Dyesek's Top 10 Albums Of 2020

by Dyesek Admins

,Burna Boy,Chiké,Davido,Fireboy DML,Kizz Daniel,Olamide,Omah Lay,Patoranking,Tiwa Savage,Wizkid,,A Better Time,Apollo,Boo of the Booless,Carpe Diem,Celia,Get Layd,King of Love,Made in Lagos,Three,Twice As Tall

2020 has been a year filled with many tribulations and triumphs. The most interesting thing about the year was a lot of albums were released more than any other year. Amidst all of the difficulties of this year, many of us were blessed with enough time to sit, think, and to listen. Artistes delivered, projects rich in connotations, excising loneliness, pain and anger. Some helped us to find joy, offering up celebration, creativity and sensuality. Whether released pre covid-19 lockdown or post, the albums that stuck with us, ranged from afrobeats projects to dance-hall, reggae, highlife, fuji, R&B, fantasy, pop and others. Below, here are the top 10 albums we’ve loved living with in 2020.

10. Boo of the Booless, Chiké

Chiké's Boo of the Booless is an Afro-R&B 14 track debut album released solely by Chiké to commemorate valentines day 2020. To create a buzz around his music he leveraged on strategic collaborations and network from the curation of project art by Mufasa studios to photography by Lexash to features by MI Abaga, Ric Hassani & Zoro, music production by Deeyaso (major producer), Vtek, blaisebeatz, Nervmix, etc amidst other connections and plugs that set the ball rolling. A & R’d by Ogagus(ogaga sakpaide), who explained that love was the driving force behind his repertoire directions. Boo of the Booless is an amazinly beautiful album, it's very rich in content with to die for vocals. The collaborations are perfect. In a time when afrobeats and afropop took over the African Music Scene, Chiké brought back this Album richly crafted in AfroR&B. 

9. Get Layd, Omah Lay

Omah Lay is one of the best break out artistes of 2020. On this EP he proves to be an artist who has come to stay. The Afro-fusion artist writes and produces most of his records, so it would be accurate to say he owns his sounds. Get Layd is an extraordinary project . This EP is a beautiful introduction to a significant talent in the Nigerian change of guard. One that looks to be a key player from here on out. Omah Lay's greatest gift might seem his technique or his lyric tenor vocal, but it's not. His greatest gift is his type of songwriting that merges echoes of Fireboy's creative penmanship with Wizkid's vibes. .Omah Lay, the world is watching now go on and dominate. The tracks in Get Layd dominated our featured lyrics with likes and hypes.

8. King of Love, Kizz Daniel

King of Love album shows Kizz Daniel as a talented artiste living his life, a young man who is living the dream with problems ranging from finding love, sex, and freedom, each track on this project has message listeners can relate to. The structure, lyrics, theme, and the art representative of this project is very commendable. It inspires hard work, consistency, tenacity, perseverance and some Loyalty. The production credit and crew show some loyalty. Kizz has stuck with Coublon and Young Jonn, two producers who make it a point of duty to deliver solely hit songs. King of Love isone of the best Afro-pop album that the Nigerian music has seen in 2020 - it's even more impressive that it was created by one of the mainstays of an evolving, risque and unpredictable industry and soundscape. Daniel also shines at creative songwriting that combines resonant storytelling with enjoyable Afro-pop delivery and his ever-improving use of deft adlibs. His creative excellence also includes his unique song titles - something that he has always been impressive. Kizz Daniel shows us he is an Alpha male in making Afro-pop records with this project. This album was definately worth our time.

7. Apollo, Fireboy DML

Apollo is Fireboy's sophomore album. After his successful debut album “Laughter, Tears and Goosebumps”, listeners were anxious to hear what the fast-rising popstar had in store for them. Apollo reflects his current stance in life and that of the current Nigerian soundscape just as on his debut. More than anything, Apollo is the creation of an increasingly confident young man and a cross-section of traits and occurrences that define his current life. On Laughter, Tears and Goosebumps, he was a loverboy who hoped to create soundtracks to amorous occasions for his fellow youth while also hoping to make them dance. But on Apollo, he slightly steps away from that persona and becomes a more confident version of himself. The rising Nigerian singer is on the fore-front of the hybrid “Afro-life” sound and his latest album is the peak of his vision so far, a melodious, detailed, and effortless album of feel-good pop and AfroR&B. 

