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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Music Review: Rhythm & Life – The Beautification of Shaydee

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.

Movie Review: What Were They Trying to Achieve With the Movie, ‘Three Wise Men’?

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?

Music Review: Symbol of Hope – Review of Olamide’s ‘The Glory’

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

Book Review: The Carnivorous City by Toni Kan – Crime Fiction or Guided Tour of...

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.

Music Review: On Snobbery, Sobotone and Small Doctor

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.

Music Review: Táabákú – The 12th Studio Album by Beautiful Nubia

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.

Album Review: Lynxxx’s ‘The Album Before the Album’

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!

Movie Review: The Wedding Party

I do not think that the makers of Wedding Party intended it to be pedagogy in philosophy or some high sounding thesis on some important subject. So if you judge its profundity by that, you will clearly be missing the entire point of the story.

OTV Special: Disappointing Nigerian Music Albums (LP’s) of 2016

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

Album Review: On Solidstar’s Brand of W.E.E.D

In essence, Witness Everything Exceptionally Different (WEED) aspires mostly to lover’s dance. And if anyone is deserving of a pat on the back, it is the various featured artistes who grace the album

OLIC 3: Olamide is In a Class of His Own, But Needs to Do More

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

OTV Special: Best Nigerian Music Albums of 2016

There were more Nigerian music albums—LPs and EPs—in 2016 than in 2015 and it is quite interesting that in spite of the ascension of the single, the album hasn’t quite fallen by the wayside.

Album Review: Aramide’s ‘Suitcase’ – A Pastiche of Influences

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.

Album Review: Did 9ice Successfully Return in ‘Id Cabasa’?

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

76 the movie: Mining history for cinematic capital – Toni Kan

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.

One Part of the Body: A Review of the Visual Art Exhibition at Ake Festival...

Fatima Abubakar’s exhibition titled, “Resilient: The Face Series” is a display of captivating and empathising photographs from Borno State, north-eastern Nigeria.

Album Review: On Ice Prince’s Jos to the World

On an umpteenth listen, only a few songs will have grown on the fervent listener. One word probably best describes this album: uninspired. These songs don’t cohere to form a unit of new thought.

Film Review: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s ‘Hissein Habré: A Chadian Tragedy’

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?

Embark on a musical journey with Yinka Akanbi’s debut album ‘Ajo’ – Toni Kan

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.

One Song for a Dozen Heroes: Review of ’93 Days’

While there is no debate on whom and what 93 Days is all about, the director, Steve Gukas, seems uncertain who to make the hero or heroine of his film.

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