A Better time, Davido’s third studio album was released on the 13th of November, 2020 with 18 million streams on Audiomack and is currently topping the Nigerian Apple music chart. It is all that has been on everyone’s lips for several days now as fans and stans are battling while comparing it with earlier released albums by their faves. Davido’s son, Ifeanyi graciously fills his album cover announcing it as a celebration of birth and life. The album contains 17 tracks featuring a host of African artists which includes Mayorkun, Tiwa Savage, Sho Madjozi, Sauti Sol, Ckay, Bella Shmurda, Mugeez, as well as international artistes like Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Nas, Lil Baby, Young Thug, and Hit-boy making the album a power packed house of various sounds. The album appeals not only to its Nigerian audience but also Africans outside of Nigeria.
Davido’s first track “FEM” already a popular tune across the airways and clubs addresses his haters and their constant criticism of his works and achievements. He gives them a direct advice with fingers to his lips to FEM and face themselves. Not to forget that this song was a popular chant and anthem at the protests that occurred in various parts of Lagos especially Lekki. The following tracks SOMETHING FISHY, JOWO, TANANA, LA LA, FADE, HEAVEN, VERY SPECIAL, SHOPPING SPREE, SUNLIGHT, BIRTHDAY CAKE, ON MY WAY, SO CRAZY, are love songs pleading, eulogizing or seeking reassurances from his lovers. HOLY GROUND is fast becoming a favorite for many. Davido preaching romance in his unique OBO way as usual. While some collabs for instance his songs SO CRAZY with Lil baby and BIRTHDAY CAKE with Nas and Hit-boy were really not necessary and did nothing to add to the overall body of work, there really are no bad songs and every track can be solidly enjoyed. Davido proceeds to proclaim and announce ostentatiously his ride or die goons in the track I GOT A FRIEND. Davido and Mayorkun tout their horn as THE BEST and baddest in their craft making it a bop tune for many pouring in their effort in their creative ventures and work trying to maintain a standard of excellence. The effort put into this album can be clearly seen and felt. It is easy for this album to be enjoyed by all and sundry.
While the album is enjoyable and really has no bad songs, does it have more to offer as a sequel to A GOOD TIME? We leave you all to be the judge of that. This album however provides various tunes to rock the clubs and concerts this Christmas and we rate it a 7.5/10.
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By Victor Aderibigbe — 1 year ago
We’d never forget Davido. Not just because of his decade-long dominance in the Afropop space, but because he’s that superstar whose hands are always stretched. “We rise by lifting others,” he’s often quoted; and for the longest, he has tried to live by this maxim. Davido is the guy who doles out money to fans on social media, hands out millions of Naira to fans on stage, helps strangers fund their schooling, projects young acts into the limelight, and pulls stranded artists out of bad deals. He’s always been one to reach out.
“I think it’s something I learned from my father. That’s just how he was growing up. From everybody in the family to his friends. I don’t know man, it’s just a natural thing for me. Don’t get me wrong, I can’t help everybody. But I won’t lie to you, God has blessed me that I’m able to take care of my friends, my family, and also spoil myself, spoil my woman, etcetera. We are not complaining, but I do what I can for the community, I do the most I can,” he reveals in an interview with Joey Akan.
Davido often seems like the best ally new-gen acts have in the Nigerian Afropop space. Interestingly, it is this self-imposed Santa-duty that has led him into new musical worlds. Despite being an Afrobeats giant, Davido doesn’t seem scared to leave his comfort zone when hopping on some of these tracks with new acts. Just last year, he pushed Lady Donli to new eyes and ears when he hopped on the remix to ‘Cash’ and invited her to join him on stage at his December concert. The year before, he joined the alté frontman Odunsi (The Engine) on ‘Divine’, one of the highlights off the latter’s debut album, “rare.”
