#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,

I’m very excited to bring you this post! The first review on this blog goes to *drum roll*—- FEMI LEYE!!!!

For those who didn’t know before now, Femi Leye (Whose full name is Oluwafemi Ogunleye) is a Nigerian Afro Jazz artiste and guitarist whose first album was released on the 7th of September, 2015. The word ‘EKAABO’ which is the title of the 10 track album is yoruba for ‘WELCOME’. The album is almost all instrumental and this already impresses me. To be honest, I didn’t think a Nigerian artiste would be able to pull that off.. But I was proved wrong. I am really impressed by the fact that music can still be complete in itself without any words said. An amazing fusion of deeply rooted African sounds and jazz is what you will find in this album.

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The album features only two other artistes -Naomi Mac and Titilope Sonuga.

Track 1 is titled ‘Ekaabo’ and is a 17 second intro track. It is an amazing use of the talking drum and actually makes you want to listen the rest of the album. It is a masterful use of 17 seconds to say ‘welcome’ to the listener!

The second track is called ‘Irawo Owuro’ (which means morning star) shows off Femi Leye’s amazing mastery of the guitar. It’s like I could practically pick out one string after the other (even though I know next to nothing about the guitar). I especially love the first ten seconds of this song.

Track 3 titled ‘Smile’ is extremely calm!  And it’s almost as if you can hear what he’s telling you (stuff like sleep my child, sleep.. lol) It actually makes me smile everytime I hear it.

‘Wewe’ is the fourth track on this album. And this actually the first time you hear a vocal on the album. It features the amazing ‘Naomi Mac’ whose voice I also adore. I think ‘wewe’ is a yoruba word that describes substances in tiny bits. A captivating story of a woman who is about to lose a child, and who’s also in love. Such a very sweet song. And the percussion in this song? Amazing!!

And then track 5- ‘Orin Ife’ which translates to ‘Love Song’. It’s an acoustic sound. All I can hear is guitar and keyboard. It is also a great sound and very gentle on the ears. I have always imagined this song having a re-make featuring a male soul artiste and then with like drums and the ‘whole nine yards’ (I’m not sure why). This is another great track all the same

Track 6- Adina reminds me somehow of Ebenezer Obey and then somehow of Frank Ocean (not that these two have any correlation). This is another track that makes me feel like I can hear what he’s saying. Even though no words are spoken. It creates that slow wind/ sway type mood and creates a picture of afros and oleku  wrappers.

The tempo increases slightly as I get to track 7 titled Rain. This track features Titilope Sonuga who does SPOKEN WORD on the instrumental!!!! Oh yes she does and she kills it!!! The spoken word piece sends one to a place of deep though.. JAZZ+SPOKEN WORD=SCORE!!!

Track 8 is called ‘Better Age’. I unconsciously want to move my head anytime I hear this song. And I love the simple message- Igba Otun Wo’lede (Which means A new dawn has come). Another beautiful song

Sise (Work Hard) is track 9. I think he killed it with this song. And it is my favourite on the album!

Track 10 is titled Ayo (Joy). A song of prayer and prophecy which simply says ‘Joy will not depart from our homes, Our Joy will last forever. It is a beautiful song! And an amazing way to end an album.

Ladies and gentlemen, for me this is an awesome A1 album.

Thanks for blessing us with this Femi! Thank you!

Have you listened before? What do you think? Haven’t listened? Listen below!

Track 1: Ekaabo

Track 2: Irawo Owuro

Track 3: Smile

Track 4: Wewe ft. Naomi Mac

Track 5: Orin Ife

Track 6: Adina

Track 7: Rain ft. Titilope Sonuga

Track 8: Better Age

Track 9: Sise

Track 10: Ayo

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Love,

Yemisi