a better time

Top 50 albums and EPs of 2020

The year is finally off to an end and we are buzzing with the cheer of new beginnings, albeit with a little caution. We do not want to repeat the mistake of being so enthusiastic for the year just like we were for 2020 but then when it finally arrived, it shocked us all.

First, a pandemc that wiped out thousands of lives. We were locked in our homes unable to connect physically with our friends and loved ones. The pandemic not only restricted us to house arrests and lockdowns, it restructured our way of life as we knew it. There was a plummet in our frequenting of resturants, pubs, parties, clubs and many others. But in the way that humans have always been resilient, we innovated and adapted . We found new ways to retouch and rekindle with people: a rise in virtual meetings, virtual concerts, rise of new apps like Tik Tok where people with enough free time started dances and challenges that travelled wide and far.

It was definitely hard for artists to put out music at a point when we were tending to illnesses and losing loved ones. Some had it worse than others. There was the Black lives matter movement triggered by the death of George Floyd that tore our hearts and when we thought it couldn’t get worse, there was the massacre of Innocent Nigerians whose only crimes were demanding a better socio-political climate for them to thrive. They demanded to not be killed, wrongly profiled and harrassed, they demanded for justice and were met with hot water canons, tear gas and bullets. In all this, we sought succour in one of the universal languages known to man; Music.

Somehow African music still managed to shine, we had an array of singers, writers, producers, curators etc that offered us an eclectic mix of sounds varying in styles and genres. There were a couple of projects put out by the veterans and experimental futurist sounds from the newcomers. We mourned with music, held steadfast and protested with music, celebrated and rejoiced with music the only way we knew how. In this light, we at PGM bring to you the top 50 albums and extended plays this year that made it just a little bearable maybe even enjoyable. Songs that dulled the ache for a little bit and even made us dance. In no particular order, here is our top 50 albums for 2020;

  1. Pioneers – DRB Lasgidi
  2. Boo of the booless – Chike
  3. Empress – Yemi Alade
  4. Colours & Sounds – Niniola
  5. My side of the story – Busiswa
  6. Nudes – Moonchild Sanelly
  7. Gratitude – Timaya
  8. Kpanlogo – Darkovibes
  9. For broken ears – Tems
  10. Made in Lagos- Wizkid
  11. Cult – Paybac Iboro
  12. Flavour of Africa – Flavor
  13. Grace – DJ Spinall
  14. African Time Deluxe version – Krizbeatz
  15. Three – Patoranking
  16. Apollo – Fireboy DML
  17. Celia – Tiwa Savage
  18. Twice as Tall – Burna boy
  19. Anloga Junction – Stonebwoy
  20. Carpe Diem – Olamide
  21. Jiggy pack – Kida Kudz
  22. Everything you heard is true – Odunsi the Engine
  23. Oxygen – Oxlade
  24. Off the record – Reekado Banks
  25. Mirage  – Mannywellz
  26. National Anthem – Psycho YP
  27. Lava feels – Joey B
  28. Original Copy – Cuppy
  29. I am the King of Amapiano – Kabza de Small
  30. Yabasi- Basketmouth
  31. Afropop vol 1 – Adekunle Gold
  32. Restless II – Simi
  33. Get layd – Omah lay
  34. See the Queue – CDQ
  35. Wildfire – Prettyboy D.O
  36. Zaza Vibes – LAX
  37. Afrosoul deluxe – Wurld
  38. King of Love – Kizz Daniels
  39. To the world and beyond – Sun El-musician
  40. Blackstar – Kelvyn Boy
  41. Send them to the Conventry – Pa Salieu
  42. Any minute now – Cassper Nyovest
  43. Zulu man with power – Nasty C
  44. Small world – Ricky Tyler
  45. Midnight Train – Sauti sol
  46. Pianochella – Major league DJz
  47. SG hubuses Excellent – Focalist
  48. National Anthem – Psycho YP
  49. Yellow – Brymo
  50. The Angel you don’t know – Amaarae

Remember to wash your hands regularly, wear your mask and maintain social distancing. Cheers to the new year. Happy 2021.

 

Album Review: A BETTER TIME

A Better time, Davido’s third studio album was released on the 13th of November, 2020 with 18 million streams on Audiomack and is currently topping the Nigerian Apple music chart. It is all that has been on everyone’s lips for several days now as fans and stans are battling while comparing it with earlier released albums by their faves. Davido’s son, Ifeanyi graciously fills his album cover announcing it as a celebration of birth and life. The album contains 17 tracks featuring a host of African artists which includes Mayorkun, Tiwa Savage, Sho Madjozi, Sauti Sol, Ckay, Bella Shmurda, Mugeez, as well as international artistes like Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Nas, Lil Baby, Young Thug, and Hit-boy making the album a power packed house of various sounds. The album appeals not only to its Nigerian audience but also Africans outside of Nigeria.

Davido’s first track “FEM” already a popular tune across the airways and clubs addresses his haters and their constant criticism of his works and achievements. He gives them a direct advice with fingers to his lips to FEM and face themselves. Not to forget that this song was a popular chant and anthem at the protests that occurred in various parts of Lagos especially Lekki. The following tracks SOMETHING FISHY, JOWO, TANANA, LA LA, FADE, HEAVEN, VERY SPECIAL, SHOPPING SPREE, SUNLIGHT, BIRTHDAY CAKE, ON MY WAY, SO CRAZY, are love songs pleading, eulogizing or seeking reassurances from his lovers. HOLY GROUND is fast becoming a favorite for many. Davido preaching romance in his unique OBO way as usual. While some collabs for instance his songs SO CRAZY with Lil baby and BIRTHDAY CAKE with Nas and Hit-boy were really not necessary and did nothing to add to the overall body of work, there really are no bad songs and every track can be solidly enjoyed. Davido proceeds to proclaim and announce ostentatiously his ride or die goons in the track I GOT A FRIEND. Davido and Mayorkun tout their horn as THE BEST and baddest in their craft making it a bop tune for many pouring in their effort in their creative ventures and work trying to maintain a standard of excellence. The effort put into this album can be clearly seen and felt. It is easy for this album to be enjoyed by all and sundry.

 While the album is enjoyable and really has no bad songs, does it have more to offer as a sequel to A GOOD TIME? We leave you all to be the judge of that. This album however provides various tunes to rock the clubs and concerts this Christmas and we rate it a 7.5/10.

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