Niinety9’s New EP, Bodied Soul, is one for the top records
Emechebe Chukwunomnso- popularly known as Niinety9 is a fast rising Nigerian singer/songwriter from Anambra state, Nigeria. Falling in love with music at the tender age of 14, the AfroSoul and AfroPop artist released his first official single ‘Relate’ in July, 2016. He followed up with his next single ‘Style’ (Prod by OTO) in August, 2017. His hard-work and determination won him the ‘Artiste of the year on the Nigerian teen choice award (NTCA) in 2018 gaining him more listeners and recognition.
In 2019, he released his debut project ‘NINETY9′. A project that gained over 100,000 plays across multiple streaming platforms, proof of his recognised talent. Niinety9 teased there is an EP on the way and further announced releasing the first single off the EP, Indecisive.
With his recent singles ‘Fancy’ produced by Gbeduboss and ‘Indecisive’ produced by JohnsonIP both gaining over 300,000 streams across multiple streaming platforms. As Niintey9’s prowess as a musical artist cannot be denied, he is set to release his second EP, Bodied Soul.
“Bodied soul”- an embodiment of love filled with emotions, betrayal, commitment, and forgiveness.
He traverses the simple yet delicate phase of “Love”, searching to understand the nitty-gritty of it. Fusing Afro-soul with buttered lyricism and alluring harmonies, Niintey9 delivers a stimulating body of work. The first track “Indecisive” is a love story that is both-sided, and shows full vulnerability of a man to a woman giving off mixed emotions and uncertainty about their relationship, while the last track ‘Bad Trips” is about connecting with inner feelings, reminiscing and taking accountability.
Using this as a pilot, Niintey9 goes all out on this EP.
Lagos-based Afro-f usion Star YKB Presents Debut Project, Before I Blow
One week after the release of his bubbly anthem “Practice Patience,” exciting Lagos-based afrobeats star YKB is today sharing his debut project, the seven-track extended play Before I Blow. The project follows the success that YKB, formerly known as YusufKanbai, has enjoyed over the last three years, building a cult following and enjoying successful collaborations with reality TV star Laycon and street-pop star Zlatan as well as receiving critical acclaim from publications like Pitchfork and The FACE.
Before I Blow is billed as YKB’s rst and last project as an up-and-coming star, with the coming months set to see him move from the periphery of the afrobeats movement to a more prominent role. The project features shape-shifting production from three producers namely Zolo, Godomarr, and Finito, seeing YKB take an autobiographical approach to the project’s sequencing: recorded at the active beginning of his career, “Wake Up” is a call to work harder and take charge of his career’s trajectory while Pitchfork described “Oshofree” as YKB making his case to demand “Naira for his work, not exposure over Zolo’s staccato percussion and s3nami’s dreamy backing vocals.” The sentiments that inspire these songs are evident on others songs like “Okuku Pay” and “Bolatito.”
Speaking on Before I Blow, YKB said:
“I want this project to be a point of reference for my fans in the future, for them to know where my journey started from. It’s almost like a prophecy because from now on, I’m moving with new energy and going on to bigger things.”
The new EP is a follow-up to his 2020-released two-song pack, “Hear Me Out” and viral single, “Alabama,” which has been hailed for its melodious range by afropop titan, Olamide, as well as the Zlatan-featuring “Dey Your Dey,” which positioned YKB as one of the most cogent voices to pay attention to in afropop’s ever-evolving landscape.
Raised in the well-known Ketu area of Lagos, YKB discovered a range of musical inuences growing up in his hood and started putting his music on SoundCloud in the late 2010s. The release of “Swaggu”, a freestyle that turned out to become a viral sensation introduced him to a wider audience due to its supremely condent lyrics and the fresh air around the singer. YKB’s music is an eclectic fusion of afrobeats, R&B, as well as hip-hop tinctures. An independent artist, YKB has released and contributed his vocals to a number of buzzing singles that deliver on his promise to become one of the most important voices in modern afropop.
Following the success of his last EP Kuwaiti Dinar, Cape Town-based Nigerian producer and songwriter Oluwa Kuwait is out with a new single featuring Victor AD titled Spiritual.
The groovy Afro-fusion song is riddled with trumpet sounds and heavy drum kicks as Victor AD touches on the topic of operating on higher vibrations.
With this song, Oluwa Kuwait envisions the listeners connecting to their spirituality and roots as Africans, highlighting that all we need to survive is God, oxygen and water as we navigate through life.
He projects his beliefs via his left breast tattoo—Psalm 25:1—in his new press images that show him meditating and connecting to his source of spirituality at a waterfall.
Nkwo Ifeanyi Rapheal (born March 6, 1998), known professionally as Joybar is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and recording artist fuelled with the influence of the Afrobeat sound merged with soul and feel good music.
Joybar started out with music while he was still in high school gathering a great deal of popularity amongst his peers.Birthing to a unique sound masterfully representing the voice and joy of the youth,he later went on to pursue a professional career as a musical artist after graduating from the department of banking and finance, Nnamdi Azikiwe University,Awka.
Joybar was brought up in the streets of Lagos and born to an igbo family in Anambra state in the eastern part of Nigeria, Joybar is no stranger to the Nigerian culture and the struggle of the common people. He expresses love, joy and the celebration of prosperity and abundance in his music.Its no surprise Joybar is always the life of the party living the “Faji lifestyle” as he fondly calls it.
BURN OUT by Joybar is a song that’s bound to keep you energized, that tells a story of trenches to greatness.
