Naija and Alternative Music Podcast- Episode 2: ChitChat/Interview with Yela

Hey guys,

Episode 2 is here! Yaaaay!!

Afrocentric R & B singer and songwriter ‘Yela’ dropped by on the show. He is such an amazing personality and we had an amazing show! We talked about his art, and many other random stuff.

Listen below and please drop a comment.

Who knew Joseph Benjamin could sing (So damn well)?

Hey guys,

So today I’m sharing with you something that came to me as a surprise as well. When I first heard that Joseph Benjamin was (in addition to being an amazing actor and TV host), also casting his net into the music river, I was a bit stunned and I didn’t know what to think..

I first listened to his song ‘Joy’ late last year and I fell in love, I knew I had sold out to the man’s music and I was looking forward to all the other tracks. He also has another one out called ‘So in Love’. This jam reminds me of 90s R and B and I thoroughly enjoyed every single note from the beginning to the end.

Enjoy the songs below..

You like?

Review of Brymo’s Latest Album – Klitoris

The first thing that drew me to this track was the title. How very daring! I guess that was something to attract you and I and it worked. I hear Klitoris is a Greek word or something like that. The cover art is also very ‘one-kind’. Hmm Brymo!! For those whose minds are in the gutter, there is almost nothing sexual about this album. It is actually very conscious, and I am not sure I heard any cuss words. It took me a while to actually find time to listen to it. But after the twitter wahala where he described the album as the ‘album of the year’, for many years to come’, I knew it was a must-listen.

It is an 11-track album and has only one feature. This album has me like ‘Who writes Brymo’s songs?’ Really nice well thought out lyrics all through the album and for that I must say ‘KUDOS’!

Track 1: Naked ft. Esse
This track starts out like a Nollywood soundtrack for the first few seconds. I nearly skipped it to the next track and then Brymo’s amazing and soulful vocals captured me and kept me listening till the end. The first line keeps you very interested in what else the song has to say. Very smooth track that makes you want to listen to rest of the album. The song also features “Esse” whose voice I couldn’t really make out; but I guess it’s probably hidden somewhere in the chorus.

Track 2: Dem Dey Go
The song reminds me of his Duro song (which I love like crazy). Another song which carries a story and a very strong message. I think the best part of this song is the very beautiful production. It is a very quiet song, rich and I can say that I hear this song in my heart. Lovely song.

Track 3: Happy Memories
This song truly gives me happy memories. Sweet, soulful love song puts me in a romantic mood and instinctively makes me want to share a hug. Great song to listen when you’re alone with bae. I love it!

Track 4: Ko S’aya mi
Very similar to Happy Memories, but has a folk twist to it. Also a love song, I love the use of Yoruba on this track. I am not particularly excited about the hook of this song because it kind of gets boring. Apart from that, I think it is a beautiful track as well.

Track 5: Alajo Somolu
By far my absolute favourite track on this album! I love afro beat!! This is the one track that made me anticipate the album. I think Brymo killed it. ‘Alajo Somolu’ is something my mum used to make reference too every time she spoke about a smart person so the song for me is highly relatable.
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Track 6: Something Good is happening

Sounds very much like Asa’s ‘Bimpe’. I love love love the lyrics of this song, very creatively written and I love the production too (I especially love the drums). It’s a wonderful song of hope and I like the way it ends.

Track 7: Billion Naira Dream
While I think this song is brilliantly written, the sound doesn’t really speak to me. I feel like it gets a bit drab. I think more could have been done with it to make it come out fuller and richer. Maybe like what Darey did with the Soweto choir on the ‘Pray for me’ song. However, Brymo kills it with his vocals as always and makes it bearable.

Track 8: Let’s Make Love
Very similar to Track 7 but acoustic for the most part. Great vocals and interesting lyrics and nice piano work. Vocals also on point. I expected a high point where there’ll be some sort of modulation or something; well, I didn’t get it and that was rather disappointing. But then, this is a nice track for night time.

Track 9: Mirage
Also very similar to track 7 and 8, it didn’t really do too much for me. I like the intro though.

Track 10: The Way the Cookie Crumbles
Just when I’m about to sleep off after track 9, track 10 gives me something different. *THANK GOODNESS*. The reggaeton twist is really refreshing and I love love love this song!

Track 11: The Girl from Newyork
The album ends with this really nice track. For a song that has actual words, I think the intro is too long. But the song is fantastic and I like it.

This is a really nice album I must say! Is it the ‘album of the year’? I wouldn’t say so.. But is it worth buying, keeping and repeating? Of course it is! Well done Brymo! Have I mentioned at any point what his voice does to me?

The perfect combination of Spoken word and music: O to’jo meta by Tonie the Emperor and pHisayo

Hey guys,

I have come with my everyday apologies again. I’m sorry, things just keep on happening..

Anyway today I am bring you a really really fresh one. Dropped on the radio for the very first time today! And it’s really different. It’s an amazing spoken word piece with a soulfully rich hook by Tonie the Emperor and Narrator pHisayo. It’s a great story with a beautiful plot twist that I haven’t been able to get over since I heard it.

Don’t believe me? Watch below!

You like abi?

Leave a comment below!

Tootles,

Yemisi

 

Why we love Johnny Drille!!

