Veteran Nigerian actor, James Ikechukwu popularly known as Jim Iyke has welcomed a baby boy.
Popularly known for playing “lover boy” roles, the actor took to Instagram to announce the arrival of his son.
Im ultra private with my family. But this is the rarest of moments. Back to 2 hrs sleep nightly. Back to cat naps with my sub conscious peaked for the slightest movement. Back to groggy mornings and big unknowing smiles.
Welcome home King.
I cant find the right words now. Every being in me is pulsating with raw primordial energy.
A Lion beget a Lion.
Welcome to my Pride, dear son.
Thank you for choosing me to be your Papa.
Thank you lord for yet another blessing this year. I dont know what I’m doing right to deserve it all.
It takes a man to bring a child home. It takes a community to raise him.
My people please welcome my king.
Welcome home JJ.
Let’s have the fun of our lives! 💪🙌
HAPPY EASTER EVERYBODY!
He wrote: “I’m ultra-private with my family but this is the rarest of moments.
“Back to 2hours sleep nightly. Back to cat naps with my subconscious peaked for the slightest movement. Back to groggy mornings and big unknowing smiles.
“Welcome home king. I can’t find the right words now. Every being in me is pulsating with raw primordial energy.
“A lion beget a lion, welcome to my pride dear son.
He went on to thank God for yet another blessing added to his life.
“I don’t know what I’m doing right to deserve it all. It takes a man to bring a child home, it takes a community to raise him,” he wrote.
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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Iyke has appeared in over 150 films including ‘Last Flight to Abuja’ which he featured in alongside Omotola Jalade.
The award-winning actor runs a charity foundation, Jim Iyke foundation, for children living with special disabilities.
The 42-year-old who started his acting career in 2001 is one of the highest paid actors in Nollywood.
Gidi Fest 2019 was a night that young Nigerians were delighted to remain on their feet for hours and not have a care in the world.
Date: April 20/21, 2019
Event: Gidi Fest 2019 (6th Edition)
Organizers: Echo Music and Arts Foundation
Host: Shody ‘The Turn Up King’
Venue: Landmark Event Centre
DJs: DJ Exquisitie, DJ Neptune, DJ Consequence, DJ Biggy G (Kenya),
Performers: Joey B (Ghana), Moonchild Sanelly (South Africa), Ckay, Teni, Zlatan, Niniola, DJ Xclusive, Sarz, Wande Coal, Patoranking, Sir Shina Peters
Details/Takeaway: Gidi Fest 2019 is the culmination to the Lagos Music Week which featured events like ECHO Music Conference, Arise Fashion Week and Sneaker Exchange at XII Glover.
The night started off on the nextgen stage where artists like Barelyanyhook, Nonso Amadi, Boogey, Mich Straaw, Organya, Famous Bobson, Andre Music, Oladapo, Mo Believe, Flash, Blaqbonez, Tems, Dunnie, Dami Oniru, Psycho YP and so forth performed.
The main event opened up with two improperly announced up-and-coming acts, before Ghanaian act, Joey B came to perform hits like ‘U & Me’ and ‘Tonga.’
After him, Sarz came on stage to warm reception just before talented South African beauty, Moonchild Sanelly took the stage to perform songs like ‘Weh Mameh,’ and ‘Midnight Starring,’ and the remix to ‘Container’ with Ckay. She also brought two other female acts out with her to perform.
By the time she stripped off to her swim-trunk-styled outfit, men went bonkers at Landmark Event Centre. Of course, it did not help that she had a tattooed curvaceous behind.
With her burgeoning reputation and ever-increasing reps, the ‘Sugar Mummy of Lagos,’ Teni came with a live band to switch directions, performing ‘Fargin,’ ‘Wait,’ fan favourites ‘Askamaya’ and ‘For Your Case’ – which captured the sheer power of her emerging stardom; a love anthem for a cheating generation on Teni’s Instagram stories.
She closed her set with a Church anthem before performing another smash, ‘Uyo Meyo.’ The song made her tell us she was just a young girl from Isolo, Okota who is now living her dream. In between her songs, Teni also performed some Kwam 1 hits and other Nigerian classics.
