Friday, 19 May 2017

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

Hello
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
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.