Tiwa Savage

Zlatan and Rexxie Have A Lot To Thank ‘Able God’ For

In September 2018, Chinko Ekun finally scored his long-sought hit. The Dek-Niyor rapper fielded a team of Lil Kesh and Zlatan Ibile over a scintillating Rexxie production and released ‘Able God’ to the warm embrace of the streets. Over hard-hitting percussions, the three rappers call on to God for blessings while providing slang-laced commentaries on street hustles. Its accompanying video shot largely in a church featured a new dance that entailed repeated rhythmic hopping, punctuated occasionally with a faux jump kick. It instantly became a street anthem and before long, the record found its way to the clubs, dominated the airwaves, and remained on the lips of music lovers. A hit was born. 

Able God’ which recently picked up the Street Hop award at the 2019 Headies was an enormous success that ushered in the Zanku dance to the mainstream as the successor of the globetrotting shaku-shaku. For Chinko Ekun, it was the much-needed hit single that eluded him since his YBNL days. But over a year since it’s release, the biggest winner of the monster hit record was Zlatan and Rexxie the producer for whom the club banger served as a launchpad to stardom. 

Yes, Chinko Ekun had a hit to his name, pushed him in conversations that he never existed before, and had a good run of stage performances in the last quarter of 2018. It even got him his first Headies award. But he has since struggled to replicate the success of ‘Able God’ or even something close. His last two singles, ‘Calling‘ and ‘Mafo‘ have been met with middling success – and that’s being generous. 

But for Zlatan, ‘Able God’ was the beginning of something way more massive.

Prior to its release, Zlatan was a balmy indigenous rapper seeking to thrust himself into mainstream consciousness. Yes, he had a couple of hot tunes on the streets but nothing strong enough to propel him to stardom. But with the release of the smash, Zlatan who many never knew existed just a year ago has grown into a household name. His standout verse on the record was the first of his run of killer features that is still on. That was where many of us first heard his tongue-twisting mantra, ‘kapaichumarimarichopaco’ that left us probing for its meaning and origin till the year’s end. Along with his heralded Zanku dance being the dominant step in the country for almost a year now, Zlatan has simply moved from obscurity to stardom in the space of just a year.

 It is almost irrefutable that Zlatan is the hottest rapper right now. Perhaps rivalled only by his friend and frequent collaborator, Naira Marley. Both are gradually unseating Olamide as the go-to guy for street anthems, haunting verses, candied ad-libs and pop slangs. As it stands, they could even give Burna Boy a run for his money as the hottest Nigeria act in 2019.

And just like the YBNL general, the green-haired rapper has comfortably positioned himself as a staple for both the gritty corners of Agege and the wavy waters of Lekki. He has been on a spree of killer-features, bringing the Midas touch to almost every single he blesses particularly with his infectious ad-libs.  Even our biggest superstars, wanting to get a slice of the Zanku pie have continued to tap him for assists. Zlatan has teamed up with Davido, Tekno and even Burna, in their award-winning duet,‘Killin Dem’, which is still one of Naija’s biggest songs at the moment.

Another winner is Rexxie who has now moved from a producer seeking validation to a certified hitmaker. Ever since ‘Able God‘, Rexxie must have crossed some things off his bucket list, having worked with some of Nigeria’s biggest acts like Davido and Tiwa this past year. He has also been on a streak of bangers especially on his team-ups with Naira Marley. Even his bio on Twitter says it all: “Hits Only”. Now when you hear his ‘Yo Rexxie pon dis one‘ as any song kicks in, you know that you’re in for a treat. 

The young producer has been beatsmith behind smash hits like Naira Marley’s ‘Soapy‘, ‘Am I a Yahoo Boy‘ as well as the most recent DMW‘s ‘On God‘ with Dremo, Mayourkun and label boss, Davido. 

Able God’ is more than just another hit. It was the ignition that propelled acts into the mainstream consciousness after years of underground dominance. This doesn’t imply that it is single-handedly responsible for their present successes. No, but it gave them the visibility that Zlatan and Rexxie particularly have leveraged upon to take their careers to the next level. While Chinko Ekun is slowly fading back into obscurity and Lil Kesh is almost nowhere to be found.

BOJ Teams Up With Tiwa Savage On ‘Your Love (Mogbe)’

One-third of the alte-pi0neering DRB Lasgidi, BOJ has tapped Tiwa Savage for his latest release titled ‘Your Love (Mogbe)‘. This continues Boj’s string of team-ups having worked with Teni, Falz, Fresh L, Kwesi Arthur, Joey B, Darko Vibes and Ycee in his previous 2019 releases. The song was premiered yesterday evening on Ebro Darden‘s show on Beats1 Radio.

Over the laid back record, both acts profess their love for one another. They both detail how well they admire and each other, also reminding themselves of their hopelessness if they decide to leave each other. With a very catchy sing-along hook, the song peaks at its final moments when Boh’s gruff voice synergizes with Tiwa’s syrupy vocals, making you fumble immediately for the repeat button.

This is a song that would be best enjoyed in the silent nights spent in your lover’s arms while slightly intoxicated. And this weekend appears to be the best time for such.

