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LIVE INTERVIEWS

Join us as we feature guests on our Weekly show. 

Falana , GoodGirl LA and DJ San Gabriel from Berlin feature on PGM Radio

In this episode, we hosted Falana who discussed the kick-off of her African Tour of the Chapter One EP, GoodGirl LA premiered her new EP Confidential and DJ San Gabriel from Berlin played us a special set on the PGM Radio Show

Time Codes

00:45 – Intro
9:03 – Falana discusses the kickoff of her Chapter One EP Africa tour.
31:17 – GoodGirl LA came through to premiere her new EP Confidential
56:22 – San Gabriel came from Berlin to play us a special DJ set.

 

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Blaqbonez stops by to defend his B.R.I.A claim & Tems premieres new music on PGM Radio

This episode was quite heated as we invited Blaqbonez on the PGM Radio Show to explain his self-acclaimed title of being the BEST RAPPER IN AFRICA (B.R.I.A) and Tems came back to premiere her new single TRY ME.

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00:44 – New Music Premiere (Kida Kudz – Bounce ft Wiley)

5:34 – Blaqbonez interview

42:25 – Odunsi The Engine – Wetin dey prelisten.

44:24 – Interview with Tems – New music premiere (Try Me)

DWATCHLIST

NEW ACTS

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

Garey Godson Celebrates His Journey So Far On ‘Tha Juice’

Garey Godson and HKMK have undeniable chemistry. This is obvious from the gusto and quality of their year-long releases. And now, Garey’s new single titled ‘Tha Juice‘ even lends more credence to that claim. This comes just a couple of weeks after he took us on a journey around the city of Lagos in the love number, ‘Private Trips‘.

Over a smooth blend of Trap and R&B coated with an Afropop spice, Garey Godson reflects on his artistic journey. He touches on how he has so far navigated the muddy waters of the music industry an independent artist on the rise alongside his partner-in-crime, HKMK, a German-based producer. “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,” he sings.

Garey Godson is fast proving himself as a force to watch out for, with each release even better than the last. And with ‘Tha Juice‘, Garey proves himself worthy of our attention.

You can check him out on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1aUSlNPvVz5IYg9sSsEDPK
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gareygodson/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/gareygodson
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gareygodson
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/gareygodson

Bankyondbeatz Teams Up With Muyiwa Akhigbe On ‘Bamilo’

Just last week, Afro-soul sensation, Muyiwa Akhigbe shared photos of himself cooking something up in a makeshift studio with Bankyondbeatz –one of the prolific producers championing the new wave – and the result of that session is here already. Having worked with the likes of Ninola, Reminisce, BOJ and a cross-section of new-gen acts, Bankyondbeatz taps Muyiwa for his latest release titled ‘Bamilo‘, which directly translates to ‘come with me’.

On this soothing love number, a besotted Muyiwa appeals to his love interest to yield to his advances and go with him. As smooth as ever, the sweet-voiced singer details exactly how she makes him feel and admits his desperation to be with her.

As expected, Bankyondbeatz came through on the production end of the record, lacing the instrumental with strutting guitar riffs and soft but scintillating talking drum rhythms in the background.

Enjoy this new afro-pop single above.

MUSIC

NEWS

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

Suté Iwar Releases Debut Album “Paradise”

Abuja-based act, Suté Iwar has finally released his long-awaited debut album “Paradise.” This is Suté’s first project since his “Leopards” EP, released to good reviews.

A few weeks ago, he came on the PGM Radio Show with Douglas Jekan and Folu Storms to introduce the album and its second single ‘Heartless’ as they also discussed his artistic journey.

This 11-track album finds Suté teaming up with acts outside his Bantu Collective as it features appearances from BarleyAnyHook, Fareeda, Isah and Dorian Starr. All the songs on the album are self-produced, save for ‘Heartless/Space‘ which was produced by Le Mav. The mixing of the project is single-handedly wielded by brother and longtime collaborator, Tay Iwar.

Tracklist For Paradise

Tracklist For Paradise (Twitter/@SuteIwar)

Announcing the album on Twitter a couple of weeks back, Suté wrote, “My debut album ‘Paradise’ is out on the 16th of August. This is for the loved and the unloved. This is for the depressed and the ‘happy’. This is for the underdogs and the champions. This is for ???? & the ??. This one is for you. Stay in the light?

Enjoy the album above.

Listen To An Enchanted Preye In New Single ‘Love Fumes’

Just a few months after her awakening duet with Davina Oriakhi, ‘Bang the Drum‘, and a couple of weeks since her first California show, Preye is back with her new single titled ‘Love Fumes‘.

We are ushered into this record by soft piano chords and her sweet voice, then the bass quickly kicks in and Preye switches to delivering bars on the hard-hitting instrumental. She details her romance with her lover which seems to turn sour as she suspects him of cheating.

The record, therefore, finds Preye trying to fight off the intoxicating love fumes. She reminds the erring lover that if caught, she might not be forgiving as Beyonce.

On Twitter, she describes the song as an encapsulation of how good she feels and went further to dedicate it to her fans who have always had her back.

Enjoy the love number above.

