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L.A.X Calls Up A Super Team Of Simi & Tiwa Savage For ‘Gobe’ Remix

Remixes often feel like taking a gamble. Sometimes, it ends up being needless and failed attempt to reenact the greatness of the original. A few other times, it matches up to the potential of the initial song, giving us a refreshing dose of the melodies we’ve already come to love. But there are also those very rare moments where the remix takes it to a whole new level. The remix becomes a well taken second shot well taken, building up on the beams of the original to create something even better refined and much more sublime. And L.A.X’s ‘Gobe’ remix with Simi and Tiwa Savage is one of those moments.

Back in February, L.A.X had teamed up with 2baba to soundtrack the valentines’ day celebrations with a keening tune detailing how their excesses in their relationships have come full circle. But for the remix released this last weekend, L.A.X changes the perspective, joining forces with Simi and Tiwa Savage, two of Nigeria’s most gifted singers to discuss this from a woman’s angle. Even as the beat, theme and hook remain the same, it is their pristine vocals and delivery gives the record a new exciting life. With two of the hottest songs in the country to her name, Simi has been one of the biggest winners of this pandemic, as far as Nigerian music is concerned. She continues this amazing run with her opening verse, reminding her erring lover, she’s done acting the fool and now following his footsteps. Tiwa Savage follows up with her stirring verse well woven in Yoruba, English and Pidgin, riding the soft and smooth Clemzy-production like a wave. L.A.X then wraps up the song with a verse from the original, easing you down to the repeat button.

Enjoy this single above.

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)

Tiwa Savage Surprises Us With A Double Treat

One of Nigeria’s biggest music export, Tiwa Savage has released two new surprise singles titled ‘Attention‘ and ‘Owo Mi Da‘. This comes a couple of months after UMG debut, ‘49-99‘ whose’s striking video has been lauded by many and has been on serious rotation on the airwaves. These new songs were initially slated for release later today but were eventually dropped ahead of schedule because of leaks that surfaced on the internet right after their announcement.

Owo Mi Da‘ is a Pheelz-produced Afropop record that finds Tiwa Savage in full bitch-better-have-my-money mode as she demands her due from her defaulters.

Attention‘ is the poignant tale of a once beautiful relationship now worn out and has gradually become a shadow of its former self. Tiwa Savage’s lover is showing signs of disinterest and she calls him to order with this song. If he still wants her, he’d just have to sit up because she has no qualms dumping him for another who will shower her with the care and attention she desires. This is an Afro-R&B record laced with Afrobeat elements produced by Black Jerzee.

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 goodwill and blessings while running slang-laced commentaries on street hustles. Its accompanying church-themed video featured a new dance routine that entailed repeated rhythmic hopping, occasionally punctuated with a faux jump kick. ‘Able God’ became an instant street hit and before long, the record found its way to the clubs, dominated the airwaves and attained mainstream dominance. Chinko Ekun had finally scored that hit. 

The single which recently picked up the Street Hop award at the 2019 Headies was such an enormous success that ushered in the Zanku dance as the successor of the globetrotting shaku-shaku. For Chinko, it was the much-needed hit single that had eluded him since his YBNL days. But over time, the biggest winners of the hit record has been 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, he was now included in conversations he never existed before. He also had a good run of bookings and 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 present something even 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.

Before its release, Zlatan was a balmy indigenous rapper seeking to thrust himself into mainstream consciousness. He had had a couple of hot street tunes but nothing strong enough to propel him to stardom. But with the release of the smash, Zlatan whom many never knew existed just a year ago grew into a household name. His scene-stealing verse on the record was the first of his run of killer-features that is still on at the moment. It was on that record many of us first heard his tongue-twisting mantra, ‘kapaichumarimarichopaco’ that left us probing for its meaning 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’s 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 both could even give Burna Boy a run for his money as the hottest Nigeria act in 2019.

And just like the YBNL general, the coloured-hair 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, laying the Midas touch to almost every single he blesses particularly with his infectious ad-libs.  Even our biggest superstars — scrambling to get a slice of the Zanku pie — have continued to tap him for assists. Zlatan has now 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.

The other winner is Rexxie who has now moved from a producer seeking validation to a certified hitmaker. Ever since ‘Able God‘, Rexxie has 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‘ tag on any song, you know that you’re in for a treat. 

The young producer has been 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 several 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 since leveraged upon to take their careers to the next level.

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

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