These are not Davido’s natural sonic choices. At his core he is an Afrobeats act, playing as one of the genre’s biggest flag-bearers across the world. But he also isn’t scared to test new waters, and it shows in his willingness to work with these young acts on their turf. Davido has also served several international collaborations that have seen him stretching out of his comfort zone. ‘Dun Rich’ with Popcaan found Davido riding the Caribbean wave like a pro while blessing Quavo’s ‘Swing’ with a scene-stealing feature.
In many of these fish-out-of-water situations, Davido doesn’t sound out of place. He meets these artists halfway, retaining his style while stepping into their world. At the end of the day, you have a solid verse, a brilliant song.
Most recently, the DMW boss featured on Khalid’s ‘Know Your Worth’ alongside one of Nigeria’s most promising singers, Tems. Meshed in a song with two intimidating vocalists, Davido’s vocal talents appear very limited. Many insecure acts would shy away from such ‘set-ups’. But not Davido. He isn’t scared to try. When he wraps his pidgin-laced verse with the daring question “shey him dey treat you right, are you happy?” You search your soul, barely remembering it was delivered in a near-faint husky voice.
Therein lies the makings of a great artist. You know you can always be better, so you step out of your comfort zone and push boundaries in your craft. And asides helping you explore new musical complexities, working with acts who create a different sound from yours also exposes you to a new fanbase.
Times are changing fast. Genre lines are getting blurred. Sounds are evolving and you can’t be caught slipping; not if you want to last long in the music space. The trick is to move with the times, while holding on to your core elements and unique style.
The music game is so brutal and unforgiving. When people know what to expect from your new project, they lose a bit of the excitement. And once they ‘see you finish’ musically, they run off to where they can get their next thrill. Natural selection starts to take place. And before you know it, the world has left you behind. Forgotten.
Another Nigerian artist who has been open to the new generation of artists and music is M.I. While many of his peers are stuck in the boom-bap era, M.I’s recent releases have been sonically ambitious. While many are crying at how the world has moved on from “true” hip-hop, M.I appears to have found the fountain of youth.
For his 2018 projects “Rendezvous” and “Yung Denzel”, the hip-hop elder sought the assists of the likes of Odunsi, Lady Donli, Tay Iwar, Nonso Amadi to help keep his sound up to date. He tapped into their talents, sound, and raw energy while in turn helping to shed the spotlight on them. True, the former Chocolate City boss might not be rocking the clubs with bangers anymore but he’s ageing even better. M.I is still mutating. We are still excited to hear his music. He’s sounding as refreshing as ever.
Look around. How many of his peers are still playing at his level?
Over the past year, Adekunle Gold has been shedding off his signature traditional sound for something more synth-led and poppy. All the sonic and aesthetic shifts we’ve been spotting from ‘Before You Wake Up’ down to ‘Something Different’ is building up to the next album aptly titled “Afropop”. Yet, he still retains his highly relatable pen, soothing vocals, and genuine personality that made many fall in love with him in the first place.
It won’t be so shocking to realize that for Adekunle Gold, “Afropop” isn’t even the destination. In a recent interview with Afrobeats Intelligence, he revealed plans to even redefine his sound further right after this album. “Right now, I’m making Afropop’ because that’s where my mind is. That’s where I’m in my head and that’s where I am, sonically. In 2021, it’s going to be different again. With Adekunle Gold, you don’t know what to expect really. I guess that’s how it is with me.”
The international serial-hitmaker Drake is on a never-ending quest to find new sounds to tap into. No two Kendrick Lamar albums sound alike sonically. There are even rumours that his next album leans heavily towards Rock, and we won’t be surprised if that turned out to be true. J.Cole has recently been crossing generational lines with his sound and that earned him his first Grammy. Take a look at Jay-Z, LL Cool J, Prince, Snoop Dogg; the list is endless.