Street-stamped Zlatan, on an expressway to stardom came out to a crowd that had just been treated to something special from Teni. He started with Yuletide and eternal hustlers’ anthem, ‘Able God,‘ before moving to songs like ‘Ijo Ope,‘ the Davido-owned, ‘Bum Bum,’ and ‘Zanku (Legwork) and then the madness that is Burna’s ‘Killin Dem.’
A highlight of his performance was his 10-second silence call for Instablog9ja, who claimed Zlatan was beaten a day earlier.
Before Niniola, DJ Consequence delivered a thoroughly impressive set that took us through different eras and continents.
Niniola‘s entrance deserves a paragraph. It was a collision of African percussion, masterful orchestral madness, a reworked version of ‘Coming To America’ score, ‘The King’s Motorcade’ and ended it all with a talking drum session.
Then her transcendent performance started like an aircraft. Her live band was championed by impressive guitar section that amplified the live instrumentation to ‘Oyin.‘
Like that was not enough, Niniola served us a pot full of vocal show-off. She then proceeded to ‘Ibadi,’ ‘Soke,’ ‘Laba Laba,’ ‘Sicker,’ ‘Bana,’ ‘Designer,‘ and ‘Maradona.’
Wande Coal in to ‘The Kick’ before performing ‘You Bad’ and then, ‘Bumper To Bumper’ ‘Booty Call,’ ‘My Way,’ ‘Amora Wa,’ ‘Kiss Your Hand,’ ‘Buga,’ ‘So Mi So,’ ‘Turkey Nla,’ and ‘Iskaba.’
Patoranking had the best introduction – and possibly the best performance – of the night, with a perfect mix of raggae-rock instrumentation, vocal strumming and patois deliveries.
He performed ‘Wine So Different,’ ‘Love You My Baby,’ ‘Girlie O,’ ‘ Make Am,’ the DJ Mic Smith-owned ‘See Brother,’ ‘Available,’ ‘My Woman,’ and other songs. He also brought Kojo Cue from Ghana to the main stage with him.
With the performance of every song came a stellar chorus of instrumentation, feeding and satisfying with heavy multilayered music and Pato’s backup singers offering some rhythm to back it all up.
Patoranking is an amazing performer who puts detail into everything, he also proved a worthy headliner. What he lacked in recent hits, he backed up with quality music.
The night ended with a legends set. Sir Shina Peters came on and did the business we grew up on him doing. He showed an uncanny relatability to a younger generation and impressive energy for a man his age. He performed songs off his incredible albums, Ace and Shinamania.
International DJ and Producer Florence Ifeoluwa Otedola popularly known as Cuppy, is back with a new single release titled ‘Abena’, her first release this year.
Following on from her classic Afrobeats hit ‘Green Light’, Cuppy continues her musical exploration this time teaming up with three talented West African artists; Kwesi Arthur, Shaydee & Ceeza Milli. This silky afro-love jam will no doubt be a hit in the clubs, DJ sets, and a favourite from Cuppy fans!
A singing Cuppy took the industry by surprise. No one expected this DJ to make the switch so fast. (Pulse)
Unquestionably a leading female DJ in Africa, Cuppy is becoming a major player across the music field, having successfully gained a lot of recognition both in Nigeria and Internationally.
This new release proves Cuppy’s further solidified position in the music industry as she continues to show us that there are many layers to her craft while stepping even further into the world of vocalist, songwriter, and producer.
Nigerian singer, Naira Marley has shared his view about internet scam popularly known as yahoo-yahoo.
On Friday, April 19, 2019, the singer in an Instagram post, implied that anyone who knows about slavery would not consider internet scam as a crime.
If u know about slavery u go know say yahoo no b crime..
He wrote: ‘If u know about slavery u go know say yahoo no b crime’
Naira Marley’s comment about yahoo-yahoo is coming a week after another Nigerian singer, Simi criticized internet fraudsters asking them not to buy her CDs or watch her Youtube videos again.
Addressing fraudsters in a live Instagram video, the soft-spoken singer who just released her second album,“Omo Chalie Champagne’‘ went hard against internet fraudsters.
