Singing and playing the guitar, Tomi Thomas lays down the foundation of the Hopeless Romantic Riddim dropping October 14th, 2021. The Nigerian artist released an EP of the same name earlier this year, featuring tracks spanning Afrobeat, dancehall, and reggae genres. The highly anticipated drop lived up to the hype with industry support and extensive press coverage in Africa, Europe, the United States, and the Caribbean, along with other pockets of global reach.
Tomi Thomas’ music has a heartbeat, and the Hopeless Romantic Riddim showcases yet another aspect of his repertoire. The seven-track Riddim compilation is an explosive instrumentally driven accompaniment to the songs. “Super blessed and excited about all the riddims, big love to all the amazing creatives who etched themselves into my story and journey. I am forever grateful we go higher in these exciting times,” he said. Tomi is also a visual artist with many exceptional talents and abilities. He created the cover art, and it expresses the project’s true nature as poetry in motion. The special project also features dancehall recording artist Stylo G, along with experimental Afro-R&B artist history.
1. Hopeless Romantic
2. Come My Way by boistory
3. Three thirty by Aleicia
4. On My Own by Ria Sean
5. Foreign Car by Karmah Cruz
6. Hopeless Romantic ft. Stylo G
7. Hopeless Romantic (Instrumental)
After releasing the Hopeless Romantic EP in early June, Tomi Thomas debuted the music video for “Hurricane,” a song from the project featuring Buju Banton on the Fader. The young star leads the modern African music scene with a genuine passion and appreciation for the arts. He continues to evolve and grow with every move, and his fanbase shows their love and support. The solo artist has found success on his own after time with popular musical group Loud On Sound (LOS) early in his career. In releasing his debut album, the single “Ready Or Not” reached #1 on the Soundcity Nigeria’s Top 10 Chart.
Listen to the Hopeless Romantic Riddim: TomiThomas.lnk.to/HRRiddim
Idahams tells fans to take a break and enjoy life on his new single “Problem”
After the trans-continental success of the Man on Fire remixes, which has generated millions of streams across digital platforms globally, fasting rising singer and producer; Idahams is back with a new single which he calls “PROBLEM” to wrap up the year.
Produced by Idahams, with co-production from Yussy Beats, “Problem” is an infused sound of Pop and Jazz with elements of Amapiano and House music that delivers an up-tempo feel.
Problem is a feel-good track with Idahams telling his fans to take a break from the usual troubles of life to dance and try to enjoy the little things that bring us happiness. This is definitely a track to add to your playlist.
Stream “Problem” Here
Laime – Money Medicine
Laime is an afro-fusion singer/songwriter with Afrobeats, Highlife, R&B, and Hip Hop as influences. As a child he grew up listening to legends like P-square and M.I who inspired his love for music.
Laime’s music transports you to another world with its seamless range and passionate lyrics. With multiple collaborations with talents on the brink of stardom – BadBoyTimz, Buju, Lojay and most notably his songs with Grammy award winning producer- Telz, we can see his growth trajectory over time.
“Money Medicine” is the first single from Bennibor “Laime” Onisolaime’s upcoming EP, “If Summer Happened” produced by Mike Misan and mixed and mastered by Timijay. Following their collaboration on “Totally”, this group reunited again.
Once this track comes on, the beat immediately pulls you in with Laime in his well-fitted rastafarian attitude, shows his sincerity to a woman he “met on an island” this time, over a bouncy rhythm. Laime dazzles in the typical form, with patois inspired words flowing off his tongue as if they belong there.
The term “Money Medicine” is self-explanatory; money is the treatment. Money, as Laime sings, “be the medicine,” and in this context, it is what drives and energises him to keep doing what he loves, which is making music.
“Money Medicine” is a sure fire track that serves as a strong introduction to his soon to be released project and it’s one we can’t wait to hear.
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The Essence of Afrobeats
Several times, Ayodeji Balogun, AKA Starboy, AKA WizKid, will promise us music and not deliver but overtime, we’ve seen his growth. Following his announcement of the remix to one of his arguably hot songs right now – “Essence”, we saw several hot takes from fans- from who they thought would be featured and if this version will slap as hard as the original. I trust my GOAT and that remix slaps hard.
Since the afro-fusion musician released his excellent fourth studio album – “Made In Lagos” last October, his international mainstream appeal has risen dramatically. The singer collaborated with renowned names like H.E.R., Ella Mai, Burna Boy, and Skepta on the project, but the album’s hit song was “Essence” which featured an unexpected duet with fellow afro-fusion artist Tems. WizKid enlisted Justin Bieber’s help in remixing “Essence”. The song is presently ranked No. 54 on the Billboard Hot 100 without any remixes.
Overtime, as we saw the global impact of this song grow, we also saw arguments arise from the reach this song has had. For some, they believed it could even be Afro-beats “Despacito” and I’m not quite sure if it’s mere coincidence that both songs feature the phenom that is Justin Bieber. For others, just because WizKid and Tems said “we don’t need no other body”, some fans took it so literally that they were against the almost perfect song having any features or remixes to it. But Bieber’s entry to the song is effortless, with his verse emerging delicately following Wizkid and Tems and also speaking the light pidgin that’s infused in the track. In today’s world, where numbers are a major determinant in how much reach the artist has and the success of the song or project collaboration is key to help boost those numbers. And if we’re being honest, for the original song to do the numbers it’s been doing and you follow up with a remix with an international superstar who has an impressive fan base it’s safe to say: Afrobeats to the world.
Tunji Balogun who signed WizKid to RCA in 2017 told Billboard, “That song had become emblematic of being back outside.” “Then, a narrative on the internet started about the song being the song of the summer — and we took that energy and ran with it.”
Gatekeeping Afro-beats is something that has come up more often than naught because it’s so easy for people to jump on a “trending wave” just so they are relevant in some of the conversations currently happening. But in all honesty, a lot of afrobeats fans are optimistic that this remix will help the genre gain the global mainstream exposure and appreciation it deserves.