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Before I started singing, “I was actually a rapper” — Omah Lay

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2020 breakout music star from Nigeria, Stanley Omah Didia, better known professionally as Omah Lay granted an interview with American magazine – Teen Vogue – speaking on music, life and the #EndSARS protest which took the country by storm last year.

Omah who got his mainstream breakthrough with his debut project, an EP with the title – “Get Layd” – revealed he was not too sure on how much people would gravitate towards his style of music which he tags “Omah Lay Music”. When asked if he had any fears about his debut EP, he told Teen Vogue: “Actually before I put out Get Layd I wasn’t sure if it’ll be accepted. I wasn’t so confident about it but I enjoyed making the project.” but said he put it out nonetheless because he liked what he created and those around him were supportive and also enjoyed his music.

Speaking on why he chose to use his social media as a voice for help during the massive #EndSARS protest against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), he revealed he had had three different tormenting encounters with the SARS force; one back at Porth Harcourt and the remaining two in Lagos, one of which he barely survived because some people recognised his face because of his music.

He added he his still very much devastated from the October 20, 2020 Lekki Massacre, “ I honestly can’t say I’ve gotten over the #LekkiMassacare and I don’t [think] I’ll ever get over it. I still dream about it, write lyrics about it”, Omah Lay discloses.

Omah Lay who also happen to be a music producer, with production credits on his own personal songs — “Bad Influence”, “Confessions”, “Damn” — and a few others, shockingly reveals: “I’ve been a producer for a very long time. I was actually a rapper, then I switched to being a music producer and I did just that for about three years.”

While sadly admitting, nowadays he barely has anytime to produce his own personal music, talk more of producing for others. Stating his primary focus right now is own making his album which is to be released in 2021 (but no date is set yet).

You can catch the full Teen Vogue Omah Lay interview here: Teen Vogue: Nigerian Afrobeat Star Omah Lay on Music, #EndSARS and More:
https://www.teenvogue.com/story/nigerian-afrobeat-star-omah-lay

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Burgeoning talent, Khaid puts out his debut EP ‘DIVERSITY’

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Talented young artiste who has an inborn love for emo-trap and Afropop, Khaid continues his excellent run since his introduction into the mainstream music space with the release of DIVERSITY EP comprising 6 tracks running 17 minutes of playtime.

The vocally gifted youngster like the name of his debut project shows his diversity over the six differently produced instrumentals while sticking to the core trap sub-genre of rap he is most comfortable in. Starting off with his debut single (WITH YOU), he glides smoothly using Afropop instrumental produced by Ozedikus to express his love for a girl, SKI his second release sees him show off his rapping skills using his preferred trap melodies in braggadocios form. On AKPAKO, Khaid takes it back to Afropop, using street lingo to tell the tale of his street savviness, BLESSED is him basically adding a spiritual feeling to his trap sound. The heavy drums of Amapaino is employed by Yung Willis to give a groovy vibe to Khaid’s freestyle on FIRE while he makes sure to close it in classic emo-trap fashion on BAD MAN.

Feel Khaid’s vibes on DIVERSITY:

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Brymo releases all-pidgin album ‘Theta’

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Last year, nonconforming music composer Brymo put out two albums, ‘9: Harmattan & Winter’ on which he sings the entire 9 tracks fluently in English and ‘9:Èsan’, also a 9-track project but he dedicated the whole 27 minutes of the album to singing in his local dialect, Yoruba, even the tracklist was written in the Yoruba alphabets from 1-9. This year, the audacious artiste picks up from where he left off, moving in the same art direction as he makes an all-pidgin album, titling it after the greek symbol Theta.

Brymo speaks on topics such as life, love, dreams chasing and other human behaviours and behavioural patterns on solemn production with the BPM falling under the Larghetto range (60-66 BPM) as he focused more on telling stories on each song and making sure his message is passed clearly to the listeners. The major genre is classified as Alternative but he explores other sounds such as folk music and rock (Oga).

Brymo’s songwriting is exhibited brilliantly on Theta like it has been on his previous projects, every song contained meaningful wordings as the sonics and music arrangement speak on Brymo’s aesthe skills for music.

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Simi puts out new single “Naked Wire”

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Simi utilizes her soothing vocals, gliding smoothly on sombre new track Naked Wire, containing bass drums and acoustic guitar strings in its production made by P.Priime. Naked Wire is a dingy record on which Simi reflects on her lover, appreciative of how keeps rekindling their love or “spark my wire” more like a naked wire.

Simi is overwhelmed by the mannerism in which her one true lover showers her loving attention, even admitting to the incomprehensibility of it (“E dey burst my brain ooh See I cannot believe / . . . / Me no fit explain ooh”). The physical touch, kissing, gentle loving and overall romance are what makes Simi confident in knowing she is been pleasurably pleased by her man.

Lines like “I know you feel my desire” and “I’m drowning in the depths of my heart desire” are some of the beautiful expressions Simi uses to express her thankfulness to her man because “The language of my body / You speak it so fluently”.

The 2:42 minutes song will be the 4th track on “Tbh (To Be Honest)”, Simi’s third studio-album to be released in the near future.

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