Mp3bullet.ng presents the top 10 songs that were made in the 90s but are still classic to date.
The Nigerian Music Industry back in the 90s was a different ball game, the taste, genre, and style was of a different class.
These songs might be old but they will forever remain classics. They were the songs our parents grew up with and they set the foundation upon which the Music industry is thriving.
Send down the rain – Majek Fashek (1988)
Majek Fashek also known as the Rainmaker was a singer, Songwriter, and Guitarist. Majek died in the month of June 2020.
His popular album, Prisoner of conscience was his debut album. Send the rain was the lead single from the album. It was released in 1988.
Osondi Owendi – Osita Osadebe
Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe is an Igbo highlife singer who to date remains the best highlife singer the Igbo trie had ever produced.
The Legendary singer died in 2007 from a respiratory illness at the age of 71. Osondi Owendi was Osita Osadebe’s best song. Late rapper Mc Loph and Flavour did a remix of the song in 2012.
Zombie – Fela Anikulapo Kuti (1977)
Known to be the founder of Afrobeat and the most controversial artist that Nigeria must have ever produced, Fela was an enigma.
The Legendary singer made Zombie as a diss song for the Nigeria Miltary after several attacks on him, his band, and his family.
The song taunted the Nigerian Soldiers on the way they acted like robots and were easily controlled.
However, the song fueled the hatred the Nigerian Miltary had for Fela causing them to storm and raid Fela’s Kalakuta Republic. They attacked occupants, Fela was severely injured, his mother thrown out of a window.
Seun Rere – Christy Essien
Christy Essien fondly known as the Nigerian lady of Songs, Christy was a musician and an actress. She was also the first female president of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN).
In 1981, she released a hit song titled Seun Rere (translated as ‘do good’) in the album Ever Liked My Person? under International Records, Skylark Records.
Baby Jowo – Victor Olaiya
Victor Olaiya was a trumpeter and a highlife singer. He was referred to as the Evil Genius of Highlife. He Died in February 2020
Victor Olaiya released great hits like ‘Omo Pupa”, Mofe Muyan”, “Olalenke” amongst others. But for this writer, Baby Jowo takes the crown out of all his songs.
Baby Jowo is like an ode to a woman he loves. The song talks about the woman staying by his side while he does his best to try and love her.
Victor Olaiya remixed the song in 2013 and featured Tuface or 2Baba.
Sweet Mother – Prince Nico Mbarga (1976)
Prince Nico Mbarga was a highlife of Nigerian and Cameroon descent. The singer was the lead singer of a band called the Rocafil Jazz.
“Sweet Mother“ Released in 1976, it remains one of the most popular songs in Africa. The song is the favorite tune used to celebrate Mother’s Day.
Time na Money – Mike Okri (1988)
Mike Okri stormed the Nigerian music scene in 1988 with his chart-busting debut LP, Concert Fever.
The singer who belonged to the Nigerian pop generation of Dizzy K Falola, Felyx and Mozyx, Alex O, Alex Zitto, and Chris Mba, almost immediately changed the general tone of Nigerian pop music and was hailed as a fresh sound.
He released Time na Money in 1988. The song talked about the best usage of Time explaining that time wasted is money wasted.
Ifeoma – Felix Liberty (1989)
Known as the Lover Boy, Felix Liberty is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and record producer. His hit song, Ifeoma was released in 1989.
In the song, he sings about a girl called Ifeoma who he claims he wants to marry and begs her to give him her love.
Joromi – Victor Uwaifo (1969)
Victor Uwaifo is a musician, writer, sculptor, and musical instrument inventor. Victor was popularly known for his hit songs like “Guitar Boy” and “Mami Water”.
He released Joromi in 1969