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Berlin based Nigerian artist, Garey Godson, releases “Macking Things”

Berlin based Nigerian artist, Garey Gordson releases new single ” Macking things.” This is his first song for the year which gains inspiration from Mark Morison’s “Return of the Mack.” It’s a feel-good tune which draws influences from dancehall and afrobeats elements. The floating sax, rhythms, drum patterns and mellow chords blend nicely with Gareys vocals. This comes shortly after Garey dropped his single ” Minding my business “ and his 13 track sophomore album ” Still I rise ” last year.

Garey’s story-telling approach on this record paints pictures of a short romance, a topic to
which many millennials can relate. He also touches on the subject of ego in relationships
and encounters. In his words “growing up as a young man, we are socialized to suppress
our emotions or not speak about them. This in turn affects our real life relationships. I want to
touch and mirror every emotion lucidly through my music…”

The record was produced by Zion Beatz, a Nigerian producer. Hkmk German based
producer, co-produced, mixed and mastered the track. The artwork was illustrated by Ebube
Onoh, a Lagos based artist.This tune is a juicy one to kickstart the new year. Click here to listen.

Multi-talented Rap Artist, Kiddblack drops his highly awaited EP “For what it’s worth”

Multi-talented Ghanaian Rap Artist, Kiddblack drops his highly awaited EP For what it’s worth. Kiddblack, full name Dennis Dorku, released his debut album Ninja Gaiden earlier this year. As a member of trailblazing rap collective La Meme Gang, Kiddblack has seen success on two well received mixtapes, earning five Vodafone Ghana Music Award nominations with the group. Kiddblack also performed at Skepta’s Home Coming Concert earlier in 2019.

La meme is an urban trap music collective  made up of Darkovibes, $pacely, RJZ, Kwaku Bs and Kiddblack. Their debut EP “La Meme Tape” churns out hits such as: MadOp and Yaa. To learn more about the group, click here

The 8 track EP songs are ; I’m The Man ft. Princess Mami , Super Sonic ft. Zilla Oaks & J-Town ,Million Dollar Baby ft. Ko-Jo Cue & Kev The Topic ,Go Low ft. Kelvyn Boy ,Do My Dance ft. Joey B, Loaded Weapons, Swerve ft. PsychoYP and Dirty Diana ft. Kwesi Arthur. For what it’s worth was produced by Boye The Genius, Moor sound, Samsney and Altranova. Click here to listen.

Tomi Thomas has new music titled “Who Knew”

Tomi Thomas after much anticipation from fans has dropped a new single titled “Who Knew”. “Who knew” was released on the 11th of December, 2020.  An inspirational track to help with the times is how Tomi Thomas describes it. The song was produced by Genio. Tomi Thomas was named as one of the seven Nigerian soundcloud artists to know in 2016. Tomi was featured on show dem camp’s “What you want” and was a guest artist on M.I’s “Jungle” alongside Santi . His musical influences are the likes of Sade, The 1975, Jon bon, Fela, Bob Marley, Bumi Thomas & Wande Coal.
Tomi Thomas began his career in 2009 as part of a successful Nigerian Collective called Loud On Sound ( LOS) who played an instrumental role in championing Hiphop in the Nigerian music space. In 2011, they surfaced with ‘Magic’ features Shank and in no amount of time gained instant appeal and popularity. Tomi Thomas, Bridge, Zamir and BrisB are members of the hip hop boy band which after a messy legal battle between their then record label, 360 storm executives, had the label dissolved and the group silent for a while. A three track EP titled Tribe was released April 17,2020 by L.O.S showing their outrageous talent which Nigerians fell in love with in the early 2010s and their comeback. Tomi Thomas is also a member of the alternative music group ‘The Forbidden.”
Tomi Thomas released his debut 15 track EP, Patience in 2014, it was described as “a creative expression of his thoughts taking a year and a half to create in the quest of his befitting sound and aesthetic.” He took part in the GidiJand project involving artists from the UK and Nigeria collaborating on an album-length project. His second effort Black Couch LP Vol 1 was released in 2016 and Illusions with LeriQ in 2018.

In a 2019 interview with PAM, Tomi Thomas spoke about the changes he would like made in the Nigerian music industry; “I would like to transcend the sound scape really. It’s a matter of producing the highest quality of sound as well as getting that sound into the right channels to impact the universal market space”.

Click here to listen to “Who Knew”

DYO’s visuals for ‘Let them talk’ featuring Simi is out

London based singer and songwriter, Dyo formerly Ms.D, has released a new single ‘Let them talk’ featuring the Duduke crooner,Simi.

Dayo Olatunji professionally known as Dyo is an English singer and songwriter. Her dad is from Nigeria while her mum is from England. Her formative years were had in East ham, London where she was born.

