Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Ogecha is 'Intentionally Woman'

After the song ‘Intentionally Woman’ came out, it took me a few days to listen to it. Not because I had heard something damaging about it but because I was stuck in the euphoria of ‘Dumimaja’ Ogecha’s previous hit song. I didn’t want to listen to something new that might sway me from the music of one of the happiest people I had ever had a chance to converse with.

Regardless, I had a listen. Oh boy was I swayed! I immediately felt the need for me to stand up to my feet at attention and give a salute like I would an anthem, till the music was done playing. Absolutely remarkable I thought.

I believe that one of the greatest gifts a musical artist has been given, is the ability to create something their audience aren’t expecting but in a way need, so it’s almost serendipity once the audience listens to the musical creation speaking to their needs.

Basically, ‘Intentionally woman’ is a simple charge, or call to arms if you will for women and just everyone  who has the good sense to understand the depth of the music really.

The intimate beginning of the music and her voice doesn’t prepare you for the fullness of her singing that comes through at the bridge and chorus that just comes out so unexpectedly boisterous and then it filters back to that intimate beginning.

A rhythmic showstopper, the instrumentation is something to be commended as it just opens up like a flower, almost has you feeling like your ears are in a caress.

It sings thus “takes only one step to be who you want to be and shine…shine, intentionally woman”

It’s a conscious call for all to choose their own path, it speaks on the tough nature of existing in a world where women haven’t been given so much but it doesn't come off as a sad, pity us piece or even an overly angry feminist piece. it comes off as a ray of sunshine, that initial spark of strength.
It’s a simple word to the wise woman to come through all the hurt, pain, bitterness, anger and such and be who she is meant to be for herself.

Intentionally Happy, Intentionally human and intentionally woman. 

Thursday, 13 July 2017

A'Rese : More than the Voice

After I was done listening  to A’Rese’s 'Uwe No', I though to myself “ well, I’ve got to have this played at my wedding ceremony”

It just had this happy go lucky feel to it that appealed to your happy side and you maybe weren’t sure that you had started smiling. And its not just her enthralling voice that picks at you, its the soul you can feel in the music of the song.

Coming off of as the winner of the first edition of the voice Nigeria, I imagine it was probably something of a pressure to come up with a sound that both captured herself as a musical person and her audience that had grown to love her rather alternative style, voice and choice of songs.
But she did amazing, staying true to herself, now even if for the life of me, I don’t know what 'Uwe No' means but dear lord it’s a pleasure to listen to.

The song on its own takes a very engaging narrative arc that speaks to the simplicity of the human heart once its taken a bow to love, her amazing voice is not the only thing you get to enjoy in this amazing video and song, You have the pleasure of engaging Ladipoe’s lyrical awesome-sauce-ness.
His verse was basically the cherry and icing on a cake that is guaranteed to hit every of your nerve endings.

“ The story of how we fell in love, I’ll save the speech for my reception.”

You’ll have to listen to get it.

Monday, 10 July 2017

WurlD: Show You Off

Perhaps it was the delicate nature of determined softness that came with the trumpet’s blow, or the highlife-esque feel that came with the beat or maybe it was the quintessential voice of someone who became his words as he sang, a voice that could sing you to sweet dreams at any point of the day, perhaps it was the rhythm that had me swaying mindlessly and forgetting the noise that was life in the restaurant I was sat.

Show you off, transported me to my happy place, where all is right with the world and romance isn’t dead and chivalry hasn’t taken a back seat to the undesirable nonsense we are forced to cope with.(I digress) 
This guaranteed playlist repeat is a singular confirmation of a lover’s reassurance to his beloved. His utmost purpose to ‘show her off’ as the song implies.

Its not necessarily all the words that get you happy and appreciated, but it’s the way they are said. That almost intoxicating croon that just absolutely does your head in and commands you not just to listen, but to pay attention to this heart moving number.
Making you slightly poetic for the 4 minutes and 3 seconds it plays out for, unless you decide like me, to play it again.

Wurld's collaboration with Shizzi X Walshy fire was (If i do say so myself) Fire! 

It would seem there's a lot this Lagos born singing sensation has to offer us yet.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

#GettingToKnowYou Miss Lindsey is... Global. Unorthodox. Minimalist

Lindsey Abudei is a Nigerian neo-soul singer and songwriter. She started recording in 2004 while she was still an undergraduate in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria.
Her album,"...And the bass is queen" has a lot of gems but some of our favourite Lindsey songs include her cover of Fela's "Palava", 'Out the Magazine' and 'Shoot em down"

Her aura is very calm, but you know they say, still waters run deep.
Our #AMN team sat down excitedly and spoke about music and pain.

