August Playlist: A Brief Review Of Today’s New Music

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August 2020 was a milestone in the Nigerian music space. A month to remember as the rest of the year keeps unveiling a pile of heart-tugging surprises. There is yet a month that hasn’t shown up with its own peculiar perks.

The Big Brother Naija reality show kicked off in July and sort of brought some calm and gradually eased nerves and the tension piled up during the total lockdown and the not-so-happy memories the first six months brought along with its unending days. Keeping people glued to their screens, phone pads, and social media.

Although a good number of people think the X-rated show to be unpatriotic – against our inherent African morals and culture, it is still the most-watched, engaged and engaging TV show in the whole of Africa.No wonder celebrities alike are fans and followers of the reality show. Celebrities from Nollywood, to public figures but especially our endeared singers, rappers, music executives, and afrobeat giants like Burna Boy who just released his #1 chart-topper “Twice As Tall”.

As expected, Burna Boy delivered an inspiring body or work with “Twice As Tall”. He set a standard for himself with the release of his third studio album “Outside” (2018), which he has kept but truly with a lot of effort and indeed teamplay. The visuals to “Monsters You Made” off “Twice As Tall” has been termed revolutionary. The No. 1 album was one of a few other projects released in August, 2020.

YBNL & Empire’s soul house, Fireboy was brave enough to premiere his sophomore album “Apollo” barely 10 months after his debut run in November 2019. The Afro-pop/R&B album is closely ranked with Adekunle Gold’s third studio finesse “Afropop Vol. 1” which was dropped only two days apart. While Fireboy has moved on from being just another upcoming artist battling for the Next Rated award to now contending the No. 1 R&B spot against sensational singers like Wurld, Chike & Ric Hassani, Adekunle Gold has reinvented himself in a rather shocking twist of fate. Of all the opinions on AG’s transition from the alternative genre which he mastered, owned & conquered to this newfound religion – Afro-soul, it is easily Don Jazzy’ tweet that best describes his new paradigm.

Joey Akan’s review of Afropop Vol. 1 “How AG Baby Finally Became Your Baby” is a great start to understanding Adekunle Gold’s transition from “Sade” to “Before You Wake Up”.

While the wait continues for “Made In Lagos” and “A Better Time”, Tiwa Savage has made a bold statement with the release of her Universal Music Group powered album “Celia”. The album exercises Tiwa’s vocal prowess, writing skills and proves her staying power once more in the male-dominated industry. The album coincidentally was released on the same day as Afro-reggae/Dancehall singer Patoranking’ third studio album “Three” – a frequent collaborator of Mama Jamal.The pair also came together on “Matter”, where he named-dropped Tiwa and her 2013 smash single “Eminado” on his opening verse off his album.Both projects were released on 28th August, 2020 to snatch the last hope of making the 2021 Grammy nomination consideration deadline. 

Apparently, our adored artists are looking to build loyalty in the West through musical collaborations, endorsements, record and publishing deals, co-signs, and affiliations. Some such relationships birthed the debut album of Nigeria’s most-followed female disk jockey Cuppy titled “Original Copy”. The album hit stores on 21st August 2020. As much as the DJs love to spin records of artists, it’s become a norm to see them synergize with our faves to make their own music. Just as in the process of making DJ Lambo’s EP “Tale Of Two Cities” which dropped on the same day as Cuppy’s

What music project are you vibing to at the moment ..?