Here is a list of the 10 greatest hits from the talented artists under Mavin records since its inception ten years ago.
Mavin Records is arguably one of Nigeria's biggest music labels and has been responsible for some of the biggest songs putting afrobeats on the map to date, which is why we compiled a list of the 10 greatest hits from the Mavin catalogue.
Nothing prepared music lovers for the evolution that started in the music business on the 8th of May 2012. Mavin Records was introduced with the catchy phrase that went "Mavin Activated," and a list of artists would carve a niche for themselves in the music industry and be responsible for numerous hits in the industry.
Mavin Records has been responsible for over 50 hits from different artists who have been and are still with the record label; with a vast catalogue of such, it is only normal for us at NotJustOk to compile the 10 greatest hits to celebrate a decade of good music from Mavin records.
What Are The Greatest Hits From Mavin Records?
On the 1st of May 2014, Mavin introduced music lovers to a breed of new talented artists with an all-star song titled 'Dorobucci.' In an era where music streaming in Nigeria was not a norm 'Dorobucci' had surpassed the expectations of many as it had dominated the airwaves and was a go-to track in the club and at public gatherings. Many can't forget how each artist delivered their lines and introduced themselves. 'Dorobucci' introduced us to Reekado Banks, Korede Bello and Di'Ja.
2. The Kick
Arguably one of the biggest songs from Wande Coal, 'The Kick' was unmatched following its release on the 14th of January 2014. With a sound and visuals that was way ahead of its time, Mavin records created magic with the kick. The vocals provided by Wande Coal and the ad-libs, and the mastery of Don Jazzy were something that left many in awe.
'Surulere,' which signifies patience is rewarding, was off the 'Siduction' album and is a song that shook the airwaves following its release in 2013. The song was a massive success that it was followed up with a remix that featured the starboy Wizkid and Phyno.
'Surulere' had received nominations from numerous award shows in 2014. It was nominated for the following awards :
|The Headies||Best Pop Single|
|Song of the Year|
|Channel O Music Video Awards||Most Gifted West|
|Most Gifted Video of the Year|
|Nigeria Entertainment Awards||Hottest Single of the Year|
|City People Entertainment Awards||Best Collabo of the Year|
|MTV Africa Music Awards||Song of the Year|
|African Muzik Magazine Awards||Best Collabo|
Released on the 25th of January 2015, 'Godwin' by Korede Bello is a song that had everyone in awe. The meaning behind the song and the delivery and production had fans talking. It was well received and met with positive reviews from music critics. The song cut across all social institutions in the country as at the time as it was a song viewed as good enough to be played in religious houses and also notable events such as political rallies and even celebrations.
The music video was released in June 2015, and it gathered a total of one million views five weeks after its release. This was an important achievement for Korede Bello and Mavin records. It also received numerous award nominations and won 'The Best Pop Single' award at The Headies 2015.
Following the massive success of 'Chop Am,' Reekado Bank dished a smashing hit titled 'Katapot' in 2015, which Don Jazzy produced. 'Katapot' had dominated the airwaves and was widely accepted by music lovers. The music video held much significance as it depicted the message the song had tried to pass across to the general public.
6. Take Banana
'Take Banana' by D'Prince held all clubs in Nigeria to ransom in 2012; it was a massive hit that dominated the airwaves and the clubs and even events. This was one of the songs off the 'Solar Plexus' album, which was the debut album from the Mavin all-stars.
7. My Darlin
'My Darlin' by Tiwa Savage ft Don Jazzy was a massive success, and it is an insightful love song that was properly portrayed by its video. Released on the 14th of November 2014, Tiwa Savage took pop and RnB to the next level with hit songs like 'My Darlin.' Being the first lady of Mavin records at the time, she lived and surpassed the expectations of many as every single song and album from her had achieved massive success.
8. Ma Lo
'Ma Lo' by Tiwa Savage featuring Wizkid was a massive success from her 'Sugarcane' album, released in 2017. This was the second time both acts had combined to create nothing but magic on a Tiwa project. 'Ma Lo,' which Spellz produced, had visuals to match the song's concept; it gathered a total of 59 million views for the official video and 2.1 million views for the official audio and on youtube.
9. Calm Down
'Calm Down' by Rema became a viral hit on social media and digital streaming platforms shortly after its release in 2022. It also achieved the status as one of the most shazamed songs in the world; the 'Calm Down' was not a myth but a reality and a frenzy which was solidified following the release of his 'Rave & Roses' debut album.
10. Bloody Samaritan
Ayra Starr's 'Bloody Samaritan is a notable mention on the list of Mavin's greatest hits of all time. This is a classic that had everyone in a 'chokehold' regardless of age, ethnicity, occupation or preference. A song with a powerful message, effectively delivered with the right emotions by Ayra Starr is something that put the Mavin princess in the spotlight and in the sight of many.
The list would however not be complete without giving recognition to classics and viral songs from Di'Ja with 'Awww,' Ladipoe with 'Feeling,' Magixx with ' Love Don't Cost Dime,' and Boy Spyce with 'Nobody.' It has been nothing but an amazing decade with nothing but quality music from Mavin records and its artists and this is worthy of being celebrated.