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Wizkid and BurnaBoy’s Ginger video drops on Friday

Last year, Wizkid released one of the most popular albums of the year. Within one week of release, Made in Lagos broke several African streaming records. It became the first African album to debut on the Spotify Global Album chart, and within the top ten at that. The album surpassed 100 million streams across five platforms nine days after release, a huge milestone for an Afro-pop artist. It debuted at no. 15 on the Uk albums chart with over 4,100 album-equivalent units and no. 80 on the US Billboard 200 with over 10,000 album-equivalent units.

Ginger became the only charting single off the album in the first week of release, peaking at no. 67 on the UK singles chart. This chart entry made Wizkid the first Nigerian artist with two UK Singles’ entries from two albums. Ginger became the first number one song on the newly launched TurnTable Top50 chart, the first in Nigeria.

The video for Ginger set to be released on the 8th of January was shot in London. The trailer shows Wizkid moving towards a parked Benz with people sitting in it.

Is Rema set to release an album?

Welcome to 2021 folks. We hope and pray the year brings us Laughter, Joy and Merriment.  It’s a new year and while some are still enjoying the festivities, it’s the beginning of work for others. Workers have resumed their offices and business people going about their duties. Nigerian artists are not left out trying to create projects for the new year. Nigerian superstar, Rema has put out a couple of tweets suggesting that new works are on the way and there will be bangers all year round. A couple of hours ago, he put out a tweet which said;

” Album, yes “

With these two words only, Fans have begun to drool in anticipation for the album. Stay tuned to PGM for as you know, we are your surest plugs with all the updates.

Top 50 albums and EPs of 2020

The year is finally off to an end and we are buzzing with the cheer of new beginnings, albeit with a little caution. We do not want to repeat the mistake of being so enthusiastic for the year just like we were for 2020 but then when it finally arrived, it shocked us all.

First, a pandemc that wiped out thousands of lives. We were locked in our homes unable to connect physically with our friends and loved ones. The pandemic not only restricted us to house arrests and lockdowns, it restructured our way of life as we knew it. There was a plummet in our frequenting of resturants, pubs, parties, clubs and many others. But in the way that humans have always been resilient, we innovated and adapted . We found new ways to retouch and rekindle with people: a rise in virtual meetings, virtual concerts, rise of new apps like Tik Tok where people with enough free time started dances and challenges that travelled wide and far.

It was definitely hard for artists to put out music at a point when we were tending to illnesses and losing loved ones. Some had it worse than others. There was the Black lives matter movement triggered by the death of George Floyd that tore our hearts and when we thought it couldn’t get worse, there was the massacre of Innocent Nigerians whose only crimes were demanding a better socio-political climate for them to thrive. They demanded to not be killed, wrongly profiled and harrassed, they demanded for justice and were met with hot water canons, tear gas and bullets. In all this, we sought succour in one of the universal languages known to man; Music.

Somehow African music still managed to shine, we had an array of singers, writers, producers, curators etc that offered us an eclectic mix of sounds varying in styles and genres. There were a couple of projects put out by the veterans and experimental futurist sounds from the newcomers. We mourned with music, held steadfast and protested with music, celebrated and rejoiced with music the only way we knew how. In this light, we at PGM bring to you the top 50 albums and extended plays this year that made it just a little bearable maybe even enjoyable. Songs that dulled the ache for a little bit and even made us dance. In no particular order, here is our top 50 albums for 2020;

  1. Pioneers – DRB Lasgidi
  2. Boo of the booless – Chike
  3. Empress – Yemi Alade
  4. Colours & Sounds – Niniola
  5. My side of the story – Busiswa
  6. Nudes – Moonchild Sanelly
  7. Gratitude – Timaya
  8. Kpanlogo – Darkovibes
  9. For broken ears – Tems
  10. Made in Lagos- Wizkid
  11. Cult – Paybac Iboro
  12. Flavour of Africa – Flavor
  13. Grace – DJ Spinall
  14. African Time Deluxe version – Krizbeatz
  15. Three – Patoranking
  16. Apollo – Fireboy DML
  17. Celia – Tiwa Savage
  18. Twice as Tall – Burna boy
  19. Anloga Junction – Stonebwoy
  20. Carpe Diem – Olamide
  21. Jiggy pack – Kida Kudz
  22. Everything you heard is true – Odunsi the Engine
  23. Oxygen – Oxlade
  24. Off the record – Reekado Banks
  25. Mirage  – Mannywellz
  26. National Anthem – Psycho YP
  27. Lava feels – Joey B
  28. Original Copy – Cuppy
  29. I am the King of Amapiano – Kabza de Small
  30. Yabasi- Basketmouth
  31. Afropop vol 1 – Adekunle Gold
  32. Restless II – Simi
  33. Get layd – Omah lay
  34. See the Queue – CDQ
  35. Wildfire – Prettyboy D.O
  36. Zaza Vibes – LAX
  37. Afrosoul deluxe – Wurld
  38. King of Love – Kizz Daniels
  39. To the world and beyond – Sun El-musician
  40. Blackstar – Kelvyn Boy
  41. Send them to the Conventry – Pa Salieu
  42. Any minute now – Cassper Nyovest
  43. Zulu man with power – Nasty C
  44. Small world – Ricky Tyler
  45. Midnight Train – Sauti sol
  46. Pianochella – Major league DJz
  47. SG hubuses Excellent – Focalist
  48. National Anthem – Psycho YP
  49. Yellow – Brymo
  50. The Angel you don’t know – Amaarae

