spyritmyx. On this track, the crew celebrate all their successes this year and are hoping for more while saying to people disturbing them to “dey your dey, I dey my dey: do your own, I do my own.”
5. Olamide – Pawon
One thing that is for sure is that YBNL’s boss Olamide is consistent and this time, he is back with another dance-worthy single. Olamide titles his latest release which is also his fourth single of the year – Pawon. In this party starter track that is sure to bring out your Zanku moves, Olamide is hyping up a love interest and encouraging all the sexy ladies to continue to kill them with their style.
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