Monthly Archives: December 2011

Naija 2011 Favorites

Hello loves! I know it’s been quite a while since my last post, but I’ve been busy traveling across the world from Nigeria to Charlotte, and then across the country from Charlotte to LA to celebrate the arrival of 2012! However in the meantime, I’ve been working hard to collect great musical content to include in a post that’s appropriate to culminate both the year and my 2011 trip to Lagos. Sooo, below please find a playlist of my favorite Naija hits from 2011 (this list also includes my favorites from 2010 as well). Hope you enjoy!!

Below I’ve also included my Naija 2011 Playlist de Kike (part Deuce) – these are songs that I couldn’t yet find on Grooveshark ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I hope to continue adding to my favorites of Naija playlist as I continue discovering great new music, so I hope you enjoy as well!

Happy 2012 to everyone!!


Fatherland Pride :)

I think this post is quite fitting since I just got my very first Nigerian passport today (yay!) ๐Ÿ™‚

Last night while out at one of the clubs in Lagos, one particular song stood out to me not only because of it’s beat/instrumentals (which is the first thing I always pay attention to in music) but also the anthem-like lyrics that persisted through the song. Upon hearing those lyrics combined with the infectious beat of the track, I found myself actually getting up off of my tired throbbing feet caused by the discomfort of my FIERCE but very painful heels & chanting along with the title lyrics of the song: “We Are Africans!” Check out what I feel to be the pretty inspiring video below…

Although I do quite enjoy the military-like presentation of the song, I don’t quite know how I feel about some of the lyrics, specifically in the beginning intro to the song, and I’d be very interested in hearing your opinions as well! What are your thoughts on his pretty strong position against choosing between “African” & “American” instead of claiming both “African-American?”

This African anthem has also initiated the release of quite a few country-specific remixes to showcase national pride in the context of the collective African unity theme of the original song. Among the remixes include aย Sierra Leone remix, aย Zimbabwe remix, and of course two Naija remixes – one featuring the influential Femi Kuti, oldest son of legendary Fela Kuti, and another Naija street mix. There’s even a UK mix, which you can find on the album below. If you get a chance, I would highly recommend watching the videos (links included above) – I think they really offer a nice alternative to the often negatively-portrayed Africa in media imagery and the sense of pride & solidarity makes me so excited just by watching them! I also think these songs & videos are such a great way to expose the musical talent that’s emerging all over different countries in Africa – sigh…I wish I had enough time to really explore all of them in depth!!

If you’re interested in listening to the rest of JJC’s album, “African Dream,” released in 2011, check out the link below. I think it’s a pretty easy listen & I especially appreciate the production/instrumental quality from this Nigerian rapper/producer. Lots of dance tracks that are very easy to get hype to in my opinion.

I hope to have an exciting post coming up very soon so stay tuned! Until next time ๐Ÿ™‚

Nigerian (John) Legends in the Making?

At the suggestion of one of my other cousins, I decided to take things in a slightly different direction today & listen to the album of Bez: Nigerian soul/jazz/R&B performer. His album, called Super Sun, was released this year in 2011, and I am really diggin the instrumentals & production. Bez has been described as the John Legend of Nigeria, and I do definitely feel some John Legend influences in his music. It wasn’t until I got to the very end of the album and heard the song below though, that I actually thought I could have been listening to John Legend himself. Easily my favorite song on the entire album, “That Stupid Song” features a cute lighthearted recollection of favorite children’s songs on an upbeat sample of the classic song “I’ll Take You There” by The Staple Singers.

“That Stupid Song” is a collaboration between Bez and Praiz, who I would like to turn my attention to. Those remarkably John Legend-sounding vocals are coming from Praise Adejo (stage name Praiz), another up & coming player in the Nigerian R&B music scene recommended by my aforementioned cousin. Praiz has also been featured on very popular Nigerian rapper M.I (check back for another post on him!)’s latest album, M.I2. Take a listen to that “Epic” song from the album below, and tell me if THAT doesn’t sound like a Nigerian John Legend…

For those who are interested, below is another official video from Praiz on one of his solo singles – a nice R&B love song creatively titled “I Love You” ๐Ÿ™‚

Doesn’t sound so much like John Legend to me on this one, but I still think he sounds good! I’ll be very interested to see if either he or Bez become actual legends in Nigerian music history, and I’m eagerly anticipating Praiz’s first official album release!

Before ending this post, I would like to add an update to my last post on Wizkid and share with you another favorite from this year’s party scene & his album – a very highly entertaining video for what seems to be his most recent release, “Pakurumo” (you’ll hear another one of his songs, “EME Boyz” in the beginning of this video – a tribute to the Empire Mates Entertainment Group that Wizkid belongs to)…

Another really easy dance beat to groove to all night. The female lead of both the song & the video is Funke Akindele, a popular Nigerian actress. Annnd…do you recognize the lyrics at 4:05?? Hint: you’ll find them somewhere in this video…:)

Until next time!!

