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Catch Up On Wavy The Creator’s Dual Release ‘Black Love’

Wavy Creator has been one of the key players in the new crop of artists who are trying to redefine the sounds coming out from Nigeria and Africa as we know it. This highly adventurous horde are repeatedly experimenting with several palettes of sounds, coming with something refreshing every time, constantly reaffirming the notion that they can’t simply be put into a box sonically. And with her latest release ‘Black Card’, Wavy the Creator reminds us of this fact.

This comes as a dual-release, with the LMBSKN version featuring Pyscho YP. It also has to be said that PSycho YP is one of the most hardworking and collaborative artistes we have around as barely a week goes by without having a fresh Psycho YP verse out there somewhere.

Enjoy ‘Black Card‘ here.

Listen To Patoranking’s Third Studio Album “Three”

One of Nigeria’s leading acts, Patronaking has released his third studio album titled “Three” earlier today, August 28. This comes barely a year after his sophomore album “Wilmer” titled after his daughter was released to mixed reactions.

“The boy who was in the Ghetto, the boy who came into this industry with Alubarika and the man I am today, man it’s been a journey. I thank God because I am only just starting. My third studio album THREE is out 28 Aug. Thank you guys for supporting me from day one, my team and everyone who worked tirelessly hard to bring this project to life. I love you all, he announced a few days ago on Instagram.

This new album contains just 12 tracks and features appearances from some of Africa’s finest acts including Flavour, Sauti Sol, King Promise and Tiwa Savage who also has an album out today.

For it s production, Patoranking turns to a capable team of Telz, Ctea, Dera, Jaydot, Coublon, Mr Kamera, Culan Hysaint and KillaShay.

This album is led by a sole single ‘Abule’ where Patoranking traces his way back to where he bagan and celebrates his roots and humble beginnings. “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.

Enjoy the album above.

Tiwa Savage Releases New Album “Celia”

One of the vanguards of the Afrobeats to the world movement and UMG signee Tiwa Savage has finally released her much-teased album “Celia”, today, August 28. The album is currently available across all major digital streaming platforms.

“Celia” makes it as Tiwa Savage’s first full-length body of work in four years, coming as a follow-up to her much-celebrated 2016 album “R.E.D”. It is also her major-label debut, being her first major release since singing to world music giants, Universal Music in 2018.

This project contains just 12 tracks littered with multi-national collaborations of some of the brightest stars across the world. As an international release, “Celia” will feature appearances from Sam Smith, Hamzaa, Stefflon Don, Dice Ailes, Davido and Naira Marley.

“Celia” is also led by her recently released singles ‘Dangerous Love’ and ‘Koroba’ which helped to generate anticipation across board for its release. ‘Dangerous Love’ finds Tiwa Savage singing about a dangerous love affair. She’s gone girl-crazy about her love interest and forewarns him of how intense it could be. But she makes just one plea, “no go tire” for me. The club-ready ‘Koroba’ on the other hand finds Tiwa Savage ignoring busybodies who always have something to say about her. As for her, “I no come this life to suffer.”

Enjoy the album above.

Tiwa Savage Joins Forces With Sam Smith For ‘Temptation’

As the road to “Celia” grows shorter, Tiwa Savage is again easing up the journey for us with the release of yet another single of the soon-to-be-released album ‘Temptation’. This is the first single off the LP that contains a feature as she seeks an assist from Sam Smith, making it his second collaboration with Afrobeats acts in less than a month. But asides Sam Smith, the highly anticipated 13-track album which would be Tiwa Savage’s  UMG debut would feature appearances from Naira Marley, Stefflon Don, Dice Ailes, Davido and Hamzaa.

On ‘Temptation’ Tiwa Savage is back to romance as she open acknowledges the desire that stirs up within her whenever she beholds her love interest. And like the African bad girl that she is, Tiwa is ready to give in to that fascination only if he plays his cards right. “If you do me nice, if you do me right/ Im’ma give ya everything you like” she croons. Sam Smith waltz right into the Afrobeats instrumental like its nothing, coming through with a scene-stealing feature,  as he delievers his well-prunned verse spiced with his soothing vocals. For one, this single does its job and does it well. It is revamping the interest and anticipation for the project which is just a few days away.

