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The PGM Club presents World Music Day. Join us as we celebrate music.

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PODCAST

LIVE INTERVIEWS

Join us as we feature guests on our Weekly show. 

Reminisce Breaks Down New Ep Inspired During Covid Lockdown

In this episode, Nigerian rap veteran Reminisce took out time to hang with us on PGM Radio and break down his new ep – vibes & Isha Allah – track by track to give us a better understanding of his state of mind and the inspiration behind the making of the project.

We also got a chance to listen to Fireboy DML’s new record ELI amongst other songs.

We are at the PGM Club hope that you all are keeping safe in this COVID-19 pandemic.  Please sanitize regularly and practice social distancing.

Amaarae is back on PGM Radio to discuss her new single “LEAVE ME ALONE.”

On this episode of The PGM Radio Show Podcast, we welcomed back the amazing Ghanaian Neo-Soul Princess; Amaarae.

Born Ama Serwah Genfi, Amaarae is currently enjoying massive airplay on her new single ‘Leave Me Alone’. On the show, she shared some insights on her musical journey so far, as well as her forthcoming debut album which would be a follow up to her 2017 E.P. ‘Passionfruit Summers’. Her long-awaited album is poised to feature some amazing production work and from a number of prolific producers.

The hugely talented singer also broke down her music process, influences, plans for the future, and her views on some pertinent social issues.

From all of us at The PGM Club, we strongly recommend you stream and add Amaarae’s new single LEAVE ME ALONE to your playlist.

Finally, we admonish everyone to wear your face marks if you absolutely need to go out and wash and sanitize your hands frequently.

The PGM Club would also continue to stand in solidarity with the Say #NoToRape Campaign.

listen to Amaarae’s Leave Me Alone here

DWATCHLIST

NEW ACTS

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

Trill Xoe Enlists Psycho YP & Alpha Ojini To Teach Us ‘How To Act’

One of the emerging gifted producers Trill Xoe has joined forces with two of the leaders of the new school of Naija hip-hop, the multi-gifted Alpha Ojini and the relentless Pyscho YP for his latest record ‘How To Act’.

Over the uptempo trap record, Psycho YP, as usual, is so full of energy as he comes through with a solid verse hopping on the beat with bullish delivery. Alpha Ojini on his part brings it back to earth as he walks us through his ordeal with em ladies and his grind. Psycho YP also comes through with a thrilling hook that’d get you longing for the replay button as the beat cuts off.

Listen to the single above.

Garey Godson Is Steady On His Grind On ‘Ma Way’

An undeniable fact is that Garey Godson is one of the most hardworking music acts we have around right now. All year long, the Germany-based fusionist has been steady with his releases, giving us quantity and quality at every single turn. We are just seven months into the year and he has given us a full-length project – his sophomore album “Still I Rise”-  accompanied by a handful of singles. And this week, Garey Godson comes bearing gifts yet again.

On his latest single ‘Ma Way‘, Garey teams up with Mae N. Maejor, an award-winning producer from South Africa and Drey Andersson based in Germany for a special treat of trap-infused reggae. Across the track, he tells as an all too familiar tale of the hiccups that come with the hustle and how he’s too focused on his goals to let that hold him back. He doesn’t even acknowledge the opps and detractors as he reminds us in the hook that “I don’t see nobody in ma way.”

However, Garey is quick to recognise that he can’t do it alone. Hard and smart work isn’t just enough and sometimes all you need is that grace. In the second verse, he references God’s powers and influence in his life and grind as he acknowledges “you my rock, my salvation your light is on me truly divine…”

If you’ve been listening to Garey for a while now, you’d have noticed that he fully lives up to the ‘fusionist’ title. He remains a genre-bending and defying artist who’s always seeking new ways to push the boundaries as far as his music is concerned. And gladly, ‘Ma Way’ is no exception.

This record comes highly recommended from us at the PGM Club. Enjoy above.

