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Afro-House Meets Afrobeat In Niniola’s ‘Fantasy’ With Femi Kuti

Niniola is the queen of her sound. Ever since the explosive success of her 2017 single ‘Maradona’, she has steadily taken her Afro-House sound to new heights. This attained a new level of success when the record was sampled in Beyonce’s ‘Find Your Way Back’. This is one of the highlights off Beyonce’s much-celebrated 2019 “The Gift” album, packed with an African all-star cast.

Now, after sharing a stage with Grammy-nominated Afrobeat icon, Femi Kuti, the pair have gone further to record and release a new single titled ‘Fantasy’. This is a follow-up to her year-closing single ‘Omo Rapala’, whose video has amassed over 2 million views in just a month of its release.

These steady releases feel like they are building up to her sophomore album, which now feels overdue since the release of her hit-packed debut 2017 album, “This Is Me.”

The new single ‘Fantasy’ is produced by Kel P, and as expected is highly rich in his signature percussive sound. Niniola finds herself at home over the dazzling production as she croons about her fantasies coated in her usual sexual innuendos.

On the track, Femi Kuti serenades with his beloved instrument, the saxophone. He spices up the record, backing Niniola with thrilling riffs. He then lights everything up with a piercing sax solo that reminds us of the magic he did on Wizkid’s ‘Jaiye Jaiye’ over six years ago.

Update: Niniola has also released the Sesan-directed visuals for the record which features a cameo from the serial hitmaker who also produced this record, Kel-P.

Blaqbonez Is A Pleasure Seeker In The Video For ‘Haba’

You just can’t seem to put Blaqbonez in a box. From his days as a battle rapper to him being a boom-bap wordsmith to a trapper and now into his commercial forays, the 100 Crowns rapper is ever shapeshifting. Just last year, he introduced us to his new patios-rhyming and dancehall alter ego, Mr Boombastic with his EP that guested Falz and Blackmagic.

And now, the ever-mutating Blaqbonez is officially opening the year with an Afropop banger spiced with dancehall and afrobeat elements. Titled ‘Haba’, this is solo jam is an offering heading straight for the clubs and dancefloors.

For the accompanying video, Blaqbonez teams up with one of the most creative video directors in these parts, TG Omori who provides a replay-worthy visual. The video finds Blaqbonez indulging his hedonistic desires as he totally submits himself to the advances of his love interest.

One thing that comes to mind while watching this video is that; Blaqbonez is slowly but intentionally positioning himself as that rapper with a salient commercial appeal. And going by how hard ‘Haba’ sounds, this might just be that crossover smash that makes him a household name.

Enjoy the video above.

This Rendition Of ‘Love Nwantiti’ Will Leave You Doubtless Of CKay’s Amazing Talent

Chocolate City act Ckay has released a live rendition of ‘Love Nwatiti’, one of the fan-favourite cuts off his “CKay The First” EP. Just a couple of weeks ago, he shared the official remix of the single which features Nigeria’s 2019 breakout star, Joeboy and Ghananian Kuami Eugene.

The black and white video finds the singer who doubles as a producer singing the song live while assisting himself solely with the keys. No doubt, this “acoustic version” will make you fall in love with the record all over again and remind you of CKay’s amazing talents.

About six months ago, CKay released his sophomore EP to good reviews. The project contains just eight tracks, features appearances fellow new-gen acts, Blaqbonez, BOJ, Barry Jhay and former label president, DJ Lambo. For the production of the album, Ckay recruits Tempoe and Real Btee while he also produced three tracks himself.

Enjoy the video above.

Yung L Shares Relaxing Visuals For ‘Eve Bounce’ Off His Latest EP

Very early into the year, Yung L offered us his latest body of work, “Juice and Zimm” almost without warning. And ever since its release, fans have been sharing messages on how they’ve been enjoying and reconnecting with the EP which is littered with a smooth blend of Afro-pop and the bumping Caribbean sound.

Just a few days ago, Yung L unveiled the visuals to one of the fan-favourite cuts off the project titled ‘Eve Bounce’. The video directed by The Alien finds L chilling with his Eve who plaits his hair as he sings and enjoys her well rolled blunt.

Enjoy the video above.

Ckay Brings Along Joeboy & Kuami Eugene On The Remix Of ‘Love Nwantiti’

In celebration of love today, February 14, Chocolate City act Ckay has released the remix of one of the fan-favorite cuts off “Ckay the First” EP.  And for this new rendition, he recruits a young and vibrant team of Ghanaian high-life and afrobeat singer-songwriter, Kuami Eugene and Nigeria’s wonderkid, Joeboy. 

