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December 17, 2019

Santi’s debut album, Mandy & The Jungle is easily among the strongest Nigerian projects of the year, and one of its standout tracks is the Kida Kudz-assisted “Raw Dinner”, stunningly produced by Higo. Higo’s production discography is awe-inspiring — creating gems for stars like Odunsi, M.I and Prettyboy D-O — and his last release, “Friday […]

December 10, 2019

Last week on #Beatsmith, we spoke to Altims about producing Rema’s latest banger, “Lady” — a standout off his third EP, Bad Commando. Now, we’re turning our attention to the EP’s title track, which seems to be gaining more momentum with each passing day. Produced by fast-rising talent, London, “Bad Commando” is an utterly infectious […]

December 3, 2019

Rema is easily the biggest breakout star of 2019. In less than a year, he’s dropped three impressive EPs, all filled with really fantastic tracks. Out of all them, however, one that truly stands out is “Lady” — an infectious afropop gem off his third project, Bad Commando. Considering that it’s one of Rema’s most […]

November 26, 2019

Burna Boy’s exceptional African Giant is easily the best Nigerian album of 2019, as well as one of the best of the past decade, so it comes as no surprise that it recently nabbed a well-deserved Grammy nomination for ‘Best World Music Album’. While Burna Boy’s talents cannot be praised enough, it’s also worth noting […]

November 19, 2019

Joeboy has had a truly incredible breakout year, thanks to the back-to-back success of “Baby”, “Beginning”, “Don’t Call Me Back” and “All For You”. Well, out of those four career-making singles, two of them were produced by rising beatsmith, Beats by KO. So, we decided to catch up with Beats by KO, who is also […]

November 12, 2019

Burna Boy’s career-best LP, African Giant remains the strongest Nigerian project that has been released this year. While it’s stacked with a ton of great songs and features, a clear highlight is “Different”, which features Angelique Kidjo and Damian Marley. Produced by Chopstix, GMK and TMXO, “Different” is one of the most thoughtful songs on […]

November 5, 2019

Reekado Banks is one of afropop’s most consistent stars, dropping at least one defining hit every single year. For 2019, that hit is the infectious “Rora”, which was masterfully produced by Tuzi, with a little help from the always-impressive Altims. So, we decided to sit down with the fast-rising producer behind one of the yeat’s […]

October 29, 2019

The Headies went down a few days ago, and Teni emerged as the night’s most awarded artist, taking home ‘Best Recording of the Year’ and ‘Best Vocal Performance (Female)’ for “Uyo Meyo”, Best Pop Single for “Case”,  and the ‘Viewer’s Choice’ award. Before the success of “Uyo Meyo” and “Case”, however, Teni had “Askamaya”, the breakout […]

October 22, 2019

Over the weekend, Falz’s fourth studio album, Moral Instruction — a socially conscious body of work that was greatly inspired by the legendary Fela Kuti — pulled off a surprise upset, beating out Burna Boy’s acclaimed mixtape, Outside to take home the Headies award for ‘Album of the Year’. While the album’s ballsy concept got […]

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