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LIVE INTERVIEWS

Join us as we feature guests on our Weekly show. 

AYLØ stops by the Push Good Music Club to premiere his new single PARIS!

On this episode, AYLØ stops by at the Push Good Music Club to exclusively premiere his new single PARIS and he also touched on his soon to be released EP, ‘Dntdlt’,

In the second half of the show, we had DJ Java exclusively play us his album SOUNDS OF THE LADIES MAN scheduled to drop on Friday, June 14.

PGM Radio Show Introduces Kyrian Asher and Mojo to the Club

This week on the PGM Radio Show we introduce one of Abuja’s best-kept secret, singer/songwriter, rapper & producer Kyrian Asher and his exclusive new (Ep) There Will Be The Devil To Pay.

We also introduced Mojo to the community and got a chance to exclusively watch his amazing new video Chop Live Crew featuring the talented Pretty Boy D.O

Have a listen and please share with fellow good music lovers.

DWATCHLIST

NEW ACTS

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

Prettyboy D-O Assists MOJO’s New Single ‘Chop Life Crew’

Budding rapper, MOJO has released a new high energy single featuring the spirited Prettyboy D-O titled ‘Chop Life Crew‘. This single is a solid follow up to his 2018 single ‘Sweet‘ which was assisted by AYLØ & Paula.B.

Chop Life Crew‘ is produced by rising beatsmith, Ronchi, with additional production from Le Mav. Tim Lyre, on the other hand, single-handedly mixed and mastered the record.

This record is a reminder that life is short, so it is to be enjoyed to the fullest. Both D-O and MOJO deliver energetic verses that drive the message home, over a slick production with rolling hi-hats and hard-hitting kicks. The record also houses a catchy-hook that would get you bopping your head and whistling along in no time.

Enjoy.

Ilaye Describes Love In Way Like No Other In Her New Single ‘Metaphors’

Rising soulful singer Ilaye has released a new single titled ‘Metaphors‘. A solid follow-up to her well-received single, ‘Binoculars‘ which was released in December last year.

This record was premiered on The PGM Show with Douglas Jekan, Shedy Kay, Mercy Ajisafe and Fresh L.

According to Ilaye, ‘Metaphors‘ is about a girl who is finding it quite difficult to express her affection to someone she admires. She then attempts to get her thoughts and feelings across to him using metaphors.

Produced by Tejiri, this single is bound to you to win you over to Ilaye’s camp.  Her soothing angelic voice makes the record so easy to sink into, as she describes love with such imagery that isn’t so common in these spaces

Metaphors‘ definitely comes highly recommended from us at The Push Good Music Club. Listen, enjoy and share.

MUSIC

NEWS

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

Teni Craves Super Powers In New Single ‘Power Rangers’

Over the weekend, the 2018 breakout star and award-winning Afropop sensation, Teni released a new single ‘Power Rangers‘ as well as its accompanying video. This is an impressive follow up to her last effort, ‘Sugar Mummy‘ which didn’t exactly make a dent in the industry despite its hilarious video.

Produced by Jaysynth Beats, ‘Power Rangers‘ is a mid-tempo Afropop record with scintillating guitar riffs centred around love.

On the record, Teni battles for the affection of a love interest who has other admirers. The self-acclaimed Makanaki is a twelve-year-old again as she wishes she had superpowers to help her surpass several obstacles just to be with her sweetheart. No doubt, this is a radio-friendly record that’s easy to sink to.

Enjoy the single and the Tokah McBaror-directed video.

Kwesi Arthur Assists Nonso Amadi’s New Single ‘Comfortable’

We are officially in the final stages of the rollout for one of the most anticipated projects of 2019. Nonso Amadi has joined forces with Ghanaian rapper, Kwesi Arthur to release a new single titled ‘Comfortable‘. This would be his last single before the release of the June-bound “Free” EP.

Comfortable‘ is a chilled and laid-back single in which Nonso Amadi warns his one-night stands not to catch feelings and fall in love with him because he is only here for the night. Kwesi Arthur also comes through with a solid verse and a polished flow that adds a new flavour to the record.

Free” would be Nonso Amadi’s sophomore solo EP, coming four years after the release of his debut, “Alone”. Alongside ‘Comfortable‘, this new 5-track EP is suspected to contain other pre-released singles like ‘Emergency‘ and ‘No Crime‘.

