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Music reviews round up for TheLagosReview 2023

Our music section was a mélange of reportage and analytical reviews, tracing the musical journeys of some of our top artistes both on the charts and on the stage and as usual we nailed it.

Our review of Asake’s Work of Art was explicit in noting that his song Amapiano featuring Olamide was one for the ages and a month later it bagged a Grammy nomination.

Here is a quick run-down of some memorable moments during the year:

The African Center rings in the Christmas season with the Lagos AfroFunk Collective – Toni Kan

Ed Keazor and the Lagos AfroFunk Collective rocked The African Center with an expansive and rollicking musical odyssey through West Africa tracing the percussion heavy trajectory and provenance of contemporary African music…Continue reading

Asake is a braggart on “Work of Art” – Toni Kan

Work of Art presents Asake the lyricist, wordsmith and braggart. We are also introduced to the songwriter (who often gets entangled in his own wordplay as he yokes words together as if by violence in his quest for end rhymes)… Continue reading

Lojay is an anti-romantic gangster on “Gangster Romantic” EP – Fatiat Saliu

From his lead single ‘Tonongo’ to ‘Monalisa’, both on his collaborative EP with Sarz LV N ATTN, Lojay has been serving us with back-to-back hits since he arrived in the Nigerian music scene. His features on ‘Only Fan’ with DJ Neptune and Zlatan, released in the same year and ‘Runaway’ with Ayra Starr are just as immaculate.  A Chris Brown feature on his remix of ‘Monalisa’ was a knock on the door to global stardom. Lojay is all anti-romance with … Continue reading

Asa’s “V”-ery thrilling concert at The Royal Albert Hall – Toni Kan

Asa owned the stage for the two hours she was on it, prancing, dancing, preening and jerking as the spirit led. It was the performance of a bonafide star who has come into her own… Continue reading

Asake’s “Mr Money with the Vibe” goes above and beyond vibes – Abdul-jabbar Obiagwu

The release of Mr. Money with The Vibe began a chain reaction of unprecedented artistic success for the 27- year-old Lagos native. Backed by YBNL Records, the album does not feel like it was released in September, rather it feels like it occurred in the first quarter of 2022. With production from Magicsticks, the record’s direction is specific enough to keep listeners engaged for the 30-minute runtime… Continue reading

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