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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. 

Fast rising Nigerian singer, talent manager and producer,Ojah bee, releases ‘Dutty love’ featuring oxlade

Fast rising Nigerian singer, talent manager and producer,  Ojah bee, has released ‘Dutty love’ off his debut studio album.  Ojah bee had Previously suffered swelling in the brain which affected his fingers making them continously shake as a result of the police attacks on him on the 12th of October, 2020 following his inclusion in a peaceful protest against police brutality particularly the Nigerian Special Armed Robbery Squad.

The song features talented Nigerian singer, Oxlade, who lends his sonorous vocals to this track. It was produced by Ojah bee himself and is easily a club banger.

Psiv speaks up against brutality and impunity in his debut single ‘Gangland’

Psiv is a Lagos based, 22 year old multi genre artiste who expresses his art through various genres such as Drill, Afroswing, Dancehall and Trap. He is a multidimensional creative, lawyer and entrepreneur.

His debut single ‘Gangland’ featuring South African Drill artiste, Espiquet, is a testament to the rise of Drill music in Africa. Gangland has a conscious message addressing police brutality, government impunity and the general anyhowness that is the norm for not just Nigeria but African countries. Its fiery beat and angsty lyricism gives it its pecularity.

Speaking on his style of music, he says ‘I’m a multi genre artiste, so I express my art through genres such as Drill, Afroswing, Dancehall and Trap. Having picked up on diverse musical influences from childhood, my music represents the multiple sides there are to me.
It is me trying to be the most authentic version of myself: detailing my experiences and fantasies through multiple genres and excelling at each one. Right now we’re witnessing the Drill phase with my Official Debut single “Gangland” and my forthcoming debut Project, and I’m just trying to show all that’s happening right now in Nigeria while still getting the people lit’

As for his musical influences he disclosed that, ‘At the onset, artistes like Nelly, Lil Wayne and the then YMCMB era, MI, Saucekid and Naeto C were some of my earliest influences. Right now, my most significant influences would have to be Burna Boy, Dave, J hus and Skepta.’ Psiv is definitely one to watch out  for and you can click here to listen to his new single.

MUSIC

NEWS

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

Teni’s much anticipated single JO is out now

Popular Nigerian singer, songwriter and Entertainer, Teniola Apata popularly known as Teni has just released a new single titled JO. The 27 year old songstress who has bagged multiple awards including the 2019 Headies awards for viewers choice and Best vocal performer amongst many others is not desisting anytime soon from releasing hit singles to make us dance haphazardly at parties.

Jo’s upbeat instrumental and teni’s fun, loud delivery makes up the song’s happy, cheerful vibe. Just like many other hit singles of hers: Uyo meyo, Case, Askamayan and so many more, the song is eclectic in a way that  can only be Teni and perhaps that is what sets her apart from her afro-pop contemporaries. She teamed up with producer, Peace oredope to cook this boppy tune.

Staying true to its title Jo which means dance, Teni declares all through the song sometimes in English and other times Yoruba, that she will enjoy her life and love herself to the fullest. This one is for the people who cannot kill themselves over any matter and just want to party. Jo is one of the many amazing tracks from her upcoming album Wondaland.

 

 

 

Talented Mavin Records singer and songwriter, Johnny Drille shares ‘Mystery Girl’ off his debut album

Talented Mavin Records singer and songwriter, Johnny Drille, just released his first single from his forthcoming debut album out 2021. This comes shortly after Something Better which was released earlier this year.

Mystery girl is about an angelic beauty who remains elusive to the singer. He is bewitched by her dazzle and grace, the dark secrets her pretty face mask enchants him and he is quite intrigued by this woman. “ It is a representation of the expansion of my music into new spaces and hints at one of the many layers of my coming debut album which I am excited about and cannot wait to share with the world” the songbird disclosed.  With Mystery Girl Johnny Drille hopes to journey listeners to a whole new realm of experiences, showcasing his range through lyrics and genre-bridging sounds.

The idyllic lyrics and soothing vocals is sure to lure its listeners to bliss. The production of this song is done by Grammy-nominated producer London. This serenade teases a refreshing side to Johnny Drille soon to be seen in his forthcoming album. This is one song you’re definitely going to have on repeat.