NEW VIDEO

FRESH VIDS

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

Johnny Drille Appreciates His Dad In New Single ‘Papa’

The sweet-singing Johnny Drille isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. All through the year, the Mavin Records signee has been steady with his releases as well as freestyles which he shares periodically on his social media pages. Now, Johnny Drille is back with another self-produced record titled ‘Papa‘ a few weeks after the release of ‘Finding Efe‘. This, therefore, makes it Johnny’s

As implied by the title, the song finds the folk singer appreciating his dad and crooning about his spirituality spurred and serviced by his father. Backed mainly by stifling strings and solemn keys, Johnny Drille opens the record by recounting the fatherly advice he was given when he was much younger to have his life guided and guarded by faith and prayers. He then describes how his father keeps in touch with him regularly and reminds him not to let go of his spirituality in the strange land he currently finds himself.

His story may sound familiar to most Nigerian youths born into Christain homes thus making the record a highly relatable one. His vocals are calm, soothing, and at a point powerful, filling the record with so many emotions that can melt the heart and even move some to tears.

I’ve waited so long to put this song out. Fathers don’t ever get as much appreciation as they deserve. It is my most personal song yet and I hope you connect with it on some level” he wrote on Twitter.

Listen to the single here.

GoodGirl LA Finally Shares Romantic Video For ‘Far Away’

Barely over a month after the release of the visuals for her first video ever, ‘Bless Me‘, GoodGirl LA has unveiled the visuals for the year-old single,  ‘Far Away‘. The well-received number released in April 2019 ushered the stunning soulful singer to the Nigerian music scene and she has failed to disappoint ever since.

The Visuals by Uche-directed video opens with GoodGirl LA walking to the fitness centre and getting attracted to a well-built guy also working out at the gym. She walks up to him and gives him her contact. They then spend some time together, as she all over him alone in a dim lit room. He also comes to her gig to support her as she performs live with girl-band on stage.

The record which was inspired by a real-life experience finds GoodGirl LA crooning about an unavailable crush. She opens her heart and expresses her strong affections towards a love interest which just seems to be unavailable or ‘far away’ as she puts it. ‘Far Away‘ is indeed a highly relatable record as we all at one point or another had strong or deep feelings for someone who doesn’t exactly feel the same way or isn’t just emotionally available for whatever reason.

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Deena Ade Came Through With The Spice At Her “May Love Find You” EP Listening

As the world gathered to watch as Arsenal and Chelsea battle it out for the Europa League title, friends, family, fans, supporters and lovers of good music were gathered at Bar Bar in Lekki to celebrate with Deena Ade and watch her perform her new EP live. A few days earlier, Deena Ade had released her new “May Love Find You” EP, and on Wednesday, May 29, she was holding an open live listening session for the nascent project. This would be the first time any of the songs off the EP would be performed live.

Other creators and industry colleagues like BarelyAnyHook, Aye, Tey, A-Q, Bigfoot, Tosan Mac and others came through to show support to Madam Suya.

Rising act, Ovye who opened the night, delivered a captivating and memorable performance that left an impression on many. Right after his performance, the star of the night, Deena Ade is introduced to thrilling entrance music from the band and deafening cheers from the excited audience.

Good evening everyone” she finally says as she thanked us for coming, and promised us a night of amazing music. Backed by the five-piece Gingerbread band, Deena Ade opens her set with ‘Shere’ – standout off her 2018 EP “The Cries Of My Subconscious”, which she describes as a post-breakup analysis.

Her performance climaxed with a run of the songs off the 5-track EP, as she walked the audience through the creative process of each track. Sadly, Dami Oniru doesn’t turn up to guest on fan-favourite ‘Ma Ti Lo’. A song Deena describes as an attempt to get attention from a potential lost-love.

Deena Ade is no stranger to live performances and it showed. She was of course, radiant, confident, fascinating to watch on stage.

With her amiable vocals, her warmth shines through as she breathes new life into the records. “May You Find Love” would never sound the same after this live and intimate experience. Throughout the night, Deena is dazzling, composed and overly thankful for the love and support she receives.

Speaking about ‘Midnight Drive’,the third track off the tape,  Deena says, “The day I wrote this, I wanted to emphasise on travelling far to see someone…and I have a lover in Magodo, so I would leave my house several times at night when my mother would probably kill me. So that’s what this song is about“.

She closes her performances with a sultry live rendition of one of her most successful records and her personal favourite, the Bella Alubo-assisted ‘Savage’, 

Right after, Deena then engages in a Q&A session about the project, her artistic journey and her influences. When asked what she would be doing if not doing music? She replied, “I’d be a revolutionary”. Deena Ade also reaffirmed her unflinching stand against violence against women and abuse of power.

