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PODCAST

LIVE INTERVIEWS

Join us as we feature guests on our Weekly show. 

Mannywellz discusses Daca, Racial Tensions in America and his new (EP) “MIRAGE” on PGM Radio!

We got a chance to exclusively speak to the amazing Mannywellz, a Nigerian American-based RnB & Soul artist who’s new ep Mirage is beautifully written, structured, and produced by himself.

Mannywellz spoke openly about his struggles as a Daca recipient, the racial tensions in America, and how this rollercoaster experience coupled with 2020 Covid-19, has inspired his new ep “Mirage.”

Listen to the full conversation here and stream Mirage right here.

Mirage Cover Art

Mirage Cover Art

PGM Radio Show: Burna Boy – Twice As Tall Exclusive 2020 Interview with Douglas Jekan

In this special edition of the PGM Radio Show, we had the African Giant Burna Boy on to explain the true meaning of his new album Twice As Tall and to give context to his rant on Twitter that “No One Paved the Way for Him”…amongst other topics.   Listen to the podcast on Apple podcast, Spotify, Soundcloud or watch the interview on YouTube

QUESTION FOR THE READERS

WHAT SIDE OF HISTORY WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE ON?
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(1) One who uses their voice and platform to speak about the plight of his/her people and risk the chance of offending the money bag or
(2) One who will keep quiet and not talk about the problems in society in order not to offend the money but rather use his/her platform to amass wealth for themselves?

Please comment and let us know your choice.

xxx

 

DWATCHLIST

NEW ACTS

New acts are popping up every week and it’s our mission to unveil them as it happens. 

Music management, Chase EP introduces new acts in it’s The Chase EP

Talent management company, Chase Music has released a new 7 track EP with new acts. Budding star, Jinmi Abdul, on the 20th of August 2020 put out a tweet requesting for talents he could provide assistance to;

Someone out there has so much talent but no means to record/get beats! I’m going to help that person this week but who?

This led to over 300 entries and after careful selection and consideration, three new artists;  Feline, King Amo and Mohalizer were the latest additions to Chase Music and the birth of The Chase EP.

The Chase EP contains 7 tracks all making solid declarations on matters of the heart. The first track Because of love by Mohalizer ft. Jinmi Abdul details the extent the artists have gone for their lovers. Praying for their partners, getting chased out of religious centers and many more. In Kosi, Jinmi Abdul exposes how his new girl blows him away . In Lemons, F3line advises her lover to be ok with the consequences of his actions. She advises him to add ‘shayo’ to the sour taste of his bad decisions when it gets hard. King Amo reveals to his listeners his fragile interior conveying his deep desire for intimacy and romance with the girl who has caught his fancy on Pon my Mind . Yawa by Mohalizer is a song for a hesitant crush who misses the opportunity to shoot their shot every single time. F3line doesn’t want to Go Back Home as she’s trying not to think about love for a night. Want you by King Amo ft. Jinmi Abdul is a song expressing passionate desire.

To listen to The Chase EP, click here

Production credits goes to Chase Music. The EP was mixed and mastered by Jinmi Abdul. Extra engineering credits to Optimum sounds.

Jonzing World’s new artist Ruger drops new single “One Shirt” featuring Rema and D’Prince.

Jonzing World’s new artist Ruger, drops new single “One Shirt” featuring Rema and D’Prince. Ruger whose real name is Boluwatife, is a talented Rapper, singer and Songwriter who hails from Ogun state, NigeriaHe very recently got signed to D’Prince’s Jonzing world and One Shirt is his debut single under the Label.

The song address the challenges and difficulties the artists passed through to go mainstream. The boos, the jeers, the doubt. He narrates his constant usage of one shirt to various shows up until recently. He is grateful and inspired to share his humble beginnings;

“Omo, na one shirt I dey wear to four different shows

dem be dey laugh me cos my bata na tear tear

I for reason am but God dey hear

But when God change my story, I’ve been balling, I have been jonzing

Mixing hennessey with sqwuardy ,

every minute Sade dey call me

Time go farafa oh, hustle me no tire-re oh, steady chilling with omoba oh, like no tomorrow oh

Time go farafa oh, hustle me no tire-re oh, steady chilling with omoba oh, like no tomorrow oh…

(Pre-Chorus)

Everybody get him own story oh, as they take hustle for money I be dey beg make dem blow me dem do me cunning oh, cunning oh Plenty dress….”

Click here to listen.

The official video for the song opens with a mumified Ruger creeping out of the ground with backup dancers as he begins to tell the story of his hustle. D’Prince takes over singing on a raised platform surrounded by dancing masquerades and then, Rema sings his part in the centre of women clad in red. The entire video seems ritualistic. Its set in the dark adds to it’s mystery and allure. The video was directed by Director K.

MUSIC

NEWS

What’s new in Music this week? That’s the question we aim to answer. 

