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Multi-music genre artiste and retro musician,Ibejii spins a tale of victory over oppression in “Gonto”

Multi-music genre artist and retro musician, Ibejii music spins a tale of victory over oppression in new song “Gonto”. Coming off his yet unannounced 5th project, Gonto recounts the victory of tiny masquerades in the face of a big selfish one who chose to suppress and stifle other voices. Gonto is Ibejii’s celebration of the ultimate victory of ordinary people over their oppressors.

Ibejii’s sound is a unique blend of African vibes and international sound.He explores traditional Yoruba folk, jazz, dance, RnB, juju among other genres to serenade his audience through the art of skilful storytelling embellished with folklore, metaphor and vernacular.

Born a twin in the UK, his music reflects that experience. His debuts “Green White Dope 001” and “Green White Dope 002” reflects this along with the themes of corruption and bad governance he speaks out against. On his influences, the singer comments;

Ibejii is influenced by all music styles. From Cuban music to Afro jazz to rock, pop and to bring it down to the contemporary dimension, a big influence is Fela. Others are Brymo, Asa and Marvin Gaye. Prince? I am a big lover of prince.

 

He has gone on to release more projects like Tribal Marks, Music Saved My Life (MSML) etc.

Click here to listen to Gonto.

Garey Godson drops his 4th studio project “Lucid Thoughts”

Garey Godson drops his 4th studio project Lucid Thoughts. The 6 track EP delivers a smooth blend of Afrofusion tunes as well as RnB and Trap-Drill elements. The opening track Shinning Black reaffirms negritude ideas with a short poem by 7-year-old Nylah performed at a Black Lives Matter protest in the UK.

The following track Macking Things is a laid back summer tune which paints pictures of a youngster who expresses a rather free form of relationships and encounters. Interestingly this record is placed before Tender which is an alluring tune hinged on rather sensual lyrics and a yearning for romance. This colorful contrast is evident in the lyrical approach and instrumentation.

This leads us to More Life which features the singer David Meli. The smooth delivery by Meli complimented by Godsons deep rap vocals creates a perfect blend. Next, comes a conscious drill infused number with Nigerian US based rapper and producer, DAP The Contract on Fast Lane. He rounds off the EP with  Kobain named after pop icon and Nirvana lead singer. He features Austrian-Nigerian rapper Law on this track. As mentioned by Garey

“Law and I wrote Kobain during the heat of the End Sars protest in Nigeria and the murder of George Flyod in the US”.

HKMK,Trabbey, Zion Beatz, Goldgod Midas, SJB productions can be credited for exceptional production. All tracks mixed and mastered by HKMK. Artwork illustrated by Ebube Onoh.

Rexxie delivers the remix to his 2020 hit song “Ko Por Ke” featuring South African rapper, Sho Madjozi

Rexxie delivers the remix to his 2020 hit song “KPK”. It is Plenty or Who Says It Isn’t Plenty which is what KPK or Ko Por Ke translates to is an irresistible street hop/pop tune self-produced by Rexxie, written and voiced by Naira Marley’s pupil Mohbad Imole released last year.

His new remix has additional vocals by up and coming South African rapper, Sho Madjozi. This new Rexxie release will be welcoming his ATC( A True Champion) album. It is also a follow up to his last single, ‘Back to Back’ which feature Bella Shmurda. To listen to this remix, click here .

Fast rising music producer, Mizzle employs the assistance of Oxlade in his new tune “Smile for you”

Fast rising music producer, Mizzle employs the assistance of Oxlade in his new jam “Smile for  You”. The singer had done a couples of videos imitating the beat, chords and styles of several artists like Oxlade, Burnaboy and many more. It became a hit on twitter and eventually “smile for you” which started out as an “how to make an Oxlade song” turned into a collaboration with Oxlade.This is Mizzle’s first official single and it is self produced.

On Mizzles’s mellow instruments, Oxlade serves his dexterous vocals coupled with melodious lyrics ;

I no fit to leave you o
Biko please o darling o (Yuhh)

I no fit wait to smile for you
I go dey wait for you yuh
I go dey smile for you
Whenever you need me, I’ll be there for you
Be there for you
I go dey wait for you

Click here to listen to “Smile for You” by Mizzle ft Oxlade.

Gifted singer, Jinmi Abduls releases compilation project (African remixes) for his hit single “Jowo”

Gifted  singer, Jinmi Abduls releases compilation project containing (African remixes) for his hit single, “Jowo”.Jinmi Abduls originally released “Jowo” in September 2019 and the original song featured artists, Joeboy and Oxlade. Artists featured in this new compilation include Magasco, DJ Michel, Lava Lava, Soul Bangs, Oxlade, Joeboy, and Lydia Jazmine, . It includes a Tanzanian remix, Guinean remix, Amanpiano remix, Ugandan remix, Cameroon remix and a Deluxe version. Click here to listen.

