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‘Young Preacher’, ‘Mr Money With The Vibe’ — see 10 best albums of 2022

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The year 2022 has been great for the Nigerian music industry — most especially Afrobeats. It witnessed the continued progression and acceptance of the music genre across the world.

The year saw a lot of new and heavyweight artistes churn out albums that met some of the expectations built up for them.

Without further ado, here are the best of the best albums of 2022.

Burna Boy – ‘Love, Damini‘

Released on July 8. 19 songs. 345. 2 million listeners

The album secured a nomination for the 2023 Grammy Awards while ‘Last Last’, a lead single off the project was named the biggest Afrobeats record of 2022 by Rollingstone.

In the widely accepted body of work, Burna Boy addressed a plethora of topical issues including politics, culture, and race. He also blessed his teeming fans with classic sounds that will keep them yearning for “igbo and shayo” for years to come.

Asake – ‘Mr Money With The Vibe‘

Released on September 8. 12 songs. 296. 2 million listeners.

After his well-received EP ‘Ololade’ and a series of bangers by the rave of the moment, came a whole cake with scintillating icing called ‘Mr Money With The Vibe’, his debut album.

Bumpy sound, different but not that it hasn’t been tried by his contemporaries, Asake was just too good with it and he unfailingly mastered the crafty sound.

Songs in the album have shaken dance floors, demolished pretense-built bridges, and caused dramatic legworks to jump out of the most rigid listeners.

With songs like ‘Terminator’, ‘Organise’, ‘Joha’, and ‘Nzaza’, it is safe, echoing many Nigerian voices here, to say ‘MMWTV’ is the biggest album of the year 2022.

Fireboy – ‘Playboy‘

Released on August 5. 14 songs. 209 million listeners

Eclectic with some meaningful lyrics. A facade of disparity was introduced early for someone who was morose about his changed lifestyle in ‘Change’ to suddenly switch to being an ‘Ashawo’.

But microscopically, it appeared that truly, Fireboy’s life had changed from being an insecure ‘Jealous’ lover in his previous album to admitting to his new-found penchant for a sophisticated and complicated love life.

‘Playboy’ can make you dance like the biblical King David.

Omah Lay – ‘Boy Alone‘

Released on July 15. 14 songs. 91.8 million listeners

Emphatic beats and a calm voice. Omah Lay couldn’t avoid speaking about his grass-to-grace story.

However, as a luxury-infatuated Port Harcourt boy, he found space to ‘Bend You’ and yield to ‘Temptation’.

Omah Lay, solid with spitting admirable verses on Afrobeats, admitted his confusion in ‘I’m a Mess’ — a song that accrued too many samples while TikTok was inundated with re-creations.

Wizkid – ‘More Love, Less Ego‘

Released on November 11. 13 songs. 50.6 million listeners

From the pedestal of ‘Made In Lagos’, ‘More Love, Less Ego’, came a bit low. Howbeit, Wizkid fantastically samples Ayra Starr’s voice almost the same way as he did Tems’.

Clubgoers would find fewer problems with the lyrics, however, in ‘Everyday’, the “one-man mopol” came off his high-horse to appraise the lifestyle of ordinary men by admitting: “struggle day”.

The body of work flexed the singer’s artistic wild freedom by brazenly using sexual-inclined words, while notoriously honest with flirtation.

No matter the criticism of the album, it sets an indescribable thirst for Wizkid’s next over-the-moon song or project.

Asa – ‘V’

Released on February 25. 10 songs. 13 million listeners

Starts with desire — just like a waltz dance in an exotic Paris ballroom with a reliable soulmate

Unlike ‘Lucid’, her fourth album, Asa evolved from being a woman-right activist — by dropping that war coat of advocacy. She picked up the silky nightgown to comfort her lover, and probably typical of a cosmopolitan woman, she explicitly let her emotions out.

The feature with Wizkid is justified by bringing the soothing sound that sent ‘Made In Lagos’ high-up to the Grammys. It appeared to be a long-awaited collaboration that the fans didn’t know they need.

Ckay – ‘Sad Romance‘

Released on September 23. 12 songs. 6.2 million listeners

‘Sad Romance’ is sassy, ill-mannered, and specially made for the unhindered liberal youths or the middle-aged with an affinity for orgies and fast gratification.

A cheeky voice amplified by Ayra Starr, coupled with the underlying Jazz sound, dutifully perfects the album for a bedroom playlist even amid romantic disputes.