NEW VIDEO

FRESH VIDS

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

Payper Corleone Shares Video For ‘Sacrifices’ With Alpha Ojini

Nigerian rapper, Payper Corleone has released the visuals for his Alpha Ojini-assisted record, ‘Sacrifices‘. This is one of the stand-out cuts off his highly collaborative project, “Fly Gangsta From The ’90s,” released to good reviews in May 2019.

Sacrifices‘ opens with a 2pac soundbite over a scintillating jazz riff that continues to run throughout the sombre boom-bap record.  The song then finds the two rappers trading some of their gloomy experiences in our crooked music industry. Despite identifying how money is imperative to visibility in the industry, they both express scepticism towards deals offered by record labels and then further urged their fellow rappers to be cautious when taking or considering offers from these capitalists.

The XYZ-directed video finds Payper, Alpha and friends in a dark and heated room vibing and gambling on chess, perhaps symbolic for the game of wits prevalent in the grimy music industry. They also pay respects to some of the greats, the late legends who have paved the way musically for them as the wall is donned with murals and photos of late legends like 2pac, Biggie, Fela and more. The video also features a cameo appearance from Paybac who also featured on the EP.

Enjoy the video below.

Odunsi Takes Us Back In Time For ‘Wetin Dey/ Better Days’ Video

Odunsi (The Engine) has shared a video for his latest releases, ‘Wetin Dey/ Better Days‘, which have been gaining much traction on the airwaves. Spanning just over four minutes the video contains visuals for the two singles with their separate but united themes.

A student of the past, the video is highly inspired by the pop culture of the late ’90s and early 2000s as it is fashioned after the music videos of the time, particularly in terms of the scenery, editing and fashion.

Wetin Dey‘ opens with Odunsi having a good time with friends. The video then transitions into a dark and intense video for ‘Better Days‘, seemingly inspired by classic Nollywood. It opens with a murder scene and later finds Odunsi and his cohort running off in vintage Mercedes Benz.

This grotesque video is beautifully directed by the usual culprit, Ademola Falomo and Odunsi himself.

EDITORS

PICK

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

Falana Kicked Off Her Chapter One (EP) Tour With A Night Of Indelible Artistic Experience

On Friday, August 16, Falana kicked off her Chapter One Tour. The Neo-Soul and R&B singer had fans, family and friends gathered at the Terra Kulture, Lagos, for the first stop of her tour which is set to hit other African cities like Accra, Kigali, and Abuja.

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The star of the night, Falana, performing live (Falana)

Anchored by Douglas Jekan, the event hosted a long list of celebrated guests and influencers like Denola Grey, Pamilerin, Godwin Tom as well as colleagues: BOJ, Teezee, Wavy The Creator, Odunsi (The Engine) and many others.

AYLØ serenading on stage

AYLØ serenading on stage

After thrilling performances by opening acts, Deena Ade, Celeste and Aylø -who just put out an impressive project “Dnt Dlt“- the star of the night, Falana was ushered on stage to a rockstar’s welcome, as she quickly takes us to church with “O God, here I am...”

Backed by her beaming six-piece band, the Nigerian-Canadian singer took us through her recently-released “Chapter One” EP, delivering acoustic renditions of some of the standouts of the well-received project, thereby giving them a flavor different to the way they were consumed on the tape.

Radiant and commanding on stage, Falana ran us through a run of old picks such as ‘To Zion‘, ‘Feel Your Energy‘, ‘Start Again‘ and ‘Dynamite‘. One of the highlights of the night was her performance of ‘Woman’, her somber record centered around women empowerment, highlighting the outstanding contributions of women in our society. Mid-performance, she broke into a monologue that accentuates the grim realities of single women in a patriarchal society such as ours.

Falana saved the best for the last as she closed her 1 hour 30 minutes set with her popular single ‘Ride or Die‘. The live rendition of this song filled the room with a gripping air of nostalgia, inciting the already captive audience to sing along to the standout record.

That wasn’t the end of the fun though, as everyone headed to Club 57 for the Culture Custodian-hosted after party.

Douglas Jekan

The host, Douglas Jekan (Falana)

The Lagos show was indeed a night to remember loaded with a pure and indelible artistic experience that left the audience roaring in appreciation. Her next stop is Accra where she would be treating unsuspecting Ghanaians to her thrilling performances. What a way to kick-off a tour!

 

Best Rapper In Africa Or Nah: What’s Next For Nigerian Hip-hop?

Ever since Blaqbonez crowned himself the best rapper in Africa, Nigerian hip-hop has gone bonkers. The 100 Crowns rapper first made the audacious claim in the maiden edition of the AKtivated Sessions and the reaction was volcanic.  The hip-hop community immediately spiralled into long polarising debates over the validity of Blaq’s claims. While some admired his confidence and assertiveness, others dismissed him as a nuisance and an attention seeker who had nothing to back such daring claim. 

If attention was the goal, Blaqbonez definitely got it.

