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Top 20 songs of 2016 so far

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Pulse Music scratches the underbelly of Nigerian mainstream music and brings to you the top twenty tracks of the first half of 2016.

The first 6 months of 2016 is about to come to an end, with numerous musicians working the mic to release new music. From the streets of Enugu, through the studios of Lagos, Nigeria has been inundated with diverse songs from all corners, vying for limited spots on playlists.

While there has been no true hit song for the year, a number of hot jams have been released, coupled with the magnificent sonic productions from many acts and engineers.

Pulse Music scratches the underbelly of Nigerian mainstream music and brings to you the top twenty tracks of the first half of 2016.

– ‘Made for you’
EME’s doesn’t fall below par as he thrills on this reggae number titled ‘Made For You’.

The Masterkraft produced record is one of the best love anthems this season.

Simi – ‘Love don’t care’
After a fantastic run in 2015, Nigerian singer and songwriter kicks off 2016 with a lovely piece dedicated to all the lovers out there.

Titled ‘Love don’t care’, shows us a deeper meaning of the word love – it cares for the next person irrespective of status, religion or ethnicity.

The single was produced by Oscar with additional production (guitar) by Fiokee, mixed and mastered by herself.

– ‘Where’
presents his first single of 2016. His new song titled ‘Where’ was produced by Selebobo.

The ‘Duro‘ singer collaborated with the producer in December 2015 on a track called ‘Maria‘.

is signed to Made Men Music Group (Triple MG). The singer whose real name is Augustine Miles Kelechi scored his best year in 2015 with his two singles ‘Duro’, and ‘Wash’.

Listen to ‘Where’ right here on Pulse Music.

Yemi Alade – ‘Ferrari’
After debuting ‘Ferrari’ with an electrifying performance at the AMVCA 2016, Yemi Alade drops the DJ Coublon produced number which serves as the third single off her sophomore album “Mama Africa“.

Preceded by the grateful ‘Na Gode’, and the DJ Arafat assisted dance anthem ‘Do as I do’, ‘Ferrari’ which features guitar strings by Fiokee is a stellar highlife number that talks about love as an action word, which Yemi Alade singing, “Love no be for mouth…” on the chorus.

Fans and music lovers demanded the release of the cut following the praised performance, and Effyzzie Music has acted based on popular demand.

– ‘Abule sowo’
marked his 27th birthday on Tuesday March 15, 2015 with a fresh joint titled ‘Abule sowo’.

The song was produced by Pheelz.

Harrysong – ‘Baba for the girls’ ft Kcee
Harrysong gives us another catchy tune titled ‘Baba for the girls’ featuring Kcee.

The ‘Reggae blues’ singer recently dropped a funny tune he called ‘Aka gum’ which is still buzzing on the streets.

Download, listen and enjoy this new tune ‘Baba for the girls’ to mark the Five Star singer’s birthday.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4IIVJ5fntE

Adekunle Gold – ‘Ready’
Adekunle Gold drops a love-laced song titled ‘Ready’. The song is a follow up to his previously released singles ‘Orente ‘and ‘Sade’.

Mixed by Simi, with Fiokee on the guitar, this song will mark his last single on his forthcoming debut album.

Listen up and download.

Falz – ‘Bahd Baddo Baddest’ ft Olamide, Davido
Falz releases a new tune with a creative title ‘Bahd Baddo Baddest’ which features and Davido.

The title relates to the alias names the stars have given themselves and have come to be known as in the industry. This tune comes off Falz’s ‘sophomore album “Stories That Touch“.

Download the tune and share your thoughts.

Cobhams Asuquo – ‘Boosit’ ft Falz
features Falz in this comic  tune ‘Boosit‘ which aims to pass a message while also giving off a sense of humour.

The song sees Cobhams and Falz take on a funny Ibadan accent, while addressing serious issues bothering on being accountable and responsible as a human being.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j614VF0gC-w

Timaya – ‘M.O.N.E.Y’ ft Flavour
The highly anticipated record of Dem Mama Record’s Timaya and 2nite Entertainment’s act, Flavour finally surfaces as promised.

The Young D produced tune is titled ‘M.O.N.E.Y’ and the record is obviously a potential hit.

Enjoy below as we await the premiere of the video as shot by Clarence Peters.

Phyno, Olamide – ‘Fada Fada
Olamide and Phyno collaborate on a thankful note to God counting their blessings in the song ‘Fada fada’.

Their previous 2012 collaboration ‘Ghostmode‘ was a hit.

The Ghetto gospel song ‘Fada fada‘ was produced by Masterkraft.

Olamide’s last single ‘Abule Sowo’ and freestyle heat ‘Who you epp’ are currently dominating airplay across the  streets. The label boss also recently signed a female singer Temmie Ovwasa to his label who has a single out ‘Jabole’.

Phyno is set to release new album “Playmaker” which would feature artistes like 2baba, Timi Dakolo, Olamide and Cynthia Morgan.

The Indigenous rapper’s ‘Ezege‘ single is still getting a lot of buzz on the streets and airplay on radio as well.

