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Teni’s much anticipated single JO is out now

Popular Nigerian singer, songwriter and Entertainer, Teniola Apata popularly known as Teni has just released a new single titled JO. The 27 year old songstress who has bagged multiple awards including the 2019 Headies awards for viewers choice and Best vocal performer amongst many others is not desisting anytime soon from releasing hit singles to make us dance haphazardly at parties.

Jo’s upbeat instrumental and teni’s fun, loud delivery makes up the song’s happy, cheerful vibe. Just like many other hit singles of hers: Uyo meyo, Case, Askamayan and so many more, the song is eclectic in a way that  can only be Teni and perhaps that is what sets her apart from her afro-pop contemporaries. She teamed up with producer, Peace oredope to cook this boppy tune.

Staying true to its title Jo which means dance, Teni declares all through the song sometimes in English and other times Yoruba, that she will enjoy her life and love herself to the fullest. This one is for the people who cannot kill themselves over any matter and just want to party. Jo is one of the many amazing tracks from her upcoming album Wondaland.

 

 

 

Talented Mavin Records singer and songwriter, Johnny Drille shares ‘Mystery Girl’ off his debut album

Talented Mavin Records singer and songwriter, Johnny Drille, just released his first single from his forthcoming debut album out 2021. This comes shortly after Something Better which was released earlier this year.

Mystery girl is about an angelic beauty who remains elusive to the singer. He is bewitched by her dazzle and grace, the dark secrets her pretty face mask enchants him and he is quite intrigued by this woman. “ It is a representation of the expansion of my music into new spaces and hints at one of the many layers of my coming debut album which I am excited about and cannot wait to share with the world” the songbird disclosed.  With Mystery Girl Johnny Drille hopes to journey listeners to a whole new realm of experiences, showcasing his range through lyrics and genre-bridging sounds.

The idyllic lyrics and soothing vocals is sure to lure its listeners to bliss. The production of this song is done by Grammy-nominated producer London. This serenade teases a refreshing side to Johnny Drille soon to be seen in his forthcoming album. This is one song you’re definitely going to have on repeat.

“Yabasi” is Basketmouth’s actualization journey to his first love

Popular comedian, Basketmouth released his first album titled “Yabasi” igbo word for onions today, which is the official soundtrack album to his comedy web series “Papa Benji”. His comedy web series will premiere on the 4th of December, 2020 at IMAX, Lekki. He declared in an interview with coolfm that the name was chosen because the web series is built on different layers of his life, amongst other things. In an interview with NdaniTV in 2014, Basketmouth disclosed that although comedy found him, music was his first love and he had intentions to complete that journey. Six years later, Yabasi is a step towards actualizing that dream.
The album contains 10 mind blowing tracks : Peppersoup, Myself, Ride or Die, World people, Life, One Bo, December, Papa Benji, Hustle and Udo. The artistes involved in this projects are : Oxlade, show Dem camp, Duncan Mighty, Ice prince, Waje, Ladipoe, Umu Ogbiligbo, Peruzzi, Chike, Zoro, Play, Flash, BOJ, Ceeza Milli, Flavour, Phyno, Ill Bliss, The Cavemen, Bez and Dice Ailes. All mixed by Tee-y mix.
The Project exudes deliberate design and creative crafting from the instrumentals and varying sounds of highlife, afro-pop and hip-hop to the artistes on the album. It is unique, melodious and very easy to be loved by all who listen to it. It captures quite melodiously the daily struggles of its average listener. Another theme the album focuses on is love and its importance for our sustenance as the social beings we are craving connection, which separates this body of work by far and large from any other Nollywood soundtrack. It has officially raised the bar for soundtracks and sounds in the Nigerian storytelling industry. This album comes highly recommended by us at the PGM club for as you know, we are all about pushing good music.

