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Joeboy, Fireboy, Rema Scoop Soundcity MVP Awards

One of the things 2019 would be remembered for as far as the Nigerian music industry is concerned is that it was a year that witnessed a change of guard in the local scene. It was the year that saw Rema, Joeboy, Fireboy grow from obscurity into household names; scoring hits and pulling huge numbers. And this was reemphasised yesterday as the trio picked up nods at the 2020 Soundcity MVP Awards which held yesterday, Saturday 11 at the Eko Convention Centre. Other big winners of the night were Davido, Teni as well as the star of the night, Burna Boy who went home with the Song of the Year, Best Male MVP and African Artist of the Year awards.

The Empawa-backed singer Joeboy picked up the award for Best Pop while the YBNL-signed Fireboy secured the Listener’s Choice award for his monster hit, ‘Jealous‘. However, it was Rema that went home with the coveted Best New MVP Award, coming just months after he bagged the Next Rated award at the 2019 Headies.

Check out the full list of winners below.

African Artiste Of The Year

Burna Boy (NG) – Winner

Davido (NG)

Diamond Platnumz (TZ)

Shatta Wale (GH)

ShoMadjozi (SA)

Tiwa Savage (NG)

Wizkid (NG)

Yemi Alade (NG)

Best Pop

Innos B [CG]

Nandy [TZ]

JoeBoy [NG] – Winner

Otile Brown [KE]

Kizz Daniel [NG]

Teni [NG]

Mayorkun [NG]

Rayvanny [TZ]

Naira Marley [NG]

Song of the Year

Jealous – FireBoy DML (NG)

Killin Dem – Burna Boy (NG) – Winner

Malwhede – King Monada (SA)

Soapy – Naira Marley (NG)

Tetema – Rayvanny (TZ)

Zanku (Legwork) – Zlatan (NG)

Baby – JoeBoy (NG)

Case – Teni (NG)

Dumebi – Rema (NG)

Fetch Your Life – Prince Kaybee (SA)

Jama – DJ Mic Smith(GH)

Best Duo

Black Motion (SA)

Blaq diamond (SA)

DopeNation (GH) – Winner

Ethic (KE)

Show Dem Camp (NG)

Toofan (TG)

Best Hip Hop

BlaqBonez (NG)

Falz (NG)

KHALIGRAPH Jones (KE) – Winner

Kwesta (SA)

Medikal (GH)

Shinski (KE)

Sarkodie (GH)

Reminisce (NG)

Ricky Rick (SA)

Zakwe (SA)

Digital Artiste of the Year

Cassper Nyovest [SA]

Davido [NG] – Winner

Diamond Platnumz [TZ]

Kizz Daniel [NG]

Mr Eazi [NG]

Yemi Alade [NG]

Wizkid [NG]

Best Female MVP

Betty G (ETH)

Daphne (CMR)

Nandy (TZ)

Sho Madjozi (SA)

Teni (NG) – Winner

Tiwa Savage (NG)

Yemi Alade (NG)

Best Male MVP

Burna Boy (NG) – Winner

Davido (NG)

Diamond Platnumz (TZ)

King Promise (GH)

Sjava (SA)

Wizkid (NG)

Zlatan (NG)

Listeners’ Choice

Baby – JoeBoy (NG)

Dumebi – Rema (NG)

Fetch your Life – Prince Kaybee (SA)

Jealous – Fireboy DML (NG) – Winner

Jama – DJ Mic Smith (GH)

Kainama – Harmonize (TZ)

Killin Dem – BurnaBoy (NG)

Kpo K3K3 – StoneBwoy (GH)

Oil & Gas – Olamide (NG)

Viewers’ Choice

49-99 – Tiwa Savage (NG)

Able God – Chinko Ekun (NG)

Banomoya – Prince Kaybee (SA)

My Level – Shatta Wale (GH)

On The Low – Burna Boy (NG)

Soapy – Naira Marley (NG) – Winner

Tetema – Rayvanny (TZ)

Zanku (Legwork) – Zlatan (NG)

Video of the Year

49-99 – Tiwa Savage by Meji Alabi (NG) – Winner

Dangote – Burna Boy by Clarence Peters (NG)