MUSIC

NEWS

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

Crayon Is Lovestruck In New Single ‘Sometime’

Over the weekend, Mavin Records’ emerging act Crayon released a new single alongside its accompanying lyric video titled ‘Sometime’. No doubt, Crayon has been one of the most hardworking acts this year, releasing new music at almost every turn. And with the frequency of his releases, fans are starting to perceive a follow-up project to his debut and introductory EP “Cray Cray” which contained standouts like ‘So Fine’ and ‘Bamiloke’ what presented him as a vocally gifted act who can turn out club bangers at will.

This new single ‘Sometime’ produced by his frequent collaborator and associate, London finds his craving some intimate time with his woman whom he loves dearly. He sings of her love, describing how good she makes him feel.

In the accompanying lyric video, Crayon is seen having a chilled time with his sweetheart.

Maleek Berry Releases New Tape, “Isolation Room”

After what seems to be a very long break for his fans, Maleek Berry is back with a new tape he titles “Isolation Room”, inspired by the Coronavirus pandemic and the resulting lockdown. According to the singer-producer, this project is not an album neither it is an EP. It’s just a collection of songs for his fans who have been holding their breath for new Maley music for a while now.

This project contains just 7 tracks with a lone feature from Tiwa Savage on the third track titled ‘Balance’. Enjoy the project above.

NEW VIDEO

FRESH VIDS

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

2baba’s Video For ‘Opo’ With Wizkid Is A Colourful Rave

Earlier this year, 2baba released a new album “Warriors” in commemoration of two triumphant decades in the Nigerian music industry. Its rollout was part of his landmark as part of his 20 Years a King (#20YearAKing) project, consisting of several other features including a concert. And just a few hours ago, he released the highly-anticipated video for the Wizkid-assisted ‘Opo’.

The album which is 2baba’s seventh contains 13 tracks, with previously released singles like ‘Important’, ‘Oyi’ and the Peruzzi-assisted smash hit, ‘Amaka’ making the cut. The LP also features an all-star cast of Burna Boy, Wizkid, Olamide, Tiwa Savage and Peruzzi. It also features appearances from AJ Natives, Symeca and his daughter HI Idibia.

In this video directed by his longtime collaborator Clarence Peters, 2baba, Wizkid and friends are seeing having a very colourful party. Enjoy the video above.

Ladipoe Is a Biker In The Visuals For ‘Lemme Know’ Remix

After inspiring a number of remixes that were shared across social media, Ladipoe has released the visuals for the Teni-assisted ‘Lemme Know’ remix .

This was a song that continued his string of pop-centric releases in 2019. Produced by Ozedikus, popularly known for his work with wonder kid Rema, ‘Lemme Know‘ finds a relaxed Ladipoe churning out cheeky lines with a polished flow and an airtight delivery over the head-bopping instrumental. He kicks things right off on the record with “your sugar mummy on my case like Teni,” and it’s only right he recruits Teni for the remix, which he’s done.

On this remix, Teni makes her presence known with a scene-stealing feature where she rides the beat smoothly with her vocals. LAdipoe himself comes through with refreshed verses and neatly polished flows that gives this version a very different life from the original. The song peaks when the two acts go back and forth with their verses.

In the accompanying visuals, Ladipoe is a biker who stunts with his crew in a parking lot. Teni later joins him in a ride with a stunt driver running a drift move in the lot.

EDITORS

PICK

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

In Times Like This, The Voice Of The Entertainment Industry Is Needed

Even as the world is taking a stand against systemic racism and racial violence, Nigeria is also fighting its own battles. Right about the time Americans hit the streets to protest the murder of George Floyd, we heard the rape and murder of 22-year-old undergraduate, Vera Uwalia Omozuwa in a church. About a day before, Tina Ezekwe, a 16-year-old girl, was shot dead by the police. Another report surfaced of a 12-year-old being raped by 11 men. All this was swiftly followed by droves of cases of rape and sexual violence against women which immediately sparked an uprising on social media, calling for justice for these women. This also brought to the fore nuanced conversations around the grim realities of being a woman in a country like Nigeria.  

A country where women are raped, assaulted, harassed on the daily, even in spaces presumed to be safe. And worst of all, our laws don’t even protect them. For years now, women have taken their security into their own hands. It wouldn’t be particularly odd to find pepper spray, taser or even pocket knives and other defensive tools in a woman’s bag. 

