Wednesday, 25 May 2016

3rty Magic EP


3rty (pronounced Thirty) stays true to his roots and explores native African sounds in his ''Magic Ep''. Which was produced by 3rty and  Shabba.
The ''Magic Ep'' is a beautiful blend of different styles from highlife of ‘Abeg’ and ‘Magic’ to Afrocentric with ‘Monkey Business’ to Afrobeat with ‘Dance A Little and AfroSoul in ‘Muse’ and ‘Show Me’.
You can check out the Magic EP by following the links below and let us know what you think in the comments!!

Spinlet: https://spinlet.com/music-and-genre-album/246443
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/album/id1098860257

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Bemyoda... On Music, Life and being Bemyoda


Bemyoda recently released the music video to his song ''Forever'', we caught up him to ask a few questions.

 What inspired your stage name Bemyoda?
I think I’m now used to this being the first question folks ask. My first name is Bem. It’s Tiv for ‘Peace’. My surname is Iordaah (pronounced Yoda). So Bemyoda is really a contraction of my firstand last name.

When did you start playing the Guitar, and what other instruments do you play?
I’ve played on and off since I was in University. Only started to pay more attention and applying myself in the last 3 years. I’m currently learning to play the piano but I’m not good enough yet.

Who are your major musical influences?
I grew up listening to Bob Fitts, Maranatha Singers and whatever else was on TV, like Michael Jackson, Sade, etc. Later, I started listening to Brian McKnight, The Winans, Trinity 5:7, and then much later on, India.Arie, Commissioned, Take 6, Lauryn Hill, and Dwele. This latter group of people marked a change in my appreciation for song writing and music in general. These days I listen to anything that’s wholesome, from Hillsong and Jesus Culture to Lucy Rose and Leon Bridges.

Do you have any pre-performance rituals?
Not really, besides praying by myself or with my band. I like to be in a quiet place though, or at least to not be talking a lot.

Top 5 songs on your playlist?
Andra Day - Rise Up
Andra Day - City Burns
Travis Greene - Intentional
Lucy Rose - Watch Over
Hillsong - More Than Life

What challenges have you faced working in the music industry?
The Nigerian music industry has grown. It’s in a way better place than it was a couple of years ago but it still has a long way to go. Structure is everything, and it’s the one thing we’re in dire need of.
Everything else that’s a challenge is similar to what you’d face in any other industry. You’re pushing a style of music that’s not as widely accepted in these parts, so it’s hard. There are many people waiting to take advantage of you. It can be a fickle industry. But you push forward in spite of the things you like and those you don’t.

What advice do you have for people who want to become full-time musicians?
I do not regard myself as the consummate musician—you know, the one who does no other type of work. But if you want it badly enough, go for it, and make sure you’re great at it.

What other passion(s) do you have?
Besides songs I write other things. I picked up photography a while ago. I love to read. I consult on digital marketing strategy and advertising. I teach teens at church.

What inspires you to write songs?
I love poetry and storytelling. And in a simple sense those elements make up great music - or at least my definition of it. There’s a need for wholesome stories to be told using a tool as powerful as music. Stories about love and faith, about God and humanity, about courage and society
Sometimes the stories will be happy, sometimes sad. Sometimes they’d stoke conversation about difficult issues, or just make people dance.
Everything I write is intended to be wholesome, even though some of it can be pretty heavy.

When will your debut album Stark be released?
3rd or 4th quarter 2016; Most of the work is done. I’m only just tying up loose ends and making sure everything that needs to be is in place first.

Keep Up with Bemyoda's work: 

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Simi ''Love Don't Care Official Video''




Simi released the video to her song ''Love Don't Care'' this week. The video was directed by Clarence Peters. The video incorporates acro dance; which is a style of dancing that combines acrobatic movement with classical dance steps in telling the story of the song.
Watch the video and let us know what you think in the comments.

Friday, 13 May 2016

Darey - ''Pray For Me''






Darey Art- Alade released the video to his song ''Pray For Me'' featuring the Soweto Gospel Choir. The video was directed by Max Film with Ola Jacobs and Joke Silver playing his parents.
Watch the video and let us know what you think in the comments below.  

Monday, 9 May 2016

Simi and Adekunle Gold ''Taste The Feeling''

 Simi and Adekunle Gold have released individual covers to the Coca-Cola’s new theme song ‘’Taste the Feeling’’
The covers capture the unique styles of the musicians.



Follow the link below to listen to the individual covers and let us know which one you prefer and why in the comments below
Adekunle Gold - Taste The Feeling
Simi - Taste The Feeling

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

EVENT Alert: asa and Gaise have events coming soon

The Alternative music scene in Nigeria is buzzing with a number of live shows in the month of May.
From Aṣa, bringing her BOSTOUR home to Lagos Nigeria to, Gaise live in concert, ‘’KORINSÓDÌ’’


Asa will be performing on the first of 1st of May at the Eko Hotel and Suites Lagos  and Gaise on the 8th of May at City Mall, Onikan Lagos.

You can’t afford to miss these live shows, plan to attend with your friends and family.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Tay Iwar ''Renascentia''

I am excited to write about Tay Iwar's new mixed tape of eight songs ''Renascentia''. The songs on the mix tape can be described as afro-fusion and  a combination of multiple music elements which comes together nicely to give us a masterpiece from the singer, songwriter and producer.