NEW VIDEO

FRESH VIDS

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

DRB LasGidi just dropped the video for their smash single ‘Trouble’ featuring ’Tems’. 

Alte scene pioneers DRB — Boj, Fresh L and Teezee, who co-founded The Native — explore futuristic scenes and vibes in their new music video for “Trouble”. Taken from their 2020 album Pioneers (which boasts features from the likes of Lady Donli, Cruel Santino and Odunsi The Engine), the single features killer Nigerian singer-songwriter Tems, who also stars in the video.
In collaboration with Jameson’s Seen & Heard campaign, DRB delivers a smooth take on this video to create an Action/Mystery based flick with all stars in attendance.
 
“To us it depicts a dystopian universal version of Nigeria,” DRB says. “We wanted to cross-reference stuff from classic Nollywood, movies like The Billionaire’s Club, and mix that up with stuff like The Matrix. We loved the juxtaposition of how those two worlds collide, and that’s what DRB is all about — mixing up all the stuff we know culturally and putting it together. The video was directed by the brilliant Ademola Falomo who we’ve worked with before. He’s worked with a lot of new exciting artists including Rema and TEMS, so it was a great experience for us to work with him again. He really executed the vision: a dystopian Nigeria with a twist of Nollywood action vibes.”
 
This stellar video was directed by Ademola Falomo and produced by Ladder, Lex and Booker.
LISTEN TO PIONEERS HERE

Watch The Thrilling Video For Remy Baggins’ ‘Gboju’ With PsychoYP & Mojo

Off his recently released project “Amaterasu” which featured a host of new generation rap heads including Zilla Oaks, Kiienka, Marv OTM, Psycho YP, Veen, Mojo and Boogey, Remy Baggins has released the visuals for ‘Gboju’. This is the lead single and one of the standouts off the sonically ambitious project, featuring the ever-busy PyschoYP and the relentless Mojo over the bouncy drill production laid out by Telz.

The high-energy video shot and directed by the capable duo Kelvin Nuel & The Crwd opens with Remy vibing to the bounce with his goons while PsychoYP lays down his track in a dimly lit near-empty street. Mojo could barely keep still as he flows with the vibe of the infectious number.

Enjoy the video above.

EDITORS

PICK

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

Album Review: A BETTER TIME

A Better time, Davido’s third studio album was released on the 13th of November, 2020 with 18 million streams on Audiomack and is currently topping the Nigerian Apple music chart. It is all that has been on everyone’s lips for several days now as fans and stans are battling while comparing it with earlier released albums by their faves. Davido’s son, Ifeanyi graciously fills his album cover announcing it as a celebration of birth and life. The album contains 17 tracks featuring a host of African artists which includes Mayorkun, Tiwa Savage, Sho Madjozi, Sauti Sol, Ckay, Bella Shmurda, Mugeez, as well as international artistes like Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Nas, Lil Baby, Young Thug, and Hit-boy making the album a power packed house of various sounds. The album appeals not only to its Nigerian audience but also Africans outside of Nigeria.

Davido’s first track “FEM” already a popular tune across the airways and clubs addresses his haters and their constant criticism of his works and achievements. He gives them a direct advice with fingers to his lips to FEM and face themselves. Not to forget that this song was a popular chant and anthem at the protests that occurred in various parts of Lagos especially Lekki. The following tracks SOMETHING FISHY, JOWO, TANANA, LA LA, FADE, HEAVEN, VERY SPECIAL, SHOPPING SPREE, SUNLIGHT, BIRTHDAY CAKE, ON MY WAY, SO CRAZY, are love songs pleading, eulogizing or seeking reassurances from his lovers. HOLY GROUND is fast becoming a favorite for many. Davido preaching romance in his unique OBO way as usual. While some collabs for instance his songs SO CRAZY with Lil baby and BIRTHDAY CAKE with Nas and Hit-boy were really not necessary and did nothing to add to the overall body of work, there really are no bad songs and every track can be solidly enjoyed. Davido proceeds to proclaim and announce ostentatiously his ride or die goons in the track I GOT A FRIEND. Davido and Mayorkun tout their horn as THE BEST and baddest in their craft making it a bop tune for many pouring in their effort in their creative ventures and work trying to maintain a standard of excellence. The effort put into this album can be clearly seen and felt. It is easy for this album to be enjoyed by all and sundry.

