Nigeria’s Top 50 Songs(1960-2010) – The Complete Music Countdown

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Side note: Nigeria’s Top 50 Songs was released in 2010 to mark Nigeria’s 50th anniversary!!!

Below is the complete list of our choice of Nigeria’s top 50 songs made up of Nigerian oldies and new-ish songs released between 1960 – 2010.

We had to edit out the bios and stories of each artist or else we would have created the longest post in the world. To reference the bios, kindly visit the following links:

50 down to 41.

40 down to 31.

30 down to 21.

20 down to 11

10 down to1

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No 50:  Oby Onyioha – I Want To Feel Your Love

 

(1981, “I Want To Feel Your Love”, Time Communications Ltd)

Oby Onyioha

Oby Onyioha – I Want To Feel Your Love

No 49: Junior & Pretty – Monika

(1991, “Fufu Flavour“, Storm Productions)

Junior & Pretty

Junior & Pretty – Monika

No 48: Dizzy K Falola – Baby Kilode

(1983, “Be My Friend“, EMI (Nigeria))

Dizzy K Falola - Baby Kilode

Dizzy K Falola – Baby Kilode

No 47: Ofege – Try and Love

(1974, “Try And Love“, EMI (Nigeria))

Ofege - Try and Love

Ofege – Try & Love

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No 46: Remedies – Shakomo

(1998, “Peace Nigeria“, Kennis Music)

Remedies - Peace Nigeria

Remedies – Shakomo

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No 45: Alex Zitto – Walakolombo

(1989, “Walakolombo”, PolyGram)

Alex Zitto - Walakolombo

Alex Zito – Baby Walakolombo

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No 44: Kris Okotie – I Need Someone

(1980, “I Need Someone”, Phonodisk)

Kris Okotie - I Need Someone

Kris Okotie – I Need SomeOne

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No 43: Bright Chimezie & his Zigima Sound – African Style

(1990, “African Style”, Rogers All Stars Music)

Bright Chimezie - African Style

Bright Chimezie – African Style

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No 42: Tony Tetuila ft Pastor Goody Goody – My Car

(2001, “My Car”, Kennis Music)

Tony Tetuila - My Car

Tony Tetuila – My Car

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No 41: Chris Mba – Baby Don’t Cry

(1983, “Love Everlasting”, Chris Robinson Studios)

Chris Mba - Love Everlasting

Chris Mba – Baby Don’t Cry

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No 40: Felix Lebarty – Ifeoma
(1989, “One Life To Live
“, Tabansi Records)

Felix Lebarty

Felix Liberty – Ifeoma

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No 39: Olu Maintain ft LKT – Yahoozee
(2006, “Maintain Reloaded”, Reloaded Records)

Olu Maintain - Yahoozee

Colin Powell & Olu Maintain

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Olu Maintain ft LKT – Yahoozee


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No 38: Stephen Osita Osadebe – Osondi Owendi
(1984,
Osondi Owendi”, Polydor [LPs]; Premier Music [CD])

Osili - Osondi Owendi

Stephen Osita Osadebe – Osondi Owendi

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No 37: Dr Victor Olaiya – Omo Pupa
(
1982, In the Sixties”, Polydor)

Victor Olaiya

Dr Victor Olaiya – Omo Pupa

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No 36: Evi Edna Ogholi – Happy Birthday
(1989, “Happy Birthday”, Polydor Nigeria
)

Evi Edna - Happy Birthday

Evi Edna Ogholi – Happy Birthday

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No 35: Oliver De Coque & His Expo 76′ – Identity
(1980, “Identity”, Olumo)

Oliver De Coque - Identity

Oliver De Coque – Identity

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No 34: Mike Okri – Time Na Money
(1988, “Concert Fever”,
CBS Records (Nigeria))

Mike Okri – Time Na Money

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No 33: Funmi Adams – Nigeria My Beloved Country
(1989 (?), “All We Need Is Love”, Supra)

Funmi Adams – Nigeria My Beloved Country

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No 32: Oritz Wiliki – Heart Of Stone
(199?, “Heart Of Stone”, Premier Music)

