Mp3bullet.ng presents Nigerian Songs that Tik-Tok helped in boosting its popularity.
Tik-Tok like many other social media apps has become a tool for disseminating Nigerian Songs not just to a wider audience in Nigeria but to the International music scene.
Even if the song doesn’t do well via traditional media, the moment it goes viral on Tik-Tok, it is bound to go viral everywhere.
In 2020, While music lovers were stranded at home owing to the coronavirus, these challenges published on social media platforms such as Instagram, Snapchat, and Tik Tok were used to pass the time. The number of issues has continued to rise in 2021.
Some of these Challenges help a song whether it’s popular or not became worldwide hits.
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Here are Nigerian Songs that Tik-Tok helped in boosting its popularity;
Kizz Daniel ft Philkeyz- Nesesari
One power of Tik-Tok is its ability to revive even old songs, no matter how long they have been released and this was the case in Kizz Daniel’s 2019 song, “Nesesari”
This song was part of Kizz Daniel’s sophomore album, “No Bad Songz” and didn’t even have a music video until it went viral on Tik-Tok causing Kizz Daniel to release its music video in 2021.
The fun part is that this song got a music video even after Kizz Daniel had released his third album, “King of Love” in 2020.
Yemi Alade- Single and Searching
We’ve seen old tunes and music that you wouldn’t expect to be used for challenges. This occurs when the song’s premise corresponds to the challenge’s theme.
Thanks to the Slo-Mo challenge that was dominating the charts, Yemi Alade’s 2017 single “Single & Searching,” which features Falz The Bad Guy, resurfaced.
The song also earned millions of views on Youtube, with it currently having over 14 Million on the streaming site.
Korede Bello – Mi Casa Su Casa
Korede Bello released a couple of songs and an EP last year, however, “Mi Casa Su Casa” become a Tik-Tok favourite thanks to the love-themed lyrics that would have any woman blushing.
Korede Bello helped his case by dropping a video of himself lip-syncing to the lyrics on Tik-Tok and any female fan can do a duet with the video.
Falz ft Ms Banks- Bop Daddy
During the lockdown, people used social media to show off their inventiveness by developing and participating in virtual challenges with their friends and family.
Falz’s Bop Daddy sprang to prominence and grabbed the internet by storm, using the same concept as Young T & Bugsey’s smash song “Don’t Rush.”
It shows groups of friends changing from their “home clothes” and makeup-free faces to a more glammed up look with the flick of a makeup brush on the camera.
It quickly became a favourite of many, to the point where it got several female Nigerian immigration officers in hot water with their agency.
“Joro” has always been popular since its release in 2019. However, 2021, saw it resurface again with ladies taking over Tik-Tok with the song.
The rhythms on Wizkid’s Joro are tremendously enticing, as is the way his voice catches it just before it falls and then bounces along with the beats.
The chorus is particularly powerful in this regard, thus it’s no wonder that it quickly became a TikTok challenge. The fact that the challenge didn’t peak until two years after the song’s release is surprising.
It also got further leverage after Kenyan actress, Lupita Nyongo jumped on the challenge in February 2021.
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Ajimovoix Drums- Focus Dance Beat
Street-hop music in Nigeria has to be one of the most colourful and unusual subgenres to have graced the scene, with the music continuing to bloom in the most unexpected manner as a desert rose.
One of these is the synth-laced ‘Focus dance‘ track, which has become an online success owing to two dancers, Hangman DC and Abati, who started the Focus dance.
Focus dance gained popularity not just as a fun zombie legwork dance motion, but also as a TikTok challenge with more than 14.6 million views on the video-sharing platform.
Olamide ft Omah Lay- Infinity
This was one of the first Nigerian songs to benefit from the Slo-Mo challenge on Tik-Tok.
Olamide and Omah Lay served it up hot with this scorching banger from their “Carpe Diem” album.
While this song was climbing the charts and racking up streams, Nigerians devised a new challenge to help them enjoy it even more.
Naira Marley- Koleyewon
Naira Marley’s 2020 “Koleyewon” song was another record that benefited from the Slo-Mo challenge but it gained more attention because of its edgier nature.
The song which was released alongside another track, “Chi-Chi” was an instant Tik-Tok favourite.
Ckay- Love Nwantiti
Ckay’s “Love Nwantiti” was released in 2019 off his “Ckay the First” EP. The song was an instant success when it was first released. However, it became a shooting star after a remix by DJ Yo and Axel went viral on Tik-Tok.
Now, “Love Nwantiti” became the second solo Nigerian Song to chart on Billboard Hot 100. The song also charted on various charts and amassed huge streaming numbers for Ckay.
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Simi’s mid-tempo pop record with an Afro-life vibe was released like any other song.
When the audio was released, it was initially assumed to be a love song, but the music video revealed more about the message she was attempting to convey (She was expecting her first child with her husband).
Simi then devised a challenge to help her interact with her fans more effectively. She posted a video on TikTok with the Duduke song playing in the background, showing her pregnant belly while dancing.
Fans, both pregnant and non-pregnant, and even men, took part in the challenge, replicating her precise moves. Amazing covers of the song were also created, with fans voting on which ones were the best.