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Davido makes the list for Time Magazine’s ‘2021 TIME100 NEXT’

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Nigeria Afrobeat and Pop, coined into Afro-Pop phenom, David Adeleke, known worldwide as Davido makes the grand list for the 2021 TIME100 NEXT by Time Magazine.

Speaking on what Davido has achieved so far in his career, Laycon who gave the speech translated into written words, said: “You can tell Davido puts 100% into every song he makes. And the results are clear . . . Afrobeats is a worldwide phenomenon, and Davido is one of many Nigerian artists who has made that possible.” “By bringing Afrobeats to the global stage, he’s paved the way for people like me.” Laycon concluded

Davido continue to soar as one of the few Nigerian artistes to have gone global yet stuck to their roots. Like the piece from Time Magazine says, “the results are clear”; one of Davido’s latest achievement is having his 2017 released smash-hit—“If”— achieve Gold status in the U.S i.e. the record has sold a cumulative over 500,000 units or its equivalent in streams.

Although Davido did not make the “ARTISTS” cut on the ‘2021 TIME100 NEXT’, he got inducted through the ‘PHENOMS’ category for his role in making Afrobeat a global genre of music enjoyed by a vast array of music listeners.

Other Nigerians to make this year’s list are: FK Abudu, Odunayo Eweniyi and Damiliola Odufuwa under the ‘ADVOCATES’ category for the role they played during the #EndSARS protest; Flutterwave CEO, Olugbenga Agboola for being one of the breakout and outstanding ‘INNOVATORS’ in 2020 and Nigerian-American writer, Ijeoma Oluo made the ‘ADVOCATES’ list.

Check out the write-up on how and why Davido made the ‘2021 TIME100 NEXT’ here.

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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.

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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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