No doubt 2019 has been an incredible year for Nigerian music, the quality of music has been like no other and internationally appeal has gotten ever so bigger. Afrobeats is in the airwaves in almost every part of the world and it now seems like everyone wants to be associated with it.
While the countless hit singles played a part in this afrobeats revolution, huge praise should be given to the albums that came out in 2019. These albums were groundbreaking in terms of production, composition and storytelling.
Without further ado, here’s our pick for the best 7 albums of 2019
1.African Giant – Burna Boy
Arguably the best African album of 2019, Burna Boy’s fourth studio album, African Giant, deserves every accolade it has received so far, including the Grammy nomination. It is worth knowing that prior to its release, Burna Boy was working on something totally different, and African Giant only came about after his infamous outburst at Coachella organizers regarding the placement of his name in a small font. The album was meant to highlight his status as an African Giant, as well as discuss several societal issues plaguing the African continent. The album featured the likes of Zlatan Ibile, Jorja Smith, Jeremih, Serani, M.anifest, Damian Marley, Angelique Kidjo, Future and YG.
2. Moral Instruction – Falz
Falz’s has in recent times evolved into somewhat of a conscious artists, and Moral Instruction was evidence of this evolution. The album which featured sons like Talk and Hypocrite, addresses societal issues such as corrupt politicians, corruption, police brutality, prostitution, social injustice and internet fraud. The album was also memorable for an eight-minute short film titled “The Curriculum” that highlights all the songs on the album. The album great critical reviews, especially for its message.
3. A Good Time – Davido
The afrobeats-infused album featured great songs like Risky, 1Milli, sweet in the middle, and feature Summer Walker, Naira Marley, Zlatan, Wurld and many others. A Good Time is definitely a memorable album.
4. Enjoy your life – Lady Donli
The album is described on Apple usic as “Funk alt-jazz and soul, made with a splash of cheerul vibes”, and that is exactly what it is and more. If you’re not a fan of the alte vibe, Enjoy your Life debut album might take a little time to grow on you, but when it settles, its definitely going to be on repeat. Brilliant effort from Lady Donli.
5. Omo Charlie Champagne – Simi
Simi is undoubtedly one of the most talented artists in Nigeria and Omo Charlie champagne is another feather on her cap. The album contains brilliant lyrics complemented by her soulful and captivating voice. The album also shows Simi’s evolution as an artist, definitely one of the best of 2019.
6. Lucid – Aṣa
Lucid is Asa’s come back album after a five year hiatus, and as expected, the album delivers on all expectations, taking listeners through tales of heartbreak with her unique voice and lyrics. Lucid is definitely worth the five year wait
7. Huncho Vibes – Peruzzi
Perruzzi has for a while thrilled us with his voice, catchy lyrics and unique style of music, and all these encouraged the huge anticipation for the singer’s debut album. The album more so did not disappoint in any form and it proved Peruzzi as the undisputed vibes machine.