The success rate of collaboration between the US and Nigerian entertainment industries has allowed Nigerian music to access the largest entertainment markets in the world. Daily Trust highlights the top US-Nigeria music collaborations so far.
Omah Lay feat Justin Bieber
Many people were surprised to learn that Justin Beiber and a Nigerian singer-songwriter collaborated on his new song, Attention. When Omah Lay emailed Justin Beiber the song, he did not have the collaboration on his list of priorities, but “he came back with a verse so fast,” Omah Lay said in an Instagram post. The Canadian singer has previously appeared in songs by Nigerian artists. Recall that Tems, the most recent Nigerian recipient of the Bet Award, and he appeared on Wizkid’s song “Essence.”
Rema feat Chris Brown
Another Nigerian musician with international partnership in 2022 is 22-year-old superstar Rema. American singer and dancer Chris Brown is featured in his love ballad, “Time N Affection.” This is not Brown’s first time blending afrobeat music in a wonderful way; it is almost hard to believe. Recall that he appeared in Davido’s 2019 blockbuster song Blow my Mind.
On August 9, 2019, just two weeks after its release, the song reached its highest position at No. 3 on Billboard’s Top Triller Global Chart. Awarded Best Collaboration at the 2020 Africa Entertainment Awards USA, it was also nominated for.
Adekunle Gold feat TY dolla sign
On his debut album in 2022, Nigerian musician Adekunle Gold released the song “One Woman.” On the Afrobeat/R&B/Soul song, the artist collaborated with American singer Ty Dolla $ign. Adekunle repeatedly states in the chorus that he is a “one lady typa man,” and the American vocalist fit in with the tune perfectly. Ty is well known for his excellent hip-hop/rap music delivery, as evidenced by his appearance on Adekunle’s song. Soon later, the official video was made available, and it has now received over one million views on Youtube.
Davido feat Sunday service choir
The combination of the Sunday Service Choir, the words, and the emotional upswell are simply so bizarre. One of the musicians credited with bringing attention to Africa and Nigeria is the Nigerian singer Davido. He takes great pride in his associations with international artists like Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill, and Chris Brown. Davido shares his thoughts on “the other part” of his universe in this brand-new song with Kanye West’s Sunday Service Choir.
Lojay and Chris Brown
The 2021 hit song “Monalisa” by Nigerian musician Lojay now features Chris Brown. Millions of people have viewed and streamed the music on various digital platforms. The combination of their most recent performance at Crystal Palace in London really blew away fans from all over the world. Chris had outstanding dance skills, and it was clear from the way the crowd cheered along that they were anticipating his verse. Chris Brown has collaborated with several Nigerian artists, this being only one of them. The American singer appears to be among the foreign artists that have worked with Nigerian musicians the most thus far.
Future ft Drake & Tems
This partnership is what gave Nigerian singer Tems the Bet Award for Best International Act 2022. The 26-year-old Nigerian artist was a featured artist on the song “Wait For You” by American singer Future in April. According to Future, the singer’s voice is great on the smash. Tems’ first-ever Billboard No. 1 single quickly rose to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart in May.
Drake Feat. Wizkid & Kyla
One Dance is a single by a Canadian rapper, singer, and composer featuring Nigerian afrobeat heavyweight Wizkid and British singer Kyla. It was released on April 5th, 2016, and was a total cultural reset for afrobeat globally. With over a billion streams on Spotify, it is the most streamed US-Nigerian music collaboration of all time. It is also the most certified Nigerian collaboration, debuting at the top of the US Billboard Hot 100 and earning 8 Platinum in the US, 5x Platinum in the UK, a diamond in France, 6x Platinum in Australia, and other certifications.
Beyonce Feat. Wizkid, Blue ivy & Saint JHN
The song, titled “Brown Skin Girl,” was written by American singer-songwriter Beyonce and Nigerian afrobeat musician Wizkid, together with Saint Jhn and Blue Ivy. It was released on July 23, 2019, and debuted at number 76 on the US Billboard Hot 100, number 42 on the UK Official Singles chart, number one on the Billboard World Digital Song Sales chart. It has also received gold certification in Canada.