Wednesday, 20 September 2017
So I don't sound like an obnoxious pretentious writer who's always looking to analyze the underlying message in the song, here's a simple approach to telling you why you should have a listen to Blessing's "Excuses."
"If you you miss me, call or text."
"If you love me tell me"
"If you want me come find me"
these words I heard in a conversation this one time.
It sometimes feels like we tend to forget how to deal with our fellow humans by giving so many excuses, I couldn't call because, I forgot to text because, I couldn't come see you because...maybe you could't do all these because I just don't mean so much to you.
(so much for writing simply and not pretentious)
Maybe its because the song feels so personal, and hits so close to home but this song...this woman are on to something deep.
She serves up rawness on this track and it could possibly be the fact that almost everyone can relate to the words. it's real life wrapped in a beautiful song by an even more beautiful voice.
I'd probably play this song to the next person who offers me excuses for something as basic as calling
Monday, 18 September 2017
In an instagram post, he wrote, "I've written quite a lot this year; a lot about my own experiences and I wanna write more songs about real stories.
Saturday, 2 September 2017
South African tv personality, Bonang and American singer, #MaryjBlige, doing justice to this emerald green #michaelcostello dress.
We love how gorgeous and elegant they both look in this outfit. Can you think of another artiste that would look great in a dress like this?
Monday, 28 August 2017
walking into the Blue Cabana, you are compelled to relax, and the main hall was a simple proper chill environment and the first set was a beautiful cascading experience.
Ushered in by Mc Bluetooth,
The show kicked off with "Apologize" a literal apology to all who have been friend-zoned.
Then they moved Love, Kites and a Rock, a mostly abstract but eerily interesting.
The next was Oya, my personal favorite and then Long Shot! It may all have a core of love but...who doesn't love love right? I hope nobody.
Bash came next, eloquently spitting words of fire to our souls oh so effortlessly making simple words quicken everyone present.
And then the final act, Jarell Ebuka, such a super star name and the face to go with it made a show as he performed his smile evoking singles 'What a good Boy', 'Close' and the fairly new jam 'Many years ago'.
The show was closed with a full set from the reasons for the evening the Isomers serenading us with another set comprising of 'Power', 'Agbada' and then the much anticipated 'Lunatic in your Town' and finally the last song of the evening, 'Another man's head'.
The crop and calibre of music in the capital city of Abuja is best described as underestimated. Its a wonder that these talents haven't...for lack of a better expression "Blown" however, this is a Watch Out World warning. Music is growing, root up in Abuja.
Wednesday, 23 August 2017
Thursday, 3 August 2017
He took the world like a storm all on his own, with his different flavor to the interpretation of music, culture, style and fashion.
Fela Anikulapo Kuti is not just remembered as a legend today but a role model and an inspiration. His musical form has been covered, sampled and re-used by musicians all over.
Here's a little Fela spice to sweeten your tongue.
Monday, 31 July 2017
Wednesday, 26 July 2017
Sunday, 23 July 2017
To Be Continued...
Here's the captivating video for "I Told You"
Friday, 21 July 2017
Tuesday, 18 July 2017
Thursday, 13 July 2017
Monday, 10 July 2017
Saturday, 24 June 2017
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
Friday, 19 May 2017
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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"
4. Zainab Sule "Adrenaline"
5. Ebisan "Ice Cold Water"
Wednesday, 22 March 2017
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.