I have a lot of admiration for Shaydee. He has been in the game for a bit. Beginning his ascent into stardom after his chance encounter with Banky W after opening for him in Ilorin, Shaydee has not only waited a whooping four years to put this album out, he has also endured some measure of neglect.
I think of Opa William’s Three Wise Men and I cannot help but ask myself, how much really is new in the “new Nollywood”? Is it enough that they feature the famed Lekki-Ikoyi bridge or have fancier advertorials or show at cinemas? If one says it is the storyline, I will be forced to ask again; “what makes a great movie; a great storyline or a great plot structure?
Interestingly, the most important song of his career on this album is not ‘Oluwa Loni Glory’, rather it is ‘Symbol of Hope’ on which he announces his current status in the game
Toni Kan touches on everything possible in Lagos, from corrupt policemen to fraudsters and so on, and then you realise that what you are reading in The Carnivorous City can as well be a brief history of Lagos.
Even if Small Doctor’s albums are not popularly branded and marketed, one thing is clear to a discerning ear: Temitope is only interested in his streets.
Introspective lyrics with philosophical depth. Tongue-in-cheek humour. A subliminal promotion of Yoruba culture amongst other things. But what they don’t expect is the new dimension and terrain that Beautiful Nubia's new music will explore.
If one word recurs in an appraisal of Lynxxx, that word would be 'Easy', perhaps because there is certain level of insouciance (not effortlessness) that he brings to the table, utunu!
The art of the music album, though on a decline, seem to have flowered in 2016. That said, many albums fell short of expectations this year. Here are some of them
There were not so many new songs performed at OLIC 3, probably Olamide and other artistes played for safety with the audience or it may have been do for some other reason
Generally, I prefer when Aramide sings by herself; her voice carries the day each time she does. Suitcase is clearly the first of many great things in the discography of this hardworking singer-songwriter who just gave 2016 its best album by a female Afrosoul vocalist.
Nine years after releasing his first album, he is back again with his seventh album which he names for his friend and producer, Id Cabasa. An dthis is 9ice at his best in recent times
Izu Ojukwu kept us waiting so long for this movie that it almost started feeling like the second coming. 76, the movie, is a deeply affecting study of the human condition and well realised piece of art.
Fatima Abubakar’s exhibition titled, “Resilient: The Face Series” is a display of captivating and empathising photographs from Borno State, north-eastern Nigeria.
What is it like, for an amputee to live next door to the man who cut off that missing part of him? Or, worse still, how a woman who got raped and had her husband killed can survive with the perpetrator living just across the street?
Ajo is a journey of discovery in which one encounters a new Yinka Akanbi who has morphed from the well-known actor and movie director into a singer belting out amazing tunes and ditties.