By Kehinde Ajose
Collabos are means by which artistes bring their unique ingenuity on a song and leverage on each other’s creativity and fans base. Juacali, a Kenyan hip -hop rapper puts it this way: “Artistes should be ready for collaborations. And the concept is ever-changing as new faces as well as sounds come. This has changed the way fans consume music. Collaborating gives one high chances of opening up new markets.”
Onyeka Onwenu’s Wait for me duet with King Sunny Ade was one of the collabos that changed the face of the Nigerian music scene in the early 90’s. Ever since, artistes have teamed up with one another to create a seamless artistic chemistry. In no particular order, we chronicle Nigerian artistes who bring their own brilliant magic on collabos and are often sought after by other artistes.
The Mavin records emperor has suddenly become a collabo magnet. Before now, he was just satisfied with being behind the scenes; suddenly artistes started recruiting him for their songs. He was featured on Psquare’s Collabo, Olamide’s Skelemba, Iyanya’s Gift, Timaya’s Concur and other songs. The highlife flavour he brings to collabos seems to be his selling point. Don Jazzy fans are gladly waiting for him to release his own album. Will that happen anytime soon? Only time will tell
Ghost Mode hit maker, Phyno is another talented artiste who gets featured on songs. His unique delivery, versatility and punch lines are things to watch out for whenever he is being featured on a song. He was featured on Humble Smith’s Osinachi, Flavour’s Wiser, Olamide’s In my circle, Jaywon’s Madantin, Falz’s Karishaka and others. Though he hasn’t come out to declare that he charges for collabos, but whenever he collaborates on a song, you can be sure he will deliver.
Recall that Wizkid once revealed that he is responsible for making Saeon’s Boogie Down a hit song. Like a medicine man that is confident of his remedy, Wizkid is confident of the magic he brings on collabos. He has been featured on Seyi Shay’s Crazy, Terry G’s Knack Am, Runtown’s Bend down pause, DJ Jimmy Jatt’s Feeling the beat, Praiz’s Sisi and others. When the starboy melody fills a song, it’s bound to get people showing off their steps on the dance floor.
These days everyone wants a piece of Olamide. The YBNL boss versatility always comes to the fore whenever he collaborates on a song. Though some music pundits believe too many collabos might affect his brand, but the hit maker isn’t ready to slow down yet. He has been featured on Phyno’s Aju, Davido’s The Money, Harry Song’s Reggae blues, Sound Sultan’s Monsura , Sunkanmi’s For body and others
DM Records boss who was allegedly accused of rape by a woman based in the U.S is a bonafide collabo king. His freestyles and seamless delivery makes him a candidate for collabos. He has been featured on Patoranking’s Alubarika, Kcee’s Alkayida, Solid Star’s My body,DJ Exclusive’s Pangolo and others. Though the talented artiste still remains a controversy magnet, but that hasn’t affected his star power.
Girlie O singer, Patoranking who recently had a successful concert in Johannesburg, South Africa is one artiste who possesses that rare ability to add flavour to a collabo. His dancehall style has made him a toast to other artistes. He has featured on Lil Kesh’s Is it because, Wizzy Pro’s Emergency, Ycee’s Condo, Waje’s Left for good, Dija’s Falling for you and lot’s more. He was recently unveiled as Malivelihood brand ambassador.
Everyone knows Davido is the son of a billionaire businessman, but not everyone knows he shines when it comes to collaborating with other artistes. Armed with a croaky voice, the Afropop star still shows his adaptability on collabos. He has been featured on DJ Exclusive’s Wole, MC Galaxy’s Nek Unek, Runtown’s Gallardo, R2bees’s Gboza and lot’s more. He recently shocked his fans when he announced that he won’t be releasing his anticipated album this year again.
The self styled musical taliban Oritsefemi whose Double Wahala song made him a sought after artiste, cannot be ignored when it comes to collabos. The Ajegunle bred has a voice that can calm frayed nerves. He has been featured on Black Magic’s Pass you by, Yung6ix’s Blessings, 2kriss Jogede,Dayo Amusa’s Aiye Mi and lot’s more. One distinct trait he possesses is that high pitch that serenades you whenever you need to add spice to your day.
Fans of Nigerian music never get enough of Banky W whenever he is being featured on a song. The E.M.E boss has an exceptional voice that ladies cannot resist. He has featured on Black Magic’s Body, DJ Exclusive’s Tonight, Sarkodie’s Pon di ting, Seyi Shay’s Right now and lot’s more. The award winning singer once said he will get married once God gives him the right lady. “‘I don’t know when I’ll get married, I guess it’s when God gives me the right lady because getting married is the most important decision a man can make. I’m simply looking for a special woman that will complement me”
In case you don’t know, Terry G is still on top of his game. The House of Gingah boss is still sought after in the game of collabos. Years back, he had issues with A.Y.com over the hit song Pass me your love. The versatile music producer has been featured on Joel’s Person pikin, Maleek Rahym, Jawo, Abdulala Paro, Timaya’s Lai lai and lot’s more. He has been branded unconventional by some and seen as strange by others.