Remember to wash your hands regularly, wear your mask and maintain social distancing. Cheers to the new year. Happy 2021.

 

Efe Oraka releases “Magic EP”

R n B/ soul singer Efe Oraka releases new EP, “Magic”. Magic contains 7 songs; Magic Intro, Wonderland, Comfort food, Zion featuring M.I, Intercession, Love Galactic ft. Tay Iwar and Dive.

The talented singer started writing and performing songs at age 8. By 11, She played an array of instruments like drums, piano, ukulele and violin. She came to the limelight through her viral covers of Jon Bellion and Olamide tracks. In 2019, She released “Nigerian Dream” which called out the lack of prioritization of salient issues e.g. the total disregard for mental health. She had gone on to release early this year, Zion with M.I.

Speaking on the album, she says;

“I was thinking about you when I wrote this. I hope it resonates with you. I hope you take these stories and live out your own experiences. I hope you find your Magic as you’ve helped me find mine… MAGIC! OUT NOW”

All songs were written by the artist with additional vocals from Tay Iwar. Guitars by  Eferoghene Alloy (Zion) and Femi Leye (Dive) . Production credits go to; Chesco, Tay Iwar, Doz , Sir bastien and Remy Baggins. Click here to listen

Krizbeatz releases the official video for ‘African Time’ with Teni

Off his recently released album “African Time Deluxe version”,  Krizbeatz releases the official video for “African Time” with Teniola. The album which featured artists from the North, East, West and South of Africa is fast becoming a favourite for many listeners. The effort and work put into the album cannot be denied.  “African Time” with Teni is the second track on the album after which the album is named. The Song encapsulates the central theme of African consolidation and Unity. We are one whether from the East or West.

Speaking on the Song in a Tweet, Teniola Apata said;

“We will declare it through our music, our arts and our composure, that THIS IS AFRICA’S TIME. New VIDEO “AFRICAN TIME” featuring @tenientertainer out now.”

Krizbeat while sharing his latest project said;

“It’s been two years since I released my last album, it’s been a journey for me, more like an excursion, working with different people, going to different places, embracing new sounds, a handful of experiences I must say. The journey that led to the release of this album has been an eye opener for me, I have learnt so much over these years…

Learnt to deal with my shortcomings and embrace my victories, basically love life and appreciate all that comes with it. I’ve learnt to see from different perspectives of life, and this helped me appreciate my heritage, who I am and the role I play. And I’ve embodied all that experience and knowledge in this album!!!“

You can click here to listen to the track and here to watch its video.

P-prime and Teni collaborate on ‘Come and see’

P-prime releases ‘Come and See’ in conjunction with Teni Makanaki on Christmas day. 2020 has been quite a busy year for Teni. She released ‘Jo’, ‘The Quarantine playlist’ with DJ Neptune and did a couple of features with artists like Cuppy, Dr Dolol, Bad boy Timz, Orezi, Darey    e.t.c

P-prime is the 18 year old wonder kid behind hits like Moelogo’s ‘Me’, Peruzzi’s ‘Southy love’, Fire boy’s ‘Like I Do’, ‘ Money Devotion’s ‘Gbasky’, Cuppy’s ‘Gelato ‘, Zlatan’s ‘Egungun’ and so many more. The producer who started music in church playing several instruments says he is always in search of new sounds for as music evolves, so does he.