Remember, “Celia” drops on Friday, August 28 and as you know, Tiwa doesn’t disappoint. Watch this space for any update.

Tomi Thomas’ Artistry Is Stirring In New Single ‘Hopeless Romantic’

If you’ve come across Tomi Thomas’ art in any shape or form, you’d acknowledge that he possesses artistry that’s so rare in these parts. He might just be bubbling just under the surface of mainstream consciousness and dominance waiting for that perfect moment to breakout, but Tomi Thomas’ skill set isn’t one that can be denied as he brings something different but soul-stirring to the table. And his latest single, ‘Hopeless Romantic’ isn’t any different. For this record, he brings along his guitar to work with T.U.C who produced and engineered the record. Abdourin Opeyemi Jacob also contributes guitar riffs to the tune.

‘Hopeless Romantic’ is an Afrobeats tune with a dominant dancehall feel that finds Tomi Thomas soliloquizing or talking to his diary (if he has one). “So many days on my own/ No credit on my phone/ I’m just a hopeless romantic…” he croons.

This record comes months after Tomi Thomas teamed up with GMK on ‘Lagos (every day)’ which is a meditation on the dominant hustle culture which exists in the city it is titled after. This is one of the outstanding traits that separates Lagos from several other cities across the country. And even though the city is Nigeria’s financial capital, poverty is very much extensive even in the midst of plenty.

Enjoy this new single above.

Remy Baggins Releases New Project “AMATERASU”

Remy Baggins’ work ethic is so enviable. The producer who doubles as a singer always seems to have new music out at every point in time. Earlier today, he released a new project “AMATERASU!” making it his third solo project in just two years. The palette of diverse sounds explored in each of these projects also serves as a testament to his range and artistry.

This new project finds Remy in the hip-hop world, particularly floating in trap music. And for this piece, he brings some of the best in the sound in these corners, including Zilla Oaks, Kiienka, Marv OTM, Psycho YP, Veen, Mojo and revered wordsmith, Boogey.

For the production, he works with Telz and GLC3F while he solely handles the engineering of the project. Listen to the project above.

Adekunle Gold’s “Afropop, Vol.1” Is Finally Here

Just a week after delivering a teeming verse alongside Wizkid and Omah Lay on DJ Tunez’s ‘Pami’, Adekunle Gold has released his long-teased third studio album “Afropop, Vol.1“. This is a project he first announced on the PGM Radio Show on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, when he premiered ‘Kelegbe Megbe’.

This new album completes Adekunle Gold’s transition into the African pop space, a move that visibly started to take shape from last year’s ‘Before You Wake Up’ but can be traced down to his sophomore album. “About 30”. He has been substituting his signature traditional African sound for something more pop-centric, trendy and synth-led, and we love every bit of it.

This new album contains just 10 songs and it features appearances from Nailah Blackman, Patoranking, Olayinka Ehi and Tekno. It is led by just two pre-released singles, ‘AG Baby’ and ‘Something Different’. Other releases that led to the build up of this album but are notably absent include the Kizz Daniel-assisted ‘Jore’, ‘Kelegbe Megbe’, ‘Before Your Wake Up’ and ‘Young Love’.

Enjoy the album above.

DJ Cuppy Brings Along A Galaxy Of Stars On “Original Copy”

Nigerian celebrity disc jockey and host DJ Cuppy has released her debut album “Original Copy” today, August 21, after weeks of anticipation. This album contains just 12 tracks but features some of the best and brightest stars across the continent and the world.

The project features an all-star cast of Efya, Wyclef, Rema, Rayvanny, Nonso Amadi, Ycee, Julian Marley, Darkoo, Ms Banks, Seyi Shay, Teni, Sir Shina Peters and Fireboy DML who just released his sophomore album “Apollo” about a day ago.

