Naija and Alternative Music Podcast- Episode 2: ChitChat/Interview with Yela

Hey guys,

Episode 2 is here! Yaaaay!!

Afrocentric R & B singer and songwriter ‘Yela’ dropped by on the show. He is such an amazing personality and we had an amazing show! We talked about his art, and many other random stuff.

Listen below and please drop a comment.

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6 Nigerian Soul Songs to Enjoy this Month of Love

It’d definitely be rude not to wish you guys Merry Christmas (2016), Happy New Year, before I start to talk about Valentine. Even for Valentine I’m already so late! Yes, Naija and Alternative Music took a (not-so) little break. Blogging and having a 9 to 5 does take its toll I must say. Plus 2016 was one hell of a year! In any case, we do hope things get better in 2017.
So it’s Valentine’s – the love season, and there is a recession! The luxuries of last year no longer abound as such and the gifts may just be a tiny bit lighter. But music will always carry the same weight regardless of economic situation (it’s probably even heavier this time around). I definitely think music is and will always be part and parcel of love.
So even though we’re a few days late with this list and Valentine’s day 2017 is gone, here are six Nigerian soul sounds that’ll definitely melt your heart this month of love (in no particular order):

1. Fe mi by Brymo
This song sets an amazing mood for ‘alone time’ with bae. Using the one of a kind richness and soulfulness of his voice, Brymo describes at length how she makes him comfortable, takes care of him, and how she finally makes him feel when they’re alone without being too ‘graphic’. This is definitely a mood setting song, great for the season.

2. Aduke by Tjan
This would have been the perfect song for a Valentine’s day proposal seeing as the main crux of the song is asking his lover to be his wife. Of course if you missed Valentine’s day for that romantic proposal, we’re still in the love season so it still works.

3. Omote by Ese Peters
This song has promises flying around.. Promises that can melt anyone’s heart. I love how the instrumentation is nice, simple and doesn’t interfere with the words. Sounds like someone reading his wedding vows. I mean you want to hear those promises clearly so you can hold him accountable for every word. So damn romantic!

4. My Beautiful Love by Johnny Drille
A bit upbeat, and ‘country-ish’, this song comes from the angle of a man who can’t do without his lover. The instrumentation of this song is also really heart-warming and can make even make for a complete song on its own. Very beautiful song that can make anyone feel appreciated.

5. Ayanfe Mi by Nayo Soul
For those who didn’t know, ‘Ayanfe Mi’ means ‘My beloved’. If you haven’t heard this song, you need to get you some of it. The calmness of Nayo Soul’s voice in this song is so soul-soothing and priceless. Great love song.

6. O to’jo Meta by Tonie the emperor ft. pHisayo
I promise you, you haven’t heard any love song quite like the one in this song! This is a track that perfectly fuses soul music and spoken word together. It builds up this bout of interesting suspense and then shocks you with its surprisingly romantic ending. It is sure to make one blush and giggle. I definitely love it!

There are too many others, the list is too long to exhaust. Please feel free to add more songs to this list.
Happy Valentine’s Season (if any such thing exists).

Love,

Yemisi!

5 Tips For Enjoying Jazz Music for a Beginner

I’ll start by stating the obvious: jazz music is receiving less and less popularity in the minds of Nigerians.

Jazz happens to be one of those complex genres of music. It makes use of a lot of musical improvisation, conflicting rhythms, and interruptions in regular flow of rhythm. It also borrows a lot of aspects of African music and American pop. Needless to say, jazz music may prove very hard to understand and relate with, hence difficult to enjoy. Not everyone can understand why there is a song without any words.

It’s no wonder that the younger generation (of which I am proudly a part) will rather just listen to popular/mainstream type genres of music. Whilst this is not such a bad thing, I still strongly believe that jazz music can be enjoyed and is worth exploring.
Let’s share a few tips you can try out if you would be interested in dipping your hands into this genre of music:

Know that this journey is not about your friends
People usually revere people who can relate with jazz music because it is believed to be something for people of a particular level of intellect. So you may somewhat be tempted to go into jazz to impress your friends. Ask yourself; am I really interested in this? It’s not such a bad thing not to be! It’s about you! As tempting and elitist as it is to be able to speak about jazz and the artistes and what ‘this’ and ‘that’ jazz track means to you, you need to know that enjoying this genre is about yourself and not about impressing people. Else this journey will become like ‘homework’. You’ll only appreciate jazz if you set out to listen to it and love it for yourself!