AMN: Hi Lindsey! Let us get right to it! When was the first time you realized your passion for music was different from the regular guy?
Miss Lindsey: I'm not sure I know exactly how a regular person's 'passion' is but I know that music wasn't just for enjoyment alone. It gave me solace, was a slice of Nirvana for me. So, when I started to fall in love with performing at 17, I saw more of myself.

AMN: What was the first song that changed your life and why?
ML: It was albums more than just songs that did that. One of those, among many, of course is Stevie Wonder's 'Songs In The Key Of Life' album. It helped develop my training by ear as a singer and opened up the vista for the art I love now.

AMN: What is one song you wish you wrote yourself.
ML: Sing To The Moon | Laura Mvula.

AMN: Who are the people you are currently listening to?
ML: Laura Mvula, No Name, Diane Coffee, Aurora, Childish Gambino. Those are some...

AMN: Where do you go to for inspiration?
ML: Solitude given to me in different spaces.

AMN: Some argue that it is easier to write from a place of pain than joy. Thoughts?
ML: It works both ways, I think. I am often in melancholy even when I try to write songs about joy.

AMN: What three words do you want associated with your brand?
ML: Global. Unorthodox. Minimalist

Lindsey is currently touring and exploring intimate, artsy places in Lagos, Abuja, and soon, other countries.

Friday, 19 May 2017

#Gettingtoknowyou... Ugovinna is actually a farmer....

Welcome to the first ever 'Getting to know' series on our blog. For now i am doing the interviews so i wanted to start with some of my favourite artistes.

Now a lot of people might have first stumbled on Ugochukwu Oluwadamilare Nwaokobia (we will still with Ugo or Ugovinna moving forward, lol) as a finalist on Project Fame but i actually heard of him before that during a One Mic Naija concert. 

I had a lovely chat with Ugovinna recently so sit back, relax and o, s.h.a.r.e

AMN: You have a sort of kind of long name. Lol. What nicknames do you have?
UGO:  My big brother called me "Uggie Uggie la la la" lol. Then my first

AMN: Do you remember your first girlfriend ever?!
UGO: Ha ha ha. Let me tell you who my first secondary school crush was. Her name was "Vera" and this was when I was in jss1 and I was in love lol.

AMN: Lol. If i hear! So what was the first instrument you picked up?
UGO: The recorder, and that was when I was 6

AMN: People do this singing thing for different reasons. Why do YOU sing?
UGO: I sing because, I'm happy, I sing because I'm free, His eyes..lol.
So far, it's been my best gift as a person  and I started to harness it really early in life. Making music gives my life a meaning. I say, 'so far' though because life is full of surprises and you never know what I'll be up to tomorrow 😉

AMN: Ghen Ghen. Maybe like become an astronaut. Lol. But seriously, apart from singing, what else do you do?
UGO: For many years now,I've invested a lot of my resources into farming; first working for my dad on his fish farm when I was younger and now my cousin Joshua (Ushmor) and i have an existing partnership. Very soon I'll be ready to share more about it, I believe farming holds an important part in the future of Nigeria and I'm taking my chances there.  

AMN: Makes us think of your song, "Rain on Me" in a different light now! Lol. Let's go back to random stuff, like, what is your favourite colour and favourite character from an animated series?

UGO: Green, and The Hulk. He's such a menace 

AMN: What are three items you would take with you to a deserted island?
UGO: My guitar, a good supply of water and a note pad/pen.

AMN: One song right now you wish you wrote?
UGO: Over the years as a song writer I've had a lot of songs like that, but right now ,I wish I wrote "Shape of you" by Ed Sheeran 

AMN: Your top three favourite places in the world?
UGO: I be Papi water o lol. Santorini, Seychelles and Ibiza and Zanzibar. I told you, papi water 

AMN: Rice with no stew for a year or soup with no swallow for a year?
UGO: Omo na soup o, soup without swallow. Afang soup and goat meat is soup too na!

AMN: What you want for your birthday?
UGO: A Sony music "Artiste, producer and song writer deal", and a collabo with Ed sheeran 

AMN: Amen to that! Now let's go back to the music. Tell us a bit about what you are currently working on.
UGO: I am really excited about the projects I'm working on now. "The midnight collection" and "Omo mama Caro".

TMNC is an acoustic body of work i am putting together for indigenous Ugovinna fans including myself! I am a big fan of alternative music and I've always fancied myself as a bridge between Nigerian alternative music and the fast rising AfroPop vibe; to be able to create music that both categories of listeners can appreciate. The kind of music that can survive the playlist of every typical Nigerian, only offered in acoustic brilliance.  I've been working on the project with Cobhams Asuquo, Vintage Gray media and my band " The Vyberators" because every song on the project is recorded live.