Enjoy this record and tell us what you think.

Tiwa Savage Releases Her Long-Awaited UMG Debut, ’49-99′

The queen is back! After months of anticipation, excitement regarding her Universal Music deal, and a string of dazzling guest spots on bangers all year long, Tiwa Savage has finally treated us to her first official single of the year. And it’s well worth the wait.

After teasing the single for almost a week now, Tiwa has unveiled her Pheelz-produced UMG debut titled ‘49-99‘, a mid-tempo afro-pop record with Afrobeat elements, particularly rich in instrumentation with scintillating underlining strings.

On the record, Tiwa Savage expresses her desires 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 reveals.

At a listening party was also held in London, on Wednesday, September 4, she explained the symbolism behind the cryptic title of the much-teased single. “It’s a phrase that was coined by the godfather of afrobeats, Fela Kuti. It means, ‘49 sitting, 99 standing.’ Errm, suffering and smiling. For those who are not Nigerian, we have these transit buses which we call a ‘molue’ and it has 49 seats.

“So instead of it to have 49 people to commute to work and back, you have 49 people sitting and double that standing, hanging… That’s just a reflection of the economy and the imbalance with the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer. So the song, even when you first listen to it – it’s a great record – it’s one you can Zanku to and dance to.”

….I wanted my first global single to have a message that we are suffering and smiling and music is a powerful tool. And I wanted a title which could be a conversation starter like 49 people sitting and 99 people standing… like we’re suffering and smiling.” She continued.

The brilliantly-directed video opens with Tiwa Savage as the queen of the underworld, as it quickly switches to Tiwa hustling as a fashion designer. At the end of the video, she can be seen enjoying herself at the table of pervacious ‘big men’ whom she had hypnotised with her moves.

Earlier this week, Tiwa Savage cancelled her performance at the DSTV Delicious Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa in light of the recent xenophobic attacks against Nigerians in the country.

Enjoy the video below.

Tiwa Savage Joins Wavy The Creator On Body Deep (Remix)

Eccentric Disturbing London signee and one of the front liners of the alte movement, Wavy the Creator has come a long way since her emergence in the music scene in mid-2017. She has a couple of successful singles to her belt, getting appreciated and celebrated even beyond the shores of the country. Wavy has also shared a stage with superstars like Skepta, J Hus, Wizkid and Davido.

Earlier this year, she treated us to a new release ‘Body Deep‘ alongside its futuristic video which has been gaining traction on the airwaves. And now, she is taking it a step further by offering us a remix with one of Nigeria’s biggest acts, Tiwa Savage.

As expected, the Universal Music act helps to breathe a new life into the Spanker-produced jam. The seasoned songstress steps comfortably into Wavy’s world, delivering a sultry but electric verse and also joins in on the infectious hook. It’s always amazing when Afropop acts find themselves in the space of these new-gen acts and still find themselves at home. This is, of course, a testament to Tiwa’s pure talent and artistic depth.

This remix was premiered yesterday at the PGM Radio Show, where Wavy the Creator revealed that she has a project in the works titled “The Alien’s Playlist“. The album is scheduled for release later this year.

This bop comes highly recommended from us at the PGM Club.

Crayon, Wavy The Creator & Tomi Thomas Feature On The Push Good Music (PGM) Radio Show

This is another must-listen episode of the PGM Radio Show!  On this episode, new Mavin Afropop wonder kid Crayon is inducted into the PGM Family, Wavy The Creator comes back to exclusively premiere the remix to her smash hit single Body Deep, featuring the Queen of Afropop herself, Tiwa Savage, and Tomi Thomas discusses Illusion and his yet to be released, Healer Project.

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!!!

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

Tiwa Savage Pens Record Deal With Universal Music Group

Popular Nigerian singer, Tiwa Savage has signed a record deal with international music giants, Universal Music Group (UMG). This newly signed contract also marks the end of her seven-year stint at Mavin Records.

UMG executives, Efe Ogbeni and Vanessa Amadi-Ogbonna, have expressed their excitement at signing one of Africa’s biggest female acts, revealing, “We’re very proud to be a part of this ground-breaking partnership between Tiwa Savage and Universal Music Group. Tiwa is undoubtedly the most hardworking and talented female artist crossing over from Africa to the rest of the world, and UMG has demonstrated its commitment to the continent by placing its formidable machinery behind her amazing career. Partnerships like these symbolize the hopes and dreams of so many talented artists back home in Africa and it is an honor to be the executive producers of her project.

Present at the singing, Adam Granite, Executive Vice President, Market Development at Universal Worldwide expressed that “We are looking forward to partnering with Tiwa and her team to help her music reach new audiences around the world. As one of Africa’s most successful, influential and dynamic singer-songwriters, Tiwa has truly global ambitions and UMG is committed to helping her in achieving them.”

Tiwa Savage former label-boss and colleague,  Don Jazzy has taken to his Instagram to officially confirm her departure and appreciate her spell at his label, Mavin Records.

Our darling Tiwatope. We at Mavin would like to say a very big thank you for being such an inspiration to all of us, a friend, a sister. It’s been an epic journey with you and we are very proud of what we have achieved together.

