When it comes to making good music in Africa, Nigeria, South Africa, and Ghana top the chart. They are the reasons songs by African musicians are being listened to beyond the shores of the continent and with the continued emergence of young talented artists from these countries and other nations of Africa, the continent’s music industry keeps soaring.
One artist who has been making waves in terms of most viewed, most downloaded and most listened to songs in Africa is Wizkid Ayo, aka Starboy. Since his first hit single “Holla at Your Boy” released in 2010 he has continued to release a whole lot of songs that have appealed to many people. With his debut album, Superstar (2011), and the excellent tour de force, Ayo (2014), the young Starboy has been steadily dominating Africa’s hip-hop scene. In 2017, he sat on the throne as the new African Pop King after bagging plenty awards.
With lots of international collaborations he has done and plans to do, he is currently walking into the hall of global pop stars. We at Woke Africa have carefully selected our top 21 remarkable songs of Wizkid that will remain evergreen in our hearts.
“Holla at Your Boy”
Produced by DJ Klem (Knighthouse) and Vebee. This is the first single from his debut album, Superstar (2011) and was the music that brought Wizikid to spotlight. The song is pure hip-hop with soft resonant beat warming to the soul.
This track was performed the first time during Wizzy’s performance at Felabration before its official release weeks later in 2013. Produced by Legendary beat, Eledumare is basically a prayer in a danceable song.
This is another song that gave Wizkid fame after Holla at Your Boy and garnered enough buzz in Nigerian dance hip-hop industry in 2012 and up till now it’s still fresh to listen.
Directed by Clarence Peters and Produced by many including Samklef, E-Kelly, Jay Sleek, Shizzi, DJ Klem, Masterkraft, Q-Beats, Vebee and Banky W, “Pakurumo” is the 5th track in Wizkids Superstar album with video cameos from Funke Akindele, Banky W, Skales, Pasuma, Ali Baba, Tee-A, Pope Da Hitman, Tiwa Savage, Mo’Cheddah and Ice Prince and Davido. You can still dance to the jam of this Yoruba mix song as it offers up an original take on the syncopated afrobeats-dancehall-reggaeton fusion.
The track title, Ojuelegba is a metropolitan subsection of Lagos Nigeria, where Starboy grew up. Highlighting Wizkid’s struggles and how he moved from rags to riches just by doing his own kind of music to which he continually choruses “I can’t explain” in the song. The track is slow and emotional as it pierces listeners souls yet thrilling and hot because it fuses a mid-tempo beat with the song’s chorus, giving the fulfilment of listening to a well-made song. The song was remixed by Drake and Skepta in 2015, sparking the relationship between Wizkid and Drake.
“Caro” is a grooving jam with collaboration between Wizkid and L.A.X. Produced by Legendary Beatz, the single was the first official recording released by Wizkid’s own label Starboy Entertainment. The song recorded a huge success that it was added to Ayo as a bonus track.
“Show You the Money”
This track has a weird feel to it. It slowly engulfs you with the up-tempo beat and instrumental jam and lyrics. Produced by Shizzi, the heavy dance track came with a music video that follows Wizkid to Surelere, a neighborhood in Ojuelegba where he grew up.
Just like “Caro”, “Ginger” is another hit song in which Wizkid was featured by L.A.X. You will get the proof of how remarkable this song is by just watching the remarkable moments of The Wedding Party, a movie directed Kemi Adetiba and produced by Ijeoma Agukoronye, Don Omope, Zulumoke Onuekwusi that topped the chart of Nollywood’s most successful movies in 2017.
“In My Bed”
Primarily made up of Staccato tunes meshed with peaks and troughs of vocals and breaks, Wizkid’s “In My Bed” is the seventh single of the tour de force of Ayo. The pairing of South African outfit Uhuru ‘s beatwork with the Nigerian star’s plead for a girl to come home with him has made this one a DJ staple for club dance floors across the globe.
This is another smash of Wizkid as a featured artist alongside fellow Nigerian Kcee. “Pull Over” dominated Television music screens and entertainment outlets when it dropped and can still be heard jamming hard in clubs and events.
This is one of the international collaborations of Wizkid that was inescapable for hip-hop lovers. Wizkid takes the first verse and choruses of this Killbeatz-produced jam alongside R2bees “Slow Down”.
Which Nigeria album would be complete without the typical mummy-thank-you-for-all track? This track is emotional and relatable. Hearing the lyrics “I will buy you Ferrari”, “I will love you forever”, “I will be there for you”, “I will do anything for you” is actually what everyone with a good mother wants to do for them.
Wizkid collaborates with London rap star, Tinie Tempah for a Latin-tinged ode to a lady as he shows off his Spanish in the chorus and takes over the track near the end.
“Final (Baba Nla)”
Released in late 2015 and produced by Legendury Beatz, this song is built on flute samples and keyboard jabs. It’s as addictive of a track as we’d come to expect from Starboy.
This is one Wizzy’s song you can listen to it in a variety of situations and still enjoy the track. Drake went full afrobeats as one of the lead singles off his album Views. Wizkid co-wrote and co-produced the track alongside its producers, Nineteen85, South Africa’s DJ Maphorisa, and Noah “40” Shebib. The track samples Filipino R&B; singer Kyla‘s Do You Mind and features Wizkid on the post-choruses. The song was the best performing single of 2016, reaching number 1 in 15 countries and breaking the record for the most streamed song ever on Spotify.
After a major silence between the duo that brought a lot of speculations and rumours about their friendship, the duo surprised the industry just after the success of “One Dance” with “Come Closer”. The song, which first leaked as “Hush Up The Silence”, has continually gained heavy rotation on airwaves across the globe since it dropped.
Produced by Shizzi, Wizzy takes Afro-beat beyond the shores of Africa again, bringing Future into it. Future sticks side-by-side with Wizkid as they both blend the tune together. Giving it the resonance that made it exceptional.
After Starboy appeared in Tekno’s “Mama”, he released “Manya” as a sequel to “Everytime”. The smash song is undoubtedly a copy of Ghanaian acts, VIP’s song “Gehu”. Although some people think the song is wack, we think that with the Wizzy’s vibes and flavours, it becomes addictive and you can hardly skip the song from your playlist even if you are not happy that he copied Ghana.