Jericho – Simi by Adasa Cookey (NG)

Ngwa – Blick Bassy by Tebego Malope (SA)

Ohema – Kuami Eugene by Rex (GH)

Best New MVP

FireBoy DML (NG)

JoeBoy (NG)

Marioo (TZ)

Rema (NG) – Winner

Simmy (SA)

Wendy Shay (GH)

Best Collaboration

Blow My Mind – Davido [NG]

Daz How Star Do – Skibii [NG]

Gugulethu – Prince Kaybee [SA] – Winner

Jama – DJ Mic Smith [GH]

Killin Dem – Burna Boy [NG]

Inama – Diamond PlatNumz [TZ]

African DJ of the Year

DJ Creme De La Creme (KE)

DJ Kaywise (NG)

DJ Neptune (NG)

DJ Spinall (NG) – Winner

DJ Vyrusky (GH)

DJ Zinhle (SA)

The PGM Club’s Best 20 Songs In 2019

2019 in retrospect was quite a good year as far as the Nigerian music industry is concerned. Over the past 364 days, Afrobeats, Nigeria’s major music export, got more visibility on the world stage, we experienced so many exciting releases and bespoke rollouts. But most of all, we witnessed an influx of a range of young, vibrant and talented artists that dominated the airwaves such that people started to speak of a change of guard in the industry that up until recently was dominated by a duopoly. Amidst a tidal wave of releases this year, we at the PGM Club have come to put out a list of our top 20 records that believe dominated the year. 

Tems – Try Me

A follow up to her year-opening stunner, ‘Looku Looku‘, ‘Try Me’ is a breakout anthem for the oppressed, underrated and understated who have been suppressed from use and abuse. Over a simple and laidback beat, a spirited Tems is on a mission to set herself free as she continuously asks why her subjugator keeps pushing her to the wall.

With a powerful sing-along-hook, this song is so infectious that’d get you in the zone right from your first listen. If there was ever any doubt about Tems skill as a dazzling vocalist and songwriter, ‘Try Me‘ puts that to rest. The record has gained much traction on the airwaves and its video has racked up over a million views on YouTube.

Lady Donli x The Cavemen – Cash

Cash’ is the lead single off Lady Donli’s well-received debut album, “Enjoy Your Life” that got blessed with a Davido-assisted remix. The original single which Lady Donli revealed was recorded at a time when she was broke and frustrated soundtracks our unending hustle and bustle for money. The song has one simple message; this life is one so enjoy it as much as you can. 

Teni- Billionaire

The lead single Teni’s her 6-track EP of the same title, ‘Billionaire’ is that anthem that reaffirmed Teni’s position as a hitmaker after near-misses released earlier in the year.  Produced by Pheelz, ‘Billionaire’ is an up-tempo record, rich in instrumentation and overflows with ambition, providing a perfect blend of a stunning dance record with declarative and prayerful lyrics. Proudly weaving together Yoruba and English over ‘alujo‘-laced percussion, Teni sings of her lofty dreams of being a billionaire as well as the luxury and excess that comes with being one. She also backed this record with a brilliant TG Omori-directed video.

Mojo ft Prettyboy DO – Chop Life Crew

A highly enjoyable record, ‘Chop Life Crew’ as its title suggests is a not-so-subtle reminder that life is short and it is to be enjoyed to the fullest. Both D-O and MOJO deliver energetic verses that drive the message home over a slick production with rolling hi-hats and hard-hitting kicks. The Ronchi-produced record also houses a catchy-hook that gets you bobbing your head and whistling along upon every listen.

Rema – Dumebi

A standout cut off his 4-track self-titled debut EP “Rema“, ‘Dumebi’ is that monster hit that speedily propelled the freshly unveiled Mavins act to stardom.  A very catchy and danceable Afropop record, ‘Dumebi‘ alongside its accompanying video undoubtedly dominated the airwaves throughout 2019 making Rema a household name in no time.  

Reekado Banks – Rora

After a brief self-imposed hiatus, Reekado Banks came back with a King Tuzi-produced bang titled ‘Rora’. Undoubtedly, Reekado Bank took the doubts out of our minds and hushed naysayers with this sleeper hit. Over the mid-tempo Afropop record, Reekado Banks is in full woman-worship mode as he adulates his love interest begging her to ‘calm down’.

