‘Hallelujah Challenge’ – Why Nathaniel Bassey’s online praise session matters for Nigerian music

Imagine a daily 30-minute show by Psquare for an hour on Instagram or Facebook for one month.

Nathaniel Bassey

Nathaniel Bassey

Imagine 50,000 people in a space, singing and screaming their hearts out. They are led by one singer, who is in charge of proceedings. That’s what is happening every night in Nigeria now.

Gospel singer Nathaniel Bassey is killing it. He is doing what no other Nigerian musician has done at his level of success with his trending Hallelujah Challenge.

The Hallelujah Challenge, a 30-day prayer and praise time from 12 am to 1 am throughout the month of June 2017. It is led by Nigerian gospel artiste, Nathaniel Bassey.

It is a live Instagram session where followers tune in to worship God in fellowship. #HallelujahChallenge is currently the most widely circulated praise and worship movement on social media.

In 10 days, it racked up an impressive 32,000 participants who logged in for the one-hour session.

In 10 days, it racked up an impressive 32,000 participants who logged in for the one-hour session.


What started as a speculative and inventive way to utilize social media for praising God via music, has become a growing movement changing the face of worship. Starting off at less than 5k people, the event has grown rapidly. In 10 days, it racked up an impressive 32,000 participants who logged in for the one-hour session.

The Challenge is a mandate from God, and I am just a vessel,” said Nathaniel Bassey, convener of the Session during a Live Brief. “Beyond all the miracles and testimonies, God is doing something eternal – something that will outlive generations.”

On June 11, 2017, the Hallelujah Challenge recorded its highest numbers. Over 50,000 people came together to make it a reality and give Nigeria its largest online praise worship session. That’s outstanding.

And seeing how much people are hyped about it, it can only grow. Popular Nigerian celebrities joined in, as musicians and actors including Funke Akindele, Kcee, Don Jazzy, Chioma Akpotha and many more joined in. D’banj in complete D’banj fashion registered his presence with a comment which read: “Suddenly”.

Popular Nigerian celebrities joined in, as musicians and actors including Funke Akindele, Kcee, Don Jazzy, Chioma Akpotha and many more joined in the Hallelujah Challenge.

Popular Nigerian celebrities joined in, as musicians and actors including Funke Akindele, Kcee, Don Jazzy, Chioma Akpotha and many more joined in the Hallelujah Challenge.


There is a lesson in there for Nigerian musicians. The main attraction here is spirituality. Nigerians are gathering to join an online worship praise session for God. Gospel music is the leading tool here and forms the medium with which the people offer up these praises.

Secular artists can learn from this. They have enough star-power, influence and fan base to make this a thing. Social media continues to provide more tools for endless connections between fans and their idols. These tools are underutilized by mainstream Nigerian artist.

Imagine a daily 30-minute show by Psquare for an hour on Instagram or Facebook for one month. The Okoye twins show up, choose one song from their catalogue, talk about the entire song, sample opinions and get people to comment. If well-organized, the brothers will successfully inject new life into their profile.

It’s simple.

Popular Nigerian celebrities joined in, as musicians and actors including Funke Akindele, Kcee, Don Jazzy, Chioma Akpotha and many more joined in the Hallelujah Challenge.

Popular Nigerian celebrities joined in, as musicians and actors including Funke Akindele, Kcee, Don Jazzy, Chioma Akpotha and many more joined in the Hallelujah Challenge.


With the advent of live streams on social media, the possibilities of fan interaction just got broadened. There’s a spectrum of activities and activations that can happen. Our artists need to employ people to generate inventive ways to utilize them for profit.

What’s next? The first live stream-only mega concert on Facebook?



Source: http://www.pulse.ng


Top 10 most searched Nigerian songs on Google 2016

Image result for Top 10 most searched Nigerian songs on Google 2016

The outgoing 2016 has been quite an interesting one for music lovers.

The industry witnessed very interesting events that made headlines from January till date.

Some of our favourite artistes were embroiled in controversies, others released groundbreaking singles and some went a step further to release albums.

But how much did fans go looking for the songs online? And whose songs was/were the most searched for on Google?

G-World Wide artiste, Kiss Daniel and YBNL boss, Olamide emerged top on the list, claiming 2 spots each.

Here are the top 10 most searched Naija songs on Google 2016.

