Simi courts the familiar in Omo Charlie Champagne – Dami Ajayi

Barely two years after releasing her self-titled sophomore LP album, Simisola Ogunleye is back with her third strike called Omo Charlie Champagne Volume 1. Released on the 19th of April to mark her 31st birthday, OCC is comprised of 13…

Kizz Daniel hits gold with Fvck You – Dami Ajayi

Kizz Daniel, unperturbed by his sophomoric lull, has dismissed it for greater things. His latest single, Fvck You, produced by Young John is currently the hottest thing in the industry—and will probably give him more bragging rights than his entire…

Let me tell you why Carl Thomas blocked me on Twitter – Dami Ajayi

The other day, Abuja-based poet Bash Amuneni shared a meme on social media with American singer Carl Thomas singing in the rain. The essence of the meme’s text was that R & B lost its essence when crooners stopped groanin’…

I have a question for Oyinkan Braithwaite – Dami Ajayi

The longlist for 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction was released earlier this week, and, as you know, Naija no dey carry last. Three Nigerian women writers were selected. Sorry, make that two female Nigerian writers and a non-binary transgender person,…

Let’s talk about Fokn Bois and their “Afrobeats lol” album -Dami Ajayi

Gospel Porn Christian Rap Duo, Fokn Bois have retired their seemingly ecumenical calling for the earthier, contemporary and gentile-loving genre of music, Afrobeats. That curious name, Afrobeats, has failed to die several deaths, perhaps for obvious reasons. Coined by Abrantee,…

Val Day Special: The Love Songs of K. Sunny Ade

Let us go then, you and I—you, dear reader and I, into the vast discography of Juju music’s most accomplished practitioner, King Sunny Ade, for the auspicious event of fishing out his love songs. Juju music, that variant of palmwine…

Waje’s “Red Velvet” is made for lazy Saturday mornings – Dami Ajayi

Five years after her self-titled and critically acclaimed debut, Words Aren’t Just Enough, Waje, whose stage moniker is styled after that acronym, hits us with her long-waited sophomore album called Red Velvet. With 10 songs lasting 42 minutes, it is…

A Random Night at the New Afrika Shrine – Dami Ajayi

The New Afrika Shrine is the best place to be any given Sunday evening Femi Kuti and his Positive Force Band are in town. Located towards the outskirts (read entrance) of Lagos, it is close enough to the seat of…

A minute silence for those we lost in 2018 – Dami Ajayi

A birth and a death; both mark our points of entry and exit into and from this world—and every year, we are affected by the deaths of remarkable individuals whose lives have touched ours and changed it. Let’s begin with…

Haba, there are bad songs on “No Bad Songz”- Dami Ajayi

More than two years after his debut album, “New Era”, Kizz Daniel has had to rejig his name and leave his former record label, G Worldwide, for his own start-up, Flyboy Entertainment. And if he indeed qualifies as a fly,…

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