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10 Notable Albums of 2020 By Aanu Oluyide

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2020 has been quite an eventful one in the Nigerian Music Industry. Artistes worked with feasible evidences of their efforts. Due to Covid 19 and inability to have shows and parties, artistes put all the attention on releasing body of works. From albums to Ep’s, they gave us something to hold on to back to back. Almost all artistes in Nigeria released an album this year, and as the year is ending, a look at 10 notable body Albums in the year, 2020 won’t be a bad idea.

1. Twice as Tall – Burnaboy has released outstanding albums 3 years in a row. Twice as tall, is his third album since he broke out big. This album which dropped on 14th of August 2020 is a 15 track album featuring international artistes with messages surrounding Africans, Slavery, Colonization, Breakthrough and a few love songs. It featured Artistes from both Africa and the diaspora and was produced by American pop legend, Diddy. This album was recently nominated for Grammy Awards in the Best Global Music Album Category.

2. Made In Lagos – The long awaited Made In Lagos album, which was Wizkid’s Fourth studio album was released on 29th October, 2020. A 14 track album, that featured both Nigerian and international artistes. MIL, has to be the most awaited album in history. It is one of the high and sweet perks of year 2020.

3. Carpe Diem – Music and Business mogul, Olamide Badoo also pulled a beautiful one on October 9, 2020 with his 11th studio album. That’s quite a long one, a very detailed musical career. Cape Diem didn’t fall short of any expectations, with features from Bella Shmurda, Fireboy DML, Badboy Timz, and so on. It is a 12 tracks album.

4. A Better Time – Davido released a sequel body of work to his “A Good Time” album which was released in 2019. A better time is also a 17 track album with features from American Rap Goddess, Nicki Minaj, Sauti Sol, Chris Brown, and so on. Was it really a better time? Yes. A Better Time was Released in November, 2020.

5. Celia – Nigerian Sensational Artiste, Tiwa Savage also came through in 2020 with her third studio album, Celia. Released on August 17, 2020 Celia is a 13 track album. Celia was also well received, Tiwa Savage did well.

6. Afro Pop Vol 1 – This year rolled with a lot of victories for Adekunle Gold, he became the father of a beautiful daughter Adejare, he released an album that was out everywhere with streams and downloads. Afro pop Vol 1 has 10 songs on it with 4 features. The lead single “AG Baby” was on everyone’s lips. “a a ag baby don’t stop”. This album is AG Baby’s third studio album and was released on 21st of August, 2020.

7. Apollo – Apollo is YBNL’s only signed Artiste, Fireboy DML’s second studio album. A 17 track album packed and well arranged. Apollo is one of the most beautiful body of works in 2020. Fireboy said about the album that, “it is a message of evolution, growth, love, pain, my legacy will not be forgotten”. Apollo was released on 19th of August, 2020.

8. Empress –  One of the albums not to forget is Mama Africa’s “Empress”. Empress dropped on November 20, 2020 as a 15 track album. Yemi Alade has always been a notable figure in the music industry, and she did give us her bit in 2020.

9. Colours and Sounds – Nigerian Dancehall singer, Niniola came out on October 2020 with her own vibe, and cruise. C and S is a 15 track album with singles that were already made and familiar to audiences. Addicted, Fantasy featuring Femi Kuti, Boda Sodiq, Bana were singles, but the singer also infused them in to make the album.

10. Yellow – Released in April 2020 was Brymo’s seventh studio album. The controversial Nigerian singer has 15 tracks on the album and it was worth it. We all know Brymo to do anything he does to an elite and beautiful taste.

Next, we’ll take a look at Notable Extended Playlists (EP), released in the Year 2020. How many of the listed albums have you listened to?

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