By Stephen Chibuzor
Ever since Olamide emerged in 2010 with the freestyle-inspired hip-hop single Eni Duro, the Lagos native has kept us on our toes: his first three albums, Rapsodi, YBNL and Baddest Guy Ever Liveth were indigenous rap albums that defined hip-hop as a commercial genre in Nigeria.
From his fourth tape, Street OT, he began to incorporate more pop-leaning sounds as he delivered Afropop anthems like Story for the gods (2014), Lagos Boys (2015), Wo (2017), Science Student (2018), Woske (2019) and Infinity (2020).
“I’m a citizen of the world now, so my choice of sound is a combination of all the beautiful music I’ve heard. This is a full-time pop album, and its way, way above everything I’ve ever done.
“My son is a huge fan of astrology, and one day he asked me what the biggest star in the universe was. I found out; it stuck in my head and I titled the project that because it’s the biggest move I’ve made in my career,” Olamide said.
Olamide has retained his reputation as the most charismatic Voice of the Street by consistently delivering streetwise lyrics during his pop transitions. On his latest project, UY Scuti, his Caribbean pop sensibilities are the highlight of the 10-track tape. It’s buttressed by some brilliant beat making—throwback Caribbean harmonies produced by Eskeez (“Julie”), undiscovered guest features—Fave (a newcomer in the Nigerian music scene), and Layydoe (who infused an afro bashment vibe), and Olamide writing from his most self-assured position yet.
It’s as if Olamide spent the last year scouring through streaming service playlists for rhythms that could make his lessons from the streets that raised him feel more thrilling and reflect his expanding worldview. He was able to adapt Caribbean melodies into his sound without damping his sharp-witted pen game and it emphasized his prestige as the biggest star.
Fans’ reaction to the pop direction of UY Scuti has been positive as it pulled over one million streams on Boomplay alone within the first 24 hours after it dropped.
It surpassed other new releases to trend number one in the country on other streaming platforms though, the bonus track, Petty was available exclusively on Boomplay.
The streaming service also showed support for the project’s rollout through strategically located billboards and with their primary focus on African local and urban music for its over 60 million MUA, the favourable numbers confirmed that Olamide’s globe-trotting approach to the album didn’t discourage his local fanbase. It’s a testament to his endearing character that has also allowed him numerous opportunities to be endorsed as an ambassador to some top local and international brands.
UY Scuti positions Olamide as one of Afropop’s ambassadors as the genre continues to grow more internationally renowned following recent Grammy awards and other international recognition.
As reported by Boomplay, UY Scuti has been played over 4 million times on the platform which is impressive within the context of the streaming platform’s 68 million MAU. Olamide continues to release new albums yearly, keeping fans entertained without being afraid to experiment and explore new sounds.
Stephen Princewill Chibuzor popularly called papi wemba is a music enthusiast, Afrobeat music curator, entertainment and lifestyle PR consultant and serial entrepreneur who writes at his leisure. He is currently making magic with Boomplay as their PR Manager (Nigeria)
UniAbuja Student Wins N1.5m in Boomplay Campus Music Star Season 1
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
A 200 level student of the University of Abuja (UniAbuja), Ms Emmanuella Adejoh, has emerged as the winner of the Boomplay Campus Music Star season one.
The Guidance and Counselling budding singer won the grand prize of the competition, N1.5 million, due to her outstanding performance, according to the judges.
She defeated the other contestants, especially those that made it into the top three, to clinch the coveted prize.
The first-runner up was Iroenyenwa Nzubechukwu, a student of the Federal Polytechnic Nekede Owerri, studying Mass Communications; and the second runner-up, Godswill Sarah Iruoma, a student of Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, studying Hospitality Management.
It was gathered that the music hunt contest had the trio of Teni, OAP Do2dtun, and a renowned music producer Philkeyz as the judges.
They were involved in accessing the several entries received for the completion and pruned them to 10, who made it to the finale.
The rookie artistes underwent a series of activities, including a master class training session, a team bonding exercise, press conference and community display of their talents.
The Boomplay Campus Music Star competition was created to discover loads of talents in the country and provide them with a platform to showcase their skills.
The official partners of the programme were SHAREit Lite and Vskit, while the media partner was Trace TV.
Legendary Singer Dayo Kujore Dies at LASUTH
By Aduragbemi Omiyale
A legendary Juju musician in Nigeria, Dayo Kujore, has died at the age of 63 at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) Ikeja, Lagos.
The singer, according to reports quoting his daughter, Ayinke Kujore, died on Monday morning at the hospital.
The Soko Extra crooner, who started playing the guitar at 10 and rose to become popular for creating a new tune from the Juju genre called Soko music, gave up the ghost after a brief illness.
However, his family is yet to formally state the actual illness that claimed the life of the veteran Juju musician today.
The report of his death is already generating reactions from stakeholders in the Nigerian music industry, with friends, colleagues and fans sending their condolences.
Dayo Kujore serenaded lovers of good music during his lifetime with albums like Soko Xtra, Joy, Easy Life, Wisdom, Elevation and Superjet, which turned him into a household name in 1991, though his first album was released in 1977 and was titled Ha! Jesu Mbe.
Veteran Nollywood Actress Iyabo Oko is Dead
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
A veteran actress in the Yoruba movie industry, Sidikat Odukanwi, otherwise known as Iyabo Oko, has passed on.
One of the children of the deceased, Ms Bisi Aisha, who is military personnel, confirmed the death of her mother.
“May ur soul Rest In Peace mummy,” she posted on one of her social media pages.
Also, one of the colleagues of Iyabo Oko in Nollywood, Mrs Foluke Daramola-Salako, posted on Instagram the death of the prolific actress, who reportedly breathed her last Wednesday evening.
Iyabo Oko died after battling with an illness, which kept her away from movie locations. She finally succumbed to the illness yesterday.
“And finally, we lost her.. rip Iyabo Oko, we did our best but God knows best,” Foluke Daramola-Salako wrote.
In 2021, when one of the daughters of the late actress, Olamide, revealed that her mother was diagnosed with ischaemic stroke about five years ago but kept her health issues away from the public, some thespians rallied around with financial assistance to get her back on her feet.
Pictures of her on the internet showed the state of her health and spurred more reactions from fans and colleagues. She was treated and later discharged from the hospital. Thereafter, not much was heard about the 61-year-old actress until her death on Wednesday.
Iyabo Oko was born on November 15, 1960, in the Iwo Local Government Area of Osun State. She acted in several films before bowing out the stage.
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