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Wizkid Releases New Surprise EP, “SoundMan Vol.1”

Christmas came early for Wizkid fans and general Nigerian music lovers! In the wee hours of today, December 6, the acclaimed artist of the decade and one of Nigeria’s biggest music export, Wizkid released a new surprise project titled “SoundMan Vol.1.” And although this isn’t the project fans have been expecting from Wizkid, they still can’t complain.

The EP is a 7-track project released under Wizkid’s Starboy imprint. So technically, it isn’t an official Wizkid project but Starboy’s. In fact, on Apple Music, the EP is titled “SoundMan Vol.1 (feat.Wizkid)“. For the most part across the project, Wizkid appears alone, but in others, he gets vocal assistance from Chronixx and Black Jerzee who didn’t fail to deliver.

Also, he works with a range of producers, some of the best in the business at the moment, including Blaq Jerzee, DJ Tunez, Kel-P and London.

Wizkid also took to his Twitter to announce that the second volume of this project would be released before the long-awaited and much-teased album, “Made In Lagos.” “Made In Lagos.” Vol 2 soon touch before MIL! ❤️🖤🦅 ” he wrote on Twitter.

Merry Christmas to all Wizkid fans. Enjoy the project here.

Paybac Is Living Life On His Own Terms In ‘Boy Band’

After months of teasing, pulling a Wizkid, making us literally beg for the single, and then suspending the initial release date, Paybac‘s ‘Boy Band‘ is finally here. This is the much-anticipated lead single off Paybac’s upcoming solo album, “Cult,” and also his first post-“Alternate Ending” release.

Paybac rapped his ass off on the joint album with Boogey -an album-of-the-year contender by the way- such that he is taking a break off that with ‘Boy Band’ and perhaps “Cult” as a whole. He confidently sings with his raspy voice in his ‘if Fela, the Beatles and Kanye had a baby’ style about his carefree life over soft percussions and organ keys. The song samples ‘Acid Rock‘ by the 70s Afro-Rock Band, The Funkees and is produced by LearnTheCreator.

Opening with the disclaimer “I no dey for gang, this na Boy Band,” the record finds Paybac a rebel, living the life of a rockstar. He might not have all the money in the world, but he makes the best use of what is at his disposal to live solely on his terms, not giving a hoot about anyone’s approval. He wants no troubles either.

The hook is an infectious one that’d have you humming, singing or even shouting along in no time. Enjoy ‘Cult‘ above.

P.S: Paybac, don’t make us choke to death as we hold our breaths for ‘Uwaka‘s video. Thank you. You’re welcome.

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!!!

Mut4y Teams Up With Wande Coal On ‘Start 2 Dance

One half of super production duo Legendury Beatz, Mut4y is back again with a new banger titled ‘Start 2 Dance’ featuring the gifted vocalist Wande Coal. Ever since his 2017 smash hit ‘Manya’ with label boss, Wizkid, Mut4y has been steady with his releases of quality singles pairing with outstanding vocalists who can reliever on his dazzling productions.

Mut4y Start 2 Dance

Mut4y Start 2 Dance

In fact, this is Mut4y’s second single this year, following the release of ‘4 Play with Shaydee Boi just last month.

 

This new single is a club banger designed to make you move your body once the first kick sets in. It finds the self-acclaimed Black Diamond calling to everyone at the party to “come and dance” and make the party come alive.

 

This is a solid dance-centered record that you can use to kick off your weekend and show off your new Zanku moves you’ve practiced all week.

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.

Skepta & Wizkid Are Alté Cruising – Bad Energy Video

We’ve seen a recent wave of videos pay homage to 90’s Nollywood with the VHS-style footage (the peak being Santi’s self-directed Freaky video); an aesthetic many would attribute to the Alté Movement.

HEADIES 2016: THE NOMINEES


BEST RECORDING OF THE YEAR

EMERGENCY – D’BANJ

PRAY FOR ME – DAREY FEAT. SOWETO CHOIR

LOVE DON’T CARE – SIMI

ORENTE – ADEKUNLE GOLD

SOMETHING GOOD IS HAPPENING – BRYMO


PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

DJ COUBLON – ‘GOOD TIME & RABA’

