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Veteran singer, Dbanj pronounces his love for women in “Ikebe”

Forty year old popular music star, Oladapo Oyebanji more popularly known as Dbanj has released his first single for the year titled “Ikebe”. Ikebe is the popular yoruba word used to describe an attractive woman’s backside usually big and voluptuous. In this song, The kokomaster isn’t shy about telling the whole world his affinity with “Ikebes” and the daily struggles he has to put up with to resist temptation.

As expressed in these lyrics;

Oh Lord, help me, I no wan sin, I beg you please
Oh Lord, help me, I beg you please, I no wan sin

Ikebe wa leyin, o wa, o wa leyin, o wa, ikebe po leyin, o por, por por, o por, o’n be leyin
Ikebe wa leyin, o wa, o wa leyin, o wa, I tell my body say, no go die for this ikebe
La mi dada, la mi, la mi dada oh, fun mi papa, fun mi, fun mi papa oh eh
La mi dada, la mi, la mi dada oh, I tell my body say no go die for this ikebe


The popular Afrobeat star, at the start of the new year welcomed a baby girl with his wife after losing his son to a pool accident three years ago. “Ikebe” is off his upcoming album which contains other tracks like “Antidote” and “Banga”. He stated at his album listening party that this new song was created as a means of caution and awareness to men advising them to act carefully and appropriately around women . Recall that last year, Dbanj dealt with rape accusations with both Dbanj and his accuser seeking redress in court. “Ikebe” was produced by talented producer, Rexxie. To listen, click here.

MTV music awards reveals it’s nominees for Best Collaboration, Song of the year, Best Fan-base, Best International act and Best Alternative nominees

MTV Africa music Awards in collaboration with Uganda’s Ministry of Tourism will be hosting their 7th edition  award ceremony in Kampala, Uganda on the 20th of February, 2021.

The event will celebrate African talent across 20 award categories, including Best MaleBest FemaleBest Song, and Best Collaboration. The contribution of artists from Portuguese and French-speaking Africa will also be recognized in the Best Lusophone and Best Francophone categories. Additional new categories included are the MAMA Generation Change AwardBest Fan BaseAlone Together Best Lock-down Performance and Personality of the Year. These new categories seek to demonstrate MTV Base’s commitment to supporting the youth of Africa.

Most of the categories and nominees have already been announced. Yesterday however, MTV Africa music awards revealed its nominees for Best collaboration, Song of the year, Best international act, Best fan-base and Best alternative nominees.


Best Alternative nominees;

Adekunle Gold – Nigeria

Afrotronix – Chad

Amaarea – Ghana

Ami faku – South Africa

Matata – Kenya

Simi – Nigeria

Best International Act;


Da baby

Dj Khaled


Meg Thee Stallion

The Weekend

Song of the year;

Amanikiniki – Mfr souls ft. Major league DJz, kamo mphela and Bontle Smith

Duduke – Simi

Fem- Davido

Jeje – Diamond platnumz

Jerusalema – Master KG ft. Nomcebo Zikodo

John vuli gate – Mapara A Jazz ft. Ntosh Gazi and colano

Te amo – Calema

Suzanna – Sauti Sol

Olandi – Innoss’b

Nobody – Dj Neptune ft. Joeboy and Mr Eazi

Munda Awo – B2C

Monsters you made – Burna Boy ft Chris Martin

Best Collaboration;

Beyonce, Shatta Wale, Major Lazer – Already

Burna Boy, Chris Martin – Monsters you made

Innoss’b, Diamond Platnumz – Yope remix

Master KG, Burna Boy, Nomcebo – Jerusalema remix

Wizkid, H.E.R – Smile

Yemi Alade,  Angelique kidjo – Shekere

Best Fan-base;


Cassper Nyovest

Diamond platnumz

Nadia Mukami

Naira Marley

Serge Beynaud

Eddy Kenzo

Fally Ipupa


Shatta Wale

To vote, check the Twitter handle @Mtvbasewest and click the links for the various categories and nominees of your choice or visit the Mtv Mama website. 


“Hey Boy” by Sia ft. Burnaboy out now

International artist, Sia, is set to release her new album “Music” which contains 14 tracks including ; Together, Hey Boy, Music, 1+1, Courage to Change, Eye to Eye, Miracle etc. Her last track is another version of Hey Boy, this time featuring African popstar, Burnaboy. The songs on this album are from and inspired by the singer and songwriter’s musical drama directional debut which bears the same name with the album arriving February 12.

Hey Boy was initially released November last year with millions of streams on digital platforms. Music caused quite a ruckus in the autism community after Sia was criticized for casting a non-autistic person to play the lead autistic role.

Burnaboy is no stranger to International collaborations as seen in 2020’s Oasis with Sam Smith which went on to become a hit single both home and abroad. He has worked with the likes of Stormzy, Ed Sheeran, pop smoke, Jorja Smith, Major Lazer, Dj Snake etc. He inflects his African sound in Hey Boy with Sia which adds more depth and rhythm to the already amazing song. To watch its official video, click here .

