Five yet-to-be released Nigeria music albums to look forward to

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A look at the must buy about to be released musical works.

The year 2013 has been a busy year in the Nigerian music industry, with some popular artistes releasing their highly anticipated studio albums and getting rave reviews home and abroad.

Albums like Tiwa Savage’s Once upon a time; Waje’s W.A.J.E; and Burna Boy’s LIFE were reportedly well-received. However, there are still some highly anticipated albums to look forward to before the end of 2013.

They include Olamide’s Baddest Guy Ever Liveth, Reminisce’s Alaga Ibile, Ice Prince’s Fire of Zamani, Wande Coal’s untitled second studio album, and Wizkid’s also untitled second studio album.

PREMIUM TIMES‘ sought the opinion of Entertainment lawyer and founder of Citrus Music Live, Akinyemi Ayinoluwa, on what to expect from these albums.

“These five albums will no doubt usher in a new exodus in Nigeria’s budding music landscape as some of the albums will be laced with local and international collaborations. The amount of creativity exerted will pay off in the end. Only the quantum is what we await,” Ayinoluwa says.

Wande Coal’s untitled album

Wande Coal started the trend of the all-hit pop album with his first album, Mushin to Mo’Hits.

After a three-year hiatus, W Ceezy, finally, returned with The Kick and Rotate, both produced by Don Jazzy. With his other two singles, My Way and Kilaju, produced by Maleek Berry, he proved that he could create the chemistry he has with Don Jazzy with other producers.

The still-untitled album’s release date has been pushed back twice this year.

AA: Wande Coal will be seeking to regain the throne he once commanded, as Nigeria’s pop king. He is vocally spectacular and a melody impresario. With the right channeling of production skills, he will seek to regain the spotlight from the Wizkids, Davidos and Kcees. Anticipate more party anthems from Mr. W.Ceezy.

Reminisce’s Alaga Ibile

Yoruba language rapper, Reminisce, had a fair outing with his debut album, reportedly selling over four hundred thousand copies. Since the release of the album, Reminisce has truly moved to greater things like he said in his hit single, Kako Bi Chicken.

Earlier this year, he released Too Much (remix) featuring Sinzu and Iceprince, and Ijoba featuring Olamide and Endia.

His ability to deliver both in English and Yoruba, his word play, and use of street slangs makes him a fan favourite.

With tracks produced by aces like Sarz and Sosick, Alaga Ibile, which is billed for November 2013, is setting up to be a must get.

AA: Reminisce has informed his audience that he would be stepping aside from delivering the hardcore rap lines he is known for. He has resolved to pursue a more commercial line by churning out a Fuji oriented album. This is an unfamiliar terrain, but with his high profile, he is ready to risk it.

Olamide’s Baddest Guy Ever Liveth

Olamide is another Yoruba language rapper who is having a good year. Since parting ways with producer, I.D Cabasa’s Coded Tunes, and his then manager, Toni Payne, Olamide has moved from the average Nigerian artiste to becoming not only a fan favorite, but also a close associate of one of Nigeria’s biggest pop stars, D’banj (the two once shared a manager, Tony Nwakolo).

Olamide’s previous albums, Rapsodi and YBNL, were successful, going by a reported huge acceptance especially in south west Nigeria.

The singles Durosoke, Turn Up, and Baddest Guy Ever Liveth, which all received massive airplay on radio and TV, already tell us what to expect from the rapper’s third album and second one this year.

AA: Olamide has perfected the act of dropping party anthems draped in his mother tongue.

He has recorded a huge success in the past two years. He already has a formula for well balanced hits, mixing hardcore rap and comic lines that resonates with women and young music lovers.

The campuses in the south west show him love, Twitter too.

Wizkid’s untitled album

Golden boy, Ayo ‘Wizkid’ Balogun, earlier in the year walked away from the BankyW led EME label to set up his StarBoy imprint; but after talks, he returned to EME.

Take away the controversy, Wizkid’s year has been a decent one, with the release of several singles including the hit, Jaiye Jaiye, featuring Femi Kuti.

His in-house (Star Boy) producers, Maleek Berry and Legendury Beats, coupled with Wizkid’s ability to deliver lyrics in freestyle, and then the almost certain international collaboration- are a few of the things to look forward to on this album.

AA: Wizkid has churned out the most hit songs in Nigeria in the last three years. His repertoire is incomparable. He has enough songs for an unbroken one hour set and his songs consistently make the top three of any chart at the time of release. Undeniably, he is the face of the new school, the new afrobeats movement.

Iceprince’s Fire Of Zamani (FOZ)

Chocolate City and multiple award winning rapper, Iceprince, must thank his stars for a good year so far- a BET award, concert after concert, a N30 million push automobile and international collaborations. Iceprince has dusted off all the criticism from his last album to become the toast of African music lovers.

Iceprince’s loyalty to Chocolate City will ensure that FOZ gets all the needed support in terms of promotion. We also anticipate more international collaborations.

AA: Iceprince has had a good year, cavorting the length and breadth of the world spreading his gospel. He has received heavy knocks for being too linear and repetitive, for weak lines and pointless metaphors.

While he clearly chases the path to delivering hit songs, there is a need to keep the initial authenticity that won him fans. He needs to find a balance in between putting out solid content and commercial viability.

FOZ would definitely be tailored towards club friendly tunes, as every fiber of his posturing betrays presently.