Truth be told; there are no guarantees. Nothing is promised. You might step into new frontiers and it might not just work for you. You might even lose fans in the process. But you can’t play it safe all the time. Self-development and the drive to evolve is at the core of every great artist. And even when it’s rooted in survival, the willingness to explore new sonic worlds and take on new challenges rings better than sulking at how the world has moved on from your one ‘true’ sound. Want to be a good artist? Play in your little safe box. But if you want to be more, study the greats and learn to evolve your sound with the times.
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By The PGM Club — 4 years ago
I don’t know why Jesse Jagz went back to Chocolate City; he already left the home and formed a new one, one crafting incredible art through Jagz Nation. He created something thoroughly brilliant, an anomaly on a realm of its own. Still, he gave it up to be normal once again. That’s my train of thought as I transcribe my interview with Atta.
The scene is different now, and we’re not going to let the gems in our society down this time. This is a new age; we are evolving to recognize talent and skill when we see it, and there is never going to be a moment we ignore brilliance in the art. We appreciate the heroes who came before, ventured into different sounds and experimented with the Nigerian sound.
It’s a new age for celebrating the unique, to unbundle our drive for what is different; one can say our curiosity is glaring now. The world is aware of us and we’re connected to it through our phones, the information being created by Africans entirely from our own understanding of what’s happening around us.
We bring a different perspective to the existing plane.
The culture is connected, we’re all one. The music has no barriers; it’s free to ride on our impulse. That’s what I feel while conversing with Atta, the atmosphere that allows her mind breath an air of greatness, a mind filled with conscious thoughts about her craft, her sound, her vision, and brand as an artist in this new Africa.
Jazzz Atta, a neo-soul/jazz singer, and songwriter, decided to push forward with the music in 2014. A time she was with a bunch of other musicians inspired by their vibes to make music her thing, and she’s not looked back since. ‘Somebody’ in 2014 was her first single followed by another titled ‘Aboki’ in 2015 and her third single ‘Body and soul’ in 2016 before releasing her first EP ‘Practice’ in 2017, about a week ago.
A regular performer at Bogobiri & the 90s baby sound off, she’s an indie artist. An indie artist, she explains, means “Well, to independently work & publish your projects without any influence from a major label, or any label. This was the process I went through whilst working on the Practice EP. So you are basically running the whole show by yourself. Thank goodness the internet and social media has made things a bit easier. As an indie artist in the Nigeria scene, my first true fans got to know about me through the Internet, Soundcloud, Twitter, etc. So yeah, I depend heavily on the internet to push my projects. Through the internet & social media, I have been able to get information on shows I’d like to be part of and watch the culture grow. We don’t have the resources of a major label but I am constantly working, practicing, you know, just basically staying ready. I’m also trying to collaborate more, working harder on content, really good content to push on social media.”
This had me intrigued and curious to find out more about her, we had a little back and forth:
The PGM Club: The culture, it’s exciting. Everything feels possible now, right here in Africa. How does that affect the music you create, being in such a creative and vibrant African culture that is pushing boundaries?
Jazzz Atta: This affects me & my music positively. When I started pushing forward with my music, a lot of people tried to exert the negative influence. They went on about Nigerians not having the ability to appreciate good music. I’m happy I stuck with the dream of the culture changing. And now, that I’m seeing and even gaining so much from just the possibility. I am so humbled and inspired to do even more.
The PGM Club: Tell us about your music. Why do you create? What do you create?
Jazzz Atta: I am a really awkward and shy person, which makes it a tangible challenge to speak what I feel. Singing, songwriting, and music are power tools that I use to express myself, to reflect and heal. I am very aware that there are a lot of people who feel the same way I do, who go through pain or pleasure but don’t how to express it all. So I constantly do this for them, and I do this for me too.
The PGM Club: Jazz? Afro-Jazz? Let’s talk about that and your new EP ‘Practice’?
