The 20 Best Nigerian Music Videos Of The Year So Far
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The first half of 2020 did come with its moments –largely unfortunate events. But through it all, there was music and music videos, the latter particularly important as much of the world locked down in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Through it all, these are our favorite Nigerian music videos from these six months, featuring the best directors and musicians across the industry.
In this collaboration between 411info and Naijaloaded, we present to you our awesome readers our list of best 20 Nigerian music videos of 2020.
Best 20 Nigerian Music Videos Of 2020
Fireboy DML – Vibration
Fireboy DML followed his hugely successful debut album (Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps) with an impressive batch of videos. ‘Vibration,’ one of its best songs got similarly acclaimed visuals by way of TG Omori, who appropriates cultural items of many places –from Nigeria that happens to be one of the richest countries in Africa to Brazil– into the video’s aesthetic.
Lady Donli ft. VanJess & The Cavemen – Corner
A much discussed work, the visuals for ‘Corner’ sees director Shaun Kalu infuse Old Nollywood elements to tell a tale on the contemporary issues facing Nigerian women, from being asked by lecturers to offer sexual acts in return for grades, or punishing women who get by doing sex work. Lady Donli’s ‘Corner’ video (it is rightly being presented as a movie) was a good reminder that music can entertain and protest in equal measure.
Rema & Rvssian – Beamer
Rema’s first single of the year was the Rvssian-produced ‘Beamer’.The video (directed by Fxrbes) takes inspiration from the teenage bad boy image often applied to the whiz kid’s branding. With fast-paced scenes and jeweled teeth, Rema’s commercial and sexual appeal is immediately present to anyone who sees the music video.
Davido – 1 Milli
On the video for this song off Davido’s A Good Time, an outdoor wedding scene was evoked in beautiful colors and African-style designs. As it was in ‘Assurance,’ Davido starred alongside fiancée Chioma Rowland, offering tender touches and warm gazes into each other’s eyes. It was directed by Priorgold Picture.
Burna Boy – Odogwu
TG Omori, with just a little over two years in the industry, has worked with big names such as Wizkid and Olamide, boasting a very illustrious client list. Boy Director, as TG calls himself, is known for his colorful videos and innovative concepts. That is the case on ‘Odogwu,’ where he pairs articles from the Igbo culture to Burna Boy’s global appeal, making it an Afrocentric work that can hold its own against any other music video globally.
WurlD – Love Nobody
The blue-haired WurlD is an ambitious artist. His video for ‘Love Nobody’ is something straight out of a Bond movie. It’s in fact inspired by a fight scene from Casino Royale. While a dangerous woman in black leather kicks ass, WurlD sings about jealous love and heavy intimacy. Co-directed by WurlD and Parker McMillan, it’s a music video directors of cinematic thrillers will be proud of.
Joeboy – Call
Afro Pop star Joeboy’s video for ‘Call’ is set in dystopian Lagos. With its impressive Marvel–esque scenes, director TG Omori paints the Joeboy character in heroic colors as a love story is told against the destructive backdrop.
Vector ft. Davido – Comfort
Last 2019, veteran rapper Vector released his EP, Vibes Before Teslim, a prelude to an album that’s supposed to drop later this year. A standout of the project was ‘Comfort,’ a Davido–assisted song which takes on the relative themes love and assurance. TG Omori casts both artists against a backdrop of color and splendor, with cut and paste effects making for fresh visuals.
Adekunle Gold – Something Different
Adekunle Gold continued the run-up to his forthcoming project with ‘Something Different’. A glorious song of longing, the Moyo-directed video wears a similar hue and has been described as “simple yet bewitching with its use of complimentary colors and African garments.”
Yemi Alade ft. Angeliqué Kidjo – Shekere
The phenomenal Yemi Alade is one artist who dons her African identity like a badge of honor. On ‘Shekere’ she features the legendary Beninese singer Angeliqué Kidjo –its vibrant video is directed by Ovie Etseyatse and casts Yemi Alade and Ms. Kidjo in extravagant looks. The dancers are not left out, fitted in colorful Ankaras and beads.
Omah Lay – Lo Lo
Port Harcourt-bred Omah Lay has captured the hearts of a nation with his music. Get Layd, his successful debut, features ‘Lo Lo’, a track produced by the artist himself. For video shooting duties, he however leaves things to Dammy Twitch, who calls up a favorable impression of Omah even if applying the familiar collage of beautiful black models, African prints and scenes which alternate between a hair salon and the streets, where Omah Lay rides in a fancy car with the ladies.
Fireboy DML – Eli
Nigerian superstar Fireboy DML has shuffled things up in his two singles after 2019’s Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps. ‘Eli,’ his alt-pop effort is built around a flute and bouncy percussions. Clarence Peters directs the video, combining aesthetic influences from China and Nigeria to capture Fireboy’s concerns about a Delilah.
Chiké ft. Ric Hassani – Nakupenda
In recent times, few Nigerian projects have achieved the critical acclaim enjoyed by Chiké’s stunning debut album Boo of the Booless. ‘Nakupenda,’ a love-styled duet with Ric Hassani. With the video directed by Ani James for Aje Filmworks, both men wear fitted suits and are captured in poetic scenes bursting with color and emotion.
Fireboy DML – Tattoo
YBNL signee Fireboy had the country on lock with his debut LTG and gearing for his second, he’s been putting out songs and visuals. This one is a raunchy affair, brilliantly captured in dimly lit scenes by veteran director Clarence Peters.
Ladipoe ft. Simi – Know You
One of the great records of its time, Ladipoe (the self-dubbed Leader of the Revival) and Simi made something special but this video, a lover’s story shot by Priorgold Pictures, situates it as a modern classic. The storyline, fashion, the colors and lighting… everything’s just perfect and in the right taste.
Tiwa Savage – Dangerous Love
In anticipation of her new album Celia (in August), Tiwa Savage out out “Dangerous Love,” a quarantine-themed record which played on the subtleties of online romance. The video, directed by Ibra and Tiwa Savage, ties into that narrative yet, featuring the sexy Nigerian artist in several adorable scenes, keeping your eyes on her through the clip’s run time.
Naira Marley – As E Dey Go
Famed for his groovy anthems, Naira Marley recently delivered yet another in ‘As E Dey Go,’ a depiction of street life, produced by Rexxie. The Director K video digs into that scenery even more, buying into Marley’s cred as a sort of street hero –surely, in the first scene off the video, he rescues a lady from being assaulted by an hoodlum, by way of the cinematic hero punch.
Zlatan Ibile ft. Papisnoop – The Matter
The Nigerian rapper Zlatan Ibile is known for working the condiments of a viral social media moment into his music. “The Matter,” off his Road to CDK tape, features the craze of a typical court session in Nigeria. Directed by Visionary Pictures, Zlatan and labelmate Papisnoop are cast in the midst of so much drama but more conveniently for viewers, an attention to details that’ll make the fun song even more fun to watch.
Reminisce ft. Fireboy DML – Ogranya
Veteran rapper Reminisce made an awaited return with the Vibes and Insha Allah EP, pushing the EP with lead single “Ogranya” featuring Fireboy DML. A Pop song per excellence, the vibrant night-themed TG Omori video does it narrative even more justice as you’re pulled into the celebrity of both Reminisce and sparring partner Fireboy.
Darey Art Alade – Jah Guide Me
The R&B icon returned with the Pheelz-produced ‘Jah Guide Me,’ a song whose production and Daddy’s powerful vocals evoked such wondrous feeling. The visual, directed by Mex and the artist himself, holds itself up as a great visual accompaniment, parlaying the aspirational leanings of the record.
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