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Burna Boy’s “Twice As Tall” Album Is Just 8 Days Away

The wait is almost over! Burna Boy, one of the world’s leading Afrobeats frontmen, has scheduled his highly anticipated album “Twice As Tall” for release on Friday, August 14, 2020. This would be a follow up to his 2019 Grammy-nominated album “African Giant” which featured an all-star cast of Zlatan, Jorja Smith, Jeremih, Damian Marley, Angélique Kidjo, YG, Future and more.

The singer revealed the release date just a few hours ago via a video on his social media pages. He also revealed in a recent interview with the New York Times that the album contains 15 tracks and is executive produced by Sean Combs, popularly known as Diddy. Across these records in which Burna approaches as a “citizen of the world,” he brings along Sauti Sol, Naughty by Nature, Chris Martin (of Coldplay), Senegal’s icon, Youssou N’Dour and more. “Twice As Tall” also features production credits for Timbaland, Jae5, Rexxie, Telz, P2j, Anderson Paak, and longtime friend and collaborator, Leriq.

Just a few days ago, Burna Boy expanded his musical palette by featuring on a song with British golden boy, Sam Smith. Titled ‘My Oasis’, the mellow record only confirmed what many had known for years; that Burna’s musical range is as expansive as it can get.

By the looks of it, the imminent “Twice As Tall” album already looks like one for the books, and luckily for us, we are just eight days away from confirming that. Watch this space for any update.

Crayon Is Lovestruck In New Single ‘Sometime’

Over the weekend, Mavin Records’ emerging act Crayon released a new single alongside its accompanying lyric video titled ‘Sometime’. No doubt, Crayon has been one of the most hardworking acts this year, releasing new music at almost every turn. And with the frequency of his releases, fans are starting to perceive a follow-up project to his debut and introductory EP “Cray Cray” which contained standouts like ‘So Fine’ and ‘Bamiloke’ what presented him as a vocally gifted act who can turn out club bangers at will.

This new single ‘Sometime’ produced by his frequent collaborator and associate, London finds his craving some intimate time with his woman whom he loves dearly. He sings of her love, describing how good she makes him feel.

In the accompanying lyric video, Crayon is seen having a chilled time with his sweetheart.

Maleek Berry Releases New Tape, “Isolation Room”

After what seems to be a very long break for his fans, Maleek Berry is back with a new tape he titles “Isolation Room”, inspired by the Coronavirus pandemic and the resulting lockdown. According to the singer-producer, this project is not an album neither it is an EP. It’s just a collection of songs for his fans who have been holding their breath for new Maley music for a while now.

This project contains just 7 tracks with a lone feature from Tiwa Savage on the third track titled ‘Balance’. Enjoy the project above.

Alpha Ojini Is Silver-Tongued In ‘Chorister’ With Moelogo

Just a couple weeks after presenting a class act remix for his single ‘Pop’, feilding some of the foremost rappers of this generation including Paybac, Psycho YP, Vader the Wildcard, Hotyce and Payper Corleone, Alpha Ojini is back with some gbedu for the dancefloors. For his latest single ‘Choirster’ which is officially his first post-“Chvmeleon” release, he taps the sweet-singing Moeologo for an assist.

A very mellow-single, ‘Choirster’ finds Alpha Ojini in his lover boy bag as he tries to woo his love interest with his silver tongue.

Enjoy the single above.

Burna Boy’s Feature On Sam Smith’s ‘My Oasis’ Is Yet Another Flex Of His Range

Over the past few years, we’ve witnessed a surge in our Afrobeats flagbearers enlisting worldwide superstars for collaborations in what was majorly perceived as a bid to tap into their guests’ fanbase and market, ultimately. But even more recently, given the proliferation of the Afrobeats sound all across the world, the tables are fast turning as it is these “worldwide superstars” that are coming over to demand appearances on their records.

Just last year, Beyonce hosted an all-star cast of Afrobeat frontmen for her culturally-relevant album “The Lion King: The Gift”. The extensive guest list included features from Burna Boy, Yemi Alade, Tiwa Savage, Mr Eazi and more. And this year has even seen more of such collaborations. Earlier this year, Khalid tapped RCA-signed acts Davido and Tems for ‘Know Your Worth’ and Skip Marley sought assists from Davido and Oxlade for ‘Slow Down’ remix. And there’s are even more instances.

Now, in one of the unlikeliest of collaborations, British golden boy Sam Smith seeks the help of the African giant himself, Burna Boy, for his latest single ‘My Oasis’. The past year has witnessed the Grammy-nominated star joining forces with Stormzy, Ed Sheeran, J Hus, Jorja Smith, YG, Damian Marley over a wide scope of sounds. And even though this new record finds him on yet another new turf, Burna delievers yet again.

