The official video for Gelato by Dj Cuppy and Zlatan is out

The Otedola Gelato trend that peaked with the release of the hit the track, Gelato by Dj Cuppy and Zlatan now has a video. This video has been highly anticipated and we dare say that it does a good job at representing what the song is about.

The video is quite a colour splash and will easily fit into a nursery rhyme. Watch the video below

Asa has dropped her highly anticipated new album, Lucid after 5 years

Nigerian singing sensation, ASA, has finally dropped her fourth studio album titled Lucid. This comes 5 years after her last album, Bed of Stone which left every lover of her music asking for more.

Lucid is a 14 track album and flows with her usual themes of love and personality. As usual, she also infuses a lot of her language, Yoruba in the tracks. Most of the songs are very acoustic and you can hear a lot of live guitars / pianos, a standard that we have come to know Asa for.

Grab a listen of Asa’s music on your favourite music platform.

Wizkid collaborates with artist, Soft, for the remix of ‘Money”

Wizkid has teamed up with rising star, Soft on the remix of his hit track, ‘Money’. Soft got acclaim sometime ago with his track tattoo and then followed it up with the first release of Money. Both songs were well received and propelled Soft onto the music stage. This remix with wizkid takes the game to another level and registers Soft as one of the next rated artists to come.

Wizkid himself has been quite very visible in the past few months after a little period of hiatus earlier on in the year. He has done quite a few interesting collaborations and features.

Money is one of those songs that goes on about riches and the good life and who better to proclaim the beauty of money than these artists, who have taken themselves from near obscurity to global fame and popularity.  But the song also acknowledges that money comes from God and makes a prayer to God to banish brokeness.

Meanwhile Soft on his instagram, paid homage to wizkid and thanked him for his support and kindness. According to him, people like Wizkid are rare and takes time out of his busy schedule to help others succeed and lift them up

See wizkid’s discography here

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It looks like Davido is about to drop a monster Album, headlines Oh My Festival!

Davido just posted something quite interesting on his instagram, saying he is tired of singing his old songs and he can’t wait to unleash the monster classics he has been cooking for the past 7 months. He posted this while at the Oh My Festival in Amsterdam Netherlands. Oh my is one of the largest urban pop festivals in the world and of course Davido was not only performing there but he was the headlined act! Yes you heard that right. Davido headlined one of the biggest international music festivals in the world. Interesting enough, everyone seemed to know all his songs there.

It is understandable that while fans love to sing along to old classics and dance to the tunes they have come to love, it can be very tiring and boring for an artist to listen to and perform thesame tunes over and over again as they tour the world on various festivals and music concerts.

 

Tekno’s Pana enters the league of 100m youtube views

When Tekno released pana, it took the entire country by storm and the song sort of set a new trend at the time of slow groovy beats. A lot of copycat beats followed the song and it was really a nice chilled out period for Nigerian music.

Youtube has become the defacto metric of success for Nigerian musicians with their publicly available video views. The views also amount to ad revenue for the artists so this is not just a vanity metric. Davido’s fall was the first nigerian song to hit a hundred million views followed by Yemi Alade’s Johnny and then the monster hit from a gospel singer, Sinach, Way Maker.

Pana has now joined this league and one can only wish Tekno more successes. Tekno is signed to made men music group and he also has a deal with Sony International.

Watch Pana below

ID cabassa makes a comback with Wizkid and Olamide in Totori

ID cabasa has featured with Wizkid and Olamide in a new song titled Totori along with a music video. ID cabasa is a music legend that was behind many of the hit songs in the early 2000s for top artists such as 9ice, lord of ajasa, 2shotz etc. Wizkid and Olamide coming onboard this song draws a colourful parallel between old and new and it interesting to see that this legendary producer still has a large fan base, evident from the rave reviews the new song has garnered.

It is also interesting to see wizkid and olamide feature on the same song again as the two really have very dynamic musical expressions. Wizkid, an afro-fusion singer while Olamide is more of a Yoruba rapper. The song kind of has a reggae feel to it and the video is very impressive i must say.

A commenter on the video had this to say about the combo of Wizkid and Olamide

Men baddosnel and @wizkid you guys are the baddest guys in 9ja music 🎼 industry I love ❤️ guys shall keep up the fire 🔥 burning this totori is a banger

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Download Wizkid songs here

See Olamide’s Discography here

Read an interesting story about ID Cabasa here

Burna boy wins the BET Best International Act 2019 Award

Burna boy has won the BET Best International Act 2019 Award. He beat nominees like Aka, Mr Eazi and Teni Entertainer. His mum picked up the award on his behalf and made a very arousing speech about how everything black originates from Africa.

