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MTV music awards reveals it’s nominees for Best Collaboration, Song of the year, Best Fan-base, Best International act and Best Alternative nominees

MTV Africa music Awards in collaboration with Uganda’s Ministry of Tourism will be hosting their 7th edition  award ceremony in Kampala, Uganda on the 20th of February, 2021.

The event will celebrate African talent across 20 award categories, including Best MaleBest FemaleBest Song, and Best Collaboration. The contribution of artists from Portuguese and French-speaking Africa will also be recognized in the Best Lusophone and Best Francophone categories. Additional new categories included are the MAMA Generation Change AwardBest Fan BaseAlone Together Best Lock-down Performance and Personality of the Year. These new categories seek to demonstrate MTV Base’s commitment to supporting the youth of Africa.

Most of the categories and nominees have already been announced. Yesterday however, MTV Africa music awards revealed its nominees for Best collaboration, Song of the year, Best international act, Best fan-base and Best alternative nominees.

 

Best Alternative nominees;

Adekunle Gold – Nigeria

Afrotronix – Chad

Amaarea – Ghana

Ami faku – South Africa

Matata – Kenya

Simi – Nigeria

Best International Act;

Beyonce

Da baby

Dj Khaled

Drake

Meg Thee Stallion

The Weekend

Song of the year;

Amanikiniki – Mfr souls ft. Major league DJz, kamo mphela and Bontle Smith

Duduke – Simi

Fem- Davido

Jeje – Diamond platnumz

Jerusalema – Master KG ft. Nomcebo Zikodo

John vuli gate – Mapara A Jazz ft. Ntosh Gazi and colano

Te amo – Calema

Suzanna – Sauti Sol

Olandi – Innoss’b

Nobody – Dj Neptune ft. Joeboy and Mr Eazi

Munda Awo – B2C

Monsters you made – Burna Boy ft Chris Martin

Best Collaboration;

Beyonce, Shatta Wale, Major Lazer – Already

Burna Boy, Chris Martin – Monsters you made

Innoss’b, Diamond Platnumz – Yope remix

Master KG, Burna Boy, Nomcebo – Jerusalema remix

Wizkid, H.E.R – Smile

Yemi Alade,  Angelique kidjo – Shekere

Best Fan-base;

A-reece

Cassper Nyovest

Diamond platnumz

Nadia Mukami

Naira Marley

Serge Beynaud

Eddy Kenzo

Fally Ipupa

Wizkid

Shatta Wale

To vote, check the Twitter handle @Mtvbasewest and click the links for the various categories and nominees of your choice or visit the Mtv Mama website. 

 

“Ginger” video out now!

Thr official video for “Ginger” by Wizkid and  BurnaBoy is now out and in less than 24hrs of its release, it has already garnered over 820k views. “Ginger” the third single from Wizkid’s “Made in Lagos” which dropped on October last year is an Afropop jam which was charting off the album in the first week of release, peaking at no. 67 on the UK singles chart.

The video shows a vintage car, blocks meticulously arranged which the dancers dance in between, beautiful women draped in various shades of nudes and browns, with black making the occassional appearance as well as Ayo seeds of an Ayo game made from Diamonds. This video was directed by Meji-Alabi. To watch, click here

Wizkid and BurnaBoy’s Ginger video drops on Friday

Last year, Wizkid released one of the most popular albums of the year. Within one week of release, Made in Lagos broke several African streaming records. It became the first African album to debut on the Spotify Global Album chart, and within the top ten at that. The album surpassed 100 million streams across five platforms nine days after release, a huge milestone for an Afro-pop artist. It debuted at no. 15 on the Uk albums chart with over 4,100 album-equivalent units and no. 80 on the US Billboard 200 with over 10,000 album-equivalent units.

Ginger became the only charting single off the album in the first week of release, peaking at no. 67 on the UK singles chart. This chart entry made Wizkid the first Nigerian artist with two UK Singles’ entries from two albums. Ginger became the first number one song on the newly launched TurnTable Top50 chart, the first in Nigeria.

The video for Ginger set to be released on the 8th of January was shot in London. The trailer shows Wizkid moving towards a parked Benz with people sitting in it.

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.