Image result for kiss daniel mama

1              Kiss Daniel – Mama

Nigerian music sensation and G-World Wide music act, Anidugbe Oluwatobiloba Daniel, better known by his music name, Kiss Daniel, has claimed the top spot on Google trends 2016.

His groundbreaking single “MAMA” which was produced by YBNL in-house producer, Young John, has clinched the number 1 spot as most searched Nigerian song on Google 2016.

Excited about the stride, Kiss Daniel took to his Instagram to share.

“Mama” is the most searched Nigerian song on Google for the year 2016 and JOMBO came 3rd All thanks to the fans around the world #vadocitizens #No1song #MAMA #MOSTDOWNLOADEDSONGNJO,” he wrote.

Image result for tekno pana

2              Tekno – Pana

Award-winning act and Triple MG front-liner, Tekno, has had quite an amazing career 2016. His single “Pana” paved the way for his successful strides which has earned him the number 2 spot. Tekno has also been nominated for the highly coveted “Next Rated artiste” at the Headies awards.

Image result for kiss daniel jombo

3              Kiss Daniel – Jombo

Kiss Daniel’s love single “Jombo” claims the number three spot. The song is off his New Era album. The single was followed up by a befitting video.

Image result for olamide who you epp

4              Olamide – Who You Epp

YBNL boss and prolific Nigerian rapper, Olamide’s hit single “Who You Epp” was one of most talked about singles for 2016. Not only did it get covers (remixes) by other artistes (both big and small), the title “Who You Epp” became a cliché among Nigerians. It clinches the number four spot.

Image result for Lil Kesh Ishe

5              Lil Kesh – Ishe

YAGI boss and YBNL affiliate artiste, Lil Kesh takes the number 5 spot as the fifth most searched song on google. The song was produced by YBNL in-house producer Pheelz.

Image result for falzsoft work

6              Falz – Soft Work

Folarin Falana, better known by his stage name, Falz the bahd guy, has become a house-hold name and has subtly won our hearts with his comic lyrics, sense of appeal and versatility.

His Sess produced hit single “Soft Work”, claims a spot as the 6th most searched song on Google in 2016. The song is off his “Stories That Touch Album”.

Image result for adekunle gold ready

7              Adekunle Gold – Ready

YBNL afro-pop serial hit-maker, Adekunle Gold, takes the number 7 spot on Google. This doesn’t come as a surprise for those in the know as his album “Gold Standard” was a stellar piece of work.

Image result for Drake, wizkid & Kyla - one dance

8              Drake – One Dance ft Wizkid & Kyla

American rapper Drake takes the number 8 spot with his single “One Dance” which features Nigerian music export, Wizkid and Kyla. The song is what served as a pedestal for Wizkid’s Grammy nomination.

Image result for psquare - bank alert

9              Psquare – Bank Alert

After the back and forth controversy that trailed their path in 2016, the Okoye brothers, Psquare, reignited their passion for music with a welcome back song titled “Bank Alert” which quickly became a fan favourite. Though it came later this year, it still managed to make its place as the 9th most searched Nigerian song on Google.

Image result for olamide - abule sowo

10           Olamide – Abule Sowo

Olamide’s hit single “Abule Sowo” seals the list claiming the number ten spot. The song was produced by the usual suspect, Pheelz.

8 Things You Should Know About Kevin Olusola, Nigeria’s Pentatonix Group Member

Kelvin Olusola.jpg

Since bursting onto the scene in 2011, Platinum selling recording artists Pentatonix have sold more than 2.8 million albums in the U.S. alone, won multiple Grammy Awards, sold out venues worldwide, have amassed over 1.4 billion views on their YouTube channel with over 10.1 million subscribers and appeared in the feature film Pitch Perfect 2.  Their latest release, Pentatonix debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and Current Albums Chart and is certified gold by the RIAA.  The first single, “Can’t Sleep Love” has over 18 million views on YouTube and their most recent holiday album That’s Christmas To Me, is certified double platinum by the RIAA featuring their recent 2016 Grammy winning track, “Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy.”

For those who may not know much about Kelvin Olusola, here are 8 interesting things about him you need to acquaint yourself with:


1) Kevin Olusola is a 26 year old beat-boxer for the American group known as Pentatonix. He was born in the United States to a Nigerian father named Oluwole Olusola who was a psychiatrist, and a Grenadian-born mother Curline Paul who was a nurse.


