Fast-rising Nigerian singer and songwriter, Joseph Akinfenwa Donu, popularly known as Joeboy, recently released his debut EP titled ‘Love and Light’ but it fell below expectations.
The Afropop and R&B singer had announced to excited fans that his first-ever EP was dropping, leaving them eager to hear the maestro.
On his Instagram page @joeboyofficial, he wrote,
“Ladies and gentlemen!! My first ever extended playlist is out!
“Thankful to everyone that has been part of my journey so far! Now let’s spread LOVE and LIGHT!
“Lets get it to number 1! When you send #LoveandLight to loved ones, send my EP”.
The recording artist, who came into limelight when he released his Ed Sheeran ‘Shape of You’ cover, which was well-accepted both in Nigeria and worldwide, is one of Nigeria’s hottest upcoming artiste.
This was made obvious when he was nominated alongside Fireboy DML, Zlatan Ibile, Victor AD, Rema for next rated at the recently held Headies award 2019.
The EP which comprises of five tracks titled ‘Baby’, ‘Beginning’, ‘Don’t call back’, ‘All for you’ and ‘Blessings’, is all about love and relationship.
The problem with the EP was not the theme but the clear laziness with which it was assembled. Only two, out of the five tracks, were new songs and they did not quite hit the mark.
The first track, which was released over a month ago “Baby” is known to be the hit track among all the tracks he later dropped to form the EP because of its melodious signature, appealing lyrics and dancehall vibes.
This was affirmed by some of his fans, who took to their twitter handles to express their love for the music.
@Prettysync1 “Keep it up joeboy, I love your music.
@Youngcrown said, “This is a banger, much love for the song Baby”.
Subsequently, Joeboy released another track titled ‘Beginning’, which was more like a continuation of the love story he was telling with the earlier song titled ‘Baby’.
This was more appreciated by his fans because both songs had the same storyline but a different sound and lyrical content.
On the flip side, the five tracks lacked diversity as all the tracks except for ‘Blessing’, centred on love/ relationships.
Joeboy also featured only one artiste on the project, that is, DMW star Mayorkun on the track ‘Don’t call me back’.
In fact, this song, which was the last he dropped before compiling the EP, was termed as ‘the last good music’ by fans.
This is because the other two new songs did not match up in lyrics and production.
The new songs were viewed by his fans to be less entertaining and more like a “rush work” according to a post on twitter by a fan @Cashflow23.
Furthermore, the fourth track on the EP, ‘All for you’, was described by an Instagram fan @Zanks11 as being too boring because of the repetition of its chorus and having only one verse.
Generally, the EP lacks freshness as some of the tracks have been on air for over a month before the official release date thereby making the EP fall below the expectation of his fans.
It should be noted that the singer did not put in all his time and energy to create his debut EP.
Instead, he put together his previous singles and added two more tracks which were not up to par and relaunched them as his official debut extended play.
This fiasco could be as a result of his upcoming album, which is said to be dropping next year according to the singer.
Nonetheless, Joeboy made some of his fans proud with his debut EP but other fans expected that majority of the songs on his debut EP should be a combination of newly released songs and not songs that had been on air for quite some time.
Realistically, the two last songs added to the EP ‘All for you’ and ‘Blessings’ were not really appreciated by his fans.
This was not only because of its low production quality but Joeboy essentially created an EP for two underrated songs. (NAN)
Tanzanian singer, Vanessa Mdee, quits music, says its demonic
Tanzanian singer, Vanessa Hau Mdee, has announced her decision to quit her music career.
The 32-year-old songstress said it on her 29 minutes Podcast “Deep Dive with Vanessa Mdee”.
According to Mdee, the music industry is demonic and she is currently working on being an advocate of honesty, beauty and what facing your demons can do for you.
“I don’t know who needs to hear this, but my mission is to be a light. I know that I would probably disappoint a few people and that’s okay.
”I know that my fans don’t wanna hear this but guess what am never be too far away from you, trust me. The reason why I had to leave the industry is that I needed to choose my life, the music industry is demonic.
”People will tell you half-truth about what really goes on, and the truth is I just wanna be an advocate for honesty and beauty and being a sincere advocate for what facing your demons can do for You.
“Now my fans are probably asking themselves right now; Are you gonna never sing again? Are we gonna never see you perform? Let me reiterate, I love music, I love to create, I love to perform, I’m a vessel, this is what I was brought on earth to be.
Mdee also recalled becoming an alcoholic who could drink herself to sleep after becoming depressed.
“My advice to someone out there is that be true to who you are. I used to say this in many interviews but not really understand any of it, because then again it sounded like the right thing to say.
”But be true to who you are, I had to look at myself, face myself that it was pain, it was shameful, it was scary but I had to do it because there was no other way and in that I found peace and in that I found elevation, I found desire and passion for life.
Rema named Apple Up Next Artist
Apple Music on Wednesday announced Nigerian Afropop star, Divine Ikubor, known professionally as Rema, as the latest addition to its Up Next program, Apple Music’s monthly artist initiative geared towards identifying, showcasing and elevating rising talent.
The global singer and rapper is at the forefront of Nigerian pop music, with a youth-led sound connecting across all corners of Africa and beyond. Since the debut of his Rema – EP in March 2019, Rema has become the #18 World Artist across Apple Music based on lifetime plays. To date, his music has been featured across Apple Music playlists like Afrobeats Hits, Today’s Hits, Future Hits, Agenda, Shazam Discovery Top 50, Home Office DJ, Breaking R&B, The New Africa, It’s Lit!, and many more. Across Apple Music’s Beats 1 global livestream, Rema has been featured on major programs, including Joe Kay’s Soulection and Kendall Jenner’s ZAZA WORLD RADIO, and has been Shazamed in over 180 countries.
“Getting recognised by Apple as their Up Next artist is a huge deal for me,” said Rema. “I want to take Afrobeats to the world and now the world is listening, it’s an honour. This has come during a time when across the world people are uniting and coming together to fight for justice. This generation, my generation, are standing up and speaking out and it’s amazing to see, I am standing right beside them.”
“Rema embodies the youth movement emerging from the continent of Africa,” said Apple Music’s Global Editorial Head of Hip-Hop and R&B Ebro Darden.
“His voice has carried him from Benin City, Nigeria to Barack Obama’s 2019 Summer Playlist. He’s been cosigned by Drake and Rihanna and has remixes to his music with Becky G, Matoma and Major Lazer. Rema is a shy, young artist who has managed to capture the world’s attention with his art. We are excited to amplify him further and can’t wait to see what he’ll do with his platform next.”
Rema’s Up Next short was shot remotely in Lagos by the artist himself on iPhone 11 Pro and comes to Apple Music exclusively today. In the short, Rema opens up, talking about his earliest introductions to music through church groups and sharing how faith helped him overcome tragedy.
“The goal is to take Africa to the world, if the world can’t come to Africa,” Rema tells Apple Music. “That’s the plan.”
In an interview with Apple Music’s Darden, also available today, Rema discusses the origins of his genre-bending sound, the cultural significance of Lagos, and received the presidential seal of approval from Obama.
Frank Edwards drops new song ‘Opomulero’
Nigerian Contemporary Gospel singer and songwriter, Frank Edwards, comes through with a new record entitled “Opomulero“.
The Rocktown Kings Corner boss uses this song to exalt and praise God for who he is. Listen to the audio below for a lovely session.
Frank Ugochukwu Edwards is a 30-year-old award-winning musician who hails from Enugu State.
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