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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.

Falana

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!

 

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.

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.

Famous Bobson Taps Peruzzi For ‘Stainless’ Remix

Months after dropping his well-received single, ‘Stainless‘, Famous Bobson is back with the long-teased remix of the groovy record, featuring one of Nigeria’s most promising act, Peruzzi. This offering is produced by Jaylon and features string contributions from Efe Jazz.

Opening with a guitar-led highlife intro, Famous Bobson goes on to describe his romance with his sweetheart, which seems to be the toast of others. The record is a smooth blend of dancehall, highlife and afro-pop elements, thereby providing a refreshing sound amidst the flood of releases these days. Peruzzi himself does not disappoint, as the DMW frontman blesses the record with his woman-worship verse that breathes a new life into the already firey record.

 

 

Listen To IllBliss’ New “Illosophy” EP

Veteran Nigerian rapper and one of the most prolific, IllBliss, has released yet another project titled “Illosophy.” This comes just a few months after his joint “Illy-Zilla” project with respected hip-hop producer, TeckZilla.

This new EP is seven tracks long and features appearances from Uzezi, and the late B-Elect, IllBliss’ longtime friend and former crew member, to whom the project is dedicated. In fact, the second track on the EP, ‘Ruler’ #2‘ is a tribute to the late rapper and media personality.

Production-wise, the project is handled by some of the best hands in hip-hop, as Oga Boss recruits the expertise of Major Bangs, XYZ, TeckZilla and Black Intelligence on this project.

Tracklist for "The Illosophy

Tracklist for “The Illosophy” (Twitter/@illBlissGoretti)

In its own way, the “Illosophy” EP serves as a prelude to IllBliss’s long-awaited sixth studio album, “Illy Chapo,” which is set for release next month. In an interview with Pulse NG, IllBliss also revealed that he has another joint EP coming out this year, and this time it’s with the multi-talented producer, Bigfoot. Their joint ‘Nkali‘ is presumably the lead single off this coming project.

CKay To Release New Project Later This Month

Chocolate City signee, Ckay has announced the release of his sophomore  “Ckay The First” EP,  scheduled for release later this month. This comes two years after his introductory and debut project, “Who The F*** Is Ckay” which was inspired by the infamous Loose Talk episode.

A few days ago, the singer took to his Instagram page to make the announcement. And ever since, the singer and producer has been teasing the project on his social media pages.

#ckaythefirst this month! y’all ready for this??? 🛸” he posted.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B06Yd5olyy6/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

As we await further information on the project as well its official release date, we expect that Ckay will use this opportunity to leave a lasting impression.

GoodGirl LA Releases “La Confidential” EP Exclusively On Boomplay

Barely a year after the release of her emotive single ‘Far Away‘, GoodGirl LA released her debut project yesterday (August 12), titled “La Confidential.”  However, the EP is currently only available on Boomplay, as it would be made available on other platforms by September 6.

Containing 8 tracks, this EP is an entirely solo affair as she does not feature any guest appearances on the project. Priime mainly handles most of the production on the album as LA also works with Quebeat, Leriq and SYN who produced ‘Far Away‘. One exciting thing about this coming EP is that it doesn’t contain any pre-released single.

La Confidential Tracklist

La Confidential Tracklist (Twitter/@iamGoodGirlLA)

You can get the album here.

N.B: This post has been updated.

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
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Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/gareygodson

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