Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Top 5 African Artistes Who has featured European Artistes

All eyes are currently on Wizkid for his
marvellous collaboration with Drake and Skepta
on the remix of ‘Ojuelegba’.
The song which was released last year as the
best single off Wizkid’s ‘Ayo (Joy)’ album has
had a lot of remixes, but this one leads them all
the best so far.
But away from that, this year has not exactly
been lacking in international superstar-dust. We
have had massive collaborations fly in thick from
all corners. Many are even unreleased. Wizkid
has a song with Chris Brown, Davido has a
single with Trey Songz , and Praiz is on a feature
with an undisclosed US Hip hop rapper.
While these songs are still to make their way
through the studio and into our playlists, Pulse
puts together top 5 international collaborations
that have made it to the African public.

Of course the song of the moment gets the most
prized slot. The song was not a product of
endless hours of planning and masterful
orchestration. It was time and chance, which
brought it to life.
Tech giants, Apple has launched their potential
game-changing streaming service, Apple Music ,
which also contains a radio service. In a bid to
make it go viral as a bonafide paid music
streaming solution, they had signed up a number
of international stars to host shows. Drake is
one of them.
The ‘6 God’ owns a show titled OVO Sounds , on
which he plays songs, premieres new materials,
showcases special feature music, and generally
gives a unique angle to the Apple service.
During the Wireless Music Festival which held at
the London earlier this month, Skepta who is a
friend and fan of Wizkid, played the song for
Drake, who fell in love and made a remix. The
song got a premiere on Apple Music, shutting
down the internet with downloads and
conversations.


Before Drake extended his blessings to Wizkid,
Davido was the singer with the envious eyes on
him. The graduate of Babcock University is
working towards the release of his sophomore
album, ‘Baddest’, and it contains a number of hit
songs.
Top of the pile so far is Meek Mill’s effort on the
single, ‘Fans Mi’. The song possesses shock
value and an exquisite video which Davido calls
out as being the most expensive of his career so
far. It was shot by Sesan Ogunro, and features
interesting scenes of a drug sale gone wrong.


Controversy, controversy, and more controversy
gave birth to this song. Sarkodie , needing a bit
of a special hit song, made the journey to the US
where he got connected to Hip hop artiste, Ace
Hood .
The collaboration was done, and voila, the
controversy kicked in. Sarkodie said Ace Hood
reached out. Ace Hood got disrespected and
revealed something interesting: He got $25k for
his verses on the song.
Even after the video was released, the final verse
still kept alive the fun with ‘needless’ bromance
and narcissism.
“Ace… lemme take you to Africa, My people they
love you. I came here, you showed me some love
And i promise to build you a statue, uh!”
Sarkodie really was grateful and he conveyed it
lyrically. Such a class act, this guy.


When Psquare went through the trouble of
releasing a new album in September 2014 named
‘Double Trouble’ , few people payed special
attention to the third track.
‘Bring it on’ features an unknown singer, Dave Scott, who had a chance meeting with Peter and
Paul Okoye. That meeting resulted in studio time,
and with a rich Southern accent, the singer
whipped up a good contribution to an
inspirational track.
The song was officially made a single in 2015,
with a motivational video released. Dave Scott is
really a good find.


Yemi Alade who won the award for “Best West
African Act” at the 2015 Kunde Awards in
Burkina Faso unleashed the lovely music video
for the latest single, 'Kissing (remix)' which
features Afro-Caribbean music star Marvin .
The pair act the character of love birds who go
through moments of passion, as they sing to,
and for each other in the ambient beauty of the
French capital.
The world-class clip directed
by Ovie Etseyatse and co-directed by Taiye Aliyu
was shot in Paris, France during Yemi Alade’s
“King of Queens” European tour.
The Effyzzie Music Group singer in a press
statement when she arrived back to Nigeria from
Burkina Faso said; “The music video was
conceptualized and shot in barely 48 hours; my
team called Ovie and he flew into Paris, before
we knew it, it was a wrap… I hope you guys
love it just as you loved the video for the original
song which was created by Sesan”.


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