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Garey Godson Premieres New Project – ‘STILL I RISE’ (PODCAST)

On this very special edition of The PGM Radio Show, we practiced social distancing due to the ongoing corona pandemic and held an online PGM Radio Show session on Instagram and Zoom with Nigerian born artist and record producer Garey Godson who is based in Berlin, Germany.

We exclusively premiered and talked about his soon to be released album titled ‘Still I Rise’- A project inspired by legendary poet and artist; Maya Angelou. Borrowing the title of one of her more famous poems. We also discussed the inherent vicissitudes of life, resilience, self-love, and beauty in the midst of chaos. And finally, we touched on his music production process, influences and possible collaborations in the works.

Listen to the podcast to get the full story.

The albumStill I Rise‘ drops on Saturday, March 28th, 2020.

From all of us at The PGM Club, we admonish you to stay indoors, wear face marks, wash and sanitize your hands. Together we will fight this pandemic to a standstill.

PGM Radio Show Curates A Special Playlist Titled – Listen To Women

Welcome to a brand new episode of your favorite Radio Show; The PGM Radio Show, where we push Good Music.
In this episode, we continued our month-long discussions in celebration of Women’s History Month. We had members of the club pitch in their thoughts and ideas on the music put out by women in the music industry. To this end, our ladies curated a playlist of awesome music put out by female artists in recent times. The playlist is available exclusively on Apple’s iTunes.
Click here to listen to the full playlist –  Listen To Women Playlist
Finally, please remember to wash your hands and avoid large gatherings of people. Together, we will beat this new Pandemic ripping through the world.

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NEW ACTS

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

Eri Ife Gives Us A Peek Into His Dual World On ‘Esquire’

Burgeoning Ibadan-based singer who also doubles as a lawyer has released a new single, his first of the year, titled ‘Esquire’. This is the lead single off his soon to be released EP of the same title. This EP scheduled for release on Friday, April 3 contains six tracks and features appearances from Efe Oraka, MAKA and SirBastien.

Over the soft and smooth production, Eri Ife paints a vivid picture of how he juggles his day job and his music career with seamless ease. Laid down with insightful storytelling, ‘Esquire’ is Eri Ife’s true tale of balancing his profession as a lawyer as well as his love for making and performing music while still give both is best efforts.

This song is highly relatable among twenty-somethings who try to navigate their 9-to-5 and their passion or balance their work and social life. ‘Esquire’ can well serve as an inspiration to these youths that although it might not be as easy, with the right dedication it is possible to juggle your profession and passion and still excel at both.

Enjoy the record above.

Muyiwa Akhigbe And BankyOnDBeatz Release Joint EP, “Hard Guy”

Muyiwa Akhigbe and BankyOnDBeatz have taken their singer-producer bond to another level as they release a joint body of work titled “Hard Guy.” This EP is the product of a journey that began about a year ago, which we first had a taste of with ‘Bamilo’ – a soothing love number in which Muyiwa appeals to his love interest join him in slipping away.

This is a journey that led them to new sonic frontiers, one that led them to the creation of their own sound which they call AfroFuturist. And ever since, they have gone on to dish this genre-bending sound to us in different shades across their subsequent releases, ‘Outta My System’, ‘Better’ and ‘Hold You Down’ featuring Boom General.

But this new EP, “Hard Guy” is just another voyage that sees us being softly transported from a place of emotional toxicity to purity. Across the six tracks on the EP, Muyiwa and BankyOnDBeatz tell a story that slowly morphs from heartbreak to rediscovery. The entire project guests no one but a spoken word artist, Oreoluwa Macaulay. It would also come as a surprise to many that the EP features no pre-released single save for ‘Bamilo’.

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Tracklist for “Hard Guy” (photography by Dennis Onunwa)

This project comes about a year after Muyiwa teamed up with Rhye Ali to released a thematic collaborative project titled “Conversations.”

Enjoy the project above and let us know what you think.

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

Listen To Garey Godson’s New Maya Angelou-Inspired Album “Still I Rise”

Nigerian German-based rapper and Afro-Fusionist Garey Godson has released his sophomore albumStill I Rise” today, March 28. This comes barely two years after his 11-track full-length project, “The Lift Off” released in 2018.

This new album contains 13 tracks including pre-released singles like ‘Private Trips’, ‘Low Key’, Cairo’. The project inspired by the revered American poet and activist Maya Angelou also features appearances from Donmd, Law and Daramola.