Jazzz Atta: Okay so Jazz… I fell in love with jazz as a child, I had listened to Ella Fitzgerald’s Someone to Watch Over Me… I just couldn’t get her voice outta my head; it was the most beautiful thing I had heard. In any kind of music, I am most interested in the style of the vocalist, then the sound. So Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday and Nancy Wilson became my go-to source for jazz music. I also listened to Luis Armstrong, Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra.
The jazz vocal form is heavily infused with my singing. When I decided to push my music I began researching on jazz and discovered that it had influenced a lot of music all over the world. It was one the reasons I chose the name, or rather, the name chose me because with jazz you are always improvising and creating beautiful music. My music is all about emotions and feelings, it is real; it comes from a very vulnerable part, so I really don’t follow rules like ‘this is how this should be or a bridge or a chorus should be this way’. I improvise and allow it become what it can, especially when the sound is good.
So, I don’t think music has to fit in a box. If it sounds good and it feels good, then so what? To me, that’s how I understood jazz. It had so many parts that came together to make it beautiful. Afro-jazz I feel is basically afrobeat. And I really think that the exemplification of Fela and how great he is. We still do not fully appreciate what he did. He gave us jazz in a form that anyone from anywhere would enjoy and appreciate. To simplify something so vast is pure genius, and that is so amazing. The EP ‘Practice’ has been the project I had always dreamed about, but whenever I got close to success it all fell apart. Now I think that, yeah, this time was actually the right time. Why? Because I have grown into my sound and will only evolve from here. So yeah, practice, I have been practicing, still practicing and I’m enjoying the journey. There’s so much freedom in discovering yourself and loving what you discover.
The PGM Club:: What did you discover about yourself and your art while making Practice?
Jazzz Atta: Strength and a will to keep pushing. I also discovered an ability to accept the bad times with the good times, without resentment.
The PGM Club: You’ve been creating more with your performance at the 90’s baby Soundoff, a song with Idris and Boogey off your ‘Practice’ EP, a photography series with TSE… what do you think of the new creative scene and how it’s helping reshape Africa?
Jazzz Atta: I think it’s really amazing and exciting. It’s like being a part of history in the making and I am really hoping we keep pushing the culture. I believe in all these visionaries… TSE, Boogey, Idris etc. and I believe that this is a process that will create a new age in Africa. We need this; we really need this to survive. Our people and land are abundantly blessed with natural and human resources. There is so much raw talent here that deserves to be discovered and to shine. Africa is on a path of discovery and everyone is needed to make this discovery successful, most especially our youth.
The PGM Club: The new age really is amazing.
I want to talk about the two features on your album as they’re both minds we love here at the PGM Club, Boogey, and Idris. How did they land on your tape? What’s the vibe like working on music with them?
Jazzz Atta: Yeah, so I got through to Boogey through my manager, they had worked together previously. So I had heard some of his music and I really loved his style and penmanship. I love that he’s really intelligent and has so much soul in his artistry. So when I had finished writing and voicing ‘Pill’, that’s the name of the song Boogey and I did together, I knew I just had to have him on that song because he would get it and put in the extra bit the song needed. When he came into the studio and recorded his part, I just knew that yeah, finally ‘Pill’ was done.
I got to know Idris King through 90’s baby, and yeah, we had invited TSE to listen to the songs on the EP, so he suggested Idris King for ‘Ice.’ And it clicked. Idris King really came through and gave the song “Ice” that very classy and polished feel. I really learned a lot from Boogey and Idris king, hoping we do more music together because it’s just simply amazing what they do.
The PGM Club: Your music is very personal to you and you’ve also created a visual element to it, what’s the approach you have for your video. I’m curious.
Jazzz Atta: The approach we are working with, is to be as real and as creative with that reality as mind and machinery would allow. Like I said, I am very awkward till maybe, I get comfortable and safe. Though even with that awkwardness, I’m still a very sensual person who isn’t ashamed of that but just needs her own space and way to express that. So, we are really trying to make something out of that… It wouldn’t be like in your face sexy or whatever, just subtle enough to express what it needs to.