Under her previous stage name ‘Ms D’, she was credited as the featured artist and co-writer for all three of rapper wiley’s hit singles from his 2013 album The Ascent including UK Chart #1 Single “Heatwave”. In December 2012, she was featured on “Dependency”, the debut single by English singer Charlie Brown. She is also known for her vocals on rapper Chip’s 2009 UK Chart #1 single “Oopsy Daisy”. Ms D was credited as a songwriter and backing vocalist for Iggy Azalea’s 2013 single “Bounce”

In 2018, she collaborated with Adekunle Gold on his About 30 album in “Down with you” and has since then continued to gain increased popularity in Nigeria. In 2019, Dyo released singles like “Can’t buy my love” and “Arena remix” with Adekunle Gold. By Jan 2020, she then dropped her EP “Dyologue” which had tracks like “Real,”Arena”,”Go all the way”,”Can’t buy my love”, “Papaya” featuring Afixana and “Plans.”

She has lots of credits for her songwriting as she has worked on quite a number of songs like “Put it down” “Can you hear me(Ayayaya), “Reload”,”Sexual”,”My ones”,”Lonely Night”,”What lovers do”,”Bad vibes”,”Calypso”,”Name on it” as writer or co-writer for local and international artists such as; Burna boy, Stefflon Don, Sweetie,  Fifth Harmony, SZA e.t.c.

Let them talk with Simi was released 5 days and it’s video a few hours ago. The song advises people to live their lives wholeheartedly as naysayers would always have something to say about other people’s lives. Better to be happy and flourishing. Click here to watch the video.

Tomi Owo releases remix EP for her song, ‘Beautiful’

Tomi Owo is only known for good music. She just dropped her remix EP for her song, Beautiful. Beautiful has been on the radio top 100 charts for 11 weeks. For a new artist, this is quite a commendable feat.

The Nigerian singer, songwriter and song arranger grew up writing poems and listening to various types of music. Early exposure to her mother’s original compositions and extensive record collection can be seen in the quality of her songs. Her sound is soulful yet mellow, elegant yet unafraid and her vocal dynamics aureate and wide-ranging. Emotive and moving can be said to be spectacular features of her life performances. The singer states classics, indegenous sounds and soul as her musical influences. Tomi Owo’s style cuts across soul, jazz and R&B.

Her debut 5 Song EP ‘Pieces’ was birth in 2018 following her resolve to do at least one song a month while working a 9-5. This was to explore her sound and songwriting and also help her stay in touch with what mattered most to her. She considers music a gift and channel through which stories can be told to inspire change, hence her lyrics are based on everyday experiences.

The remix E.P to her song, Beautiful contains remixes done by by various artists and producers using various styles and genres. Masterkraft does an afropop remix with percussions and complex intersecting rhythms. But he doesn’t leave it at that, he also does an Amapiano remix. This new south African House music is a hybrid of deep house, jazz and lounge sounds characterised by staple keys, signature shakers and cloud-like pads. It gained precedence in the mid 2010s and has been described as the sound to which the sun turns.

Major League DJz also have an Amapiano remix on the EP. The South African duo are known for inculcating kwaito music into modern music for a unique, urban sound. Ghanian DJ, TMSKD pronounced as The masked and Sigag, Nigerian Producer and Dj both explore the song, Beautiful, this time with EDM but in completely different ways. TMSKD goes hard while Sigag’s remix is very soft bringing a unique, sonic experience to the E.P.

This project will be a joy for DJs to have fun with.

Ex-Project fame finalist, Immaculate Edache releases new single ‘Aiye’

Immculate Edache is a talented singer, songwriter and stage performer whose extraordinary talent lifted her from her small catholic church to national stardom. With a vocal range that covers three octaves, she was the first runner up in the third edition of Peak Talent Hunt Show in 2011. In 2013, Immaculate’s music career really took off, after coming first runner up in the sixth edition of MTN Project fame, West Africa. She got signed into Vivace Records owned by renowned music producer Ty-mix where she released successful singles like ‘osanle’ and ‘gogobaby’ before eventually going independent and starting her own label,  Dache Entertainment.

After going independent in 2016, she went on to release ‘sugarlala’, ‘love affair’ and ‘obiyekum.’ She also had her debut stage performance in Olu jacob and Joke Silva’s 2016 theatrical musical ‘ Heartbeat the musical’ where she played the role of Iya Sidi. She released her EP, Q1 and debut album Q2 in 2018.

Immaculate’s however disappeared from the limelight for a while and this caused many to wonder where the voluptuous beauty had gone. Speaking to Sunday Scoop, she said; ” I have many outstanding projects that have taken so much time to be unveiled to the public. I am super excited about all and the gradual process of execution. Like it is usually said, it is not how far but how well. The end result is all that matters.” She had also commented about how harsh the music industry was for reality show winners who were unprepared for the lavish extravagant apperance they had to keep up with in the industry while still fresh in the game and unable to keep up.