She said: “Common guys, you don’t have to like me, you don’t have to listen to my music, you don’t have to send me, but you see, I am not the enemy. I can easily sit down and pretend that nothing is wrong and just make money, smile, cheers blah blah, but the thing is, I care too much, if I didn’t give a sh*t, I wouldn’t say anything. I’ve had friends that have done Yahoo. I’ve had friends that have thought about it“.
Obviously, Naira Marley and Simi do not share the same view about yahoo-yahoo.
In 2018, Naira Marly featured Simi in his hit single, Issa goal.
“The Night King has a Dragon now??!! The Night King has got a dragon!!!”
That alarm was sounded by millions of Game of Thrones viewers all over the world at exactly the same time. Imagine the perfect mix of panic and excitement.
Does Jon Snow know enough to lead the living into this final battle? How much Valyrian steel and dragon glass will we need to cut down the Night King and his army of the dead?
WINTER IS HERE! Game of Thrones Season 8 premieres on Monday 15th April for one final season and its showing on M-Net channel 101 on DStv Premium.
Get ready for an emotional roller coaster like never before and don’t miss this epic final battle for Westeros.
DStv Premium customers can watch #GOT season 8 on MONDAYS at 2am (DSTV)
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Veteran Nollywood filmmaker and movie director, Ifeanyichukwu Onyeabo has passed on.
The movie director reportedly slumped and died while shooting a movie in Jos on Friday, April 19, 2019.
A check on Onyeabo’s Facebook account also confirmed the death of the movie director as the social media page has become a memorialized account.
A note on his Facebook page reads: “We hope people who love Ifeanyichukwu will find comfort in visiting his profile to remember and celebrate his life”
Earlier in April, Guardian reported that Onyeabo’s new movie, ‘Tribe’ was ready to hit the cinemas.
Until his death, Onyeabo was a multiple award-winning filmmaker and stunt director.
May his soul rest in peace.
Saturday, April 20th, Nigeria’s hottest music artistes teamed up to release Nigeria’s first EPL-themed song “Leggo”.
The all-star collaboration features Burna Boy, Kizz Daniel, Mayorkun, Small Doctor, Kaffy and Zoro in possibly the biggest collaboration to hit the Nigeria music space in recent years.
The single was also released with an exciting video, inspired by their passion for the world’s most popular football league, The English Premier League.
The music artistes were all kitted in EPL team jerseys, singing sonorously in support of their respective favourite football clubs.
Dance queen Kaffy led the energetic music video choreography with sleek moves.
Recall that Leggo had been teased all week with subtle banter between the superstars on social media.
A dialogue centered around Small Doctor began on Monday where the “Penalty” crooner praised Chelsea, despite their heavy defeat to Premier League leaders, Liverpool.
Self-acclaimed Mayor of Lagos, Mayorkun, Dance queen, Kaffy and rapper Zoro joined the conversation to throw subtle jabs at “Omoiya Teacher” as Twitter users fanned the banter.
The conversation continued on social media on Thursday with a picture carousel of the stars clad in their team’s jerseys, leading fans to believe the superstars were taking to the football pitch to settle scores.
The 5-minute Leggo track is executively produced by TY MIX and directed by Sesan.
Listen to Leggo, Naija’s first EPL song below:
Burna Boy, Kizz Daniel, Mayorkun, Small Doctor, Kaffy, Zoro – LEGGO
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The Universal Music Group (Nigeria) act can be proud of his performance as he grew in panache to showcase previously unseen burrows of his artistry.
Date: April 18, 2019
Venue: Landmark Events Centre
Organizers: Universal Music Nigeria
Details/Takeaway: An event that started nearly four hours late, it finally got underway with Wurld performing his wonderful fan-favourite, ‘Show You Off,’ before an initially frustrated crowd and his performance – and even his vocals – initially suffered for it.
But as the show progressed, so did the super-talented man-of-the-hour’s magic just as the designs on his stylishly designed attire started battling for life. What we saw by the middle of the event was an act that overcame and started delivering effortlessly in a way that connecting with the crowd – a mob, really – became organic.
An engrossed Wurld performing at Landmark Event Centre on April 18, 2019. (Twitter/PeterEloisa)
They sang every word with him, and his incredible vocal talents and effortless stage craft shone at the fore like a Van Halen in the 80’s, performing ‘Eruption,’ – but without the madness or antics. The great part of this being a vocal and performative understanding was that Wurld did not even have to shout. It also had little to do with his style of music.
