5 Upcoming Nigerian Albums We’re Excited For In 2021

January 29, 2021

2020 took a lot from us, with new music from some of our favourite artists being one of them. A pandemic and a year-defining protest don’t particularly make for the best environment to release new music, so many artists were forced to push their releases to this year.

The good thing, however, is that this means we will be spoiled this year with back-to-back releases. So, we’ve made a round-up of five talented artists who have announced or alluded to releasing albums in 2021.

Joeboy (Somewhere Between Beauty And Magic, February 4)

Joeboy had a stellar debut EP in Love and Light, which was released in 2019. The five-track EP spawned the megahits “Baby” and “Beginning”, which also properly introduced the afropop star to the world.

With his debut album, which was originally slated for a 2020 release but was delayed due to the pandemic and then the #ENDSARS movement, we can expect Joeboy to solidify his status as a definitive star.

Bella Shmurda (Hypertension, Release Date TBA)

Following the mega-success of Bella Shmurda’s street anthem, “Cash App”, the Lagos State University final year student has made it clear that his debut studio album is coming soon rather than later.

While fans do not have an exact date the album is expected to drop, we do know that the album, Hypertension, will feature the likes of Kida Kudz, Shatta Wale and more. 

Teni (TBA)

When it comes to music from Teni, one thing you can be guaranteed is that it is going to bang. The singer was set to release an album last year but due to multiple reasons, she couldn’t.

Although we don’t know much about this album — we don’t know the title or her collaborators — we know that, as she did on her last two EPs, Teni will deliver the bangers.

Rema (TBA)

It is hard to name a newcomer in the Nigerian music industry who has had a more fun-to-watch ascension than Rema. In less than two years, the twenty-year-old has become one of the biggest acts in the country.

Now, after a bunch of solid EPs, the singer has promised fans that his debut album will be dropping sometime this year. It goes without saying that this might be the most anticipated release of the year.

Simi (TBA)

After dominating 2020 with back-to-back releases, including a well-received EP, a killer feature on Ladipoe’s “Know You” and one of her biggest hits to date, “Duduke”, Simi is all set to give us a full-length album in 2021.

Going by her tweets about the album, we can expect that the project is going to be even better than last year’s releases, and we can’t wait to see what she has in store for us.

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