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Joe EL Amadi x Davido x Zlatan – Epo

After a long hiatus, Joe EL Amadi, who lost his dad to the 2020 southern Kaduna crises returns to the music scene with a new joint “Epo” featuring Davido and Zlatan.

The Sokoto born singer popularly reffered to as the new Tuface got signed to Kennis Music after participating in the 2006 starquest music competition and Kennis Music Easter Fiesta. He has dropped hits like Happy, Bakololo, Do Good, Rawa(Dance), Hold On featuring Tuface which skyrocketed his career and many other songs.

This song was produced by Soshine. Davido and Zlatan bring their different vibes to the song making it a repeat listen. To listen, click here.

To watch the official video for this song, click here.

Focalist teams up with Davido for “Ke Star remix”

Lethabo sebetso popularly known as Focalistic dropped his song “Ke Star” featuring one of South Africa’s best Producers “Vigro Deep” which rapidly went on to become one of the biggest songs of 2020. The song was certified Gold in South Africa last year.

Pitoti Maradona as he is fondly called has now released a much anticipated remix with global star “Davido”. This fusion of Afropop and Amanpiano makes the song a favourite as it caters to most African audience. The “Ke Star” remix follows from Focalistic’s latest album Sghubu Ses Excellent which dropped in December last year.

Both stars had teased fans with a short clip ahead of the release. There has been lots of positive feedback from music fans on to the remix since it dropped. It has already reached No 2 on Nigeria Apple Music Top Songs charts. Davido brings the naija vibe to this already growing Amanpiano tune which continues to spread to other parts of Africa with his catchy lyrics;

“Ko wole, ye ko wole, Tule!
Tule jare, Tule joor

Nibo, Better rest, Better rest, Better rest,
You don try,  e no do Better rest,
You don try,  e no gree Better rest,

It goes down when my Gees Connect, No disconnect
I dey catch cruise forget, If you talk you collect “

To listen, click here.

Multi talented singer, Teni releases visuals for “For You” featuring Davido

Multi talented singer, Teni Makanaki comes through with another hit single titled “For You” featuring Davido. This track is off her WONDALAND album, also her debut  album, set to be released in a few weeks.

The visuals show incarcerated Teni being broken out of jail by Davido, while evading law enforcement officials. Directed by Dammy Twitch, Click here to watch.

Speaking to The Guardian on the record, Teni says;

“For You is a record I made to celebrate the essence of love, sacrifice and the reaffirmation to always be there for that special someone who means the world to you. I have always wanted to make a record like this with Davido especially because of my admiration for him as an artist, father and someone with a big heart.”

For one of the biggest and most influential artists in Africa, Davido says

“this is a special record and as a father to three beautiful kids, I know how much they mean to me and how I am ready to give them everything good the world has to offer.”

To listen to “For You”, click here.

Davido introduces a chinese themed video for The Best ft. Mayorkun

Davido has released the visuals for his single “The Best” featuring Mayorkun. “The Best” is the 7th song produced by Fresh VDM on his 17 track sophomore album, A Better Time, dropped last year. The album features the likes of Mayorkun, Nicki Minaj, Tiwa Savage, Bella Shmurda, Sho Madjozi, C kay, DaBaby and a host of many others.

Speaking on this project and what it means to him, he put out a tweet stating;

“The Best” they say is relative. They say we should all regard ourselves as ‘The Best’ in order for us to believe sufficiently in ourselves. Others say you’re arrogant when you proclaim yourself the best. While some of us are just happy to be able to produce some that others call ‘THE BEST’. Whichever way you look at it, you’re looking at THE BEST!!! OBO x Of Laylay!! @iammayorkun @dammytwitch#ABT

Plunge into a world of Swords, Karate and broad-rimmed Chinese hats. Mayorkun learns from Davido to become the best fighter in order to steal the heart of a girl. Wande Coal even makes a cameo appearance. The video was shot in Lagos and directed by Dammy Twitch. Click here to watch.

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.

 

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.

Stonebwoy features Davido in his new music and video ‘Activate’

Livingstone Etse Satekia known more popularly as Stonebwoy or 1GAD, is a Ghanaian Afropop, Dancehall and Reggae singer. A recipient of two Billboard plaques and global ambassador of sanitation. He is also the CEO of Burniton Music Group with multiple awards such as The Best International Act; Africa Category at the 2015 BET Awards, Artist of the year at the 2015 Ghana music awards.

The singer born in Ashaiman, Accra of Ghana has four albums; Grade released in 2012, Neccessary Evil in 2014, Epistles of Mama 2017 and Angola junction 2020. This multifaceted rapper normally renders his rap in Jamacian patois and has been described as the king of Reggae and Dancehall in Africa. He describes his style as Afro dancehall.

Following the release of his Internationally acclaimed album ‘Angola Junction’ album, Stonebwoy has just dropped his first single and it’s video with Nigerian superstar, Davido. This was recoreded in Accra, Ghana where Davido went for a weekend and the music video shot in the next 24 hours. Produced by Mix Master Garzy.