She has been vocal about her non-support for nudity, she however promotes voluptuous women feeling confident and comfortable in their skin and being their best self. She is also passionate about women development programmes across Africa. Click here to listen to her new single ‘Aiye.’

Fast rising Nigerian singer, talent manager and producer,Ojah bee, releases ‘Dutty love’ featuring oxlade

Fast rising Nigerian singer, talent manager and producer,  Ojah bee, has released ‘Dutty love’ off his debut studio album.  Ojah bee had Previously suffered swelling in the brain which affected his fingers making them continously shake as a result of the police attacks on him on the 12th of October, 2020 following his inclusion in a peaceful protest against police brutality particularly the Nigerian Special Armed Robbery Squad.

The song features talented Nigerian singer, Oxlade, who lends his sonorous vocals to this track. It was produced by Ojah bee himself and is easily a club banger.

Psiv speaks up against brutality and impunity in his debut single ‘Gangland’

Psiv is a Lagos based, 22 year old multi genre artiste who expresses his art through various genres such as Drill, Afroswing, Dancehall and Trap. He is a multidimensional creative, lawyer and entrepreneur.

His debut single ‘Gangland’ featuring South African Drill artiste, Espiquet, is a testament to the rise of Drill music in Africa. Gangland has a conscious message addressing police brutality, government impunity and the general anyhowness that is the norm for not just Nigeria but African countries. Its fiery beat and angsty lyricism gives it its pecularity.

Speaking on his style of music, he says ‘I’m a multi genre artiste, so I express my art through genres such as Drill, Afroswing, Dancehall and Trap. Having picked up on diverse musical influences from childhood, my music represents the multiple sides there are to me.
It is me trying to be the most authentic version of myself: detailing my experiences and fantasies through multiple genres and excelling at each one. Right now we’re witnessing the Drill phase with my Official Debut single “Gangland” and my forthcoming debut Project, and I’m just trying to show all that’s happening right now in Nigeria while still getting the people lit’

As for his musical influences he disclosed that, ‘At the onset, artistes like Nelly, Lil Wayne and the then YMCMB era, MI, Saucekid and Naeto C were some of my earliest influences. Right now, my most significant influences would have to be Burna Boy, Dave, J hus and Skepta.’ Psiv is definitely one to watch out  for and you can click here to listen to his new single.

Omah Lay’s new E.P “What have we Done” is out

 

Fast rising Afrofusion artiste Omah Lay has just released his second E.P “ What have we done“. This is coming shortly after “Get layed” which not only blew our minds but introduced Omah lay as one to watch out for this year. His new work aims not only to dispel the one hit wonder myth but also engrave his name as one of the fastest booming talents Nigeria and Africa can boast of. What have we Done shows the growth of Omah Lay from his previously released E.P Get Layed not only as an artiste but also a songwriter.
The E.P kicks off with the track My Baby where he goes into details explaining all the very many things he wants to do to his baby girl.

“I wanna love you love you love you love you
Lo love you down down
I wanna drive you drive you drive you drive you
Sotey you go whine down
I wanna do you things wey you no go understand”

He proceeds to narrate the envy and deception his new found stardom brings making it a cruel lonely place. He believes he is alone in this experience as no one can relate to what he feels in the next track Can’t relate . He askes the lord to delete viruses hoping for his downfall from his system and never let him fall victim to their scheming. The E.P’s third track has Omah lay thanking God for being Godly  as God is who supports and comforts him to shine and carry on in his music. Meanwhile in Confession, Omah Lay declares the state of confusion and mind wreck his object of desire is putting him through. He confesses that his mind is messed up and he is infact obsessed.

“I got a confession

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Garey Godson’s ‘Minding Ma Business’ Is An Impelling Hustler’s Anthem

Nigerians all over the world are pushing the envelope when it comes to sonic explorations and evolving already established sounds. And the German-based Garey Godson is definitely one of them. The rapper-singer is so relentless in the experimentation and merging of different sounds and forms of music, possessing an enviable work ethic that sees him releasing a new record almost at every turn. Earlier this year, he released his 13-track sophomore album, “Still I Rise” and yet he isn’t resting on his oars. He’s been back on the grind keeping his fans occupied with new singles.

Produced by his longtime collaborator HKMK, Garey’s new record ‘Minding Ma Business’ is a lifting record in which Garey croons about the hustle spirit of every dreamer. It emphasizes staying on course during the journey and
sailing through the waves of the industry.

“As an independent artist you are the captain of your boat, this empowers you with the space to create and shape the narrative around your art,” Garey says in a press release.

Listen to the record here.

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