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.

6 Nigerian Soul Songs to Enjoy this Month of Love

It’d definitely be rude not to wish you guys Merry Christmas (2016), Happy New Year, before I start to talk about Valentine. Even for Valentine I’m already so late! Yes, Naija and Alternative Music took a (not-so) little break. Blogging and having a 9 to 5 does take its toll I must say. Plus 2016 was one hell of a year! In any case, we do hope things get better in 2017.
So it’s Valentine’s – the love season, and there is a recession! The luxuries of last year no longer abound as such and the gifts may just be a tiny bit lighter. But music will always carry the same weight regardless of economic situation (it’s probably even heavier this time around). I definitely think music is and will always be part and parcel of love.
So even though we’re a few days late with this list and Valentine’s day 2017 is gone, here are six Nigerian soul sounds that’ll definitely melt your heart this month of love (in no particular order):

1. Fe mi by Brymo
This song sets an amazing mood for ‘alone time’ with bae. Using the one of a kind richness and soulfulness of his voice, Brymo describes at length how she makes him comfortable, takes care of him, and how she finally makes him feel when they’re alone without being too ‘graphic’. This is definitely a mood setting song, great for the season.

2. Aduke by Tjan
This would have been the perfect song for a Valentine’s day proposal seeing as the main crux of the song is asking his lover to be his wife. Of course if you missed Valentine’s day for that romantic proposal, we’re still in the love season so it still works.

3. Omote by Ese Peters
This song has promises flying around.. Promises that can melt anyone’s heart. I love how the instrumentation is nice, simple and doesn’t interfere with the words. Sounds like someone reading his wedding vows. I mean you want to hear those promises clearly so you can hold him accountable for every word. So damn romantic!

4. My Beautiful Love by Johnny Drille
A bit upbeat, and ‘country-ish’, this song comes from the angle of a man who can’t do without his lover. The instrumentation of this song is also really heart-warming and can make even make for a complete song on its own. Very beautiful song that can make anyone feel appreciated.

5. Ayanfe Mi by Nayo Soul
For those who didn’t know, ‘Ayanfe Mi’ means ‘My beloved’. If you haven’t heard this song, you need to get you some of it. The calmness of Nayo Soul’s voice in this song is so soul-soothing and priceless. Great love song.

6. O to’jo Meta by Tonie the emperor ft. pHisayo
I promise you, you haven’t heard any love song quite like the one in this song! This is a track that perfectly fuses soul music and spoken word together. It builds up this bout of interesting suspense and then shocks you with its surprisingly romantic ending. It is sure to make one blush and giggle. I definitely love it!

There are too many others, the list is too long to exhaust. Please feel free to add more songs to this list.
Happy Valentine’s Season (if any such thing exists).

Love,

Yemisi!

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

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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’.

nana aisha

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.

orlando julius

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.

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Hey music lovers,

Apologies for the long long silence.. The story is even longer; so I’m not gonna go into it…

So the first time I ever heard of Falana, it was on a radio show. I fell in love with her and her music literally that very moment. You haven’t heard of her? Hmm! Where have you even been? My first thought was ‘Errrrm! Who bears ‘Falana’ as their first name?’ Well, her name is actually Victoria Falana. In my ears, her music is like this magical mix of soulful jazz, and soft ‘R and B’. I met with her at the Radisson Blu edition of Felabration and we shared a few words. I can’t even lie ladies and gentlemen.. I was star struck! So I thought I might bring my readers some of the gist… Enjoy!

falana-album-cover *She’s gorgeous yeah? I know*
A Little introduction:
I am a musician, singer and songwriter. My music is my attempt to capture and share moments through music. I create because creation, and creativity are innately a part of who I am, and I choose not to ignore that. Music happens to be my medium of choice. I use the word ‘choice’ in the light sense, because music, and rhythm have always come naturally to me. Music maybe even chose me haha.
What really would you call you style of music?
I guess I call my sound Soul-fusion. I have musical influences that range from jazz, to soul, to afro beat, mixed with some cuban style jazz. It is definitely a real mix of influences.
What instruments do you play?
I wish I could play everything lol! But for now, I play guitar, my cajon and percussive instruments, and piano as well. Working towards being a multi-instrumentalist changes the way I write music, and facilitates my creativity in amazing ways.
Are you in Nigeria?
Yup, I am based in Lagos. Although, I have lived in a couple different cities in my short life. Things Fall Together was recorded in Havana, Cuba and I started my music career in Toronto.
Where can we catch you this Christmas?
 Stay tuned to my social media for upcoming events!
What do you think is the future of alternative music in Nigeria?
Well, I think there is a place for all genres of music, and the Nigerian market is large enough to accommodate all artists and genres. I think no matter where you are in the world, people pay attention to things that are unique and different. As more amazing and unique artist begin to come up, it will be very difficult to ignore and it will really broaden the palette of listeners.

 

She’s interesting, isn’t she? You can follow her on:

Instagram: @falanamusic Twitter @falanamusic Facebook: falanamusic

You can buy her music on her website here

In the meantime, have a quick listen to her songs from her Debut EP ‘Things Fall Together’ below. My favourite is between ‘To Bernard’ and ‘Start Again’. Tell me which is yours!

 

Track 1: Reinfiltrator

 

Track 2: Chances

 

Track 3: Angelitos Negros

 

Track 4: To Bernard

 

Track 5: Start Again (Music Video in Description) I couldn’t embed this one, but you can listen here

https://soundcloud.com/falanamusic/start-again

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Love y’all!