The singer while announcing the project on Instagram tagged it the beginning of his dream to unite the African race through music. Jinmi Abduls wrote;

This is big for me! It marks the kickstart of my big dream to connect Africa with my music 🌍
6 countries – 6 Remixes – 7 Stars ✨

JOWO: The African Remixes ! Out Now Everywhere 🇳🇬🇨🇲🇬🇳🇺🇬🇿🇦🇹🇿🤝💙

It’s been a blessing working with these African mega stars & creating powerful friendships 💙
@magasco_bboy @soul_bangs @iamlavalava @djmichel_sa @oxladeofficial @joeboyofficial @lydiajazmine Thank you !

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Lojay and Sarz drop collaborative EP “LV N ATT”

Fast-rising singer Lojay connects with superstar beat maker Sarz, who has produced for the likes of Wizkid, Burnaboy, Drake and even Beyonce. They link up for this new addictive EP “LV N ATT“. They had first linked up to release “Tonongo” off the project which was widely received, then the duo followed up with this 5 track project and it is a sonic Afro-fusion experience. The tracks on the EP are; Tonongo, Park O x3, LV N ATT, Panty! and Monalisa. With a feature on track 3 by Global star, Wizkid.

What makes this EP stand out is it’s unique sound and Sarz credits this to the creative freedom they had while making this project, taking inspiration  from different sounds from the globe. This is what Lojay had to say about the project;

We created a unique sound with the EP taking inspiration from sounds around the globe. It’s like nothing anyone has ever heard before. It’s a genuine representation of where I was at the time I was making it — going through heartbreak and experiencing a wide range of different emotions”.

He adds that;

Working with Sarz gave me the opportunity to channel these feelings though my music. I hope the world enjoys LV N ATTN as much as I enjoyed making it.”

To listen to this EP, click here.

Nigerian-canadian Soul singer, Zenesoul drops brand new EP “Brown Sugar”

Nigerian-canadian Soul singer, Zenesoul drops brand new EP “Brown Sugar”. She describes it as the B side to her previous critically acclaimed project “Coffee” released last summer.

Coffee was about so much bitterness and pain I felt from love, whereas Brown Sugar is a manifestation of the type of love I want. I’m putting the energy out there. I’ve been learning that I need to be careful of the things I say and the energy I put out into the universe, so I’m working on being better. Coffee also had a lot of guitars which I love because guitars are so intimate and provoke story telling. Brown Sugar on the other hand is more vibes, more full, it’s not as intimate but still brings you into my world. It’s a mature Zenesoul.

She unveils the sweet side to love in this EP with effortless vocals and skillful songwriting.

Zenesoul (Zen-Soul) is a soul artist from Brampton, Canada. Born in Nigeria, she began writing songs at 11 years old. In March 2019, Zenesoul released her debut EP “Worth” including Lost, and fiery upbeat hit “Pricey”. Later that year, she debuted “Back to You” infusing afrobeat into her signature Soul sound. She has gone on to release “How It Feels” “Wasteman” and so many others.

Her sound is a stunning blend of R&B, Soul and Afrobeat. Her influences include Lauryn Hill, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, India Arie, Brandy, amongst others. Zenesoul plans to release more Afrobeat ant heartbreak songs this year.

To listen to Brown Sugar EP, click here.

Indigenous singer, Baary Jhay has no tolerance for nonsense on “Ayewada”

Indigenous singer,Barry Jhay makes a comeback after the death of his friend and label boss with Ayewada. This is a follow up to his “Ori” released a few months back.

“Ayewada” is sung in indigenous yoruba as is peculiar with the artist and infused on Amapiano beats. On this track, the artist states that he does not have the time for rubbish;

Say No be you go tell me say na fish dey sardine
Say abi which one is this,
I believe what i see,
Omo I believe in doings

Won fe gbe mi ni Handicap, mo ja
Abi e ri u’kan, Ayewada
Emi se jeje o, mi o kana
Te ba de mi mo le, ma ja sha
Produced by Dibs. Listen here .

Fast rising Afropop singer, YKB releases smashing new freestyle “Alabama”

Fast rising Afropop singer, YKB releases smashing new freestyle “Alabama”. With his release of “Oshofree”, the singer slowly warmed his way into our hearts as it was a song most could relate to. “Alabama” is his most recent work closely following his feature on Laycon’s “Fall for Me” off his “Shall We Begin” Album.

His latest freestyle is a groovy jam sure to have you bumping to its tune. Click here to listen.

Production credits to Finito and Soundz.

Solis promises sweet tender love on “Body signal”

Solis promises sweet tender love on “Body Signal”.With her sultry voice and lyrics, she enchants. This is a follow up to her 5 track debut project “Ruled by Venus, Unfortunately”. She has plans to have an album out towards the end of the year.

This Indie pop tune sounds like a night dream. With her soft soprano voice, she deftly tries to win over her object of desire for a quick night time romance, promising to render love sweet and tender. She says;

On this record, I wanted myself and my listeners to simply sit back and let our energy, our signals, flow through naturally. Whoever catches it was meant to catch it.”

 

Profuced by Suté Iwar. Mixed and mastered by KD. Cover Art by David Ogbuike. Photographed by Danielle Mbonu. Listen here to Solis’ “Body signal”.

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