Oritz Wiliki - Heart Of Stone

Oritz Wiliki – Heart Of Stone

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No 31: Harry Mosco – Sugar Cane Baby
(1982, “Sugar Cane Baby”, Samba)

Harry Mosco - Sugar Cane Baby

Harry Mosco – Sugar Cane Baby

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No 30: Dan Maraya Jos – Gangar Bashi

Dan Maraya Jos

Dan Maraya Jos – Gangar Bashi

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No 29: Veno Marioghae – Nigeria Go Survive
(1984, “Nigeria Go Survive”, Tabansi Records)

Veno Marioghae - Nigeria Go Survive

Veno Marioghae – Nigeria Go Survive

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No 28: Sunny Neji – Oruka
(2003, “Unchained”, Blue Pie
)

Sunny Neji - Oruka

Sunny Neji – Oruka

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No 27: Bongos Ikwue – Still Searching
(1978, “Still Searching“, EMI Nigeria)

Bongos Ikwue - Still Searching

Bongos Ikwue – Still Searching

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No 26: Blackky – Rosie
(1991, “About Tyme”, Premiere Music
)

Blackky - About Tyme

Blackky – Rosie

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No 25: P Square – No One Like U
(2007,
“Game Over”, Squared Records)

P Square – No One Like U

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No 24: Daddy Showkey – Diana
(1999, “The Ghetto Soldier“)

Daddy Showkey - Diana

Daddy Showkey – Diana

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No 23: Femi Kuti – Beng Beng Beng
(1998, “Shoki Shoki”, Barclay)

Femi Kuti - Beng Beng Beng

Femi Kuti – Beng Beng Beng

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No 22: Nelly Uchendu & Mike Obianwu – Love Nwantinti-ada Eze-onye Nwulu Ozuluike
(1976, “Love Nwantinti”)

Nelly Uchendu & Uncle Mike

Nelly Uchendu & Mike Obianwu – Love Nwantinti-Ada Eze-Onye Nwulu Ozuluike

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No 21: IK Dairo – Mo Sorire

IK Dairo - Mo Sorire

IK Dairo – Mo Sorire

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No 20: Sonny Okosun – Which Way Nigeria
(
1984, “Which Way Nigeria?” EMI Nigeria)

Sonny Okosun - Which Way Nigeria

Sonny Okosun – Which Way Nigeria

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No 19: William Onyeabor – When The Going Is Smooth & Good
(1985, “Anything You Sow”, Wilfilms Records)

William Onyeabor

William Onyeabor – When The Going Is Smooth & Good

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No 18: D Banj – Tongolo
(2005, “
No Long Thing”, Mo’ Hits)

D'Banj - Tongolo

D’Banj – Tongolo

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No 17: Majek Fashek – Send Down The Rain
(1988, “Prisoner of Conscience”, Tabansi Records)

Majek Fashek – Send Down The Rain

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No 16: Onyeka Onwenu – Ekwe
(1984,
“In The Morning”, Ayollo Records)

Onyeka Onwenu - Ekwe

Onyeka Onwenu – Ekwe

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No 15: Fela Anikulapo  Kuti – Zombie
(1977, “Zombie”, Coconut Records/Phonogram)

Fela - Zombie

Fela Kuti – Zombie

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No 14: Bobby Benson – Taxi Driver
(1950s)

Bobby Benson – Taxi Driver

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No 13: Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey – Board Members
(1972, “Board Members”, Decca)

Ebenezer Obey - Board Members

Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey – Board Members

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No 12: Cardinal Rex Jim Lawson – Love Me Adure
(1972, “Love M Adure“, Akpola)

Rex Lawson

Cardinal Rex Jim Lawson – Love Me Adure

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No 11: Lagbaja – Konko Below
(2001, “We Before Me”, Lagbaja)

Lagbaj - Konko Below

Lagbaja – Konko Below

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No 10: 2Face – African Queen
(2004,
“Face 2 Face”, Kennis Music)

2Face - African Queen

2Face – African Queen

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No 9: Shina Peters – Afro Juju(Ace)
(1989,
Ace (Afro-Juju Series 1))

Shina Peters

Shina Peters – Afro Juju(Ace

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No 8: Sonny Okosun – Now Or Ever
(1986,
“Now or Never”, EMI)