You can listen to the mix tape by following this link: https://soundcloud.com/tayiwar
I hope you enjoy listening to the songs, please let me know what you think in the comments below.

Monday, 18 April 2016

New Video Monday''Ready'' by Adekunle Gold

The music video of ‘’Ready’’ a song by Adekunle Gold produced by Pheelz was released last week Friday. The video was directed by Adasa Cookey for Squareball Media and Lola OJ a beauty vlogger plays Adekunle’s love interest in the music video.
Check out the music video and let us know what you think in the comments below.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Alternative Music Naija Journey

I am a lover of love but I never realised that we have beautiful Nigerian love songs till I started my internship with Alternative Music Naija; the internship has broadened my knowledge of music. So I will be sharing with you my top five alternative love songs, the songs are not arranged in any particular order. I really hope you enjoy the songs.  Please let me know what you think in the comments below and song suggestions are welcomed.

1)      You Suppose Know by Bez

2)      Iwo Nikan by Aramide  

3)      Wait for Me by Jonny Drille

4)      The Vow by Timi Dakolo

5)      Orente by Adekunle Gold


Saturday, 9 April 2016

Interview With Aramide




Aramide just released the video to her song ''Love Me'' featuring Adekunle Gold. Luckily we had caught up with her to have a quick chat. 

Who are your musical influences? 
*sighs, I have a few. I went through different phases but these artists were present at every phase- Aretha Franklin, India Arie, Ray Charles and their likes. I am really into soul music.

What challenges have you faced working in the Nigerian music industry?
The main challenge I have faced is with my genre of music. It is not popular. I have had to prove to people that I am both a good songwriter and a good artist.

What other things are you passionate about? 
*Laughs* “I am not a good dancer though I love dancing but on a more serious note, I love cooking and teaching. After music comes teaching for me.” 

What inspires your to write? 
Things around me, my life, and other peoples' lives

Top Five Songs on your playlist at the moment? 
My song, Love me featuring Adekunle Gold
Therapy by Mary J Blige from the album ‘’London Sessions’’
Love yourself by Justin Bieber 
Every song on Adele’s ‘’25’’ album 


What is your advice for aspiring musicians? 
You have to be patient, make sure you are talented, try to blend in with what is happening in the music industry so you remain relevant. Have I said be patient? To make it in the music industry takes years of hard work, a lot of patience and a lot of prayers. 

Who inspired your song ‘’Iwo Nikan’
Uhumm! That is a love song and who inspired it? My husband.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

New Video Wednesday ''Love Me'' by Aramide



The music video of ‘’Love Me’’ a song by Afro Soul Artist Aramide featuring Adekunle Gold is here. Adekunle Gold plays Aramide’s love interest; it takes us on a journey of love and happiness. The video was shot in Ikoyi, Lagos by Stanz Visuals. Check out the video of the song and let us know what you think. 










Tuesday, 5 April 2016

New Music Adekunle Gold ''Ready''


Adekunle Gold kicks off 2016 with a new highlife single, ''Ready''. It's his fourth  single produced by YBNL hit-maker Pheelz, mixed by SIMI and Guitar by Fiokee. 

Monday, 4 April 2016

New Music Alert ''The Vow'' by Timi Dakolo

Last week, Timi Dakolo blessed us with a song we think will be timeless, and one that everyone in love can relate with.
Titled, 'The Vow', the release coincided with Timi Dakolo and his wife, Busola Dakolo's fourth year anniversary and she is featured in the video.

Check out the video of the song and let us know what you think. 


Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Spotlight On: Tomi Owó


I met a guy a few weeks ago and we got talking about music, art and drama. I told him about how I had gone on a fruitless search for alternative music in Nigeria, he asked for my phone and downloaded sound cloud and searched for ‘’Tomi Owó ’’





The first track I listened to from Tomi Owó made me slow my pace with the guy, who was already making my heart race. The song was‘’Rora’’ and features Afro Jazz Guitarist Femi Leye. I loved the Afro beat and Jazz fusion. It is a lovable song that tells a story of taking it slow with love and making promises. 

After my first encounter with her music, I couldn’t get her unique sound out of my head. So I went on to listen to more of her music and found out a few fun facts about her.

Tomi Owó is a ‘’Pop/Alternative Soul Singer’’ and song writer, she works at one of the leading commercial banks in Nigeria, but this hasn’t stopped her from pursuing her passion for creating music. She started a project in September 2015 to release a song every month; she works very closely with her brother IBK who produces all her songs.

‘’Rora’’ featuring Femi Leye is the fourth song from the project.

Other songs from the project are equally inspiring;

‘’Pieces’’ is the debut song of the project; it is a song every girl should send to that ex begging to have her back. The song’s lyrics explore the vulnerable emotions you feel when faced with making such decisions.

I recommend you listen to her other songs (Ile and Inside Out) from the project by following this link https://soundcloud.com/tomiowo  



Keep up with her projects and upcoming events by visiting her website, http://tomiowo.com/

Monday, 14 March 2016

#NewMusicMonday "Soldier" by Falz featuring Simi

We kick off the week with a new video from stable of the Bahd Guys, "Soldier".
This is one of the songs from Falz' "Stories that Touch" album that got a big reaction from people but we bet noone expected a MOVIE for it!
But that's what we got- a short movie that was premiered on Sunday March 13th at Genesis Deluxe Cinema.

The movie features Simi who is also on the track, Yemi Okanlawon and Efa.

In Falz' words, "sheck it out" and let us know what you think.