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E Kelly Brings Along Mr Eazi, Joeboy, King Perry And More On “No Secrets” EP

Seasoned Nigerian producer E Kelly has released his debut project, “No Secrets” EP with just a few day’s notice. This is a project he has had in mind to as far back as four years but has finally gotten around to execute, thanks to Mr Eazi and the Empawa Africa team.

“No Secrets” contains just five tracks and it mainly presents some of Nigeria’s rising talents like Boybreed, Minz and the raving King Perry. It also features appearances from Empawa’s success story, Joeboy and boss, Mr Eazi. who has a number of hits under his belt,

Enjoy the project above and let us know what you think about this long-overdue project.

Kwesi Arthur Is Done Being Lonely In ‘Turn On The Lights’

In April 2019, award-winning Ghanian rapper Kwesi Arthur released his adventurous hip-hop and Afrobeats album titled “Live From Nkrumah Krom, Vol II: Home Run.” Guesting an all-star cast of Sarkodie, Nasty C, Stonebwoy, Mr Eazi, Santi and Va Midzo, the project enjoyed rave reviews from critics with some describing it as “his most accessible work yet”. But ever since then, all we’ve gotten from the emcee is a near-total radio silence music-wise, save for a couple of features with BOJ, DJ Cuppy and a more over the past year.

However, Kwesi Arthur is now back from his self-imposed hiatus, giving us a taste of the materials he’s been working on with a new single titled ‘Turn On The Lights’. Speaking about the creation of the tune, Kwesi reveals that “the beat to the song was made last year in a session I had with the producer Yung Demz. I forgot the initial idea I had for it. Months later, I listened to beats stumbled upon it, and I just end up making [Turn on the Lights].”

As you listen to Kewsi Arthur croon over the smooth Yung Demz production, you can simply tell he’s single and searching. You can feel the soulfulness in his lyrics as he laments on the loneliness that comes with being single. ‘Looking for a girl who go stand by me/ I just need a girl I go confide in’ he sings.

And when it comes to the infectious sing-along hook, he tells it as it is “I taya being single”. A very timely record, ‘Turn On The Lights’ helps to soundtrack the loneliness we almost all feel as single youths and young lovers stranded in isolation. It plays into the longing for intimacy in the COVID19-world, where we just have to stay apart or our safety.

Over the past few years, Kwesi Arthur has eased himself into the spotlight as one of Ghana’s most promising flagbearers in their quest to penetrate the world music market. And with this syrupy release, he reminds everyone why he’s even more deserving of that position.

Nonso Amadi Shares Beautiful Visuals For ‘Free’

Nonso Amadi has finally unveiled the visuals for the title-track and one of the standouts off his 6-track “Free” EP. This project was released to good reviews in August 2019 and featured appearances from Simi and Mr Eazi.

This video opens with a pensive Nonso Amadi leaving his half of the bed after what is perceived to be a quarrel with his woman. It appears the relationship isn’t having the best of times but they are undoubtedly still in love. Nonso then steps to the fields to get some space and collect his thoughts and is later joined by his sweetheart. The video is directed by Esquire and co-directed by UAX. Watch the beautiful visuals below.

Joeboy Releases 5-Track Debut EP, “Love & Light”

Ever since the release of his chart-topping smash, ‘Baby‘, Empawa artist, Joeboy has been on a joy ride to stardom and mainstream success. Proving he was no fad, the young singer followed up with equally beautiful songs, ‘Beginning‘ and ‘Don’t Call Me Back‘ alongside their complementing visualizers that have come to be the showpiece for fans. All centred around love, his songs have come to soundtrack most young romantic relationship in these parts.

It all started with a DM from Mr Eazi after an enthralling ‘Shape Of You‘ cover from the talented but obscure up-and-comer. But barely two years after, Joeboy is now one of the biggest stars in the country. He was even nominated in the coveted Next Rated category at the 2019 Headies award.

Riding off the back of his short-and-sweet, love-themed, and melodious records, Joeboy has released his debut 5-track EP titled “Love & Light” which is all he aims to spread with this project. The EP was premiered exclusively on the PGM Radio Show on Wednesday and the responses have been favourable.

A majorly solo affair, DMW‘s Mayorkun is the only guest on this EP, featuring on ‘Don’t Call Be Back‘. This is a record that is already dominating the airwaves and topping streaming charts in just weeks of its release. Production-wise, Joeboy works with a capable team of Killertunes, Dara the Boy and Beats by KO on the project.

Speaking to OkayAfrica about the inspiration for the project, he revealed that “the main inspiration behind the songs on the new EP is just the idea of love and happy music, happiness. Music that you listen to and just gets you hyped up and makes you feel good inside. For lyrical inspiration, I just drew ideas from my experiences, these could be from a movie or my environment, or something I’m playing at the moment.”

Listen to “Love & Light” above.