(We raised our eyebrow a little here at the name of the band)

"Omo mama Caro" on the other hand is a project I believe will give an insight to the becoming of Ugovinna; an artiste not bound by genre, expressing myself in whatever manner I choose. 

Over the years  I've been inspired by a wide collection of artistes and I've come to enjoy a lot of genres. I hope to be able to deliver my versions of music in vogue without losing my essence and touch. Some trap soul, Afro pop, basically anything that appeals to me, i want to explore.

It's a collection of my experiences from my ikorodu days till now. 

AMN: Thank you Ugo! We wish you all the best!

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

#AlternativeMusicNaijaChart A blend of covers and Clay

Honestly guys, making these charts is one of the hardest things to do because there is so much good music out there. Plus we have so many arguments that sometimes people stop talking to one another in the studio for like two minutes. Then we just get lost in some great music again.

So what got us pulling our hair out? Well just check this selection out and let us know what you think!

1. Duwa "Count on Me"

2. Niniola "Maradona"

3. Clay "Ochukwu"

4. Aramide "I'm going down"

5. Chyn ft Funbi "Find You"

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Aramide's cover of Mary J Blige is bringing shivers down our spine

It is funny that when you speak to some artistes about covers, they have such a dismissive tone when covers are, instead of being evidence of inability to create, evidence of respect and your talent.

We have lately stumbled upon so many covers we like, like Lindsey's cover of 'Palaver' by Fela and Bibi's cover of 'Redemption Song' by Bob Marley, and now we have a new treat to add to the list- Aramide's cover of Mary J Blige's "I'm going down".
Infact, we have so many new covers that we might have to re-do this article about our favourite covers we put up recently. Check that out here

Back to this cover.
We didn't want to check it out here at the studio at first. What if she doesn't kill it?!
Happy to say, she did. And in her distinct voice. Check it out!

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

#AlternativeMusicNaija Chart Week 17... Watch Maradona gooooooo!

A new week, a new chart. Remember, you can decide what songs need to be on this chart by requesting songs across different stations in Nigeria.

1. Niniola "Maradona

  2. Adekunle Gold ft Moelogo "Only Girl"

3. Aramide "Why so serious?"

4. Ebisan "Ice Cold Water"

5. Clay "Ochukwu"

Friday, 21 April 2017

#AlternativeEventAlert! asa Live in Lagos on the 29th of April

EVENT:  "asa Live in Lagos; Encore".

DATE: Saturday April 29th

VENUE: Eko Convention Centre

MORE DETAILS:  Featuring the Vesta Violins 30 piece ensemble.

See flier for details

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

#AltMusicNaija Chart Week 16... Adekunle's Only Girl sits pretty at number 1!

Welcome to another week of sweet sounds from some of Nigeria's best fresh and alternative artistes.
Check out the top five below and let us know which is your favourite!

1. Adekunle Gold ft Moelogo "Only Girl"

2. Aramide "Why so serious?"

3. Simi "Smile for Me"

4. Moelogo "Shine your Light"

5. Ebisan "Ice Cold Water"

Friday, 7 April 2017

New Music... 'Only Girl' by Adekunle Gold ft Moelogo

Enter the weekend with some spunk as Adekunle Gold and Moelogo have given us an upbeat song to groove to.

The idea for the song, according to Adekunle Gold, came while he was chilling at home. This is the second single with both artistes; the first being 'Rora Se' Moelogo featuring Adekunle Gold

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

#AltMusicNaija Chart Week 14... Simi is still smiling at Number 1!

Welcome to another week of beautiful sounds from Nigeria by new and fresh alternative artistes, as well as some of the pioneers.

This week, our countdown is all about smiles and adrenalin! Check out top five out below!

1. Simi "Smile for Me"

2. Johnny Drille "Wait for Me"

3. Tonye "Aboye"

4. Zainab Sule "Adrenaline"

5. Ebisan "Ice Cold Water"

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Aramide Suitcase Live... at Euphoria

Lait Gafar

Talented vocalist and guitarist, Aramide has been touring with her "suitcase" since the release of her debut album - Suitcase, in November, 2016 and since then, it has recieved postive critics so far from blogs and music critics.

In her quest to get every ears to embrace and listen to her genre of music, Aramide and her Team, organised a mini concert at Euphoria, Maryland Mall on Sunday, March 19 where she gave out free autographed albums to fans and serenaded them to songs off her Suitcase album and her past recorded singles.

It was indeed a blissful sunday afternoon to many has they danced, laughed and couldn't get enough of Aramide.
Aramide is till touring places with her suitcase as she was recently in Ghana. So watchout cause she might be in your town next.