Joeboy – Baby

Very early into the year, Joeboy eased himself into the hearts of many with his Afropop love record, ‘Baby’. Over the soft but sparkling instrumental, the young singer openly declares love for his sweetheart, gifting us one of the best sing-along hooks of 2019. And ever since the release of this chart-topping smash, the Empawa has been on a joy ride to stardom and mainstream success. Proving he was no fad, the young singer also followed up with equally beautiful songs, ‘Beginning‘ and ‘Don’t Call Me Back‘ and an impressive 5-track EP, “Love & Light.”

Sarz & WurlD – Mad

Sarz and WurlD finally treated us to their much-teased “I Love Girls With Trobul” EP this year, and one of the standouts off the tape is ‘Mad’. Across the infectious record, WurlD’s artistic strengths are on full display as the song is well written and delivered with a solid vocal performance. He gives us a peek into his “trobul’d” relationship with Sade, one that isn’t exactly going through the best of times. Sarz’s production on the record is so thrilling that the song immediately ensnares you upon its first listen.

Santi – Sparky

A single off his debut album “Mandy and the Jungle,” ‘Sparky’ finds Santi crooning over a soft and minimalist production which leaves enough room for the dominance of the vocals and polished delivery of the dreadlocked singer. Just like the visuals for ‘Freaky’, the accompanying visuals for ‘Sparky’ appears to be highly inspired by the 90s Nollywood culture which others have subjected to ridicule. 

Johnny Drille – Papa

Released in celebration of Father’s Day, ‘Papa’ finds the Mavin Records alternative-folk singer appreciating his dad and crooning about his spirituality spurred and serviced by his father. Backed mainly by stifling strings and solemn keys, Johnny Drille opens the record by recounting the fatherly advice he was given when he was much younger to have his life guided and guarded by faith and prayers. He then describes how his father keeps in touch with him regularly and reminds him not to let go of his spirituality in the strange land he currently finds himself.

 Boj x Kwesi Arthur, Darko Vibes – Awolowo

Over the record produced by the acclaimed ‘alte playmaker’, GMK, BOJ recruits a team of Ghana’s finest; Kwesi Arthur, Darko Vibes and Joey B. The song also features additional vocals by Zamir and guitar by friend-of-the-family, Tomi Thomas.

Across the record, BOJ delivers a chilling hook with his gruff voice over the simplistic but dazzling GMK-production. Kwesi Arthur, Joey B and Darko Vibes also didn’t disappoint, coming through with impressive 16s woven in English, pidgin and their native tongues. This record also has a Naija remix that features Ycee, Fresh L and Falz.

Odunsi – Tipsy

A striking step-forward from last year’s debut album ‘rare.’, ‘Tipsy’ finds Odunsi (The Engine) pushing his music into darker territory, with elements of R&B, soul and pop part of his global-facing, Afro-fusion sound. His vocal interplay with RAYE is the perfect fit, with both artists possessing the character and star quality to naturally complement each other’s talent. This striking record helped to introduce the alte frontman to a wider international audience. 

Buju X Zlatan – Spiritual

One of the amazing talents that 2019 introduced to us is Buju. The young singer is no doubt one of the most talented singers on the rise and is looking to an even more promising 2020. One of the songs that thrust him into the public eye is his August release, ‘Spiritual’ featuring Zlatan. Over the ad-lib laced zanku anthem, Buju’s vocals shine through, dazzling the uninitiated as he croons about his lover over the chilledSteph production. Zlatan also came through on the record with one of his most thrilling verses of the year. 

Davido x Popcaan – Risky

On this Popcaan-assisted record, Davido crafted a beautiful hook from the disjointed, grating and hilarious Hot 97 freestyle. Just a few hours before its release, Davido gave us a fair warning on Twitter “What you all laughed at!! You will dance to!!” and he couldn’t have been more accurate.

Produced by Speroach Beatz, ‘Risky‘ helped reignite the anticipation for his long-awaited sophomore album “A Good Time.”