 “And the message from Burna I believe would be that every person should please remember that you were Africans before you were anything else. Thank you.”

Apparently, burnaboy had gone out for a quick drink while he was called up. The audience erupted in cheers after his mum’s acceptance speech on his behalf, and she got a standing ovation. A lot of social media reactions also trailed the speech. Marilyn Marlot on Instagram said:

“MANNNNNNN!!!!!! Burna Boy’s mom DESERVED that award. Period. Got me ready to fly back to the Motherland!

In an instagram post, he thanked his co-nominees saying we are all winners. Burna boy had been making waves over the years in Nigeria and globally, getting widespread acclaim after his hit single ‘like to party’ in 2012. His music has also been influenced heavily by the Afro-beat legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti.

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The BET awards celebrate black excellence and expanded their award categories in 2011 to Africa, with a joint award given to two African acts. The first winners were Dbanj and 2face Idibia.

View all Burnaboy’s music and videos here on mymusic Africa

 

 

Akon says Wizkid Davido and Psquare are more rich than most rappers in America

Famous artist, Akon believes that Psquare, Wizkid and Davido are more rich than most American hip-hop artistes.

Akon uncovered that the fabulous way of life projected in most American hip-hop recordings were quite untrue, and that these videos which show American artists living extravagant lives with Bentleys and Rolls Royces is really the inverse of reality. According to him, this in huge contrast with African artistes.

Akon believes that Wizkid, Psquare, and Davido are a lot richer than most American rappers in actuality.

Akon stated: “in American Hip hop, each rapper displays Gold chains, young ladies by the pool in an enormous house however when the video is over they grab their phones and call an uber.

In any case, in the event that you go to Nigeria and you spot Wizkid, Davido or Psquare, you will see them driving their Bentleys, Mercedez and Rolls Royce. They actually own those cars! That’s the difference but if we don’t translate that, they would never know.

“The pictures that are portrayed about Africa are so negative. It’s molding what we accept. Africa has a rich story as well. More individuals died in Chicago and more acts of mass violence in America than Africa.

Feature: Youtube Most Popular Videos in Nigeria in Jan2018


DJ ECool & Davido song – Ada, Oyedepo warns Buhari on Fulani Herdsmen and Bruno Mars new single – Finesse featuring Cardi B top YouTube’s most popular videos in Nigeria in January

 

[Lagos] 2 February 2018 — A look at the top 10 most watched YouTube videos in January 2018 reflects the type of news, comedy and music that captured the attention of Nigerian YouTube users in the last 31 days.

 

The list, which is dominated by Nigerian music and non – music videos, shows users interest in indigenous music videos as well as prophetic preaching by popular pastors on matters of national interest.

 

On the global front, the only foreign music video that made the list was newly released single by Bruno Mars – Finesse featuring rapper Cardi B.

 

A full list of the videos can be found below:

 

  1. DJ ECool feat Davido – ADA (Official Video) —

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DJ ECool kicks off the year with his much anticipated single “Ada” featuring Nigerian singer and songwriter, David Adeleke, commonly referred to as Davido. This colourful music video was also released in audio and has enjoyed the most viewership from Nigerian YouTube users in the month of January.

 

  1. Bishop David Oyedepo warns Buhari on Fulani Herdsmen —

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Following the recent massacre in Benue State by Fulani Herdsmen, which plunged the nation into deep mourning on New Year’s day, senior pastor of the Megachurch Faith Tabernacle in Ota Ogun State, Bishop David Oyedepo, gave a sermon warning President Buhari about the consequences that may arise if they do nothing to end the killing of innocent people.

  1. Bruno Mars – Finesse (Remix) [Feat. Cardi B] —

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“Finesse” by American singer and songwriter Bruno Mars, featuring Cardi B, makes nostalgic references from the 90’s. The hit single has climbed to number three on the Hot 100 chart, marking Bruno Mars’ fifteenth and Cardi B’s fourth top 10 single on the Hot 100 list.

 

  1. Rudeboy – Nkenji Keke [Official Video] —

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New solo artist, Paul Okoye aka Rudeboy, one half of singing duo PSquare, kicks off 2018 with the long awaited video for his latest song, Nkenji Keke.

 

  1. Omo Ibadan Dances Shakushaku & Sings Her Own Version Of “FIA’ BY Davido —

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Sensational comedian Lizzy Jay Adebola, popularly know as ‘Omo Ibadan’, is rocking the social media scene with her new comedy skits. In this video, viewers crack their ribs as she sings her version of Davido’s ‘FIA’.

