Psst! Cool Stuff: 7 African Songs To Listen To

Love is in the air, and we have a lineup to remind you that loving yourself is a must for loving others. This week’s edition serves as a reminder to love yourself by transporting you to the appropriate locations, providing you with the appropriate mantras, and establishing the appropriate tempo for you in our fast-paced society. Groovy and calming music, blending Amapiano, Fuji, Afrobeats, and Afro-fusion.

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Psst! Cool Stuff: 7 African Songs To Listen To

-Oibiee

New year, New you? This week we bring you songs to keep you grounded and help you navigate 2023. Each song, a testament to a human experience with direction on how you can handle the situation, and inspiration to reframe your 2023 regardless of what 2022 showed you. If you are not sure about 2023 yet, these songs will show you a way through. 

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Psst! Cool Stuff: 7 African Songs To Listen To

-Morola

This edition of cool stuff places special focus on sounds Africa has been fusing into dance floors. We all witnessed the buzz of Amapiano, captivating drums so hard to resist even after almost two years of holding our speakers hostage. This year also saw the blossoming of electronic dance and deep house music on the dance floor and at raves. 

Now imagine the fusion of Afro-house and Afro Techno music, the Amapiano drums, and its spiritual and liberating groove with the deep effects of Electronic dance music. A no-brainer right? Well, it’s already happening and we’ve curated these sounds, especially for you so crack open that prosecco and take off your shoes.

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Quick Questions with Aibee Abidoye

There’s a new super hero in town! She’s dogged, quite aggressive and unafraid to stand up to anyone in the way of her achieving her goals!


If you were a city in  Nigeria which would you be and why? 

Ikoyi because I’m an introvert who likes to be close to things that are happening and Ikoyi is hidden and quiet but close to where all the action happens. 


Top three appliances you use in the morning? 

My phone, my rechargeable fan and my electric toothbrush 



We are creating a comic book about the superhero of the African music industry, describe your superpower as a music executive and tell us your superhero name

I would be a character that is quite aggressive and dogged. My super power would be keeping at a thing till I get the desired goal, regardless of who or what the obstacle is.  I can’t come up with a name so I’m open to suggestions …


What’s your favourite part of working at Chocolate City? 

Actualising the vision & seeing what we are working on coming to life. Seeing us grow from being a small label to now having an agency and putting together our publishing agency. Seeing the development with Candy Bleakz, executing the Love Nwantiti project, watching the growth with Blaq Bonez and Yung Jon. Seeing my colleagues develop their skills. Being a part of our bloom as a label is my favourite part of working with Chocolate City. 


What is something that occurs regularly in the Nigerian music industry that needs to stop and why?  

We need to share more, there’s space for everyone. People act like if they share you will take their quota but I think it makes the industry as a whole bigger, better and makes people want to invest in it. I also think there needs to be a policy regulating the number of shares international companies and labels can have when there is a partnership with local labels and companies so we don’t have a case where our sound recording is being exported out and not owned by Nigerians.


Can you please tell us in no particular order your top 5 Women in the African Music industry?

Titi Adesanya, Rima at Mavin, Deola Art Alade(in the event space), Candy Bleakz, & Yemi Alade.


Tell us about your must recent project for women in the Music Business?

Nahla (my baby). It started during the pandemic in 2021, and its first program was put together in 2022. Our focus is building more female producers, songwriters and engineers between the ages of 18-35, to increase female representation in the space, create safer spaces for women that may have experienced abuse working with men and increase the diversity of creative experience produced in the industry. At the heart of our work is showing women that it is possible to have a successful career in the music industry.


As a music Executive what top three things should a songwriter do to be more visible? 

  • Short videos of yourself on IG (promoting what your do) 
  • Posting videos of what you’ve done in the past 
  • Pitching yourself using an electronic press kit.

What is the role of Record Labels in the development of the African Music Industry and how can they foster more growth within the industry?

The role of a record label should be development, there is something about the framework of a record label that helps artists to be guided. The record label is to protect the artist and monetise the content being created. It’s the role of the label to educate the artist on what they are signing and then create platforms for the artist to make money and live well. Nigerian Record Labels do not need to embody the framework of international labels that can be slightly capitalist in nature, they can create new frameworks, which is something Chocolate city has and still does. 

