By Victor Akuma
The creativity among young lads in the Nigerian music industry is undoubtedly unimaginable.
When musical artists around the world are taking out time to relax their nerves on account of Coronavirus, some Nigerian artists have once more shown resilience even in the face of such pandemic.
Releasing songs for these creative artists is not a question to be answered, rather, it has been the thought of many music lovers, especially R&B and Hip-hop, to know the kind of songs their favourite artists have been able to push through and this is what this feature is all about.
Below are some of the songs by Nigerian artists released since the advent of the pandemic in Nigeria.
Flavour and PC Lapez are assumed to be among the first set of Nigerian artists to release a song about the virus.
In the song titled ‘Kanayo’, Flavour and Lapez admonishes God while beckoning on him in a prayerful tone to intercede in the many tribulations that assail man.
It is not clear if the song was precisely about Coronavirus but nothing less was expected since it was released at a time when the federal government had announced interstate border closure.
The song however, was well crafted in Igbo and danced around the Gospel genre.
The first and probably the most popular in the month of April is ‘We go win (Corona)’ Music video on COVID-19 by Cobhams Asuquo.
The song explains why we should maintain good hygiene and follow all precautionary measures meted out by frontline workers in the fight against the novel virus. He maintains we can only win the pandemic if we keep to instructions.
In the same month of April, Teni & DJ Neptune came forward with ‘Isolate.’
Teni released the Quarantine Playlist EP which sees her playing out different stages of being in quarantine and talking about the strains of being on lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The four-track EP is mostly mid-tempo and includes production from Tempoe, P. Prime and Dëra.
Next on the radar is ‘safe’ by Falz and Don Jazzy.
The duo encourages everyone on the need to stay safe as nothing else but Coronavirus is the enemy. They encouraged all not to lose hope.
Falz further dropped some lines where he highlighted there’s need for people to offer assistance to the needy in the society.
These and many more songs by Nigerian artists where dedicated to the fight against the epidemic and the backdrop it orchestrated in the country’s economy.
However, there still abound, a pool of other singles unrelated to the pandemic, released by Nigerian musicians in the past two months. Among them are:
- DJ Neptune ft Joeboy x Mr Eazi – Nobody
- Falz ft Mzz Banks – Bop Daddy
- Naira Marley – Aye
- Orezi ft Teni – Your Body
- Simi – Duduke
- Tekno – Kata
- Oso ga eme – Phyno
- Oxlade – Away
- Terry Apala ft Niniola – Lock Up
- Rukky Ft Mayorkun – Felo