The year 2020 was an explosive one in the timeline of the rise of afrobeats– a Nigerian-backed musical exchange, to the world. 2020 was the year of remarkable releases from  powerhouses in the music industry such as Grammy-award-winning Burna Boy, Grammy-award-winning Wizkid, Davido, Tiwa Savage and more, despite the universe-wracking pandemic. It was also the year with an astounding string of breakout acts. From Omah Lay, to Bella Shmurda, Bad Boy Timz and more. All of this activity has made 2021 the year to watch closely and where music videos are concerned, to stay glued to our screens as visuals for projects from the previous year as well as fresh ones are being released. Indeed, 2021 has been off to a great start and to appreciate and take a look at some of the good work that has already been put in for the first three Read the rest

If there’s one thing parents never cease to do, especially new parents, it’s to show off their cute kids either in real-life photo albums, picture frames on their work desk, and thanks to social media, all over their online spaces. If there’s any set of parents that know a solid thing or two about showing off their cute kids, it’s definitely celebrities. Most times, these displays of affection to their kids are either over the top, or so heartwarmingly cute, we wish we had kids of our own to show love to, ergo causing the feeling of baby fever. Today in the United States is the ‘Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day,’ which is essentially and at the heart of it, a day where parents can show off the kids their proud of and work for and the kids in turn, get more practical insight on how their Read the rest

DJs are influential music spinning instruments and have come to play a huge role in the ecosystem of the music scene to the extent where their work cannot be overrated. Last week, we made a list of 15 of the most influential DJs in Nigeria. To continue to highlight the work of incredible DJs, we’ve now compiled a list of 15 of the top female DJs in Africa. 

 1. DJ Cuppy

Nigerian DJ, musician and show host, Cuppy

A pink-haired music-making powerhouse, DJ Cuppy does it all, from deejaying to recording music with an album to her name even, she is also a show host as the voice for Apple’s Music’s Africa Now Radio. Born Florence Otedola, she has powerful endorsements with brands such as Pepsi with an Instagram following of 7.2 million followers.


2. DJ Zinhle

Top female DJs in Africa

South African DJ and media personality, Zinhle

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‘Mavin’, according to Wikipedia, means a trusted expert in a particular field, who seeks to pass timely and relevant knowledge on to others in the respective field. In Nigeria, it is the name of one of the foremost record label companies that has served to put music from the country on the global scene. Mavin Record label is the company. Formed in 2012, it has not only given us hits in the early 2010s but continues to push artistes that set the tone of some of our favourite tones. While we might know the hits word for word, the same cannot be said for knowledge on the members of the record label, so we’ve decided to make a quick list of some members and the artistes of Mavin Record Label. 

Recording Artistes of Mavin Record Label

1. Don Jazzy

Mavin CEO, Don Jazzy

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On screen, she’s a seamless extension of her musical sweetheart status, with her baby-faced diminutive build that matches the baby-soft voice that has given us some of our best highlife-infused Afropop tunes. But off-screen and on social media, which most celebrities tend to employ in letting their hair down as they enjoy the majorly uncensored vastness thereof, Simi or Simisola Ogunleye Kosoko has decided to use her voice in a different way and channels it into discussing social ills and advocating gender equality. As expected, her against-the-tides stance on issues ranging from internet fraud to women empowerment has made her an antithetical sensation in some planes of the internet and one might wonder where she finds the grit to champion such discourses. However, just one conversation with Simi was enough for me to see that she indeed embodies the popular ‘small but mighty’ idiom. 

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Smirnoff, the world’s number 1 vodka, put Niniola, Queen of Afro-House music on the spot and she delivered in grand style in the popular Smirnoff InfamousMix Series

 

Niniola

As a featured guest on the second episode of the hit YouTube series, Smirnoff’s infamousMix, Niniola dived into hot topics shout the Nigerian music industry with show host, Top Boy, DJ Spinall. Over delicious Smirnoff X1 cocktails, the duo debated Niniola’s discography, her opinion on clout-chasing and women in the music industry, and a lot more.

Niniola on Smirnoff InfamousMix

Cover Banner for Smirnoff InfamousMix with Dj Spinall

Critiquing the desire for public approval, a timeless performer, Niniola noted:

When you bring your problems to public court, you lead people to dig up dirt about you. What then do you gain? There is life after the period of trending. What happens to you

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Every day the internet reminds us of the importance of giving flowers to those deserving of them as and at when due. Today, the 16th of April marks World Voice Day, as a result, we’ll be highlighting some of the top vocalists in Nigeria that have not only entertained us over time with their vocal power, strength and range, but also new acts that are also making a mark with their vocal dexterity.  

Wande Coal

The Mushin2MoHits maker is credited for being the inspiration and role model of some of our favourite new-age singers. This is because he has with his falsetto unlocked legendary range while being able to switch things up to party mode. For this alone, his debut album is referenced as an undisputed classic and touted by many as the best body of work out of the #234. 

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Musicians may get the bulk of the credit, love, and appreciation for the music we enjoy, but even these musicians will give shout-outs to other industry players that were instrumental in their path to success. This shout-out always includes DJs who put people on to new and good music by playing them in clubs, at parties, at radio stations, and including them in their mixes. Undoubtedly, DJs are in the Whatsapp group chat of the music industry movers and shakers and their role in the music ecosystem cannot be overstated. In that light, we’ve made a list of 15 of the most influential DJs in Nigeria and arranged them in ascending order while using parameters such as current relevance, influence overtime, endorsements, street credibility, social media following, and artist repertoire. 

1. DJ Jimmy Jatt

 

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Davido Music Worldwide or DMW was formed in 2016 by Nigerian megastar, Davido after leaving his cousins HKN label and since then, the label has come to enjoy goodwill and acceptance from members of the public in a way that most other record labels in the still budding and structure-seeking Nigerian music industry, do not. This is due to their way of staying in the public eye and generating conversations, a way of life laid down by the label’s owner itself, Davido. Yet despite being so well known, several things like the role of members remain shrouded in mystery. Are you a DMW fan or just curious about the running of the record label? Here is a breakdown of members of the record label: 

The Recording Acts of DMW

Davido

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On the latest episode of #WithChude, sensational Nigerian music artist, Tobechukwu Victor Okoh, popularly known as Peruzzi, opened up to host Chude Jideonwo, about how he was able to give his new single the publicity it needed despite the shocking news of his mother’s death, his unexpected 2baba and Gaaga collaboration, and the unfounded social media speculation about his affair with Chioma.

Peruzzi x Chude

Amid mourning his beloved mother who had died just two days after the release of his hit single, ‘For your pocket’, Peruzzi explained to Chude that having his team handle the song’s publicity afforded him the time he needed to grieve.

I had just dropped ‘For your Pocket’, and then my mum died two days after. I had to take my time to cry but at the same time try to hide from my guys because we were

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