Reviews

Album Review: Burna Boy – On A Spaceship

Artist: Burna Boy Album Title: On A Spaceship Label: Spaceship Entertainment Release Date: November 25, 2015. Burna Boy is back with his sophomore project following his well received debut, L.I.F.E. An undoubtedly talented artist, he is some Sizzla, some Daddy Shokey and perhaps most precious to him, some Fela. His grandfather, Benson Idonije, was Fela’s manager, a connection Burna himself reveres. His homage to the legend started on Run My Race and continued on Soke. There is that, he is from Port-Harcourt, London, speaks pidgin, Patois, English, Yoruba and all his influences are present on On A Spaceship. After his relationship with Aristokrat Records came to a rather abrupt end, he also parted ways with his erstwhile producer, Leriq, with whom he had hitherto done really good work, as e...

Album Review: Adekunle Gold – Gold

Artist: Adekunle Gold Album Title: Gold Label: YBNL Release Date: July 28, 2016. 2016 has been a great year for Adekunle Gold. He’s enjoyed continued success since he burst on the scene with his cover of One Direction’s “Story of My Life”, Sade. The joint marked him out as different from the norm, self-effacing and vulnerable in the way much of songs released at the time weren’t. Gold is mature pop; no thumping bass line or calls to pop bottles here. It’s all stories, desires and a lot of vulnerability. The album opens with him telling the Gold story. The record and his stage name emanate from Exodus 31:3-5. Being gifted with the ability to use one’s hands, to craft, to mould precious metals and wood; God, according to the Bible, gave these abilities to Bezalel of Judah. Well, here is Adek...

Album Review: Kiss Daniel – New Era

Release Date: May 14, 2016 The last two years have been rather successful for the young crooner, Daniel Anidugbe. From the dizzying success of Woju, to the newly globally hot Naija Pop superstar, Wizkid, covering his single, Good Time. The record has no superstar features, that task was delegated to G-Worldwide label mate, Sugarboy.  At a time when Naija music, pop and Neo-Afrobeat especially, is under a spotlight; there’s increasing pressure for artists to leave the kpangolo lyrics to songs that don’t travel as well. Luckily, this young man appears to be have grasped the mood of the moment. The album opens with New King, a boastful underwhelming introduction his alter ego, Vado. Thankfully, it’s not an indication of what the album has in store. The album really picks up on the third track...

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