In a world of Uncertainty, Victony tends to rely on divine interventions
Months ago, our hearts were heavy and filled with fear and uncertainty as the Outlaw King lay bedridden from an accident that caused multiple temporary damages.
If you recall, the news of the accident sent panic and shockwaves into the camp of the Outlaws and other well-wishers across and outside the country. While he laid on his hospital bed fighting to survive, he held onto the one thing he loves the most —music. He hummed songs every day to keep his mind positive and it was a gleam of hope as everyone rooted for his recovery. Having been discharged from the hospital, he expressed that he felt like he had been given a second chance at life and immediately went back to making music.
Months later, Victor Anthony Ebuka popularly known as Victony has turned his pain and trauma into what he knows how to do best —beautiful, soulful music. Today, he has released a single capsule titled “DARK TIMES” containing two singles —‘Pray’ and ‘Unfamiliar Realms’ on which he bares it all. He expresses his vulnerability in all of its rawness on these songs that will give your heart a little tug at every listen. Be sure to say a prayer for Victony as you stream these songs.
A review of Omah Lay’s Understand by Omolawyer for Modern Garage.
Vivid storytelling. Well painted scenarios. Infectious rhythms. Heartfelt confessions. Irresistible percussions. Soulful instrumentals. Since we knew him, this is how Omah Lay has chosen to tell his story and sing his songs. From his music, we identify a young man constantly speaking about his innermost feelings, adventurous ways and vices. With this, he has been falling in love and taking his Afro-Fusion with him, to the world and back.
Take a short trip back to his first EP a year ago, GET LAYD. Here, there’s clearly a woman in the picture and he’s feeling her. They’re in what seems to be like a talking stage of some sorts. On DAMN, it’s clear how much she loves him, regardless of whatever he’s doing. He loves her too, as we saw in YOU. However, there’s always two sides to a coin. The first thing he says on LO LO is
“Go tell all your friends I love them too”
” I look nice but I’m not so so good”
He’s also intentional on blowing her mind (and back too, if I may add), and he goes on to show off how well he does that on YE YE YE. From the name of the project and its content, one thing is clear: there’s a woman, and he’s trying to woo her.
The first thing he says on his next project is “Oh My Bebe”. On this song, he’s spazzing. He’s overwhelmed with the feeling of love he’s getting from his baby. He’s also interested in fully reciprocating the love, as he goes
“I wanna do you things wey you no go understand, later you go find out”
Who’s this woman? She has our man offering love, making plans and occasionally chipping in rhetorical questions, asking what she’s done to him, and why he’s feeling that way.
CONFESSION is what it is. His truth at the time. He goes:
“Started as a one-man squad
Bani come jejely reach my front ah ah
Henny dey go shot by shot
I wanna do this shit all night long ah ah
The plan na to chop lock up
Maggot don begin turn python ah ah
The way she dey treat my Fuck-up
I no wan see doctor”
In his first verse, he basically tells his story. From being a single ‘one man squad’ guy, He has fallen deep in love for this woman and the only thing he can do about it is confess his love for her expressly, all the time hoping she doesn’t fall in love with another guy.
“I just wanna know you love me back
I don’t want you loving another guy”
Now, it’s clearer. The pattern becomes more visible. He’s hooked. He has fallen for this woman. He’s confessing and confessing, telling her to listen to him. Something must kill a man, and he has probably found his poison.
The other two new songs on the EP, Can’t relate and Godly has Omah Lay dwelling more in his spiritual side, as he sings about his newly acquired fame, him getting used to it and God saving his soul and being there for him when it mattered most. It’s clearer where his head was at the time. From the start of his career till this point, the only constant things on his mind were God, his fans, this mystery girl he has now fallen for and all they’ve done together, hence the EP title, WHAT HAVE WE DONE?
After the project dropped late 2020, Omah Lay teases fans about an album and disappears from the scene and doesn’t return till late July. When he does, it’s to announce to the world that he’s shattered. Things have changed. His mystery woman left him, and he’s having a hard time wrapping his head around it!
Tempoe finds the perfect chemistry between Afrobeat and Highlife for Omah lay to cry and wail on. For such a short song, he really says a lot. He’s reflecting on his choices and decisions, wondering where he missed it.
Everything is wrong. He sounds like he’s crying. You can hear the rasp in his voice. There’s Confusion, Heartbreak, Betrayal, Pain, and Regret all over the place. It’s normal to hear Omah Lay’s emotions in his voice and lyrics, and this is no different. His mystery woman is gone, and he’s in a state of bewilderment and consternation.
The verse and chorus echoes Omah Lay’s confusion. They show his inability to explain or comprehend what’s happening. He can’t grasp how his act of unwavering sacrifice ended up in futility.
With a coarse pain stricken voice, he lashes out on the second verse.
The only thing he feels now is boundless pity for his fans. They’re going to have to sing and dance to his pain and sorrows. The woman he has been wooing all along has broken his heart. All he’s left with now is God and his fans. He doesn’t hide this, as he calls Oluwa (God) to fix his problem as he can’t seem to do so himself. Within seconds he’s cursing, refusing to see why anything should justify the actions of his mystery woman.
Using his infectious melodies to invoke nostalgic feelings of heartbreak, Omah Lay speaks his mind. He goes on to reflect on romance, sacrifices and his current love life. His mystery woman seems to have left their relationship, and this man is genuinely concerned. People don’t understand him. He’s dropping an album and he’s about to serve his fans with his pain. He’s running mad. Wasn’t he the one that wanted to do her things she won’t understand? What’d he do wrong? Why his best friend? Where does he start from? Omah Lay really doesn’t Understand.