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Burna Boy Releases New Star-Studded Album “African Giant” : Listen

Burna Boy has finally released his highly anticipated third studio album “African Giant” earlier today. His seventh project in total, this project comes just a year after his commercially successful and critically acclaimed mixtape “Outside” which housed singles like ‘Ye‘, ‘Streets Of Africa’ and ‘Heavens Gate‘ with Lily Allen.

On this 19-track album, Burna Boy brings along an A-team of international superstars including Jorja Smith, YG, Future, Damian Marley, Angelique Kidjo and more. Raving rapper, Zlatan Ibile is surprisingly the only Nigerian featured on the tape, with Burna himself appearing solo on 13 tracks.

The album “African Giant” is titled after his self-ascribed nickname, popularized following his infamous Coachella font-size rant on Instagram earlier this year. The album contains all his afrobeat-laced post-“Outside” releases including ‘Gbona’,On The Low‘, ‘Killin Dem‘, ‘Dangote‘ and the raving ‘Anybody‘. Unified by their apparent Afrobeat influences, we knew these records were building up to something bigger and gladly, our suspicions have been confirmed.

Earlier this week, the singer released ‘Pull Up‘, the latest single off the album and also guested on Jimmy Kimmel Live where he delivered an impressive live rendition of ‘Anybody‘ to a cheering audience.

Enjoy the album above.

Beyonce Brings Along Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Burna Boy And Other African Superstars On “The Lion King: The Gift”

To the excitement of many, our Nigerian and African music superstars have been revealed to appear alongside Beyonce, Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino and more on the Beyonce-curated album, “The Lion King: The Gift.” The album which is executive produced by Queen Bey herself is inspired by Disney movie, The Lion King, which set to hit the cinemas this weekend.

Scheduled for release this Friday, July 19, the project is set to feature an all-star African cast including Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Burna Boy, Yemi Alade, Mr Eazi, Tekno, Shatta Wale, Busiswa and Moonchild Sanelly. The album will also include ‘Spirit‘, the Beyonce single off the original soundtrack of the movie.

The Gift“, described by Beyonce as a “sonic cinema” is inspired by pop, hip-hop, pop and Afrobeats elements and is largely produced by some of the best producers across the continent.

The tracklist for "The Gift"

The tracklist for “The Gift”

In a released statement, Beyonce revealed that “I wanted to put everyone on their own journey to link the storyline. Each song was written to reflect the film’s storytelling that gives the listener a chance to imagine their own imagery, while listening to a new contemporary interpretation. It was important that the music was not only performed by the most interesting and talented artists but also produced by the best African producers. Authenticity and heart were important to me.”

It’s happening guys! Afrobeats to the world!!!

Burna Boy’s New Album “African Giant” Is Almost Here

With two massive singles, multiple awards, a stellar Coachella performance and a couple ambassadorial deals secured in just six months, you can’t deny that Burna Boy is having a good year. And it’s even about to be better. The dreadlocked fusionist is set to release his new album, “African Giant“, later this month. In fact, you can pre-order the tape right now on iTunes, Apple Music and Google Play.

In less than three weeks, we would be treated to the follow-up to his seminal project “Outside“, which scored an impressive  7.7 rating on Pitchfork, a top American review site. The album/ mixtape – or whatever Burna chooses to call it- housed hits like ‘Heaven’s Gate‘, ‘Streets of Africa‘ and ‘Ye‘ which saw him tilt the balance of power in the industry and establish himself as “one of Nigeria’s preeminent musical ambassadors” in 2018.

Scheduled for release on Friday, July 26, the album “African Giant“, is titled after his self-ascribed nickname popularized following his infamous Coachella font-size rant on Instagram earlier this year. The project is set to be 19 tracks-long with the total listening time spanning about 1 hour, 4 minutes. The album contains all his afrobeat-laced post-“Outside” releases including ‘Gbona’,On The Low‘, ‘Dangote‘ and the raving ‘Anybody‘. Unified by their apparent Afrobeat influences, we knew these records were building up to something bigger and gladly, our suspicions have been confirmed.

