’19 And Dangerous’ Is A Classic People Won’t Forget, Says Ayra Starr

Singer and songwriter, Ayra Starr. Instagram @ayrastarr


Nigerian singer and songwriter Oyinkansola Sarah Aderibigbe better known as Ayra Starr says the deluxe of her debut album ’19 & Dangerous’ is a classic and people will talk about it forever.

The singer said this in a chat with Dada Boy Ehiz on Apple Music Africa Now Radio after the release of the deluxe album on Friday, October 21.

“To be very honest I actually wanted to release another project and not a Deluxe, but I trust my team so much and they made me understand why it was so important to do a ’19 & Dangerous’ Deluxe.’19 & Dangerous’ is a classic in its own right – it’s a classic album forever, and people will talk about it forever – and you know, I should make a Deluxe so I can just close the chapter of my life. We’re entering a new phase now,” she said in a chat with Dada Boy Ehiz on Apple Music Africa Now Radio after she released the deluxe album.

The Mavin Records songstress says the album, released on October 21, is a chronicle of her worth and spiritual journey.

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“I also changed the tracklist in the album so it can make sense. When you listen to ’19 & Dangerous’ it’s kind of a story now, how I went from realizing my worth to becoming a spiritual person,” she added.

The “Bloody samaritan” crooner emphasized that one of the singles that’s set to define the deluxe is ‘Rush’ which she says will be so big adding that her ‘ability to sabi’ is evident in the album.

“‘Rush’ is going to be so big. I’ve not made a song that had made me have goosebumps in a long time, since ‘Bloody Samaritan.’ I want to make a song that I will feel content with when I leave the studio like ‘Damn I just made something immaculate,’ and that’s what it was with ‘Rush.’ I felt so relieved, I felt like God had used me to create this sound, so ‘Rush’ had to be in the Deluxe no matter what. It had to be there.

“This definitely still has some celestial energy, but in a way with the Deluxe that everything comes together. My “Baddie Sneh-ism” – I make words myself so don’t come for me! My Baddie Sneh-ism, and my “Sability” – my ability to Sabi – is shown in this album,” she said.

Don Jazzy Won’t Change My Sound – Johnny Drille

Don Jazzy Won't Change My Sound - Johnny DrilleMavin Records’ latest signee, Johnny Drille, is beyond thrilled he is now a member of the Supreme Mavin Dynasty, more so because he gets to maintain control over his ‘alternative’ sound and musical direction.

The Don Jazzy led imprint, which welcomed its first alternative act on Tuesday, is packed full with pop artistes including Korede Bello and Reekado Banks.

Drille, who believes he has something special to bring to the Mavin table, said he has no worries.

“So far, so good. He’s been giving me a lot of control over what direction I will take and I’m really grateful for that”, he said, during an exclusive phone chat with Entertainment News, adding “he’s let me produce most of my songs”.

2017 is shaping up nicely for Drille who was once described as the future of the Nigerian music industry by respected musician Cobhams Asuquo.

“The good thing about being part of the family is we are all diverse. We are all different people of different gifts and different genres of music.

“Yes, most of us on the label are pop artistes but then, we all have special things that we offer,” said the new Mavin signee.

Don Jazzy and Drille got into talks shortly after the 26-year-old guitarist released a cover for ‘aww’ by Di’ja in 2017 and their relationship led to an official agreement in February 2017.

The SMD boss made the announcement via social media and it was well received by Drille’s fans and the music community.

Drille first came into public consciousness via the Project Fame competition in 2013 and has since won hundreds of fans over with songs like ‘my beautiful love’, ‘wait for me’ and ‘dear future wife’.

Iyanya Joins Mavin Records, Drops New Single With Don Jazzy

Iyanya, Mavin, DonjazzyThe Mavin Crew on Monday, welcomed a new member, Iyanya, to the record label.

The artist finally broke the silence by announcing that he is officially joining Mavin Records with the release of a new song featuring Don Jazzy as well as Dr. Sid.

The R&B, afro-pop singer, who used to be in partnership with Ubi Franklyn, made the exit from their record label, ‘Triple MG’.