On the groovy love tune ‘Lowkey’ with Daramola, Garey invites his love interest to come to spend time with him over the weekend. He entices her by reminding her of some of their cherished moments while also making promises of her having the time of her life if she comes over. It’s a private affair with no intruders allowed as Garey sings “will you come over for the weekend, we ain’t gotta tell nobody I can keep it on a low, I can keep it on a low key.”

The DONMD-assisted ‘Cairo’ finds Garey recounting his ordeal in one of Africa’s most historically and culturally rich cities. He tells us about his brief romance with a lady who he met on that short vacation. But she soon slips from his fingers as she isn’t down for any commitments. But the short time spent with her makes his time in Cario one to remember.

Garey Godson also takes on a larger issue on ‘Virtual Love’ as he highlights how instant messaging and social media is fast robbing us of physical and social interactions. On the record, he paints a picture most youths are familiar with; one of a romantic relationship turning sour and complicated due to ineffective and efficient communication.

In ‘Tha Juice’ he gives us a peek into his musical journey and the resilience that has gotten him so far. Over a smooth blend of Trap and R&B coated with an Afropop spice, Garey Godson reflects, “Decided to break all of the doors that were locked or we would just go through the window/ did it myself, no guts no glory/ took my pain and then I turned it into my story.”

The Afrofusionist also pays homage to the hub of Afropop, Lagos on ‘Private Trips’. Riding on bright Afro high-life guitar riffs to bouncy 808s, Garey implores his love interest to join him on his adventurous private trip around the city.

The project was premiered on our very special edition of The PGM Radio Show on Wednesday, where we touched on his music production process, influences and possible collaborations in the works. Enjoy the project above and let us know what you think.

Nasty C Signs To Def Jam, Releases New Single ‘There They Go’

Popular SouthAfrican rapper Nasty C has signed an exclusive contract with Def Jam Recordings through a joint venture with Universal Music Africa. This is just ahead of the release of his third studio album “Zulu Man With Some Power” which is scheduled for release later this year.

Nasty C is a unique and forward-thinking artist who is at the forefront of a new generation of rappers emerging from Africa,” said Jeff Harleston, interim Chairman & CEO, Def Jam Recordings. “Def Jam is a globally recognized brand synonymous with excellence in hip-hop, and we are excited to welcome Nasty C – an international star with real vision and talent – into the family.”

“It’s powerful to be a part of the Def Jam family…It’s an iconic record label and has made the careers of many of the artists I look up to,” says Nasty C.

Nasty C has also released his Def Jam debut ‘There They Go’ which is the lead single of the coming album. The video for “There They Go” was shot on location in Nasty C’s hometown of Durban, South Africa. Director Andrew Sandler (who has worked with Lil Wayne, Chris Brown and others) has focused a new lens on the region, where Nasty C’s most recent (second) multi-platinum album Strings And Bling was #1 for three consecutive weeks.

Enjoy the video above.

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Afro-House Meets Afrobeat In Niniola’s ‘Fantasy’ With Femi Kuti

Niniola is the queen of her sound. Ever since the explosive success of her 2017 single ‘Maradona’, she has steadily taken her Afro-House sound to new heights. This attained a new level of success when the record was sampled in Beyonce’s ‘Find Your Way Back’. This is one of the highlights off Beyonce’s much-celebrated 2019 “The Gift” album, packed with an African all-star cast.

Now, after sharing a stage with Grammy-nominated Afrobeat icon, Femi Kuti, the pair have gone further to record and release a new single titled ‘Fantasy’. This is a follow-up to her year-closing single ‘Omo Rapala’, whose video has amassed over 2 million views in just a month of its release.

These steady releases feel like they are building up to her sophomore album, which now feels overdue since the release of her hit-packed debut 2017 album, “This Is Me.”

The new singleFantasy’ is produced by Kel P, and as expected is highly rich in his signature percussive sound. Niniola finds herself at home over the dazzling production as she croons about her fantasies coated in her usual sexual innuendos.

On the track, Femi Kuti serenades with his beloved instrument, the saxophone. He spices up the record, backing Niniola with thrilling riffs. He then lights everything up with a piercing sax solo that reminds us of the magic he did on Wizkid’s ‘Jaiye Jaiye’ over six years ago.

Update: Niniola has also released the Sesan-directed visuals for the record which features a cameo from the serial hitmaker who also produced this record, Kel-P.

Blaqbonez Is A Pleasure Seeker In The Video For ‘Haba’

You just can’t seem to put Blaqbonez in a box. From his days as a battle rapper to him being a boom-bap wordsmith to a trapper and now into his commercial forays, the 100 Crowns rapper is ever shapeshifting. Just last year, he introduced us to his new patios-rhyming and dancehall alter ego, Mr Boombastic with his EP that guested Falz and Blackmagic.

