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British R&B collective from West London release new single “Mama Stay”

British R&B collective from West London release new single “Mama Stay”. “Mama Stay’ serves as the third single from their forthcoming mixtape, due to arrive in Summer; a season in which they have continuously provided the soundtrack for. As well as the mixtape, the trio are steadily crafting their debut album, ready to capture more ears and take things to the next level. “Mama stay” is a blend of Afro-swing, Rap and R&B.

WSTRN comprises of two cousins and their childhood friend, Akelle, Haile and Louis Rei who blend inspired musicality with a number of genres not limited to dancehall, R&B and rap that forms their signature sound. Fate brought the then-unnamed WSTRN together in 2015 as Akelle and Louis would collaborate on a track that Haile produced for the former’s mixtape.

In July that same year, they released their debut single ‘In2’, an infectiously melodic song formed from one of their first jam sessions. The rest as they say was history. “Everything just happened so quickly after we dropped that,” Haile remarks as he reflects on the hysteria surrounding the viral hysteria of ‘In2.’ “We were having meetings with labels, doing radio, but it was weird because people knew us for that song but didn’t know us.” Immediately, they rebranded as WSTRN and as they tell it, the strategy from then on was to “just put music out”. 2016 brought the release of their debut project Season, which showed promise but was underexposed compared to what they would later bring forth.

Their chart-topping debut ‘In2’ (#4 Official Charts) released in 2015, set the tone for what has been a fantastic run for WSTRN; as they have gone on to gain international recognition and become a household name in UK music. In 2016, they took home ‘Best Newcomer’ at the MOBO Awards, and have garnered an impressive 390M+ streams across Spotify and Apple, with 157M+ views on their YouTube channel.

WSTRN have released a slew of singles including fan favourites, ‘Txtin’’ with Dancehall artist Alkaline, ‘Ben Ova’ and ‘Sharna’. Their most recent project ‘WSTRN Season, Vol. 2’, is a solid body of work from start to finish, with guest appearances from Unknown T on ‘Medusa’, Miraa May and California’s SOB X RBE.

To listen to their new single, “Mama’s Stay” click here.

Music management, Chase EP introduces new acts in it’s The Chase EP

Talent management company, Chase Music has released a new 7 track EP with new acts. Budding star, Jinmi Abdul, on the 20th of August 2020 put out a tweet requesting for talents he could provide assistance to;

Someone out there has so much talent but no means to record/get beats! I’m going to help that person this week but who?

This led to over 300 entries and after careful selection and consideration, three new artists;  Feline, King Amo and Mohalizer were the latest additions to Chase Music and the birth of The Chase EP.

The Chase EP contains 7 tracks all making solid declarations on matters of the heart. The first track Because of love by Mohalizer ft. Jinmi Abdul details the extent the artists have gone for their lovers. Praying for their partners, getting chased out of religious centers and many more. In Kosi, Jinmi Abdul exposes how his new girl blows him away . In Lemons, F3line advises her lover to be ok with the consequences of his actions. She advises him to add ‘shayo’ to the sour taste of his bad decisions when it gets hard. King Amo reveals to his listeners his fragile interior conveying his deep desire for intimacy and romance with the girl who has caught his fancy on Pon my Mind . Yawa by Mohalizer is a song for a hesitant crush who misses the opportunity to shoot their shot every single time. F3line doesn’t want to Go Back Home as she’s trying not to think about love for a night. Want you by King Amo ft. Jinmi Abdul is a song expressing passionate desire.

To listen to The Chase EP, click here

Production credits goes to Chase Music. The EP was mixed and mastered by Jinmi Abdul. Extra engineering credits to Optimum sounds.

Jonzing World’s new artist Ruger drops new single “One Shirt” featuring Rema and D’Prince.

Jonzing World’s new artist Ruger, drops new single “One Shirt” featuring Rema and D’Prince. Ruger whose real name is Boluwatife, is a talented Rapper, singer and Songwriter who hails from Ogun state, NigeriaHe very recently got signed to D’Prince’s Jonzing world and One Shirt is his debut single under the Label.

