Victor Aderibigbe

Asa’s New Album Is Just A Month Away

Nigerian award-winning soul singer, Asa, has finally unveiled the album title and release date for her long-awaited fourth studio. According to the singer, the follow-up to her critically acclaimed album, “Bed Of Stone” is titled “Lucid” and is scheduled for release on Friday, October 11, exactly a month from now.

This was revealed via her social media pages earlier today. “I have waited a long time to share this with you. My new album #LUCID out October 11.
Preorder now : link in bio
#asa #lucid #newalbum” she posted on Instagram.

 

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I have waited a long time to share this with you. My new album #LUCID out October 11. Preorder now : link in bio #asa #lucid #newalbum

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The album described as Afro-pop on Apple Music is a 14-track project and is -in usual fashion- an entirely solo effort. In May, Asa released the first single off the album titled ‘The Beginning‘ and this was followed by ‘Good Thing‘ whose video was unveiled late last month.

You can pre-order the album here.

Cameey: A Dream Chaser Denied By Death

“One of the most amazing people you’d ever come across. First of all, he has an infectious energy. He is the kind of person that would enter a place and everybody almost immediately likes him. Very playful. He plays a lot. Very energetic guy. We used to call him the energy god. During his performances, he jumps, flys off stages. The guy’s energy is next level. Extremely loyal, super guy.” – Nonso (Cameey’s Manager)

On Wednesday, August 21, Cameey‘s team desperately called out for help. They revealed that burgeoning rapper, Cameey was battling liver cancer, and needed $100,000 (N35,000,000) for a transplant. In the flyer, the usually vibrant and energetic singer could be seen bare-chested with a bloated stomach, lying helplessly on a hospital bed. Many were shocked and so moved that the picture started to make rounds on social media, echoing the call for support and donations. 

But barely 19 hours later, hopes were shattered as Cameey was pronounced dead. “Breaking News We Lost Cameey…R.I.P Please Stop All Donations Right Now!!!” read the latest post on his Instagram pages, confirming rumblings and suspicions. Immediately, tributes and condolence messages started pouring in all over social media, particularly from industry insiders. 

Born Joel Essoumam in Cameroon, Cameey had always wanted to be an entertainer. For years, he had admired the Lagos music scene from afar, which at the time was mainly dominated by the dual forces of 2face and D’banj, and he wanted to be a part of that space. 

In 2009, Cameey and two other friends decided to leave the warmth and comfort of Cameroon for Nigeria to pursue their lofty dreams in the city of excellence without having any relations or friends in the country. They practically knew no one in Lagos. But that didn’t stop them.

At the time, Cameey used to perform with celebrities as a dancer. But he wanted to be bigger. He wanted to be a star. And dance couldn’t get him there, so he decided to fully invest in his music career.

He and his friends formed a crew named the SK Boys. But the road to stardom was not as smooth as they envisaged. Talent and passion weren’t just enough. In an industry like ours, it’s just the starting point. They had to keep hopping from place to place, sleeping outside people’s homes. About five years later, the group dissolved. One of the defunct group members had had enough and returned to Cameroon while Cameey was then focused on pursuing a solo career.

A highly energetic Cameey performing on stage

A highly energetic Cameey performing on stage (Instagram/Cameeygram)

Cameey caught a huge break at a gig in Surulere in 2015, where he came to the attention of Nonso Odigboh who later came to be his manager.  Nonso began to seek ways to help this young talent whose energy was so infectious. “So I saw Cameey perform, we exchanged numbers. I now said I’d see what I can do to help you. And we started helping him get gigs and shows to perform.

“Then he was staying with a producer Jaybeatz, somewhere in Aguda. So basically, I was just coming in the capacity of assistance like recording, paid for recordings, all that stuff, lifestyle generally, feeding, helped with clothes when I could. Just in my small capacity, I was assisting.” Nonso tells me over the phone. 

