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If you thought this was a Hot Girl Summer, you were right but it’s also the summer for Afrobeats. Our influence literally permeates all aspect of Pop Culture. Take a look at the fashion on the runways, the dance moves from our best athletes when they score a goal, and of course, the beats on all the hit tracks. Afrobeats is like a 24 letter alphabet, it don’t make sense without U and I (lol) so get involved. Side note, feel free to reuse that cheesy number on that girl you think is cute, it’ll work! Promise.  Without further ado, it’s time for Tracks of the Day with Gracey Mae!

Monalisa – Lyta

After a mini hiatus, Lyta is back with his brand-new hit single, “Monalisa”. The Duro Music Gang star delivers a sweet boy tune on layers of electric guitar, light percussion and subtle bass. Everything about this track is romantic. From the angelic harmonies to the charming bars, “Monalisa” is guaranteed to get your heart string fluttering. Killertunes truly lived up to his name with the production on this. The chilled calypso vibe really makes this a summer tune, it’s easy to see why this is a fan favourite. You’ll definitely have this one on repeat!

 

Opeyemi Babatunde Rahim aka Lyta had a rocky start to the year. After his shocking departure from YBNL, rumours were swirling about the reasons behind this. Whilst there’s no such things as bad publicity, it wasn’t the best look for the label when Lyta disclosed during an interview that he didn’t have a written contract with the label, he was underpaid, his mum’s disability was never supported, and his mental health wasn’t considered. An executive insider went on to refute the statements, speaking exclusively to Legit Nigeria saying that he was treated in line with all new artists who are still establishing themselves.

 

With all of this behind him, Lyta has made an awesome return to the scene. “Monalisa” is such a vibe, Davido reached out via Instagram to jump on the official remix. We can’t wait to hear this collab!

 

Check out the official video for “Monalisa” by Lyta:

Supernova – Mr Eazi

 

“Supernova” is the new hit single from Mr Eazi. Forget the guys that say you’re their moon and stars, ignore the ones that say they love you to the moon and back, brush off the dudes that say you’re their world! If Mr Eazi can say his own love is a star the size of galaxy, then anything less just won’t do.

 

This track has all the hallmarks that we know and love from Banku Music’s founder and frontman. “Supernova” is a swaggy love song with a cheeky shoutout to The Shaderoom’s favourite fashion label, Fashion Nova. (Surely, the endorsement deal must be signed, sealed and delivered by now.) The GH influence is strong on this one. Produced by Dre Skull and E Kelly, we’ve got hi-life guitar pluck and thumps of bass riding the alkyeda beat.

 

Mr Zagadat is having an amazing year. Not only was he one of the only two Afrobeats artists on the Coachella line up, he’s also flexing his businessman acumen with Empawa. Mr Eazi just announced that this platform will now offer distribution, publishing and live event services for independent African artists. This is over and above his #Empawa100 accelerator programme which aims to fund single releases for 100 emerging African musicians. Now THIS is how to be a media mogul.

 

Special mention to Mr Eazi’s stylist on this video, he is SERVING LEWKS! Check out the official video for “Supernova” here:

Unusual – Crayon ft Baby Fresh

Crayon, Mavin Record’s latest signee, has just dropped the Cray Cray EP and it’s banger after banger. It’s not lost on us that the EP artwork looks like a child’s art project, as if it was coloured in with crayons! One of the many stand out tracks from this project is “Unusual’ featuring Baby Fresh. Produced by his collaborator and Ozedikus, Crayon serves us some Afro-pop vibes on a mid-tempo beat. This colourful track is served on a bed of Latin percussion, with a side of Caribbean influence, drizzled with a bit of Afrobeats vim for good measure.

 

We got a flavour of Crayon’s delivery and style when he featured on ‘Kpa‘ by Ladipoe and ‘All Is In Order’ with the Mavin Collective, but it’s great to see him standing on his own feet. He’s got light caramel vocals, strong delivery and real sauce! Praised by Don Jazzy as “an exceptional songwriter and recording artist who comes with a lot of diversity in his music”, this Cray Cray EP gave us a glimpse of that. All we need now is more live shows! Connect with us, engage with us and flex those vocal chords. We want to know whether you’re a studio autotune artist or a real star.

 

You know the saying preparation meets opportunity? Well this was the case for Crayon. The singer is a friend and collaborator of music producer, Ozedikus. It just so happens that O produced Rema’s EP, one thing led to another and Baby Fresh (who’s produced hits like ‘All Over’ by Tiwa Savage) heard one of Crayon’s demos. The rest is history!