Wizkid, DJ Henry – ‘Like this’
The official version of the and Holland based DJ Henry collaboration ‘Like this’ has been released.

The song follows his ‘One dance’ collaboration with Drake which peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjSCsAFR9Gg

Koker – ‘Kolewerk’
Chocolate City Music presents the much anticipated single – Kolewerk’ by the rapid rising singer, songwriter and all-round performer , with topnotch Clarence Peters directed visuals.

’s ‘Kolewerk’ was produced by the super-talented CBN in-house producer, Reinhard and it definitely has all the boxes checked in being 2016’s Nigerian Club anthem.

Zoro – ‘Ogene‘ ft Flavour
Zoro kicks off the year with this much anticipated jam ‘Ogene’ which features the king of highlife Flavour N’abania.

The song is produced by Kezy klef & Major Bangz, mixed and mastered by Extraordinaire.

Listen and download.

– ‘Play na play’ ft Angelique Kidjo
Coming off the heels of her critically acclaimed cover of Adele’s Hello, releases her new single‘Play Na Play’ featuring Grammy award-winning artist, Angelique Kidjo.

Singer/Songwriter/Entertainer, has announced the release of her yet untitled third album due out spring 2016. The new age singer, introduces fans and newcomers alike to a new musical journey by recording a completely live album.

‘Play Na Play’ is a live production arranged by . The live album features production from longtime collaborator Cobhams Asuque, Grammy award-winning artist Angelique Kidjo, Grammy nominated artist Salif Keita and more yet to be announced international collaborations.

Sugarboy – ‘Hola Hola’
Since been signed to the label G-Worldwide Entertainment in 2015, Sugarboy drops first single ‘Hola Hola’

The Nigerian reggae-dancehall act had previously done some hot piece of music with label mate Kiss Daniel and DJ Shabsy on the massive hit “Raba”, and with Kiss Daniel on “Molue”.

It was just matter of time before Sugarboy hit the street with his fresh joint which will definitely get listeners singing along.

DJ Enimoney, Olamide – ‘Oya dab’
Olamide and DJ Enimoney have joined forces on a new tune titled ‘Oya dab’. The single was produced by B-Banks and mastered by Pheelz.

DJ Enimoney is not only Baddo’s brother; he’s also the official YBNL Nation DJ.

The new joint by the YBNL artists can be accompanied by the latest hip-hop dance – dab. Dabbing is when the dancer raises their hand into their face, then drops their face into the elbow of that arm while lifting up their other arm up in the air.

‘Oya dab’ and listen to the new street anthem here.

WurlD, Walshy Fire,  Shizzi  – ‘Show you off’
Nigerian-American singer WurlD releases a new ‘Afro soul’ single titled ‘Show you off,’ a collaboration with Major Lazer’s Walshy Fire and producer Shizzi.

Walshy Fire’s been at the forefront of this new hybrid of Afrobeats and Caribbean sounds through collaborations with the likes of and Runtown is currently working on finishing up an Afro-Caribbean EP called Global Citizen.

In ‘Show You Off’, Walshy shares production duties with Nigerian beat maker Shizzi, the man behind Davido’s ‘Skelewu’, ‘Dami Duro’ and  ‘Show you the money’ among many other top Nigerian hits.

Hear the new ‘Show you off’ collaboration above.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47apktFmtWg

– ‘Osinachi‘ ft Davido
The highly anticipated remix for the smash hit single – ‘Osinachi‘ from has finally dropped.

On this outstanding remix, features multi-Platinum selling artist Davido who came through with his high fidelity vocal performance.

D’banj – ‘Emergency’
Missed the afro-pop force that is D’banj? We bring you good news as we premiere the Koko Master‘s latest single titled ‘Emergency’.

The Afrobeats number shows Dapo’s depth as a pop titan and also features harmonica played by the host.

D’banj first debut the track with a praised performance at the Glo CAF Awards 2015, after the performance he unlocked the number digitally.

– ‘Ibile’
has released a new single titled ‘Ibile’.

The YBNL artiste who lost out at the Headies Awards, seeks to move past the controversy as he feeds his fans with new music.

‘Ibile’ is a co-production by YBNL in-house music men, Pheelz and Young Jonn.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5BovB_l8aQ

Reekado Banks – ‘Oluwa ni

Mavin Records superstar artist and “The Headies 2015 Next Rated act”; Reekado Banks comes through with a new single dubbed “Oluwa Ni” accompanied with a Clarence Peters directed video.

Reekado uses the Altims produced song to explain to the world the strength of God as the provider of everything he has achieved.

Just like the intro: “Gbedu wey dey burst brain”, Oluwa Ni is sure to leave you thrilled.

Check on it below and let us know your thoughts.

– ‘Mungo Park’
On the back of ‘Romantic’ featuring Tiwa Savage, drops a humorous tune  titled ‘Mungo Park‘.

The song teases bachelors and spinsters that are due for marriage and for some reason have refused to settle down yet.

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