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Omah lay and Tems,arrested and charged to court in Uganda for flouting Covid-19 guidelines

Nigerian singers, Stanley Omah Didia known better as Omah lay and Temilade Opeyin alias Tems with her manager, Muyiwa Awomiyi have been arrested and charged to court by the Katwe Police on charges of Negligently doing acts likely to spread an infectious disease C/S 171 of the penal code in Uganda.

In a viral tweet yesterday from the Police’s official Twitter handle, they announced the arrest and it’s reason being a concert which flouted the country’s Covid-19 guidelines;

@Patrickonyango1 “Three people have been arrested in connection to the unauthorised concert that was held last night in Ddungu Resort in Munyonyo, Kampala City”.
https://t.co/YQwXDElQbC

Those arrested are Ivan Ddungu, the manager of the place where the concert was held, Omah Lay the musician and Prim Kasana, Events Manager, who contracted Omah Lay to sing.

An hour ago, the police went on to elucidate that earlier plans to have the artists released on bond have been withdrawn by the DPP( Director of Public Prosecution) and they, plus four ugandans will be remanded until Wednesday 16/12/2020.

Ivan Ddungu, manager of the event center, had posted yesterday on Facebook that they had clearance from the police and even security for  the concert provided by members of the Ugandan police force. While the artists and event planners erred as Corona is a public health matter and governments need to do all in their power to protect their citizens, the grouse for many Nigerians seem to be that Ugandan artists at the concert weren’t arrested only foreign ones. If at all artists and not show organizers are to be arrested, isn’t it fair for all artists to be rounded up. Is this justice or extreme high handedness to exude power?

The Cavemen drop their last song for the year ‘Who no Know go Know( WNKGK)’

At midnight, The musical group: The Cavemen, dropped their last single for the year ‘Who no know go know(WNKGK). This is a follow up to their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Roots’, a 16 track album which took a process of two years to complete. The Cavemen thought it appropriate to drop another cavy jam to celebrate the overwhelming acceptance and support they received this year. They also just recently released the visual for ‘ Beautiful rain.’

What is so special about this duo is the feeling of nostalgia one experiences whilst listening to their songs. We are thrown back to the voices of The Funkees, Oliver de Coque, Osita Osadebe   e.t.c present in our childhoods at wedding celebrations, parties, christmas in our hometowns or village meetings where we were first introduced to highlife. Highlife originating from Ghana spread to other parts of West Africa becoming very popular amongst the Igbos following World War II and was the most popular genre in the 1960s. But rather than The Cavemen sounding like a blast from the past, this Alte highlife group seem like the sound of the future.

WNKGK is a declaration on the impossibility of their sound remaining a clandestine affiar. They subtly let on the impracticality of their sound not permeating every nook and cranny waking those slumbering to their rise and dominance. We will hear of them and will acknowledge their gift, in other words, who no know go know.

Written and produced by the cavemen, Benjamin Okorie and Kingsley Okorie with backup vocals from Karen Anyanwu. The song is mixed and mastered by Bigfootinyourface with trumpet accompaniment from Etuk Ubong and Guitar by Seun Adegbami. Art direction was by The Creatus. Click here to listen.

GuiltyBeatz brings the year to an end with ‘All my love’ featuring Oxlade,Kidi and Dj Vyrusky

Grammy nominated Ghanaian artist, GuiltyBeatz has just released ‘All my love’ which is his first release from his own record label ‘Eight music’ The song features Oxlade, Kidi and DJ Vyrusky.

GuiltyBeatz, real name Ronald Banful, is a Ghanian DJ and Producer. The 30 year old artist was born in Palermo, italy where he was introduced to music when he was gifted his first piano at age 1 and by age 12, he had started creating his own beats.  He has worked for artists like Sarkodie, Efya, R2bees, Jesse jagz, Wizkid e.t.c. He released his debut single ‘Chance’ in 2016 with Mr Eazi. ‘Akwaaba’ with Mr Eazi, pataapa and Papi kojo was put out in 2018. Most notable of his works are his productions on ‘Already’ ‘Keys to the Kingdom’ and ‘Find your way back’ on Beyonce Lion’s king: The Gift album.

Speaking on uniting and working with the featured artists on this song;

“I connected with Oxlade and sent over my beat and as soon as I received his vocal idea it was clear to hear that Kidi would be the perfect addition to the record.”

DJ Vyrusky swags on the beat while Oxlade and Kidi flow on the loud, hard, bouncy beat  creating a hit tune set to move anyone on the dance floor. The theme of the song is love and specially created for lovers. GuiltyBeatz hopes  those listening to this record experience feelings of upliftment and happiness.

Reminisce and Adekunle Gold release ‘Toxic’ from their soon to be released joint EP

Multi-talented rapper, Reminisce comes through with a new tune featuring 79th Element Afropop star, Adekunle Gold, bringing forth ‘Toxic” from their upcoming joint EP. In an Instagram post, the ‘local rapper’ crooner spoke on what informed  his collaboration with Adekunle on this track;

I love how singers bring words to life tru music & I always wanted to do a Rapper/Singer project. Finally that dream is becoming a reality. Let me introduce you to the 1st song off that project, ft Ogbontarigi Olorin & Fellow Manutd Fan @adekunlegold with the tu si! #TOXIC Produced by @sesstheprblm out 12am (Dec 9th).”

