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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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Nigerian jollof vs Ghanaian jollof: Ed Sheeran chooses his favourite

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England-born music maestro, Ed Sheeran, was one of the nobles at The Earth Shot Prize award show which held at London over the weekend but one thing seems to be catching Nigerians interest. That is a video posted by Yemi Alade on her Instagram page wherein the “Shape of You” singer said which he preferred in the unending debate between Nigerian jollof and Ghanian jollof rice.

Both meals although are made from the same source product—rice—contain varying ingredients which gives it its distinctive aroma, taste and flavour, resulting in years of unending debate (both online and offline) on which is the superior one. Of course, you would expect the Nigerians to favour theirs and vice-versa. On this topic, Ed Sheeran looked captivated when chatting with the self-acclaimed Mama Africa, Yemi Alade. He spoke of when he visited Ghana and had to taste their very much prestige jollof, also on how much he noticed people arguing over which geographical zone jollof rice was better.

“So when we were in Ghana . . . we were living with a bunch of Nigerian as well . . . I saw a lot of arguments on which jollof was better” Ed Sheeran says, intriguing Yemi Alade’s interest in the discussion. “I think I prefer Ghanaian jollof”, he coninues much to the displeasure of Yemi as shown by her stomping her foot on the ground, sighingly she utters the word “No” in a stressed manner. Ed Sheeran in a bid to cool the tension eventually revealed his preference is that way only because he has not visited Nigeria before.

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Dekbaby shares first EP, “Next One”, on Audiomack

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Dekbaby releases his first body of work after putting out two singles, one last year (“Ibadi”) and another (“Abeg”), May 28th this year. He titles his first project—Next One. An EP comprising of 6 tracks including his debut single, “Ibadi”, which seats on the sixth position, tracklist wise. Next One mostly includes songs in which Dekbaby shares his affinity for the feminine gender but at strategic points on his debut EP, he makes sure to show his retrospective side, singing about the hustle and the dream to amass a lot of money on the first track (“Easy”) and fourth song (“Ghetto Boyz”).

While Dekbaby might have kept songwriting at a reasonable minimum, choosing not to do too much, rather using repetition to emphasise his points on the songs, he did put a lot of thoughts into writing and visualising his pain on the retrospective tracks stated above; the other songs, although are mainly about his love for women—their bodies and other attributes, contain danceable beats which would have listeners bumping their heads at the barest minimum. Heywhykeyz is the solely featured artiste on Next One, he appears on “Ghetto Boyz”.

You would do well by listening to Dekbaby’s debut project, the EP—Next One—on Audiomack.

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Sarkodie and Zlatan advise broke people to leave the “VIP” on new song produced by Rexxie

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Ghana’s finest and Zanku lord reunite on Rexxie produced song, “VIP”, spitting pompous bars with catch hook broke-shaming club goers who are not on their level socially, sternly advising them to “leave the VIP . . . Go to the regular” in order to make “space for the ballers”

As expected on a song like this, braggimg about wealth and the ability to spend at will, getting any girl of his choice is what Sarkodie brings to the table while Zlatan adds his charismatic adlibs all over the song, spicing it up with the interesting hook, a much needed flavour. Rexxie does his thing too, making a fast paced instrumental to match Sarkodie’s flow.

“VIP” can be streamed below:

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