There have also been cases of high-powered persons using their influence to bully victims into silence. Over the last couple of weeks, we witnessed the unsuccessful attempt by D’Banj and his team to intimidate Seyitan Babatayo who had earlier accused him of rape. Right after declaring his innocence via a statement, the veteran singer then went on to bully her with the police forcing her to recount her statement; a move which eventually backfired. And it has been a very messy road from there.  

Thanks to the outrage on and off social media, the Inspector General of Police has called for a probe into the case. And although justice has not been achieved yet, we can be sure that the process is closely monitored. 

And it is at this point we need practitioners in the entertainment industry to join in this uprising and lend their voices to the cause. The entertainment industry needs to stand up for women in our society and amplify the calls for a legislative reform that provides more protection for our women.  

We cannot unlook, deflect and act like nothing is going on. We need more than just performative, half-ass, careless and near-empty statements, tweets, and hashtags. We can do more than just “say NO to Rape”.

The reason people look up to celebrities in times like this is that they have a louder voice. They possess a wider reach that can help shed light and call more attention to these issues. You can help take the conversations right out of social media and straight into homes. 

This is one of the things Preye had in mind when she recorded and released her latest single ‘Man In The Wind’. Inspired by the ongoing uproar against oppression and injustice across the world, she calls on us to get off our screens and take to the streets to let our grievances be known by those in power. “As an artist, the purest way for me to express myself and to raise awareness is through music… Man in The Wind is different from my usual sound but this is how I feel at the moment,” she says.

In the wake of his joint EP with Masterkraft, Vector also lent his voice to the cause with his 4-track EP titled “The African Mind”.  Over soft violin riffs, he vocalized his thoughts on ‘Rape’ through spoken-word, condemning our culture of silence and victim-blaming where the victims of abuse are expected to keep quiet and “sit still”.

Art is supposed to imitate society.  Over time, many have used it as a tool to provide insightful social commentary, holding up the mirror for all to see. And despite being a major tool for entertainment, art has also been a potent tool for sparking conversations. One of Nigeria’s most revered music legends, Fela Kuti is often quoted, “I want to move people to dance, but also to think. Music wants to dictate a better life, against a bad life.”

But before you can do this, you first have to learn. Open yourself up to information. Read books, reflect,  have honest conversations. And while at this, keep an open mind.  Be ready to unlearn lots of what society has taught you up until now, and relearn even more progressive ideals. 

We need to take responsibility and cut back on lyrics and whole songs that embody men’s entitlement to women’s bodies. You might think what can just one line or one song do, but you should know that a lot of fans feed on these things and internalize these layered meanings in many ways. Learn what consent really is and how it works. Then let your fans and listeners learn with you. Let these lessons be embedded in your works. Let it reflect in your lyrics, songs, visuals, interviews. 

And even though fingers are often quickly pointed at our music superstars, it goes beyond just the music space. Even in performing jokes or skits as comedians or through movies, we have to ensure we are passing the right message. We have to be responsible.  Isn’t it admirable how Dave Chapelle cut back on the jokes to address issues of racial violence in his heartrending show, “8:46”? And for what it’s worth, the video is raking in really impressive numbers on Youtube, recording over 20 million views in just six days. 

Yes, the entertainment space isn’t solely responsible for the change(s) we seek. But in times like these, the sector can play a huge role in educating the public about these issues and creating awareness until we can get our voices to the right ears. It might not seem like much, but that one line, one scene, one joke can go a long way.  

With “Cult!” Paybac Iboro Is Leading A Return To National Pride

The first time I ever heard a Paybac song was in 2018. I had stumbled on ‘The Mami Wata Song’ early that year while exploring my newly found SoundCloud world littered with hidden gems. Just that one song with its refreshing originality and Paybac had me completely.  I might have have been late to the Nigerian SoundCloud party but I was right on time for Paybac’s debut album, “The Biggest Tree”.

