When I say dancehall kings here I don’t mean kings in the Dancehall genre. Rather, I mean dance floor/ party rockers in Nigeria. It is impossible for any of their songs not to be played in any party or club in their respective times.
I bring to you my list of Nigerian artistes whose songs ruled dance floors from 2004 to date.
In 2005, Benue-born duo, Zule Zoo, came up with a song titled Kerewa. It was a certified banger.
Blackface, a member of the defunct group, Plantashun Boiz, in 2004, dropped Hard life which was widely accepted on the dance floors. Not too long after that, he released another dance track, in 2006, titled Ahead of the Game.
In the early years of D’banj’s career, Don Jazzy and D’banj teamed up to birth a club banger, Tongolo, in 2005. Tongolo’s instrumentation is similar to the instrumentation of 50 Cent’s global hit, Candy Shop. The veteran producer brought out his best on the beat with the use of some sound effects. In January this year, D’banj brought us Emergency which is already everywhere.
In 2008, 9ice, released the Gongo Aso Album. This album contains at least 3 songs that rocked every party in 2008 and beyond. Examples of such songs are Photocopy, Gongo Aso and Party Rider.
Afropop wizard, Wande Coal stunned us when he dropped in 2009 a monster dance track: You Bad. This rocked every party. Before then Pere and Close To You had been released and were still hot. These two songs are Mohits group songs but i’m putting it here because of the immensity of his contribution: vocals and lyrics. And when everyone had already removed their dancing shoes, Wande released Rotate in 2013 which got everybody back on the dancefloors.
Terry G is a dancehall artiste with almost all his songs being dancehall. With this singer, 2009 and 2010 were crazy years as you hear Terry G’s banging streethop anywhere you go. These were times his hit single Free Madness and some other songs were everywhere. Free madness became so acceptable he had to do about 5 remixes. Last year, he dropped Nonsense. You hear this song not only in the clubs but also everywhere you go.
Star boy is known to have penchant for dance songs. He released Pakurumo in 2011, Azonto in 2012, Show You The Money, Bombay and Sound It in 2014. He ended 2015 with Baba Nla. He does it yearly.
It is no news Timaya is a serial dance-track maker. From Bom Bom, to Ukwu, Sanko andrecently released Like the Way.
In 2014 Orezi dropped You Garrit. When this song was still rocking the dancefloors, he shot another into the social scene, Shoki. He later released Shuperu which is still banging.
MC Galaxy is one of the ‘kings’. The musician cum comedian in 2014 released Sekem- a hit song with a dance video. In 2015, he dropped another club banger by the title Go Gaga ft DJ Jimmy Jatt, Dancehall artistes Cynthia Morgan and Ghanaian Stoneboy. No wonder he calls himself ‘the king of new dance’.
Olamide is a rapper but he is does not hide his love for dance tracks. In 2011, he released Omo to Shan which features Wizkid. In 2013, he dropped Kodurosoke. In 2015, Olamide dished out a Streethop with a dance to go with it. This got everyone doing the Shakiti Bobo dance up till now. Don’t Stop, off his latest album, is currently rocking dancefloors.