No word on whether this will be an official release but here’s the audio from “Unusual” by Crayon:

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…

Keep Calm – Folasheva

Mavrik Music’s Folasheva has just dropped “Keep Calm” and it’s a banger! This  Nigerian World Artiste and Producer has been in the game since he was 15 and he shows no sign of slowing down! He describes his music as “Universal’ combining a fusion of everything but with that hip hop feel to it; from catchy hooks, quirky verses and deep lyrics”. That definitely comes through on this track. Folasheva is currently working on new content with the likes of Ice Prince Zamani, Jesse Jagz, Ajebutter 22, Ozone, LeriQ so keep your eyes peeled for more great music!

 

Stand Proper – Shillz Tex

“Stand Proper” is the brand new track from Shillz Tex and C Black. This 24 year old Lagosian is a super talented songwriter and rap artist giving us strong bars on a catchy beat! Produced by Kikstar, this track is proper Zanku vibes. You better have your legwork ready. Representing for TEX Gang, Shillz has worked with a number of names we know and love including Fresh VDM, Dremo, Sean Stan, DYC, Durella and Al Ghalib so we know he’s mega talented. We can’t wait to see what the remainder of 2019 has in store for him.

 

Into You – AJ Styles ft Pa.li

AJ Styles partners with Pa.Li to give us some ultra lovey dovey vibes on “Into You”. This Toronto-based MC and Promoter turned Artist is holding it down for the emerging Afrobeats scene in the city. The local love is strong and his music is on heavy rotation; he’s even been on a Spring/Summer tour including opening up for Burna Boy, Mayorkun and Kizz Daniel. AJ’s Nigerian roots definitely pull through to his music which he describes as ‘unique’ and ‘true’, and, like his namesake, his lyrics are a knock out. There’s definitely more to come from Mr Styles!

 

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 Afro-Splash this Bank Holiday Sunday…it’s going to be lit!


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 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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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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If your playlist is not that cute, if the songs are uneven, if the vibe is dusty, then don’t worry – I been waiting for you at the door! Don’t be scared straight, come right in. With the Bank Holiday basically here and Memorial Day weekend being around the corner, thank me later. This is your cheat code, your hack, your guarantee to get the pawty popping! This is Tracks of the Day with Gracey Mae.

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I Like – Kojo Funds x Wizkid

“I Like” is the brand new single from Kojo Funds and Wizkid. Hot off the heels of a fire collab with DJ Spinall, Kojo does it again; really marking his territory in the Afrobeats space. With hits like Dun Talkin (with Abra Cadabra – 2016) and Warning (2017) which are definitely Afroswing, it’s nice to see him tapping into his Ghanaian heritage a little more with a sound a little closer to home. With this high profile collab, Funds comes through with his typical dancehall inspired flow which compliments Starboy’s more melodic delivery.

 

There was a little faux-controversy with the outro of this song. Funds calls out his love for Island girls, Brown Skin girls, Caucasian girls and Asian girls. However, social media users were quick to point out the lack of affection for Black girls on “I Like”. Fans of the song and both artists were quick to shoot this down with reference to Island girls seeming to cover this. With the colourism debate being diluted with a lot of performative outrage, sometimes it’s easy to forget that representation actually matters; it reinforces our ideas of beauty. Nonetheless, scapegoating rappers for not having dark skinned models in their music videos or for not referencing them in their lyrics distracts from the real message. Our beauty isn’t determined by our skin colour or desirability, it’s innate.

 

The video for “I Like” is simple with great performance shots and amazing views. From Brutalist interiors in Leamington Spa to the beaches of Portugal (aka Afronation), Director LX. really brought the song to life. Check it out here:

Pretty Little Thing – Ashanti x Afro B

The teasers and trailers have been floating across our screens all summer but it’s finally here, yes, Ashanti and Afro B have officially dropped their new track, “Pretty Little Thing”! A-squared (lol) are giving us all kind of summer vibes with this catchy tune. Clearly inspired by Ashanti’s new tropical swimwear range with the PLT clothing line, we’re treated to a light Afro-pop beat, subtle bass strums and xylophone-like melodies. Add a dash of calypso and, ta-da, you’ve got a hit.

 

If you follow Ashanti and Afro B, you’ll know that “Pretty Little Thing” is all down to us. Yes, us! Ashanti was on her insta-story whilst she was on holiday giving us body-envy with her goddess-like physique. In the back she was listening to Joana, Afro B’s global hit. This video got reposted on all the major blogs so us fans tagged the UK Afrobeats star. Clearly there was some entering of the DMs because fast forward a couple of weeks and A-squared were spotted in the studio!