 

Wizkid Teases “Made In Lagos” Yet Again

Nigerian superstar Wizkid has yet again teased his highly anticipated third studio album, “Made In Lagos”. Yesterday, the singer posted on his Instagram stories a date which many have perceived to be the released date of this much-teased project. According to the post, the album is expected to be released on Thursday, July 6, 2020.

This came after posts confirming the album is finally ready, after which he went on to thanks colleagues who worked with him on the tape. According to this series of posts, the “Made In Lagos” album is expected to feature an all-star cast of Burna Boy, Tay Iwar, H.E.R, Damian Marley, Ella Mai, Tems and the Starboy entertainment signee, Terri.

https://twitter.com/WizkidSource/status/1278065285728174080?s=20

This, however, won’t be the first time Wizkid is teasing this project, In fact, many fans are still sceptical in their anticipation for the project regardless of this announcement. This is because they have been holding their breaths for this LP for years now, with Wizkid falling short on his numerous promises of its release. However, this news still threw music lovers into an orgy of celebration as they hope this would be the time Wizkid finally makes good on his promise.

This announcement comes just days after Wizkid won the BET Award for his contribution to Beyonce’s ‘Brown Skin Girl’ alongside Saint Jhn and Blue Ivy.

Burna Boy & Wizkid Win At 2020 BET Awards

Nigeria was well represented at the 2020 BET Awards as two of its biggest acts clinched plaques at the much-celebrated award ceremony. The self-acclaimed African Giant Burna Boy bested Sho Madjozi, Innoss’B, Dave and Stormzy to clinch the Best International Act for the second time in a row. This is a feat no one else has achieved.

Wizkid, on the other hand, won a joint award for his feature on Beyonce’s ‘Brown Skin Girl’ record with Blue Ivy and Saint Jhn. The empowering single won the BET HER award over Lizzo’s ‘Tempo’, Alicia Keys’ ‘Underdog’ and others. Beyoncé was also honoured with the Humanitarian Award in recognition of her ongoing philanthropic efforts.

Mavin golden boy Rema, however, lost the Viewers’ Choice Best New International Act to Zimbabwean singer Sha Sha.

Check out the full list of winners below.

Album of the Year
“Cuz I Love You,” Lizzo
“Fever,” Megan Thee Stallion
“Homecoming: The Live Album,” Beyoncé
“I Used to Know Her,” H.E.R.
“Kirk, “DaBaby
“Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial,” Roddy Ricch *WINNER

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
Beyoncé
H.E.R.
Jhene Aiko
Kehlani
Lizzo *WINNER
Summer Walker

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
Anderson .Paak
Chris Brown *WINNER
Jacquees
Khalid
The Weeknd
Usher

Best Group
Chloe x Halle
City Girls
EarthGang
Griselda
JACKBOYS
Migos *WINNER

Best Collaboration
Chris Brown Ft. Drake, “No Guidance” *WINNER
DJ Khaled ft. Nipsey Hussle & John Legend, “Higher”
Future ft. Drake, “Life Is Good”
H.E.R. ft. YG, “Slide”
Megan Thee Stallion ft. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign, “Hot Girl Summer”
Wale ft. Jeremih, “On Chill”

Best Male Hip Hop Artist
DaBaby *WINNER
Drake
Future
Lil Baby
Roddy Ricch
Travis Scott

Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Cardi B
Doja Cat
Lizzo
Megan Thee Stallion *WINNER
Nicki Minaj
Saweetie

Video of the Year
Chris Brown Ft. Drake, “No Guidance”
DaBaby, “Bop”
DJ Khaled ft. Nipsey Hussle & John Legend, “Higher” *WINNER
Doja Cat, “Say So”
Megan Thee Stallion ft. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign, “Hot Girl Summer”
Roddy Ricch, “The Box”

Video Director of the Year
Benny Boom
Cole Bennett
Dave Meyers
Director X
Eif Rivera
Teyana “Spike Tee” Taylor *WINNER

Best New Artist
DaniLeigh
Lil Nas X
Pop Smoke
Roddy Ricch *WINNER
Summer Walker
YBN Cordae

