2018 has been a good year for collaborations, not just with singles which is not something we often see in the Nigerian music industry.
A number of records that enjoyed mainstream appeal this year relied on the power and the combined gift of two or more artists to make it a success.
From power collaborations to the unexpected union between artists of different sub-genres, this is the year that has seen the likes of Duncan Mighty,Slimcase and Peruzzi attain major success off the back of their featured verses on collaborations.
Here are our top 10 Nigerian music collaborations of 2018;
10. DMW – ‘Mind’
This was another powerful collaboration from the DMW family featuring Davido, Peruzzi, Mayorkun and Dremo.
This is the song that introduced Peruzzi as a member of the family and became the soundtrack upon which the label built its successes this year. It was a killer track.
9. Kizz Daniel – ‘One Ticket’ ft Davido
Released in the latter stages of the year as the final single of his sophomore album “No Bad Songz”. The song became an instant hit and the colourful visuals helped in enhancing its appeal and acceptance.
On the record, the pair displays a brilliant chemistry with their vocals and delivery to render one of the most catchy pop anthems this year.
8. Tiwa Savage – ‘Lova Lova’ ft Duncan Mighty
As the Duncan Mighty wave continued to sweep through the industry, another artist that tapped into the trend is the diva, Tiwa Savage.
Together, they teamed up to record the smash single, ‘Lova Lova’, one that Tiwa describes as the biggest song in the career thus far.
7. Olamide – ‘Kana’ ft Wizkid
YBNL boss, Olamide enlists Wizkid yet again and they were able to recreate their magic to deliver this cult street anthem.
Sadly, Wizkid’s absence in the video and the overall below par visuals reduced this song from becoming bigger than it is.
6. Mayorkun – ‘Bobo’ ft Davido
DMW was set like a house on fire in 2018, and Mayorkun was one of those names who lit its match.
The singer who released his debut album, ‘’Mayor of Lagos’’ later in the year kicked things off with ‘Bobo’ and the record highlighted his progress as a hit-maker.
From his well-laid vocals to the infectious melody and Davido’s lyrical killer verse, ‘Bobo’ won its way quickly into the hearts of music lovers making this one of the biggest records this year.
5. Naira Marley – ‘Issa Goal’ ft Olamide and Lil Kesh
And as the football event drew near, so also did the status and appeal of the song spread as a nationwide hit.
‘Issa Goal’ is a football inspired dance record unified around its melody, catchy lyrics and fast-paced beat that sees street kings Olamide and Lil Kesh score one of their most memorable moments this year.
4. DJ Enimoney – ‘Diet’ featuring Slimcase, Reminisce and Tiwa Savage
A very controversial record that enjoyed commercial success for varied reasons but most importantly because of the contributions of the different talents brought on board.
From the actual name of the song ‘Codeine diet‘ to Reminisce’s verse to Tiwa’s exciting lyrics and Slimcase’s smokey voiced contribution, ‘Diet’ immediately became a definitive street anthem even if the content in its lyrics did not resonate with many.
3. Wizkid – ‘Fake Love’ feat Duncan Mighty
If there is one thing Wizkid did to full effect in 2018, that is carefully choosing his collaborators and utilizing their contributions to maximum effect.
On ‘Fake Love’, he combines with the veteran singer, Duncan Mighty to create a powerful record that not only redefined the second half of the year in terms of the trending sound, but arguably also brought life back into the career of the Port Harcourt first son, who went on from that song to become the most featured artist this year.
2. 2baba – ‘Amaka’ featuring Peruzzi
2baba showed the reason why he is Nigeria’s most valued legend once again, as he showed his consistency by dominating the charts with his massive collaboration with DMW’s Peruzzi on the very catchy single, ‘Amaka.’
For Peruzzi, this was another well seized upon moment to further bring light to his brilliance as they formed a perfect blend of the old and the new as he did a perfect job on his verse to seal a well-done job.
1. Wizkid x Spotless x Terri x Ceeza – ‘Soco’
The Starboy all-star introductory single ‘Soco’ is unarguably one of the most played songs for 2018.
Outside giving Wizkid a local hit, ‘Soco’ launched the career of the likes of Terri and reintroduced that of Ceeza. Both have since gone on to release impressive singles this year.
While Wizkid carries the hook, the individual talents bring their sounds to bear on the respective verses as they delivered 2018’s biggest dance anthem.
Honorable mention: Chinko Ekun – ‘Able God’ ft Lil Kesh and Zlatan