Opinion

5 Reasons everyone should be a Cynthia Morgan fan

  The sassy, fierce, and powerful dancehall singer Cynthia Morgan has slowly but surely carved out a niche for herself in the Nigerian music industry. From her 2013 hit “Don’t break my heart” through “German Juice” to “Bubble Bup”, she has won the hearts of the more daring and outgoing Nigerian fans with her passionate music. Below are five reasons you should become a fan of the artiste who has stood out among her peers, even above many males in the game. She is talented: More than just a powerful voice which speaks of her Edo nature, Cynthia morgan is a talented rapper who spits bars so sick her listeners will not but be awed by her. Before her foray into full time dancehall music, Cynthia Ikpomwenosa Morgan used to be a hardcore rapper who c...

5 Most respected Nigerian female musicians

Today is International Women’s Day and it is only right we celebrate the hardworking and tenacious women on the Nigerian entertainment scene. Considering how many  women have relentlessly tried and succeeded in standing out in the male dominated industry, it is only fair we celebrate the most influential of them all. Below is a list of five most influential Nigerian female musicians. Onyeka Owenu: Stading out as one of the most respected women in Nigeria, Onyeka Owenu is the perfect embodiment of talent and hardwork. Born 17 May 1952, Onyeka Owenu has forayed into acting, broadcasting, politics as well as music. Onyeka has released up to fifty songs through out the duration of her career with Ïyogogo“and “Öne Love” remaining an all time favourite among Nigerians.  A...

5 Amazing things your playlist can do

It’s no news that most young and active people use music for different reasons.  More than just a list of songs however, your playlist can do so many amazing things which you might already be enjoying but not realize. Tell how smart you are: Yes, while not a total determinant of one’s brain capacity, the songs you are more inclined to listen to, shows your appreciation for music and art. “By their fruits you shall know them”, more like by their playlist you shall know them. People with high intelligence tend to drift towards less conventional and less noisy music. Whereas, the mediocre and unintelligent people listen more to songs which further alienates them from intelligent material. Set the right mood: Whether it’s a party mood, sober one or romantic one, t...

Forgotten Nigerian artistes: Who remembers Bigiano?

Bigiano was the ultimate Shayo Master. The Nigerian artiste Oluwagbemiga Babalola aka Bigiano was popular for the 2009 hit song “Shayo”. Even though seven years have passed since it’s release, good music like fine wine, gets better with time and we cannot deny how much we still enjoy Shayo’s tune. Shayo remains an all time classic dancehall song which lights up every club, radio station or party where it is played but despite this, one question remains; Who remembers Bigiano, the artiste who did it? As expected, the tides of time have all but washed away the memories of a lot of Nigerian artistes and musicians and while this is expected, some talents were expected to survive the test of time. Despite having released other decent singles like Tonight and I Be somebod...

Serial Rantist: It’s about time for 2017’s 1st major music beef

2016 was quite an eventful year with buzz and beef between artistes and celebrities literally starting it. The year practically started with the beef between Olamide and Don Jazzy lighting the airwaves and online, followed by P-square’s fall out and Dammy Krane Versus Wizkid fight, and others. In as much as everyone seemed to want peace and positivity in the entertainment industry, truth is, it takes the bad to make us appreciate the good and like it or not, entertainment beef is an important and interesting part of showbiz. Unlike 2016, 2017 has almost entered its second quarter without any major beef between artistes. Asides the drama between Harrysongz and his label, Tonto Dikeh and her husband and some other petty squabbles, we really have not seen any major beef this year. The w...

Falz should be every Nigerian artiste’s role model

  “Falz D Bad Guy” as he is popularly called, is one of the most talented Nigerian artistes of the decade. His combination of comedy, acting and lyrical prowess makes his music stand out as both a commercial and intellectual success. He really should be every Nigerian artiste’s role model because he defied the odds and savagery of the Nigerian music industry to stand out as a true icon of his craft. In 2014 Falz released his first album titled the Wazzup Guy which got a lacklustre reaction from the crowd. Yes, the content was great but he hadn’t perfected his craft and discovered his “Avatar state”. His collaboration with Yemi Alade however, signalled the dawn of a new era. “Marry me” was nominated in the best collaboration category at t...

