2019 was quite an interesting year for African music. Heralded by Nigeria’s Afrobeats, records out of the continent penetrated the Western markets and sparked impressive engagements across the world.
Burna Boy’s album “African Giant” secured a Grammy nomination and also topped the end of the year lists of many international publications. Beyoncé also featured an all-star cast of some of the biggest names across the continent on her “The Lion King.” Of course, this helped to reintroduce them to new markets and thrust their names in global music conversations.
Building up on the success of the previous year, 2020 looks to promise a lot of amazing music. Here is a list of the five albums we are excited to get our hands on in 2020.
Wizkid – Made In Lagos
Ever since the release of his international project, “Sounds From The Other Side,” fans across Africa have been clamouring for the release of Wizkid’s fourth full-length, “Made in Lagos” which he himself has been teasing for quite a while title. Last year, Wizkid took to his Instagram to tease snippets of a couple of songs expected to be on the project. And with the official release of his 2019 singles, ‘Joro’ and ‘Ghetto Love’, fans and general music lovers are fully ready for the long-teased Wizkid project this year.
Khaligraph Jones – TBA
Coming off his big win at the 2020 Soundcity MVP Awards, picking up the Best Hip-hop act trophy over heavyweights like Sarkodie, Kwesta and Falz, the time is ripe for a new album Kenyan rapper. Popular for his distinct rapid-fire flow, Khaligraph Jones has been at the helm of Kenya’s hip-hop over the years. With the anticipated follow-up to his 2018 debut album, “Testimony 1900,” he’d seek to reassert his dominance this year in the region and the continent.
Adekunle Gold – Afropop
2019 witnessed a turning point in Adekunle Gold’s artistry and public image. With releases like ‘Young Love’ and Before You Wake Up’ in 2019, Adekunle Gold’s sound has morphed into something more pop-centric, substituting the traditional African sound for something more synthetic. The singer has also been more expressive with his fashion and outlook. This, therefore, makes his next project “Afropop” one to look out for, as we’d love to find an Adekunle Gold shed his signature sound for something more pop and trendy.
Sho Madjozi – TBA
South African rapper, Sho Madjozi was one of the most exciting acts out of the continent last year. Coming off the success of her 2018 debut album “Limpopo Champions League,” the singer went on to release her hit record ‘John Cena’, a song even the WWE superstar himself approves. Sho Madjozi went on to enjoy an amazing press run that kept her in everyone’s face. And now, she has built up so much hype around herself that her fans across the continent are waiting for what she plans to release next.
Shatta Wale – TBA
Undoubtedly one of Africa’s most controversial superstars, Ghana’s Shatta Wale is one known for his consistency across his album. Ever since 2016, not a year has gone by without a project from the self-crowned dancehall king. And given the quality of his stellar 2018 and 2019 releases, “Reign” and “Wonder Boy,” many are already wondering what king Shatta would come up with next.
Ishan wins big at 2020 Star FM Musical Awards
The young singer sweeps up four awards with his 2019 monster hit, ‘Kure’ featuring Ti Gonzi.
Burgeoning Zimbabwean act Ishan emerged the biggest winner at the Star FM musical awards, scooping five awards at the event that was held on Saturday, February 22.
The singer went home with plaques from the Best African Pop Sing, Best Newcomer, Best Collaboration, Song of the Year and Most Played Song on Star FM categories.
Later that night, Ishan teamed up with rapper, Ti Gonzi to perform their award-winning hit single ‘Kure’ which won four awards at the event.
Ishan is followed by top Zimbabwean gospel singer Janet Manyowa who won two awards in the Best Gospel and Best Female Artiste categories.
Ti Gonzi on his part won the Best Male Artist Award while Takura secured the Best Hip-Hop song award with his 2019 smash, ‘Noise’.
Zimbabwean living icon Alick Macheso was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Check out the full list of winners below.
Best African Pop Song Award
‘Kure’ – Ishan ft. Ti Gonzi
Best Zimdancehall Song Award
‘Vroom’ – Nutty O
Best Hip-Hop Song Award
‘Noise’ – Takura
Best R&B Song Award
‘TV Room’ – Hilzy, Gary Mapanzure
Best House Song Award
‘Bad News’ – DJ Stavo ft. Gemma
Best Song by Zimbabwean in the Diaspora Award
‘Chihera’ – Norman Masamba
Best Gospel Song Award
‘Ndimi’ – Janet Manyowa
Best Newcomer Award
Ishan ft. Ti Gonz – ‘Kure’
Best Female Artist Award
Best Male Artist Award
Best Duo/Group Award
Ngoma Ingoma – ‘Malobolo’
Best Collaboration Award
‘Kure’ – Ishan ft. Ti Gonzi
Best Producer Award
Song of the Year Award
‘Kure’ – ‘Ishan ft. Ti Gonzi
Album of the Year Award
Francesca – King 98
People’s Choice Award
‘Ngaibake’ by Freeman ft. Alick Macheso
Most Played Song on Star FM
‘Kure’ by Ishan ft .Ti Gonzi
Lifetime Achievement Award
2baba announces new album “Warriors”
This coming full-length project is set to solidify 2baba’s status as a living icon.
One of Nigeria’s most celebrated singers 2baba is set to release his new album titled “Warriors” on Friday, February 28. This album would be released as part of his 20 Years A King celebration, which commemorates 2baba’s two decades in the Nigerian music industry.
This coming project would be the long-overdue follow up to his 2014 album, “The Ascension” which was met with mixed reviews upon its release.
2baba made the announcement on his Instagram page, sharing the album cover and the release date. He also revealed that the album scheduled for release next week is already available for pre-order.
“Anticipate!!! This album is for warriors ✊ 28.2.2020. Pre-order link in bio,” he shared.
“Warriors” would contain 13 tracks and include previously released singles like ‘Important’, ‘Oyi’ and the Peruzzi-assisted smash hit, ‘Amaka’. The LP also boasts big-name collaborations like Burna Boy, Wizkid, Olamide, Tiwa Savage and Peruzzi. It also features AJ, Symeca and his daughter HI Idibia.
The album would be released under the 2baba-headed imprint, Hypertek Digital which he established after leaving Kennis Music in 2008.
Formerly known as 2face Idibia, 2baba is one Africa’s most successful artists, winning local, continental and international awards like BET and MTV Europe Music Awards.
Wizkid teases “Made in Lagos” release
The popular Nigerian singer says that the long-awaited album is “finally done.”
One of Nigeria’s biggest music superstars Wizkid has revealed on Thursday, February 20 that his highly anticipated album, “Made In Lagos” is finally ready.
The singer shared this news on his Twitter, revealing that “I been working on my album and my spirit.”
“Finally done! So you know what that means! ,” he continued.
This news comes much to the delight of fans who have been anticipating the album’s release for years now. Last year, Wizkid also teased that the album was ready for release. In fact, the singer played some of the songs suspected to be off the project on Instagram live.
However fans and music lovers were disappointed when the year ended and there was no “Made In Lagos” or any assurance of its release.
Instead of the promised album, all the fans could lay their hands upon were two 2019 singles ‘Ghetto Love’ and ‘Joro’. Later in the year however, Wizkid’s record label, Starboy, released a collection of songs titled “Soundman Vol.1” which featured significant contributions from the much celebrated singer.
“Made In Lagos” is expected to be Wizkid’s fourth solo full-length project, coming after his ambitious body of work, “Sounds From The Other Side” released in 2016. The 12-track album featured an international all-star cast of Drake, Major Lazer, Ty Dolla $ign, Bucie and Trey Songz.
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