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.

Naija and Alternative music Podcast EP 1 is here!

Hey guys,

The first episode of our podcast is here! Please listen below and enjoy, and I hope that we can do this as regularly as possible..

Cheers!

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!

Track: ‘Mexico’ by Deron

Hey guys,

So when I first this track.. I heard a fusion of afro sounds and house music. However, the artiste ‘Deron’ describes this song as ‘Urban Alternative’.

deron remi

I really love the intro of the song and I think it’s a great track.. He also has a viral video for the song on youtube!

Enjoy!

You like?

Drop a comment or two!

Love, Yemisi!

 

#OldSchoolFriday: Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe’s Osondi Owendi

Hey guys,

It’s time for another old school track! Let’s go down to the east and have a feel of Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe’s ‘Osondi Owendi! This track dates all the way back to early 80s.

osita osadebe

This song places a lot of emphasis on instrumentation (as most old school highlife songs do). I especially love how it has a ‘spoken word-like’ beginning. I learnt the phrase ‘Osondi Owendi’ means ‘What is cherished by some is despised by some’. Quite profound!

Enjoy this great Igbo highlife transaction below.

 

I definitely love this track! Do you?

TGIF!!

Love, Yemisi!

 

Review: ‘The Headies 2015 alternative song of the year’ category

Hey guys 🙂

This post has absolutely nothing to do with the drama! NO! NO! NO!!! By now, everyone knows all the details of the drama, and all sorts of jokes have been made and have even become old. For sure, the 2015 Headies (which held on the 1st of January 2015) ensured that the year kicked off with a bang (entertainment wise)!

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Straight to the real issue of the day..

The ‘Alternative Song of the Year’ category was defined by the ‘Headies’ as ‘A voting category for the artiste whose songs reflect any form or style of music which falls outside the mainstream of recent or past popular musical trends.’  I’d say that this definition is acceptable. What makes up ‘alternative music’ is way too large and I think their definition pretty much captured it.

Compared to 2014’s Alternative Song of the year nominations, I’d say the Headies dug deeper in 2015 and the category was definitely richer than it was in 2014. I would also say it shows that the Headies appreciates alternative music some more. This is surely an improvement. Thumbs up to that.

That said, the nominees for the category were:

  1. Di’Ja – Awwwwww
  1. Bez – There’s A Fire
  1. Asa – Satan Be Gone
  1. Adekunle Gold – Sade
  1. Ugovinna – Rain On Me
  1. Simi – Tiff

And Adekunle Gold won the award for the song ‘Shade’. For me, the nomination was very well done. As far as alternative music goes for 2015, those were really the songs we heard. It was a little weird though seeing ‘Rain on Me’ on the list. Not because it’s a bad song (it’s actually an awesome song both in terms of lyrics and rhythm). But I just didn’t think it was that popular. So yeah! Not a bad job for the headies there. However, I did also think that there’s more… I feel like we should have heard something from a ‘Brymo’. I think he had an awesome 2015, and with the whole afro-beat type thing that he does, I believe he was prepared for a 2015 award nomination, even though I do not know the criteria for getting a Headies nomination.

I’m not sure that there’s any law against having two of an artiste’s songs being nominated for one category, but I think Adekunle Gold’s ‘Orente’ deserved a spot. Infact if I had to choose between those two songs to put on that list, it’d be ‘Orente’. I’d also exchange Asa’s ‘Satan Be Gone’ with her ‘Eyo’. And maybe Brymo’s ‘One Pound’ or ‘Duro’ should have been included in place of ‘Rain on Me’
All in all, the songs nominated were great songs and I appreciate the ‘Headies’ for a job well done. Congrats to Adekunle Gold for picking up the award. Hopefully, alternative music would be appreciated more and more on other forums.
Thanks for stopping by guys!
Love, Yemisi
P.S. Please slow down on the ‘back-to-back’ jokes.. They have become played out and very annoying! LOL!

 

 

 

#OldSchoolFridays: Victor Olaiya- Omo Pupa

Hey guys,

TGIF!!! I’m always so excited when I see the weekend and even more excited to share the week’s Old School track.

So today’s track is ‘Omo pupa’ by Dr. Victor Olaiya which dates back to sometime in the early 80s.

vicor olaiya

If you’re Yoruba (and you understand the language), then you already know that ‘Omo Pupa’ means fair skinned girl. The song tells a love story about a man in love with a fair skinned girl and who is about to travel to London; but hopes to be able to send her money to join him in London once he settles. I think the older generation of African men were romantic sha!

Short song, straight to the point, the use of the trumpet and percussion is impeccable and this song is evergreen.

Enjoy the highlife love song below!

 

You like?

Have fun this Friday!

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..

2016

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,

Been a minute!

So this post is a bit different because you will be hearing my voice!!! Yaaay!!  I decided to speak to you guys. If you are following the Instagram Page @naijaandalternativemusic , then by now you know that I was at Smooth fm’s #ANightAtTheKazbah Concert a few weeks ago. I put up tons of videos on Instagram, and I also spoke about it a little on the Facebook page ‘NAIJA AND ALTERNATIVE MUSIC’. I have been going on and on about how amazing it was and no, I still haven’t changed my mind.

a night at the kazbah

So I don’t know whether to call this a ‘podcast’ (please forgive the sound quality too). Please listen below:

 

Let’s keep this conversation going! Were you there? Do you agree with me? Please do drop your comments below.

Thanks for stopping by guys!

Love, Yemisi!

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Hey you guys!

And you thought we were going to forget the #OldSchoolFriday again this week… No way! I’m so sorry I couldn’t bring you a track last week.

So like two Fridays ago, I was at the Afropolitan Vibes concert (the IG followers already know this!. Anyway when Adebantu announced a surprise act was coming up, I couldn’t have guessed! Oi! oi! i almost choked while screaming when he called the name Majek Fashek! The performance was electrifying. People screamed like crazy (the man still get am for body). He is doing very very well, and performed some of his evergreen tracks. I also ran into him like two days ago an he was a perfect gentleman! Anyway, I was motivated by all these; to make his ‘Send down the Rain’ our #OldSchoolFriday track for this week.

Enjoy this evergreen reggae track below!

Thanks for stopping by guys!

Merry Christmas!

Love, Yemisi!