AYLØ – Paris

AYLØ gave us the first taste of the material he had been working on in silence “Dnt’ Dlt” with the record titled ‘Paris’. On the song centred around fiding beauty, AYLØ delievers a soothing and melodious record over a simplistic and minimalist production. With his emotive vocals on full display, he croons about how he is helplessly in love with his sweetheart. “We are all damaged …” he resigns. This song is co-produced by Le Mav and Odunsi The Engine.

Naira Marley – Opotoyi

Naira Marley isn’t exactly a PGM-type artist, but his influence and dominance this year cannot be understated. Throughout the year, he was surrounded with self-inflicted controversy that kept his name circling in the media and also had a string of hits to his name that made it very difficult for him to be ignored. On ‘Opotoyi’, Naira Marley hops on a catchy and fast-paced Rexxie-produced Zanku beat, ravelling in woman worship and street banter. 

Prettyboy D-O – Dey Go Hear Wehh

For his first post-“Everything Pretty” release, Prettyboy D-O came through with the high energy dancehall-influenced record, ‘Dey Go Hear Wehh’ and its Seyi Akinlade-directed cinematic video.  On the record, D-O delivers frisky verses over the hard-hitting instrumental before coming through with the highly infectious hook cut from a popular Nigerian pidgin dictum. He comes for non-believers and detractors, assuring us that they will soon be shocked beyond measure.

Tiwa Savage – 49-99

For her UMG debut, Tiwa Savage links up with YBNL producer, Pheelz to release ‘49-99‘, a mid-tempo afro-pop record with Afrobeat elements, particularly rich in instrumentation with scintillating underlying strings.

On the record, Tiwa Savage expresses her desire for the good things of life amidst the rife and turmoil in a country some are quick to refer to as a failed state. She is focused on securing the bag to afford herself the luxury designers and fast cars, “Mo fe ra Versace, Mo fe ra Bugatti” she croons.

Burna Boy – Anybody

In the future, when Burna Boy looks back at how much he achieved in 2019, he’d find much to be grateful for. Despite opening the year with a brief fall from grace following his infamous “African Giant” Instagram rant, the Atlantic act managed to turn things around swiftly, weaving it into his best yet – musically. One of the standout cuts and fan-favourite off his “African Giant” album is the percussive gbese anthem, ‘Anybody’. Burna basks in his full feel-good mode,  advocating the cutting off of any bad energy that seeks to kill the vibe. This record was one of the records he performed the most on his amazing post-“African Giant” press run.

Davido x Chris Brown – Blow My Mind 

One of the recurrent pitfalls of international collaborations in these parts is that it sometimes feels forced as most local acts sacrifice chemistry for star power but Davido’s ‘Blow My Mind’ is an exception. A lead single off his highly anticipated sophomore album “A Good Time,” Davido and Chris Brown’s chemistry radiated across the Shizzy-produced number. The sweet-singing Chris Brown seamlessly razzled across the track with a casual air that blessed the soothing and melodious love number with a scene-stealing feature. It was smooth and seamless that they also teamed up again on Chris Brown’s ‘Lower Body’ off his “Indigo” extension.

 

Notable Mentions

Alpha Ojini ft Ycee – One Knee (Chvmeleon)

SDC ft Buju – Do Me Nice (Palmwine Express)

SDC ft Tomi Thomas – Vibration (Palmwine Express)

Amaarae – Like It 

Crayon – Gock Am (Cray Cray)

Gigi Atlantis ft Fasina – Wahala On The Rocks

Ckay – Way (CKay The First) 

Dice Ailes ft Falz -Alakori 

Bris B ft Santi – Supa sigh 

Dami Oniru – Alive (Bri’s Lounge)

Blaqbonez – Shut Up (Mr Boombastic)

 

Remember to check out all these records and keep supporting good music. Cheers!

Lady Donli Recruits Davido For ‘Cash’ Remix

One of the lead singles and fan-favourites off Lady Donli‘s debut album, “Enjoy Your Life,” ‘Cash‘ has gotten a remix, featuring one of Nigeria’s biggest music export, Davido. Produced by Sounds From The Cave, a collective of Lady Donli and The Cavemen band, while it’s engineering is handled by the multi-gifted Tay Iwar. This remix was released just a few hours after her Enjoy Your Life Experience in Lagos, a live concert that is still generating rave reviews from attendees. She also previewed the unreleased record at the time at the event.