The singer has also shared what is perceived by many to be the official album cover of the forthcoming project although he hasn’t confirmed that yet. Hopefully, in the next few days, we’d get to see the tracklist and the featured acts on the anticipated project.

Earlier today, the singer was unveiled by Apple Music as their new ‘Up Next‘ artist and the consequential film is set to be released next week Tuesday, July 16.

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You can pre-order the “African Giant” album here.

 

 

Burna Boy Wins Best International Act At The 2019 BET Award

Nigerian afro-fusionist, Burna Boy is the latest in the series of top Nigerian acts to secure a BET nod. Earlier today at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles the self-acclaimed African giant bested AKA, Giggs, Dave and fellow countryman, Mr Eazi to win the Best International Act category at the 2019 BET Awards.

Burna Boy’s mum and manager, Bose Ogulu came on stage to pick up the award for Burna and delivered a remarkable acceptance speech in which she reminds African Americans not to forget their ancestry. “remember you were African before you became anything else” she said to a cheering audience.

Teni, however, lost the Best New International Act category to South Africa’s Sho Madjozi.

Burna Boy has, therefore, joined the ranks of Wizkid, Davido, Tiwa Savage, 2baba and D’Banj as Nigerian recipients of the coveted BET Award.

Congratulations Burna Boy!!

Teni, Burna Boy And Mr Eazi Nominated For 2019 BET Awards

Afrobeats to the world! Once again, our Nigerian superstars have been nominated for the 2019 BET Awards. Mr Eazi and Burna Boy who both delivered memorable performances just last month at Coachella have been nominated at the Best International Act category.

Teni, on the other hand, was nominated in the Best New International Act category. The Award show is set to hold on Sunday, 23 June at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles and it would be aired live on BET and MTV.

For the Best International Act Award, Burna Boy and Mr Eazi will go against international superstars like South Africa’s AKA as well as Dave and Giggs, both from the U.K. Likewise, Teni will be looking to edge U.K’s Octavian, South Africa’s Sho Madjozi and others  to clinch the Best New International Act award.

We at The PGM Club, we wish you guys all the best. Bring it home guys!

Listening To Bigfoot & Femi Leye’s ‘Fireflies’ Is The Best Form Of Self Care

Femi Leye is the latest in the long list of artists to work with Bigfootinyourface this year, particularly on his Downtempo Friday series. On the eighth instalment of the highly collaborative weekly series, both acts join forces to create a brilliant work of art titled ‘Fireflies‘.

Femi Leye, a popular multi-talented guitarist who has toured several continents including North America and Europe with the 79th Element bad which he co-founded with Adekunle Gold has also worked with the creme de la creme of the industry including Burna Boy, Brymo, Don Jazzy and Tiwa Savage.

On this record, Femi Leye’s skill as a guitar mastreo is on full display as he delievers a masterful lengthy but piercing solo over the background sound of a burning fireplace. This is a song best enjoyed lying faced up while staring at the clouds with your earphones plugged in at the loudest volume. Thank me later.

Definitely a record for the soul. Enjoy

The Nigerian Music Landscape: Survival or Immortality?

“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.

 

On The Low – Burna Boy

Burna  Boy is bent on making sure winter doesn’t come; this man has not stopped releasing heat since he released Outside.

The artist recently released a love song called On The Low along with a video on the 16th and is still showing us why he’s one of the best Afro Pop artists out of Nigeria. The song’s catchy hook: Angeli Angelina/You dey cool my temperature is another one showing Burna’s skill at creating unforgettable music.

The camera transitions in this video are flawless, just as the sons is a major jam.

Loyal – Major Lazer ft. Kiss Daniel & Kranium

Continuing the fire they started with the release of their project Afrobeats Mix last month, Major Lazer have released their fourth video of the album; Loyal following previous videos All My Life featuring Burna BoyOrkant/Balance Pon It featuring Gqom Queen Babes Wodumo and Tied Up featuring Mr Eazi and Raye.

The track features Kiss Daniel and Jamaican Reggae/Dancehall singer Kranium and the video was shot on location in Dakar, Senegal and once again, Major Lazer has done a great job with showing off the sights and sounds of another beautiful African city. The video was released on the 3rd; two days before their U-Live Lagos concert and we’re hoping there’s more.

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