6. Made In Lagos, Wizkid

Made In Lagos is the fourth studio album by Nigerian A-List singer Wizkid. Released on October 30, 2020, it featured guest British artists Skepta and Ella Mai, American R&B singer H.E.R., Jamaican artists Projexx and Damian Marley, and Nigerian artists Burna Boy, Tems, Tay Iwar and Terri. Made in Lagos dispels those doubts over 14 tracks. Here, he’s finally balanced the formula to unite home and abroad with big pop songs that can compete across cultures and an underlying theme that embraces his roots. The project is dedicated to Lagos, Nigeria’s bubbling creative hub, historically the beating heart of Africa’s art community. It’s home for WizKid, the place where he was born, raised, and first accepted. It isn’t his first love letter to his hometown: His previous ode to the city’s popular Ojuelegba neighborhood brought Drake into his life and launched his crossover campaign. He continues to embrace his people in art and in action: As young Nigerians around the world participated in the recent #EndSARS protests against police brutality, WizKid delayed his much anticipated album release and joined in, marching alongside fans in London and becoming a vocal advocate on social media, then releasing later on, when the protests had been eased. However, a lot of fans got something entirely different from what they were expecting on this project, most especially due to its self-introductory title, "Made In Lagos".The album still comprised outstanding Afrobeats sounds, portraying more of a R&B theme. MIL tracks such as Essence, Ginger, No Stress, and others stayed on our list of Featured Lyrics for a long period of time.

5. Celia, Tiwa Savage

Celia is the latest album from The Queen of Afrobeats; Tiwa Savage.  Mummy Jamjam as she is fondly called is a veteran of the American, British and Nigerian music industries, Savage has an innate understanding of how various strains of music from the Black diaspora fit together, so R&B, rap, Afrobeats, and global pop blend seamlessly on the album. Savage’s featherweight and precise voice flips fluidly between English and Yoruba, while bright horn sections drift in and out. She also shows off an alluring chemistry with an array of artists, from Sam Smith to Davido to Naira Marley. Their inspired contributions make Celia a Nigerian standout in a year of creative excellence from the country, with other releases coming from Burna Boy, Davido, Fireboy DML, Olamide and Wizkid.  The awe-inspiring and compulsive tracks off this special body of work ranked top on our featured lyrics here at DYESEK. 

4. Three, patoranking

2020 marked Dance-Hall and Reggae Artist Patoranking's 30th year of existence. The Singer released his third studio album appropriately titled Three. This latest project has been crafted to embody several meanings, emanating the energy of joy and growth, reflecting on his personal journey through his life and career. His third album Three is a follow-up on; "God Over Everything" and "Wilmer", Patoranking’s latest body of work is a sign of maturity in his art and the understanding that during life’s ongoing trials and tribulations, it is important to recognise who will be there when times are most difficult. Three feels like the completion of the artistic experiment that Patoranking commenced on Wilmer. Three also contains some impressive pieces of songwriting that adequately serves their purpose. Patoranking was disciplined enough to stay creatively vibrant even now that he is becoming an elder statesman in Nigerian music. 