2) He is a graduate of prestigious Ivy League school, Yale University from where he graduated in 2011 with a degree in East Asian Studies although he initially planned to pursue Medicine. He was also accepted into other top Ivy League schools including Princeton, Stanford, University of Pennsylvania, and Brown University. During his academic pursuit at Yale, he got introduced to China and had a brief academic stint there.


3) Kevin is a multi-talented individual who plays the cello, piano and saxophone. In addition to these, he speaks fluent Chinese & Spanish.

4) His foray into music began as far back as when he was 6 months old and his parents discovered his talent after which they enrolled him in music lessons.

5) He started playing the piano at age 4, the cello at age 6, and by the time he was 10 years of age, he had mastered the alto saxophone.

kevin olusola3

6) While he was studying in Beijing, he started ‘celloboxing’ which involves beat-boxing and playing the cello simultaneously. He honed this skill and then released his celloboxing version of Mark Summer’s “Julie-O” which peaked at number 6 on top site, Reddit. It went on to become a viral sensation on the internet globally.


7) Kevin joined the group, Pentatonix in 2011 and together, they competed in a talent show by America’s NBC called The Sing Off in November that same year. The group went on to win the show after which they were granted a recording contract with Sony Entertainment and  a $200,000 cash prize.


8) In February 2015 Grammy Awards, Kevin picked up an award alongside his acapella band, Pentatonix taking home the award in the ‘Arrangement, Instrumental or Acappella’ category for their medley ‘Daft Punk’, a remake of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”.

This makes him the first Nigerian to win a Grammy. Even though he won it not as a Solo Artist but in a group, this is still a great feat.


Meet Nigeria’s “TOP 10” Male Vocalists

Remember that time when I wrote about how I thought our male artistes were stinking? Yeah well not all of them but I’ll say since then, the tension has pretty much heightened. We’ve seen many new collaborations, more singles have been dropped, albums have been released and surprisingly, show-stopping performances have been nailed to the dot.

This top 10 list is about the male vocalists in the industry whose musical dexterity just can’t be missed especially in their voices and their songs.



Pop and high life music have been overtaken by a wanton show of energy (hype) and dance. But Flavour has stuck to his guns, selling himself as the entire package with the addition of his sonorous tenor to making the trio a perfect combination. Some of his music singles where he showed appreciable vocal prowess are Power To Win, Ololufe, Ada Ada, Shake, Oyi as well as the acoustic renditions I’m For Real and Gollibe. He has also delivered laudable vocals on collabos with Bracket, Iyanya, Tiwa Savage, Phyno, Naeto C, Chidinma and Solidstar.



Afro soul singer, Brymo is perhaps the reason why we loved that Ice Prince song Oleku too much. Brymo has a discography of songs covering four critically successful albums; Brymstone, Son of a Kapenta, Merchant, Dealers & Slave and more recently, his 2014 release Tabula Rasa after running solo from former label, Chocolate City Group. His break out single, Ara as well as other notable releases including Good Morning, We All Need Something, Down, Fe Mi, Dear Child, and Prick No Get Shoulder are all songs that highlight his distinguished voice with constant revelation of emotions, and mostly sung in the Yoruba dialect.


Wande Coal

Right from his days with the now defunct Mo’ Hits crew, WC had always shown prospect as a vocalist and a knack especially for commercially styled R&B/afro pop genre of songs. He featured on the vamp for one of D’Banj’s familiar singles, Why Me, and later getting his big break on the label’s compilation debut with Ololufe, which was adjudged to be one of the greatest love songs ever written by a Nigerian. He’s remained constant with several other on-point releases including Bumper2Bumper, Private Trips, Rotate and Baby Hello, not forgetting his epoch delivery on musical collabos with Patoranking, Flavour and the Ghanaian duo, R2Bees.



There once was a time when I Go Always Pray For You happened to be almost everyone’s ring back/caller tune. It was all thanks to the magic in Nosa Omoregie’s musical and vocal artistry. That song particularly grew on everyone and I dare say it had too much to do with the manner at which he executed voicing out the lyrics to the song. It was just simply unique! Nosa later got signed to Chocolate City Music and was featured on Brother, off M.I’s latest studio album. His vernacular-styled hook is still every listener’s favourite.



