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Sauti Sol are no strangers to Nigeria.

Mainly due to the Coke Studio and the growing connection of African artistes towards sounds from other cultures. Nowadays, you have a Yemi Alade who's bigger in Francophone Africa than in her native Nigeria.

These collaborations are mostly off their collaborations LP titled Afrikan Sauce in which they intend to drop songs featuring African acts monthly throughout the blessed year of 2018.

Talking of Ms Yemi, the premier Kenyan boy band have collaborated with her more than once and with a host of other Nigerians such as Simi (On Coke Studio) and Chidinma, Masterkraft and some others but here, we present the best of the lot, in no particular order.

AFRIKAN STAR (ft. Burna Boy)

 Damini Ogulu once upon a time, would be mistaken by an outsider for a South African. Such was his proximity to outside Nigeria that he once, was not so much of a figure here but outside, massive.

His SA joints had him on hooks but teaming up with the Kenyans, a boy band of five with enough vocal prowess everywhere, Burna Boy shines outside the hook.

The guitar riff, soft, rhythmic drum, and everybody comes through on Afrikan Star, a breakaway from the usual love song.


SURA YAKO (ft Iyanya)

 From the days of Kukere, it was immediately perceived the kind of artiste Iyanya was. A vocal powerhouse who could make you dance, whose music is drums and soul, sex, machismo.

On the remix of Sura Yako, the sexiness of Iyanya is tamed for teamwork; he delivers the first verse and the song explodes into one fun gathering by geniuses who know, like Iyanya, what to make of drums.


  OYA COME MAKE WE GO (2BABA ft Sauti Sol)

 Always of the view that music should be for the society's good, their collabo with the Nigerian legend proves just that.

Boasting a motivational hook and a verse from 2baba, the track is a charge at Africa to match and surpass the advancements of the Western world.

Using the popular scolding – dem no get two heads – of parents when a child doesn't do well in school, the elder statesman of African music does well to tell us that whatever they can do, we can do better.


  MELANIN (ft Patoranking)

 The Timaya protege too, belongs to that small circle of music acts who, have enjoyed an extensive time exploring more African music markets.

Patoranking, known as a dancehall star, does incredibly well in Melanin, an ode to the black woman.

Over the years, in an effort to steal back the equality from the invisible fashion boxes that limit the spaces available to slender white women with "beautiful" cheekbones, blacks have created the Melanin wave to let the world know there's beautiful and black belongs there.

Sauti Sol's offering is such a soulful soundtrack of the awakening.


  GIRL NEXT DOOR (ft. Tiwa Savage)

There's this laid back Eastern African vibe to Girl Next Door, a feel good song which shows off the vocal prowess of Sauti Sol and their feature.

Incorporating Nigerian hits such as Eminado and Mad Over You into the song, there's a cross cultural friendliness evident in its display.

Add that to the intriguing fact that this not so Nigerian sounding song was produced by none other than Maleek Berry.

How would you rate these collaborations? Let us know in the Comments or tweet us @Backstoryng

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