Victor Aderibigbe

Mayorkun & Davido Hold On To Love In ‘Betty Butter’

Mayorkun has had quite an impressive run in 2020. First with his stab at grime and Afro-swing ‘Geng‘ which birthed a wide range of freestyles, covers and official local and international remixes. Then he stumbled into the Southern Amapiano sound with the self crowing record ‘Of Lagos‘ whose video was made of a story-so-far montage. And now, the singer is back to afrobeats with what he calls his first official single of 2020, ‘Betty Butter‘.

This is a full in-house product as Mayorkun taps Speroach Beatz for the production and secures an assist from his label boss, Davido. ‘Betty Butter‘ is a team-up many DMW fans are so delighted to see,  as the last time we had the duo on a record was 2018 smash hit record, ‘Bobo‘ which is still a fan favourite.

On this record, however, the pair aren’t playboys flaunting wads of cash or brandishing the perks of their celebrity status. On ‘Betty Butter‘, they are pleading for love. “Which one be say you no wan come give me your heart? Baby, I’m never letting go” Mayorkun declares in the chorus.

Listen to the soothing love single above.

Modenine Launches New Podcast ‘PopKorn’

Veteran Nigerian rapper Modenine has launched his podcast, ‘PopKorn’ which is expected to give us an in-depth insight into the life of Modenine and what it takes to be an African rap legend. The podcast is available on anchor.

Watch this space for more updates.

Rema Continues His String Of Weekly Releases With ‘Woman’

Rema is adding another locket to his string of weekly releases with this latest single ‘Woman’. The past couple of weeks have been quite a busy one for the Mavin golden boy. Two weeks ago, after clinching his first BET nomination and being tapped as Apple Music’s “Up Next”, Rema crowned that week with a profession of love, ‘Ginger Me’. Last week, he took us back to the roots, unleashing the trap Rema as he hopped on Jay-Z’s 1996 classic ‘Dead Presidents’. Throughout the track he titled ‘Alien’, Rema was in his element, spazzing on the classic instrumental which has been spiced up with a trap bounce.

And now, Rema attempts to recreate that Dumebi magic with this week’s release as he takes a stab at amapiano spiced with afropop elements on ‘Woman’. “Another banger!” he prophetically declares right at its beginning. Across the record, Rema paints himself as a patent hedonist or womanizer, and he’s enjoying every bit of it. “I too like woman” he openly declares, before going on to narrate his ordeal with different women. It’s so cool to see how sharply Rema has evolved from the shy admirer to a flagrant playboy, and we are here for it.

With the frequency of these releases, one wouldn’t be wrong to suspect a project on the horizon. And we are quite sure we won’t have to wait too long for that.

Listen to the new single above.

Fiokee, Simi& Oxlade Decry Errant Lovers On ‘Koni Koni’

Masterful guitarist Fiokee has recruited Simi and Oxlade for his new single ‘Koni Koni’. This comes months after he teamed up with his longtime friend and collaborator DJ Coublon and Teni for the multiple versioned ‘Osan’.

Produced also by the capable duo of Fiokee and DJ Coublon, ‘Koni Koni’ tells an all too familiar tale of a being in a relationship with an erring lover, and the mental and emotional stress that comes with loving such person. There are times when we give our all to our partners but this affection and commitment aren’t replicated. In fact, men were hilariously recounting hurtful tales of their experiences with erring female partners just a few days ago on Twitter. This makes this song feel like a soundtrack to that sporadic tirade.

As usual, Simi and Oxlade come through with soothing yet thrilling vocal performances as they lament to their erring lovers the folly of their ways. Fiokee wonderfully litters the record with his strutting guitar riffs.

Enjoy the record above.

DJ Tunez Taps Wizkid And Spax For ‘Gbese 2.0’

Ahead of his “Love Language” Vol. 1 due for release tomorrow and in the wake of the resurgent anticipation for Wizkid’s “Made In Lagos”, DJ Tunez has released released ‘Gbese 2.0’. This comes over a year after he tapped Wizkid and Blaqjerzee for his club anthem, ‘Gbese’.

For this new version, he brings Wizkid and the recluse producer Spax to make magic. Over the soft but scintillating instrumental, Wizkid with an EDM-esque delivery that gives it a very different vibe to its predecessor.

This record, however, doesn’t feature on DJ Tunez’s coming project, “Love Language”. Instead, the celebrity DJ works with Efya, Onosz, Siki and D3an with whom he’s releasing the project.

Enjoy ‘Gbese’ above.

Wizkid Teases “Made In Lagos” Yet Again

Nigerian superstar Wizkid has yet again teased his highly anticipated third studio album, “Made In Lagos”. Yesterday, the singer posted on his Instagram stories a date which many have perceived to be the released date of this much-teased project. According to the post, the album is expected to be released on Thursday, July 6, 2020.