To listen, click here.

Shatta Wale opens the year with “1 Don”

Reggae Dancehall artist,  Shatta Wale opens the year with his new song and it’s visual “1 Don.” The new single follows Shatta Wale’s late 2020 releases like “Hajia Bintu” featuring Ara B & Captan and “Borjor”. He also made it on Barack Obama‘s summer 2020 playlist for that same song. “Already” on Beyonce’s lion king : The gift , was perhaps his biggest project of 2020.

The video opens with Shatta wale in bed with two women. He gets up and the camera follows him round the compound before getting to an entourage singing . The song was produced by The Beatz vampire. The video shot at Maaha Beach Resort and directed by PKMI. The video has already amassed over 200k views on YouTube.  Click here to see it.

Khaligraph Jones x Sarkodie – Wavy

Multi-award winning East African rapper, Khaligraph Jones releases Wavy featuring Ghanaian veteran, Sarkodie. Prior to Wavy’s release, the Kenya rapper had bragged that African hiphop would not remain the same and boy, did he deliver.

The first verse starts with Khaligraph spitting hard, fire lines over the sick beat created by Motif the Don. The rapper alternates between English and Swahili to decapacitate his adversaries and establish himself as the fly, wavy man that he is. Sarkodie takes over the next verse bringing it to a climax rapping in his usual native tongue reminding us why he is one of the best to ever do it. The duo compare themselves to Ronaldo and Messi and while that might be up for debate, the lyricism and dexterity employed in this song cannot be denied.

Both rappers make cars their main props as they are seen rapping beside and inside different cars. Khaligraph in a red Toyota Crown and Sarkodie a rolls royce. The video  was directed by Blu Ink corp. Already, the official video released a day ago has over 50,000 views and if you want to see it, click here.

Tanzanian songstress, Nandy opens the year with “Number one” featuring Joeboy

Faustina Charles alias Nandy, Tanzanian songstress and songwriter begins the year with this smooth jam “Number one” featuring Joeboy. The song is a special love song promising to make lovers feel like number one priority in  each other’s lives. She employs Joeboy to sing in English and Yoruba while she delivers delectable vocals in her native language . The central idea is clear and it is one we all speak notwithstanding geography or language.

While her proposed concerts and tours were canceled last year due to the pandemic. Ninogeshe, Na nusu, Do me, Acha Lizame and Dozi, some of her biggest songs were released. She was also one of the artists centre stage at campaigns for the 2020 Tanzanian elections. “Number one” was produced by Kimambo. Click here to listen

It’s visuals have also been released . To view, click here.

“Ginger” video out now!

Thr official video for “Ginger” by Wizkid and  BurnaBoy is now out and in less than 24hrs of its release, it has already garnered over 820k views. “Ginger” the third single from Wizkid’s “Made in Lagos” which dropped on October last year is an Afropop jam which was charting off the album in the first week of release, peaking at no. 67 on the UK singles chart.

The video shows a vintage car, blocks meticulously arranged which the dancers dance in between, beautiful women draped in various shades of nudes and browns, with black making the occassional appearance as well as Ayo seeds of an Ayo game made from Diamonds. This video was directed by Meji-Alabi. To watch, click here

Berlin based Nigerian artist, Garey Godson, releases “Macking Things”

Berlin based Nigerian artist, Garey Gordson releases new single ” Macking things.” This is his first song for the year which gains inspiration from Mark Morison’s “Return of the Mack.” It’s a feel-good tune which draws influences from dancehall and afrobeats elements. The floating sax, rhythms, drum patterns and mellow chords blend nicely with Gareys vocals. This comes shortly after Garey dropped his single ” Minding my business “ and his 13 track sophomore album ” Still I rise ” last year.

Garey’s story-telling approach on this record paints pictures of a short romance, a topic to
which many millennials can relate. He also touches on the subject of ego in relationships
and encounters. In his words “growing up as a young man, we are socialized to suppress
our emotions or not speak about them. This in turn affects our real life relationships. I want to
touch and mirror every emotion lucidly through my music…”

The record was produced by Zion Beatz, a Nigerian producer. Hkmk German based
producer, co-produced, mixed and mastered the track. The artwork was illustrated by Ebube
Onoh, a Lagos based artist.This tune is a juicy one to kickstart the new year. Click here to listen.

New projects to expect in 2021

2021 promises to a really packed year. A lot of artists have started hinting about new projects and EPs to be released. Today, we bring you a list of works to expect this new year.

Last year July, Naira Marley told his fans to expect a GTTB album between March and April of 2021 asking them to guess what GTTB stands for.

Blaqbonez on the first of January also announced a new album coming out soon. Kida kudz who turns 26 on the 27th of this month also promises to drop a new EP for his membas this year.

Yung Denzel, MI also proposes to release a new album this year which will feature the likes of Ladipoe, Wurld, Oxlade e.t.c. Which album are you excited for?

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