And now, the ever-mutating Blaqbonez is officially opening the year with an Afropop banger spiced with dancehall and afrobeat elements. Titled ‘Haba’, this is solo jam is an offering heading straight for the clubs and dancefloors.

For the accompanying video, Blaqbonez teams up with one of the most creative video directors in these parts, TG Omori who provides a replay-worthy visual. The video finds Blaqbonez indulging his hedonistic desires as he totally submits himself to the advances of his love interest.

One thing that comes to mind while watching this video is that; Blaqbonez is slowly but intentionally positioning himself as that rapper with a salient commercial appeal. And going by how hard ‘Haba’ sounds, this might just be that crossover smash that makes him a household name.

Enjoy the video above.

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Muyiwa Akhigbe is on an unending artistic journey

In an oversaturated music industry teeming with young and vibrant acts, Muyiwa Akhigbe is part of a cadre of acts bent on standing out. He appears to be playing the long game, constantly exploring the road less travelled sonically rather than hopping on radio-friendly and club-ready formulas.

After experimenting with several other genres, Muyiwa seems to have found an anchor in what he describes as Afro-futurist sound. This is a fresh genre he stumbled upon while working in the studio with friend and frequent collaborator, BankyOnDBeatz. This new sound is a refreshing potpourri of Afrocentric and western futurist sounds spiced with elements of funk, afro-jazz and EDM.

In his words, “Afro-Futurist is a blend of Western Futuristic sound and also Afrocentric sound. When I mean Western, we are taking elements from EDM, House, and a little bit of their contemporary Pop and fusing it with the Afrocentric theme music that we have.”

Muyiwa and BankyOnDBeatz have now gone on to release four successive joint records that have been received with open arms. And what started as just an exploration of new musical complexities is now slowly building up into a project. Muyiwa even promises it could morph into something way bigger.

For their last 2019 release, ‘Better’, they both caught many off-guard with their promo run. They made customized cover arts for fans, industry go-to-guys as well as music influencers which were used as Twitter avatars and headers.  This simple but brilliant promo move sent ripples around Nigeria’s Music-Twitter community. People got curious. Everyone was trying to make sense of what was going on, thereby spiking anticipation for the coming single.

For ‘Better’ things were different. That song is already one of my best-performing songs of all time. The whole album art thing reduced the stress for me. It made people want to listen to the song,” Muiywa tells me over the phone. 

The 25-year-old singer is also a strong believer of collaborations. Just before the string of releases with BankyOnDBeatz, he released a joint project. Teaming up with rising lyricist, Rhye Ali, Muyiwa dropped a thematic rap mixtape titled “Conversations.”

“Art is just a journey that we pass through every day of our lives and we don’t know where it would end. So it is me just wanting to experiment with things and the idea of collaborations is one of them,” he says

PGM:  Why are you big on collaborations?

Muyiwa: Art is a form of expression and I like the idea of shared expressions. The whole concept of ‘let’s bring our expressions together and see what comes out of it’. Just because it’s art and it’s supposed to be unique. Art is just a journey that we pass through every day of our lives and we don’t know where it would end. So it is me just wanting to experiment with things and the idea of collaborations is one of them. 

PGM:  So how do you choose the people that you work with? Is there a process or method to it?

Muyiwa: I trust my instincts a lot. I don’t put too much thought into it. If I wake up tomorrow and tell myself I want to do a joint project with someone, shortly after that time the person would just come to my mind and I’d know that yes, this is the person.

PGM: Over your past few releases, you’ve been working solely on your new Afro-futurist sound with BankyOnDBeatz. Why did you decide to get involved with that?

Muyiwa: I am a non-conformist. I like to travel the road less used. In most cases, I’m just unconventional in my approach. I just thought to myself that the way sounds have evolved over the years, I want to be part of the people who have contributed to the advancement of sound as a whole. So threading a new part, trying to mix different sounds to create a new one is also part of that journey. Afro-Futurist music is something that in a couple of years, people would see why there is a need for it. It’s just good for someone to start so that others can continue.

PGM: How did this sound come together?

Muyiwa: At first it was like a coincidence. And then it happened again and I was like, there is a pattern here and this cannot just be some coincidence. So we went back and started doing stuff. Afro-Futurist is a blend of Western Futuristic sound and also Afrocentric sound. When I mean Western, we are taking elements from EDM, House, and a little bit of their contemporary Pop and fusing it with the Afrocentric theme music that we have. The percussion and everything it represents. The Africanness and the chords, the progressions are not normal. Everything that we have laid down has tried to bring this sound out as very intentional.

