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PGM Radio Show Hosts Oma Mahmud & Eri Ife

In this episode, we caught up with Oma Mahmud who walked us through his evolution as an afro-beat/afro-funk rocker and the influences that have played a part in that journey.

We also caught the chance to discuss with one of Ibadan’s promising talents Eri Ife and how his new single turned into a bizarre marriage proposal and subsequently the tying of nuptials.  It left us all confused….

Watch this space as we dig for more insight.

Amaarae Muses Over Her Erring Lover In ‘Like It’

Ghanaian singer and songwriter, Amaarae has released a new single titled ‘Like It‘, which comes just a few months after the Wande Coal-assisted ‘Spend Some Time‘. According to her, this song would be her last release of 2019, as she is devoting the rest of the year to work on her coming full-length project.

This single was premiered yesterday on the PGM Radio Show with Douglas Jekan, Eri Ife and Oma Mahmud.

Like It‘ is a mid-tempo love number with a scintillating ambient guitar loop, over which the soft-voiced Amaarae romantically muses over her lover. She declares that she is hopelessly in love and is ready to do whatever for her sweetheart who has been astray of late. Over the dreamy hook, she queries her lover if her desires and fantasies are mutual. This song is engineered by a competent duo of Mikemillz and Rvdical the Kid, who also produced the record.

The accompanying video finds Amaarae taking a tour in a funhouse named The Lost Motel with rooms of varying degrees of amusements. Led by imp-sized tour guides, first room finds the singer soaking up the weird glee of a grotesque strip club. Still looking lost, she finds herself strange-looking birthday party with clowns, balloons and polaroid pictures. The video is directed by David Nicol Sey and produced by Fotombo.

Speaking about the video in a recent interview with More Branches, she revealed that “We wanted to take the viewer on a trip. Throughout the video, you see the main character chasing after something but we don’t know what it is. I don’t even think she knows what it is but she’s intrigued and she needs to follow her instincts. The goal between all the creatives involved was the character needed to be in a space where they were willing to forego their need for power and control. The mission was to communicate to the viewer that now is the time to let go. Allow your desires to lead — you don’t know where you will end up but it’s worth the risk.

Santi Releases Debut Album “Mandy & The Jungle”

The wait is finally over! Santi has released his highly-anticipated debut album titled “Mandy & The Jungle“. This comes three years after his acclaimed EP “Suzie’s Funeral“, which placed Santi in the radar of many as one of those to hold the helm of the industry in a few years.

Mandy & The Jungle” is a 16-track full-length project that includes pre-released singles like ‘Sparky‘, ‘Freaky‘ and the monster-hit ‘Rapid Fire‘.

This highly collaborative project features Tay Iwar, Nonso Amadi, Shane Eagle, Dram, Kris Irie, Bridge, Amaarae, Seki, Tomi Agape, Kida Kudz and Godlink. Also, its production is mainly handled by fellow Monster Boys – GMK and Genio Bambino with assists from Odunsi (The Engine), Le Mav, Higo, Doz, James Isibor, 1Takennandos and Barst.

Just like his previous projects, this album is a themed one.  In fact, this is centred around Mandy (a fictional character), who Santi describes as “a girl who has no idea the power that lies inside her

Further speaking about the album, he reveals that “Over the past two years, I learnt more about expressing myself and translating that feeling into sound and visuals. Music has always been about the feeling for me, what it does to you, what it makes you remember, and most importantly where it takes you to. I decided to create a universe, combining everything that has ever influenced or inspired me.”

The songs are a soundtrack to this universe, and I hope when you listen to ‘Mandy & The Jungle’, you will make the best memories with them so that each time you feel like escaping, reminiscing or feeling, these songs are here to take you to your own universe.” He continued.

So cop this album, and follow Mandy on her journey in the jungle.

Santi Unveils Album Art And Tracklist For “Mandy & The Jungle”

Just a few weeks after announcing the release of his debut album, Santi has unveiled the cover art and the tracklist for the highly-anticipated project, “Mandy & The Jungle” which is expected to drop any time soon.

The singer took to his Twitter to share the grotesque album art and its accompanying tracklist with the caption “soundtrack to my universe
my debut album Mandy & The Jungle
cover and tracklist
art by ahmad tarek, tireless nights but thank you for bringing out the world in my head.
love to everyone who helped put this universe together.
nothing was planned but it surely was written”

According to the released tracklist, the album is set to contain a total of 16 tracks, including pre-released singles like ‘Freaky‘, ‘Sparky‘ and the monster hit, ‘Rapid Fire‘.