A year later, Nonso partnered with an investor to set up A1 Muzic, an imprint which was then used to push Cameey’s career. A couple of months later, he released his official debut single and video, ‘Better Days‘, a gloomy story-so-far record, beaming with the hope of imminent success. And it did quite impressive numbers across platforms. This was followed by ‘Supernatural’ which currently has over 75k views on Youtube

In 2018, A1 Muzic secured an affiliation with Chocolate City to promote Cameey as an artist. On the PGM Radio Show with Douglas Jekan and City Monstar sometime last year, Cameey also confirmed that he had only signed a distribution deal with the label. It was under this deal he released the Otis-assisted ‘Juice’ alongside its video in June last year.  

Cameey kicked off 2019 with one goal in mind: recording and releasing his debut project. In fact, he had already started building a buzz around his 5-track EP originally scheduled for release this week.  But it was in preparation for this project’s release that he fell ill with what was thought at the time to be a mere fever. 

A couple of weeks ago,  he just started complaining of fever, thinking it was normal malaria or typhoid. So he just used normal drugs and the rest of that. Then he was better.” Nonso recounts.

Even Cameey himself felt that all this was behind him and wanted to immediately get on with the roll-out for the EP. On Tuesday, July 30, he shared the cover art and the title of the project “O.H.S (Only Hit Songs).” “Been a minute guys and I have been working on an EP of 5 songs , the title of the EP is “O.H.S” …… in the process I seriously fell sick but I thank God am back on my feet again 🙏🏼 … this EP will speak for its self and I do this for “YOU” ❤️ my Friends aka my Fans aka my Family ❣️❣️❣️ Art by @uchay_of

EP is coming soon …………” he wrote on Instagram. 

The cover art for Cameey's soon-to-be-released debut EP "O.H.S" (Instagram/Cameeygram)

The cover art for Cameey’s soon-to-be-released debut EP “O.H.S” (Instagram/Cameeygram)

But this lasted only a short while. In a few days, Cameey was down again. The label got him an apartment in Surulere. I barely ever go there anyway, so when he was sick I didn’t even know. One day, I was at the mall and someone bumped into me and went, ‘this guy was really down o’. So I went there, saw him, he was on a drip. I asked what was up and they were like ‘The thing don weigh am down again o’. 

With the drip, he was actually getting better. They now ran a lab test, that what they were suspecting because his eyes were a bit yellowish was Hepatitis B. Hepatitis generally. So the next day, the lab results came out and they found it was actually Hepatitis so they started immediately treating. They said the treatment was a load of IVC* to flush out the system and to the best of my knowledge, he was getting better real quick.“ Nonso continues. 

Again, everyone thought it was all behind them until Saturday, August 16,  when things took a turn for the worse and he had to be rushed to Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH). By this time he was already losing so much weight and was developing a protruding stomach. After carrying out a series of tests, the doctors found out that his liver had been damaged and needed immediate attention. Friends began to make frantic movements to arrange how he can get flown out to India for a liver transplant. 

In Nonso’s words, “We tried to get in touch with some hospitals in India to send us feedback on the pricing and all. So we waited on Monday, Tuesday, it didn’t come. By Wednesday, we were already getting frustrated. We agreed that we can’t just keep waiting for these guys to send a mail and this guy is just depreciating. 

So, let’s just start a campaign immediately because they had told us verbally that it should be within the rate of 100 thousand dollars. We were waiting for an official invoice because you know Nigerians are quite sensitive with money. But considering that and the risk of losing someone, I didn’t even care. I was just like let’s start this campaign quickly, let’s start raising money so that hopefully, within a week or two, we should have gotten somewhere really good.

Immediately, his team kicked off a campaign on social media to raise the estimated funds needed for the liver transplant. Nonso was quite shocked at people’s swift response because, by the next morning, they had already raised about 1.2 million Naira. 

But it was perhaps a little too late.

Cameey’s condition continued to worsen. He was in really terrible shape, wallowing in pain and discomfort and grew hysterical. The fear of the inevitable filled the air but this was dispelled with hope.  However, their unspoken fear was confirmed when the consultant taking care of Cameey called his friends to side and told them “guys, let me be straight with you. This guy is not going to make it.” She further told them that “even this transplant thing you’re talking about, this thing has gone way beyond it. The guy’s system had packed up.” She then advised them to surround him with love by gathering family and friends around him in the time he has left. This was around noon on Thursday. 