The original single which Lady Donli revealed was recorded at a time when she was broke and frustrated soundtracks our unending hustle and bustle for money. The song has one simple message; this life is one so enjoy it as much as you can. And this remix takes it a step further with no better-fitting accomplice than the 30 BG boss himself, Davido. In his verse, Davido contrary to Donli downplays the role of money in his enjoy-your-life movement given that it is fleeting; he’s is just here to have a good time with his lover.

Listen to the single here

Davido’s Sophomore Album “A Good Time ” Is Finally Here

As promised, Davido has finally released his highly-anticipated sophomore album “A Good Time” today, November 22. This is the long-overdue follow up to his hit-packed 2012 debut album, “Omo Baba Olowo (O.B.O).” It also comes three years after his 5-track “Son Of Mercy” EP with was met with middling success despite appearances from Nasty C and Tinashe on the project. Even Davido was quick to put the project behind him as it appeared that he really didn’t have really his heart in it after all. But “A Good Time” already looks poised for commercial and cultural success. This is given its impressive roll-out, premium packaging and far-reaching lead singles.

This new album isn’t a brief one as it’s 17 tracks long with a total runtime of an hour. It also boasts big-name collaborations with Chris Brown, A Boogie With Tha Hoodie, Popcaan, Gunna, Summer Walker, Zlatan, Naira Marley, WurlD, Dremo, Yonda and frequent collaborator, Peruzzi.

Listen to the album here.

Vector Enlists Davido For New Love Number, ‘Comfort’

Despite his lyrical prowess, Vector hasn’t been one to shy away from stepping out of his comfort zone to bend genres and collaborate with popstars to cater to a diverse market. One of the highlights of his debut album, “State Of Surprise” was ‘Get Down‘ featuring 2Baba which gained much traction on the airwaves. On his sophomore album, “The Second Coming” he also tapped 9ice on ‘Angeli‘, a prayerful anthem that dominated the streets for some time. And now, ahead of his imminent EP, “Vibes Before Teslim,” the Lafiaji rapper has recruited one of Nigeria’s biggest exports, Davido for a groovy love record titled ‘Comfort‘.

The Vstix and Mr EFF-produced number finds both acts hopping on an Afrobeats instrumental diced with Alujo elements that jump at you right from the beginning of the record and nudges you to dance. The song finds the silver-tongued superstars in their feelings as they promise their love interests good loving and the finer things of life.

Enjoy the record here.

Davido Unviels Appetizing Tracklist For Sophomore Album, “A Good Time”

The project we’ve all been waiting for is almost here. In less than 120 hours, we’d finally have our hands on one of the most anticipated tapes in recent years: Davido’s sophomore album, “A Good Time.” This would be the long-overdue follow up to his culturally and commercially successful debut album, “Omo Baba Olowo (OBO).” A groundbreaking album that housed hits like ‘Dami Duro‘, ‘All of You‘, ‘Ekuro‘ as well as his Naeto C-assisted debut, ‘Back When‘.

Just yesterday, the DMW boss took to his social media accounts to share the tracklist of the album scheduled for release on Friday, November 22. The tracklist pays respect to his late mother, as the tracks are listed over an illustration of Davido and his dad admiring an effigy of his late mom. Davido also promised that the album cover art would even be more elegant.

Tracklist for "A Good Time" (Instagram/Davidoofficial)

Tracklist for “A Good Time” (Instagram/Davidoofficial)

According to the released tracklist, “A Good Time” will contain 17 tracks with features from an all-star cast of local and international acts. The project boasts big-name collaborations with Chris Brown, A Boogie With Tha Hoodie, Popcaan, Gunna, Summer Walker, Zlatan, Naira Marley, WurlD, Dremo, Yonda and frequent collaborator, Peruzzi. The album is led by pre-released singles ‘Risky‘, ‘Assurance‘, and the Chris Brown-assisted ‘Blow My Mind‘.

It’s been a journey to get to this point and I am so grateful to God and everyone who has contributed to my success.
This album was recorded between Lagos, Atlanta, Accra, London and Los Angeles and I had the best time of my life creating it.