Sonny Okosun - Now Or Never

Sonny Okosun – Now Or Never

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No 7: Femi Kuti – Wonder Wonder
(1995, “
Femi Kuti”, Tabu Records)

Femi Kuti - Wonder

Femi Kuti – Wonder Wonder

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No 6: King Sunny Ade – The Way Forward 1
(1994, “
The Way Forward“, Sigma Park)

KSA

King Sunny Ade – The Way Forward 1

contd…

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ends here and a live concert starts…

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No 5: Sir Victor Uwaifo – Joromi
(1969,
“Big Sound”, Phonogram/Phillips)

Sir Victor Uwaifo – Joromi

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No 4: Christie Essien Igbokwe – Seun Rere
(1981, “Ever Liked My Person”, Lagos International Records)

Christie Essien Igbokwe – Seun Rere

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No 3: Fela Kuti – Water No Get Enemy
(1975,
“Expensive Shit” )

Fela - Expensive Shit

Fela Kuti – Water No Get Enemy

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No 2: Onyeka Onwenu – Iyogogo
(1992)

 

Onyeka Onwenu – Iyogogo

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No 1: Prince Nico Mbarga – Sweet Mother
(1976, “
Sweet Mother”, Roger All Stars)

NO1 Sweet Mother

Prince Nico Mbarga (1 January 1950 – 24 June 1997) was a highlife musician, born to a Nigerian mother and a Bakassi father in Abakaliki, Nigeria. He is renowned for his hit song “Sweet Mother“, recorded with his band – Rocafil Jazz. He played the xylophone, conga, drums, and electric guitar in school bands and he made his professional debut as a member of a hotel band, the Melody Orchestra, in 1970.

Although he only recorded one significant hit, “Sweet Mother,” in 1976, which sold more than 13 million copies (and which is recognised as one of Africa’s greatest songs), Mbarga played an important role in the evolution of African popular music. With his soulful vocals set to the light melodies of his acoustic guitar, Mbarga created a unique hybrid of Igbo and Congolese guitar playing and uplifting highlife rhythms. He formed his own group, Rocafil Jazz, to perform regularly at the Naza Hotel in the eastern Nigerian city of Onitsha.

After releasing a disappointing single in 1973, Mbarga and Rocafil Jazz had their first success with their second single, “I No Go Marry My Papa”, which became a regional hit. The band’s inability to break past their local following resulted in their recording contract being dropped by EMI, a decision that proved ill-fortuned when the band signed with Rogers All Stars, a Nigerian recording company based in Onitsha, and recorded “Sweet Mother

Sung in Pidgin English, “Sweet Mother” became one of the top sellers in the history of African music. In the six years that Mbarga and Rocafil Jazz remained with Rogers All Stars, 1975 to 1981, they recorded nine albums.

Temporarily relocating to England in 1982, Mbarga became known for his flamboyant, 1970s glam rock-inspired performances. While he continued to appear with Rocafil Jazz, Mbarga also performed with London-based highlife band the Ivory Coasters and Cameroonian vocalist Louisiana Tilda. Despite launching his own Polydor-distributed record label, upon returning to Nigeria, Mbarga and the original members of Rocafil Jazz separated after several Cameroon-born members were deported. Although he later formed the New Rocafil Jazz Band, Mbarga failed to match his early success. Leaving music, he turned his attention to managing the two hotels that he owned, Hotel Calabar and the Sweet Mother Hotel.

Prince Nico Mbarga was killed in a motorcycle accident on June 24, 1997, leaving behind “Sweet Mother” as the most popular song amongst Nigerians. “Sweet Mother” is sometimes called Africa’s anthem and has been voted Africa’s favourite song by BBC readers and listeners.

Prince Nico Mbarga – Sweet Mother

Sweet mother I no go forget you
for the wey you Suffer Suffer for me.

Sweet mother I no go forget you
for the wey you Suffer Suffer for me.

When I dey cry, my mother go carry me, she go say,
‘My Pikin’ wetin you dey cry ye, ye,
stop stop, stop stop make you cry again oh no. “

When I won sleep, my mother go pet me,
she go lie me well well for bed,
she cover me cloth, sing me to sleep,
“Pikin sleep sleep oh my.”

