Year: 2020

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 album “Still 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.

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 album ‘Still 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.

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.

Listen To Johnny Drille’s New Single ‘Something Better’

It’s been six months since we got any music from our beloved alternative sensation Johnny Drille. But to our delight, this self-imposed hiatus has come to an end as he has released a new single, to uplift and “distract us from the madness” titled ‘Something Better’. For this new record, his first single since his stirring celebration of love on ‘Count On You’ he teams up with EDM beatsmith, Sigag Lauren who produced the uptempo single.

In ‘Something Better’ Johnny Drille is very honest to himself and his love interest that he has issues being committed in relationships. In fact, the record opens with a soundbite of a conversation between two women that confirm Johnny is a player. But there is something different this time: he is truly and deeply in love with her.

He repeatedly tries to warn her off that he might not be the best for her. But he is also helpless as finds himself running back to her love, one which is strong enough for him to backtrack and change his ways from a player to a “something better guy.”

Enjoy the record above.

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.

Remy Baggins, Buju, DJ Yin, Sute Iwar Feature On Ejoya’s “Class of ’20, Vol.1” Album

Music distribution and marketing outfit Ejoya has released its first compilations album featuring a cast of some of the most promising acts across different genres in the country. These acts are members of what they call their Ejoya class of 20.

This 12-track album contains 32 minutes worth of music and features contributions from D-Truce, Buju, DJ Yin, Jimi Abduls, Sute Iwar, Remy Baggins, Mojo and Fasina. It also features appearances from Tide, Minz, Kunle, Damayo, Blizzy, Yusufkanbai, Oddio and EMO Grae.

The project is led by the Buju-led cut, ‘Mind Games’ produced by Ibkissleek. Across the record, Buju croons about his lover in a way almost all ladies want to be talked about. She has him wrapped around her fingers and Buju doesn’t have a problem with that. In fact, he admits to being a willing puppet, ready to shower her with romantic and material love as long as she remains by his side.

Listen to the studded album above.

Paybac Fields BarelyAnyHook, BlaqBonez, Jazzz And More On “Cult!”

One of Nigeria’s gifted wordsmiths, Paybac has finally made good on his promise by releasing his much-teased sophomore solo album, “Cult!” This comes two years after he walked us through the dark corridors of his genius mind on his well-received debut, “The Biggest Tree” in 2018. “Cult” would also be Paybac’s first project since he rejoined forces with fellow rap luminary, Boogey to release one of Nigeria’s most celebrated rap album of 2019, “Alternate Ending.”

This new album contains 15 tracks including pre-released singles like ‘Activ8’ and ‘Boy Band’. Across the album, Paybac brings along a host of gifted burgeoning acts like BarelyAnyHook, Jazzz, Viveeyan, Pizzo, BumniAfrica, RIA Sean and the self-acclaimed best rapper in Africa, Blaqbonez.

Paybac also works with a number of hands for the production of the album, including Pro-Beats and L3arn who produced four and three tracks respectively on the album. Other producers credited on “Cult!” include Vandross, Soulphoria, Golddrummachine, Monkey Beats, Angelo, Sizzle Pro and Stoute Louis.

The engineering of the album is entirely handled by a capable trio of Seanstan, Sizzle Pro and Jon Jnr for Von2 Studios.

Just a couple of days ago, Paybac revamped hype for the coming project with a loosie, ‘Hey Jude’ dedicated to one of the most revered Nigerian rappers, M.I Abaga.

Enjoy “Cult” above and let us know what you think.

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 single ‘Fantasy’ 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.

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