No one gives up on a loved one on a sickbed. Even when the doctors had moved on since it was concluded that his system had shut down, friends and family were holding on to hope and giving it everything they could. 

We were just trying to do anything, the pastors were there, they were giving him coconut water, they were giving him lemon. There was a drug we got, it was like a supplement, food and all that in powdered form, anything just to help him and keep him alive. All those things didn’t work o. We just kept trying, so it kind of just dawned on us that what the doctors were just saying was actually true.”

Slowly, Nonso’s tight grip on hope was loosening as he was constantly confronted with the reality of the situation. At that point, people were reaching out from Yankee that ‘create a GoFundMe account so we can put in something’. My guys were telling me to create something. But I didn’t know how to tell them that there’s no need. So I just kept stalling. They were so upset. I just said, there’s no point collecting people’s money. At the same time, part of your mind doesn’t want to lose hope. We just didn’t want to believe all the things the doctors were saying. So I was like let me just watch this guy, if I see that he is more stable, I’d ramp up campaign times ten, like go really really hard.”

Sadly, Cameey passed away sometime between 2 and 3 pm. And upon the official announcement, people started to pay their tributes.  A gem had been lost, a dream chaser denied.

 

His family has decided to bury him in Cameroon, his home country, where he can rest in peace with family, not in a land where he had spent his youth chasing his dreams of being a superstar. And while at it, he had also created a family here. Not one of blood but one of shared struggles, values and experiences.  The money raised was partly used to settle Cameey’s hospital bills and the rest expended to his family.

Nonso assures me that the EP is eventually going to be released although he isn’t exactly sure when. For now, family and friends are all focused on the burial rites and when that is over with, they’d have to make key decisions as regards of the project and its release. One of which is the proposed title of the project, as some feel that it should be reworked into something more befitting for Cameey’s legacy, while others maintain that the original title is left exactly the way Cameey wanted it.

Regardless of what is eventually decided, the posthumous project will always be cherished for what it truly represents: Cameey’s last gift to us.

Aramide Wards Off Advances From Her Admirer In ‘Baba Abule’ With Reminisce

Award-winning Afro-soul singer and songwriter, Aramide has released a new single – her first of the year- ‘Baba Abule‘, in a seemingly unlikely collaboration with the self-acclaimed Alaga Ibile, Reminisce.

This is a folk record that finds Aramide warding off advances from her persistent admirer, Baba Abule.  On the other hand, Reminisce in his verse plays the role of the promiscuous Baba Abule, trying to woo the songstress, letting her know the perks of her returning his affection. Produced by SizzlePro, ‘Baba Abule‘ is rich in instrumentation particularly soft percussions and strutting rock guitar.

Enjoy the single above.

Burna Boy Unveils Visuals For ‘Gum Body’ With Jorja Smith

Burna Boy has released the video for his duet with UK Singer, Jorja SmithGum Body‘, one of the fan-favourite cuts off his “African Giant” album. This is the seventh visual from the 17-track culturally and commercially successful, coming less than a month after the style-rich video for ‘Pull Up‘. This comes just a couple of weeks after the release of  their link-up on ‘Be Honest‘, Jorja Smith’s first official release since her 2018 album, “Lost & Found.

This video is directed by Meji Alabi who has been garnering praise recently for his work with the symbol-laden video for Tiwa Savage‘s UMG Debut, ‘49-99‘. The seasoned director also brings his brilliance to bare on this video, matching the song’s elegance and bringing it to life with its accompanying visual. The video opens with a sad and pensive Burna singing in the living room after what is assumed to have been a bitter quarrel between the couple.

Enjoy the video above.

M.I, A-Q, Loose Kaynon & Blaqbonez Rain Hailstones In New Martell Cypher

Even though A-Q stole the show at the first instalment of the LAMB Martell Cypher, M.I‘s words were more profound. In his closing verse, the veteran suggested a team-up again with Loose Kaynon, A-Q and other lyrical titans “who deliver product” and make the cypher episodic. Well, exactly nine months after what will go down as one of the 2019 highlights of Nigerian hip-hop, Martell Cypher 2, ‘The Purification‘ is finally here. And although we expected this second instalment to feature new faces in the lineup, we still can’t complain.