 

  1. Watch Olamide Dancing To ‘Science Student’ As Wizkid Praised Him —

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This video captures Nigerian hip hop recording artist, Olamide dancing to his latest hit song ‘Science Student’. Due to the controversial lyrics of the song, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has placed a ‘Not To Be Broadcast’ (NTBB) ban on the song, making YouTube viewers’ only option.

 

  1. Pastor E.A Adeboye PROPHECY For Year 2018 —

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The General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, revealed his prophecy for 2018 at New Year. The prophecy was made at the crossover service to usher in the new year at the Redemption Camp headquarters along the Lagos – Ibadan expressway.

 

  1. KENNY BLAQ Performance At Alibaba’s January 1st 2018 —

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Ace comedian, Otolorin Kehinde Peter, also known as Kenny Blaq, delivers an amazing performance with a unique blend of music, wit and wordplay at his January 1st gig ushering fans into 2018 with loads of laughter.

 

  1. Reekado Banks – Like Ft. Tiwa Savage and Fiokee (Official Music Video) —

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaKfUTWU0dw

 

Marvin Records golden boy, Ayoleyi Hanniel Solomon, better known by his stage name Reekado Banks, released a video for his latest track “Like” which features Tiwa Savage and Africa’s famous recording guitarist “Fiokee”. The video, which made it to number 1 within weeks on the charts, was released on his birthday.

 

  1. Channels TV Presenter, Maupe Ogun Weds Mohammed Bamidele Yusuf |Metrofile| —

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZDVXSwti0U

Traditional wedding are taken very seriously in Nigeria. This is because it’s during this ceremony that the parents of the bride-to-be give her to her intended husband, after performing several culturally-significant rites. In this video, Channels Television captures the moment one of its top presenters, Maupe Ogun marries her fiancé, Mohammed Bamidele Yusuf, in a traditional ceremony last December.

 

 

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New Trend Shakushaku dance and beat by Mr Real legbegbe, Olamide and Reminisce join in.

There’s this new music trend that seems to be taking over Nigeria’s music scene at the moment. It’s the Shakushaku dance which came out of the song Legbegbe by a guy called realself Mr real. It goes something like … Oya fun won legbegbe , iPhone one legbegbe … and follows with a dance step that has  strong connotations with gangnam style by psy, albeit an African interpretation.

 

Apart from being a dance step, it’s also a unique beat which a few major artists have latched onto now. Olamide released his version of this new genre and titled it Science Student. Reminisce also created his own interpretation, titling it “problem”. It seems that this new genre is quite heavily rooted in Yoruba street rap as this forms a major part of the sequence. The beat is quite uptempo and doesn’t have much melody to it.

 

The movement has sparked off a series of online dance competitions with several people putting their own twists and nuances to the dance steps. There’s currently a top ten dance competition going on, sparked by Olamide’s Science student song.

 

The big question on my mind is will this trend propel the originator – realself Mr Real – into mainstream prominence, with more hits and followups or is this a one hit wonder that will soo n face away with the times? Already, Shakushaku is heavily associated with Olamide and his Science Student song and one only hopes the original song Legbegbe doesn’t get hijacked. Let me know what you think in the comments.

 


 
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Feature: Femi Kuti brings down the roof at Sunday Jump at the Afrika Shrine

Femi Kuti had the most phenomenal concert last night at the Afrikan Shrine Ikeja, where he performed nonstop for 3 hours straight, doling out hits after hits. At least 20 members were on stage at any one time and the brass section was as electrifying as the dancers or Femi . Femi just returned from London having attended the Notting Hill Carnival with his crew.

I found the concert very colourful with so many dancers all dressed in pristine afrocentric costumes. The brass section was also quite intriguing with about a 6-man team manning trombones, trumpets, a baritone saxophone and tenor/alto saxophones. A few celebrities were in attendance. I spotted Jezze Jagz grooving to the music, totally taken away by the sound.

One of the highlights of the night for me was a young lad, who sat at the back of the stage (not backstage) throughout the concert. He was definitely in another realm, seemingly intoxicated by the music or something else? He was constantly doling out chants on top of his voice, almost competing with the loudspeakers. This was a sweet sweet background lace to the beautiful afrobeat rhythms I was hearing.

I have always wanted to photograph Femi Kuti and it was indeed my first time taking pictures of this afrobeat king, a legend in his own right. There was so much movement, colours, lights and dynamism. It was tough! but it was worth it.