Timaya releases new album ” Gratitude “

Earlier today, Timaya released his much anticipated and talked about album, Gratitude. This is the bayelsian artiste’s 7th album. It is a 15 track album with songs titled: Born to win, Iberibe, Don Dada, Something must to kill a man , No limit, The mood, Chulo bother nobody, Okaka, No gra gra, Loval N Bougie, Ebiola papa, L.O.V.E, The light, I can’t kill myself and Buru. The album is largely a solo act and contains no features; It is simply Timaya giving us vibes for days. The album is littered with works from several producers which includes : Spotless, Ayzed, Yung Willis, Chillz, Vibe o, Orbeat, Wildxyouths , Boombeatz, Krizbeatz and Chrisstringz .

Just like the title of the album implies, Timaya expresses his gratitude and appreciation for the good things of life especially coming from a background of struggle, lack and survival. Despite the wreck of a year this has been, Timaya finds the time to still look at the bigger picture and be grateful for all he is and has in the present. He is grateful for the blowing up of his hustle and takes us on a groovy trip into his lush, bubbly lifestyle. He does not forget to admonish listeners to hustle legitimately and finds the time to cunningly throw a jab at his one time public foe, hushpuppy.

Have a penchant for slipping into bad places and moods because of the toll 2020 has had on us and need to lift your spirits? listen to this album, tap your feet, shake your waist and share in the thankfulness and appreciation for life that it preaches.

Listen To Simi’s New -Track EP “Restless II”

One of Nigeria’s leading singers Simi has released her new EP  “Restless II” in partnership with Apple’s artist services company, Platoon. This is a project we were introduced just a couple weeks ago with the release of its lead single ‘No Longer Beneficial’, her first since her chart-topping ode to her unborn child, ‘Duduke’.

In this single, Simi is at a crossroad which would be familiar to many. The one where two people who are romantically engaged find themselves with conflicting interests. She and her muse have been involved with one each other for a while as friends with benefits. And as it often happens in situations like this, the guy started to catch feelings, one he openly expressed to Simi for them to take their relationship to the next level.

But Simi isn’t down for that at all. At least, not now. She’s only here for a good time. “He say he wan be my lover, he say he wan do forever. But I ain’t down for that,” she sings. So before things get out of hand, she’s opting to pull out of whatever they have together because in her own words, “it was good while it lasted oh, don’t let me take you for granted…”

“Restless II” EPcontains just six tracks, featuring apperances from MS BAnks, Wurld as well as her hsband and freqent collaborator, Adekunle Gold.  Enjoy the project above and let us know what you think. ALso remember to check out the just-released viduals for ‘No Longer Beneficial’ below.

Mannywellz Releases Amazing New Project titled “MIRAGE”

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Remember the name Mannywellz, born Emmanuel Ajomale, and he’s a Grammy award-winning Nigerian American-based R&B/Soul artist, producer, and multi-instrumentalist who just released his refreshingly new E.P: ‘The Mirage’.

The project produced by Mannywellz is a seven-tracked collection of uniquely different sounds, influenced by his father, who is also a musician, and other musical icons such as Asa, Bob Marley, Kanye West, Ryan Leslie, Timbaland, Fela Anikulakpo Kuti, and King Sunny Ade.

Mannywellz has three features on ‘Mirage‘. While ‘A million’ featuring Nigerian-American rapper, Wale is a more upbeat sound, ‘Floating’ featuring Nigerian R&B duo, VanJess, made up of sisters Ivana and Jessica Nwokike is a slower traditional sound that samples a myriad of instruments, making this track in particular, stand out.

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”Peace” featuring Tems is the ultimate depiction of a sweet-sounding song. Mannywellz garnishes his use of falsetto in a jazzy sound that draws you in, particularly, if you’re one for easy unconventional sounds. Alternative R&B fresh talent, Tems lends her acutely distinct voice to bring together this track in a blended complementary dollop that’s just delicious to listen to.

Manny was on the PGM Radio Show last Wednesday to discuss the making of his project and the inspiration behind it.  Listen to the podcast here.

We at the PGM Club love this project and recommend it for your listening pleasure.

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Stream ‘Mirage here.