His new hit tune titled ‘Up 2 Sumting’ was produced by the Record label Boss, Don Jazzy.

Don Jazzy and Iyanya

According to Iyanya, this comes after months of speculation about his future.

Meanwhile, the track, which was released on Monday, October 31, coincides with the singer’s 30th birthday.

With this new move, Iyanya joins other artistes on the record label including Tiwa Savage, Dr. Sid, D’Prince, Korede Bello, Reekado Banks and Di’Ja.

In a press statement, he stated: “I am at a decision-making curve in my music career where I have to make the right professional and creative decisions. At this point, I realised the need to put in solid structures in place, to move to the next level of my career.

UP 2 Sumting, Iyanya, Mavin, Donjazzy

“I think I have found that professional and creative backbone in Mavin Records.”

Don Jazzy, who broke the news on his Twitter handle also on Monday, equally expressed excitement about the new partnership.

“Iyanya brings his own unique style and sound to the Mavin Records family.

“From the first time I stepped into the studio with him, there was an instant chemistry and energy.

“He is an amazing talent and he has great musical versatility, this is an exciting time for us and our fans have a lot of great music to look forward to,”  he said.

Also acknowledging Iyanya’s entry to the Mavin crew, on his Facebook page, Mavin Grandpa, Mr Colins Enebeli, wrote: “Happy birthday Mavin Iyanya and welcome to SMD. Congrats!”.


As a means of exploring a more creative phase of his career, the Cross River State born singer, had signed a management deal with leading creative talent agency, Temple Management Company, earlier on the year.

Iyanya Onoyom Mbuk launched into a blistering music career when he won the MTN Project Fame West Africa in 2008.

The singer, who has been endorsed by several brands, has three albums to his credit since he started his music career.

The Graduate of Business Management from University of Calabar, (UNICAL), grabbed global attention with the hit single, ‘Kukere’ and went on to get nominations at the Channel O Music Video Awards, Headies awards, Soul Train Music Awards and Nigerian Entertainment Awards.

NEW VIDEO: Tiwa Savage Drops ‘Rewind’

Tiwa savage, rewind music video, reekado banks,Mavin songstress, Tiwa Savage drops the visuals for her song, ‘Rewind’, a track off her sophomore album, Romance, Expression, Dance (R.E.D)

The music video which features actor, Emmanuel Ikubuese as Tiwa’s love interest, gives off some ethnic vibe.

It is the second time the actor would feature along-side Tiwa, following his role in her 2015 music video titled ‘My Darling’.

The visual interpretation of ‘Rewind’ was created by award winning Director, Clarence Peters.

Meanwhile members of the Mavin crew appear to be making new waves, as Reekaado Banks is also out with the video for ‘Problem’, a track off his debut ‘Spotlight’ album.

The video was directed by Aje Filmworks.

NMVA Organisers Announce Winners of 2015 Edition

NMVAOrganizers of the Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA) have announced rapper Vector’s video for ‘King Kong Remix’ as the 2015 Video of the Year.

The awards ceremony was postponed indefinitely last year with the organizers citing logistic challenges for calling off an earlier announced date in 2015.

Although the ceremony never held, organizers have announced winners from the last year nominations including Mavin Records as the Record Label of the Year, Mattmaxx as the Best Director and Reekado Banks’ Katapot named for Best Use of Visual Effect in a Music Video.

See the full list of winners:

