In our first roundup of Afrobeats to punch up your summer playlist, we focused mostly on acts from Ghana. This time we’re featuring some artists from Nigeria. Lately, I’ve been finding a lot of this material by immersing my ears in sources like TooExclusive’s MixTapes from All Over Africa. But this time, I ran across two of these three acts in a much more roundabout way. You see, I live directly above a liquor store. One of the side effects of living above a liquor store is that at least once an evening, a boomcar is going to pull up, and the driver will leave their jams playing for the entire duration of their visit to the store. This has had a few interesting side effects. One is that I’ve been developing an EMP device that disables car stereo systems from up to fifty feet away. I have a lot more research to do, but soon after I file the patent and start production, I suspect I’ll be quite wealthy. Another recent side effect was more positive. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t ALWAYS hate the music being played, and in this recent instance, I actually really liked it! Thank God for Shazam, or I would had to walk down to the store in my jammies and bedhead, and ask the driver what they were listening to. The two tunes I was digging were Hookah by Danagog and Feeling The Nigga by D’banj. These were a great start; soon I was YouTubing my way down a river of new Nigerian jams. Clips further below.
Hot Tip: Listen, Don’t Look
I have to be honest, if my first exposure to these tunes was watching the videos, I suspect I’d like them about 30% less. They’re almost all full of cliched “smoove dudes” and chicks with big booties shaking them in slow-mo. But the grooves themselves are awesome, and they will in fact probably make you shake your big booty.