Lady Donli and Tomi Thomas (The Forbidden) have released their first official single as a duo, titled ‘Work‘. To the delight of many, these two amazing acts have decided to come together to put out a project. Consequently, ‘Work’ is the first single off the upcoming body of work.
This single is produced by DOZ and Tomi Thomas while being engineered by the GMK – the alte playmaker.
On the record, Tomi Thomas and Lady Donli sing about going about their hustle while also prophetically calling for the rewarding blessings.
This is a laid back neo-afrobeat record with a chilled repetitive but piercing bassline. They also beautifully execute the call and response that’s common with Fela’s music. No doubt, Lady Donli and Tomi Thomas posses good chemistry and it’d be beautiful to watch how this pans out over a project.
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By The PGM Club — 3 years ago
It is no doubt that true Hip Hop heads are amped up for the arrival of ZAMIR otherwise known as Mr. BAD Guy P. The rapper took over a year long break from the music scene to replenish his brand and bring you crisp materials.
Talented and versatile, ZAMIR has discharged two new tunes; FOREIGN, featuring Genio Bambino and STATEMENT which features Mannywellz. Both tracks were produced by Genio Bambino. This release comes ahead his imminent EP #WTTW that will be released soon.
ZAMIR is known for his remarkable one-take lyrical flow, constructive song writing skills and a quintessential sense of style. He produced hit singles for L.O.S (Loud On Sound) “BAD GUY P” and ‘BAD GUY P’ (Remix) featuring Banky W and Sarkodie.
ZAMIR means MUSIC in Arabic. This distinctive talent draws motivation from ordinary exercises, encounters and experiences. He is impacted by artists; Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Fela, Bob Marley and 2Pac. According to ZAMIR “making music is about telling a story” and when he’s not making music or “telling a story”, he is listening to music or exploring his different abilities; ART (Drawing), which explains his interest and love for tattoos.
ZAMIR – “FOREIGN” feat. Genio (Prod by Genio)
ZAMIR – “STATEMENT” feat. MannyWellz (Prod by Genio)https://soundcloud.com/kingzamirlos/statement-feat-mannywellz
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By The PGM Club — 2 years ago
It is no news that we at the PGM Club have been following the career of Myoa, ever since we discovered her sound on the Cobhams produced record ‘Can A Stranger,’ and introduced it into the Nigerian music scene. Since then, she has graced the PGM Club by performing at the launch of the PGM Live Show and recently she has also put out a new single called ‘Ololufemi.’
By Victor Aderibigbe — 4 weeks ago
“Only real music is gonna last, all the other bullshit is here today and gone tomorrow” – Jimmy Smith (Drake’s ‘Pound Cake’ Intro)
Today, we have a breed of young creatives in Nigeria and across Africa challenging the status quo and making beautifully crafted sonics. Despite industry pressures, these acts seem focused on making music that resonates. Such that they craft their stories and experiences into melodies that a lot of their peers can relate with. Not the extravagant wealth splashes and materialist bluster that characterises the majority of our pop records but baring their soul, fears, aspirations, concerns, insecurities on records. Even when they make ‘feel-good’ or dance music, it is creatively packaged and executed that it sounds so lively and fresh.
When they are singing about love, they view the banal theme from varying lenses, viewing and expressing it via various spectrums such that it doesn’t feel bland, bloated, or repetitive.
It’s amazing that most of these guys are unsigned and independent yet they still put out so much music. Labels understandably care more about the financial returns than the purity of the art because these labels are businesses, with aims to record profits. And many have not found viable ways to market and monetize these sounds so they simply focus on the pop cash-cows.
In comparison to their colleagues and counterparts in the pop world, many view this breed of artistes as fools. Why make good or healthy music when you can just give the people what they want. People want to escape their present realities and just have a good time.
Some might even say, “Why spend so much time and energy creating songs that might not even sell in this market, when you can easily hop on the latest dance trend, get a banging beat and just spill out whatever comes to your mind. It’s not like these people listen anyway. They just want to dance and have a good time, that’s all.”
Sadly, a truth about this set of artists is that they might not record mainstream commercial success all through their careers. They might remain opening acts for the bigger pop stars and scramble for the feeds that fall off the table of these stars. They might not even be able to sell out their own medium-sized venues.
The quest for survival has made some dabble into pop music for relevance. Seeking ways to create pop records that people can easily dance to all while still staying through to their art. Another survival tactic for some is to collaborate with the pop stars and meet them halfway when it comes to music so they can tap into each other’s audiences. There are some, however, that want to make pop records but they just can’t. They aren’t wired that way.
Some have also managed to successfully shuffle between day jobs and their music careers. Thereby, making enough to survive and fund their passion while doing what they love on the side.
However, good music never truly dies. They are often re-lived through samples, interpolations, and mixes. Sometimes, young artists turn to the sounds of the past for inspiration. For instance, Odunsi‘s beautiful “rare.” was hugely inspired by 80’s music. Falz‘s critically acclaimed “Moral Instruction” was also heavily influenced by Fela‘s music. Many other Nigerians from Wizkid to Burna Boy have constantly talked about how much Fela helped to shape their music.
Even the African pop sound is named after Fela’s Afrobeat. News and videos have also surfaced of American artists such as Diddy, Beyoncé, Jay Z, Common, Joe Budden vibing to Fela’s music. His music has also been sampled by Kendrick Lamar and J Cole, two of the biggest rappers in the game at the moment.
But Fela wasn’t always seen as the hero he is today. While he was alive, many brushed his music asides as grating and unmelodious with his lyrics poor in poetry. Others felt he was too preachy and saw him as a noise maker with utopian ideals. Some were also displeased with the length of his songs and their extended solos. Many just couldn’t comprehend what Fela was building.
This was a new sound with radical energy powering it and maybe the people just weren’t ready for such. Regardless, Fela stayed true to his art, continued to experiment and explore new musical complexities. With his music, he fearlessly stood as the voice of the people against the military governments at the time. He also used his art to teach the people of his Afrocentric ideals.
No! Fela was not perfect but his energy, as well as his music, was raw and genuine. And lifetimes after, we are still feeding on Fela’s music. Occasionally going back to it for inspiration and references.
These young guys today are trying to create something different. They are steady pushing the limits and experimenting with new sounds. In fact, and are now redefining what we refer to as Nigerian or African music. These guys have been persecuted and mocked because they are aesthetically different. But we can’t deny their genuine energy and efforts.
These artists need support. And the least we can do as listeners and consumers of the art is to consume their music through appropriate channels, purchase their projects, attend their shows, engage with them, provide positive feedback, and let them do what artists do best – create.Post Views: 61