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational
Fred Hammond, “Alright”
John P. Kee ft. Zacardi Cortez, “I Made It Out”
Kanye West, “Follow God”
Kirk Franklin, “Just for Me” *WINNER
PJ Morton ft. Le’Andria Johnson & Mary Mary, “All In His Pain”
The Clark Sisters, “Victory”

Best Movie
“Bad Boys for Life”
“Dolemite Is My Name”
“Harriet”
“Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé”
“Just Mercy”
“Queen & Slim” *WINNER

Best Actress
Angela Bassett
Cynthia Erivo
Issa Rae *WINNER
Regina King
Tracee Ellis Ross
Zendaya

Best Actor
Billy Porter
Eddie Murphy
Forest Whitaker
Jamie Foxx
Michael B. Jordan *WINNER
Omari Hardwick

Young Stars Award
Alex Hibbert
Asante Blackk
Jahi Di’Allo Winston
Marsai Martin *WINNER
Miles Brown
Storm Reid

Sportswoman of the Year
Ajeé Wilson
Claressa Shields
Coco Gauff
Naomi Osaka
Serena Williams
Simone Biles *WINNER

Sportsman of the Year
Giannis Antetokounmpo
Kawhi Leonard
LeBron James *WINNER
Odell Beckham Jr.
Patrick Mahomes II
Stephen Curry

BET HER Award
Alicia Keys, “Underdog”
Beyoncé ft. Blue Ivy, WizKid & Saint Jhn, “Brown Skin Girl” *WINNER
Ciara ft. Lupita Nyong’o, Ester Dean, City Girls & La La, “Melanin”
Layton Greene, “I Choose”
Lizzo ft. Missy Elliott, “Tempo”
Rapsody ft. PJ Morgan, “Afeni”

Viewer’s Choice Award
Chris Brown Ft. Drake, “No Guidance”
DaBaby, “Bop”
Future ft. Drake, “Life Is Good”
Megan Thee Stallion ft. Nicki Minaj, “Hot Girl Summer” *WINNER
Roddy Ricch, “The Box”
The Weeknd, “Heartless”

Best International Act

Burna Boy (Nigeria) *WINNER
Innoss’B (DRC)
Sho Madjozi (South Africa)
Dave (U.K.)
Stormzy (U.K.)
Ninho (France)
S.Pri Noir (France)

Viewer’s Choice: Best New International Act

Rema (Nigeria)
SHA SHA (Zimbabwe) *WINNER
Celeste (U.K.)
Young T & Bugsey (U.K.)
Hatik (France)
Stacy (France)

Yung L Secures Wizkid For ‘Eve Bounce’ Remix

In January, Yung L released his 7-track EP “Juice & Zimm” which featured appearances from Vanessa Mdee, Sarkodie and Tay Iwar. And almost without warning, the afro-dancehall singer has released the remix of ‘Eve Bounce’, one of the highlights off the tape featuring Afrobeats frontman, Wizkid.

With ‘Eve Bounce’, Yung L perfectly blends afrobeats and dancehall into a refreshing party-starting smoothie, calling on his woman to give him a chance to please her. On the remix, neither does the beat nor Yung L’s English-Patios delivered verses get altered. It is Wizkid that brings his superstar energy to bear on the record, breathing a new life to its vibrance. Wizkid’s presence can be felt right from the beginning as he announces his arrival lauding himself as the sure go-to guy. “You want da pretty gal/ you want da batty ruff/ You want that G-mix, call me.” He then returns after Yung L’s second verse to serve us that smooth Wizkid verse we’ve been holding our breaths for right from when we hit the play button. He jaywalks right into the theme, detailing all the sweet things he has in mind for his baby girl.

Enjoy this G-mix as Wizkid calls it above.

PGM Radio Discusses “Positive & Negative Effects of Lyrics on Society”

In this episode of the PGM Radio Show, we continue our discussions in celebration of Women’s History Month; and this week our focus was on The Positive & Negative Effects of Lyrics on Society especially as regards women, appearance and the promotion of infidelity.

Highlighting some popular songs by well-known artists such as 2 Baba, Tiwa Savage, Mo Hits, MI, Olamide and other household names, we dissected their lyrics and proposed ways of promoting the right attitude and culture in the Nigerian music industry.

Listen to the podcast and give us your feedback.

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.

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