#OldSchoolFriday : Christy Essien Igbokwe’s ‘Seun Rere’

Hey there guys,

It’s another Friday and here’s this week’s dose of Old and Evergreen Music!

This week song is a song I love so so much. It is by the singer, performer and singer, the ‘Lady of Songs’ herself- Late Christy Essien Igbokwe.

The song emphasizes on how children are expected to behave, family values and the likes.. Christ Essien Igbokwe’s amazing vocals does great justice to the song and it continues to be fresh, relevant and evergreen.

Listen and enjoy!

Happy Weekend guys!

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Why we love Johnny Drille!!

Hey guys,

So I make bold to say to you that if you haven’t heard of Johnny Drille or you haven’t listened to his songs, you have officially ‘carried last’!

johnny drille

This man’s talent is unbelievable and I’m not sure where he’s been hiding all this time. With an incredibly soulful voice, Johnny Drille fuses soul, soft rock, folk, country perfectly in his songs and his instrumentation is just fantastic! (I hear he produces his songs himself too- WOW!!!). He’s released somewhere around 4 singles of his own since leaving the Project Fame Academy and from this end, we say he’s doing pretty well!

Dear Johnny, I personally cant wait for ‘Dear Future Wife’ to be available for download and even for sale. I WILL BUY!!! I love it!!

Any doubts? Listen to his single ‘Love Don’t lie’ below:

I know you love it too!

Thanks for stopping by guys! Please leave a comment or two.

Love, Yemisi!

Track: ‘Mexico’ by Deron

Hey guys,

So when I first this track.. I heard a fusion of afro sounds and house music. However, the artiste ‘Deron’ describes this song as ‘Urban Alternative’.

deron remi

I really love the intro of the song and I think it’s a great track.. He also has a viral video for the song on youtube!

Enjoy!

You like?

Drop a comment or two!

Love, 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.

bemyoda*I really love the EP art*

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

#OldSchoolFriday: Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe’s Osondi Owendi

Hey guys,

It’s time for another old school track! Let’s go down to the east and have a feel of Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe’s ‘Osondi Owendi! This track dates all the way back to early 80s.

osita osadebe

This song places a lot of emphasis on instrumentation (as most old school highlife songs do). I especially love how it has a ‘spoken word-like’ beginning. I learnt the phrase ‘Osondi Owendi’ means ‘What is cherished by some is despised by some’. Quite profound!

Enjoy this great Igbo highlife transaction below.

 

I definitely love this track! Do you?

TGIF!!

Love, Yemisi!

 

Review: ‘The Headies 2015 alternative song of the year’ category

Hey guys 🙂

This post has absolutely nothing to do with the drama! NO! NO! NO!!! By now, everyone knows all the details of the drama, and all sorts of jokes have been made and have even become old. For sure, the 2015 Headies (which held on the 1st of January 2015) ensured that the year kicked off with a bang (entertainment wise)!

headies

Straight to the real issue of the day..

The ‘Alternative Song of the Year’ category was defined by the ‘Headies’ as ‘A voting category for the artiste whose songs reflect any form or style of music which falls outside the mainstream of recent or past popular musical trends.’  I’d say that this definition is acceptable. What makes up ‘alternative music’ is way too large and I think their definition pretty much captured it.

Compared to 2014’s Alternative Song of the year nominations, I’d say the Headies dug deeper in 2015 and the category was definitely richer than it was in 2014. I would also say it shows that the Headies appreciates alternative music some more. This is surely an improvement. Thumbs up to that.

That said, the nominees for the category were:

  1. Di’Ja – Awwwwww
  1. Bez – There’s A Fire
  1. Asa – Satan Be Gone
  1. Adekunle Gold – Sade
  1. Ugovinna – Rain On Me
  1. Simi – Tiff

And Adekunle Gold won the award for the song ‘Shade’. For me, the nomination was very well done. As far as alternative music goes for 2015, those were really the songs we heard. It was a little weird though seeing ‘Rain on Me’ on the list. Not because it’s a bad song (it’s actually an awesome song both in terms of lyrics and rhythm). But I just didn’t think it was that popular. So yeah! Not a bad job for the headies there. However, I did also think that there’s more… I feel like we should have heard something from a ‘Brymo’. I think he had an awesome 2015, and with the whole afro-beat type thing that he does, I believe he was prepared for a 2015 award nomination, even though I do not know the criteria for getting a Headies nomination.

I’m not sure that there’s any law against having two of an artiste’s songs being nominated for one category, but I think Adekunle Gold’s ‘Orente’ deserved a spot. Infact if I had to choose between those two songs to put on that list, it’d be ‘Orente’. I’d also exchange Asa’s ‘Satan Be Gone’ with her ‘Eyo’. And maybe Brymo’s ‘One Pound’ or ‘Duro’ should have been included in place of ‘Rain on Me’
All in all, the songs nominated were great songs and I appreciate the ‘Headies’ for a job well done. Congrats to Adekunle Gold for picking up the award. Hopefully, alternative music would be appreciated more and more on other forums.
Thanks for stopping by guys!
Love, Yemisi
P.S. Please slow down on the ‘back-to-back’ jokes.. They have become played out and very annoying! LOL!

 

 

 

#OldSchoolFridays: Victor Olaiya- Omo Pupa

Hey guys,

TGIF!!! I’m always so excited when I see the weekend and even more excited to share the week’s Old School track.

So today’s track is ‘Omo pupa’ by Dr. Victor Olaiya which dates back to sometime in the early 80s.

vicor olaiya

If you’re Yoruba (and you understand the language), then you already know that ‘Omo Pupa’ means fair skinned girl. The song tells a love story about a man in love with a fair skinned girl and who is about to travel to London; but hopes to be able to send her money to join him in London once he settles. I think the older generation of African men were romantic sha!

Short song, straight to the point, the use of the trumpet and percussion is impeccable and this song is evergreen.

Enjoy the highlife love song below!

 

You like?

Have fun this Friday!

Love, Yemisi!