With “The Biggest Tree”, Paybac walked me through the dark corridors of his genius mind, offering firsthand experience of what it feels to have grown up as Caleb Hanson Iboro.  A personal favourite on the tape was the Bella-assisted closer, ‘Best Day of my Life’, a soul-baring victory lap where Paybac Iboro openly celebrates his wins, no matter how small. It came as a fitting end to a very personal album that featured some deep-seated storytelling of the gritty life he’s had to endure and his inflamed scuffle with depression.  

Paybac Iboro

Paybac Iboro (Instagram/lookatpaybac)

Quite a lot has happened since “The Biggest Tree”. Between his 12-track debut and his sophomore, “Cult!” released earlier this year, Paybac held our gaze with two collaborative projects. In November 2018, he joined forces with frequent collaborator Charlie X to release “Autopilot”. Barely six months after, Paybac reunited with longtime friend and associate, Boogey, to release their critically acclaimed “Alternate Ending”. 

From these releases, you can simply just tell that Paybac is building an impressive catalogue. With eight projects under his belt, Paybac has been putting in the work, and it’s paying dividends already. 

In October 2019, he got tapped by East-Coast American rapper Juelz Santana for an appearance on his tape. Also last year, he secured his first Headies nomination in the lyricist on the roll category alongside Boogey, AQ, Ycee and SDC. Paybac didn’t go home with the award that night but got the reassurance that his work isn’t going unnoticed. People are out there listening. The industry is watching and keeping tabs on his progress.

Cult! (Instagram/lookatpaybac)

Cult! (Instagram/lookatpaybac)

And on his latest album “Cult”, Paybac is patriotic more than ever. He had grown up like many of us, trying to shy away from his Nigerian identity. It seemed cool at the time to distance oneself from the Nigerian culture. People even used this resentment to gain cool points. It was such a common thing to hear people say “I don’t watch Nigerian movies” or “I don’t do Nigerian music.”  

But things have turned around. It’s so cool to be Nigerian now. The past few years have given us so much to be proud of, particularly in the entertainment sector. Afrobeats is doing so well across the world now. Nollywood is also doing its bits, shedding itself off its old skin. And with “Cult”, Paybac stands as that maverick leading that U-turn back to national pride. 

This album showcases Paybac as more than just a rapper. All through its 15 tracks, he comes across as an artist who doesn’t pander to expectations. 

Everyone has this idea of what ‘rap’ should sound like. But “Cult” is different. “Cult” is free. “Cult” is ambitious.  Sonically, it doesn’t walk in the exact footsteps of his previous releases. Thematically, Iboro presents “Cult” as a national pride hymnal for this generation of Nigerians. In the opening seconds of ‘Boy Band’ one of the album’s standout cuts, he references a popular Chinua Achebe quote, “being a Nigerian is abysmally frustrating and unbelievably exciting.” And it is this paradox that the album wraps itself around. 

Paybac sweeps nothing under the carpet. He brings it all to bear on the album. He wraps up the myriad of emotions you feel as a Nigerian, balls it up and goes off on the tape. “Cult” almost plays as a soundtrack to your experiences as a Nigerian. You can connect to his pride on ‘Activ8’, relate to his loath on ‘Nigeria Suk My Dik’. And when he yells, “Fuck a politician” you flip your middle finger in the air in disgust and scream right along because that’s exactly what you feel.

You can relieve the whimsical pride as well as the profound anger, confusion and helplessness that comes with being a citizen of the continent’s biggest economy, which also happens to be the poverty capital of the world.

Another interesting thing about this album is that despite the fact that he raps mainly in English, he sounds very Nigerian in every way. Many rappers in these parts try so hard to sound like they aren’t from here. But not Paybac. With him, there are no phoney accents. Neither will you find those imported rap mannerisms present on the album.

“Cult!” inspires an unprecedented level of reverence in Paybac’s career. Some already call it his best ever. Others swear it’s one of the best 2020 projects in these parts. But one thing we can all agree on is that with “Cult”, Paybac solidifies his foothold as one of Nigeria’s most gifted rappers. It sets him right apart from his peers and also flaunts the depth of his artistic creativity.

With each release, the ever-evolving Paybac proves himself as an artist to grow with. We almost have no idea what the next Paybac album would sound like right now, we’d just have to wait and find out. And if you ask me, that’s already pretty exciting. 

 

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