By the time the performance reached ‘Drown,’ you could barely see anybody on their seats. What started with complaints eventually became a commendable showcase of effortlessly zestful stage craft.
The performance got from the doldrums of its start to a zenith by conclusion.
This release marks Larry Gaaga’s third appearance on a 2019 song.
Artist: Larry Gaga featuring Wizkid
Song Title: Low
Date of Release: April 19, 2019
Director: Moe Musa
Details/Takeaway: In a video beautified by white aesthetics, beautiful women and good motion grabs, Wizkid joins DJ and producer, Larry Gaaga on this new single.
As two days ago, the song and is video have landed.
For Larry Gaaga, it comes after ‘Iworiwo’ with 2baba and ‘Azaman’ opposite Slimcase.
You can watch the video below;
Larry Gaaga – Low ft.
Today happens to Simi’s birthday and one person who can’t keep calm is her husband, Adekunle Gold who had a cute message for her to mark the special day.
The music star took to his Instagram page on Friday, April 19, 2019, where she shared a cute photo of Simi and himself and captioned it with a lovey-dovey quote;
“First Birthday as Mrs Kosoko 😉. Older by a year today, but you are sexier than ever. Happy Birthday Omo Charlie Champagne. Love you forever ❤️,” he wrote.
First Birthday as Mrs Kosoko 😉. Older by a year today, but you are sexier than ever. Happy Birthday Omo Charlie Champagne. Love you forever ❤️
Happy birthday Simi from all of us at the entertainment desk of PULSE. The union between these two has remained one of the cutest love stories in the entertainment industry.
Adekunle Gold and Simi
We’ve seen them not just show off their beautiful love story but make every fan continue to pray for them to be together forever.
Simi gushes over Adekunle Gold on his birthday with rare wedding photo
Simi gushes over Adekunle Gold on his birthday with rare wedding photo
The music star shared the beautiful message on her Instagram page on Monday, January 28, 2019, where she posted a photo of the celebrant and herself. In her post, she showered accolades on her husband and professed her on undying love for him.
“Light of my life. I love you. I also really like you and the way you do ur tins. I’m such a lucky babe. You’re also lucky af, but iss ur beday, so yea, let’s focus on the celebrant. I know God knows how much I want you to shine and prosper and win and laugh and be happy, so I pray God grants my heart desires. Happy birthday, Champ, 💙” she captioned the photo.
Adekunle Gold and Simi share ‘Promise’ video [Youtube/AdekunleGold]
Simi and Adekunle Gold surprised fans and admirers when they had a very private wedding. Even though we all knew they were bound to get married, they sure took everyone by surprise.
Lilian Esoro is back in the cinemas seeking love as she assumes the role of an accomplished writer in new movie, ‘Alter Date.’
Esoro is portrayed in a new light in the movie, which had its media screening on Wednesday, April 17, 2019.
The ‘Jumbled’ actress is paired with Tana Adelana to deliver the romantic comedy that tells the story of two friends seeking love after too many heartbreaks.
Lilian Esoro from a scene in the movie, ‘Alter Date’ [YouTube/Yemisi Banjoko]
Directed by Marc Adebesin, ‘Alter Date’ features Iyabo Ojo, Bolanle Ninalowo, Kenneth Okolie, Frederick Leonard, Joseph Momodu, and Yemisi Banjoko. The movie is produced by Yemi Banjoko.
Yemisi Banjoko at the premiere of Alter Date’ [Pulse]
‘Alter Date’ follows the lives of three friends; Remi, Elizabeth and Timi. Remi and Elizabeth have both been unlucky with men. Remi wants a man that is rich, showers her with love and care, while Elizabeth is the hopeless romantic who falls in love with the wrong men. Timi on the other hand is the ‘guy friend’ whose shoulders are constantly available for his friends to cry on after a heart break.
Following the release of her award-winning and zestful sophomore album, ‘Simisola’ which served hits and earned critical acclaim, Simi is back with her third album.
