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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.

 

Omah lay and Tems,arrested and charged to court in Uganda for flouting Covid-19 guidelines

Nigerian singers, Stanley Omah Didia known better as Omah lay and Temilade Opeyin alias Tems with her manager, Muyiwa Awomiyi have been arrested and charged to court by the Katwe Police on charges of Negligently doing acts likely to spread an infectious disease C/S 171 of the penal code in Uganda.

In a viral tweet yesterday from the Police’s official Twitter handle, they announced the arrest and it’s reason being a concert which flouted the country’s Covid-19 guidelines;

@Patrickonyango1 “Three people have been arrested in connection to the unauthorised concert that was held last night in Ddungu Resort in Munyonyo, Kampala City”.
https://t.co/YQwXDElQbC

Those arrested are Ivan Ddungu, the manager of the place where the concert was held, Omah Lay the musician and Prim Kasana, Events Manager, who contracted Omah Lay to sing.

An hour ago, the police went on to elucidate that earlier plans to have the artists released on bond have been withdrawn by the DPP( Director of Public Prosecution) and they, plus four ugandans will be remanded until Wednesday 16/12/2020.

Ivan Ddungu, manager of the event center, had posted yesterday on Facebook that they had clearance from the police and even security for  the concert provided by members of the Ugandan police force. While the artists and event planners erred as Corona is a public health matter and governments need to do all in their power to protect their citizens, the grouse for many Nigerians seem to be that Ugandan artists at the concert weren’t arrested only foreign ones. If at all artists and not show organizers are to be arrested, isn’t it fair for all artists to be rounded up. Is this justice or extreme high handedness to exude power?

Omah Lay’s new E.P “What have we Done” is out

 

Fast rising Afrofusion artiste Omah Lay has just released his second E.P “ What have we done“. This is coming shortly after “Get layed” which not only blew our minds but introduced Omah lay as one to watch out for this year. His new work aims not only to dispel the one hit wonder myth but also engrave his name as one of the fastest booming talents Nigeria and Africa can boast of. What have we Done shows the growth of Omah Lay from his previously released E.P Get Layed not only as an artiste but also a songwriter.
The E.P kicks off with the track My Baby where he goes into details explaining all the very many things he wants to do to his baby girl.

“I wanna love you love you love you love you
Lo love you down down
I wanna drive you drive you drive you drive you
Sotey you go whine down
I wanna do you things wey you no go understand”

He proceeds to narrate the envy and deception his new found stardom brings making it a cruel lonely place. He believes he is alone in this experience as no one can relate to what he feels in the next track Can’t relate . He askes the lord to delete viruses hoping for his downfall from his system and never let him fall victim to their scheming. The E.P’s third track has Omah lay thanking God for being Godly  as God is who supports and comforts him to shine and carry on in his music. Meanwhile in Confession, Omah Lay declares the state of confusion and mind wreck his object of desire is putting him through. He confesses that his mind is messed up and he is infact obsessed.

“I got a confession

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DJ Tunez Brings An All-Star Team Of Wizkid, Omah Lay, Adekunle Gold For ‘Pami’

After teaming up with Wizkid on two releases in the past four weeks, superstar disc jockey, DJ Tunez is back yet again with a dream team of Wizkid, Adekunle Gold and Omah Lay for his latest single ‘Pami’.

Ever since he announced the line-up about a week ago, fans and general music lovers have been holding their hands out, waiting to receive this rare form of blessing that comes in form of notes and rhythms.

And as expected, this is a ‘vibes’ seeker’s delight. Over the soft and mellow but steady beat, the three superstars bring their essence to the track, making it a tune bound to grip you from the first listen. Omah Lay opens the record brilliantly with that flow that made us fall in love with him in the first place, and Wizkid eased in right after. It’s so beautiful to appreciate how far Adekunle Gold has evolved his artistry into pop-oriented sounds, and he sounds right at home in this collaboration.

Overall, this is a tune sure to get you hooked from the first listen. Enjoy this record above.

DJ Spinall Taps Omah Lay For His New Single ‘Tonight’

DJ Spinall is well known for his prowess on the turntables. The celebrity who sports his signature traditional cap everywhere he goes is celebrated as one of Nigeria’s biggest DJ’s who can turn to a room full of wallflowers into a sweaty project-x-type party with a couple spins. But Top Boy, as he’s often called, has also recently made a name for himself as a certified hitmaker. Over the years, he has teamed up with some of the country’s biggest and brightest stars to churn out steaming anthems for the streets and clubs. From ‘Baba’ with Kiss Daniel, to ‘Gba Gbe’ with Burna Boy as well as the Wizkid-assisted ‘Nowo’, Spinall has been serving us hits for years. Now, he has joined forces with the rave of the moment, Omah Lay to serve us another uplifting Afropop banger titled ‘Tonight’.

Over the soft and easy afrobeats production laid out by Spinall himself, Omah Lay declares his intentions to just have the time of his life and enjoy his success. Across the first verse, he details his sweet romance with his sweetheart. “I dey for plane, she be pilot” he sings. He confesses that they are just the right fit for one another, “me I be her bad habit o, say she get Acappella for my beat o/ Say she get e paper and I get bic o”.

The second verse is more tailored to his career journey as he soaks in the adulation he’s been getting for a while now. A self-assured Omah Lay also reminds his detractors that he can’t be put down. DJ Spinall describes the record as “a combination of charming, melodic Afrobeats flow…a stimulus for fans to enjoy life and make the most out of all the negatives moments,” and that’s exactly what it plays out to be.

Enjoy the single above.

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