One of the paraphernalia of any event, especially a wedding ceremony in Nigeria is the rhythmic and melodious sound that booms out of the speakers that are strategically set in the event hall. Of course you know what I’m talking about; Music! It is the life wire of a wedding ceremony as it sets the mood of the event.
A typical Nigerian wedding has both DJ and a life band to light up the reception of wedding guests. While the life band is on stand-by for special dances like couple’s dance, bride’s and groom’s parents special dances with the couple and other special kinds of dance, the DJ plays varieties of music to entertain, and ushers the guests into the euphoria of the wedding ceremony.
The first thought that pops up in the mind of any soon-to-be couple when thinking about the wedding music playlist they want from their DJ is probably the song they will walk down the aisle with. However, selecting a wedding playlist goes beyond just that and goes on to accommodate the bigger picture of all sections of the event.
Structurally, a wedding ceremony music playlists comprises four types of songs: preludes, processionals, interludes and recessionals/postludes. Prelude music is a light, ambient song that sets the mood while guests are seated and waiting for the ceremony to commence. The next is processional music, which accompanies the entry of the couple and their parents. While recessional music as the name implies accompanies the exit of the couple and postlude are played as guests exit from the hall, interludes are played during significant moments like couples first dance, background tracks for games and cutting of the cake.
In this article, we have decided to bring to you 10 top contemporary music by Nigerian artistes that has outlived other tracks on wedding playlist to give the romantic Nigerian vibe in no particular order.
Olo mi Tosin Martins
When it comes to love and Nigerian weddings, Olo Mi by Tosin Martins released in 2006 is an evergreen choice of song that remains relevant to both the new and old generation. The song talks about what true love is supposed to be; a better for worse journey.
This is a wedding song you all can’t stop listening to at any wedding. The Musical Taliban with a high Afro-pop sings to eulogize the cost of throwing the wedding party and uses the song to send a warning to the couple to take care of his wife.
Perfect Gentleman Sean Tizzle
This was released in 2014. This song is also a wedding themed-song written in both English and Yoruba. The lyrics make it easy for the groom to explain how he would be the perfect husband to his Bride. You could just whisper the lyrics to your bride as you take her to the dance floor.
Released in 2014 by Davido, Aye is a love song with a vibe that flows easily on both old and young generations.
Iyawo Mi Timi Dakolo
Iyawo mi produced by Cobhams Asuquo in 2014 is a love letter delivered with soft soulful vocals by Timi Dakolo. It can be played to release the love butterflies in the bellies of the couple on their special day. The lyrics appraise the beauty of the bride and eulogize how blessed the lovers feel good about the love they have for each other. When this song comes on, you can see how much joy is displayed by the couples as they look into each other’s eyes.
Beautiful Onyinye P Square
This is surely a wedding jam. With this song playing in the background, you can be rest assured there won’t be a dull moment on either camps of the audience ranging from the young lads to the oldest guests.
Oruka Sunny Nnaji
This is one evergreen love song that never dies. Released in 2003, the song has become a hit and rarely would you attend a wedding without hearing it being played. This song celebrates the pleasantries couples enjoy in marriage. The lyrics are simple and soothing to the ear. It can fairly be tagged as a must have on a wedding music playlist.
Ada Ada Flavour
Flavour released the song in 2013. Flavour, who is well known in the southeastern part of Nigeria as “lover boy” released the song in 2013. Flavour used the song to celebrate the bride and her expectations in the Marriage. This song gets couples and their guests on their feet dancing to the lovely rhythm and lyrics of the song.
Yori Yori Bracket
Yori Yori by bracket was the trending wedding songs in 2011. The song upon release gained spotlight globally and is still being played in today’s wedding. This song will bring lit up your wedding reception …it will bring a lot of memory. We suggest you play this song- Yori Yori at your wedding towards the end of the wedding reception.
Ife wa gbona Tiwa Savage
Ife wa gbona is a hit track from sensational Berklee College of Music graduate Tiwa Savage’s Once Upon a Time Album, featuring Leo Wonder. The track is an impressive song that you will love to add to your wedding playlist.
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