The “May Love Find You” live listening session was indeed a night of good live music, food and drinks. It was as a reminder of Deena’s gifts not only as a singer and songwriter but also as a captivating performer.

Listen to the EP here.

Photo Credit: The Late Night Soirée

The Nigerian Music Landscape: Survival or Immortality?

“Only real music is gonna last, all the other bullshit is here today and gone tomorrow” – Jimmy Smith (Drake’s ‘Pound Cake’ Intro)

 

Today, we have a breed of young creatives in Nigeria and across Africa challenging the status quo and making beautifully crafted sonics. Despite industry pressures, these acts seem focused on making music that resonates. Such that they craft their stories and experiences into melodies that a lot of their peers can relate with.  Not the extravagant wealth splashes and materialist bluster that characterises the majority of our pop records but baring their soul, fears, aspirations, concerns, insecurities on records. Even when they make ‘feel-good’ or dance music, it is creatively packaged and executed that it sounds so lively and fresh.

When they are singing about love, they view the banal theme from varying lenses, viewing and expressing it via various spectrums such that it doesn’t feel bland, bloated, or repetitive.

It’s amazing that most of these guys are unsigned and independent yet they still put out so much music. Labels understandably care more about the financial returns than the purity of the art because these labels are businesses, with aims to record profits. And many have not found viable ways to market and monetize these sounds so they simply focus on the pop cash-cows.

In comparison to their colleagues and counterparts in the pop world, many view this breed of artistes as fools. Why make good or healthy music when you can just give the people what they want. People want to escape their present realities and just have a good time.

Some might even say, “Why spend so much time and energy creating songs that might not even sell in this market, when you can easily hop on the latest dance trend, get a banging beat and just spill out whatever comes to your mind. It’s not like these people listen anyway. They just want to dance and have a good time, that’s all.”

Sadly, a truth about this set of artists is that they might not record mainstream commercial success all through their careers. They might remain opening acts for the bigger pop stars and scramble for the feeds that fall off the table of these stars. They might not even be able to sell out their own medium-sized venues.

The quest for survival has made some dabble into pop music for relevance. Seeking ways to create pop records that people can easily dance to all while still staying through to their art. Another survival tactic for some is to collaborate with the pop stars and meet them halfway when it comes to music so they can tap into each other’s audiences. There are some, however, that want to make pop records but they just can’t. They aren’t wired that way.

Some have also managed to successfully shuffle between day jobs and their music careers. Thereby, making enough to survive and fund their passion while doing what they love on the side.

However, good music never truly dies. They are often re-lived through samples, interpolations, and mixes. Sometimes, young artists turn to the sounds of the past for inspiration. For instance, Odunsi‘s beautiful “rare.” was hugely inspired by 80’s music. Falz‘s critically acclaimed “Moral Instruction” was also heavily influenced by Fela‘s music. Many other Nigerians from Wizkid to Burna Boy have constantly talked about how much Fela helped to shape their music.

Even the African pop sound is named after Fela’s Afrobeat. News and videos have also surfaced of American artists such as Diddy, Beyoncé, Jay Z, Common, Joe Budden vibing to Fela’s music. His music has also been sampled by  Kendrick Lamar and J Cole, two of the biggest rappers in the game at the moment.

But Fela wasn’t always seen as the hero he is today. While he was alive, many brushed his music asides as grating and unmelodious with his lyrics poor in poetry. Others felt he was too preachy and saw him as a noise maker with utopian ideals. Some were also displeased with the length of his songs and their extended solos. Many just couldn’t comprehend what Fela was building.

This was a new sound with radical energy powering it and maybe the people just weren’t ready for such. Regardless, Fela stayed true to his art, continued to experiment and explore new musical complexities. With his music, he fearlessly stood as the voice of the people against the military governments at the time. He also used his art to teach the people of his Afrocentric ideals.

No! Fela was not perfect but his energy, as well as his music, was raw and genuine. And lifetimes after, we are still feeding on Fela’s music. Occasionally going back to it for inspiration and references.

These young guys today are trying to create something different. They are steady pushing the limits and experimenting with new sounds. In fact, and are now redefining what we refer to as Nigerian or African music. These guys have been persecuted and mocked because they are aesthetically different. But we can’t deny their genuine energy and efforts.

These artists need support. And the least we can do as listeners and consumers of the art is to consume their music through appropriate channels, purchase their projects, attend their shows, engage with them, provide positive feedback, and let them do what artists do best – create.

 

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