This follows soon after Reminisce’s release of his EP ‘ Vibes and Insha Allah’ which dropped earlier this year following a four year hiatus from music. Adekunle Gold himself recently dropped his Afropop EP, vol 1 which is his most notable project this year and showed his transition into a more pop sound.

Toxic is about a venemous woman poisoning her lovers. She is highly attractive,dangerous and ruthless;

I know you want to show me something
Don’t be shy girl, let it loose
Baby this your love is poison
The way you kill me slow
Kill me, Killy me killy me slow
Kill me slow
You know this love is toxic
Kill me
(Baby kill me slow)
Baby kill me slow”

Reminisce raps in English and Yoruba while Adekunle melodiously sings the chorus. This song was produced by Sess and you can click the link here to listen.

Phyno and Peruzzi spill the tea on the paths many undertake to wealth acquisition on “For the money”

Peruzzi, DMW vibe machine and Phyno fine o, team up to give us a scintillating tune on “For the money” produced by blaq jerzee.

Phyno renders his verse in igbo inflecting English here and there to dilute the verse a little for his non-igbo listeners. He begins to talk about the hardship everyone faces, following his pace and taking his time to hustle, stopping the wagging tongues of doubters. He pleads to God to bless his labour preventing it from being futile and in vain. He is ready to go hard for the money and rejects dying without accomplishing his dreams.

Peruzzi also surprisingly renders his verse in igbo. He feels the same as Phyno,reiterating minding his time and not comparing his to others. He also wishes to prove doubters wrong too making them cower in shame.

The chorus goes into detail spilling the tea on the extent to which people would go for the money, from prostitution, to brothers and friends killing and betraying one another, to pastors deceiving and robbing their congregation blind, to others studying hard and even  those travelling abroad to hustle for the money.

This jam is about the hustle, the grind, the sacrifices all in the pursuit of money, what they will do and the the various means they will undertake to get it. Quite an enjoyable highlife jam and should definitely be bursting through your speakers. Click here to listen.

Peruzzi releases new music ‘southy love’ with Fireboy DML

Peruzzi releases new track called ‘Southy love’ produced by P.Prime. This is a quick follow up to his hit single ‘Isolova’. Southy love infuses Amapiano and Afrobeat and was taken from his much anticipated 14 track album ‘Rum and Boogie.’ However, no offical date has been announced for its release. YBNL artiste, Fireboy DML lends his harmonious vocals to the song creating an explosive banger to the delight of many fans.

The song talks about the length and breadth the singers would go to reach the object of their desire. Peruzzi sings that he wants to see her tonight, he promises to catch expensive flights for her breaking boundaries and barrier on his way to her love.

“Girl i want see you tonight
I go catch flight come see you tonight
Ewoo girl i want see you tonight!
I go catch flight come see you tonight

Cos this distance is killing me for sure
So give me ponmo
I want this your love
Say for instance i will do anything for your love…”

To listen to southylove by Peruzzi ft Fireboy, click here

National Anthem by Psycho YP drops

Nicholas ‘psycho yp’ ihua-madueyin, 21 year old, Afro Trap artist, releases his new body of work ‘National Anthem’ with tracks such as ‘Flex N Ball’ and ‘Attention’. These songs feature oxlade, lyta, Merry-lynn and Azanti. Producers involved in this project includes; Big fish, Lames, Jaylon with mixing and mastering by Timi Jay.

Speaking on his music since his first EP release and what he desires to do with Trap in Nigeria, he states that ” I have done two collaborative EPs with fellow artist Kuddi titled “This Is What You Wanted” and “This Is What You Wanted 2”. In the summer of 2017, I performed in over 30 shows and have released three official singles since then, two of which are on the YPSZN mixtape. My singles Losing You & Black Card have enjoyed high rotation on radio stations in Nigeria and UK. The joint music video for Losing You & Black Card was released via Linkup TV in the UK and premiered on MTV Base West. I released my 15-track debut mixtape, titled “YPSZN”, on 8th June 2018 with the hope of pioneering trap culture in Nigeria and chart my way to the top of the new wave of urban music breaking barriers in Nigeria and beyond.” With a million streams on Apple Music, he is glad many are becoming believers of Trap in Nigeria. He shows the promise to elevate Nigerian Trap to international heights.

To listen to the tracks on National Anthem, click here

Rema addresses his personal tragedies and those of disgruntled Nigerians in ‘Peace of Mind’

Twenty year old Mavin superstar, Rema, has just released a new song ‘Peace of mind’ which is currently making waves as it profoundly touches on the personal tragedies the singer has faced this year which a lot of Nigerians and Africans living under monstrous, inept and mudering governments can relate to. Rema rose to prominence following the release of ‘iron man’ which appeared on Barack Obama’s summer playlist. He has received multiple awards such as Next rated and Viewers choice awards at The 2019 Headies as well as Souncity MPV for best new artist. He was also nominated alongside Wizkid and Burna boy for the 2020 BET awards for Best Viewers Choice; International act.

