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Sheye Banks: ‘Party and Vybez’ Vol. 1: The Hype EP [review]

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Before this morning, (Saturday, 30 January), I will be honest with you all, I didn’t know who Sheye Banks was until Wavy hit me up. Admittedly I had seen Party and Vybez Vol. 1: The Hype EP yesterday on the ‘New Music’ segment of Apple Music, but I didn’t listen, just putting it out there. I experiment a lot with new music, I should have but it is what it is (*chuckles*).

From the artwork, it is easily noticeable how Sheye Banks has this big happy smile on his face, surrounded by crowd who came to part with a banner even saying ‘WE [LOVE] 2 VYBE’, so it is not hard to tell the EP will be a joyous, vibes filled tape. One thing I will also mention is how he shares semblance with UK rapper and singer, Ramz, just based off his looks on Party and Vybez EP cover art.

Cover artwork for Sheye Banks’ Party and Vybez.

I did a little research and found out Sheye Banks, born Seyebomi Ademuyiwa Ogunsanya is a Radio Jockey on SoundCity 98.5 FM who considers himself a pioneer of a sub-genre of Afrobeat, which he tags – AfroHype and truth be told that he supplies in quantity and quality on Party and Vybez.

Like his name implies, we can actually bank on him for pure vibes, (yeah, I know, pun intended, ma fe jo pami) and those he actually delivered on this EP.

Off the rip from the first track, Get Down, Sheye Banks already laid down the plan for the EP with the Afrobeat themed beat mashup and he didn’t fail at hyping his listeners, throwing jabs like “Ge ge ge get down!” which would actually make his listeners get down. The saxophone outro is also a nice addition!

Being the DJ and hypeman that he his, he went the Amapiano route on the second instrumentals and track, Don’t Stop Dancing. You know, once you get down, you actually have to keep getting down. (Damn, I am beginning to sound like on those artistes out there. Allow it *winks*).

“They try to put you in a box everytime, they say you’re not good enough, but they don’t know your story, they don’t know what you’ve been through, they don’t know your pain.” Sheye says, “Now move your body . . . Do some dancing . . . C’mon let’s vibe!” He concludes. So why not move your body to some gyrating Amapiano beat and remember Don’t Stop Dancing!

“If you do the Zanku . . . If you do the Gbese . . . If you want Azonto” Ma Pa Mi Na is the third track on Party and Vybez, still going with the dancehall and party themed, upbeat vibes of the EP. Ultimately “all I’m gonna say is you better have a good time [listening to this EP].”

On the fourth beat, Sheye Banks reassures all that Black is Beautiful, tapping the vocal talents of Sigag Lauren for background sound on the very short Pop beat which for sure will take you back memory lanes to ’03, ’04 and ’05, when Break-Dancing was at its peak, because that is what this Black is Beautiful reminds me of; the message still intact though.

I know it is kind of weird but Sigag Lauren gives me Game of Thrones vibes with how well she uses her voice on the background, sounding like on of those moments when a plot twist is about to take place and the ‘hun hun hun’ sound of the lady starts playing in the background to fill up our suspense. If that was the plan, job weldone I must say.

After all the gyrating, body-contorting, Afrobeat to Amapiano to Pop to sweat oozing out of your body, safe to say, if you are going to attend a Sheye Banks party, You Know the Vybez by now.

The last beat mashup, Sheye Banks goes back to Amapiano one last time to remind people that he is for sure the ‘Vybez King’.

Conclusively, I must say, apart from the upbeat party theme of the EP, Party and Vybez is an Afro-fusion tape as it taps the essential sounds of African music and culture and finds a way of curating them all in five tracks. An excellent effort I would say! It is Saturday so you better put on your dancing shoes and Party and Vybez, j’aiye lo!

And I must not leave without crediting the producers thst worked on this EP — Andre Vibes (track 1 & 3), Sigag Lauren (track 2 & 4) and finally D3an.

Tracklist and credits for Party and Vybez EP.

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LadiPoe & Fireboy DML stay positive despite the odds on “Running”

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“Even though the country dun tire me / I dey catch cruise, Eko Miami” LadiPoe starts by juxtaposing his feelings toward the present state of Nigeria on “Running”, his second single of the year but first and lead single for his debut EP—”Providence”—set to drop next month, he and Fireboy peacefully let listeners into their mind state on this new song.

“There’s no time, there’s no energy / I’m just running, running, running / Sweet white wine cause there’s no Hennessy / I’m just running, running on vibes” Fireboy opens the song, stressing he isn’t paying any attention to bad energy and unprofitable dealings, rather choosing to focus on the bright light despite the dark spots around. LadiPoe would takeover with his rap verse, the opening lines are stated above, continuing he used clever punchlines and metaphors to express the amount he’s willing to pay for things to get better, a serene world that is.

Running is produced by Andrevibez (same as “Feeling”). It is an introspective perspective of the world LadiPoe and Fireboy DML find themselves in. Fireboy takes the chorus and has the luxury of a verse to his name, leading to LadiPoe’s second verse.

Listen to Running, the fourth track off of “Providence” set to drop on November 3:

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AV is back with a new track—”Confession”

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Coming off the very impressive “Big Thug Boys” successful commercial and mainstream acceptance, blooming act, AV, releases his second single of the year. This one is titled “Confession” and true to its title, he expresses his feelings for the girl catching his eye. The song is produced by one of 2021’s hottest producers, Tempoe.

On Confession, AV goes straight to the point, heartfully singing about how much he is attracted to the girl’s physical appearance, her body, especially her big behind, “I must confess your body very offensive, e dey scatter my defense“, he says on one hand, “I must confess your ibadi na my objective, e dey give me problems” he says on the other; AV is not just a sweet talking youth, rather he is ready to proof his love for this endowed lady, even proposing an all-expense paid trip to an international location, not just once, but “for life“.

Overall, AV made sure not to drop the bar, instead he kept the ball rolling, providing this time around, a mid-tempo song over plush production, using minimal lyrics and repetition for emphasis. Listen to it yourself:

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I don’t have to wear Ankara to show that I’m African – Wizkid on his fashion style

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Ayodeji Balogun, Wizkid as he is popularly known, is famous mostly for his music which has crossed boarders and certified him a global music star, not just ‘a Nigerian/an African’ artiste. One thing Wizkid is easily recognised by is his ever glowing fashion style, looking dapper in every shot. Speaking with Complex, he says he defines his fashion on what makes him feel comfortable and fly, not based on the perceived notion that as an artiste from Africa, he has to represent by publicly wearing the Ankara clothing whenever he wants to make a fashion statement.

The interviewer asked “I feel like for you to be an Afrobeat artite but then you are also global. . .it’s not like you’re wearing Ankara prints, you’re not loudly African but your accent is African. Is that intentional?” Wizkid explains his view on fashion choice and clothing thereafter, he replies “Yeah of course man, I’m African in my heart, so I’m African enough. I don’t have to put together an ‘Afro’ Ankara or whatever to show you that I’m African. It’s in my blood. That’s intentional.”

Wizkid also revealed that his presence and participation at the 2018 Milan Fashion Week was not his initial choice as he was “forced” to do it by fashion icon and model, Naomi Campbell; Wizkid would eventually agree to do it, walking down the Dolce & Gabbana Runway with “big sis” Naomi Campbell. He further explains that fashion shows are not his thing, even though he likes to look fly.

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