Listen To Bella Alubo’s New EP “Summer’s Over”

As promised, Bella Alubo has released her new EP, “Summer’s Over” today, November 1. This is a follow-up to her “re-Bella” EP released to good reviews in 2018 with ‘Aiya‘ and ‘Ask Bolaji‘ as highlights.

This new EP contains eight tracks and two bonuses, both remixes to the TUC-produced ‘Agbani‘: a dance-centred record released in celebration of her birthday in August. This highly collaborative project features appearances from Mr Eazi, Zlatan, Ajebutter 22, Fresh L, T’neeya, Ezi Emela, Poe, Tengo John and Ko-jo cue.

Across the 10 tracks, “Summer’s Over” enjoys brilliant production from Que Beat, Syn X, Blaise Beatz, Guilty Beatz, Tuan Malik, and TUC.

Enjoy the album here and tell us what you think.

Joeboy Is Deeply In Love In The Visuals For His Latest Single, ‘Beginning’

After wowing fans with a beautifully crafted and cheeky visualizer for his single ‘Beginning’, Joeboy has unveiled the official video for the single. The single itself is a potent love number that features brilliant songwriting and an airtight delivery from the youngster, as he details his romance with his lover. Produced by the serial hitmaker, Killertunes, the song also gets subtle assistance from Empawa boss, Mr Eazi, who provides melodic background vocals.

The Molla Burke-directed video finds Joeboy having a good hometime with his sweetheart. Over the course of the video, Joeboy contemplates proposing as he constantly fiddles with the cased ring. At the end of the video, we see his overly excited lover, throwing her hands around him, making us assume that he finally decided to go through with it. It is no doubt a video that matches the song’s charm and elegance.

Just about a year in and Joeboy is already looking like an Empawa success story. The young singer already has one of the hottest singles in the country with ‘Baby’. And this new single is poised to also do so well. In fact, it’s visualizer has amassed over a million views on Youtube. The record itself is fast dominating the airwaves and it might be far long before people start to describe it as another hit.

Nonso Amadi Shares Video For ‘Go Outside’ Featuring Mr Eazi

Barely a week after the release of his sophomore “Free” EP, Nonso Amadi has unveiled the video for ‘Go Outside‘, one of the songs off the 6-track project. This chilled number that guests an appearance from one of Nigeria’s biggest exports, Mr. Eazi, finds both acts highlighting some of the perks of their celebrity status, thereby painting themselves as the ladies-magnet.

The Mollana Burke-directed video opens with Nonso Amadi moving on to his love interest while grocery shopping. The video follows their young romance, occasionally showing clips of the singer and Mr. Eazi cruising and having fun around the city.

Enjoy the video above.

Nonso Amadi’s “Free” EP Is Here.

One of Nigeria’s most promising acts, Nonso Amadi has released his new EP titled “Free.” This project is the long-awaited follow up to his sweeping “Alone” EP which housed ‘Suicidal’ featuring IBK.

Containing just six tracks, Simi and Mr Eazi are the only guests as Nonso Amadi appears solo on four tracks of the project. The EP is also majorly self-produced, with additional productions from Juls and AoD. Tyne Angela and Ghana’s Efya also make contributions to the album, assisting with additional vocals.

Speaking about the EP an interview with Pulse NG, Nonso Amadi revealed that “The title of the project is Free and it’s to express like being free; like ‘freedom,’ and all that. It’s just to say, you know, regardless of the pressure that most artists face and all that, this project was created out of a liberty of creativity.

Like I’m not trying to match or compete with anyone. It’s a very interesting sound to hear, and it’s something I want people to listen to while they’re driving or chilling, not when you’re trying to… It’s not made for you to go to the club necessarily. It’s a chill song, it’s Nonso.”

This project comes highly recommended by us at the PGM Club. Enjoy the project above and tell us what you think.

Mo’Believe Is Royalty In Video For ‘Bi Oba (Remix)’

Burgeoning urban-folklore singer, Mo’believe has finally released the visuals to his Empawa re-issued record, ‘Bi Oba’. This record which is a standout selection off his Lagos-inspired his debut album, “Ariwo Eko“, premiered last year on the PGM Radio Show. And now, the Mr Eazi-led Empawa Africa has decided to support the rising act with a video after his sultry voice caught Mr Eazi’s attention last year on Twitter.

Mo'believe catches Mr Eazi's attention On Twitter

Mo’believe catches Mr Eazi’s attention On Twitter

No doubt, Mr Eazi seems to be doing the Lord’s work with his Empawa100 program – helping and supporting budding talents all over the continent in chasing their dreams as musical stars by shooting and marketing their videos. And to this end, the super-gifted Mo’believe is a worthy beneficiary.

This Squareball Media-filmed video is a celebration of African culture, with Mo’believe and the models in video donning beautiful Yoruba attires and props. With his debut album, “Ariwo Eko“, Mo’believe tries to capture the sounds and peculiar elements of the city, and this video directed by Adasa Cookey helps to further this curation.

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!!!

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