The body of work champions a forceful reality, dark feelings, and truthful manipulation in a strategic romance.

‘You cheated, I cheated too’ sounds like a brawl between two unfaithful lovers. Howbeit, spoken through the voice of a ‘wicked man’ who met his match.

Blaqbonez – ‘Young Preacher‘

Released on October 28. 13 songs. 4.5 million listeners

Take it literally or figuratively, to be an astute preacher, you have to be committed to due diligence. In the first track of the project, Blaqbonez eagerly revealed why he is qualified to call himself a prophet.

Following the experience of being raised by a single mother, poor background, and philandering with “all kinds of chicks,” the preacher introduced himself with the assurance that he is in control of the pulpit.

For those in doubt of his core rap abilities due to his commercial pursuit, Blaqbonez rapped his heart out on discordant beats in this body of work.

That, however, didn’t stop him from being cheeky.

AQ & Brymo – ‘Ethos’

Released on August 12. 10 songs. 733 thousand listeners

Best described as the rendezvous of two self-aware creatives who recognise their worth in the world of manipulative marketing.

‘Ethos’ also involved the two artistes who have constantly described themselves as the “best rapper and singer” in Nigeria.

Other than the divergent sounds that created the perfect landscape for the themes like love, loss, and subtle criticisms, self-elation and aggrandizement are elements that can be clearly found in the idiosyncratic but forceful voice of Brymo and the ever-skeptical style of AQ in the body of work.

Runtown – ‘Signs‘

Released on December 15. 13 songs. 2.7 million listeners

The artwork sets the tone for the reggae disposition that met some of the expectations built up for the 13-track project.

Sampling Nina Simone’s ‘Sinnerman’, Runtown was able to achieve a mixture of depth and nostalgia. It also set the pace for the serious part of the album.

Extending an invitation to a perfect romance, Runtown rested on the couch of his typical excessive use of rhymes. His collaboration with Mr Hudson in ‘Dangerous Hearts’ helped in attaining a vibrant soulful song in this divergent body of work.

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Yemi Alade reacts to rumors of being pregnant for Togo’s president

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Nigerian singer Yemi Alade has reacted to the growing rumour that she is pregnant for the president of Togo, Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé Eyadéma.

The singer was said to be having an affair with Togo’s president and to be pregnant for him.

The controversy began when gossip vlogger Tosin Silverdam took to his page to share video of a man claiming that Yemi Alade is pregnant with Togo’s president, and the plan is for her to become his sixth wife.

Yemi Alade responded to the rumour by tweeting emojis, including a laughing emoji and a pregnant emoji.

Then she took a shot at rumour mongers. “The ment is different this Jan. If you no like your job,abeg pretend small when you see costumers na. This January people dey really Ment,” she tweeted.

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Rexxie teases ‘Abracadabra’ remix featuring Wizkid

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Nigerian ace music producer Rexxie has teased the upcoming release of the remix of his hit single ‘Abracadabra’ which is set to feature Nigerian megastar Wizkid.

On Wednesday, 25th January 2022, Rexxie took to his Twitter account to tease the remix of his viral single ‘Abracadabra’ featuring megastar Wizkid.

Since its release, ‘Abracadabra’ has enjoyed impressive success with his catchy beat and Naira Marley’s sticky line “Abi kin pe Rexxie” becoming a viral caption on social media.

The single caught the attention of Grammy-winning Afrobeats megastar Wizkid who texted posted the single on his Instagram story and hopped on the trend.

A shoutout from Wizkid excited Rexxie who shared screenshots of his Instagram chat with the megastar.

There’s no release date yet for the remix although Rexxie did indicate that the single is coming soon.

Fans will be eager to see how Wizkid will make his mark on the hit record.

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SEE FULL LIST: Tems makes history with 2023 Oscar nomination

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Tems, the Nigerian music star, has been nominated for the 2023 edition of the Oscars scheduled to hold on March 12.

The singer was nominated for her role in ‘Lift Me Up‘, her collaborative work with Rihanna, in the ‘Best Original Song’ category.

‘Lift Me Up’ was one of the soundtracks on Marvel’s ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’.

Rihanna co-wrote the soulful song with Tems, producer Ludwig Göransson, and director Ryan Coogler.

It is understood that the development makes the ‘Damages’ crooner the first Nigerian artiste to get an Oscar nomination.

‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’, the 2022 comedy-drama, snagged 11 nominations — the highest for the awards.

It was followed by ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’ and ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ with nine nominations apiece.