PGM: Is this all building up to a project?

Muyiwa:  This is building up to so many things if I’m being honest. As I said, art is a journey and you just have to keep going through it, experiencing it. Whatever it throws at you, you just see it as a challenge or as a good thing and just keep going. So in this case also, it is not only going to lead to a project. It’s going to lead to other projects and as long as we keep creating and as long as we keep staying true to what we are here for then the sky is the starting point. 

PGM: So given this climate whereby streaming has affected the way we consume music. Albums are slowly losing their relevance and sanctity. Do you believe in the sanctity of albums?

Muyiwa: As an artist, you don’t just wake up, or say you just started singing a year before and say you want to release an album. An album for me is that you’ve fully understood your sound. You’ve also understood your audience and you’ve found a way of making your sound and your audience meet at a middle ground. So that when it’s being released, they catch it the way you want them to catch it. If you’ve been able to figure out these three things then you can now say you are ready to work on an album. So it’s a thing of going through the process. That’s why we have stuff like EPs and mixtapes to see what works for you and what does not work for you

Like I told you it’s just a journey. And even when you do the album, it might not be efficient in those three areas. But then it’s just part of the journey so that the next one can be greater. So yes, I think albums are very necessary. Even mixtapes and EPs are winning “Album of the Year” at the Grammys. It’s part of your digital resume as an artist. It’s your legacy. You’d be known by those things that you put out.

PGM: On your imminent project do you have any persons you’re working with?

Muyiwa – The project is very dynamic. In terms of artists, we only featured one person and she’s a spoken word artist. But there are other features from artists but not like singing and all of that. We kind of picked off some of the elements on “Conversations” into this one that we are working on. 

PGM: What and who are your biggest influences? 

Muyiwa:  I’d start with what. I’m influenced by life itself. Life experiences, the things we see every day, that’s like my first source of inspiration. Abstract phenomenon also. I could sing about clouds just because I feel good looking at them. I’m also inspired by moods. When it comes to what, it’s daily happenings, abstract happenings and my mood. 

But when it comes to who, I try to consume a lot. I could get inspired by anyone and any type of music. It could just be the way the drums go on this and I’d be like this is mad, I need to adopt this. But without any argument, everybody knows that Brymo is the one whose music has been influential to my kind of music. There are two songs in my first project “Dear Music” that sounded like Brymo. Basically, alternative music in Nigeria. It’s from the alternative sound and also the alte sound. I try to listen to many of these people and they influence me even sometimes without knowing. Just because I have been exposed to their content, the influence could just pop up. 

PGM: So what is Muyiwa doing when he’s not doing music?

Muyiwa:  I’m doing 9 to 5 (laughs). I am an art director at an advertising agency so that’s what I’m on when I’m not doing music

PGM: Are you independent? How has it been navigating this industry as an independent act?

Muyiwa – Yes, I am independent. I am not signed to any imprint but I have mine which I started two years back – OLMA Records. And for navigating, na as the gbas gbos dey come daily na so we dey fight am. Every day, you’d just experience one new challenge that you didn’t expect. But because we love what we do, we’d find a to colter. And once we are done with that, we move to the next challenge. As we keep meeting them, we continue giving them gbas gbos with God on our side and hard work. It has been an adventurous journey and it will still be. 

This interview has been slightly edited for length and clarity. 

PGM LIVE with BUJU, GiGi Atlantis & Solis

Friday, 31st January was our first edition of PGM Live in 2020 and it took place at the newly reopened BLD by Play on Admiralty Way.
Pushing Good Music Live intimate session featured the sassy Gigi Atlantis, the soulful Solis and the salient rising vocalist BUJU.
We also had surprise performances from Evelle, Willifmore (The Poet) and the DJs on the night were DJ Ibbie & DJ Honeeay.
The amazing performances electrified the audience and soon had everyone on their feet singing and dancing while sipping on Jameson Irish Whiskey.
In its usual fashion, before the performances kicked off, Douglas Jekan (PGM – Founder), welcomed fellow music lovers and spoke about the recent displacement of Tarkwa Bay residents and the PGM Club’s intention to raise funds for the affected victims. He also urged attendees to contribute whatever they can and to keep the conversation alive.
Thanks to all the donors, so far, we have raised N485, 000 (Naira).
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THE NEXT PGM LIVE ON FEB 22, 2020 (ABUJA)
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