 While the album is enjoyable and really has no bad songs, does it have more to offer as a sequel to A GOOD TIME? We leave you all to be the judge of that. This album however provides various tunes to rock the clubs and concerts this Christmas and we rate it a 7.5/10.

Projects Still Expected To Drop In 2020

Despite the drastic Coronavirus pandemic and the impending lockdown, 2020 has been a good year for Nigerian music. Even though the ways in which we engage and interact with the music was reduced to down to strictly earphones and speakers, Nigerian acts continued to serve us some of the best music we’ve had in a while, exploring several palettes of sounds and themes. We have been blessed with so much music from new and familiar acts, even registering a massive breakout with Omah Lay’s “Bad Influence”. Other high profile releases Burna Boy’s “Twice as Tall”, Patoranking’s “Three”, Adekunle Gold’s “Afropop”, as well as Fireboy and Tiwa Savage’s “Apollo” and “Celia” respectively.

But even though we just have just over three months left in this gruelling year, we still have loads of amazing music to look up to. Some of these are projects we’ve have been anticipating for a long time like Wizkid’s Made In Lagos.  Others are those we never knew were even in the works until their creators sparked up our interest with recent announcements. 

Wizkid – Made In Lagos

This project is one that fans and general music lovers have been looking in the sky and stretching their hands out for. Since its initial announcement on  February 18, 2020, Wizkid has been dangling this carrot in front of us for over two years now. A move which has left many frustrated. Some have even given up on the arrival of the project, adopting the ‘if it comes it comes’ model of anticipation. 

But right now, it appears “Made In Lagos” will be on our music players very soon, with Wizkid revamping interest with juicy teasers. The much-teased project is expected to feature guest contributions from Skepta, Ella Mai, Tems, Damian Marley as well as Burna Boy with whom he has been publicly handing around these days.

Davido – A Better Time

Following the immense commercial success that “A Good Time” recorded, amassing over a billion streams, Davido has promised a worthy sequel rightly titled “A Better Time”. And according to the initial announcement, we are supposed to have had the album as far back as July, but … we understand. 

With the release of his latest single ‘Fem’ which was loaded with a heavy statement for detractors, it appears the journey to Davido’s third studio album has already begun. Word also has it that the project would feature appearances from Tiwa Savage and Nicki Minaj. But knowing Davido and his affinity for collaborations, we perceive that we’d be getting an update on the guest list in the coming days.

Tems – Yet To Be Announced

Tems has been of the best gifts 2019 gave to us. Many were (re)introduced to her amazing talents with her stunning debut ‘Mr Rebel’ which served a breath of fresh air to the pacy percussive sound that dominated the music space at the time. She brilliantly followed this up with ‘Looku Looku’ which was reaffirmed what people had come to know from its predecessor. By the time she released her liberating and empowering anthem, ‘Try Me’ Tems had won the elites and streets over. She even made appearances on the biggest shows in the year-ending series of concerts off the back of this culturally and commercially triumphant record. 

And although this year appears to be relatively silent from the singer save for her surprise single ‘These Days’ and teams up with Khalid, Davido, Odunsi and more, it appears we are still in for a treat. A few days ago, she announced on her live session on Instagram that she has her debut and introductory EP coming before the end of the month.  

Simi – Restless II EP 

Simi appears to be having the best of times. Over the past year, she has gotten married to her sweetheart, released her third studio album “Omo Charlie Champagne”, gotten independent, released one of the biggest 2020 records, and also welcomed her new child. Just a few hours ago also, she announced her new deal with United Kingdom-based A&R company, Platoon alongside her coming project “Restless II”. This announcement has thrown the fans of the singer into an orgy of celebration, highly anticipating the release of this coming project with it first single ‘No Longer Beneficial’ dropping this Friday, Septemeber 18.

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