I hope you derive as much pleasure seeing the pictures as I did taking them:

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Feature: Olamide releases new banger – Update – off the success of his hit track Wo

Just when we thought we had seen it all, Olamide, YBNL crooner drops a new banger titled Update. Wo was a massive hit and turned out to be not just a song but a movement. The song has pretty much taken the country by storm. As a matter of fact, the other day, I was going to a roof top bar and as I was trying to park, Wo started blaring through the speakers upstairs. All the lads downstairs including the gatemen and the people trying to park me all went into a frenzy, dancing, singing and jumping as if they just won a million dollars.

To believe that a new song will drop just when the wave of the old one hadn’t ended is just unbelievable. Update Update Update Young John Update with sirens blaring is how the song starts. It is quite very danceable and melodious. Kind of reminds me of shakitibobo.

Dude pretty much cooked up this track overnight and decided to drop this morning – as e dey hot – according to Olamide

Feature: All the pictures from Lafup Live the Circus2 – Princess, Lepacious, Seyi Law, Small Doctor, Simi, 9ice, Woli Agba, Frank Donga

Sunday the 20th of August 2017 was a beautiful evening as the second edition of Lafup Live the Circus held at the Muson Center Onikan Lagos. Hosts for the evening were Bisola, runner up of big brother Naija and Lafup himself. Artists on the bill include: Sinmi, Small Doctor, Woli Agba, Seyi Law, Princess, Lepacious Bose,m 9ice and a host of other comedians. The event was also graced by a host of celebrities including TeeA, Owen Gee, Doris Simeon and others.

The event was styled in a circus theme and had puppets and clowns all over. See all the beautiful images below:

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All the Pictures from the Bantu Agberos International Album Launch at the Waterside Ikoyi

It was an evening of cool music and eclectic artistry at the Waterfront Ikoyi on August 6 2017 as the Bantu Crew launched their new album, Agberos International to a packed audience. The atmosphere was very infections with a collection of trombones, trumpets and saxophones, combined with live drums, keyboards, guitars and congas – a repertoire that has come to define the BANTU brand.

The team performed hits from their album including Oni Temi, Lagos Barbie, Ma Kobami and combined it with their all time favourites such as No vernacular and Nibo la de.

There was a surprise visit by Majek Fashek and the evening was packed with celebrities and guests. Agberos International is certainly an album to get and we at MyMusic can’t get enough of the sound that has come to define the Live lagos scene.

Click here to download the Agberos International Album

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Feature: Wizkid – Sounds from the other side Album Review

Wizkid has found a new sound and a new home. Earlier this year, he got signed onto RCA Records/Sony Music International, apparently in a bid to pursue an international breakout. Yesterday the 14th of July, Wizkid dropped his new album, Sounds From the Other Side, under this new signing.

Earlier collaboration with Drake and Skepta on his hit track Ojuelegba ushered him into the international scene.  He later jumped on Drake’s hit song, One Dance which turned out to be a commercial success, making the billboard top 100.

 
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Sounds from the other side packs in 12 tracks with varying influences. There’s a bit of a Caribbean island feel in some tracks while others have a clear Fela Afrobeat bias. The entire album sounds quite mellow, and feels like current pop music in the US.  It will make sense to do that since Wizkid is sort of pursuing a breakout outside Africa.

Wizkid features quite a few acts on this one, including Drake, Major Lazer, Chris Brown, Ty Dolla $ign, Trey Songz and Bucie. He also worked with a number of producers: Sarz, Diplo, Picard Brothers, Spellz, DJ Mustard and more. The track listing is below and the album is available on major international streaming platforms.

1. Sweet Love

2. Come Closer (feat. Drake)

3. Naughty Ride (feat. Major Lazer)

4. African Bad Gyal (feat. Chris Brown)

5. Daddy Yo

6. One For Me (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)

7. Picture Perfect

8. Nobody

9. Sexy

10. All For Love (feat. Bucie)

11. Dirty Wine (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)

12. Gbese (feat. Trey Songz)

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Images: RCA Records / Kwaku Alston

Feature: The MyMusic City Guide To The Biggest Live Music Events In Lagos

Lagos is a city of many contradictions. A city of equal parts inspiration and exasperation. In the midst of all the traffic and chaos, many Lagosians will tell you they couldn’t live anywhere else. Lagos is a city with a soul and gets much love from its inhabitants.

Music plays a very big part in the lifestyle of Lagosians. From trendy bars and clubs to ocean front hangouts, Lagos always has something for everyone. The live music scene is a sector that has been neglected for a quite a while but all of a sudden, gaining so much traction. We present our top live music events not to miss in Lagos.

