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Tracks of the Day with Gracey Mae

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Tracks of the day with Gracey Mae is back at it again with amazing additions for your playlist! This week we’re taking on a little bit of a mature stance. You ready? Afrobeats has always been about a love interest or shaking a leg but as our stars gain more of a global following, we’re starting to see them utilise their platforms to push more socially aware content. Wait – a super star with depth? 😍Forget all that fake woke stuff, we’ve got thought provoking, research-inspiring stuff right here. Take a look!

 

49-99 – Tiwa Savage

Tiwa Savage couldn’t see the year out before dropping a global hit! “49-99” is the brand new single from the Queen of Afrobeats. As her first worldwide release under her new label, Universal Music, Tiwa returns to a more traditional sound. Collaborating with Olamide to write this socially aware track, Miss Savage pulls on inspiration from  the legendary Fela Kuti for the title and subject matter.

At her London launch party for “49-99”, Tiwa explained that it was important for her first major track since her hiatus to have some meaning. The title is symbolic of “Nigeria suffering whilst smiling” and reflects the main form of transport in Nigeria where the buses have 49 seats whilst 99 more passengers cram to stand on the bus. This concept translates to her delivery on the track. It’s a side we rarely see. Very urban. Quite gritty. Socially conscious. The world seems to be loving it. Tiwa is dominating billboards and press outlets in London, Lagos and New York.

The video for “49-99” is cinematic excellence! Meji Abdul really gave us low lighting, moods with concepts and cultural references. We see Tiwa seemlessly dip from Bawse to wholesome, from riské to cute without missing a beat. They play with nudity, bold print and female empowerment, and Tiwa confirmed that everyone involved with the production were Nigerian. Yes! It’s about time someone cherished and celebrated homegrown talent.

The video has amassed almost 3 million views in two weeks, watch the video for “49-99” by Tiwa Savage here:

Better – Tekno

“Better (Hope for Africa)” is the spanking new single from Tekno and he could not have dropped it a more opportune time. With the recent civil unrest in South Africa, this inspirational track is exactly what we need. Describing his dreams for an independent Africa with accessible healthcare, education, infrastructure and so much more, Tekno really encourages us to be and do “Better”.

It’s great to see him behind the mic once again. You’ll know that he’s been pretty busy in the last few weeks; producing and writing hits for Drake and Swae Lee, as well as, recording mega hits and a documentary for Beyonce. Did you spot his cameo in the ABC Behind the Scenes footage in the making of Bey’s alternative Lion King album. We wonder how he’s even found the time to give us this hit!

Releasing “Better” came as a bit of surprise to most as he dropped hot off the heels of his “Agege” controversy. The music video for this track involved a truck, a dance pole, nude strippers and tons of dollars being sprayed in a transparent van riding through the streets of Lagos. There’s no such thing as bad publicity and Tekno took this literally. Before the video even dropped, the blogs were anticipating a statement from the star. Whilst the video divided opinion, the track gained traction. “Better” reminds us that Tekno has a softer, less raunchy side.

Check out the video to “Better” by Tekno:

Sexy Sexy – Mugeez

If you’re familiar with multiple award-winning duo R2Bees, then you’ll know Mugeez! He’s just dropped “Sexy Sexy” a fun and flirty new track produced by Zodivc. Taken from his mixtape ‘Anunnaki Flow Freestyle Season 1’, Mugeez gives us all kinds of bashment vibes on this catchy track. Can you spot the sample?

The dancehall scene is huge in Ghana and the BET Award nominee has been known to dabble with this sound. Who am I kidding? Mugeez whole delivery screams Kingston, Jamaica, and we ain’t mad at it. The Tema native, describes a memorable night, specifically 3 o’clock in the morning. We’re given details how the one encounter lead to a series of good times with a love interest (who isn’t his girlfriend sleeping in sexy lingerie). Apparently said girl has a bangin’ body and the rest is history. Released with Extrial Music, Mugeez does not forget his roots on this track. Giving us flavours of hip-life throughout. We hear his quick whit, solid delivery and captivating storytelling. These are the ingredients dynamic duo R2Bees are known for – it’s the sound that rose them to fame.

Following through with the organic feel a mixtape gives you, the video for “Sexy Sexy” is shot in the studio in a #BTS feel. Directed by David Duncan, the monochromatic scenes really heightens the homemade feel.

Watch the official video for Mugeez’ new single, “Sexy Sexy” right here:

Wildcard

Each week, I’ll be playing a wildcard; showcasing the best of up and coming talent within Afrobeats. They might not have big deals but they do have big tunes! Today’s top 3 picks are…

Danfo – CDM Alabama ft Eazi Boi

“Danfo” is the brand new single from CDM Alabama aka Young BillGates. Hailing from Calabar, Nigeria, this up and coming star is mega-talented; he raps, he sings and he writes. This track is really describes how the hustle can pay off …from Danfo to Ferrari – let’s all claim it in Jesus’ name! Having started his music career at 12 years old, CDM has been putting in the work for over a decade and it’s all paying off. Check out this catchy tune now!