Santi also works with a wide range of artists on this project as it features guest appearances from Tay Iwar, Nonso Amadi, Shane Eagle, Dram, Kris Irie, Bridge, Amaarae, Seki, Tomi Agape, Kida Kudz and Godlink. Tay Iwar and Amaarae appear twice on the album as both also assist Santi on the album closer titled ‘Settle Down‘.

The dread-locked singer also closely works with his Monster Boys Crew as its members and affiliates are mainly in charge of the production on the album. GMK, Genio Bambino, Odunsi (The Engine), Le Mav, Higo, Doz, James Isibor, 1Takennandos and Barst all receive production credits.

The album is executive produced by Monster Boy and Odunsi (The Engine), with the engineering solely handled by the acclaimed alte playmaker, GMK.

Update: The album is scheduled for release on Friday, May 17. You can pre-order the album here

Rapid Fire – Santi ft Shane Eagle, Amaarae

Santi’s 2018 hasn’t had just good music, the man has shown skill as a filmmaker too. He directed and produced the video for Freaky and directed the video for Odunsi’s falling.

The streak of videos continues with the release of the visual for Rapid Fire. Santi’s found-footage, 90s Nollywood horror video style continues with this montage. The tagline at the end ‘Sorry, we don’t have any candles’ makes the video even more interesting.

Mixed reactions have come for this video (as usual). While some of us think this video is dope, there are others who (interestingly) are now sure that Alte is a cult.

If you have not watched the video, you should.

Santi’s New Single Is An Ode To A Fun Time

Santi has a great year with tracks like Icy and Freaky and some amazing features like Odunsi’s Alté Cruise and Tay Iwar’s SpaceThe young master is back with Rapid Fire featuring the Warrior Princess, Ghana’s Amaarae and South African Shane Eagle.

The Genio Bambino-produced joint is very 2000s Dancehall vibes, with a gangsta twist. A cool verse from Shane Eagle, a vocal transition From Tomi Agape moves the listener from Santi to Amaarae’s beautiful soft vocals and the combination of all these ingredients makes this international pot of stew very tasty.

The song, released earlier today is another perfect weekend jam and is another guarantee of Santi’s musical versatility.

PGM Radio Show With Amaarae

In this episode, Amaarae stops by at the PGM Club Radio Show to discuss her first performance trip to Lagos, her music and it’s purpose and she also gave us a sneak prelisten into unreleased new music with her and Wande Coal.

 

A rare. Debut – Odunsi’s First Album

Pulling off a debut project that will make history books is hard. Making music that is inter-generational is even harder, but Odunsi has done it. The singer’s debut album premiered on the PGM Live radio show last Wednesday, an amazing private listening party on Thursday and the official public release on all platforms finally came through on Friday.

rare. is Odunsi’s first debut and it’s taken this vanguard two years to come through with this project. While some fans were mad that it’s taken their fave so long to put out a compilation, one listen to this superstar quality debut and you’ll understand why. The project samples the Funk/Disco sounds of the 70s/80s and some spins on 90s Hip-Hop and this has to be the best spin on the sounds produced this year and with such a superb blend of sound, you can’t really hate Odunsi’s music. With rare. we see Odunsi take sole charge of his brand aesthetic, adding to the redefinition of what it is to be an African artist in this age.

 

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rare. is successfully inter-generational and will go down in history as one of the best things to happen to Nigerian music since Fela

 

The album boasts features from mainstream and New School heavyweights: Runtown, Davido, Nasty C, Zamir, Tay Iwar, Lady Donli, Santi, Duendita, Amaarae, Hamzaa, Solis and 234Jaydaa. All the tracks on rare. are produced by Odunsi (save for Alté Cruise which was produced by Yinoluu, Take Me There produced by Le Mav and Outcast produced by Genio Bambino) with help from GMK, DJ Yin, Nosapollo, and Davido.

We waited two years to receive this piece of heaven and it should not by any means be squandered. Listen to rare. here.

 

Amaarae – Fluid

Amaarea’s Fluid visuals, damn; she killed it.  The colors, the song, her face, what more do you want? I could watch this video on a loop for an hour. The transitions, the color grading of the video is a work of art.

If you have never heard of Amaarea, be prepared to be left in awe.

 

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