Over this mid-tempo love ballad, Sam and Burna take turns to totally win over their respective lovers who seem to be losing interest. Burna Boy takes it easy, slow and smooth and he lays out those sweet heart-melting words to his lady.

Enjoy the single above.

Patoranking Celebrates His Roots In New Single ‘Abule’

Patoranking has never been one to shy away from his past and humble beginnings. In fact, he embraces it and sports it like a fitting cap whenever he goes, never missing a chance to share his story. And this is yet again, he digs into his roots for another thrilling single, ‘Abule’, his first since his “Wilmer” album.

“I’m proud to be from my abule, because to have made it coming from there it’s only by God’s grace. It’s made me who I am today and it’s part of my story. So I waste no opportunity to let people know about my ghetto,” he says in an interview with Ebro Darden on Beats1 Radio.

“I feel it’s important through this new song to give my fans a chance to celebrate their own abules. And to protect their abules, too. Back in May, my team and I partnered with Ebele & Anyichuks Foundation to go to many ghettos across Lagos to give away masks and relief items. It’s important we stay safe and do our part to protect.”

Enjoy the single above.

Reminisce Brings Along Fireboy DML, Tiwa Savage And His Daughters On “Vibes & Insha Allah”

Except you’ve suddenly found yourself in the North Pole with a rotary dial for a phone, you must have heard that the self-acclaimed Alaga ibile Reminisce has a new project on the way. And after weeks of a very amazing rollout, the much-teased EP “Vibes & Insha Allah” is finally here. This EP is the first project from Reminisce for about four years, coming after the well-received “El-Hadj” album which dropped in 2016.

This EP contains just six tracks with features from Firebody DML and Tiwa Savage in the fourth and fifth tracks. He also opened the project with a cute soundbite from a conversation with his daughters Mo and Fatimah Safaru.

A couple of days ago, he gave us our first peek into the material with the Fireboy DML-assisted ‘Ogaranya’. He also linked up with his friend and longtime collaborator Sarz for an amazing production. Over the steady lamba production, Remience adds ogaranya to his already long list of titles. He works up a fine party starter off the back of braggadocio rap and a stunning infectious hook from the Fireboy.

Enjoy the album above.


Tolani Moves Against Her Better Judgment On ‘Bad Man’

After a near-silence filled first half of 2020, Tolani is back with a bang! Last year was littered with releases like ‘Maybe Baby’, ‘Liar’ and the Reekado Banks-assisted ‘Ba Mi Lo’, that we perceived a project was on the horizon. Well, with this new release, we hope again.

You know how women swear they want a good guy but it’s the bad guy they really want? Yes, this is what Tolani reiterates in her new single ‘Badman‘. On the new infectious and highly relatable single, Tolani admits that ‘bad guys’ seem to be her type.

“Every time a badman pull up, temperature dey burn up” she sings. And although she knows this isn’t exactly the best for her, she finds herself helpless to this craving again and again. “Wish I would learn my lesson, I’m needing a new direction,” she admits. But she also can’t seem to shake the hearing off “even though I should know better, I’m down for the ride whenever.”

No doubt, this is a feeling that a lot of ladies and even men is are familiar with, and would find this song highly relatable. Enjoy this song above.

Listen To Korede Bello’s New EP “Table For Two”

After weeks of teases, wild anticipation and a handful of singles, Korede Bello’s new EP, “Table For Two” is finally here. Lead by ‘Morire’ and ‘Micasa Sucasa’, the 5-track project is now available at all major DSPs.

For this EP, The Mavin Records signee works with a gifted line of producers including Rexxie, Princeton Beats, Ozedikus and label mate Johnny Drille. The engineering of the project is majorly handled by Burssbrain save for ‘Sunmomi’ which was mixed by Princeton.

Enjoy the project above.

DJ Spinall Taps Kranium For New Sultry Single ‘Everything’

One of Nigeria’s most celebrated disc jockeys DJ Spinall has joined forces with Jamaican sensation Kranium for a special afrobeats treat titled ‘Everything’. This comes a couple of months after Spinall tapped the rave of the moment Omah Lay for his year opening banger, ‘Tonight’.

This new single comes after an excited Spinall shared the news of his induction into the new class of the Grammy Academy.

Over the soft, steady and pleasing instrumental, Kranium is so full of confidence and assurance as he croons about his love interest in such a smooth manner that never breaks the beat. Sometimes, international collaborations get to feel tacky but not this as Kranuim’s efforts appear so seamless as he rides the 808s-laced afrobeats production laid down by DJ Spinall like a wave.

Enjoy the single above.

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