Kizz Daniel comes through with brand new audio and visual “Flex”

Nigerian Afropop singer, Kizz Daniel returns with another hit single  “Flex” after dropping “Currently” featuring Olamide, Falz and LK Kuddy, produced by Masterkraft. The song is hinged on the party lifestyle. He declares that he just wants to flex and enjoy his life to the fullest;

I just won flex
Make nobody hala for my head
And if I push your button you go push my button, I go rock your body

See I just won flex
Make nobody hala for my head
And if I push your button you go push my button, I go rock your body


Ka ya fun won, shey ka ya fun won?
Ka ya fun won, shey ka ya fun won?
Ka ya fun won, shey ka ya fun won ah?
Owo mi wa loke! (Ah)

 

There is the employment of Solid Afrobeats and the Sax to create a wavy party tune. Produced by DJ Coublon.  To listen, click here.

The aesthetically pleasing black and white video is reminiscent of the American Jazz scene in the 80s. The Video was shot and directed by The Alien.

Skillz 8figure ft. Psycho YP – Like Dat

Fast rising Ghanian artiste, Skillz 8figure enlists Nigerian rapper, Psycho YP to release a catchy bop song titled “Like Dat”. The song is off his upcoming EP “After Dark” which is already available  for preorder, set to feature artists like Oxlade on it.

“Like Dat” is an afro fusion tune with clear guitar strings and loud drums. The amazing Synergy between the artists creates an undeniable uptown song. They talk about their “doings” on the song. The song was produced  by MikeMillzOnEm. To listen to this song, Click here

NEW VIDEO

FRESH VIDS

Let’s plug in and review freshly released music videos. 

YBNL star and Cuppy release new video for “Feel Good”

Cheery faced Cuppy releases the visuals for her song “Feel Good” from The “Original Copy” album released months ago, featuring YBNL star, Fireboy DML.

Both artists document their romantic moments in their “Feel Good” vlog allowing us enjoy their special moments of romance with them. The sunny atmosphere, lovey dovey faces made at each other, amateurish paintings with funny Fireboy dances make the Video goofy and fun. The yatch is a beautiful getaway scene for the couple.

Watch and Enjoy.

Kizz Daniel comes through with brand new audio and visual “Flex”

Nigerian Afropop singer, Kizz Daniel returns with another hit single  “Flex” after dropping “Currently” featuring Olamide, Falz and LK Kuddy, produced by Masterkraft. The song is hinged on the party lifestyle. He declares that he just wants to flex and enjoy his life to the fullest;

I just won flex
Make nobody hala for my head
And if I push your button you go push my button, I go rock your body

See I just won flex
Make nobody hala for my head
And if I push your button you go push my button, I go rock your body


Ka ya fun won, shey ka ya fun won?
Ka ya fun won, shey ka ya fun won?
Ka ya fun won, shey ka ya fun won ah?
Owo mi wa loke! (Ah)

 

There is the employment of Solid Afrobeats and the Sax to create a wavy party tune. Produced by DJ Coublon.  To listen, click here.

The aesthetically pleasing black and white video is reminiscent of the American Jazz scene in the 80s. The Video was shot and directed by The Alien.

EDITORS

PICK

Our editors are hard at work everyday to bring your the best releases of the week. 

Africanfuturism and Africanjujuism writer, Nnedi Okorafor is first on our list for Women’s History Month

Hey music lovers, it’s another month of March and we are officially celebrating Women’s History month. In this month carved out to highlight the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society, we shine the light on five amazing Nigerian women in Arts and Media owning their creative spaces.

In this first article of our Five part women series, our spotlight is on Nigerian-American sci-fi, magical realism and fantasy writer, Nnedi Okorafor. Her name Nnedi is short for Nnedimma. She describes her work as Africanfuturism and Africanjujuism for children and adults.

The American born daughter of Nigerian parents desired to be an entomologist due to her fascination with insects as a child. She was also a nationally known athlete. However, a rare spine complication after a spine fusion surgery she had to do to deal with the Scoliosis she was diagnosed with at the age of 13 rendered her immobile from the waist down.  Turning to writing to provide her succour, she developed an interest and took creative writing classes after she had regained her walking ability through physical therapy although now unable to continue her athletic career.  Nnedi holds a PhD in Literature and two MAs in Journalism and Literature.

Her African heritage take center place in her writings and she is highly influenced by Nigerian Myths, folklore and stories. Desiring more diversity in the fantasy space, she writes  mostly about black female heroes while navigating serious social issues. With her work, she redefines the genre of Fantasy with Africans at the heart.

Nnedi has won a Hugo, a Nebula, a World Fantasy Award and a Locus Award. Her novels include WHO FEARS DEATH, AKATA WITCH, ZAGRAH THE WINDSEEKER, THE SHADOW SPEAKER, LAGOON, KABU KABU, THE BOOK OF PHOENIX, LONG JUJU MAN and many more.

