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Santi Unveils Album Art And Tracklist For “Mandy & The Jungle”

Just a few weeks after announcing the release of his debut album, Santi has unveiled the cover art and the tracklist for the highly-anticipated project, “Mandy & The Jungle” which is expected to drop any time soon.

The singer took to his Twitter to share the grotesque album art and its accompanying tracklist with the caption “soundtrack to my universe
my debut album Mandy & The Jungle
cover and tracklist
art by ahmad tarek, tireless nights but thank you for bringing out the world in my head.
love to everyone who helped put this universe together.
nothing was planned but it surely was written”

According to the released tracklist, the album is set to contain a total of 16 tracks, including pre-released singles like ‘Freaky‘, ‘Sparky‘ and the monster hit, ‘Rapid Fire‘.

Santi also works with a wide range of artists on this project as it features guest appearances from Tay Iwar, Nonso Amadi, Shane Eagle, Dram, Kris Irie, Bridge, Amaarae, Seki, Tomi Agape, Kida Kudz and Godlink. Tay Iwar and Amaarae appear twice on the album as both also assist Santi on the album closer titled ‘Settle Down‘.

The dread-locked singer also closely works with his Monster Boys Crew as its members and affiliates are mainly in charge of the production on the album. GMK, Genio Bambino, Odunsi (The Engine), Le Mav, Higo, Doz, James Isibor, 1Takennandos and Barst all receive production credits.

The album is executive produced by Monster Boy and Odunsi (The Engine), with the engineering solely handled by the acclaimed alte playmaker, GMK.

Update: The album is scheduled for release on Friday, May 17. You can pre-order the album here

Nonso Amadi Reveals Title Of His New Project

Earlier this month, Nonso Amadi confirmed on Twitter that he would be releasing an EP in June. And to the delight of many, the EP now has a name.

In an interview with Pulse NG, Nonso Amadi revealed that the coming project is titled “Free” and would contain five tracks. Although, there is no precise release date for its release yet, he further confirms that it would be released next month.

“So, I’m planning on dropping a project sometime in June – the date to be announced soon. But a lot has gone into the project – like almost three years. Since around – the release of – ‘Tonight’ I’ve been working on the project. I’m really excited about it and it has some dope features.” He says in the interview.

The title of the project is ‘Free’ and it’s to express like being free; like ‘freedom,’ and all that. It’s just to say, you know, regardless of the pressure that most artists face and all that, this project was created out of a liberty of creativity. Like I’m not trying to match or compete with anyone. It’s a very interesting sound to hear, and it’s something I want people to listen to while they’re driving or chilling, not when you’re trying to… It’s not made for you to go to the club necessarily. It’s a chill song, it’s Nonso Amadi.

“It’s five songs at the moment. It’s in post-production, it’s almost ready. There’s a lot of international feel to it. It’s not something only Nigerians can appreciate. Ghanaians can also enjoy it; Americans all that, so yeah.”  He continues.

He also discusses his infamous 2017 performance, his debut EP “Alone‘” as well as his stint as a rapper.

Efya Promises Unwavering Affection On ‘Kingston Child’

Eclectic award-winning Ghanaian singer, Efya has returned from her 6-month self-imposed music hiatus by releasing a new love number titled ‘Kingston Child‘. This is Efya first offering in the year, coming several months after her last effort ‘Paper Guns‘ featuring DJ Lara Fraser which was released in November last year.

Produced by Lachaleur, Efya’s voice on ‘Kingston Child‘ is so soothing as she reassures her man of her undying love regardless of whatever situation in which they find themselves.

 

Listening To Bigfoot & Femi Leye’s ‘Fireflies’ Is The Best Form Of Self Care

Femi Leye is the latest in the long list of artists to work with Bigfootinyourface this year, particularly on his Downtempo Friday series. On the eighth instalment of the highly collaborative weekly series, both acts join forces to create a brilliant work of art titled ‘Fireflies‘.

Femi Leye, a popular multi-talented guitarist who has toured several continents including North America and Europe with the 79th Element bad which he co-founded with Adekunle Gold has also worked with the creme de la creme of the industry including Burna Boy, Brymo, Don Jazzy and Tiwa Savage.

On this record, Femi Leye’s skill as a guitar mastreo is on full display as he delievers a masterful lengthy but piercing solo over the background sound of a burning fireplace. This is a song best enjoyed lying faced up while staring at the clouds with your earphones plugged in at the loudest volume. Thank me later.