Album Title: Omo Charlie Champagne Vol. I
Genre: Sentimental Ballad, afropop, afro-fusion, afro-soul, afro&B, EDM/Moombahton
Date of Release: April 19, 2019
Producers: Oscar (Tracks, 1, 4, 8 10, 11, 12, 13), Legendury Beatz (Track 2), VTek (3, 6, 9), Sess (Track 5)
The album art for ‘Omo Charlie Champagne Vol. I’ is Simi as a toddler. (Apple/iTunes)
Length: 13 Tracks, 38 minutes
Features: 4 – Patoranking, Adekunle Gold, Falz, Maleek Berry
Tracklist for ‘Omo Charlie Champagne Vol. I.’ (Instagram/SimplySimi)
Details/Takeaway: For a short while, the question has been when blessed songbird will release a new album. Her last album, ‘Simisola’ was 53 minutes of unadulterated genre-fluid music that permeated the soul with several doses in rush of appreciation.
With ‘Omo Charlie Champagne Vol. I,’ she has finally responded in ‘Simi-fashion,’ the constant evolution of her undoubted ability as a singer-songwriter. On this album, there is a slight shift from the relatively-afro-centric feel to nearly all the songs on ‘Simisola’ as she shows her maturation, all in the space of just two years.
On her Instagram page, @Simplysimi, the singer attached the following message to the picture of a tracklist to the new album and it reads, “When I was compiling this album, I knew I wanted to dedicate it to my daddy, Engr. Charles Oladele Ogunleye – who passed in 2014. I’m blessed to have come this far. I’m blessed that it was possible for me. I do not take this for granted.
“I couldn’t possibly be more thankful for this journey. To have amazing people like you supporting me everyday is absolute Magic! I love you. #OmoCharlieChampagne is OUT NOW!!!! Yessss! I’m thankful to all the amazing people that made this possible –
“I also want to say a massive thank you to @patorankingfire @falzthebahdguy @maleekberry and my “lover na bessss friend Adekunle Kosoko – as well @vtekdawesome @legendurybeatz and @sessbeats.
“If it’s 12am in your area, go on all the platforms and listen to #OmoCharlieChampagne Vol. 1 – link in my bio. LIKE I SAID, IT’S MY M******* BIRTHDAY AND FOR MY BIRTHDAY PRESENT, SHARE MY ALBUM!!!!”
When I was compiling this album, I knew I wanted to dedicate it to my daddy, Engr. Charles Oladele Ogunleye – who passed in 2014. I’m blessed to have come this far. I’m blessed that it was possible for me. I do not take this for granted.
I couldn’t possibly be more thankful for this journey. To have amazing people like you supporting me everyday is absolute Magic! I love you.
#OmoCharlieChampgne is OUT NOW!!!! Yessss! I’m thankful to all the amazing people that made this possible –
I also want to say a massive thank you to @patorankingfire @maleekberry @falzthebahdguy and my “lover na bessss friend Adekunle Kosoko – as well as @vtekdawesome @legendurybeatz and @sessbeats
If it’s 12am in your area, go on all the platforms and listen to #OmoCharlieChampagne Vol. 1 – link in my bio
LIKE I SAID, IT’S MY MODAFOKIN BIRTHDAY AND FOR MY BIRTHDAY PRESENT, SHARE MY ALBUM!!!! 👅
You can download ‘Omo Charlie Champagne Vol. I’ HERE.
You can stream ‘Omo Charlie Champagne Vol. I’ HERE.
The new album is titled ‘Omo Charlie Champagne Vol. I.’
Artist: Simi Featuring Falz
Song Title: Mind Your Bizness
Date of Release: April 16, 2019
Album: Omo Charlie Champagne Vol. I
Director: Carbon Animation
Details/Takeaway: Two days ago, award-winning songbird dropped her new single, ‘Mind Your Bizness‘ featuring Falz off her new album, Omo Charlie Champagne Vol. I, which is set to drop tomorrow, April 19, 2019.
You can preorder #OmoCharlieChampagne Vol. 1 on @boomplaymusicng now! ❤️. You’re welcome 😚
Earlier today, she dropped the visuals to the single.