Song Name Discoveries

At my cousin’s suggestion, I’ve been meaning to listen to Wizkid for a while now. I finally got the chance to listen to his album Superstar today, and not surprisingly, found that I had already heard one of the songs before from my Christmas trip to Lagos last year…

Listening to the album further, I actually recognized a song that I heard just a few nights ago at my family friends’ Anniversary party here our first night. It was one of my favorite songs of the night, so what a pleasant surprise to discover its name & artist so easily & so soon after I heard it! Such a smooth easy dance beat that I could groove to all night long, below is the video featuring an apparently newly 21-year-old Wizkid on his…interesting…birthday festivities ๐Ÿ˜‰ and you can catch a glimpse of his above song in the beginning (see below for additional side comment regarding this song)**:

On a completely off topic from Wizkid, I was also lucky enough to discover the name & title of another song that I absolutely LOVED from last year! Seriously one of my favorites that I bumped on repeat to this day without knowing the name & artist…check out the video below (wish I could find better video quality, but you can at least hear a better quality version of the song here):

Surprise surprise, the song is from Naeto C, the artist on one of my other elusive favorites from last year as well!! It looks like I’m going to have to listen to him more in depth…VERY SOON. (I have a feeling I’m going to find him RAVE-worthy, & that I’ll be extremely late for this one too…)

**Small aside: maybe you’ll notice that Wizkid calls out a “fine girl no pimple” at the beginning of this song – & Tinie Tempah also claims to be a Simply Unstoppable “fine boy no pimples” (remember?) Well, here’s what I’ve found to be what I believe the origin of that phrase is if you’re interested…LOL (please feel free to correct me if you know more & I’m mistaken!):

Stay tuned for more & hopefully an especially exciting update in the near future! ๐Ÿ™‚

Tinie Tempah

I don’t know why I’m so late on this. As I was listening to Asa’s Beautiful Imperfection album on repeat last night on Spotify, I got a random ad playing the song “Pass Out” by Tinie Tempah. I like that song & had vaguely remembered hearing it somewhere, but never knew who the artist was, so of course I decided to click the ad. It took me to Tinie Tempah’s latest album, Disc-Overy, so I decided to take a listen.

Again, I don’t know WHY I’m so late on this. Apparently this British/Nigerian rapper has been releasing mixtapes since 2007 (I def need to take a listen to those). This album Disc-Overy was released in the UK in October of 2010 & in the U.S. in May of 2011, with the album’s North American lead single being “Written in the Stars.” Listening through the album I also immediately recognized his song “Till I’m Gone” f/Wiz Khalifa. Now, with those two songs being the leading singles from this album in the US, I’m honestly not surprised that I hadn’t yet been up on this guy. In my opinion, there are MUCH better tracks on this album than those (My favorites = Intro, Simply Unstoppable, Pass Out, Illusion, Snap, & Miami 2 Ibiza). Take a listen below…

Very diverse collection of sounds I think, although I wish I could find more information on Simply Unstoppable, Illusion, & Snap. Illusion sounds kind of sampled from something & the vocals on Snap kind of remind me of Akon…anybody else?? As for Simply Unstoppable, I also couldn’t find out where those female vocals are coming from, but apparently a remixed version of the song featuring Travis Barker on drums was used in this fierce Lucozade ad campaign:

Just FYI, the above is the American version of the album which has a revised tracklist from the UK version: “Obsession,” “Invincible” f/Kelly Rowland & “Just A Little” f/Range (Roc Nation) were replaced with “Till I’m Gone” f/Wiz Khalifa & other collabs with Bei Maejor & Esther Dean. Guess that makes sense…links to the UK version songs are included if you’re interested. Stay tuned for what’s coming next!

Asa & Freshlyground

Ok so today was a very lazy day generally spent just hanging around the house & watching TV with the family & friends. In between episodes of Law & Order and The Good Wife (both very intriguing actually…might have to try to start watching The Good Wife on the regular…!), we came across 2 music videos – the latter of which featured a refreshingly multicultural South African Band called Freshlyground. They are apparently the ones who collaborated with Shakira on the official anthem for the 2010 FIFA World Cup: “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” (I don’t know why I didn’t know that even though I was THERE!) Anyway, here’s the second song, “Fire is Low” that we saw…

And now, on to the first video from a previous favorite of mine: Asa (Paris-born Nigerian singer/songwriter). I actually first came across Asa a couple years ago when I was introduced to her debut self-titled album Asa (definitely worth the listen! My personal favorites = Bibanke, Eye Adaba & Awe). So I was happy to see an update from her in the form of such a cute & whimsical video! And is it just me, or is her style in this video kind of reminiscent of Janelle Monae…? Maybe it’s just the hair. Anyway, here’s the video…”Why Can’t We”:

Now since I had already been an Asa fan previously, seeing this video prompted me to go take a listen to her second album, Beautiful Imperfection, released this year in 2011. And now I must RAVE. I actually like most of the rest of the songs on this album better than the single “Why Can’t We,” and…dare I say…I think it’s ย surprisingly even better than her first album. PLEASE LISTEN!! If your musical taste is anything like mine, I think you will LOVE IT!! Enjoy! ๐Ÿ˜€

I Love Second Chances!

First night in Nigeria & already at a party! ๐Ÿ™‚ Well not a club party per se, but a very nice Anniversary party for our wonderful hosts here in Lagos. And with the parties there’s always great music! Now what made me especially excited about this party is that not only did I get a sneak peek at all the new music I will likely be hearing throughout this trip, but I also got to hear some throwbacks to last year’s trip. There was so much great music that I heard last year, but I was unfortunately unprepared to remember all the titles to bring back with me ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

There was one song in particular that I absolutely LOVED last year, but was unable to find it after hours of searching online! Well, I was finally given the chance to discover the name of the song last night. Check it out below…

And here is one of my additional favorites from the Lagos party scene last year:

Stay tuned for MORE!