Niniola Brings Along Timbaland, Busiswa, Afro B, Sauti Sol & More On “Colours & Sounds”

The acclaimed queen of Afro-House Niniola has released her sophomore album “Colours & Sounds” across all major streaming platforms in the early hours of today. This comes three years after her stunning debut album “This Is Me” which contained monster hit, ‘Maradona’ as well as ‘Saro’, ‘Sicker’ and more. This new project is led by singles like ‘Omo Rapala’, the Femi Kuti-assisted ‘Fantasy’ a well as the infectious ‘Addicted’ which has recorded much traction on the airwaves.

“Colours & Sounds” finds Niniola exploring a wide palette of sounds across 15 tracks while still serving her fans a heavy dose of Afro-House which made them fall in love with her in the first. It’s obvious she has much more than just the Nigerian audience in mind in the conceptualization and execution of this project. And this is well exemplified in the guestlist which features contributions from Kenyan band Sauti Sol, South Africa’s songstress Busiswa, British act Afro B as well as Timbaland, a renowned American producer, DJ and rapper. It also features her frequent collaborator, Sarz and well as Nonso Amadi, one of the most gifted emerging acts in these parts.

Listen to the album above.

Paybac Iboro Recruits All-Star Cast For ‘Activ8’ Remix

When people talk about how much they love Paybac Iboro’s sophomore album ‘Cult!’, one song that keeps coming up as a favourite is the second lead single off the project, ‘Activ8’. Opening with raw but gripping keys, head-bumping kicks and a faded but stifling baseline the rap finds Paybac in his element, delivering stream-of-consciousness verses about how he keeps pushing against all odds in this country. On the striking and highly infectious hook, Paybac raps, ‘Activ8, activ8, activ8, young Samuel Oparaji, I’m balling till I pass away. Legends only die on a Saturday, get the plug if you want activate‘.

He also dropped the beat for free online, inspiring scads of freestyle verses from some of the brightest rappers in Nigeria, known and unknown. But for the remix of such a standout single, Paybac seeks the big dawgs, the tested and trusted wordsmiths revered all over for their sharp pen. He brings along Ghost of SDC, Vector the Viper and Boogey, his friend and frequent collaborator who all came through with jawdropping and thoughtful bars on the record.

Listen to this record above and let us know who you think has the best verse.

Listen To Eri Ife’s New Single ‘Naughty Girl’

About 6 months after introducing us to his dual life as a lawyer and creative with his well-received EP “Esquire”, Eri Ife is back with a new record coming barely with a day’s notice titled ‘Naughty Girl’.

This record finds him dabbling into the dancehall sounds with an aim of making it to out ‘sexytime playlists’. For the record, he enlists the assist of Biodun the Sage for production and engineering. ‘Girl Me Love the way yuh siddown pon it, exclusive like it’s member’s only,’ he  sings as he opens the record.

All through the record, he sings about how the ‘Naughty Girl’ as him wrapped around her finger. “Now you got me on lock nuh, the way that sundress move, when you wear it make me wanna take it off ya’ he confesses.

Enjoy the record above.

Fireboy DML Features On Official FIFA 21 Soundtrack

For the first time in a long while, Nigerians appear to be very excited about the recently announced official soundtrack of the highly anticipated game, FIFA 21. And this is simply because Nigeria and its globetrotting sound Afrobeats is duly represented as Fireboy DML’s 2019 smash hit ‘Scatter’. This comes barely a week after ‘Champion’ off his recently-released sophomore album “Apollo” was played at Bayern Munich’s victory lap.

This feat is facilitated by the Empire x YBNL partnership that sees the international publishing company pushing the Nigerian label catalogue into relevant spaces across the global music market. This, therefore, makes Firbeoy the first local artist to be featured in an official FIFA soundtrack, a game which is widely played in this part of the world.

The game itself is scheduled to launch worldwide 9 October 2020, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. ‘Scatter’ which was just released last year has accumulated 30+ Million streams across all streaming platforms.

Watch the video below.

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