Produced by a Tempoe-Ckay duo, the mid tempo love record sounds like everything you need to listen to as you partake in the celebrations of love this weekend. Joeboy who spent much of 2019 releasing solo materials shines across this track with a soft but brilliant delivery.

The video finds Ckay crooning to his love interest in a beautiful but candlelit room. It then follows him to the park with him chilling with his friends and loads of back up dancers and fine models.

Enjoy the video below.

Lady Donli Unveils Socially Conscious Visual For ‘Corner’

Lady Donli has finally released the visuals for ‘Corner’, one of the standout records off her debut album “Enjoy Your Life.” The love record in which Lady Donli points to an erring lover that she’s aware of his theatrics features VanJess and The Cavemen.

The Nollywood-inspired video was premiered a few hours ago on The FADER and it lends it voice to the growing discuss on the sex for grades topic in Nigerian Universities.

Speaking about the message-laden visual, the director Shaun Kalu says, “the most telling, being the intention to show that we (the younger generation) are well aware of societal and cultural issues — especially for women. I’m more than willing to inculcate that into the art.”

In the video Lady Donli is the amazon leading a charge for sexual liberty and standing against sexual assault, harassment and cohesion on campus.

Prettyboy D-O Stands On Terry G’s Shoulders On ‘Inspiration’

One phrase that comes to mind when you see either Terry G or Prettyboy D-O is insane energy. Despite the fact that they belong to different generations of Nigerian musicians, we’ve always silently craved a collaboration between the two acts. And ‘Inspiration’ is the final product of an energetic synergy between the two street kings.

Unlike the uptempo banger expected, ‘Inspiration’ is a mid-tempo ode to the common friend of many musicians; kush. On this record, it is the old meets the new yet you would find it hard to tell the difference as they blend seamlessly.

The video catches them living the life surrounded by friends and hot damsels with some good kush to bring them all together.

 

Dami Oniru Unveils Cinematic ‘5 Shades of Bri’ Video

In celebration of her birthday yesterday, February 5, the sweet-singing Dami Oniru has unveiled her first music video ever. And this video titled ‘5 Shades of Bri’ walks us through a medley of the standout cuts off her well-received debut project, “Bro’s Lounge.”

Directed by Ademola Falomo well known for his works with Santi, the video opens with a dark and intense visual to ‘Alive’. Clips of a gloomy Dami Oniru sulking in her room is then juxtaposed with what appears to be a ritual at the cemetery. Dami Oniru eventually finds peace as she picks up the bible.

This then swiftly transports her to a celestial realm by the pool as she sings the soul-sinking project opener, ‘Higher’.

The video, however, gets more exciting when Dami Oniru channels her inner Harley Quinn as she wanders around her supposed ex’s car over ‘Ready’ and ends up smashing its windows.

Enjoy the Ebuka Nwobu-produced video above.

D-Truce Celebrates Album Anniversary With ‘Conversations’ Video

In celebration of the first anniversary of his debut album “2 Birds 1 Stone,” Nigerian rapper, D-Truce has released the first video off the project. This is a video Truce describes as the “most creative music video ever made by a Nigerian.” And a quick look into it proves that that’s not too far from the truth.  

Shot by Agbawo Nesta for Nestastudios, the team turns a creative block into brilliance crafting the video from a random collection of boomerangs. The creative twist is reminiscent of Ryan Staake’s finesse in the video for Young Thug’s ‘Wyclef Jean’. 

The video also features appearances from some of Nigeria’s most gifted young acts like BarelyAnyHook, Remy Baggins, Tems and Dami Oniru

Enjoy ‘Conversations’ below.

 

Mo’Believe Introduces Us To Big Daddy Mo With ‘Energy 2020’

After a marginally successful year, punctuated with performances at Nigeria’s GidiFest and Ghana’s Chale Wote, Mo’Believe is kicking things off this year literally with a new energy. The young singer has shared the visuals for his new release ‘Energy 2020’ which sets the tone for this new year. 

This comes after his 2019 releases, ‘Eyin Temi’, ‘Omo Ase’ and the remix of one of the standout cuts off his “Ariwo Eko” project, ‘Bi Oba’.

Produced by Audiomonkey, this new record is our first taste off his imminent EP, “Big Daddy Mo.”Across the song, Mo’Believe literally introduces us to the project itself and his Big Daddy Mo persona after whom the EP is titled. 

 

A very short but sweet affair, Mo delivers his 2020 manifesto over a fast-paced beat spiced with African percussions. Like almost every other person, Mo started the year with dreams, prayers and aspirations and across this declarative track he speaks them into existence and urges you to do the same.

In the Izick-directed video, Mo switches personas, cutting across the different types of personalities we have in these parts. But one simple thing they all have in common is their infectious 2020 energy.

Enjoy the video here.

 

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