You asked, we heard you, and finally – here it is: the first Chuku’s playlist for you to enjoy! Designed to make the perfect cooking companion, our compilation’s a strong selection of Nigerian and Afrobeat artists – including beats from songstress Tiwa Savage to the highlife sound of Adekunle Gold – and there’s even a recommendation or two from our chop-chat-chillers!
To give you a taster of the compilation, here’s our top three tracks from the mix. And to enjoy the full musical feast, the playlist is at the bottom of this page.
1) Dangote by Burna Boy
Prepare for an audio addiction to this new single from one of our faves, Burna Boy. Dangote, produced by Kel P, is named after Africa’s richest man: Nigerian business magnate, Aliko Dangote. We’ve had this one track on repeat for a while now and we can confirm it’s got the best best beat for two-stepping around a chopping board.
2) Skin by Minz
Skin is a low tempo track from 24-year-old Lagos-based star, Minz. But we don’t just love it for how chill it is. Its video, which celebrates all different skin types, comes with a beautiful message too, with the singer-songwriter and producer telling Okay Africa “little imperfections that make us insecure about ourselves are actually what make us unique and beautiful". And with lyrics like “Me love all your skin // Me love how you glow // Your body be shining like diamond,” this one’s got us feeling ourselves. And you’ll find us vibesing to Skin from the kitchen to the dining table.
3) So Mi So by Wande Coal
How could we make a Naij-inspired playlist and not include this defiantly sweet tune by Nigerian star Wande Coal? Comprised of one of the best Afrobeat rhythms of 2018, the Julz produced “So Mi So” was the second release from Coal last year, and continues to have us wishing ourselves back to Tarkwa Bay. And when you listen to this one, we promise you’ll be joining us there too!