Dami Ajayi

Critic

Nigeria

Dami Ajayi is a doctor, poet and music critic writing from Lagos. Dami Ajayi’s reviews and critical writings have been published on GuardianUk, WawaBook Review as well as his personal blog. He also writes extensively about West African music. His writings have appeared on MusicinAfrica, The Guardian Nigeria, Bakwa Magazine, ThisIsAfrica, Afropolitan Magazine and elsewhere. He currently serves as the in-house music critic at OlisaTV where he has garnered a huge following for his witty and blatant reviews of contemporary Nigerian music. His second full-length volume of poems, The World According to Affection will be published in 2017.

Magic

Date: 13 Oct 2017 Category: Music
6.0 Rating
BOJ, short for Bolaji Ojudokan, has got an unmistakable voice. But this is not all, the Brrother also knows how to use his voice. You may see him as that weird dude with a scraggly beard but when he opens his mouth, something different happens—a transformation which he has chosen as the title of his first LP, Magic. At 15 tracks and with a dazzling graffiti cover art inspired by newsprint and retro pictures, Magic is not just an attempt by B ...

This Is Me

Date: 30 Oct 2017 Category: Music
9.0 Rating
It has been four years since Niniola graced the reality show Project Fame and stepped into our living rooms and lives with the fantastic facility of her vocals. The journey hasn’t been smooth and the connection between reality talent shows and reality itself is still staggering. No matter, and stepped into our living rooms and lives with the fantastic facility of her vocals. The journey hasn’t been smooth and the connection between reality ta ...

Odysseus

Date: 09 Sep 2017 Category: Music
6.0 Rating
It is no news: Jesse Jagz is your favourite emcee’s favourite emcee. And if your favourite emcee happens to be MI, his elder brother, then the confirmation you need has already been affirmed by MI in one of his songs: Jesse Jagz is the greatest. Note that greatest here is deployed as a noun, not an adjective. Not greatest rapper or emcee or singer or songwriter or musician, simply greatest. At 10 tracks, , Jesse Jagz’s latest album, is pro ...

27

Date: 27 Oct 2017 Category: Music
5.0 Rating
On October 27, 2017, Falz clocked 27 and he celebrated his new age by dropping an album called 27. Dropping a surprise album will always be cool. Pity, Beyoncé already immortalised this practice by lending it her name for our times. Cue Falz. This time last year, the internet was awash with pictures of the lawyer turned rapper with usual suspect, Simisola, in some sort of embrace. They had released promo pictures for their duo EP album Che ...

Sugarcane EP

Date: 22 Sep 2017 Category: Music
8.0 Rating
Mavin’s first lady and golden goose, Tiwa Savage, has surprised us with a new project which she calls Sugar Cane. On the album cover, she is predictably photographed looking all girlie in what would pass for a sugar cane plantation, not looking anything like a 37-year-old mum. Let’s safely conclude that besides her good stature, she is also blessed with a good voice and the good fortune of a successful musical career. Even if divas are mar ...

Simisola

Date: 07 Sep 2017 Category: Music
8.0 Rating
There is the coming of age album and there is the coming to stay album. There is an interregnum between the two, filled with a time of experimentation and quiet transition. For Simisola Ogunleye, the Chanteuse from Ondo Town, this period was not exactly quiet. Her coming of age album, Ogaju, was a 10 track gospel album produced by Samklef. Those in the know remember Ara Ile, that delightful funky Yoruba gospel song of divine adulation on heavy ...

Agberos International

Date: 07 Jul 2017 Category: Music
9.0 Rating
Believe me, horns can blow life into Lagos nights. Now, not every night and not in every place. On some Friday nights at the Freedom Park, a stifled grunt would go into at least three horns and exit as a groan to heaven and the night would be born. Those were the best times to birth the night with a 13 man collective as midwife. BANTU. Name as pre and post-colonial history. Name as acronym. Double entendre. For about five years, on every ...

Sounds From The Other Side

Date: 14 Jul 2017 Category: Music
6.0 Rating
Contemporary African Music, controversially called Afrobeats, has waited more than a decade for that final American crossover. This music whose heartbeat resides in Lagos, the economic capital of Nigeria, has waited for that special envoy, that spectacular singer whose vocal cords will ship this music back to world prominence. Let’s agree that Wizkid has always been the chosen one. Coming into prominence when Afrobeats began to find African ...

Timeless

Date: 30 Jun 2017 Category: Music
9.0 Rating
A third album is a true test of trajectory. For the Itsekiri singer, Omawumi, she is one of the biggest voices in the Contemporary Nigerian music salon. The boom of her vocal cords came to us by way of West African Idols a few years ago. After singing through a season of Reality Television, she emerged one of the finalists. She brought to stage an infectious vivacity and we knew she was poised for stardom. Three albums later, her musical journ ...

Ijele – The Traveler

Date: 27 Jun 2017 Category: Music
6.0 Rating
That Flavour is not a hyped musician, or that he has successfully crossed over from highlife into popular music is a bit of delight, if not a major triumph. At a time when highlife is a tool of nostalgia; the stuff that graying men (and women) warm what is left of their milk of youth with, Flavour is taking the edge out of that highlife flavour and dropping it straight into popular music. Following mixed receptions of his fourth album, Thankfu ...