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Mojeed is made for great things; his time has definitely come. Lulu Raps 'An Eye for a Naira', also deserves its moment in the sun. But like everything indie and alternative, it is in need of a miracle.
If Ill Bliss is able to take us through the motions and different phases so quickly and effectively within an album, then Illy Bomaye is a triumph.
The boom of our dancehall-influenced fast-paced rhythms often delivered in Pidgin English travels across geographical distances, social class and time. This think piece clarifies the exact moment.
Sounds from the Other Side, ironically works as a title for the Nigerian listener. Yea, Wizkid giving Caribbean influences their due.
Omawumi has outgrown both superhero argot and mannerisms she adopted on her first two outings. Her creative journey in 'Timeless' is heading ultimately towards Jazz.
It seems Flavour has outgrown his comfort box. It is time he broke out of his current creative bubble and forged ahead in his musical career.
Listening to Festival Bar made me reflect on the art of the short story and especially how the song works with acute observation, colorful characterization and witty dialogue
SDC’s Palmwine Music borrows from the Palmwine Highlife tendency. Imagine a sound that tries to be a sponge, soaking a megacity’s stress, that lures your attention to details antithetical to stress.
"Songs About U" has too many songs for an EP and is shorn of skits which this reviewer thinks may have made the album more visceral.
There is nothing wrong with aspiration if it is realistic and meaningful efforts are made to realize it. It is this tenacity that must be applauded in Skales; he never says never!
This is not just music for the sake of clear vocals and sonorous singing. This is fifty two or so minutes of jazz music that carries the trials, memories and testimony of a people; in Somi's own words, ‘the skin and bone and hide.’
For Sugarboy the journey has been long, from when he used to go by the name A1, to when he assisted Modenine in 2010 with ‘Badman’.
Our current sound (Nigerian Music) has bounced from the West back home to feel comfortable in its own skin and this is all that matters.
As an agidigbo-exponent, and highlife crossover musician, Rolling Dollar re-imagines Easy Motion Tourist as a highlife tune with wailing guitars and a tempo slightly quicker than the typical juju rhythm.
The widespread popularity of juju music can be attributed to the duo of King Sunny Ade and Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey. Now both in their 70s, these two dynamic musicians have aged rather gracefully and have continued to champion the course of a genre of music which they charted as young men.
KSA’s vision of Juju music was similar to Fela’s vision for Afrobeat: to make vibrant, sonically robust music that is remarkably African and reminiscent of Classical music.
Eazi who clinched the coveted Headies 2016 Next Rated Award has already pointed us in the direction of his trajectory: from Accra to Lagos, from singles to mixtape.
On ‘Just for Mary’, he is sublime and sets the record for the best bedroom ballad recorded by a Nigerian, but elsewhere, you may want to ...
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.
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
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