This album is led by the single ‘Jollof on the Jet” which was released a couple of weeks ago. The Killertunes-produced jam is a syrupy mellow Afrobeats tune where Rema and Rayvanny lay their gleaming vocals and Cuppy does her call-and-response-esque hook all about living the best life.

No doubt, DJ Cuppy can be said to be a case study in the lessons of perseverance. Her earliest releases were often received with mockery and fingers pointing at her limited artistic talents. But an undeterred Cuppy has been gracious but persistent, played to her strength and is now bouncing back with a bang.

A few months, she was also announced as the host of Africa’s first Apple Music Radio Show, Africa Now Radio with Cuppy where she spotlights new releases and has discussions with the creators about their art.

Listen to the new album above.

Fireboy DML Releases Sophomore Album, “Apollo”

YBNL and Empire golden boy, Fireboy DML has released his sophomore LP “Apollo” in the early hours of Thursday, August 20.  The album titled after the Greek god of healing, music and poetry contains a total of 17 tracks, including pre-released singles like ‘New York City Girl’, ‘Tattoo’ and ‘Eli’. And unlike his debut album which was an entirely solo effort, this album contains features from Wande Coal, D Smoke and Olamide.

The latest single from the album ‘Tattoo’ finds Fireboy DML girl-crazy yet again as he wants to be stuck on his woman like a tattoo. One thing you’d always appreciate from a Fireboy record is that his tight pen game is always on full display, laid out with pristine vocals and a soothing delivery; and this new record is no exception.

‘Eli’ is a sonically refreshing number that beautifully blends Afropop, dancehall elements and coated with Japanese sounds. And like most of Fireboy’s singles, this record finds him wailing about the effect a woman he calls Delilah has on him. He appears to be crazy in love and suddenly realises he’s no longer in control. In the infectious hook, he relentlessly calls out for help, “someone come save me from Delilah.”

‘New York City Girl’ on the other hand finds Fireboy holding on to a fleeting romance with a tourist; the girl from New York. They have both taken an interest in each other in her stint here and have shared some beautiful times. But sadly, it’s time for her to leave.

This is a romance that was just supposed to be a fling. However, Fireboy seems to have caught the bug and wants it to last longer, even if it’s just one day more. Ideally, he’d want her to leave her man – waiting for her at the other side of the Atlantic – and elope with him. But he knows that might be reaching a bit too far, so he’d gladly settle for one more loving moment with her. One more dance.

For the production of this album, Fireboy works with a capable team of Type A, iamBeatz, P .Prime, and Pheelz who had the major workload, producing a total of nine tracks. Pheelz also works on the engineering of the album alongside ST and TY Mix.

This album “Apollo” comes barely a year after Fireboy’s smashing debut “Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps” which remains a huge cultural and commercial success. It is even branded as the best album of 2019 in many corners. It is also worth mentioning that this album would make Fireboy DML the first YBNL act asides the label boss Olamide to drop a second album under the label.

Enjoy the new album above.

DJ Tunez Brings An All-Star Team Of Wizkid, Omah Lay, Adekunle Gold For ‘Pami’

After teaming up with Wizkid on two releases in the past four weeks, superstar disc jockey, DJ Tunez is back yet again with a dream team of Wizkid, Adekunle Gold and Omah Lay for his latest single ‘Pami’.

Ever since he announced the line-up about a week ago, fans and general music lovers have been holding their hands out, waiting to receive this rare form of blessing that comes in form of notes and rhythms.

And as expected, this is a ‘vibes’ seeker’s delight. Over the soft and mellow but steady beat, the three superstars bring their essence to the track, making it a tune bound to grip you from the first listen. Omah Lay opens the record brilliantly with that flow that made us fall in love with him in the first place, and Wizkid eased in right after. It’s so beautiful to appreciate how far Adekunle Gold has evolved his artistry into pop-oriented sounds, and he sounds right at home in this collaboration.

Overall, this is a tune sure to get you hooked from the first listen. Enjoy this record above.

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