The 95th edition of the event, also known as the Academy Awards, is scheduled to hold at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.

It will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the ace comedian and talk show host.

Below is the full list of nominees:

Best Picture

“All Quiet on the Western Front,” Malte Grunert, Producer

“Avatar: The Way of Water,” James Cameron and Jon Landau, Producers

“The Banshees of Inisherin,” Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin and Martin McDonagh, Producers

“Elvis,” Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin, Gail Berman, Patrick McCormick and Schuyler Weiss, Producers

“Triangle of Sadness,” Erik Hemmendorff and Philippe Bober, Producers

“Women Talking,” Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Frances McDormand, Producers

Best Director

Martin McDonagh (“The Banshees of Inisherin”)

Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert (“Everything Everywhere All at Once”)

Steven Spielberg (“The Fabelmans”)

Todd Field (“Tár”)

Ruben Östlund (“Triangle of Sadness”)

Best Lead Actor

Austin Butler (“Elvis”)

Colin Farrell (“The Banshees of Inisherin”)

Brendan Fraser (“The Whale”)

Paul Mescal (“Aftersun”)

Bill Nighy (“Living”)

Best Lead Actress

Cate Blanchett (“Tár”)

Ana de Armas (“Blonde”)

Andrea Riseborough (“To Leslie”)

Michelle Williams (“The Fabelmans”)

Michelle Yeoh (“Everything Everywhere All at Once”)

Best Supporting Actor

Brendan Gleeson (“The Banshees of Inisherin”)

Brian Tyree Henry (“Causeway”)

Judd Hirsch (“The Fabelmans”)

Barry Keoghan (“The Banshees of Inisherin”)

Ke Huy Quan (“Everything Everywhere All at Once”)

Best Supporting Actress

Angela Bassett (“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”)

Hong Chau (“The Whale”)

Kerry Condon (“The Banshees of Inisherin”)

Jamie Lee Curtis (“Everything Everywhere All at Once”)

Stephanie Hsu (“Everything Everywhere All at Once”)

Best Adapted Screenplay

“All Quiet on the Western Front,” Screenplay by Edward Berger, Lesley Paterson & Ian Stokell

“Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery,” Written by Rian Johnson

“Living,” Written by Kazuo Ishiguro

“Top Gun: Maverick,” Screenplay by Ehren Kruger and Eric Warren Singer and Christopher McQuarrie; Story by Peter Craig and Justin Marks

“Women Talking,” Screenplay by Sarah Polley

Best Original Screenplay

“The Banshees of Inisherin,” Written by Martin McDonagh

“Everything Everywhere All at Once,” Written by Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert

“The Fabelmans,” Written by Steven Spielberg & Tony Kushner

“Tár,” Written by Todd Field

“Triangle of Sadness,” Written by Ruben Östlund

Best Cinematography

“All Quiet on the Western Front”, James Friend

“Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths,” Darius Khondji

“Elvis,” Mandy Walker

“Empire of Light,” Roger Deakins

“Tár,” Florian Hoffmeister

Best Documentary Feature Film

“All That Breathes,” Shaunak Sen, Aman Mann and Teddy Leifer

“All the Beauty and the Bloodshed,” Laura Poitras, Howard Gertler, John Lyons, Nan Goldin and Yoni Golijov

“Fire of Love,” Sara Dosa, Shane Boris and Ina Fichman

“A House Made of Splinters,” Simon Lereng Wilmont and Monica Hellström

“Navalny,” Daniel Roher, Odessa Rae, Diane Becker, Melanie Miller and Shane Boris

Best Documentary Short Film

“The Elephant Whisperers,” Kartiki Gonsalves and Guneet Monga

“Haulout,” Evgenia Arbugaeva and Maxim Arbugaev

“How Do You Measure a Year?” Jay Rosenblatt

“The Martha Mitchell Effect,” Anne Alvergue and Beth Levison

“Stranger at the Gate,” Joshua Seftel and Conall Jones

Best Film Editing

“The Banshees of Inisherin,” Mikkel E.G. Nielsen

“Elvis,” Matt Villa and Jonathan Redmond

“Everything Everywhere All at Once,” Paul Rogers

“Tár,” Monika Willi

“Top Gun: Maverick,” Eddie Hamilton

Best International Feature Film

“All Quiet on the Western Front” (Germany)

“Argentina, 1985” (Argentina)

“Close” (Belgium)

“EO” (Poland)

