Bash Amuneni once shared a meme on social media of American singer Carl Thomas singing in the rain.

The meme’s text suggested that R&B had lost its essence when crooners stopped groaning in the rain and it rings true.

Arguably, R&B has been on a decline for about a decade or more. The bedroom ballad playlist has hardly improved in a dozen years. While Hip-Hop thrives on the global scale, R & B seems to be floundering somewhat. There are the occasional gems but everyone agrees that the 90s and noughties might have been its golden age.

Gone are the…

Five Essential King Sunny Adé Albums

At 75, King SunnyAdé in performance is still a delight to watch. He can still instigate leg works that will make Zlatan reach for his sagging pants and scratch his scalp.

Prodigious and prolific , KSA’s discography teaches the importance of consistency. Who would have thought that his first album hardly sold 100 copies? Or that he was once stranded in Abeokuta for months after he ditched by his first musician boss? But he followed his dream unconditionally. He ditched school to become a band boy. He trekked a long distance home after buying…

(Previously published on my The Good Doctor column in 2019)

Those with retentive memory may remember the controversial and heated episode of Pulse’s flagship podcast, Loose Talk, where MI and Loose Kaynon came to clear the air about certain concerns with the three hosts of the show. Within a spirited and fragmented argument the lead anchor, Osagie Alonge blurted, who the f*ck is Ckay?

I have a few questions of my own.

Is Ckay is 22 and getting it?

Is Ckay a singer, songwriter and music producer?

Ckay may be Koker’s replacement but Rema may definitely be his nemesis in…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPiXYIoBmqs

49 years ago, a great highlife musician, Rex Lawson, left the company of the living. He was aged 33 years when he passed away.

Rex Lawson was born on the 4th of March 1938 to a Kalabari father and Igbo mother. Born after frequent early childhood deaths of his mother’s children, his father named him, Erekeosima, which means “not worthy of a name”.

Erekeosima grew well and lived with his maternal uncle who taught him how to play the trumpet. Once he got his hands on the trumpet, it began to shape things around him and he called his…

Once upon a time, in the Lagos of our recent past, specifically the 90s and early noughties, there was a musician whose sound held sway in the city.

Strike that.

Let’s say his music was the soundtrack of the city, his rhythm segued seamlessly into the livelihood of people, the quotidian minutiae of their existence. Of course, it was not Fela; it was Lagbaja.

Lagbaja was a concept well-ahead of its time. Mix English mystery and French je ne sais quoi with Yoruba adoration of masquerades and what you have is the masked one, his regalia done in fanciful tropical…

A new guard of crooners have been thrust upon us — and old hands that came into their own after 2010 — the likes of Olamide, Wizkid, Davido should start preparing their hand-over notes.

Fireboy DML, Crayon, Rema and Joeboy, T-Classic, and slightly older guns like Mayorkun and Peruzzi are our best new hands — and interestingly, this cohort have sponsors/mentors among the old guard.

Olamide blew in Fireboy DML, perhaps his retirement plan. Davido and his DMW label have handed us Mayorkun and Peruzzi, who is cool, except when he lost it that one time. …

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Joy Odiete Eseoghene has been dropped by the limelight .

Those who remember West African Idols, the 2007 edition, know the finalists: Timi Dakolo, the eventual winner; Omawumi Megbele, first runner-up and J’odie, the second runner-up.

Well, J’odie is Joy Odiete Eseoghene.

Even if fans of that pioneer edition of reality TV talent hunt on West African soil felt J’odie was cheated out of being the eventual winner, time, in retrospect, has told the story differently.

When her fellow finalists leapt out into the music industry on the strength of still being recent darlings of primetime television, J’odie was more…

Published first in June 2019 on ThisisLagos.ng, re-published with their kind permission

Naira Marley, recently arrested for internet fraud, has not let his trouble with the EFCC disturb his creative output.

While incarcerated, he released ‘Why’, bemoaning several frustrating life scenarios. After he was granted bail, he released ‘Opotoyi (Marlians)’, a ribald ditty about salient aspects of the female anatomy. But the song that has brought him another outpouring of outrage is his latest, Soapy.

Less than three minutes of spool time, Soapy coasts on the jaunty rhythms and shuffling percussion of Rexxie, Marley’s go-to producer. …

There is a fair chance that you may not have heard the name Fakoya Qudus Oluwadamilare, but if you haven’t heard the name Qdot Alagbe, or any of his songs, then you are wrong.

Qdot came into prominence about 6 years ago with his song ‘Orin Emi’, renamed ‘Alomo Meta’ by his teeming fans who recognised the earworm the song would become.

Produced by Anthrax, his frequent collaborator, ‘Alomo Meta’ is a solemn ditty after the order of the spiritual songs sung in white garment churches, the so-called syncretic African churches. …

Wizkid drew a Beyoncé on us, expectedly. What other year should he have released a surprise EP album if not the same year he features on Beyoncé’s P2J produced Brown Skin Girl?

To say 2019 was not a good year for Wizkid will be to hint at some kind of malice.

His electric single ‘Joro’ has been a staple on dance floors from Lagos to London. He sold a full show at 02 Arena London and purged the Headies of 2019 happening at the same time with his concert of usual suspects.

Instead of marking his victory with the long-awaited…

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