The Benin bred singer speaks up against the pain he harbours despite his accomplishments due to the senseless harrassment, brutailty, buthchering and maiming of innocent citizens, by leaders who should protect them, which leads him to despair. Tragedies quite heartfelt by Nigerians as a lot experienced grief seeking for their missing relatives and loved ones with others plain out mourning the dead a few months back from police brutality on unarned citizens. He explains that neither money nor fame nor sex can make up for his sense of loss in a cold, unfeeling world.

“Hmm, so many things just dey for my mind oh
Hmm, how many happiness man fit to buy oh?
Hmm, everyday man need to wake up to hustle oh
Hmm-mm, but we no dey certain wetin go sup tomorrow
Ewe, ah-ah-ah-ah-ah

My Mama call me say, take am easy oh
I no know wetin go ease me oh
My baby call me say, she go please me oh
No be everything be sex
And me I no dey find any pity oh
E don tey when I dey hustle oh
Dey jump from shuttle to shuttle oh
Oh-oh, woah, woah, wah
This pain, this pain
This pain no be only my pain
Many people pain join my pain
Many people pain dey run in my vein, hmm
Many people don die in vain, hmm
One bottle Schnapp to cure my craze
One bottle Schnapp to cure my craze
You no fit dey this country wey you no dey craze
Gunshot no let me meditate
Hypertension full the place
People dey die
Police sef they go deny the case”

Recall that a few months back, Rema had alleged that memebers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may have been responsible for the death of his father who was a Judge.

Speaking about the song, Rema said: “I talked about how much I yearn for peace because of the thoughts and voices in my head due to what I’m facing personally and what my people are facing as well. So many bad things have happened, and I know many people can relate.” This song was produced by Kel P vibes.

Stonebwoy features Davido in his new music and video ‘Activate’

Livingstone Etse Satekia known more popularly as Stonebwoy or 1GAD, is a Ghanaian Afropop, Dancehall and Reggae singer. A recipient of two Billboard plaques and global ambassador of sanitation. He is also the CEO of Burniton Music Group with multiple awards such as The Best International Act; Africa Category at the 2015 BET Awards, Artist of the year at the 2015 Ghana music awards.

The singer born in Ashaiman, Accra of Ghana has four albums; Grade released in 2012, Neccessary Evil in 2014, Epistles of Mama 2017 and Angola junction 2020. This multifaceted rapper normally renders his rap in Jamacian patois and has been described as the king of Reggae and Dancehall in Africa. He describes his style as Afro dancehall.

Following the release of his Internationally acclaimed album ‘Angola Junction’ album, Stonebwoy has just dropped his first single and it’s video with Nigerian superstar, Davido. This was recoreded in Accra, Ghana where Davido went for a weekend and the music video shot in the next 24 hours. Produced by Mix Master Garzy.

Speaking on how he wants to be remembered in his career. He says ” A boy from the ghetto who didn’t give up but inspired people. That one who had to struggle for a long time but who still made it. That one who made an impact in people’s life through the music,through the lifestyle, and by representing them. This question is like 80years ahead of me. But between then and now, I hope God helps me along the way because I know I’m going to put in a lot of work and try to create significant moments and milestones. No one is going to be able to forget me because my name is going to be right there in front of their eyes. That’s the mission.”

Flavour releases seventh studio album ‘Flavour of Africa’

At midnight, flavour dropped his seventh studio album titled ‘Flavour of Africa.’ This is following his last album ‘Awele’ and 2019 E.P, ’40 years(Everlasting)’ with Chidinma. His previous albums include: N’abina, Uplifted, Ijele-The traveller, Blessed e.t.c. The Nigerian singer, songwriter amd multi-instrumentalist shared that  his new album shows his transcendence and transformation within his music and social responsibilities. Famous for songs like Nwa Baby(ashawo remix), N’abina, Adanma and the likes, fans have been expecting and are excited to listen to new music from the popular highlife singer. His style is a fusion of Highlife, contemporary Jazz and Afrobeats.

The Enugu bred artiste has moved from drumming in his local church to being centre stage as one of the resonant highlife sounds in Africa bagging multiple awards along the way. In 2016, Flavour launched his Flavour of Africa tour which had Flavour perform in a number of countries in West Africa where he also made notable amount of donations to charity.

The album ‘Flavour of Africa’ consists of 15 songs and has 55minutes play time. The tracks in this album are: Flavour of Africa, Good woman, Berna, Looking ynash, Omotemi , Egwu ndi oma, Skit, Doings, Product of grace, Umuigbo, Sawa sawa, Beer parlour discussions, Odoyewu, Ebube, Omeihuoma and lastly Bestie.

Flavour N’abina as he is fondly called employed the help of a bunch of other music stars in ‘Flavour of Africa.’ The album features Fally Ipupa, Tekno, Phyno, Odumeje, Larry gaga, Waga G , Beenie man and Biggie Igba. The producers involved in this album include Masterkraft, Spax, RotimiKeys, Selebobo, Stadic, Johnny Blaze, Marvio and Dj Tunez. Click here to listen to this album.

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