You know you have really big shoes to fill when your father is a renowned Nigerian entertainer with audiences all over the world. Suffice to say that Darey hasn’t failed in living up to these high expectations. Darey was second runner-up at South Africa’s Project Fame series in 2004 and has since then ascended to newer reigns in his stardom. He can be credited for hugely successful singles like Escalade, Fuji and the popular soul ballad, Not The Girl. His most recent single, Pray For Me features the Soweto Gospel Choir and is off his newly released studio album, Naked. Darey’s musical policies and how he executes them continue to earn him recognition on a global scale.



Iyanya Onoyom Mbuk razzled and dazzled with show-stopping performances alongside his silky smooth tenor to clinching the first prize at the debut edition of Nigeria’s highly revered music talent hunt, MTN Project Fame. After his debut release failed to reach commercial acclaim, he revamped his style, yet keeping the voice constant. It’s too bad that we never appreciated the beauty of his music on singles like Iyanya and Love Truly but he found ways to make up for with other musical hits including Mr. Oreo, Away, Story Story and more recently, Applaudise. His vocal star power has him widely associated with acts Seyi Shay, Tiwa Savage, Emma Nyra, Wizkid, Banky W, Flavour and a fine crop of African artistes.



Yes, Banky W may have switched music personas in very recent times but he still commands with his usual sway every time he opens up his vocal power. Pumped with a desire to make it and his velvety voice, Mr R&BW hit the Nigerian shores after a hiatus abroad. His musical cover, Ebute Metta to Rihanna’s 2007 hit, Umbrella became his official announcement to the industry. Banky has since then, stayed blazing his trail with top notch deliveries on songs like Strong Tin, Lagos Party, The Way, Good Good Loving, Yes/No, Jaiye Orimi, Mercy and High Notes. He also enjoys vocal association with acts Tiwa Savage, Lynxxx, Wizkid, Niyola, M.I, Sound Sultan, DJ Xclusive and Sarkodie.



Cobhams is one producer extraordinaire with his hands in everything music – even, vocal sounds. Not only is he well-honed in the art of constructing benign musical orchestrations, he belts out those melodies from his signature baritone as he strikes the black and white keys. Timi Dakolo, Omawumi, Bez, Banky W, Darey, 2face, Waje, Chidinma, Stan Iyke and Lami are some of the industry’s best acts that can attest to his unrivaled directorship in music. Although he may not be armed with a repertoire of records like majority of the afore-mentioned, we still bow in obeisance over sonorous numbers like Ordinary People and his gospel medley, I Worship You.



Praiz Adejo can be likened to the John Legend of Africa, and it is obviously tied to the fact that he sounds a terrific lot like the multiple award-winning international artiste. He entered into limelight from a revered music talent hunt where he placed second, showing off his utterly impressive and unequivocal skills to particular relish. No doubt, he’s quite famed for the R&B single Rich and Famous, he has also expended vocal effort (summa cum laude style) on other music material like M.I’s Epic, Bez’ That Stupid Song and a cover version of Rihanna’s Stay. He released his debut album late last year, which was a double-disc showing his versatility in other genres especially afropop and soukous.



Interestingly, Timi Dakolo also goes by the alias ‘The Voice’. The soul and R&B singer possesses a firebrand tenor that has his heart and soul deeply sewn into it. Timi has been influenced by a string of life experiences that have birthed stellar records like Let It Shine, Heaven Please, Great Nation, Iyawo Mi and Wish Me Well. Using vocal emotion, his rich, deep sounds transcends you past the evoque musical orchestration and into a virtual world that vividly encapsulates the message in his song which are mostly conscious, often in real time and sometimes true life.



Like King M.I would say, the swagger in Burna Boy’s voice is branded! This guy has got serious frosh in his voice and with a signature sing-style that is a fine blend of afro, ragga and contemporary. Di Don Gorgon, Tonight, Run My Race, Rockstar as well as his hook on AKA’s All Eyes On Me are some of the music singles where you can’t miss him showing off his impressive vocal worth. Recently, he’s become a constant vocal feature for many other African recording artistes including AKA, Da L.E.S, Stonebwoy, Sarkodie, and Heavy-K.

CREDITS: This article was written by Jim Donnett and was published on tooxclusive.com