Skales’ next album can make or break his career

  Following his 2015 debut album “Man of the Year”, pop artiste Skales is set to release his sophomore album. Having made a huge hit with his single “Shake body”, following it with some other decent songs like “Lole” and the new single “Temper” whose remix features Burna Boy, Skales once again is on a path to making a huge bang in the music industry. Using his first album as a reference, however, Skales has a lot of work cut out for him as the game has changed significantly, with more hungry and aggressive players in it. Whether due to the internal struggles of finding a proper niche for his sound or the issues with his label which took so much of a toll on him he had to sing “Nobody’s Business”, an honest look at Skale...

Serial Rantist: Dear Nigerian artistes, no one cares about your excuses

The recent excuse given by 9ice on why his voice has degenerated makes one wonder if life has stopped being unfair, and people have started caring for such stories. Considering how Beyonce, Neyo, Tyrese, Timi Dakolo, 2face, Usher have great voices despite having more shows and age, we cannot help but mentally say “Wehdone sir!!” Truth is, no one cares, and excuses like these is why many artistes rise then fall to insignificance without making any true impression on the music scene. Not unlike every other industry, the Nigerian music industry is a jungle where only the predators remain at the top of the food chain. Like with every pack of wolves, one will be repeatedly tested and thrown against the tides of time, opposition, bad stage managers and sound equipment, cracked voices...

5 Nigeria-based artistes who deserve Grammy nominations

5 Nigeria-based artistes who deserve Grammy Nominations It is no news that many of our home based artistes aspire to win the coveted Grammy awards, and leave their imprint on the global music stage. Yes, this aspiration has been greeted with some nominations for artistes like Femi Kuti, but not yet consummated with an actual win at the Grammy Awards. Needless to say, our artistes have more than deserved to win at the Grammys and as much as none have brought home the award yet, it won’t be justice to recognise those that deserve a Grammy nomination at least. Below are five musicians based in Nigeria who should be given a Grammy nomination on account of the quality of their music quality, international appeal,  and prowess on stage. Asa:  More than just her ability to sing like an ange...

Anyone who bashes 2face is insensitive and selfish

  In the wake of a successful #IstandwithNaija and #OnevoiceNaija protest (inspired by 2face), its funny how many have turned on the very originator of such a noble struggle to vent their anger. 2face Idibia, a musician whose empathy created the platform for many to team up to voice their anger, whose passion inspired the February 6th march which got the attention of many international bodies, is the victim of people’s insensitive jokes, with many calling him a coward all because his perspective did not align with theirs in the end. All man for himself. The negative comments and criticism of the 2face is a testament to the inherently selfish, and close-minded nature of many Nigerians, a mindset which has kept us at this mediocre level for so long. So what he cancelled the protes...

6 Nigerian artistes who desperately need a hit song

  ‘I get am before no be property.’ This street proverb directly addresses anyone who lives in past glory, making it clear the world has no time for has–been. A number of our artistes though seemingly relevant, have somehow made it hard to remember why we idolise them in the first place. Yes, they did well when they enjoyed the attention of the limelight, time has made many of them grow fat and comfortable, or they haven’t been able to keep up the pace. Their recent activities and office social media, however, shows their desire to dominate once more, and rule the waves. Sadly, this might not happen soon without that one hit song. The likes of: M.I, Jesse jags, Ice prince: One time the kings of Nigerian rap, MI, Jesse Jagz and Ice Prince now walk the plains of ...

Serial Rantist: Many Nigerian artistes have nothing to offer

In an environment where the “best” musicians are those who use sounds, rhythm and mediocre lyrics to glorify the basest of human instincts, the more enlightened folk cannot but come to the conclusion that many of our musicians have nothing to offer us?” Of course, this “nothing to offer us” list doesn’t include Falz, Simi, Adekunle Gold, Bez, Asa, Capital Femi, M.I, and others who put in actual work to their craft. Every other artiste may or may not fall into the category. Their Lyrics: Well, in a country where you have those at the helm of affairs repeatedly disgracing themselves with shameless looting and corruption, who can blame Nigerian artistes for having nothing other than shake your bumbum, before when I was broke, and dance for me to offer peopl...

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