 

Love Like This – Trill Xoe ft. Tonero and Rilwan

Trill Xoe has partnered with Tonero and Rilwan to give us “Love Like This”. This trap-inspired love song is giving us all kinds of Afro-R’n’B vibes! With a killer Wizkid/Drake sample, heartfelt lyrics and a hot collab, this track has all the ingredients to be a hit. Taken from his EP, “Blood, Sweat and Tears”, this 19-year old Lagosian pairs with Tonero gives us real vocals on the hook and Rilwan grapple with the feelings of affection and isolation. Press play homie!

 

Konji – DJ Temmy & David Omyl

DJ Temmy and David Omyl have jumped on a Santaus beat to deliver straight Afro-Pop vibes on “Konji”. With a little two-step garage influence on the beat, David’s delivers some really sweet vocals whilst giving us a proper story time. The 18 year old may not have support from his parents to pursue music but he’s got it from me; when you’ve got organic and pure talent it can’t go to waste. See you at the top aburo! Stream “Konji” on all DSPs.

 

Listen to all of these tracks on the official Apple Music playlist, TRACKS OF THE DAY WITH GRACEY MAE: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/playlist/tracks-of-the-day-with-gracey-mae/pl.u-ZmblV4oCVbgvZ3

For more Afrobeats Music reviews by Gracey Mae, click here.


Gracey MaeThis blog was brought to you by Gracey Mae, Radio Host on the AfroNation Show (@afronationshow): Westside Radio’s flagship Afrobeats show. Bringing you the best in Afrobeats, Afroswing…Afro-everything! For the latest in Afro-pop culture news & trends join Gracey Mae & crew on Frobeats: your favourite Afro Pop Culture podcast (@_frobeats)

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Tracks of the Day with Gracey Mae

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The first week of September is over already! This year is flying by but issokay ISSOKAY cos this is my favourite season! Who’s ready for those snuggled up nights by a toasty fire? Summer body goals thrown to the wind! Tis the season for cute layers. Fa la la la. Can’t you smell the pumpkin spice in the air? If that doesn’t tackle your fancy, this Afrobeats playlist will. It’s time for Tracks of the Day with Gracey Mae.

 

Majesty – DJ Tunez ft Busiswa

Hot off the heels of two high profile collaborations this summer, DJ Tunez returns with his new track “Majesty” featuring South African powerhouse, Busiswa. Starboy’s resident disk jockey is switching gears giving us major inspirational vibes on Afro-house beat. Aside from the instantly catchy chorus, this track has all the ingredient of a club classic. There’s crazy percussion, a killer electric guitar and the best catchphrase ever, “F*CK IT UP!”.

 

“Majesty” is dedicated to the ladies; encouraging them to remember that their Queens with lines like ‘Do you know who you are? You can reach the stars…The world is your oyster’. It’s great to see the melding of DJ Tunez’ roots in Nigeria and his life in USA, with the popular Gqom sound that Busiswa is known for. I’m sure the South African readers will be well aware of this phenomenal genre but for those who have no idea, Gqom is a genre of electronic dance music that emerged in the early 2010s from Durban, South Africa. It developed out of South African house music, kwaito techno. As you’d expect on a house track, it’s stripped back with minimal vocals and a mad beat.

 

DJ Tunez is definitely stepping out of the shadows as Wizkid’s DJ and carving his own lane on the global stage. With tracks like this, he’s on the fast track to international acclaim.

 

Be sure to check out Blackout; an Afrobeats night curated by DJ Tunez. These parties are electric and the first London edition is coming to the 02 Academy, Islington, on 29 September 2019.

 

No word on whether we’ll be getting a video but here’s the official audio for “Majesty” by DJ Tunez and Busiswa:

Body – L.A.X

 

“Body” is the brand-new single from L.A.X. This mid-tempo Afro-Pop tune is fresh, fun and flirty. With influences from the Islands, this track is giving us real summer vibes with its Bashment and Reggae feel. Produced by Beats by Que, King Rasaki delivers his vocals on strings of horns, loops of percussion and waves of synth. With dashes of small Yoruba, he throws an authentic Afrobeats gloss into the mix.

 

After moving to a new team under Ten04 Management in January, L.A.X. has a had a steady year. The former Starboy Entertainment signee was featured as Apple Music’s Favourite New Artist of the Month in March which generated a lot of global interest. In the run up to dropping “Body”, The King has given us consistent releases throughout 2019. L.A.X has given us “Specially”, “Obianuju” with Timi Boi, “Calling” featuring Clemzy and YCEE, “Gbewa” with Bizzouch, “Remember” featuring Tastee, “Messi” with DJ Spicey, and his biggest release this year, “Sign Si”. Everybody loves Michael Jackson, so it was great to see his inspiration in the visuals for this hit. There are dipped fedora hats, bad men lurking in the shadows, dance scenes on the stairs and slick choreography. L.A.X didn’t lose his touch though! We see all the dance moves we know and love – there’s plenty of Gbese, Zanku and Gwara Gwara.