 

Afropolitan Vibes

Ade Bantu and Abby Ogunsanya started Afropolitan Vibes in 2013. Their objective was to promote live music in Lagos and showcase alternative music which was neglected at the time. Afropolitan Vibes started out as a monthly concert at the Freedom Park lagos. The event now holds quarterly and has been relocated to the Muri Okunola Park. The event attracts a mix of upwardly mobile young professionals and creative individuals combined with art aficionados and expats. Afropolitan Vibes is easily the biggest and most consistent outdoor live music event in Nigeria.

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Sunday Jump at the New Afrika Shrine

What started out as an informal spectacle on Sunday evenings when Femi Kuti rehearses with his band has now turned out to be a major music event. It is still in fact sunday rehearsals for Femi Kuti and the positive force band but what makes it different is the amount of people that troop in to watch the rehearsals. If you are around Ikeja on a sunday evening, this is definitely one not to miss. However, be sure to checkout Femi Kuti’s itinerary on his social media to be sure he is in town.

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Bogobiri Open Mic

On Thursdsys, the Bogobiri house holds a weekly open mic session, an informal music event where anyone can come up to perform any song or spoken word. Bogobiri itself is a very arty environment, attracting art afficionados and expatriates. The house is a boutique hotel and houses the Nimbus art gallery and live music stages. It features retro decor and african inspird art.

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MyMusic Sunday Best – Nathaniel Bassey Onise Iyanu Lyrics and Video

Hope you folks are doing just right this Sunday Morning. Our featured song today is Onise Iyanu by Nathaniel Bassey. This trumpet wielding minstrel has kind of carved a niche for himself in writing very deep songs with titles in Nigerian languages. 

Onise Iyanu is a Yoruba phrase, which Nathaniel Bassey translates as miracle worker. But that translation doesn’t exactly do justice to that phrase. The word Iyanu can easily pass for Surprise, Astonishment, Unexpectedness, overwhelming favour and it goes on and on. Thats how deep the word is. Enjoy the video below and follow along with the lyrics. See you all next Sunday!

Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Onise Iyanu
You are the God of awesome wonders
I’ve tasted of Your power
Onise Iyanu
You have shown me so much mercy
Much more than I deserve

My eyes have seen, my ears have heard
The wonders of Your praise
Creation bows in awe of You
And we join to give You praise

The words You speak turns things around
Your outstretched hand
Has lifted me
You took away the chains and colts
That held me bound

Onise Iyanu
You are the God of awesome wonders
I’ve tasted of Your power
Onise Iyanu
You have shown me so much mercy
Much more than I deserve

Omniscient, Omnipotent
The one who does great things
When I behold the things You do
I just can’t hold back my praise

The words You speak turns things around
Your outstretched hand
Has lifted me
You took away the chains and colts
That held me bound

Onise Iyanu
You are the God of awesome wonders
I’ve tasted of Your power
Onise Iyanu
You have shown me so much mercy
Much more than I deserve

Onise Iyanu
You are the God of awesome wonders
I’ve tasted of Your power
Onise Iyanu
You have shown me so much mercy
Much more than I deserve

Hey hey hey hey…

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You have shown me so much mercy
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#MyMusicEvents – LJS Sessions at Cafe Neo Ikoyi with Bita Kola and Mofe Boyo

Over the weekend (Sunday), I attended a peculiar garden live music session at The Cafe Neo in Adeyemi Lawson Ikoyi. It had been put together by the guys that run the Lagos Jazz Series and Nothing to do in Lagos NTDIL

This was a free event with a very cosy and mature audience. It was my first time hearing about Mofe Boyo as well as the Bita Kola band.

What stoodout for me most was the BitaKola band, headed by Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s former barritone saxophonist, Rilwan Fagbemi, fondly known as Showboy. The band was made up of a female guitarist, two expat musicians and other Nigerians. Boy, the dexterity with which these guys were dishing out Fela Kuti’s tunes was insane. The highlight of their performances was the rendtion of Water no get enemy.

Lagos’ live music scene seems to be picking up steam with events such as the Afropolitan Vibes which recently ported to the Muri Okunola Park; Thursday Open mic sessions at Bogobiri; Femi Kuti’s Sunday jump at the New Africa Shrine and a series of live concerts at the Freedom Park Lagos.

I can only hope things get even sweeter so that live music can take its rightful place in the scheme of things in the Nigerian music industry. Below are some pictures I took at the event.