The debates further diffused into claims and counterclaims, diss tracks flying around with not-so-subliminal shots, directed at the rapper and his associates. After a couple of weeks, the pink-haired rapper reaffirmed his claim in his latest release ‘Best Rapper In Africa’ where he took aim at rappers like TenTik, Holyfield and also called out some of his colleagues for being craven. This, in turn, generated swift responses from Payper Corleone, VaderDavid Meli and many others. Even the OGs aren’t left out of the frenzy as a video surfaced of AQ, Loose Kaynon and SDC’s Ghost in a heated debate on who was a better rapper. 

And all this just mean one thing to the fans, excitement. 

The last time Nigerian hip-hop got its fans this elated was in February when the scorching LAMB-Martell Cypher dropped. The culture has always thrived on competition and with projector missiles flying all around,  fans are ravishing in euphoria right now. It’s a common saying that when two elephants fight it is the grass that suffers. But in hip hop, when rappers square against each other, the only true winners are the fans.  But sadly, the euphoria is going to wear off soon. People are bound to move on. And when they do, what is left?

Nigerian hip-hop has been in a sorry state for years now and despite the several efforts being made for its rejuvenation, the future isn’t looking too bright yet. And this is not for a lack of talent – after all, we can boast of some of the best rappers on the continent – or creativity. Regardless,  it seems Nigerians have just moved on to drown their pain and realities in afrobeats. Enough has been said on what hip-hop needs to get itself on its feet again. Multiple articles have been written, plans drafted, discussions had and more. 

If not optimized, this excitement and attention Nigerian rap and rappers are getting at the moment will fizzle out back to where we started. But some things can be done to sustain some of the eyes and ears that have been captured in this whole episode for the good of the culture. 

To start with, Nigerian rappers simply need to put out good music. That’s where it all starts from, the music. The problem is that many are still stuck in the ‘golden days’ and as such have refused to evolve with the times. Each age has its demands. Some are stuck on 90s-type boom-bap beats all in the name of keeping it real, and then turn around to guilt-trip the fans and media for lack of support when the record simply doesn’t pop. This was what Blaq had in mind when he rapped “If the music ain’t good it ain’t moving/ Your aesthetics will not replace the music.

Snap out of your obsession with the past. Listen, research and understand the sonic demands of the times and let that influence how you make music. The music world today is big on bending and fusing/melding genres. The lines between genres are so blurry today that they might as well be nonexistent. Experiment with other sounds that appeals to new audiences. Approach other genres from a rap perspective. 

Show Dem Camp did this with Palm Wine Music to positive results. The move has been commercially rewarding as they have registered new fans who might have not even heard of their Clone Wars series. They’ve also held two Palmwine music festivals -which recorded impressive numbers – and are even about to take the festival to the UK.  Other rappers like Blaqbonez, Ladipoe, as well as the Lost And Found on their last tape have been fusing rap with other genres and it has been rewarding. Falz’s seminal album, “Moral Instruction” was heavily inspired sonically and thematically by Fela Anikulapo Kuti.

This is also one of the major reasons why the so-called indigenous or local rappers are more commercially successful. These guys can make music in a way that resonates with a wide scope of audience. They rap in their local dialects laced with street lingo thereby making their lyrics more relatable and easy to understand, as well as meddling rap with dance music and even introducing dance steps to go along with it. Zlatan is the poster boy for the wide-ranging Zanku dance and its accompanying sound and he is undeniably Naija’s hottest rapper at the moment. 

Rappers also have to learn to step out of their shell and work with others. While friendly competition is healthy, there is so much more that can be gained from working together. 

Nigerian rappers should be always ready to join forces with one another and synergize over records, projects and even concerts. Collaborations shouldn’t also be limited within the hip-hop circle. Rappers can reach out to acts from other genres like the alte community, soul singers and afrobeat and even Afropop. Step into their space and see their world. This would help to create much more dynamic sounds and also help to share the fanbase with their collaborators. 

Over the years, there has been a downturn of collaborations between Nigerian rappers and their pop counterparts. In fact, these pop stars tend to feature foreign rappers on their tapes much more often these days. There should also be much more joint efforts between the English rappers and the indigenous ones. 

Visuals also have to be taken seriously too. Yes, hip-hop is a word-oriented genre but videos are very much especially in the visually-driven world we live in today. And maybe as a result of a shortage in funding or whatever reason, hip-hop acts don’t seem to place much emphasis on their releasing music videos. You don’t believe me?  Take some of the best hip-hop projects in the past year as examples. “Crown”, “Yung Denzl”, “Bad Boy Blaq”, “These Buhari Times” and the Lost and Found’s “Alternate Ending” have only about two videos released at the moment. Projects with over 50 songs and only three videos out.

Even if proper music videos can’t be done due to financial constraints, rappers and their teams can take advantage of lyric videos and visualizers which can be promoted on social media. 

Now the spotlight is on Nigerian hip-hop and no one knows how long the excitement is going to last. Mere buzz or an abundance of talent isn’t enough to sustain the genre.  The best that can be done is to ensure that this rare opportunity should be optimized as much as it can. The community has to come together to create and promote premium quality content that can restore hip-hop and rap to the mainstream.

For all the dust rappers have raised in the past few weeks, it would be beautiful to see it all transcend to something bigger and not just fade out to another false start.

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