Speaking on how he wants to be remembered in his career. He says ” A boy from the ghetto who didn’t give up but inspired people. That one who had to struggle for a long time but who still made it. That one who made an impact in people’s life through the music,through the lifestyle, and by representing them. This question is like 80years ahead of me. But between then and now, I hope God helps me along the way because I know I’m going to put in a lot of work and try to create significant moments and milestones. No one is going to be able to forget me because my name is going to be right there in front of their eyes. That’s the mission.”

Album Review: A BETTER TIME

A Better time, Davido’s third studio album was released on the 13th of November, 2020 with 18 million streams on Audiomack and is currently topping the Nigerian Apple music chart. It is all that has been on everyone’s lips for several days now as fans and stans are battling while comparing it with earlier released albums by their faves. Davido’s son, Ifeanyi graciously fills his album cover announcing it as a celebration of birth and life. The album contains 17 tracks featuring a host of African artists which includes Mayorkun, Tiwa Savage, Sho Madjozi, Sauti Sol, Ckay, Bella Shmurda, Mugeez, as well as international artistes like Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Nas, Lil Baby, Young Thug, and Hit-boy making the album a power packed house of various sounds. The album appeals not only to its Nigerian audience but also Africans outside of Nigeria.

Davido’s first track “FEM” already a popular tune across the airways and clubs addresses his haters and their constant criticism of his works and achievements. He gives them a direct advice with fingers to his lips to FEM and face themselves. Not to forget that this song was a popular chant and anthem at the protests that occurred in various parts of Lagos especially Lekki. The following tracks SOMETHING FISHY, JOWO, TANANA, LA LA, FADE, HEAVEN, VERY SPECIAL, SHOPPING SPREE, SUNLIGHT, BIRTHDAY CAKE, ON MY WAY, SO CRAZY, are love songs pleading, eulogizing or seeking reassurances from his lovers. HOLY GROUND is fast becoming a favorite for many. Davido preaching romance in his unique OBO way as usual. While some collabs for instance his songs SO CRAZY with Lil baby and BIRTHDAY CAKE with Nas and Hit-boy were really not necessary and did nothing to add to the overall body of work, there really are no bad songs and every track can be solidly enjoyed. Davido proceeds to proclaim and announce ostentatiously his ride or die goons in the track I GOT A FRIEND. Davido and Mayorkun tout their horn as THE BEST and baddest in their craft making it a bop tune for many pouring in their effort in their creative ventures and work trying to maintain a standard of excellence. The effort put into this album can be clearly seen and felt. It is easy for this album to be enjoyed by all and sundry.

 While the album is enjoyable and really has no bad songs, does it have more to offer as a sequel to A GOOD TIME? We leave you all to be the judge of that. This album however provides various tunes to rock the clubs and concerts this Christmas and we rate it a 7.5/10.

Enjoy The Video For BOJ’s ‘Abracadabra’ With Davido & Mr Eazi

After joining Teezee and Fresh L to release the long-awaited DRB Lasigi album, “Pioneers”, Alte royalty BOJ is back with a new single. This comes about four months since his last solo effort, ‘Assignment’, the heartwarming record where BOJ reveals he doesn’t just want to be a passive partner as he is fully vested in whatever he has with his women. Just like an eager fresh student in the first weeks of resumption, he repeatedly demands an assignment, wanting to work through his love interest and all he demands is her permission or consent.

For this new single titled ‘Abacradabra’, BOJ brings an Afrobeats all-star team, bringing Davido and Mr Eazi for this highly infectious track. BOJ himself comes with the hook that eases itself into your soul with his sensual gruff vocals. Davido and Mr Eazi then come up with brilliant verses well-tailored for this dancehall-equse jam.

The accompanying video directed by Ademola Falomo opens BOJ trying to woo his love interest in a desert setting. As the superstars take turns to deliver their sugar tongued verses, the setting continues to change with BOJ, Davido and Mr Eazi all having fun.

Davido & Burna Boy Feature on Pop Smoke’s “Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon” Deluxe Album

When Pop Smoke’s first posthumous album “Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon” dropped a couple of weeks ago, many were surprised they couldn’t find our Afrobeats juggernauts Davido and Burna Boy on the album as rumoured. It was generally assumed that their entries didn’t make the album’s final cut until news surfaced that there was a deluxe version on its way. Well, in celebration of Pop Smoke’s posthumous 21st birthday, the deluxe version is now here and our superstars are on it.

This version is an extension of the recently-released album and it features 15 new tracks, making “Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon” a total of 34 songs. It also features the much-teased ‘Paranoia’ with Gunna and Young Thug. But a notable omission is Pusha T whose verse seems to have been taken off following the controversy it sparked over alleged shots at Drake.

Other acts featured on the deluxe tape include Queen Naija, A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, Fivio Foreign, PnB Rock and BloodPop. Davido appears on the 25th track titled ‘Tsunami’ while Burna Boy was on the album closer ‘Enjoy Yourself’ remix.

Enjoy the album above.

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