This came after posts confirming the album is finally ready, after which he went on to thanks colleagues who worked with him on the tape. According to this series of posts, the “Made In Lagos” album is expected to feature an all-star cast of Burna Boy, Tay Iwar, H.E.R, Damian Marley, Ella Mai, Tems and the Starboy entertainment signee, Terri.

This, however, won’t be the first time Wizkid is teasing this project, In fact, many fans are still sceptical in their anticipation for the project regardless of this announcement. This is because they have been holding their breaths for this LP for years now, with Wizkid falling short on his numerous promises of its release. However, this news still threw music lovers into an orgy of celebration as they hope this would be the time Wizkid finally makes good on his promise.

This announcement comes just days after Wizkid won the BET Award for his contribution to Beyonce’s ‘Brown Skin Girl’ alongside Saint Jhn and Blue Ivy.

Burna Boy Beams With African Pride In The Visuals For ‘Wonderful’

Last week, Burna Boy bounced back from his brief fall from grace with his stunning performance on Master KG’s ‘Jerusalema’ remix. But now he is back with a new single of his own, his second of the year, titled ‘Wonderful’. This is first Burna’s official single since ‘Odogwu’, the three-months-old single where he crowned himself champion using the coveted Igbo title.

Now, we are much closer to Burna’s next album, “Twice As Tall” and this new single is set to kick off the rollout for the anticipated project. Produced by Telz, ‘Wonderful’ is a hard-hitting that’s set to get you hooked right from the first listen.  It opens with a Yoruba-delivered acapella which doesn’t not – in any way – prepare you for the onslaught that comes right next. You are immediately transported into a high octane world where Burna Boy is leading you to the dancefloor with a steady rhythm.

In the video directed by Director K, you can see Burna beaming with pride of the African culture.

 

 

Manu WorldStar Nudges Us Closer To Our Dreams With ‘Choko’

After aiming for a global market with his chart-topping single ‘Nalingi’ Congolese rapper Manu WorldStar is back yet with another attempt. The rapper has released a new single ‘Choko’ off his soon-to-be-released album “Molimo”.

Last year, he released an EP, “Young African Story” which was a blend of hip-hop and afrobeats. It was also led by his breakout single ‘Nalingi’ which went gold. Now, he celebrates another milestone with the build-up to the release of his debut album, “Molim”, which is already available for pre-order.

“I felt this body of work defines and reflects the deepest desires and thoughts that come not from my mind, but from my spirit,” he says about the album.

‘Choko’ is an ode to pursuing your dreams relentlessly he says, “I want Choko to feed everyone’s souls just like how it fed mine” he adds.

 

Ibeji’s “ILÙ ILÚ” Is A Copious Celebration Of His Culture And Its Values

Earlier this month, folk singer Ibeji released a beauty. He might have stumbled into his musical journey in 2016, but just four years after, he already embodies a level of artistry that’s so rare in these parts. With his last album “Tribal marks,” Ibeji showed us that he had mastered the art of crafting an insightful thematic body of work. And with his new album, “ILÙ ILÚ”, Ibeji reminds us that he hasn’t veered off that track.

Across nine tracks, “ILÙ ILÚ” plays as a sonic adventure into the rich cultures of Yoruba land. It’s subject matter, lyrics, and instrumentation is heavily inspired by a tradition Ibeji appears to be very proud of. And he enjoins us to join him in showing off that pride In the opening and titular track, ‘ILÙ ILÚ’ — a modernised Yoruba folk song and dictum reminding this lost generation to take pride in its roots. The record is well delivered in a soothing blend of African percussion and western strings that drives home the message.  If there was such a thing as an African(ized) classical music,’ILÙ ILÚ’ is exactly what it’d sound like.

Another standout on the album ‘Boda Suraju’ is a classic tale of the fruitfulness of hard work, patience and resilience. On ‘Orisa Bi Iya’ is an ode to mothers, idolizing their essence. 

All across the project, Ibeji sounds like an “omo odo agba,” one who has learned at the feet of the aged. Of course, it is a project that both the old and young can understand, rally around, and vibe to. It is the celebration of a culture that every Yoruba and African by extension should feel very proud of.

No doubt, at a time where Afrobeats is dominantly deafening, “ILÙ ILÚ” plays as a timely reminder that there are even more equally rich Nigerian sounds all over. This project comes highly recommended from us at The PGM Club. Listen above. 

 

Burna Boy & Wizkid Win At 2020 BET Awards

Nigeria was well represented at the 2020 BET Awards as two of its biggest acts clinched plaques at the much-celebrated award ceremony. The self-acclaimed African Giant Burna Boy bested Sho Madjozi, Innoss’B, Dave and Stormzy to clinch the Best International Act for the second time in a row. This is a feat no one else has achieved.

