Garey Godson Celebrates African Beauty On ‘Koko’ With SDC

Barely two months after his Maya Angelou-inspired album, “Still I Rise”, Garey Godson has gifted yet another single without warning in celebration of his birthday. For this celebratory single, Garey Godson takes us straight home as he joins forces with two of Nigeria’s finest wordsmiths, ShowDemCamp to rework ‘Koko’, one of the highlights off his sophomore album.

This record inspired his mother is a toast to the Black woman and the adulation of her beauty. Produced by a capable duo of Niickii and Hkmk, Garey takes a full dive into afrobeats exploring the powerful and independent nature of the African woman. Ghost and Tec also bring their Palmwine sound and flow to bear on the track, spicing it up with enough Naija flavour.

Speaking about the single, Garey says, “I grew up listening to SDC it was a great opportunity witnessing their creative process and them gracing this record”.  This single comes highly recommended from us at the PGM Club. Enjoy above.

YBthewildyouth Dabbles In Dancehall With ‘On Me’

Edward Kobina Komfo also known as YBthewildyouth has been putting in the work. Right from a tender age, he grew a reputation in the Masha-axis of Surulere with his strong vocals and overbearing confidence right from his first single ‘Hit Em Up’. And ever since, he’s been experimenting with sounds and honing his production skills, while secluded from the city life. Now, the young singer is giving us another taste of the material he’s been working on in seclusion with this new self-produced single titled ‘On Me’.

‘On Me’ is a melodic dancehall record delivered in a near-whisper where YBthewildyouth croons about a lover’s need to share intimate times with their partners.

With “Thewildyouth” serving as a metaphor to his defiance to societal norms and his nonconformist nature as a creator and musician, he says “YBthewildyouth is not just a stage name. It represents my story, journey and purpose as an artist.”

Enjoy the single 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.

IllBliss Collides With Phyno, Yemi Alade, Niniola & Johnny Drille On “Illy Chapo X”

Veteran Nigerian rapper IllBliss has a very enviable work ethic. The quality of his discography isn’t one many of his colleagues can boast of. Yet, he’s working even harder than ever. Last year, he blessed his fans with two solid releases; “IllyZilla” his joint tape with seasoned hip-hop producer Teckzilla and “Illosophy”, a seven-track EP that gave us a peek into the mind of Oga Boss, the revered wordsmith. But Illy isn’t stopping there. Just this morning, he opened the doors to his long-teased sixth studio album “Illy Chapo X”, and there are also rumours of a joint EP with Bigfoot in the works. With this LP, his 10th body of work, Illbliss is easing into his elder statesman role, and  solidifying his legacy as one of the best to ever do it in these parts,

This album contains 17 tracks, with a total run time of 54 minutes. It also guests some of Nigeria’s finest acts, Phyno, Yemi Alade, Niniola, Johnny Drille and the YBNL general, Olamide.

For the production of this monumental album, he works with a long list of producers including Toye Aru, Kezyklef, Legendurybeatz, Majorbangz, YoungD, Bigfoot, Benjamz, Kwenubeats, Johnny Drille and Shay-who.

Listen to the album above.

Jesse Jagz Steps Back Into The Ring With “Garba”

Many would swear that Jesse Jagz is the greatest. And with cult-classics like “Jagz Nation Vol.1: Thy Nation Come” and “The Royal Nigeria Company” you might just agree that there are some merits to their argument. However, his fourth album, “Odysseus” felt like a dent to his legacy. A stumble to his impressive run, a speed bump to his joyride of quality releases. He had grown a reputation for himself as a project rapper, but despite assists from Burnaboy, Cynthia Morgan, Styl-Plus and Hotyce, the lukewarm 2017 album felt like a letdown.

And ever since, Jesse has been more silent than ever. He went into seclusion, where he often seems to work best. We even heard rumours that he had left Lagos altogether for his for the sanity and tranquillity of his home in Jos. But now, Jesse is back. And he has sneaked his way back to our ears and playlists with a new self-titled EP “Garba”

Last week, he gave us the first dose of the material he had been working on, breaking his year-long hiatus with ‘B’. This new project contains just five tracks, all titled after each letter of his middle name, Garba. Unlike his previous releases, this project contains no known names, only featuring appearances from Anchorman and Mr Murph.

Hopefully, this EP would restore the confidence of his ever-loyal fanbase, shut naysayers up, win over nonbelievers and restore Jesse where he rightfully belongs; in the pantheon of the greats.

Listen to this album above.

Omah Lay’s Debut EP “Get Layd” Sets Him As A Star To Look Out For

One interesting thing about the Nigerian music space is that it’s an industry tightly packed with young talented acts who have so much to prove. And one artist whose name has been on everyone’s lips this past week is the Port Harcourt singer, Omah Lay. Ever since the release of his debut and introductory EP, “Get Layd”, the youngster seems to have gotten cosigns from most of the big players in the industry. Commercially, the EP is also doing very well. A quick scan of the Apple Music Nigeria chart finds Omah Lay securing four spots out of the top ten. He also comfortably sits m on the number one and two spots with ‘Bad Influence’ and ‘You’.

We got our first taste of his fluid melodies when he got introduced to us with ‘You’ on February 14. His overbearing confidence on the single made him sound like one whose raw talents have been silently forged into shining diamonds. Omah Lay came ready.