While the video is an animation, it definitely serves the purpose of a shade at the nosy generation as clearly as it could. After the brilliance of his verse on Ice Prince’s ‘Feel Good,’ the rapper is back killing yet another feature with straight bars.
Signs point to this being a resonant single and a street anthem like the classic anti-gossip songs millennials grew up on. ‘Mind Your Bizness’ is also reported to be the ninth track of the imminent album.
So lizzzzen up. We (by we, i mean me and you) are gonna have a live performance session of my new album #OmoCharlieChampagne on the 24th of April. This April. So yea. I’m gonna give you a few days to learn the songs. Don’t let me down 😒!
It’s #industrynite happening at Hard Rock Cafe – And it’s only N2,500 to get in. Come through. Also, bring somebody with you xoxo #SimiArmy.
Follow @industry__nite for more info 💥
Simi will perform some of her songs on Industry Night at Hard Rock Café on April 24, 2019.
You can watch the video here;
Simi – Mind Your Bizness ft.
Seun Kuti believes SARS will continue to harass innocent Nigerians because they believe it is normal.
Seun Kuti is the latest celebrity to speak about the brutality being faced by Nigerians by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and he thinks their menace will continue because Nigerians think it is okay.
The Grammy nominee singer made this known during an interview with Sahara Reporters. According to him, these special police officers are only doing what they have ordered to do.
“If you think there is a problem with SARS then there is a problem with you. SARS is doing what they are paid to do, they are doing exactly what they are ordered to do. You don’t understand the attitude and psychology behind our behaviour but we all want to cry, the victim. SARS is the manifestation of our own acceptance of our dehumanization. As black people, one thing we should know is that we are entitled to be everything that humanity is, especially the bad and still be considered human being. No matter what you do, you are still a human being, this is what humans do,” he said.
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The continuous harassment of innocent Nigerians by men of SARS over the years have continued to receive backlash not just from celebrities but Nigerians in general.
Seun Kuti says SARS brutality will continue because Nigerians believe it is a norm [Instagram/BigBirdKuti]
The last celebrity to actually call out the government over the brutality being faced by Nigerians from these police officers was Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde.
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Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde calls out Osinbanjo over police brutality
Omotola Jalade-Ekiende calls out Yemi Osinbanjo over SARS brutality [Instagram/OmotolaJaladeEkeinde]
The award-winning actress made this known via her Instagram stories on Sunday, April 14, 2019. She expressed shock over the Vice President’s silence over the way and manner SARS has turned the country into a death trap.
“@profosibanjo it is shocking that Nigeria has turned into a death trap under your watch and you are silent!!! You are silent!!!!! At a time like this under your leadership,” she wrote.
Presidency replies Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde over comments made against the government [Instagram/OmotolaJaladeEkeinde]
Omotola’s bashing of the government didn’t go down well with those at the corridors of power as they replied her in a statement that sparked off a conversation nationwide.
In April 2018, we had the Shaku Shaku fever, that only crossing your hands in front your body and around your waist while moving the outside of your feet on 1, 2, 3, 4 rhythms, with the 3 and 4 landing on the same feet, as your head follows the rhythm your engrossed body dictates could treat.
It was a wild time for pop culture and a hate-fest for our dear friends with the infamous two left feet who finally learned shakiti bobo two years after everybody was over it.
They were still in the ‘street dance school’ at owanbe parties or at clubs trying to get schooled for shaku shaku when we started begging the self-acclaimed proponent of another movement, ‘Zlatan Abeg Nor Kill Us,’ which apparently became the meaning behind the supposed acronym that is ‘ZANKU,’ the Agege-born viral craze that keeps sweeping through Nigeria like a hurricane. GBESE!
As the dance gains more notoriety, it is then important to commend the songs that are soundtracks to this movement. For this purpose, Pulse had curated a list of 10 songs that perfectly celebrate this viral dance trend from when it started, but are still relevant now and they are;
Brainee featuring Zlatan Ibile, Chinko Ekun & DJ Spinall – Gbese
Brainee ft. Zlatan Ibile, Chinko Ekun & DJ Spinall – Gbese (Remix)
An infectious tune that is slowly but surely finding its way into the hearts of culture-inclined Nigerians and zanku aficionados. Its original version was good, but its remix looks set to catapult it into the realms Brainee probably dreams of.
