Archives for category: Naija Music

Di'ja

Two afropop tracks to look out for are from the artist called Di’ja. Her song Dan’Iska (Rudeboy) feat. Maytronomy is a saucy club banger with some Hausa lingo to spice it up. She definitely deserves mad props for being the first female artist to do it so well. On “Hold On (Ba Damuwa)” Di’ja shows here more soulful side and deliver a positive message.

Here is a link to Hulkshare to get the tracks. Spread the love.

http://www.hulkshare.com/DIJAMUZIK

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Ajebutter 22 and Taymi who form the duo sho fro have come up with a great nigerian bass track titled “Senrenre”. Lord knows that it’s been long overdue for this fusion of afro-pop and bass love:)

Try standing still to this. I double dare you…

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While Dbanj is off on his deluded quest to dominate the US market, Wanda Coal keeps churning out hit after hit on the homefront. Its been long you saw me is a fire grade of a track. You can smell the infusion of naija pop with traditional hausa music from the percussion. A robust tune for a world class night out on the town this Easter Weekender.

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Many artists influenced by Fela Kuti try to imitate the ‘shrine effect’. Some pull it off while others are less successful. W4 is in a whole different category. His aloof deamenour and distinct musicality swags across without effort.

W4 lays down catchy auto-tuned phrases like ‘girls want to use me like a roll on’and vocal sampling of the classic Fela track ‘She go say I be lady’ will leave you helplessly moving on the dancefloor to this futuristic naija beat. Omo GBA Kontrol!

Video produced by Captial Dreams Production.

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As Naija music continues to explode with new talent, it becomes easier to forget the old dogs in the game. 2Face Idibia, the well seasoned nigerian singer-songwrtier still has a lot of bark. His recent gig at the Indigo2 in London this November went down a storm,pulling an incredibly mixed crowd of music lovers.

As always, “African Queen” had to be dropped, sending the ladies into a frenzy. This time round, 2Face paired up with the amazing talanted female saxiphonist, Yolanda Brown, delivering a mighty soulful jazzy performance of the classic.

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Naeto C is back with another floor filler. Still crunching numbers, 5/6 is a vocadered rap-ballard, which he is synonymous with. An easy breezy tune to close the doors on summer. Sob.

The video is shot in Miami, Florida by Clarence Peters.

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After a relaxing evening at a book reading event dubbed Infusion, a question that has rattled on for several months finally gave way to a full blown rant. What the hell happend to Nigeria’s band culture?

Now I know many of you may shout about Jazz sessions at hotels such as Nicon or Topview,but what Im really getting at is there are literally no bands on the charts.

Not only that, we live in a time were the trend is auto-tuned singers/rappers and gbansky beats which more or less continue to define Nigeria’s sense of music identity. This makes the road for guitar swinging artists like Bez and co quite bumpy in gaining home support.

However in S.A, bands are really taken off in a big way. This hip hop band called Tumi and The Machine Volume are pure gold.

The video for the their track ‘Asinamali’ is rich vintage B&W piece that is funky,rocked out, and uber raw, as it explores the dynamics of the band and everyday hustle. A leaf of inspiration to be taken for aspiring bands from our side of the river.

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Tiwa Savage seems to be constantly in the state of love. Just off the heat of ‘Kele Kele Love’ and praises for its Tron like music video, her new single ‘Love Me Love Me’ is set to be one of the dominate new tracks for the summer-time in Naija. With some heavy bashy beats and percussion produced by H. Money Samuels married with Tiwa’s seductive vocals, this track will have you bubbling to its feel goodness. It must be love after all?

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Darey the Nigerian soul-crooner known best for his song ‘I Like The Way You Are’ is deserving of all his accolades. However his experimental flare has landed him in a bit of mess in his latest Hausa-electro rap track,’Ba Ni Kidi’.

Aside from the modern cinematography and wonderful circus shots, the video comes off a bit watery. Though a novelty in Nigerian music, many other rnb/hip hop artists have tried their hand at potraying the ‘Cirque Le Freak’ and ended up in the realm of comic relief. Here lies the quagmire.

There is just too much going on in this video for you not to strain your attention while trying to absorb an electro party with Darey being the head ‘ Alhadji’ ringmaster. Hats off to anybody who can spot the political double entendre in the video.Being quirky is nice but the execution is critical.

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Enter Omawumi Megbele. A law graduate from Ambrose Alli University,Edo State, she auditioned for Idols West Africa in 2007. Six months later, amazing the audience with her unique voice, she became the 1st Runner-Up of Idols West Africa. Since then she has enjoyed numerous performances with top local acts like D’Banj, 2face, P-Square and International acts like Chaka Demus and Pliers.

‘If You Ask Me’ is her latest release referencing big band music of the 1930s which artists such as Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson, and Outkast brought to the mainstream. The video is rich in colour, humour, swing, and will have you handclapping and jumping in Church this Easter Sunday. Benedictus Deus people. Happy Easter!