This was a unique conversation; I felt something emanate from her mind; a purity of some sort as I listen to her EP ‘Practice’, it’s something I can’t judge alone.
This is what we drive at the PGM Club, the minds creating good music. Sounds created genuinely for the love of music, deserving of that center-stage and how it transcends to both listener and creator alike.
Interviewed by Adedayo Laketu for THE PGM Club
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By Victor Aderibigbe — 11 months ago
Despite the drastic Coronavirus pandemic and the impending lockdown, 2020 has been a good year for Nigerian music. Even though the ways in which we engage and interact with the music was reduced to down to strictly earphones and speakers, Nigerian acts continued to serve us some of the best music we’ve had in a while, exploring several palettes of sounds and themes. We have been blessed with so much music from new and familiar acts, even registering a massive breakout with Omah Lay’s “Bad Influence”. Other high profile releases Burna Boy’s “Twice as Tall”, Patoranking’s “Three”, Adekunle Gold’s “Afropop”, as well as Fireboy and Tiwa Savage’s “Apollo” and “Celia” respectively.
But even though we just have just over three months left in this gruelling year, we still have loads of amazing music to look up to. Some of these are projects we’ve have been anticipating for a long time like Wizkid’s Made In Lagos. Others are those we never knew were even in the works until their creators sparked up our interest with recent announcements.
Wizkid – Made In Lagos
This project is one that fans and general music lovers have been looking in the sky and stretching their hands out for. Since its initial announcement on February 18, 2020, Wizkid has been dangling this carrot in front of us for over two years now. A move which has left many frustrated. Some have even given up on the arrival of the project, adopting the ‘if it comes it comes’ model of anticipation.
But right now, it appears “Made In Lagos” will be on our music players very soon, with Wizkid revamping interest with juicy teasers. The much-teased project is expected to feature guest contributions from Skepta, Ella Mai, Tems, Damian Marley as well as Burna Boy with whom he has been publicly handing around these days.
Davido – A Better Time
Following the immense commercial success that “A Good Time” recorded, amassing over a billion streams, Davido has promised a worthy sequel rightly titled “A Better Time”. And according to the initial announcement, we are supposed to have had the album as far back as July, but … we understand.
With the release of his latest single ‘Fem’ which was loaded with a heavy statement for detractors, it appears the journey to Davido’s third studio album has already begun. Word also has it that the project would feature appearances from Tiwa Savage and Nicki Minaj. But knowing Davido and his affinity for collaborations, we perceive that we’d be getting an update on the guest list in the coming days.
Tems – Yet To Be Announced
Tems has been of the best gifts 2019 gave to us. Many were (re)introduced to her amazing talents with her stunning debut ‘Mr Rebel’ which served a breath of fresh air to the pacy percussive sound that dominated the music space at the time. She brilliantly followed this up with ‘Looku Looku’ which was reaffirmed what people had come to know from its predecessor. By the time she released her liberating and empowering anthem, ‘Try Me’ Tems had won the elites and streets over. She even made appearances on the biggest shows in the year-ending series of concerts off the back of this culturally and commercially triumphant record.
And although this year appears to be relatively silent from the singer save for her surprise single ‘These Days’ and teams up with Khalid, Davido, Odunsi and more, it appears we are still in for a treat. A few days ago, she announced on her live session on Instagram that she has her debut and introductory EP coming before the end of the month.
Simi – Restless II EP
Simi appears to be having the best of times. Over the past year, she has gotten married to her sweetheart, released her third studio album “Omo Charlie Champagne”, gotten independent, released one of the biggest 2020 records, and also welcomed her new child. Just a few hours ago also, she announced her new deal with United Kingdom-based A&R company, Platoon alongside her coming project “Restless II”. This announcement has thrown the fans of the singer into an orgy of celebration, highly anticipating the release of this coming project with it first single ‘No Longer Beneficial’ dropping this Friday, Septemeber 18.Post Views: 1,502