This comes just about a month after the Hennesy Cyphers which was released to middling success. M.I had previously taken jabs at them in the first Martell Cypher that has recorded about half-a-million views on Youtube,  and he is back to show them how things are done. It also comes in the wake of the combative air in the hip-hop community following Blaqbonez’s controversial “best rapper in Africa (BRIA)” declaration.

This new cypher finds the LAMB rappers, Blaqbonez, A-Q, Loose Kaynon and M.I all suited up at the bar flexing lyrical muscles over the laid-back beat. Blunt and brutal, all four rappers come through with their braggadocio rap, whilst launching projector missiles at random targets. In his verse, M.I also paid respect to the late hip-hop legend, B-Elect

Enjoy the cypher above.

Paybac Is Living Life On His Own Terms In ‘Boy Band’

After months of teasing, pulling a Wizkid, making us literally beg for the single, and then suspending the initial release date, Paybac‘s ‘Boy Band‘ is finally here. This is the much-anticipated lead single off Paybac’s upcoming solo album, “Cult,” and also his first post-“Alternate Ending” release.

Paybac rapped his ass off on the joint album with Boogey -an album-of-the-year contender by the way- such that he is taking a break off that with ‘Boy Band’ and perhaps “Cult” as a whole. He confidently sings with his raspy voice in his ‘if Fela, the Beatles and Kanye had a baby’ style about his carefree life over soft percussions and organ keys. The song samples ‘Acid Rock‘ by the 70s Afro-Rock Band, The Funkees and is produced by LearnTheCreator.

Opening with the disclaimer “I no dey for gang, this na Boy Band,” the record finds Paybac a rebel, living the life of a rockstar. He might not have all the money in the world, but he makes the best use of what is at his disposal to live solely on his terms, not giving a hoot about anyone’s approval. He wants no troubles either.

The hook is an infectious one that’d have you humming, singing or even shouting along in no time. Enjoy ‘Cult‘ above.

P.S: Paybac, don’t make us choke to death as we hold our breaths for ‘Uwaka‘s video. Thank you. You’re welcome.

Garey Godson Reflects On His Brief Romance In ‘Cairo’

Garey Godson seems to be touring the biggest African cities and has absolutely no problem taking us along. A few months ago, he detailed his romance in Lagos on ‘Private Trips‘ and now, the German-based act further takes us up north in his latest number, ‘Cairo‘. Teaming up with DONMD who assisted with an emotive Travis-type hook, Garey Godson comes through with a modern R&B vibe, punctuated with underlying Spanish guitar riffs.

On his visit to the historically and culturally rich city, Garey comes across a love interest and tries to detail his brief romance with the damsel. He is immediately blown away by her charm and confidence and tries to open up his heart to her. Apparently, she just wants to have a good time and not down for any commitments, as she slowly fades out of his reach. Garey is therefore left with a cherished souvenir from the beautiful city: his memories of her.

Spanning just over two minutes, ‘Cairo‘ is a short but sweet affair that’d most likely have you fumbling for the repeat button immediately it ends. Garey comes through with a polished flow and airtight delivery that projects the soulful realness in his lyrics.

With monthly releases since ‘Chosen One‘ in May, Garey has proven that he has an impeccable work ethic. The frequency of his releases makes it look like there might be a new project on the horizon. And we are absolutely here for it.

Enjoy ‘Cairo‘ above and let us know what you think.

Tiwa Savage Releases Her Long-Awaited UMG Debut, ’49-99′

The queen is back! After months of anticipation, excitement regarding her Universal Music deal, and a string of dazzling guest spots on bangers all year long, Tiwa Savage has finally treated us to her first official single of the year. And it’s well worth the wait.

After teasing the single for almost a week now, Tiwa has unveiled her Pheelz-produced UMG debut titled ‘49-99‘, a mid-tempo afro-pop record with Afrobeat elements, particularly rich in instrumentation with scintillating underlining strings.