To listen to ‘Come and See’, Click here

Krizbeatz releases deluxe version of his crtitically acclaimed album “African Time”

Award winning producer and DJ, Krizbeatz releases the deluxe version of his critically acclaimed album “African Time” dropped on the 17th of July, 2020. The deluxe version dropped on Christmas Eve, contains 15 songs and has a runtime of 47mins. All songs mixed by Mighty mix. A/R are Chris Alvin and Oyin Amen. The artist pushes boundaries with Afro sound in his new project African Time Deluxe Version.

Chris Krizbeatz Alvin has produced/co-
produced lots of hit songs such as Tekno’s Pana and Diana, Lil kesh’s Kilo shele gan gan. He has already released his own singles Erima and 911 which currently has over 10million views on YouTube.

The album is power packed with talents across various parts of Africa offering a supersonic African experience on this joint. The drummer boy starts the album with Happy Deluxe, a sunny tune encouraging his listeners to be happy and smile. The next song African Time with Teni extols several historical African figures and a united Africa. The likes of Brenda Fassie, Lucky Dube, Mandela, Kwame Nkrumah, Fela Kuti e.t.c are mentioned. Next comes, Abi featuring Platinum with his verse and hook while Ceeboi raps. Mr Eazi employs his vocals in Pamela pleading for her love and  forgiveness while Vanessa Mdee embodies a frustrated lover. Special Love with Sammi and Faze is a love song professing affections and romance. Reekado and Rayvanny follow up with another love song to Aminah. Phyno, Timaya and Ceeboi are not left out of the love fever in My baby. Riddim with Yemi Alade and Skales is a dope party starter sure to get the people grooving. Then comes Hit with Teni and Tekno and another verson, this time an (ADM remix), Falz uses his regular comical lyrics to affect in Ogede with Nandy offering mesmerizing vocals and Fuse Odg adding the Ghanian spice. Tekno and Platinum are in Proper, Obesere and Skuki deliver street rhythm CUM, Ethics sings  Nitolee and Coco Deluxe done by Tekno, Dj Tira and Harmonize.

Watch the video for Joey B’s ‘Cold’ featuring Sarkodie

Joey B drops new song ‘Cold’ alongside its visuals with Sarkodie with Cameo apperances from King Promise, Dee Money and a host of many others. This is coming after dropping sensational 9 track album ‘Lava feels’. The only problem with this song is that it ends too quick but it is pure two mins of heat. The song might be titled ‘Cold’ but it is literally Fire. From hot lyrics to powerful renditions, Joey B and Sarkodie prove why they are owning the Ghanian rap space. ‘Cold’ is about grinding through icey streets while navigating harsh elements. Plus there were deadly punches to Aisha Modi of Peace FM…

“Innit, no label I did it.

When you hear Krept say roof

that’s cos we aim for the ceiling.

We no dey miss no dealings

Mpaebo a no be healing

Gyae ntoatoa ne wo gyimii Niqqas all stuck in their feelings.

Too many enemies

gotta watch your back

Coz too many frenemies

If I leave this world

I go to Mars

Mene me pen mene me bars

We no go blend we go no pass

Aim For the mula we dey shoot for the stars…”

With an all men cast draped in White shirts, the video is a feast for the eyes. The song was produced by veteran Dj Krept and its Video directed by Yaw Phanta. Click here to watch.

Fast rising newcomer, Cheque teams up with Davido and rapper Wale to give us hot remix of his hit song, Zoom

Fast rising newcomer, Cheque teams up with Superstar Davido and American rapper ,Wale to give us a remix of his hit single, ‘Zoom’ . Cheque released ‘Zoom’ off his 5 track Razor EP earlier this year. ‘Zoom’ jumped to No 2 song on Nigeria’s all genre Apple music chart with over 40m streams across various platforms. It was also amongst top 5 music lyrics searched in Nigeria in 2020.

25 year old Akanmi Bamidele Brett started his music career while Studying in OAU. He got signed to penthauze Records in February 2019. The Phyno protege released his first song with fellow label mates titled ‘Nyem Space’. He successively released more singles like ‘Jekasoro’, ‘Pain Away’, ‘Abundance’. He released his ‘Razor EP‘ July 2020, from which Zoom was released from. Cheque is fast becoming a favourite for fans home and abroad.

On ‘Zoom remix’, Davido and Wale add more sauce to an already tasty delicacy. They bring the hammer down on negative energy, fake love and envious people distrupting their peace. They are impatient to the bad energy zooming off to congratulatory conversations instead. The song was produced by Andry and you can click here to listen to it. ‘Zoom remix’ is on its way to being one of the biggest African hiphop songs worldwide.

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