Davido, the Nigerian superstar and Afrobeat artist, has been dominating the music industry since his debut in 2011 with the hit single “Dami Duro“. Over the years, he has released several chart-topping songs and has collaborated with many artists both locally and internationally.
Here are ten of his old songs in no particular order that have become classics in the Nigerian music industry:
1. Dami Duro
One of his early hit songs, “Dami Duro,” was released in 2011 and quickly became a fan favorite. The song’s catchy beat and lyrics made it an instant hit and helped to establish Davido as a force to be reckoned with in the music industry.
2. Back When
Another early song, “Back When,” featuring Naeto C, was also released in 2011 and was well received by fans and critics alike. The song’s fusion of Afrobeat and hip-hop elements was a refreshing sound that helped to set Davido apart from his contemporaries.
3. All of You
In “All of You,” Davido uses his signature smooth and catchy vocals to express his gratitude to his fans and loved ones for their support and encouragement. The song’s lyrics are a celebration of his success and an acknowledgement of the people who helped him get there. He sings about his rise to fame and how he is determined to keep succeeding, while also giving thanks to his supporters. The song was released in 2012.
In 2013, Davido released “Gobe,” a song that became an instant hit. The song’s catchy beat and relatable lyrics about love and betrayal made it a fan favorite and cemented Davido’s position as a top artist in the industry.
Another hit song “Skelewu,” was also released in 2013 and was accompanied by a viral dance challenge that helped to propel the song to even greater heights.
In 2014, Davido released “Aye,” a romantic ballad that quickly became a fan favorite and earned him critical acclaim for his songwriting skills. The song’s message of love and devotion is a testament to Davido’s ability to connect with his audience on a deeper level.
7. Owo Ni Koko
“Owo Ni Koko,” another hit song from 2014, is an upbeat track that features a catchy chorus and infectious beat that is sure to get listeners dancing. The song’s title, which means “money is the main thing,” reflects Davido’s commitment to achieving success and reaching the top of his game.
8. Tchelete (featuring Mafikizolo)
“Tchelete” is a fusion of Afro-pop and South African house music, with a catchy chorus that is sung in Zulu, one of the official languages of South Africa. Davido’s energetic vocals blended well with Mafikizolo’s vibrant harmonies, making the track a delightful listening experience. The song was released in 2014 and it gained massive airplay and positive reviews from music critics across Africa.
9. Coolest Kid in Africa
Released in 2016 as part of his “Son of Mercy” EP, “Coolest Kid in Africa” quickly became a fan favorite. The song starts off with a catchy intro before Davido jumps in with his smooth vocals, singing about being the coolest kid in Africa. The beat picks up with an Afrobeats rhythm that gets you moving right away.
Nasty C’s verse complements the song perfectly with his slick rhymes and impressive flow. He raps about his own journey and how he’s also one of the coolest kids in Africa. The two artists play off each other well, and it’s clear that they had fun recording this track together.
10. Fans Mi
Finally, “Fans Mi” featuring Meek Mill, released in 2015, is a song that showcases Davido’s ability to collaborate with other artists and create a hit song that is both catchy and meaningful. The song’s fusion of hip-hop and Afrobeat elements is a perfect example of Davido’s versatility and ability to adapt to different musical styles.
In conclusion, Davido’s early songs are a testament to his talent and ability to create hit songs that resonate with his audience. His unique sound and style have made him a trailblazer in the Afrobeat genre and have helped to establish him as one of the top artists in the African music industry. His contributions to the industry have been significant, and his music will continue to inspire and entertain fans for years to come.