Read about it
There are many materials out there that can gradually expose you to what you’re getting into. Read about the history of jazz, the old artistes, and the contemporary ones. Read about jazz in your own country and your own locality. What you will find will amaze you!

Understand Jazz
All types of music have their own peculiarities. Look out for those of jazz. The one beautiful thing that sets jazz music apart from other genres is ‘improvisation’. Jazz musician tend to play around with improvisations which means that they make up their music, their tunes, and harmonies up on the spot (More like a freestyle type thing)! This is why sometimes when you listen to jazz, it feels like the melody suddenly changes. To appreciate jazz, you need to observe the improvisations and how they’re used. Figure out the instrumentation. Listen to the melody. Observing and identifying will help you get into it even more.

Attend live jazz events
Whether it’s rock, soul, R and B, fuji, reggae or jazz, a live experience is the best way to enjoy it. Look out for events happening around you where jazz artistes are performing. In Lagos, I’ve heard of Jazzhole in Victoria Island (even though I have never been there). I also know of Inspiro Productions’ Annual Lagos Jazz festival and Lagos Jazz Series. Find yourself in such events, and this will help improve your experience

Find other lovers of jazz
Just like every other interest, talking to other like-minded people helps you grow even more. So join a social a social media group, follow a page or a blog. Share your experience. If you do meet a local artiste who would like to be your friend, that’s even better! Talk to him or her about their work and their inspiration. Let them tell you what they were think at a particular event, or while recording a particular track.

I do hope these tips help and will help you open your mind to receive more jazz music.

Bonus Tip:
Sometimes I like to make up my own words to their instrumentation. It helps me feel like I’m in the head of the artiste!

Alternative Singer ‘Isaac Geralds’ signs record deal with Athena Records.

Hey guys,

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Project Fame Alumnus, performer, singer and songwriter has signed a record deal with Athena Records on Saturday the 15th of October, 2016.

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The fast rising ‘RnB’ singer has remained unstoppable since he gave us songs like ‘Fall-In-Love’, Ijebu Girl, ‘Just In Case ft. Tiwa Savage’ and ‘Cross Your Mind’. You will also recall the massive success that was his concert ‘Isaac Geralds Experience 2’ which literally sold out the Hard Rock Cafe Lagos on Thursday the 11th of August, and where he brought his fresh edge to live music.

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Naija and Alternative Music is just glad to see that Nigerian entertainment is paying more attention to alternative music and is supporting amazing talents like Isaac.

Congratulations Isaac Geralds! We can’t wait to see what you do next. We will definitely be following up on that!

 

The perfect combination of Spoken word and music: O to’jo meta by Tonie the Emperor and pHisayo

Hey guys,

I have come with my everyday apologies again. I’m sorry, things just keep on happening..

Anyway today I am bring you a really really fresh one. Dropped on the radio for the very first time today! And it’s really different. It’s an amazing spoken word piece with a soulfully rich hook by Tonie the Emperor and Narrator pHisayo. It’s a great story with a beautiful plot twist that I haven’t been able to get over since I heard it.

Don’t believe me? Watch below!

You like abi?

Leave a comment below!

Tootles,

Yemisi

 

Video: Bemyoda’s Always

Hey you guys,

So I disappeared on you again! I’m sorry!

You probably know amazing Indie Soul artiste Bemyoda. His 5 track EP titled ‘Sketch: The Reprise’ was released sometime in 2013 and is a really beautiful blend of folk/soul/jazz.

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So he recently released the video to the fourth track called ‘Always’. I love love love love love love love this video. I think a lot of creativity went into this and I’m really impressed. Watch below:

You like? I definitely do!

A review of this EP is definitely coming up! Watch out for that guys!
Love,

Yemisi

Video: Aramide’s I don’t Care

Hey guys,

Welcome to the beautiful month of February.. I love February, the month of LOVE!! <3.. I love the build up to Valentine and how it always feels like you can actually see love in the air! For me, nothing says love like music! I’d say let’s start this wonderful season of love with this brilliant and colourful video from afro-soul dive ‘Aramide’. The song is titled ‘I don’t care’

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I love soul music! So this song blew me away from the first day I heard it. The video is very spring-like and instantly makes me happy.. I love the message of the song too.. So for all those who don’t care.. Enjoy the video below

You like? I love!!

Thanks for dropping by!

Love, Yemisi