ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Saxophone mood-Yemi sax
Gift & grace-Timaya
Yemi sax’s saxophone mood – The perfect conceptual album anyone would have wished for. This particular album has kick started a trend that will be followed for years to come. Jazz might not usually sound hot to the average hip hop head but everybody was moved by the instrumentals of naija’s most popular hit songs like “Tuface’s true love”, “J martins’s good or bad”, “Bigiano’s shayo”, D’banj’s gbono feli feli, P square’s do me & “Kc presh’s shokori”.
Oluwe’s Happy day – For proof that apala music is not dead, look no further than back to black entertainment’s oluwe, whose hybrid mix of hip hop & apala seems to have taken the industry by storm. “Happy day” is more or less a total re-invention of apala music or better still the marriage of the old & new. Fuelled by the hit singles “oronyon”, “oluwe mawe”, & “my home”, this album has turned out to be a successful blend of two totally different cultures/movement.
Lagbaja’s Paradise – We all know how serious the masked one is with his music and with the exit of his favorite back up singer, he knew he had to turn things up a notch, which is exactly what he did with this album. Tracks like “sobolation”, “amnistia”, “Bling bling panda” & “faa-to” just to name a few only made us realize just how relevant he is to the music industry. What you get on this album is still the same originality & creativity that lagbaja is renowned for.
Timaya’s Gift & grace – If there is one thing timaya is good at. It is staying true to his roots and keeping his fans wanting more. The dancehall act already had a difficult task of following up his highly successful debut album “true story” and he doesn’t disappoint with his sophomore set. With “chinekemeh” already setting the airwaves on fire. Follow up singles like “God you too much” , “I don blow”, & “dem mama cutlass” only helped to solidify his status as a superstar.
And the winner is……..
TIMAYA – GIFT & GRACE