When I dey hungry, my mother go run up and down.
Something she go find me when I go chop oh.

Sweet mother I no go forget you for the wey Suffer me Suffer for you

When I dey sick, my mother go cry, cry, cry,
INSTEAD say she go when I go die make she die.

O, she go beg God,
“God help me, God help, my Pikin oh.”

If I do not sleep, my mother no go sleep,
if I no chop, my mother no go chop, she no dey oh pull.

Sweet mother I no go forget you,
for the wey you Suffer Suffer for me.

Another wife you get fit, you fit Get Another husband,
But You Get Another fit mother? No!

And if I forget you, Therefore I forget my life and the air I breathe.

And Then on to you men, forget, verily, forget your mother,
for if you forget your mother you’ve lost your life.

lifted from wiki

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Nigeria’s Top 50 Songs (1960 – 2010) was chosen from 237, 516 Songs by a strong panel of 6 music lovers whose collections span from 8-tracks to 12 & 7 inch vinyls to tapes to CDs to iTune Libraries to iPODs to mp3s to ogg files. Their ages are 16, 24, 32, 41, 49 & 68.

The selection process took ‘4weeks, 2broken glasses, a purchase of an Awolowo picture (?), 1 angry landlord & 1 work query’ to conclude.

Hope u enjoy it. Constructive criticism is fully allowed. Please no insulting comments. Just WORK IT OUT!

No record sales or related information were used to determine them and they were chosen based on personal opinions, popularity, quality, originality, creativity & the VOCAL DROPS Rating System (please check any of the album reviews for the meaning of the acronym).

This top 50 Nigeria Songs does not in any way represent the whole Nation’s opinion.  We sincerely apologize for any songs we may have missed out on during the selection process. We will always be your biggest fans

As we count down, let us know which songs u think should be in Nigeria’s top 50 and which ones shouldn’t have made it.

Please list your own Top 50 Songs and post it in the comment box or send to submission@360nobs.com.

We apologise to any of the artists/music labels/bodies  that are/will be featured in this article who may find it abusive, disrespectful or unsuitable. Upon notification to remove any of their materials, we will do so immediately.

Special thanks to Comb & Razor & Likembe (John B. Milwaukee) – their blogs were immensely useful; all the websites especially wiki we referenced, our friends, parents, egbons & aunties.

This has been a rewarding experience for everyone involved.

LETS KEEP MAKING MUSIC!!! I’m outty!

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93 comments

  1. This has been the sanest compilation I’ve ever seen a Nigerian do. Your top 5 is super awesome… And the ‘disclaimer’ part… Awesome too… We all don’t share the same opinion, but the way you took me to the time past, got goose pimples thread over my skin. Awesome post… Faze’s Originality. I was hoping to see it. And some other songs… But Nice list. Whoever made this list needs a glass of Champagne from me. :)

  2. TOOK ME BACK WHEN I WAS STILL A KID LISTENING TO THESE SONGS BEING PLAYED BY MY FATHER ON HIS PLAYER.. I AM GOING TO MY FATHER’S HOUSE LIBRARY TO FETCH OUT THE VIDEO CASSETTE OF THESE OLDIES… AND GET VIDEO PLAYER TO PLAY THEM.. THEY WERE SO MANY SONG’S NOT HERE.. BUT SURE WOULD HAVE BEEN HERE IF THE LIST WAS UP TO 100 OR MAYBE 200.LOL.. THERE ARE SO MANY GREAT SONGS FROM WAY BACK… how about that song.. forgotten the singer..something (seeolee seeolee eh eh eh, seeole…haha. THANKS FOR THE REMINDER 360NOBS.

  3. The SWEET MOTHER na real number 1. But why u come turn some of the lines of d stanzas upside down abi na frontline back. U 4 listen & check well. No wonder my papa used 2 tell me say story teller strong pass d warrior wey fight.

  4. Nice compilation… I’ve been searching for a classic song with the lyrics: iwo ni mo feran (i love you) ni gbogbo aye mi shogbo… No luck finding the singer or song title pls help me out @360 merci beaucoup

  5. Oh!! Music is powerful!! Nostalgia!! I’m shedding tears mehn, music has a way of bringing back both d good n d bad memories!! 9ce work!!