Danny S – Oh My God
Danny S – Oh My God [Official Video]
After the success of ‘Ege,’ Danny S returned with a crazier jam with a crazier hook like his burgeoning underground reputation represents.
For radio stations, clean versions of songs like this are a hit, but with street DJs, they are even bigger.
Flex B – Umbele
FLEX B – UMBELE
An underground madness for the culture of zanku and Mainland, Lagos. Although released a short while before zanku began its authoritative run, and enjoyed some of that shaku shaku, the earlier days of zanku did this song some real good things.
Niniola featuring Sarz – Designer
NINIOLA FT SARZ – DESIGNER (OFFICIAL VIDEO)
It’s not quite certain that Niniola and Sarz intended this song for the zanku trend when it was released, but with zanku being the only dance Nigerians can perform at the moment and the song being dope like a plate of ofada rice with blended stew heavy on remnants of boiled fish, ponmo and the insides of a cow or goat, that was the inevitable result.
The beat is a textbook-Sarz vibe laced with some akuba drums.
DJ Tunez – Turn Up featuring Wizkid and Reekado Banks
DJ Tunez – Turn Up Ft. Wizkid x Reekado Banks (OFFICIAL AUDIO 2018)
Another song destined not destined for zanku per se, but ended up being the result. While it is slightly slower than the textbook zanku songs, the song is will make you shake every last muscle in your body like you caught an electric wave.
Zlatan featuring Lil Kesh – Jogor
Zlatan – Jogor [Official Video] ft. Lil Kesh, Naira Marley
The first major zanku showcase to the mainstream – at least, relatively. The beat ran mad with a fresh production and the celebration of lewdness on a double from Lil Kesh’s verse and zanku that was not more than a subculture or inner-city culture at the time.
Zlatan – Zanku (Legwork)
ZLATAN ZANKU LEG WORK OFFICIAL VIDEO
Stand Up! The zanku anthem the world over, with a video that conveys some of its originality – at least as a reserved part of a now mainstream culture.
The power of the song can be felt from the first line off it. The major power on this song though was the second layer/adlib/hypeman behind every rhythmic chant of ‘zanku.’
Although, it has since given way to other songs, but its status remains unshaken in the industry.
Olamide – Woske
Olamide – Woske
Killertunes had a stellar 2018 run, but his blend of electronic music, slight hints of EDM (from its strings) and shepeteri reps was initially met with some sort of skepticism outside intimate circles of Badoo’s core fanbase – it was a new move and people did not know how to react.
They also criticized the white suit and choreography scenes of the video. Fast forward, February 2019 happened, Nigerians remembered they’d always loved the song and the rest has since been history. After the song that heads off this list, it has to be the second most ‘zankufied’ song of 2018.
Burna Boy featuring Zlatan – Killin’ Dem
Zlatan X Burna Boy – Killin Dem (Official Music Video) OnASpaceship
This one simple had to happen. Burna had the best run of 2018 and Zlatan had the second strongest run during the final quarter of 2018. The first time we saw Burna and Zlatan doing this ‘zanku ting’ in what looked like a hotel room, we knew we had another problem.
The noise started rumbling and the wait couldn’t be longer until the song finally dropped one midnight in the final week of December 2018.
There and then, the story was sealed as it had representation from both sides of the spectrum equally represented on one song – bridging a gap. Of course, Zlatan had helped Burna Boy reach some power in his Zanku hustle.
To cut the long story short, Burna performed the song on the Coachella stage in the early parts of Monday, April 15, 2019 and he did the ‘Zanku moonwalk’ of which Poko Lee would be proud.
Chinko Ekun featuring Lil Kesh and Zlatan – Able God
CHINKO EKUN – ABLE GOD ft LIL KESH X ZLATAN IBILE [OFFICIAL VIDEO]
A soundtrack. An anthem that didn’t need representation from any side to appeal to people across borders. In fact, all it ever needed was its very catchy hook, “Able God shower your blessing, we want this money…” and the rest has since been history.
While this song did not have a long reign, it was soundtrack to the entire festive period in Nigeria – a peak of zanku appeal where everyone wanted to learn it or ‘carry last’ concerts.