3. A Better Time, Davido

A Better Time is a follow up of "A Good Time". Davido's latest project is hot and  was meant to soundtrack a party, A Better Time celebrates where he currently stands in his life. On A Better Time, it's a  17-track follow-up to his sophomore offering, Davido attempts to advance the vision of A Good Time maximally without cracking under the pressure of our collective precarious year. Largely, ABT does not diverge from AGT in subject matter or form, it’s another near-hour of high-octane production, loving croons, and grandiose promises from one of Africa’s most consistent hitmakers. At certain points, ABT toggles back to the existential tension of Davido’s stardom: legitimacy and perception. The body of work had a lot of international collaborations, standard Afrobeats hits, addictive visuals, and it stayed on the charts even up till now. was polarizing, but it contained a myriad of smash hit singles. ‘A Better Time’ comes hot on the heels of ‘A Good Time.’ If ‘A Good Time’ was meant to soundtrack a party, ‘A Better Time’ was meant to celebrate where he currently stands in his life. On A Better Time, the quick-fire 17-track follow-up to his sophomore offering, Davido attempts to advance the vision of A Good Time maximally without cracking under the pressure of our collective precarious year. Largely, ABT does not diverge from AGT in subject matter or form, it’s another near-hour of high-octane production, loving croons, and grandiose promises from one of Africa’s most consistent hitmakers. At certain points, ABT toggles back to the existential tension of Davido’s stardom: legitimacy and perception. The body of work had a lot of international collaborations, standard Afrobeats hits, addictive visuals, and has stayed on the charts even up till now.

2. Twice as Tall , Burna Boy

Twice as Tall is the fifth studio album by Nigerian singer Burna Boy. It was released on August 14, 2020, by Spaceship Entertainment, Atlantic Records and Warner Music. Recording sessions took place in 2020, with Burna Boy, American singer and songwriter Diddy and Mama Burna Bose Ogulu serving as the record's executive producers. The album is a mixture of Afrobeats, dancehall, pop and hip hop. It was produced primarily by Telz, along with production from Rexxie, Timbaland and DJDS, among others. The album features guest appearances from Youssou N'Dour, Naughty by Nature, Sauti Sol, Chris Martin and Stormzy. Its lead single is "Wonderful", released on June 26, 2020. Twice As Tall takes many of the compelling constituent parts of African Giant – the matter-of-fact Yoruba and Pidgin verses, the innovative yet commercial sounds from his Nigerian producers, some high-profile collaborations, his political awakening – and runs them harder. The catchy Wonderful, the first single, goes all out on the theme of Africa as humanity’s motherland; the visuals broadcast the sort of riotous tribal maximalism that Beyoncé has now made mainstream. By contrast, the equally arresting Alarm Clock is a wake-up call that features an expressive horn line, a vintage African shuffle and the unexpected spectacle of Sean “Diddy” Combs preaching black unity. For all its fire, this remains an album with good times in its sights. It is safe to say that almost all the tracks in this project were smash hits.

1. Carpe Diem, Olamide

Few months after the release of "999 EP", Baddo comes up with this show stopper "Carpe Diem" is a latin word to urge someone to make the most of the present time and give little thought to the future. Carpe Diem is the eleventh studio album of Nigerian rapper, Olamide and his first body of work under American label and distribution company, Empire Distribution.  In Carpe Diem, Olamide simply preaches that he is choosing to seize the moment rather than grasp at straws. While some of this change can be attributed to Olamide’s new affiliation with EMPIRE Distribution, it’s also about Olamide’s appetite to extend his stay at the top rather than roll over and die. Across the 12 tracks and 38 minutes that make ‘Carpe Diem,’ Olamide speaks more to the heart and soul of his female fan base. Olamide directly addressed them with beats and styles that will appeal to them. This direction also speaks to Olamide’s understanding of the current realities of the Nigerian soundscape and why acts like Joeboy, Fireboy, Omah Lay and Rema are adored. They appeal to their female fan base with topics of love and sex delivered in affectionate formats. While it's still a magnus opus moment, Carpe Diem is Olamide's best album in terms of sound engineering. It also has zero fillers and it has a topical sonic and topical cohesion merged with a topical progression that no other Olamide album has. The notable, Nigerian street rapper has deliberately become much better, with great diversity on his recent project through qualitative collaboration. The choice of collaboration sheds his pure aptness on featured records through out the project. So he once more dazzled us into anew light, anew style of his artistry through his 8th studio project, Carpe Diem. This project lays his artistry on a thick divergent dimension. His grown way older making this kind of art consistently, he is become wilder. Sonically blinded and making his collaboration a cautious experience one can quickly sink into; and then floating this project with few notable Nigerian Afro-pop superstars which abruptly kindled the vibe and reassured the essence of the "Carpe Diem". 

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