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Pictures from @iam_Ycee premiere of EP First Wave at Industry Night, Hard Rock Cafe Lagos

Rap sensation, Ycee has just dropped a new EP, First Wave. The EP was premiered at the Industry Night in Hard Rock Cafe Last night with a very decent crowd. He also seems to be redefining himself as this new EP weaves around various genres. Some of the celebrities in attendance include Davido, Dj Jimmy Jatt, SamKlef, Reekado Banks to mention a few.

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Sunday Morning Series: Nathaniel Bassey feat. Enitan Adaba – Imela. (Thank You) Video + Lyrics

Imela means Thank You in the Nigerian Igbo language and the song features singing sensation, Enitan Adaba. Nathaniel Bassey has over the years redefined himself as one of the finest gospel singers in Nigeria and he has a unique approach to music composition. This can easily be attributed to the fact that he is also a pristine trumpeter.

For me, the song Imela is best enjoyed with a live choir and instruments. The high point of the song has to be the Igbo unison chant that goes:
Onyedikagi? Ekene diri gi Onyene mema
Onyedikagi? Ekene diri gi Onye nagworia

I always look out for Nigerian singers that know how to adapt local language unison chants in their compositions and I believe this is one of the unique advantages of Nigerian gospel music.

Lyrics

Verse 1:
When I think upon your goodness;
And Your faithfulness each day
I’m convinced it’s not because I am worthy –
to receive the kind of love that You give.
But I’m grateful for your mercy,
and I’m grateful for your grace
And because of how You’ve poured out your Yourself,
I have come to sing this song out in praise

Chorus
Imela, Imela (Thank You! Thank You!)
Okaka, Onyekeruwa (Great and Might creator of the world)
Imela, Imela, (Thank You! Thank You!)
Eze m Oh (My King)

Verse 2:
Who am I to sing Your praises?
Who am I to worship You?
It’s Your blood that makes the difference in me
And made a way to enter into Your throne
I could not come near Your presence
I could never sing Your song
But the sacrifice on Calvary’s tree
is the reason I can cry out today

Chant
Onyedikagi? Ekene diri gi
Onyene mema
Onyedikagi? Ekene diri gi
Onye nagworia

A new song with a new video – Daddy Yo by Wizkid feat Efya and Lyrics

Wizkid has just released a new song with a new music video, Daddy Yo and it is getting a lot of rave reviews. The reception has also been very impressive with close to 1m youtube views in less than 10 days. The song features singing sensation, Efya.

Daddy yo has a sort of ragga feel mixed with dancehall and its sure to be a club banger.

The lyrics to Daddy yo by wizkid are below:

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Wizzy boy make me dance
Daddy yo make me dance
Star boy make me dance
Daddy yo make me dance
Wizzy boy make me dance
Daddy yo make me dance
Star boy make me dance
Daddy yo make me dance

1st verse
I got a lot of song she go sing so
I make her meter blow ooo
Na my song she dey sing so
She never ever dose
When we dey nobody dey
She dey like to wan dress o
She dey gimme dirty dance
Valentino she dey wear you know
She call me for master flex oh
Everything I want she gimme
She tell me everyday
She wanna see me ooo yeah
Badboy wizzy starboy wizzy boy
I make her dance I give am oh
yeah
Looking for my girl nice and I
Swear she dey dress you know
Valentino she dey wear you know
GuccI be the dress you know
I no dey let her stress you know

Chorus
Wizzy boy make me dance
Daddy yo make me dance
Star boy make me dance
Daddy yo make me dance
Wizzy boy make me dance
Daddy yo make me dance
Star boy make me dance
Daddy yo make me dance

2nd Verse
1 2 I love the way you dance
I love your gidI dance
I love the way you dance am
3 4 knocking at the door
Whine for me baby
Girl give me whine stroll girl
5 6 tip on that toe
Cant feel the dance
Watago dance am
7 8 dont be late
Do what the teacher say
Don’t come late yeah
9 10 open and close
Dance for me dance yeah
Oya wine am
11 12 wine and close
Do what the teacher say
Oya put am repeat yeah

Chorus
Wizzy boy make me dance
Daddy yo make me dance
Star boy make me dance
Daddy yo make me dance
Wizzy boy make me dance
Daddy yo make me dance
Star boy make me dance
Daddy yo make me dance

Olamide has dropped his 6th Studio Album – The Glory

Olamide has just dropped his sixth studio album, The Glory. He released this album during his OLIC 3 Concert (Olamide Live in Concert) which held yesterday at the Expo Center of The Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island Lagos.