Nnedi has also written comics for Marvel, including BLACK PANTHER: LONG LIVE THE KING and WAKANDA FOREVER and the SHURI series, an Africanfuturist comic series LAGUARDIA (from Dark Horse) and her short  memoir BROKEN PLACES AND OUTER SPACES. Nnedi is also copywriting the adaption of Octavia Butler’s WILD SEED with Viola Davies and Kenyan film director Wanuri Kahiu.

We celebrate Nnedi Okorafor for breaking barriers in the Fantasy genre with focus on African storytelling and Characters. Not only has she carved a niche for herself, she stands out as a contemporary Nigerian writer. She makes us proud and we hope her work is inspirational to all those who come across it.

Top 50 albums and EPs of 2020

The year is finally off to an end and we are buzzing with the cheer of new beginnings, albeit with a little caution. We do not want to repeat the mistake of being so enthusiastic for the year just like we were for 2020 but then when it finally arrived, it shocked us all.

First, a pandemc that wiped out thousands of lives. We were locked in our homes unable to connect physically with our friends and loved ones. The pandemic not only restricted us to house arrests and lockdowns, it restructured our way of life as we knew it. There was a plummet in our frequenting of resturants, pubs, parties, clubs and many others. But in the way that humans have always been resilient, we innovated and adapted . We found new ways to retouch and rekindle with people: a rise in virtual meetings, virtual concerts, rise of new apps like Tik Tok where people with enough free time started dances and challenges that travelled wide and far.

It was definitely hard for artists to put out music at a point when we were tending to illnesses and losing loved ones. Some had it worse than others. There was the Black lives matter movement triggered by the death of George Floyd that tore our hearts and when we thought it couldn’t get worse, there was the massacre of Innocent Nigerians whose only crimes were demanding a better socio-political climate for them to thrive. They demanded to not be killed, wrongly profiled and harrassed, they demanded for justice and were met with hot water canons, tear gas and bullets. In all this, we sought succour in one of the universal languages known to man; Music.

Somehow African music still managed to shine, we had an array of singers, writers, producers, curators etc that offered us an eclectic mix of sounds varying in styles and genres. There were a couple of projects put out by the veterans and experimental futurist sounds from the newcomers. We mourned with music, held steadfast and protested with music, celebrated and rejoiced with music the only way we knew how. In this light, we at PGM bring to you the top 50 albums and extended plays this year that made it just a little bearable maybe even enjoyable. Songs that dulled the ache for a little bit and even made us dance. In no particular order, here is our top 50 albums for 2020;

  1. Pioneers – DRB Lasgidi
  2. Boo of the booless – Chike
  3. Empress – Yemi Alade
  4. Colours & Sounds – Niniola
  5. My side of the story – Busiswa
  6. Nudes – Moonchild Sanelly
  7. Gratitude – Timaya
  8. Kpanlogo – Darkovibes
  9. For broken ears – Tems
  10. Made in Lagos- Wizkid
  11. Cult – Paybac Iboro
  12. Flavour of Africa – Flavor
  13. Grace – DJ Spinall
  14. African Time Deluxe version – Krizbeatz
  15. Three – Patoranking
  16. Apollo – Fireboy DML
  17. Celia – Tiwa Savage
  18. Twice as Tall – Burna boy
  19. Anloga Junction – Stonebwoy
  20. Carpe Diem – Olamide
  21. Jiggy pack – Kida Kudz
  22. Everything you heard is true – Odunsi the Engine
  23. Oxygen – Oxlade
  24. Off the record – Reekado Banks
  25. Mirage  – Mannywellz
  26. National Anthem – Psycho YP
  27. Lava feels – Joey B
  28. Original Copy – Cuppy
  29. I am the King of Amapiano – Kabza de Small
  30. Yabasi- Basketmouth
  31. Afropop vol 1 – Adekunle Gold
  32. Restless II – Simi
  33. Get layd – Omah lay
  34. See the Queue – CDQ
  35. Wildfire – Prettyboy D.O
  36. Zaza Vibes – LAX
  37. Afrosoul deluxe – Wurld
  38. King of Love – Kizz Daniels
  39. To the world and beyond – Sun El-musician
  40. Blackstar – Kelvyn Boy
  41. Send them to the Conventry – Pa Salieu
  42. Any minute now – Cassper Nyovest
  43. Zulu man with power – Nasty C
  44. Small world – Ricky Tyler
  45. Midnight Train – Sauti sol
  46. Pianochella – Major league DJz
  47. SG hubuses Excellent – Focalist
  48. National Anthem – Psycho YP
  49. Yellow – Brymo
  50. The Angel you don’t know – Amaarae

Remember to wash your hands regularly, wear your mask and maintain social distancing. Cheers to the new year. Happy 2021.

 

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