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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.

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.

Davido & Oxlade Join Skip Marley To Remix The H.E.R-Assisted ‘Slow Down’

Last year, Skip Marley the grandson of the reggae legend Bob Marley, broke his relative silence and teamed up with one of R&B most promising star, H.E.R on ‘Slow Down’. And ever since it’s release, the song has enjoyed cultural and commercial success, recently making Skip the first Jamaican-born singer to hit the number one spot on the Billboard Adult R&B chart, do so. The song has also inspired a couple of remixes, the latest featuring two generations of Afrobeats stars, Davido and Oxlade.

Davido opens the remix with an impassioned verse detailing how a love interest is so pressed on coming over to spend the quarantine with him. But Davido isn’t in a hurry; he wants to know if she’s really down for commitments, and not just him being an itch for her to scratch.

Oxlade then comes through with a scene-stealing verse to wrap the record, fully ready for some with rousing moments with his woman. It’s so beautiful to watch how Davido and Oxlade do not compromise their style and delivery just to cater to an international audience. No doubt, they brought this record home that you could even swear you’re listening to an afrobeats record.

Enjoy this stirring remix above.

Vector And MASTAA Join Forces On “Crossroads” EP

After weeks of teasers and a couple of releases, Nigeria’s top-tier rapper is back with his second project in six months, joint tape with seasoned record producer,  and longtime collaborator, Mastakraft. This EP is titled “Crossroads” and it finds both acts exploring diverse sounds and cadence.

True to it formant, the EP contains just five songs, including the pre-released singles, ‘Eyan Colgate’ and ‘If We Must’. The tape only features appearances from DJ MAgnum and DJ Neptune. Enjoy the EP above.

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.

TÖME Brings Along Wavy The Creator, King Promise, Zlatan & Runtown On ‘BT4W’

For the past few weeks, Canadian-based Nigerian singer, TÖME has been giving us several tastes of the material she’s been working on for a while now. Each week came with its own teaser single, all building up to the big release; a new album.

She had spent the bulk of 2019 touring Europe with Afrobeats globetrotting star, Mr Eazi. That same year, TÖME also opened for Burna Boy on his sold-out Wembley show. Well, it’s been almost a year since her debut album, “TÖMESROOM Chapter 1” and she’s following this up with a fitting sophomore, “Bigger Than Four Walls”.

This sonically ambitious LP contains just 10-tracks with an all-star cast of some of Africa’s finest acts. The guest list cuts across generations as it includes afrobeats stapel, Runtown, Zlatan, Ghana’s King Promise as well as alte luminary, Wavy The Creator. One interesting thing about this album is how TÖME explores different sounds and genres across the project, which plays as a testament to her artistic range and palette.

This album comes highly recommended from us at the PGM Club. Enjoy above and tell us what you think.

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