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Ideal features that will set up the Nigerian music industry ablaze

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The music industry and musicians as a collective keep giving us value for our ears, releasing music just at the right time, even if our favourite musicians or artistes do not release their song(s) at the promised date or have to postpone it due to unforseen circumstances, we still have enough music circulating the air like primetime Yaba market—ever busy and always something to hold on to.

However this article is not meant to applaud the voluminous amount of music recorded and released daily, weekly, monthly even yearly, rather its intent is to shine the light on some missing factors in our Nigerian music industry pertaining to collaborations or in literal terms, artistes featuring one another.

There is no denying the fact that the Nigerian music industry is very blessed, talented and diverse enough for every artiste to calve a niche for themselves and truth be told many have done so and still doing that, but with all these put together, we as fans still have insatiable wants with respect to the music and musicians we listen to. We always want more and when “more” gets delivered, the inner critic in us always want to tweak something; talking about: “I wish he/she said this that way”, “oh! He should have featured someone instead of doing the song solo”, “this song (and/or collab) is a waste of time” and so on.

If only wishes were horses, the statement goes but that does not stop one from wanting more or at least fantasizing about what could have been, if only we had the powers.

This article consider features I feel will light up the music industry and artistes I feel fit eachother styles sonically; most importantly artistes who should hop in the booth and spit some fire verses for the enjoyment of us (the fans). Bear in mind, this is opinionated, so should not be treated too seriously as you might not agree with everything written. That said, let us begin!

1. Simi & Tems:

Simi (top) & Tems (under)

Ladies first, it is courteous. Simi’s versatility and Tems mid-tempo vocals (which can switch up anytime to a Soprano-C note) would be a joy to listen to. Correct me if I am wrong but female artistes in Nigeria featuring themselves is kind of uncommon, so having Simi and Tems on a track would be magical plus they cover almost the same subject region, singing about love and heartbreak from a personal standpoint. Oh boy! I would pay to listen to them perform a collab track Live.

We have witnessed Simi and Tems go toe-to-toe with their male counterparts in the Nigerian music industry. If I am not mistaken, I have never seen Tems feature another female aritstes in Nigeria or abroad on her own personal songs. The closest to a female featuring on her song is her mom reciting her Oriki (lineage poetry in English) on ‘Temilade’ interlude on her debut EP.

Simi on the other hand has 3 albums (gospel album included) plus various EPs and has successfully featured just one female artiste – Ms Banks – off of ‘Restless II’ EP. That has to change. The industry needs to feel the female artistes synergy and this can only be done by the female artistes themselves. Simi and Tems will not be a bad addition to that.

2. Patoranking & Burna Boy:

Burna Boy (left) & Patoranking (right)

Both artistes burst into the mainstream by infusing Reggae/Dancehall vibes into their songs. In fact we have seen both Pato and Burna debut projects on the Billboard Reggae chart.

This has only drawn more than enough comparisons between both artistes with fans pitching who is the best Reggae/Dancehall artiste between them both.

Not only are Patoranking and Burna Boy established as the kings of Reggae/Dancehall genre in Nigeria but also on numerous occasions, they have switched up their styles and dove into other genres including Afrobeat, Afro-fusion, Pop, R&B etc while establishing a unique sound for themselves.

At this point, I do not know why both of them have not thought of making a collab, if not for anything, for the culture.

3. WurlD & Flash:

L-R: WurlD and Flash

As an introduction, go listen to ‘Get Up’ by Sarz and Flash, then listen to ‘Balenciego’ by Flash. By now I know you would have been wowed. Do not stop there, go further to listen to ‘World People’ by Flash and Boj. Enough said, you get where I am driving to, don’t you?

Undoubtedly WurlD is one of those one in a million type of artistes, who stick to their game plan and in due time, the game plan pays off. WurlD has established himself as one of the best alternative artiste in Nigeria, Africa by large. From his vocals, to the cadence, to his appearance and personal fashion style, WurlD is truly hard to not notice.

WurlD and Flash on a track will only wreck havoc on this industry and the most interesting factor about me pitching these artistes together is they are both affiliated with Nigerian wizard of a producer, the one and only Sarz. Hmm . . . WurlD and Flash on a track, talk more of an EP. Goddamn!

Bearing in mind, Flash started off as a rapper and he was pretty decent at spitting bars, no telling what would be birthed if only he and WurlD choose to work together in the future.

4. Rema & PsychoYP:

Rema on the left; PsychoYP on the right

One thing the Nigerian music industry lacks is the crossover of Hip-Hop/Rap as a genre to the mainstream. It is very difficult for an average listener of music in Nigeria to singlehandedly name 6 rappers from Nigeria offhand. Sad but true.

With Rema and PsychoYP, we have two young talents which with proper nuturing, they can transcend into generational talents. Rema no telling is one of the most diverse artiste in the country while PsychoYP is one of the best trap-rappers (stylised into trappers) on the Nigerian map.

