Gqom Oh! is proud to present its new single, this time travelling through the African continent. We are very excited for this experiment in connecting two of the most exciting music scenes from the Motherland. South Africa and Nigeria are here represented by our very own young talented Dj / producer Citizen Boy from Durban and the Nigerian singer Dapo Tuburna, bringing the excellent Lagos vibes with the gqom-afrobeats song “Alala”.
On the B-Side you can find “ Gqom Fever” – an instrumental track with the hard taxi kick and an addictive melody which will satisfy the dark-hypnotic-gqom fan base.
Dapo Tuburna says about the lyrics “Under the influence of our sound ‘Gqom’ , you need no approval to dance, to have fun… except if you’re a zombie… and even if you’re a zombie you can copy our dance moves and step along with us!”
The Digital single release is set up for the 30th of November, anticipating the Citizen Boy Ep “Gqom Fever”, out summer 2019 on Gqom Oh!.
Listen and Enjoy!
For Bella Alubo, music has always been the goal. She started recording in a small town in Jos, Nigeria where she independently released 2 EP’s ‘Bella:The EP’ and ‘Bella 2.0: Lucid Dreaming’. She got signed in 2017, and has evolved musically since then.
After the release of her joint project ‘Late Night Vibrations’, in January with top musician Ycee, gained wide acceptance home and away, Bella Alubo has gone on to inspire many with her style, interest in women’s rights and also feature on a few records.
The pop star is finally giving fans much awaited new music, with the release of “AIYA”, leading up to the release of her third solo EP “re-BELLA”, which drops on Friday, December 7th.
The track-list shows interesting collaborations with other African acts such as Sho Madjozi (South Africa), Victoria Kimani (Kenya), Efya (Ghana) and BOJ (Nigeria). The EP is now available for pre-order on iTunes.
Produced & Engineered by Syn X, AIYA is a smooth and adventurous pop single which has Bella Alubo talk about her ordeal with a love interest.
With humble beginnings as a small-town rapper in Jos, Nigeria to one of the most sought-after female musicians in the country, Mabel Oine Alubo popularly known as “Bella Alubo” thrilled a select group of fans, media personalities and celebrities at an exclusive, intimate listening party for her forthcoming third solo EP titled “re-BELLA”.
The event which was held in Lagos, Nigeria, was hosted by Hot FM OAP “Jasper” who introduced the event with a few brief jokes, commentaries on the art, and led Bella Alubo through series of questions about the body of work, her art and career in general.
Personalities like Ehiz, BOJ, Shaydee, Ajebutter 22, Sharon Ojong, Uche Odoh, Joules Da Kid, Sheye Banks, Quebeat, Syn X were among the notable people in attendance.
Photo Credits: Badman Tej
The track, which was produced by Yung Willis was released in June 2018 and has since become a favourite with fans of his music and others. The video was shot in Lagos, Nigeria, directed by Bash ‘Em for May6ix Filmworks.
More often than not, a major problem artistes have is the conversion of a musical idea to a complete song. Usually, the idea changes or gets lost in translation during the process of creation. Either the beat changes or the vocals don’t sound right. Plug and Play the EP is the complete package simply because it’s entire creation was in the hands of one person – Quebeat who wrote, performed and produced all songs.
From the slick transition between tracks, to the smooth blend of tempoes, well written lyrics and soul piercing vocals. P’n’P is simply an artistic body of worK. The EP starts up with the smooth vibes of Good feeling. This song is guaranteed to elevate your mood and forget your sorrows and worries. It embodies the true feelings of the average Nigerian youth – “Live free and be happy. We just want that good good feeling”.
With backup vocals from his sister Tomi Singz, Good feeling sets the pace of the entire EP with its proper composition and sweet vocals.
Vague, the second track on the EP, most likely came from a personal place. Quebeat pours his heart out as he tries to find out if that special someone feels the same way about him. Relatable lyrics accompanied with an appropriate tempo.
Quebeat switches it up as he “dumbs it down” with the 3rd and 4th track off the EP – Stronger & Kokose. The songa are your typical Nigeria composition. Short verse, catchy hook, a very basic chorus and melodious lamba which would be easy for listeners to remember. Whatever Nigerian artistes can do, Que can do better (x3).
Quebeat tries to be a better man and right all his wrongs on “Better”. Arguably the best song off the EP, Better is potentially a makeup anthem for guys trying to get back with their better halves. The melodious vibe backed up with trumpets is simply delicious.
The EP is rounded off with the calm groove of “Kon ko Below”. The song is laid back yet groovy. Mid tempo vibes at its peak with an infectious “Move your body” melody.
Plug and Play the EP is a demonstration of Quebeats amazing versatility which gives him the edge over other songwriters and producers. A Song writer, singer and producer all in one, Quebeat is well on his way to becoming a household name and World class musical component
Click to purchase ‘Plug and Play EP’ on music stores. Stream on SoundCloud below.