“The Quiet Girl” (Ireland)

Best Original Song

“Applause” from “Tell It Like a Woman,” Music and Lyric by Diane Warren

“Hold My Hand” from “Top Gun: Maverick,” Music and Lyric by Lady Gaga and BloodPop

“Lift Me Up” from “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” Music by Tems, Rihanna, Ryan Coogler and Ludwig Goransson; Lyric by Tems and Ryan Coogler

“Naatu Naatu” from “RRR,” Music by M.M. Keeravaani; Lyric by Chandrabose

“This Is a Life” from “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” Music by Ryan Lott, David Byrne and Mitski; Lyric by Ryan Lott and David Byrne

Best Production Design

“All Quiet on the Western Front,” Production Design: Christian M. Goldbeck; Set Decoration: Ernestine Hipper

“Avatar: The Way of Water,” Production Design: Dylan Cole and Ben Procter; Set Decoration: Vanessa Cole

“Babylon,” Production Design: Florencia Martin; Set Decoration: Anthony Carlino

“Elvis,” Production Design: Catherine Martin and Karen Murphy; Set Decoration: Bev Dunn

“The Fabelmans,” Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Karen O’Hara

Best Visual Effects

“All Quiet on the Western Front,” Frank Petzold, Viktor Müller, Markus Frank and Kamil Jafar

“Avatar: The Way of Water,” Joe Letteri, Richard Baneham, Eric Saindon and Daniel Barrett

“The Batman,” Dan Lemmon, Russell Earl, Anders Langlands and Dominic Tuohy

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” Geoffrey Baumann, Craig Hammack, R. Christopher White and Dan Sudick

“Top Gun: Maverick,” Ryan Tudhope, Seth Hill, Bryan Litson and Scott R. Fisher

Best Animated Feature Film

“Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio,” Guillermo del Toro, Mark Gustafson, Gary Ungar and Alex Bulkley

“Marcel the Shell With Shoes On,” Dean Fleischer Camp, Elisabeth Holm, Andrew Goldman, Caroline Kaplan and Paul Mezey

“Puss in Boots: The Last Wish,” Joel Crawford and Mark Swift

“The Sea Beast,” Chris Williams and Jed Schlanger

“Turning Red,” Domee Shi and Lindsey Collins

Best Animated Short Film

“The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse,” Charlie Mackesy and Matthew Freud

“The Flying Sailor,” Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby

“Ice Merchants,” João Gonzalez and Bruno Caetano

“My Year of Dicks,” Sara Gunnarsdóttir and Pamela Ribon

“An Ostrich Told Me the World Is Fake and I Think I Believe It,” Lachlan Pendragon

Best Costume Design

“Babylon,” Mary Zophres

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” Ruth Carter

“Elvis,” Catherine Martin

“Everything Everywhere All at Once,” Shirley Kurata

“Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris,” Jenny Beavan

Best Live Action Short

“An Irish Goodbye,” Tom Berkeley and Ross White

“Ivalu,” Anders Walter and Rebecca Pruzan

“Le Pupille,” Alice Rohrwacher and Alfonso Cuarón

“Night Ride,” Eirik Tveiten and Gaute Lid Larssen

“The Red Suitcase,” Cyrus Neshvad

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

“All Quiet on the Western Front,” Heike Merker and Linda Eisenhamerová

“The Batman,” Naomi Donne, Mike Marino and Mike Fontaine

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” Camille Friend and Joel Harlow

“Elvis,” Mark Coulier, Jason Baird and Aldo Signoretti

“The Whale,” Adrien Morot, Judy Chin and Anne Marie Bradley

Best Original Score

“All Quiet on the Western Front,” Volker Bertelmann

“Babylon,” Justin Hurwitz

“The Banshees of Inisherin,” Carter Burwell

“Everything Everywhere All at Once,” Son Lux

“The Fabelmans,” John Williams

Best Sound

“All Quiet on the Western Front,” Viktor Prášil, Frank Kruse, Markus Stemler, Lars Ginzel and Stefan Korte

“Avatar: The Way of Water,” Julian Howarth, Gwendolyn Yates Whittle, Dick Bernstein, Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers and Michael Hedges

“The Batman,” Stuart Wilson, William Files, Douglas Murray and Andy Nelson

“Elvis,” David Lee, Wayne Pashley, Andy Nelson and Michael Keller

“Top Gun: Maverick,” Mark Weingarten, James H. Mather, Al Nelson, Chris Burdon and Mark Taylor.

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