On the record, Tiwa Savage expresses her desires for the good things of life amidst the rife and turmoil in a country some are quick to refer to as a failed state. She is focused on securing the bag to afford herself the luxury designers and fast cars, “Mo fe ra Versace, Mo fe ra Bugatti” she reveals.

At a listening party was also held in London, on Wednesday, September 4, she explained the symbolism behind the cryptic title of the much-teased single. “It’s a phrase that was coined by the godfather of afrobeats, Fela Kuti. It means, ‘49 sitting, 99 standing.’ Errm, suffering and smiling. For those who are not Nigerian, we have these transit buses which we call a ‘molue’ and it has 49 seats.

“So instead of it to have 49 people to commute to work and back, you have 49 people sitting and double that standing, hanging… That’s just a reflection of the economy and the imbalance with the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer. So the song, even when you first listen to it – it’s a great record – it’s one you can Zanku to and dance to.”

….I wanted my first global single to have a message that we are suffering and smiling and music is a powerful tool. And I wanted a title which could be a conversation starter like 49 people sitting and 99 people standing… like we’re suffering and smiling.” She continued.

The brilliantly-directed video opens with Tiwa Savage as the queen of the underworld, as it quickly switches to Tiwa hustling as a fashion designer. At the end of the video, she can be seen enjoying herself at the table of pervacious ‘big men’ whom she had hypnotised with her moves.

Earlier this week, Tiwa Savage cancelled her performance at the DSTV Delicious Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa in light of the recent xenophobic attacks against Nigerians in the country.

Enjoy the video below.

CKay Releases Sophomore EP “CKay the First”

Last week Friday, August 30, Chocolate City act, CKay released his sophomore EP, “CKay the First“. However, in just a few hours, it was taken down across multiple streaming platforms due to  “leakage” issues. But gladly, after holding our breaths for what seemed to be a lifetime, we finally have our hands on Ckay’s new material.

This project comes just two years after his introductory and debut project, “Who The F*** Is Ckay,” inspired by the infamous Loose Talk episode with M.I and Loose Kaynon.

This 8-track EP is led by the single ‘Way‘, which has been gaining traction on the airwaves and overly lauded by music enthusiasts. It also features appearances fellow new-gen acts, Blaqbonez, BOJ, Barry Jhay and label executive, DJ Lambo. For the production of the album, Ckay recruits Tempoe and Real Btee while also three tracks himself.

Ckay sounds so excited to be having this project out, revealing on Twitter that it had been delayed for over a year. But we are glad it’s finally out and we can get treated to new records from the multitalented act.

Enjoy “Ckay the First” above and let us know what you think.

SirBastien Brings Along AYLØ, DAP the Contract, Jinmi Abduls, Eri Ife and More On New Album, ‘Mango’

This year has been such an exciting year for Nigeria’s new-gen acts. Asides having some of the biggest songs in the country fielded by   Fireboy DML, Rema and Joeboy, several other members of the new wave have been exploring sounds, experimenting new musical complexities and sharing the outcome with the world via beautiful projects all year long. Among the numerous 2019 releases include Santi‘s “Mandy and the Jungle,” Lady Donli‘s “Enjoy Your Life” – a strong contender for album of the year, Remy Baggins‘ sex tape “Hentai,” Dami Oniru‘s “Bri’s Lounge” as well as AYLØ’sDnt’Dlt.” These projects and more have helped greatly in restoring confidence about the future of the Nigerian music scene which is currently getting the world’s attention.

SirBastien is, however, the latest in the long list of new-gen acts to treat us to a solid project. Just a few days ago, this multitalented act released a new album titled “Mango” and we can’t just seem to get enough of this beautifully crafted body of work.

On this 9-track (actually eight tracks and one bonus) project, SirBastien brings along a striking cast of the new wave including DAP the Contract, Jinmi Abduls, Ilaye, Eri Ife, Keenah, JayHadADream, Bio and AYLØ.

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Tracklist for “Mango” (Twitter/sirbastienmusic)

Across these tracks, SirBastein switches smoothly between singing and rapping as he explores themes centred around love and enjoying good times with the ones we care about. A plethora of sounds, the sonically rich album is majorly self-produced with co-production credits for Saucy and Damiore. 

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