The song address the challenges and difficulties the artists passed through to go mainstream. The boos, the jeers, the doubt. He narrates his constant usage of one shirt to various shows up until recently. He is grateful and inspired to share his humble beginnings;

“Omo, na one shirt I dey wear to four different shows

dem be dey laugh me cos my bata na tear tear

I for reason am but God dey hear

But when God change my story, I’ve been balling, I have been jonzing

Mixing hennessey with sqwuardy ,

every minute Sade dey call me

Time go farafa oh, hustle me no tire-re oh, steady chilling with omoba oh, like no tomorrow oh

Time go farafa oh, hustle me no tire-re oh, steady chilling with omoba oh, like no tomorrow oh…

(Pre-Chorus)

Everybody get him own story oh, as they take hustle for money I be dey beg make dem blow me dem do me cunning oh, cunning oh Plenty dress….”

Click here to listen.

The official video for the song opens with a mumified Ruger creeping out of the ground with backup dancers as he begins to tell the story of his hustle. D’Prince takes over singing on a raised platform surrounded by dancing masquerades and then, Rema sings his part in the centre of women clad in red. The entire video seems ritualistic. Its set in the dark adds to it’s mystery and allure. The video was directed by Director K.

Mavin Records new signee releases her debut Self titled EP “Ayra Starr”

Record label boss, Don Jazzy has unveiled the latest addition to the Mavin crew, Ayra Starr. This petite singer with a sonorous voice was discovered by Don Jazzy last year while she was still 18, he disclosed in a tweet;

 “Last year I met the most incredible 18 year old girl, her name is @AyraStarr. It’s been a fantastic experience working behind the scene for over a year and we at Mavin are proud to present her to the world. Pls follow and join me to welcome to MAVIN @ayrastarr #MAVINACTIVATED.”

At midnight, she released her self titled debut EP, “Ayra Starr.” “Ayra Starr” has a runtime of 13 minutes and contains 5 songs; Away, Ija, DITR, Sare and Memories. The songs are concerned with the singer navigating the world of romance and relationships.

She askes her tumultuous lover to leave her be in away. In Ija, she discusses the joy she experiences with her lover. She addresses the downsides of moving against the set morals ans values her parents had instilled in her in DITR. She further expects her beau to run down to her because of how badly she wants him by her side in Sare. In her final song on the EP, she speaks on the immortality of Memories. Ayra has such a lovely voice and is definitely one to watch out for in the coming years. To listen to her EP, click here.

US based Nigerian rap artiste and producer Bils, has released a brand new single titled E Choke.

US based Nigerian rap artiste and producer Bils has released his first official single for 2021 titled E Choke. This Afrobeat/Amapiano mix follows his No Sleep with Sinzu, closely followed by BOP3X released June, last year.

BILS (Built in Lagos State) is an Afrorap/Afropop artist, born in Lagos, Nigeria. At the age of 12, BILS found his love for entertainment, influenced by Fela Kuti, Tupac, Mystikal and Kanye west at 16, he began writing his own music and creating his own beats. He then moved to the United States to further his education.

He has been nominated four times for the Nigerian Entertainment Award, performed at SXSW, opened up for most of the top African musical acts and has landed a song with international Afrobeat artist Olamide with only a few years in the industry under his belt. In 2019, BILS released a 7-track EP titled ‘Mans On The Move’ with songs like Spiritual, D.W.M.T ( Don’t waste my time), etc. which charted #1 on the iTunes US world charts.

To listen to E Choke, click here.

 

YKB promises no more free work in “Oshofree” this year

Yusuf Kanbai whose real name is Yusuf oluwo promises that 2021 will be very different from his previous years. Why? He refuses to participate in free work popularly known as oshofree this year.

This is a story Creatives know too well. Your art is appreciated, it is good enough for commercial use but for some reason, you’re expected to do free work with promises of exposing you to a larger audience or more opportunities. Well, in ” Oshofree ” YKB says no more, pay me or leave me be.

The 25 year old afropop singer and songwriter was born in Ketu, Lagos where he spent most of his childhood. The versatile artist’s style is a fusion of Afrobeats, R n B, Trap and Hip-Hop. He has steadily used platforms like soundcloud to independently push his music. The artist has previously released his two tracks E.P ” Heae me out ” which contained ” know me ” and ” Tsunami .”

Additional vocals for ” Oshofree ” were provided by S3nami and the song was produced by Zolo. You can listen to it exclusively on Audiomack here.

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.

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