As you start this new chapter in your life we want you to know that we are solidly behind you and can’t wait for the world to see what we have always believed you can be.

Your jersey as the First Lady of Mavin will forever be yours as we do not intend to fill that position with anyone else.We love you from the bottom of heart and pray GOD’s blessings continue to follow you. Amennnn.” He posted alongside an appreciative picture on Instagram.

Tiwa Savage also commented on the post, appreciating his unflinching support and understanding.

When I got pregnant I was nervous to tell you so I decided to tell you at the airport when we were traveling for a show. I figured you couldn’t really say much in a public place 🤣🙈 but then you told me you already knew and had already been thinking of a plan to keep my brand going while I took some time out.

I was shocked because you weren’t phased by the news, you had already started making plans. I recorded the RED album while I was heavy and I would fall asleep during sessions and you and the whole team would crash in the studio right there with me till I woke up again and was ready to finish recording. There was nothing you would hear about me that ever made you mad, no outfit was too crazy, no headline was too controversial for you to handle no crazy outburst no nothing.

If I said today wasn’t emotional for me I would be LYING. Please promise me that our relationship will never change. I only want to make you proud of me. Not every super hero has an S on their chest. You are my superhero DON DORO BUCCI. 7 years, 7 the number of perfection. I LOVE YOU ALWAYS AND FOREVER. Mavin 4life #DiaFada 💪🏽🙏🏼❤️” She wrote.

Congratulations Tiwa Savage.

Fever – Wizkid

On Independence Day, Wizkid dropped two hit songs Master Groove and Fever amid all the recent drama.  They were the Pop star’s first official releases this year as teasers off his upcoming album Made In Lagos.

 The singer has been in the headlines a lot this final quarter of the year for both good and bad reasons, most recently defending his Best Male West Africa title and winning the Video of The Year (for Soco) award at the recently concluded AFRIMMA. The singer had also recently been called out on social media by the mother of his first child for being a “social media dad” and the just-released Meji Alabi-directed video for his single Fever is sure to stir up more controversy. The video for the up-tempo Afro-Pop track is colorful and stars Tiwa Savage as Star Boy’s love interest (sparking up more interest in their relationship: a PR stunt, a statement or both?) creating a very sexy vibe. Since its release this morning, the video has received a myriad of reactions with most fans trolling Wizkid (with his less-than-stellar fatherhood) and Tiwa’s ex-husband Teebillz (for his relationships with Wiz and Tiwa) and others comparing the video to Davido’s Assurance

Tiwa’s appearance in this particular video at this time was definitely intentional; Wizkid and Tiwa have been attacked a lot on social media this year for an alleged love affair (particularly since Wiz posted pictures of Tiwa on his Instagram page on her birthday in February). Her appearance may just be a publicity stunt – which fans will find hard to believe because the pheromones literally jump at you as you watch the video – but it definitely makes a bold statement akin to throwing the middle finger. The video is very sexy and in this writer’s opinion is in no way a ripoff of Assurance (with or without the controversy surrounding it), as it is a less stiff interpretation of when money enter, love is sweeter.

With Fever, Wizkid and Meji Alabi masterfully pulled a Kardashian and created a hit video with just enough controversy to keep tongues wagging. You should see it.

#PGM Sounds Of Christmas

Christmas is here! And as such our PGM Sounds of the week have chosen to reflect the season.
This week we at thepgmclub have curated 10 Christmas classics to make up our Sounds of Christmas edition.
With the perfect blend of Nigerian and foreign songs, the playlist includes Jinmi Abduls, Omolara and Ariana Grande

#PGM SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS

Jinmi Abduls – Lagos Christmas
Jinmi teams up with Remy Baggins to create a song for the Lgaos Christmas experience. An instant favorite and an amazing song.

Myoa – O Holy Night
Myoa expertly delivers her own take on the Christmas classic Silent Night and we atthepgmclub love it.

Waje & Omawummi – Christmas = Jollification
This Nigerian Christmas classic sees two vocal powerhouses in Waje and Omawummi team up to describe the unique Nigerian Christmas experience on a banging Del B instrumental. If this doesn’t get you in the Christmas groove, nothing will.

Cobhams Asuquo – Star of Wonder
On this beautiful song, Cobhams uses his amazing voice to remind the world about the true essence of Christmas. Very good music.

Tolu – Silent Night ft Tiwa Savage
Tolu and Tiwa Savage, singing Silent Night ? Yes please. Two amazing vocalists give their own take on the classic Christmas car and the result is a delight to the ears.

Omolara – Give Me Christmas
Up Tempo, groovy and with an amazing Christmas message. A Christmas classic for the ages from Omolara.

Ariana Grande – Wit It This Christmas
Taken off her surprise Christmas EP, Christmas and Chill, Ariana’s subtle vocals will get you all rev’d up for fun this Christmas.

Justin Bieber – Under the Mistletoe
Despite all the drama, one undeniable fact is that Justin Bieber is a supreme talent and his amazing voice delivers what has now become a Christmas classic in Under the Mistletoe

All the songs in this article can be streamed from our playlist.

Happy Holidays from everyone here at thepgmclub.

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