Top 5: The Best Nigerian Song Collabos of All Time (Featuring Banky W, Don Jazzy, Dbanj, Ice Prince, Pype, and More)

These songs reveal that Nigerian artists have stopped collaborating as much as they used to in the past.

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It was in 1999 that Seyi Sodimu and Shaffy Bello combined to give us “Love Me Jeje”. At that time, the song mocked genres, swinging from classic Yoruba Fuji to Afrobeat while Bello’s vocals added that little bit of R&B element. “I be African man; I be exotic lover”. Sodimu brashly talks about his lover boy capabilities. He’s looking for love, but not willing to settle for less than he would give. “Pretty lady, it’s nice to know ya,” he tells Bello, who recognises and appears to love the drip of the man taking interest in her. She, too, wants love–the very best kind–confessing fear and insecurity in her demands: “Love me jeje, love me tender”.

“Love Me Jeje” is one of Nigeria’s most classic collaborations ever. When mainstream music was being heralded in the late 90s and early 2000s, it was one of the best hits available, and having spent most of his life in America, it’s no surprise Sodimu was able to harness the power of multi-star power and variety to hype up his song.

Anyway, to cut to the chase, collaborations are the life blood of art. Not to sound cliche, but collaborating just makes things better; not only music. Sometimes we get an upcoming artist and a more established one on a song, other times we get two masters on the same song, and sometimes it’s a blend of the previously mentioned two kinds. However, sometimes too, we get up to 4 or 5 really good musicians in one song. Those songs, I have coined the ‘ultimate collaborations’.

In the formative days of modern Nigerian music, it was easier to see more ultimate collaborations, to get our big stars to work together; most of them lived here. Most of them were either do-it-yourself or signed to local labels that didn’t place so much restriction on their art. However, with international managers and labels flooding the industry today, the number of ultimate collaborations we see has dropped drastically. In fact, the closest thing we’ve had to an ultimate collaboration in recent times is Burna Boy and Wizkid’s 2022 smash “Balloon d’Or”. But that is a million hype-cycles away from the GOATs that appear on this list.

Check of 5 ultimate Nigerian music collaborations; promise you will get high on nostalgia.

Koma Roll Remix: Tillaman, Burna Boy, Ice Prince, Phyno, Iyanya, Trigga

Remember this song? Classic in every way you can think of the word classic. The street-hop classic released in 2013, Tillaman put Vector on the original song, before recruiting a fast-rising Burna Boy and Iyanya, as well as hip hop kingpins Phyno and Ice prince for this remix.

Champion: General Pype, Vector, Dagrin, Naeto C, Sasha P, GT

“Champion” is really that song. During the golden era of Nigerian rap, you could consider it to have been sent from the future. The song’s bold claim is complemented by Pype’s defiant and dauntless reggae and dancehall vocals while Dagrin, Vector, Naeto C, and Sasha flow like butterflies and literally sting like bees. GT, GT makes sure he leaves us yearning for more of his voice.

Lagos Party Remix: Banky W, eLDee, Naeto C, Dbanj, 9ice, Muna

Banky W took Nigerian music by storm when he returned from Yank in the mid 2000s. With his American-boy swag though, his most impactful project would come in form of his 17-track (including instrumentals) third studio album “The W Experience”. By 2009, Banky had already set up his own label and looking to nurture young talents like Wizkid. But apart from giving us Wiz, “Lagos Party” is easily his second most storied accomplishments. From a star-studded video that really was an Eko party and had nearly the entire Nigerian music industry in attendance, to a remix with big names Dbaanj, 9ice, the prolific Naeto C and eLDee. Kudos to Dokta Frabz for cooking the beat.

Booty Call: Don Jazzy, Dbanj, Wande Coal, Dr Sid, D Prince, Kayswitch

Recency bias, has somewhat made us forget how mammoth Don Jazzy has been towards the formation and continuous evolution of Nigerian and African music. I also wonder why Don Jazzy and the ensemble haven’t sat down to rerelease a digital version of the video for ‘Booty Call”. Because if you ask me, I’ll tell you it’s a national treasure.

Joor Oh Remix: Jahbless, Ice Prince, Reminisce, eLDee, Ruggedman, Durella

I don’t know how Jahbless pulled this off, but he did. I once thought Nigerian rap would be as big as Afrobeats after emerging with collaborations like this. It was a wrong call. However, it’s a great thing to be look back and be reminded of how far we had come.

As far as star power is concerned, I think we can all agree that these are the biggest Nigerian song collaborations through the years; not merely because they were all hits.

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