Your name is going in the hall of fame for people who impacted the music industry, what would your quote be? 

“It is possible for you to exist and impact”


Psst! Cool Stuff: 7 African Songs To Listen To

If you’re a pioneer or just simply doing things differently here’s your sign to keep going. Stop worrying about being accepted and focus all that energy on living as your truest self. Like they say what’s a life without Colour? This edition of Cool stuff brings you not just colors but shades, shapes, and forms of living and expression from gifted Africans. We hope you enjoy!

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Quick Questions with Itty Okim

– Oibiee

We are creating a comic book about the superhero’s of the African music industry, what’s your superhero power and name?

My super hero name is Deitty, I read minds, how about you? 

Top three brands you wear?

I don’t like brand names, truth is I have a stylist who makes my clothes but top three would be Raven wears , Urban centre, Urban twist . The summary, I’m really into street wear.


From Pharmacist to Managing Editor at Digimillennials, what was the journey like? 

I was always keen on the media space because my father is a journalist, I grew up in an environment that supported journalism, especially entertainment.

Being a writer is really just me responding to what the environment has given me.

– Itty

How is it working at DigiMillennials and what’s the vision you are curating about the African Music Space?

 Digimillenials is awesome, the most interesting thing about working here is that majority of the team are people under 24, young fresh really talented minds, telling stories about African entertainment but in the light of Canadians, in Canada afro beats is not as big as it is in USA and England, so Digimillenials is trying to shed light on the Africans in Canada doing Afrocentric entertainment and showcase whats happening in Africa to the africans in Diaspora, especially in Canada. We really want to be part of the growth of Afrobeats, African Music Culture in Canada and the world. 


What is the role of writers and editors in shaping the Narrative of the African Music Scene? 

African music is getting a lot of global recognition and people are scared that we might lose the narrative of the art from Africa, and thats where writers come in, we control what the world sees and hears about African music, we control the narrative and stories, even though we are not gate keeping the sound  we are letting people know what is true about African music, editors and writers are at the fore of this. 

Writers and editors control what the world sees and hears about African music, we control the narrative and stories.

Can you tell us the type of content we need to see more off to grow the African Music Space? 

We have the art on lock but we need the creators owning their stories and sharing their journeys even more. It seems like African artists are basking in present glories and not being futuristic in their thinking about how to secure the future of the sound. 


What collaborations do you think we need to see in the African Music Space?

More of the music and fashion collaboration that is focused on home grown talent.


Can you tell us about any writing camps, programs, communities or initiatives that aspiring African entertainment writers can pug into? 

Not sure they exist, but watch my space because something is coming. 


Tell us about Bae’s Gist! How did it start, what strategy did you use to grow it? And where is it going? 

Bae Gist started as my friends and I talking about how people were always coming to us for relationship advice especially Gen Z`s. Our strategy has been leveraging the power of videos for marketing and now we are #1 relationship podcast in the country. For the future, expect live shows, merch, and more


Podcasts help us own our stories, our talk and our journeys, Podcast is as important as all other forms of media 

Itty Okim

What are some of your favourite innovations and programs by Africans for the music industry?

The Sarz academy, DIY Collective a new one but a very important one


Your name is going in the hall of fame for people who impacted the music industry, what would your quote be? 

Do you mehn!

Because people like to act like there’s a template for being relevant but there really is none, it’s really about finding how much value you can give and giving it to the people who deserve it & showing up, because consistency is the major thing in the music business. 


Psst! Cool Stuff: 7 African Songs To Listen To

-Morola

Love is in the air and if you’re not going to hold your breath and shut your doors, then this one is for you. This edition of cool stuff shines a light on matters of the heart and all such difficult emotions that come with it. Love, lust, pain, and how to be new again. With the right playlist, difficult emotions can feel simple again yet still powerful. We’ve searched long and hard to find some of our favorite songs that capture what it means to live a full life and how to navigate the emotions that come with living and loving.

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