Definitely a record for the soul. Enjoy

Juls Celebrates Black Love With Tiggs Da Author and Santi On ‘Maayaa’

To the delight of many, Ghanaian-UK production-powerhouse, Juls has finally released his first single of the year. On this new record titled ‘Maayaa‘, he recruits the efforts of Tanzanian rapper, Tiggs Da Author and Santi, one of the frontliners of the raving Alte movement in Nigeria.

This was premiered On DJ Target‘s show at the BBC Radio 1xtra yesterday, Thursday, May 2.

Over the slick production, highly rich in instrumentation provided by the maestro, Juls, Tiggs Da Author and Santi both deliver solid verses in which they celebrate black beauty, love and luxury. One of the most infectious elements of the song is the sizzling guitar riffs and solo that’s difficult to miss.

Enjoy the beautiful record above.

Boogey And PayBac Team Up Again Under Their Moniker, The Lost & Found To Release Sophomore Album “Alternate Ending”

The hip-hop duo,  The Lost & Found, made up of two of Nigeria’s finest wordsmiths, Boogey and PayBac, has released its sophomore album titled “Alternative Ending“. This album comes just three years after the release of their acclaimed 2016 debut album “Face Off” which got almost everyone in the hip-hop world talking and left them in awe of their amazing talent.

These two acts have proven themselves to be among the most prolific and hardest working rappers around, churning out project after project, while working alongside other skilled producers and industry colleagues.

Just last year, Boogey released his solo debut album “Nouveau Niveau” and “Never Enough” EP with producer Charlie X. Paybac on the other hand also released his debut album “Biggest Tree” as well as “Autopilot“, his collaborative EP with Charlie X to favourable reviews.

This album. “Alternate Ending” contains 13 tracks and features a wide range of artists. For this project, they recruit the efforts of Danladi, Mon Lee, Lyn, Aramide, Jazzz, Maka and Monki Bznzz. The pair appeared together on all but two records on the album. As Paybac delievers a solo performance on the ninth track “The Boogeyman”, while Boogey finds himself as a lone soldier on the tenth track “Paybac Time”. Both tracks are produced and engineered by SizzlePRO.

Just like their debut “Face Off”, the pair finds themselves in the able hands of Chalie X, Sizzle Pro and Black Intelligence as they maintain a steady production team in their second effort.

Enjoy.

Tiwa Savage Pens Record Deal With Universal Music Group

Popular Nigerian singer, Tiwa Savage has signed a record deal with international music giants, Universal Music Group (UMG). This newly signed contract also marks the end of her seven-year stint at Mavin Records.

UMG executives, Efe Ogbeni and Vanessa Amadi-Ogbonna, have expressed their excitement at signing one of Africa’s biggest female acts, revealing, “We’re very proud to be a part of this ground-breaking partnership between Tiwa Savage and Universal Music Group. Tiwa is undoubtedly the most hardworking and talented female artist crossing over from Africa to the rest of the world, and UMG has demonstrated its commitment to the continent by placing its formidable machinery behind her amazing career. Partnerships like these symbolize the hopes and dreams of so many talented artists back home in Africa and it is an honor to be the executive producers of her project.

Present at the singing, Adam Granite, Executive Vice President, Market Development at Universal Worldwide expressed that “We are looking forward to partnering with Tiwa and her team to help her music reach new audiences around the world. As one of Africa’s most successful, influential and dynamic singer-songwriters, Tiwa has truly global ambitions and UMG is committed to helping her in achieving them.”

Tiwa Savage former label-boss and colleague,  Don Jazzy has taken to his Instagram to officially confirm her departure and appreciate her spell at his label, Mavin Records.

Our darling Tiwatope. We at Mavin would like to say a very big thank you for being such an inspiration to all of us, a friend, a sister. It’s been an epic journey with you and we are very proud of what we have achieved together.

As you start this new chapter in your life we want you to know that we are solidly behind you and can’t wait for the world to see what we have always believed you can be.

Your jersey as the First Lady of Mavin will forever be yours as we do not intend to fill that position with anyone else.We love you from the bottom of heart and pray GOD’s blessings continue to follow you. Amennnn.” He posted alongside an appreciative picture on Instagram.

Tiwa Savage also commented on the post, appreciating his unflinching support and understanding.