  6. Massive massive compilation…good job, I think there re still some unmentioned great songs that deserve to replace some odas in dis list tho .

  7. Welldone. Pls who sang ‘ imarunma isigi pereumpe omalicha nwata ga cho onye ntegu,egwu egwu amaka omalicha nwata bia turam egwu.plsss tell me d woman who snag it.thank u and God bless

  8. Solid list, great job. Would love to see Madators Rat race, Majek fashek Religion na politics, Funmi Adams Anyahe yharo ( hope i got that ) on the next list of 60 years or 100 years list. P. squres Busy body should replace the one on your list and at least one plantashun boiz song or tony one weeks gyration song should be there. 1 love

  9. Boss u too much! Nothing to criticize here cus its the best of both worlds(generations) & u created d balance between. Some of them got me reminiscing how my dad plays them on our many trips especially the Apapa amusement park. Thank you sir! Two Thumbs up!!

  10. Wow, just wow.
    There are a few songs that should be on that list like Evi Edna Ogoli’s obaro (I hope that’s the title), Ras kimono (something about “belle”. In the video people young and old were dancing like crazy). So Many So many.
    But the list is super non the less. Good Job. You put a smile on my face and joy and gladness in my heart with this Top50. Thank you.

  11. Greatlist!I jst luv good music nt mindn ‘dates’ so hv bin lukn4 som oldies&i jst my answrs here,even got mre than xpcted! Rily glad had all in my playlist now. TO THOSE complaining:u cnt av all songs here esp. Wen its a list of 50,I advice u stick wit 360 nobs&u won’t b disapointd cos nobs has a ll nobs tightened. N:B am unable2c 1st 3words frm my left cos of d social media pop up (share on FB,pin,G+1,in)dt cnt b closed,resolve pls. Thnks again! God enlarge ur coast!

  12. Glad to have come across this site.
    I’m not too concerned about their arrangement, I’m just happy that so many people still cherish these beautiful tone.
    Kudus

  13. Great work! Where are mandy ojugbana’s baby kilode; bunmi olajubu’s to ba kawe re, bata re a du koko ka; Mandator’s rat race; Barry at 40; esse agesse’s blacky’s bang belle; alex o’s do it in d name of love; alex zitto’s tickle me, kolington’s ijo yoyo; which one u dey; eje kajo;?

  14. Awesome job! been looking for where i can reconnect with some brain refreshing oldies! Honestly got more than expected here!Regardless how they were arranged on the list, they were all huge jams then…. THUMBS!!!

  15. Ohhh my God, good job bro. I must thank you but i can’t stop shedding tears…..i can’t help. Most of them are killing me expecially “Nelly Uchendu & Mike Obianwu – Love Nwantinti-ada Eze-onye Nwulu Ozuluike
    (1976, “Love Nwantinti”)”….i have no heart……

  16. Hey there please me find a song called sweriri,i think the singer is a nagerian lady.im so damn inlove with the song.please please

  17. hmmm,,, I am sooo loving this list,, u guys did some great job here,, as for the angry land lord,, if he sees wat u did here,, I think he’ll be proud of y’all really… and thanks for thiese gifts of lovely memories,,

  18. This compilation is great. I would have rate this something better than A but unfortunately we don’t have that so an A will do. Though not rating you a 100% but with 96%, this is incredible. I will like to make 2 addition and 2 subtraction, these are; Barrister’s Fuji Garbbage in place of Psquare and Eedris Abdulkareem’s Jaga Jaga in place of D’banj’s Tongolo. But then, this your list is awesome, with or without the addition

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  20. This is quite informative, and will constitute a very useful reference material for research on Nigerian music and allied interests. Thank you so very much.

  21. Wow! I must commend this work and the compilers. Just stumbled upon it while searching for info on Veno Marioghae. Too many great songs still left out like Your Name Is Greater Than Gold and Your Children Are Crying by Chichi of Africa. Like a commentator said above, maybe we need a 100 or 200 or 500 song list. Lol. Kudos still.

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