 

Ashanti and Afro B have navigated this track pretty well. Songs about products can be cheesy, but these two swerved that pothole. The next barrier was the unfortunate fate of Afrobeats and USA collabs. History tells us that they come in two extremes: the songs can be formulaic, forced and contrived, or, it can be a natural pairing with a sick tune. This is the latter. “Pretty Little Thing” gives us falsetto, flirtation and fun. It’s refreshing to hear Ashanti explore a different sound whilst still staying true to her R’n’B roots. She doesn’t miss a beat, giving us BVs, adlibs, riffs and runs. Afro B isn’t in the shadows on this one either – his vocals are stronger than ever and his songwriting really shines through. On that note, Afro B announced today he’s been signed a publishing deal with Warner Chappell – let the cheques roll in!

 

No word on whether this track will be on any official projects or whether we will even get a video so for now enjoy the sweet vocals of “Pretty Little Thing” by Ashanti and Afro B:

Red Eye – Victor AD

Victor AD has just dropped “Red Eye”, the title track of his debut album which shares the same name, and it’s an instant hit. With Kel P on production, we’re served with a mid-tempo, dancehall inspired groove. The catchy chorus, horn solos and bass line could almost make you forget that this song has a proper narrative about Victor’s struggles and scars. Don’t you love a relatable star? Victor always gives us a glimpse into his life through his lyrics and this track is no different.

 

The dialogue in “Red Eye” flows throughout the 7-track EP. Victor really establishes his sound on this project which has no features but some great producers including T Spize, Freddie Beat, KulboyBeatz, Wicked Beatz, Jaysynths Beatz, and Kel P. His slogan is ‘Pray for Grace’ and this tone resonates through the details of his rocky road to fame and success. With shortcuts and fraud constantly praised in the music scene, Victor comes through with a message of integrity, hard work and determination. It can be is out here in these streets. Did you know that 94 million Nigerians make less than £1.56 day? In context, there’s 66.47 million people in the UK so that’s more than the whole population. While we can argue about meritocracy and whether there’s a correlation between hard work and success, we can be comforted with the lyrics “let all the scars and the struggles you’ve been through motivate you.“

 

Victor AD’s latest release is just another accolade to the amazing year he’s been having! He kicked off January with a shell shocking performance at the prestigious O2 Arena, London. Imagine a crowd of 20,000 reciting his songs – that’s the dream; there were even female fan in tears! This success was off the back of his smash hit ‘Wetin We Gain’ and his collaboration with Davido on ‘Tire You’.  Both tracks gained him much well-deserved recognition and this resulted in another major 2019 achievement: his sold out Nigeria tour! This happened in parallel with his penultimate single, ‘Emoji’ – this track is proper vibe.

 

No word on whether this will be an official video but here’s the audio from “Red Eye” by Victor AD:

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…

Uju – Jimi Jang

Hailing from Ibadan, Nigeria, Jimi Jang drops his latest track “Uju”. The title translates to ‘grief’ which is explained as Jimi calls his love interest a ‘first class heartbreaker’. Even with the emo-feels, this mid-tempo tune produced by Coal Beats gives us all kind of Afro-pop feels. Channelling some Peruzzi vibes on this track, Jimi shows us a different side to the freestyles and covers that have gained him popularity. The most well-known being ‘Ye Riddim’ – his take on Burna Boy’s smash hit.

 

Chillin’ & Flexin’ – Deon ft Damayo

“Chillin’ & Flexin'” is a a little throwback from Deon and Damayo. Gideon Vese aka Deon is a Nigerian hip-hop recording artist and composer who believes in telling stories and sharing the truth with the hope of it reaching someone who needs it. Whilst this might seem a little deep, Deon has a lighter side too! This track is about vibing with ‘no feelings attached cause love hurts…’ Damayo kills it with his sweet vocals as per usual. Check it out now!

 

You – Kiienka ft Txby and Blaqbonez

Kiienka has teamed up with Txby and Blaqbonez to give us some Afro-trap vibes on this alté love song. “You” is the stand out track taken from the 6-track Spaceman EP released two months back. This chilled, mid-tempo track pulls on the US for influence but gives us variation in delivery with pace, lyrics and delivery. Hear more from Kiienka on his project which features collaborations from PsychoYP, Ogranya, Kobi Wolf, VEEN, K-Sly and Ilovechaz.

 

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.

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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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