When I got pregnant I was nervous to tell you so I decided to tell you at the airport when we were traveling for a show. I figured you couldn’t really say much in a public place 🤣🙈 but then you told me you already knew and had already been thinking of a plan to keep my brand going while I took some time out.

I was shocked because you weren’t phased by the news, you had already started making plans. I recorded the RED album while I was heavy and I would fall asleep during sessions and you and the whole team would crash in the studio right there with me till I woke up again and was ready to finish recording. There was nothing you would hear about me that ever made you mad, no outfit was too crazy, no headline was too controversial for you to handle no crazy outburst no nothing.

If I said today wasn’t emotional for me I would be LYING. Please promise me that our relationship will never change. I only want to make you proud of me. Not every super hero has an S on their chest. You are my superhero DON DORO BUCCI. 7 years, 7 the number of perfection. I LOVE YOU ALWAYS AND FOREVER. Mavin 4life #DiaFada 💪🏽🙏🏼❤️” She wrote.

Congratulations Tiwa Savage.

Lady Donli Shares Suspected Album Art For Her Debut Album “Enjoy Life”

Gifted singer and songwriter, Lady Donli has taken to Twitter to unveil a little more detail about her highly anticipated debut album, “Enjoy Life“, set for release in the summer. Just last month, she gave the public the first taste of the project with the release of the lead single “Cash” and its accompanying video which has been generating favourable reviews and reactions.

To the delight of many, the singer took to her Twitter yesterday, May 1st to share what is perceived to be the cover art for the coming project. “My debut album is called “Enjoy Your Life” and that’s my mood all year 🥂” she tweeted alongside the picture.

Lady Donli is definitely a gem that has continued to set herself aside from her peers with top quality releases and live performances both home and abroad. With over five headline shows in Lagos, Abuja, Los Angeles, Toronto, Ottawa and New York, Lady DOnli is surely setting herself in the position to break local and international barriers with her distinct style of music.

She is also currently receiving mentorship from Mr Eazi and his team as part of the Empawa Africa program.

Simi Parts Ways With X3M Music

Popular Nigerian singer, Simi has parted ways with her record label, X3M music after five years. This comes just after a few days after the successful release of her critically acclaimed third studio album, “Omo Charlie Champagne” which is still topping charts all over the country.

Simi’s exit from the label is reported to be as a result of the expiration of her recording contract.

Unlike most label-artist splits in the Nigerian music industry, this is a very peaceful and amicable departure, as both parties decided not to renew the expired contract, according to Vincent Nwanze, the A&R executive of the label.

Over the course of her time at the label, Simi grew from a burgeoning alternative sensation into one of the biggest acts in the country. Ever since singing with X3Min 2014, Simi has scored a number of hits and also released two acclaimed albums including the culturally and commercially successful self-titled album “Simisola” which bagged the album of the year award at the 2018 Headies.

According to X3M’s management, “We only sign artists that we love and believe in. We know our taste in music is rather different, but we only sign talents who meet that taste. Fortunately, we have been able to find millions of music lovers here and abroad, who share similar tastes, as is evident in the success of all the artistes we have worked with, including Simi who is without any doubt one of the biggest music talents in the country today…

Although Simi is yet to confirm the news on her social media pages, we at the PGM Club wish her all the best in her future endeavours.

Muyiwa Akhigbe And Rhye Ali Release Joint “Conversations” EP

Muyiwa Akhigbe, a gifted soul singer who now doubles as a rapper has teamed up with rising lyricist, Rhye Ali and producer, Trill Xoe to create and release a new joint EP titled “Conversations“. This project which is actually Muyiwa’s sophomore EP is a highly experimental one for the act as he leaves his comfort zone to create a thematic hip-hop project with a skilled rapper.

True to its name, the 9-track EP opens with a recorded phone conversation in which Muyiwa reaches out to his partner-in-crime Rhye and convinces him to work with him on this project. This, however, is just the first of five conversations in the project, each one recorded over the instrumental of the following record. Through these conversations and records, these artists present a soulful realness and detailing to their realities as youths and young creatives in this country.

Tracklist for “Conversations” EP (Twitter/MuyiwaAkhigbe)

This is, therefore, a highly relatable project as the pair rap and discusses topics and themes that every twenty-something in this city should familiar with.  As mentioned earlier, this EP is solely produced by Trill Xoe and engineered by David Rotimi. Enjoy.

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