Olamide has been known to release at least an album every year since his music became mainstream in 2011.

The Glory Album weighs in at 16 tracks and below is the track listing for the Glory Album

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1. The Glory Intro
2. Letter to Milli
3. Journey of a Thousand Miles
4. Underground (feat. Akuchi)
5. Pepper Dem Gang (feat. Davolee)
6. Lori Titi Yi
7. Grind (feat. So Sick)
8. Woyo
9. Be Mine
10. Oluwa Loni Glory
11. Omo Wobe Anthem (feat. Burna Boy)
12. Owo Blow
13. Symbol of Hope
14. Who You Epp (feat. Wande Coal & Phyno)
15. Sons of Anarchy (feat. Burna Boy & Phyno)
16. 2Baba Zone (Bonus Track)

MyMusic Lyrics: Bank Alert by Psquare

Welcome to another edition of MyMusic Lyrics. Our song for this week is Bank Alert by Psquare. This is a song that has enjoyed some massive amounts of airplay and i’m sure many people do not know the words to this song.

So for all you folks expecting a bank alert in this recession period, sing along to the song with the lyrics below and you might just get your own bank alert!

[Pre Chorus]
Ahh iye eeh, eeh eh eh
Girl is up to you but I dey pray you say ‘I do’
Eeh eeh, Ahh iye eeh, eeh eh eh
Go tell your papa eeh, say na me dey come for you
Eeh eeh
Iyo go to (Iyo go to) Iyo go to (Iyo go to)
Kainje nai ke Bishop na ega di go “ega di go”
Iyo go to (Iyo go to) Iyo go to (Iyo go to)
Kainje nai ke Bishop na ifa di go “ifa di go”
Ehnehn

[First Verse]
Today na today eh, and when I finish you go no say na me
As you dey they delay eh, to proof my Love, you must to chop my money eeh
Because my bank alert na gbagaun, my cheque he no dey bounce
My mansion all na badam, baby take a look around
my bank alert na gbagaun, my cheque he no dey bounce
My mansion all na badam, make you take a look around

[Pre Chorus]
Ahh iye eeh, eeh eh eh
Girl is up to you but I dey pray you say ‘I do’
Eeh eeh, Ahh iye eeh, eeh eh eh
Go tell your papa eeh, say na me dey come for youu
Eeh eeh
Iyo go to (Iyo go to) Iyo go to (Iyo go to)
Kainje nai ke Bishop na ega di go “ega di go”
Iyo go to (Iyo go to) Iyo go to (Iyo go to)
Kainje nai ke Bishop na ifa di go “ifa di go”
Ehnehn

[Second Verse]
Like play, like play eeh, the person wey one chop you run dey beg to stay eeh
Dem say I dey craze, say which kin love be dis?
They don’t know how I feel

[Bridge]
Baby say something “something”
Make we do something “something”
I ye eeh, let me here you say ‘I do’
Baby say something “something”
Make we do something “something”
I ye eeh, baby mu na gi be bi ooh

[Chorus]
Because my bank alert na gbagaun, my cheque he no dey bounce
My mansion all na badam, baby take a look around
my bank alert na gbagaun, my cheque he no dey bounce
My mansion all na badam, make you take a look around

[Pre Chorus]
Ahh iye eeh, eeh eh eh
Girl is up to you but I dey pray you say ‘I do’
Eeh eeh, Ahh iye eeh, eeh eh eh
Go tell your papa eeh, say na me dey come for you
Eeh eeh
Iyo go to (Iyo go to) Iyo go to (Iyo go to)
Kainje nai ke Bishop na ega di go “ega di go”
Iyo go to (Iyo go to) Iyo go to (Iyo go to)
Kainje nai ke Bishop na ifa di go “ifa di go”
Ehnehn

[Third Verse]
Ehnehn “Ehnehn”, Ehnehn”Ehnehn”,Ehnehn”Ehnehn”, Eeh
Iye eeh “Iye eeh” Iye eeh “Iye eeh”, Iye eehIye eeh”
Ehnehn eeh!eeh! eeh!
Emmanu o di ri zi o, eeh, Imakuo ogim jido, eeh eh eeeh
Imakuo efisi nji ooh “efisi nji ooh” efisi nji ooh, imakuo ndi ndi di o

[Chorus]
Because my bank alert na gbagaun, my cheque he no dey bounce
My mansion all na badam, baby take a look around
my bank alert na gbagaun, my cheque he no dey bounce
My mansion all badam, make you take a look around

PhynoFest 2016 – Phyno shuts down an entire stadium in a more than sold out concert in Enugu!