To all the producers, songwriters, engineers and featured artistes I am eternally grateful to you guys for working with me.
November 22nd we let the world know why it’s “A Good Time”. LETS FUCKING GO !!!!!!” he posted on Instagram alongside the tracklist.

You can pre-order the album here.

Ycee’s Debut Album “Ycee vs Zaheer” Is Finally Here

After years of waiting, fans finally have their hands on Ycee’s debut album “Ycee vs Zaheer.” Undeterred by Tinny Entertainment‘s attempts to sabotage this release by leaking tracks off the album, Ycee has dropped the much-teased project today, November 8. This comes after three straight weeks of releases including, ‘Dakun‘, ‘Mo Salah‘ and last week’s ‘Wahala Dey‘ that have helped revamp anticipation for the project.

Evident from its cover and title, this album is a direct face-off between his alter egos: the icy cold singing Ycee and the blazing hot rapping Zaheer. On Instagram, Ycee describes the album as a “portrayal of two sides of the same coin.”

It’s Ycee vs Zaheer because I’m my only worthy opponent” he concluded.

Ycee vs Zaheer” is a 15-track LP that features an all-star cast of Davido, Phyno, Niniola, M.S Banks and former labelmate, Dapo Tuburna. Ycee also works with a long list of producers for this album including Syn X, Krizbeats, KO, Willis Give Dem, Jay Popping, Fanatiz, BeatsByKarma, Buzzing Producer, Twoseven, Elmore, J.Bids, Ballartosh and longtime collaborator, Adey.

Listen to the album here.

Listen To Ycee’s New Single, ‘Mo Salah’

Ycee has released the second single off his soon-to-be-released debut album “Ycee vs Zaheer,” scheduled for release on Friday, November 8. This new single which is also the eighth track on the album titled ‘Mo Salah‘ is a follow-up to the album’s lead single ‘Dakun‘ which was released last week.

This record, titled after the after African best player and top EPL scorer, Mohammed Salah is produced by Buzzin Producer. And on the hard-hitting beat with a trippy trap bounce, a relaxed and assertive Ycee repeatedly compares himself to the Liverpool striker over snarky punchlines and chest-thumping affirmations. With this track, one thing is evident: Ycee has got this melodic rap thing on lock.

Remember that the coming album also features appearances from an all-star cast of DavidoPhynoNiniolaM.S Banks and former labelmate, Dapo Tuburna.

Listen to the single above and let us know what you think.

Pretty Boy D.O premieres new video – “Dey Go Hear Wehh” on PGM Radio

In this episode, Pretty Boy D.O stopped by to premiere and discuss the concept of his new video – Dey Go hear Wehh.  We also discussed the Headies and the controversy surrounding it.

 

Davido Is An Alchemist In His Popcaan-Assisted ‘Risky’

Yesterday, Davido effortlessly pulled off what some of many greatest thinkers have failed to for centuries: turning lead to gold. When his infamous Hot 97 freestyle hit the internet earlier this year, the DMW boss was the subject of ridicule for weeks to come. Our pride, our beloved Davido was dragged shitless on the gritty Twitter streets. The might head of 30BG became a meme.

But Davido won’t just let that go. Not without a win.

In his latest single ‘Risky‘, the first single off his highly anticipated “Good Time” album, Davido crafted a beautiful hook from the disjointed and grating freestyle. Just a few hours before its release, Davido gave us a fair warning on Twitter “What you all laughed at!! You will dance to!!” and he couldn’t have been more accurate.

Produced by Speroach Beatz, ‘Risky‘ is an infectious Afropop record – with dancehall elements – that finds Davido turning a meme-worthy freestyle into a radio-ready record with an overwhelming hit-potential. Talk about turnovers. This is a come-back reminiscent of the 2005 Magic of Istanbul. It’s just a few hours old and the record is already gaining traction of the airwaves and generating rave reviews all over the internet.

Popcaan‘s contributions, however, can’t be overlooked as he also came through on the record, complementing it with a well-fitting patios-delivered verse. Check out the Top-Boy inspired cinematic video for the sizzling record above.

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