We have seen Rema switch from Afrobeat and Afro-fusion to straight up rapping and trapping. He and YP on a track, going back and forth, spitting bars unrelentlessly will only take trap (a sub-genre) of rap to the mainstream. As we know anything Rema touches turns into “Another Banger” and with PsychoYP having at least two solid rap/trap albums under his belt, this could be his ticket to the mainstream.

5. Tiwa Savage & Teni:

Tiwa Savage & Teni

Mummy Jam Jam and Teni the Entertainer on a song together will cross boarders and break boundaries. Trust me!

I will reiterate myself, the female artistes synergy (or chemistry if you may) on the Nigerian music scene is really lacking and having two powerhouse of the Nigerian music industry will not only show the love female artistes have among themselves but significantly lead by example. Facts only!

Tiwa Savage and Teni (in a short amount of time) have shown their versatility, songwriting and creativity on a large scale while maintaining their core. The willingness in Teni and Tiwa Savage to work with anybody in the music industry when opportunity beckons is very lucid.

I know I am not the only who would love to hear a Teni-Tiwa collaboration.

• Honourable Mentions:

– The Cavemen. & Femi Kuti:

Kingsley and Benjamin Okorie of The Cavemen. (left); Femi Kuti (right)

Igbo Highlife and Alternative meets Afrobeat. I do not mind the vocals playing a lesser role on their collab. Just for the sake of instrumentation and aesthetics, I would love to see this come into fruition

– Sarz & Pheelz:

L-R: Sarz-Pheelz

On ‘Hear Me Out’ EP, Pheelz showed he is more than a producer extraordinaire but can and will flex his vocal abilities when needed. A Sarz production with Pheelz providing vocals will be the beginning of something never done before (at least I think so)—2 producers on a joint track (or maybe project) but one handling the instruments and the other serenading with the vocals.

– CKay & Blaqbonez / Ckay & Oxlade:

Blaqbonez (top left), Oxlade (top right) and Ckay (bottom)

CKay and Blaqbonez already have their bromance thing going on from their Chocolate City affiliations. CKay and Oxlade in 3 words: I dun mezebu.

– Davido & Wizkid:

Davido and Wizkid

Shekpe! Starboy dey here so.

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Olamide sings on laid-back track, “Rock”

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Olamide season is upon us once again and to kick start his yearly music package, he puts out laid-back new single – Rock.

On Rock, Olamide is in his feelings as he professes his love for the girl in question, “Girl I just want make we rock / Girl I just want make we vibe / Girl I just, girl I just want make we chill like ice water” he sings on the chorus.

Rock is produced by Eskeez and will appear on Olamide’s forthcoming album, “UY Scuti”. Listen, stream and download it:

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Rage as Fela Kuti is not among the inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2021 class

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Godfather of Afrobeat, Fela Anikulapo Kuti who received the posthumous honour to be among those vying to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2021 some few months back, sadly failed to secure a spot despite being top two on the voting polls.

Fela Kuti gets shunned from the inductees despite being top two.

Today, May 12, the committee announced the inductees by means of a 3-minute video through president and CEO, Gregg Harris. Fela was nominated in the Performers Category, amassing a total of 545,000+ votes, making him the second most voted act after Tina Turner (548,000+ votes) but to the surprise of the masses, Fela was not included in the list of inductees.

Shockingly included are performers like rap icon and mogul – JAY-Z and LL Cool J who failed to secure a top five spot on the poll, infact, they were the least voted acts when voting concluded.

Although, quite frankly there is a disclaimer on the website were the poll was conducted, stating that votes do not guarantee induction but for a Top 2 voted act in Fela Anikulapo Kuti, that should not even be the case and Nigerians have taken to Twitter to express their disappointment at the ‘rigging’, ‘clout chasing’ and inconsiderate conduct regarding how the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame committee unjustly treated the voting polls and Fela Kuti.

On what might have transpired regarding the voting stage and selection of inductees, Fela’s first son, Femi Kuti had this to say:

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Ruger releases visuals for “Bounce”

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Ruger aka the eye-patch man (at least that is what I call him) scheduled release for new video Bounce finally gets to the big screen. The video is directed by Prior Gold.

Bounce, a certified fan favourite off of the “Pandemic” EP by Ruger is a fine mixture of Pop intertwined with Dancehall-type vocals and lyrics. The video has Ruger showing public display of affection (PDA) to his lover, appraising her for her big back side, using catchy melodies to call on her to come “wiggle that booty and whine” for him.

The simple but colourful aesthetic stands out in the video. My favourite scene has to be when a Rastafari looking fellow tried to steal the show from Ruger, by trying to woo Ruger’s chick but was bodied and put in a cooler while Ruger dances on it, controlling the crowd and the party continued like a murder did not just occur.

Watch the video yourself:

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