5 Latest Nigerian EPs You Should Listen to

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Written by Pharis Kinyua

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Nigeria's music scene is experiencing a renaissance with a slew of talented artists unveiling exciting new projects. From Skales' ""Proof of Life"" to Rema's ""Ravage,"" Basketmouth's ""Uburu,"" Kolaboy's "Kolapiano,"" and Seyi Shay's ""Feels Like Home,"" these EPs offer a diverse array of sounds and experiences, showcasing the versatility and innovation of Nigerian musicians.

Skales – "Proof of Life" EP

Multi-talented artist Skales has once again taken the spotlight with his eagerly awaited EP, ""Proof of Life."" This seven-track EP encapsulates a celebratory mood, reflecting the artist's journey and evolution over the years. Skales has been a prominent figure in the Afropop genre, celebrated for its fluidity and diversity.
His artistry is marked by his ability to seamlessly switch between razor-sharp bars, Caribbean-infused rhythms, and balmy African melodies. Skales effortlessly creates anthems for fans across the nation, from hits like ""Man of the Year"" in 2015 to ""Mr. Love"" in 2018. ""Proof of Life"" continues his transformative musical journey, characterized by explosive beats and irresistibly catchy tunes.

Rema – "Ravage" EP

Renowned as one of the crowned figures in the world of Afrobeats, superstar Rema has unveiled his much-anticipated project, ""Ravage."" The EP features five awe-inspiring tracks, each with a unique resonance. The titles that grace this EP include ""Trouble Maker,"" ""DND,"" ""Smooth Criminal,"" ""Don't Leave,"" and ""Red Potion,"" each unfolding a distinctive narrative and musical journey.

The sonic landscape of ""Ravage"" has been meticulously crafted by exceptional producers, including London, P. Prime, and Blaise Beatz, creating a mesmerizing soundscape that serves as the canvas for Rema's sultry vocals. This project showcases a discernible evolution in his artistic trajectory, embracing the persona of the anti-hero and stepping away from the conventional hero's role.

Basketmouth – "Uburu" EP

Basketmouth, a prolific curator of exceptional music projects, continues his remarkable streak with the release of the ""Uburu"" EP. This project features an impressive collection of seven tracks with a star-studded lineup of guest artists, including Duncan Mighty, Shatta Wale, Reminisce, Timi Dakolo, Falz, Peruzzi, Victony, Lojay, Bayanni, Laycon, Torrian Ball, and Qing Madi. This diverse ensemble ensures ""Uburu"" offers a rich and dynamic listening experience.

The EP showcases Basketmouth's creative prowess and his commitment to pushing the boundaries of music. The track ""DND,"" featuring Rema, boldly declares detachment from societal expectations, emphasizing individuality and self-expression.

Kolaboy – "Kolapiano" EP

Kolaboy's ""Kolapiano"" EP, rooted in Igbo culture and tradition, fuses Amapiano, an emerging genre from South Africa, with Nigerian culture. This creative fusion has resulted in tracks like ""Kolapiano Vol. 6 (Isakaba) Remix"" featuring Timaya and ""Kolapiano Vol. 3 (Sewaa Sewaa)"" featuring Lawrence Obusi. The project explores themes of mental well-being and resilience, encapsulating the prevailing "Suffering and Smiling" mindset in Nigeria.

Kolaboy's impact as a cultural custodian is undeniable, promoting Igbo culture on the global stage. ""Kolapiano"" showcases his evolving sound and philosophy, emphasizing the importance of mental well-being and resilience in the face of adversity.

Seyi Shay – "Feels Like Home" Mixtape Vol 1

Seyi Shay, a formidable female artist, has made a resounding comeback with the ""Feels Like Home"" Mixtape Vol 1. The mixtape offers a glimpse into her artistic evolution and creative direction after her hiatus. Featuring collaborations with artists like Migz, Ariel, and J. Rose, the mixtape showcases Seyi Shay's signature style and her ability to explore various avenues.

""Feels Like Home"" is a significant project in Seyi Shay's music, marking her return to the music scene after her 2021 album, "Big Girl." The mixtape provides a fresh perspective on her artistry, reaffirming her position as a prominent figure in the Nigerian music industry.

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