 

The video for “Body” dropped 3 weeks ago and it doesn’t disappoint. L.A.X partnered with Lutch Media and Director Nitin to give us a plethora of performance shots with his love interest. Check out it out here:

 

Approve – Chyzzi & Ceeza Milli

 

South East Entertainment’s Chyzzi pairs up with Starboy affiliate and Aristokrat Records signee, Ceeza Milli on the brand spanking new single, “Approve“. This charming tune is full of sweet nothings for that special love interest. You may want to grab the insulin! Who could resist the promises of Gucci and Fendi? The Port Harcourt native pairs with the Milli boy from Anambra to serenade us on a Beat(s) by Que. This one has some real barotone bottom notes, sprinkled with light trills, all layered on a groovy Ghana beat.

 

Chyzzi kicked off his career just 18 months ago and he’s already making waves with his Afro Fusion sound. Harrison Chimzim Anokwuru as his mama calls him, is a big fan of love. This runs as a current theme throughout his music; right from his very first release, “BOMB: Bone of My Bone” in 2018 to now. It was refreshing to see another side to Chyzzi when he dropped his Fvck You Challenge response to Kizz Daniel’s viral tune. Even through the lyrics heartbreak, we see great range in his vocals and dexterity with his delivery. With all of this, it’s not hard to see how he has garnered a pretty loyal fanbase in a relatively short space of time; the stans calls themselves #ChyzziClan. After listening to the new tune, you’ll probably be looking for the sign up sheet!

 

Check out the visuals for “Approve” by  Chyzzi and Ceeza Milli by rising director Daviid Anthony:

Wildcard

Each week, I’ll be playing a wildcard; showcasing the best of up and coming talent within Afrobeats. They might not have big deals but they do have big tunes! Today’s top 3 picks are…

Mine – Caros

“Mine” is the recent release from Caros Parosh; the 18 year old artist who is has been making Afro-Pop and Afro-swing from the heart of Sweden. The incredible Caros has been making music since the age of 15 and shows no signs of slowing down. With 7,400 unique monthly listeners on his Spotify, Caros is destined for greatness!

 

Pieces – Mide Michael and Beezy X

Mide Michael comes through with his new single “Pieces”. This love song deserves to be all over the airways. It’s really reflective of his RnB & Contemporary sound. This pop singer and songwriter is based in Lagos, Nigeria and has a number of tracks with Beezy X: feel free to check out their other collabs including Cruise, Murderer and Yougun.

 

Bamidele – Prophett

Toronto-based Nigerian singer ‘Prophett‘ has dropped his much anticipated love song called “Bamidele“. Produced by Oge Beatz, Prophett is really flying the flag for Afrobeats in Canada. It’s so exciting to see the movement taking over the globe. The man himself says “This is not just a song, it’s an EXPERIENCE!” Judge for yourself and listen now!

 

Listen to all of these tracks on the official Apple Music playlist, TRACKS OF THE DAY WITH GRACEY MAE: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/playlist/tracks-of-the-day-with-gracey-mae/pl.u-ZmblV4oCVbgvZ3

For more Afrobeats Music reviews by Gracey Mae, click here.

To enjoy some Afrobeats live in the flesh, come down to Westside Wednesdays: The Afronation Show Live


Gracey MaeThis blog was brought to you by Gracey Mae, Radio Host on the AfroNation Show (@afronationshow): Westside Radio’s flagship Afrobeats show. Bringing you the best in Afrobeats, Afroswing…Afro-everything! For the latest in Afro-pop culture news & trends join Gracey Mae & crew on Frobeats: your favourite Afro Pop Culture podcast (@_frobeats)

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Tiwa Savage ‘49-99’

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Following her announcement as the first African artist to sign a global deal with Universal Music Group, Nigerian singer-songwriter Tiwa Savage continues to make waves.

On Thursday 5 September, Tiwa announced a new deal with Motown Records, a label owned by Universal Music Group, along with the release of a new single and video, 49-99 – the first to be released since her signing to Universal.

Ezegozie Eze, general manager of Universal Music Group Nigeria commented, “As an authentically Nigerian artist, we are thrilled to see Tiwa sore in this way. Her global partnership with Universal Music Group is another win for her hugely successful career and for African artists as a whole.”

A commentary on society, 49-99 is a term coined to express the inequality of life in Nigeria – there are far more people suffering than smiling. The opening lyrics 49 sitting 99 standing oh my God refers to the danfo bus, which has sitting room for 49 passengers but usually has nearly twice that amount of passengers standing. 49-99 speaks out against poverty, calling out corrupt leaders and encouraging the young to work for what they desire in life for a better tomorrow.

Although the tone of the song is serious, the Pheelz produced track is very upbeat. The single’s afrobeat tempo mixed with the brass instrumentals is easy to dance along to, while Tiwa’s melodic voice over the beat makes it an instant classic.

The high energy of 49-99’s beat is matched by its video. Directed by Meji Alabi of JM Film, the video tells a story of struggle through an editorial lens. Opening with a fight scene between a group of angry men, wrestling over money and transitioning to a poignant visual of Tiwa dancing on a table to a room of older, seemingly wealthy men – the video tells a story of injustice.

“49-99 is just the beginning of this partnership with Universal (Music Group), this track was an important opportunity for me to use my platform to bring attention to the many injusted Nigerians are faced with everyday.” Tiwa commented.

 

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