Omawumi has always been precious, the kind of vocalist who will always be a standard for judging everyone else. But no thanks to
Mortein and Glo ads the apparent need for Nigerian artistes to make meaningless dance music (or die of hunger), most people may have forgotten how much she’s worth. She herself may have forgotten.
Here’s a reminder: Her cover of Adele’s killer ballad, Hello, now a less-melancholic reggae jam produced by e-Kelly. Listen to yourself, Omawumi. You’re (still) profound.
Her name is Mya Kinlock, she’s about 13 and she’s got British and Nigerian blood running in her veins. Emma Nyra can take a cue.
PS. Never again, Reminisce.
Another song off a soundtrack aiming to be as big as the movie it’s from.
No disrespect to Di’Ja, but producer/singer-songwriter John Ighodaro’s guitar-driven take on Awww is an elevation of the original. With sheer vocal skill and a more fitting instrumental arrangement than Don Jazzy supplied, he transforms the song from just another Afro-pop experiment to an outstanding, toe-curling ballad.
Rayce seems to have found the formula for creating Nigerian pop hits, P Loop’s production isn’t half bad and the borrowed Micheal Jackson chant is the icing on the cake.
I don’t know how this unusual hook-up came about, but the product is far too chilled to be ignored.
21-year old Philadelphia singer Brayton Bowman melds elements of R&B, soul and EDM for a brand of pop that’s all his own. His debut EP, Here | Now, is a four-track winner that leaves me wanting a full-length album badly.
Download Ride Or Die
An unreleased Fela Kuti track performed live in 1981 at some show in Amsterdam, Original Sufferhead is a 35-minute fusion of percussion, horns and Fela’s trademark anti-oppression lyrics.
Download Original Sufferhead and Government Chicken Boy, along with O.D.O.O. and Big Blind Country (performed live at the Lagos Sunsplash Festival in 1988), here.
H/T: Funk It
Like most rappers, UNG Music’s 19-year-old phenom Kida Kudz fuels the buzz around his name with hype, larger-than-life boasts, dope beats and catchy hooks. His newest single, Ibeere, packs all four in excess. All I hear is potential.
AGO rapper Joose’s EP, Cruise Control, couldn’t have been better titled considering that it contains seven supremely chilled tracks worth several playbacks. Featuring lush instrumentals contributed by Mozaic, AGO producer Sango Favela and Brock Berrigan, Joose has the right kind of space for his laidback but razor-sharp flow to thrive *insert requisite Kendrick Lamar comparison*
Like I said, several playbacks. Pity it’s so short.
You like? It’s available for download here (from $1).