PHEELS – ‘PICK UP & LAGOS BOYS’ – OLAMIDE

LEGENDURY BEATS – ‘FINAL – BABA NLA’ WIZKID

YOUNG JOHN – ‘MAMA’ – KISS DANIEL

MASTAKRAFT – ‘FADA FADA’, ‘CONNECT’ – PHYNO

OSCAR HERMAN-ACKAH – ‘PRAY FOR ME’ – DAREY


BEST MUSIC VIDEO

EMERGENCY (D’BANJ) – UNLIMITED LA

MARY (SEYI SHAY) – MEJI ALABI

SOLDIER (FALZ THA BAD GUY) – CLARENCE PETERS

MADE FOR YOU – BANKY W

BAD – TIWA SAVAGE FEAT. WIZKID – SESAN


BEST R&B/POP ALBUM

NEW ERA – KISS DANIEL

WANTED – WANDE COAL

KLITORIS – BRYMO

NAKED – DAREY

SEYI OR SHAY – SEYI SHAY


BEST R&B SINGLE

LOVE DON’T CARE – SIMI

MADE FOR YOU – BANKY W

SUPER WOMAN – WANDE COAL

PRAY FOR ME – DAREY

ADUKE – TJAN

SMILE – SHAYDEE


BEST POP SINGLE

MAMA – KISS DANIEL

FINAL (BABA NLA) – WIZKID

PICK UP – ADEKUNLE GOLD

OSINACHI – HUMBLESMITH FEAT. DAVIDO

REGGAE BLUES – HARRYSONG FEAT. OREZI, IYANYA, OLAMIDE, KCEE

EMERGENCY – D’BANJ

FADA FADA – PHYNO FEAT. OLAMIDE

MONEY – TIMAYA FEAT. FLAVOUR


BEST REGGAE/DANCEHALL SINGLE

NO KISSING’ – PATORANKING FT SARKODIE

BODY HOT – PRAIZ FT. JESSE JAGZ & STONE BWOY

JAGA LOVE – JESSE JAGZ

OLOWO – CYNTHIA MORGAN

PAM PAM – KETCHUP

TIMAYA – I LIKE THE WAY


BEST RAP ALBUM

EYAN MAYWEATHER – OLAMIDE

POWERFUL – ILL BLISS

STORIES THAT TOUCH – FALZ

LIL’ KESH – YAGI


BEST COLLABO

SOLDIER – FALZ FEAT. SIMI

REGGAE BLUES – HARRYSONG FEAT. OREZI, IYANYA, OLAMIDE, KCEE

OSINACHI – HUMBLESMITH FEAT. DAVIDO

WAIT – SOLIDSTAR FEAT. TIWA SAVAGE

NO KISSING – PATORANKING FEAT. SARKODIE

MONEY – TIMAYA FEAT. FLAVOUR


BEST RAP SINGLE

EYAN MAYWEATHER – OLAMIDE

ASAMALEKUN – REMINISCE

JAGABAN – YCEE

CHUKWU AGOZI GOGI – ILL BLISS

AGU JI NDI MEN – A-Q

SHOW YOU SOMETHING – BOOGEY


BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE(MALE)

BRYMO – SOMETHING GOOD IS HAPPENING

DAREY FEAT. SOWETO CHOIR – PRAY FOR ME

SHAYDEE – SMILE

WANDE COAL – SUPER WOMAN

RIC HASSANI – GENTLEMAN


BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (FEMALE)

SIMI – LOVE DON’T CARE

SEYI SHAY – RIGHT NOW

ARAMIDE FEAT. ADEKUNLE GOLD – LOVE ME

OMAWUMI FEAT. ANGELIE KIDJO – PLAY NA PLAY


NEXT RATED

YCEE

TEKNO

MR. EAZI

HUMBLESMITH

ARAMIDE


HIP HOP WORLD REVELATION

KISS DANIEL – NEW ERA

SEYI SHAY – SEYI OR SHAY

LIL’ KESH – YAGI

RUNTOWN – GHETTO UNIVERSITY


LYRICIST ON THE ROLL

ILL BLISS – CHUKWU AGOZI GOGI

REMINSCE – ASALAMALEKU

YCEE – JAGABAN

BOOGEY – SHOW YOU SOMETHING

A-Q – AGU JI NDI MEN’

MODENINE – NO MATTER WHAT


BEST STREET-HOP ARTISTE

OLAMIDE – WHO YOU EPP

AJEBUTTER FEAT. FALZ – BAD GANG

KOKER – KO LE WERK

YCEE – JAGABAN

SMALL DOKTA – GBERA

2T BOYS – CUSTOMER DADA NI


BEST ‘ALTERNATIVE’ SONG

PICK UP – ADEKUNLE GOLD

SOMETHING GOOD IS HAPPENING – BRYMO

YOU SUPPOSE KNOW – BEZ

WAIT FOR ME – JOHNNY DRILLE

GENTLEMAN – RIC HASSANI


ALBUM OF THE YEAR

STORIES THAT TOUCH – FALZ

NEW ERA – KISS DANIEL

WANTED – WANDE COAL

SEYI OR SHAY – SEYI SHAY


ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

WIZKID

TIWA SAVAGE

FALZ

YEMI ALADE

OLAMIDE


SONG OF THE YEAR

FINAL (BABA NLA) – WIZKID

OSINACHI – HUMBLESMITH FEAT. DAVIDO

PICK UP – ADEKUNLE GOLD

REGGAE BLUES – HARRYSONG FEAT.

FADA FADA – PHYNO FEAT. OLAMIDE


AFRICAN ARTISTE

SAUTI SOL

CASPER NYOVEST

DJ MAPHORISA

STONEBWOY

SARKODIE

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