Hey guys,

So I make bold to say to you that if you haven’t heard of Johnny Drille or you haven’t listened to his songs, you have officially ‘carried last’!

johnny drille

This man’s talent is unbelievable and I’m not sure where he’s been hiding all this time. With an incredibly soulful voice, Johnny Drille fuses soul, soft rock, folk, country perfectly in his songs and his instrumentation is just fantastic! (I hear he produces his songs himself too- WOW!!!). He’s released somewhere around 4 singles of his own since leaving the Project Fame Academy and from this end, we say he’s doing pretty well!

Dear Johnny, I personally cant wait for ‘Dear Future Wife’ to be available for download and even for sale. I WILL BUY!!! I love it!!

Any doubts? Listen to his single ‘Love Don’t lie’ below:

I know you love it too!

Thanks for stopping by guys! Please leave a comment or two.

Love, Yemisi!

Video: Bemyoda’s Always

Hey you guys,

So I disappeared on you again! I’m sorry!

You probably know amazing Indie Soul artiste Bemyoda. His 5 track EP titled ‘Sketch: The Reprise’ was released sometime in 2013 and is a really beautiful blend of folk/soul/jazz.

bemyoda*I really love the EP art*

So he recently released the video to the fourth track called ‘Always’. I love love love love love love love this video. I think a lot of creativity went into this and I’m really impressed. Watch below:

You like? I definitely do!

A review of this EP is definitely coming up! Watch out for that guys!
Love,

Yemisi

Video: Aramide’s I don’t Care

Hey guys,

Welcome to the beautiful month of February.. I love February, the month of LOVE!! <3.. I love the build up to Valentine and how it always feels like you can actually see love in the air! For me, nothing says love like music! I’d say let’s start this wonderful season of love with this brilliant and colourful video from afro-soul dive ‘Aramide’. The song is titled ‘I don’t care’

Aramide

I love soul music! So this song blew me away from the first day I heard it. The video is very spring-like and instantly makes me happy.. I love the message of the song too.. So for all those who don’t care.. Enjoy the video below

You like? I love!!

Thanks for dropping by!

Love, Yemisi

#HappyNewYear: Our Top Five Alternative Naija Songs for year 2015

Hey guys,

Welcome to 2016! We pray and hope that 2016 would bring us all the great things that our hearts desire and even much more..

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Thank you for sticking with us in 2015. Thanks for the love, all the facebook, instagram, twitter likes and follows. Y’all were awesome in 2015. We do hope and pray that in 2016, this blog will expand and grow and that the music will be good to us.

While we anticipate greater sounds for 2016, we thought we might share our own favourite alternative sounds for 2015. These may or may not be songs that were released in 2015, but they are great tracks that made our year in 2015.

5. I’m in love with the Coco (Cover) by Tonie the Emperor:

This is probably the cutest song cover we heard in 2015. Guitar boy ‘Tonie the Emperor’ makes the song sound more sane that it actually is. Very interesting one!

 

4. Faraway by Nana Aisha:

Ever been in a situation where it’s like you’re always in trouble and it just feels like nobody gets you? Oh well.. Our number six four tells it like it is.. This is a combination of great vocals and passion from soul artist Nana Aisha.. This is definitely a great song!

 

3. Sise by Femi Leye:

This is one of the songs off Femi Leye’s album called ‘ekaabo’ which we reviewed in an earlier post. Great great great song!

 

2. To Bernard by Falana:

We brought you a chat with Falana earlier in the year, such an amazing woman and a great artiste too. This song called ‘To Bernard’ is so heartfelt and deep.

 

1. Fall in Love ft. Stan Iyke by Isaac Geralds:

This song is just the perfect song to listen to over palm wine (if that’s how you roll). We just love the high life sound and the igbo thing is very lovely as well. And have you heard Isaac Geralds perform this song live? I never get tired of it!

 

What tracks would you add? Which would you remove? Please leave a comment, repost, share…

Thanks guys,

Happy 2016!

Love, Yemisi

 

 

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Hey guys,

Sometimes I wish I could post like every hour because there is so much beautiful music out there! It’s unbelievable the amount of great tunes that come out of Nigeria.

That said, let me share this one with you! Her name is Nana Aisha and the awesome track is called ‘Faraway’.

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Anyone who knows me know how much I love soul music. I first heard this song on radio and it literally woke up all my senses. I’m not joking guys, this song made me shiver. The song is unbelievably soulful and the vocals communicate a lot of passion. You should have a listen yourself!

You like?

You can buy the song on iTunes and on every other major music store.

Also follow her on Instagram: @nanaaishaaa and on Twitter: @nanaaishaaa to know where to catch her this Christmas!

Merry Christmas guys and thanks for stopping by!

Love,

Yemisi

 

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Hey guys,

So this is a new segment to the blog #OldSchoolFriday. This is a segment where we share with you an awesome tune from ‘back in the day’  that we love..

This week, we are throwing back to the early 70s during which time I wasn’t even born. This song called ‘James Brown Ride On’ was done in honour of James Brown during his visit/tour to Nigeria by the great Orlando Julius and his Afro Sounders.

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This track from epic saxophone player and Afro Soul legend (and his afro sounders) remains beautiful and relevant.

Enjoy the great highlife/afrosoul/afrobeat sound below!

You like?

Drop a comment below and share.

Thanks for stopping by.

Yemisi.