One of the gains of this brilliantly executed EP is that in less than a week of its release, Omah Lay has got the ears of the people. He has swiftly positioned himself to be one of the country’s most promising singers on the rise. Alongside the charts, he has also vaulted himself to mainstream consciousness. And with a run of subsequent quality releases, Omah Lay is not far from being a household name.

Rookie of the year? Next Rated? Who knows?

But one thing is certain: he’d be one of the success stories Afrobeats has to tell at the end of the year. With “Get Layd”, Omah Lay has pulled off what many only wish for; having the people’s undivided attention right from your debut. Enjoy the EP above.

Apple Music Launches African Radio Show With DJ Cuppy As Host

Barely a month after expanding to 25 African countries, Apple Music is launching its first African radio show on Sunday, May 31. The show which is positioned to feature a mix of sounds across the continent will be hosted by Nigerian celebrity DJ and producer, Cuppy.

Just a few hours ago, the streaming service announced that “Africa Now Radio with Cuppy” will debut Sunday (May 31) and will feature a mix of contemporary and traditional popular African sounds, including genres like Afrobeat, rap, house, kuduro and more.”

The Africa Now Radio is a weekly one-hour show which will be available at 2 pm WAT. “The show represents a journey from West to East and North to South, but importantly a narrative of Africa then to Africa now,” Cuppy reveals in a statement.

African music and artists have found success outside of the continent and onto the pop charts in both the U.S. and U.K. in recent years. Acts like Drake and Beyoncé have borrowed the sound for their own songs, while performers like South African DJ Black Coffee as well as Davido, Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, Wizkid and Mr Eazi — all with roots in Nigeria — continue to gain attention and have become household names.

“HUGE NEWS! 🎵💥 Proud to announce my NEW weekly RADIO SHOW called #AfricaNow on @AppleMusic  This is for YOU Africa! 🌍✊🏿🎵✊🏾🎶✊🏽 Promise to do my people proud #Africa Now #CuppyOnAMission” an excited Cuppy announced on Instagram.”

Prior to the recent expansion, the music streaming service was only available in 13 African nations including South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya.


Universal Music Group Launches Def Jam Africa

World-leading music corporation Universal Music Group has announced the launch of Def Jam Africa today, May 26, 2020. This would be the African arm of the top American label Def Jam Recordings, well known for its interests and influence in American hip-hop. This news comes just about two months after South African hip-hop maverick, Nasty C was announced to have signed with the label, whilst making his official U.S debut with ‘There They Go’.

With this effort, Def Jam becomes the latest in the growing list of international establishments to help maximize the continent’s growing potentials in the world music market. It also appears to be dedicated to supporting the hip-hop culture and diverse talents across the continent. The label will initially be based in Johannesburg, South Africa and Lagos, Nigeria, but will identify and sign artist talent from across the entire continent.

Many of us in Africa grew up on music from legendary labels under the UMG umbrella. From Blue Note for jazz fans to Mercury Records, which was Hugh Masekela’s first US label and Uptown Records, the home of Jodeci and Mary J Blige and many more. For those into hip-hop, no label has such cultural and historic relevance as Def Jam.

“From Run DMC, to LL Cool J, Disturbing tha Peace, Jay-Z, Big Sean and Kanye West, Def Jam has always been the ultimate destination for hip-hop and urban culture worldwide. It is a historic achievement that we’re now able to bring this iconic label to Africa, to create an authentic and trusted home for those who aspire to be the best in hip-hop, Afrobeats and trap,” says Sipho Dlamini, the Managing Director, Universal Music Sub-Saharan Africa & South Africa.

Def Jam Africa signee Vector (Instagram/umgnigeria)

Def Jam Africa signee Vector (Instagram/umgnigeria

“Together, we will build a new community of artists, that will push the boundaries of hip-hop from Africa, to reach new audiences globally,” he continues.

A quick visit to its official website reveals that Def Jam Africa has already acquired some of Africa’s leading talents to its camp. Acts like Cassper Nyvoest, Vector, Boity, Larry Gaaga, Ricky Tyler, Nadia Nakai will now join global stars like Justin Bieber, Big Sean, Kanye West, Nas, 2 Chainz on Def Jam’s already star-studded roster.

Interim Chairman & CEO, Def Jam Recordings, Jeff Harleston, reinforces that “Def Jam is a globally recognized brand, synonymous with excellence in hip-hop, and we enthusiastically welcome the launch of Def Jam Africa as an opportunity for audiences worldwide to discover the incredibly talented hip-hop artists emerging from across the continent.”

Def Jam Africa is expected to follow the blueprint of the iconic parent label, which has led and influenced the cutting-edge in hip-hop and urban culture for more than 35 years.

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.

Listen To Shalom Dubas’ New “Mint, Green” EP

When Shalom Dubas came to our radar with her joint “Oakwood Ave” EP with Toyin Ores, little did we know that she had three years worth of materials out already. But ever since, we have been keeping tabs on the well-rounded creative, following her every step of the way.

Now after weeks of teasers and anticipation, Shalom has finally released her new EP, “Mint, Green.” She had released the EP for a day in celebration of 4.20 on April 4, making timely fans have a glimpse of the new material just before its official release. But now, the project is well available for us to listen, relisten, sink into, digest and share.

The EP contains 6-tracks with Nate Joel as the lone feature, although she gets assists from other acts in more subtle ways. She also works with a range of producers including JEZTLS, JAYDOT, Clem Beatz, JANAS, Toyin Ores as well as herself.

Listen to this EP above.

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