Wizkid, on the other hand, won a joint award for his feature on Beyonce’s ‘Brown Skin Girl’ record with Blue Ivy and Saint Jhn. The empowering single won the BET HER award over Lizzo’s ‘Tempo’, Alicia Keys’ ‘Underdog’ and others. Beyoncé was also honoured with the Humanitarian Award in recognition of her ongoing philanthropic efforts.

Mavin golden boy Rema, however, lost the Viewers’ Choice Best New International Act to Zimbabwean singer Sha Sha.

Check out the full list of winners below.

Album of the Year
“Cuz I Love You,” Lizzo
“Fever,” Megan Thee Stallion
“Homecoming: The Live Album,” Beyoncé
“I Used to Know Her,” H.E.R.
“Kirk, “DaBaby
“Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial,” Roddy Ricch *WINNER

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
Beyoncé
H.E.R.
Jhene Aiko
Kehlani
Lizzo *WINNER
Summer Walker

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
Anderson .Paak
Chris Brown *WINNER
Jacquees
Khalid
The Weeknd
Usher

Best Group
Chloe x Halle
City Girls
EarthGang
Griselda
JACKBOYS
Migos *WINNER

Best Collaboration
Chris Brown Ft. Drake, “No Guidance” *WINNER
DJ Khaled ft. Nipsey Hussle & John Legend, “Higher”
Future ft. Drake, “Life Is Good”
H.E.R. ft. YG, “Slide”
Megan Thee Stallion ft. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign, “Hot Girl Summer”
Wale ft. Jeremih, “On Chill”

Best Male Hip Hop Artist
DaBaby *WINNER
Drake
Future
Lil Baby
Roddy Ricch
Travis Scott

Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Cardi B
Doja Cat
Lizzo
Megan Thee Stallion *WINNER
Nicki Minaj
Saweetie

Video of the Year
Chris Brown Ft. Drake, “No Guidance”
DaBaby, “Bop”
DJ Khaled ft. Nipsey Hussle & John Legend, “Higher” *WINNER
Doja Cat, “Say So”
Megan Thee Stallion ft. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign, “Hot Girl Summer”
Roddy Ricch, “The Box”

Video Director of the Year
Benny Boom
Cole Bennett
Dave Meyers
Director X
Eif Rivera
Teyana “Spike Tee” Taylor *WINNER

Best New Artist
DaniLeigh
Lil Nas X
Pop Smoke
Roddy Ricch *WINNER
Summer Walker
YBN Cordae

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational
Fred Hammond, “Alright”
John P. Kee ft. Zacardi Cortez, “I Made It Out”
Kanye West, “Follow God”
Kirk Franklin, “Just for Me” *WINNER
PJ Morton ft. Le’Andria Johnson & Mary Mary, “All In His Pain”
The Clark Sisters, “Victory”

Best Movie
“Bad Boys for Life”
“Dolemite Is My Name”
“Harriet”
“Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé”
“Just Mercy”
“Queen & Slim” *WINNER

Best Actress
Angela Bassett
Cynthia Erivo
Issa Rae *WINNER
Regina King
Tracee Ellis Ross
Zendaya

Best Actor
Billy Porter
Eddie Murphy
Forest Whitaker
Jamie Foxx
Michael B. Jordan *WINNER
Omari Hardwick

Young Stars Award
Alex Hibbert
Asante Blackk
Jahi Di’Allo Winston
Marsai Martin *WINNER
Miles Brown
Storm Reid

Sportswoman of the Year
Ajeé Wilson
Claressa Shields
Coco Gauff
Naomi Osaka
Serena Williams
Simone Biles *WINNER

Sportsman of the Year
Giannis Antetokounmpo
Kawhi Leonard
LeBron James *WINNER
Odell Beckham Jr.
Patrick Mahomes II
Stephen Curry

BET HER Award
Alicia Keys, “Underdog”
Beyoncé ft. Blue Ivy, WizKid & Saint Jhn, “Brown Skin Girl” *WINNER
Ciara ft. Lupita Nyong’o, Ester Dean, City Girls & La La, “Melanin”
Layton Greene, “I Choose”
Lizzo ft. Missy Elliott, “Tempo”
Rapsody ft. PJ Morgan, “Afeni”

Viewer’s Choice Award
Chris Brown Ft. Drake, “No Guidance”
DaBaby, “Bop”
Future ft. Drake, “Life Is Good”
Megan Thee Stallion ft. Nicki Minaj, “Hot Girl Summer” *WINNER
Roddy Ricch, “The Box”
The Weeknd, “Heartless”

Best International Act

Burna Boy (Nigeria) *WINNER
Innoss’B (DRC)
Sho Madjozi (South Africa)
Dave (U.K.)
Stormzy (U.K.)
Ninho (France)
S.Pri Noir (France)

Viewer’s Choice: Best New International Act

Rema (Nigeria)
SHA SHA (Zimbabwe) *WINNER
Celeste (U.K.)
Young T & Bugsey (U.K.)
Hatik (France)
Stacy (France)

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