The 20th of Nov, 2016 will always go down in history as one of the most unbelievable moments when Phyno held his phynofest concert at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu state. The unprecedented turn out had the stadium pitch and seats filled with people up to the tip of the stage.

Performances for the night included Olamide, MI, Onyeka Onwenu, Psquare, Burna Boy, Lil Kesh, Humble Smith, Harrysong and a host of others.

The event did not end without a glitch as this record crowd was a bit difficult to tame but in all, it was a very successful and eventful Concert. Cheers to Phyno!

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Review of Tumbum Video by Yemi Alade off the Mama Africa Album @yemialadee

Yemi Alade’s new video Tumbum off her Mama Africa Album is making a lot of waves and has attracted so many eyeballs within a few days of release. The video starts with Nigerian comedian, Ime Bishop Umoh, fantasizing about three girls among which Yemi Alade is one. The set is a jollof rice canteen as depicted in the lyrics to the song. The girls happen to be the food sellers.

Food they say is the key to an African man’s heart. This video easily typifies that saying as two of the girls try to steal the man’s heart with their food. The video ends with Beverly Osu, one of the food sellers sort of winning the heart of Ime Bishop Umoh with her cocktail of beans, plantain and fish generously served.

The girls were not willing to give up without a fight though. This video kind of reminds one of Asa’s be my man, in which the lady is the one trying to woo the man instead of the opposite. It sorts of challenges the status quo in our very patriarchal society where the man does most if not all of the decision making.

This video also spots an interesting dance choreography which is already generating copycat social actions across the web.

How to create a hit naija song all the time? There is a science to it.

Have you ever wondered how some songs get released and are immediate hits and others just get forgotten almost immediately after they are released?

Better still if you are a musician, have you ever created a song and wondered if this one will be a hit or not? The truth is that every hit song in any genre has a science to its arrangement that makes it a hit song. But first lets breakdown the different parts of a song.

 

Parts of a Song

1. The Drums which includes the Kick, hihat and snare
2. The progression which can be thought of as the tune of the Verse and Chorus
3. The Intro
3. The Verse
4. The Chorus
5. The Lyrics

 

The Science

  • The Progression: The most important factor for a hit song is the progression. This is a case of less is more. The progression must be very very simple. All hit songs have simple progressions. In most cases, your progression should be a maximum of four movements. You can pull off a little more movements but four is a very safe point e.g
    doh-la-mi-ray (scapegoat by dbanj)
    doh-mi-ray-soh (gobe by davido)
    There should be an instrument that repeats a melody throughout the song. This could be a guitar, a synth, a xylophone, steel drum etc!

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  • The Drums – Generally a hit song is a very danceable song and up tempo. I know a lot of artists usually love to do music that flows with their current mood and this my not necessarily be danceable. However if your intention is to create a hit song, then 9 of 10 it should be danceable. As an artist, you therefore have to make a choice.
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  • The Kicks – The Kicks must be heavy, simple and constant like boom boom boom boom. This keeps people nodding their head all through the song. You can also break the kick once in a while like a few seconds before ending a verse. This helps to anticipate the chorus coming in and increase tension to give the chorus a glorious entry.
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  • The Intro – Most hit songs have intros that introduce the song before the first verse comes in. The intro is usually an instrumental that introduces the progression and its best to leave the kicks out here.
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  • The Chorus – The rule here is that a 3 year old kid must be able to sing this chorus after hearing it a maximum of two times. Again simplicity is key here. You must have a word that repeats all through the chorus. In some extreme cases, the chorus is only one word sang repeatedly (Aye, Woju o, Dorobucci, fada fada e, shakitibobobo).

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  • Lyrics – For the Nigerian audience currently, hit songs tend to have a combination of English / Broken english and a local language. You could use english for your verses and a local language for your chorus. After singing a verse in English, a chorus in a local language sorts of brings a shock factor which adds to the stickiness of the song. Again repetition is an important factor in your lyrics. I should listen to your song and immediately be able to pick out one dominant word.

 

Conclusion

A combination of all these factors and a good knowledge of music should ensure that you create a hit song all the time. Other minute factors like dynamics, tempo, mood control etc are additional factors. It is important that you do some self development in music knowledge. As a minimum, you should be able to sing your tonic solfa: doh ray mi fah soh lah ti doh. It is also always good to learn to play at least an instrument, no matter how rudimentary. Music is art, but its also science! Below are some songs I believe are hit songs. Listen to them and study the similarity with the points listed above.

 

Kindly ask any questions in the comment section.