Best RnB Video – Timi Dakolo – Wish Me Well

Best Highlife Video – Harrysong – Raggae Blues

Best Soft Rock / Alternative Video – Adekunle Gold – Sade

Best Gospel Video – Humblesmith – Osinachi

Best Video By Minors – Young Bobby & Lexxy Eye – Famous

Best Afrobeat Video – Wizkid – Ojuelegba

Best Raggae/Dancehall Video – Sheyi Shay – Right Now

Best Afro Hip Hop Video – Falz – Karishika

Best Afro Pop Video – Oristefemi – Igbeyawo

Best Pop Extra Video – Tekno Miles – Duro

Best Video By A New Artiste – Kiss Daniel – Laye

Best Contemporary Afro Video – Korede Bello – Godwin

Mainstream Hip Hop Video – Vector – Kingkong Remix

Best Use Of Dance In A Video – May D – Ibadi

Best Use Of Costume In A Video – Tipsy – O Wunmi

Best Use Of Visual Effect In A Video – Reekado Banks – Katapot

Best Cinematography – Mr Moe Musa – Melo by Olamide

Best Director – Mattmax – Kingkong Rmx by Vector

Best New Director – Wole Siren – Okoro by Jowana

Best Editor – Unlimited LA – Aww by Dija

Record Label Of The Year – Mavin Records

Video Of The Year – Vector – Kingkong Remix


Ice Prince Set To Float New Label

Ice Prince, Korede BelloRapper, Ice Prince is getting set to float a record label, Super Cool Cats.

The ‘Oleku’ crooner, made the announcement on Thursday, revealing he is no longer signed to Chocolate City Music, as his contract expired two years ago.

The singer also released a new song, Chike, featuring Mavin Records star, Korede Bello.

The song was produced by C Kay.

Banky W Reveals Taking A Break For Marriage

Banky W‘Lagos Party’ crooner, Banky W will soon take a break from the music industry, as a recording/performing artiste, to concentrate on finding a woman to marry and build a family with.

Banky W, who first revealed his intention to retire in 2015, made his plans known in an interview with Channels Television’s Entertainment News.

News that Banky W was considering early retirement spread like wildfire in June 2015, following a series of tweets, where he revealed he has new projects in the works, as well as his desire to work with Mavin Records boss, Don Jazzy.

Earlier this year, he revealed he would be releasing three albums in 2016.

Entertainment News gathered the three comprise of a solo album titled ‘Songs About You’, a joint RnB with Iyanya and a rap mixtape with EME signee, DJ Xclusive.

In the exclusive interview, Banky W made known his desire to have a wife and children, a desire he has decided to actively pursue by taking a break from the industry.

“Living an artiste’s life does not lend itself to (kind of) working on a relationship. It’s tough.

“It’s something that I actively (really) want to do, so I want to take some time off, after I’m done releasing this music and touring, I want to take some time off. Like I want to have some kids you know, get married, you know. Get married first and then have some kids,” he said.

About his impending retirement, it appears it might only be temporary as Banky W stated “Somebody told me that musicians don’t retire. You stop when you have (nothing left) no more music left in you (and) I have a lot of music left in me.”

He noted that he may decide to release music after 5-10 years, adding “I will let the music lead me”.

Tune in to Entertainment News on Channels TV tonight (DSTV 11:30pm & online m.channelstv.com. For UK viewers, Sky 575, 11pm) for the full interview.

I Don’t Know Tiwa Savage Personally – Seyi Shay

Seyi ShayNigerian songwriter and record producer, Oluwaseyi Joshua, popularly known by her stage name, Seyi Shay, says she does not really know Tiwa Savage.

Responding to a question about her relationship with the Mavin Records queen on Channels Television, Seyi Shay said “I don’t really know her”.

She acknowledged that she had met Tiwa Savage before, but told Ebuka Obi-Uchendu on Rubbin’ Minds that she does not really know her personally.

“I do not have many friends in the music industry (and) then my colleagues, we say hello, we say goodbye and then we invite each other to different things and functions happening,” she said.

Wande Coal Says ‘God, Not Don Jazzy Made Me’

wande coalBlack Diamond Entertainment boss and lead act, Wande Coal on Thursday spoke about his journey to success during a press session in Lagos, saying God and not former label executive/producer, Don Jazzy ‘made’ him.

WC, as he often calls himself, came into mainstream music when he joined the now defunct Mo’Hits label, under which he released his debut album, From Mushin To Mo’Hits.

When a disagreement between label executives, Don Jazzy and D’Banj led to the end of the label, Wande Coal joined Mavin Records, alongside Dr. Sid, Tiwa Savage and D’Prince, under the leadership of Don Jazzy.

However, Wande Coal quit the label in 2013.

[Click here to watch: God, Not Don Jazzy Made Me – Wande Coal]

However, during the interview, Wande Coal was quick to give kudos to his former boss, revealing that he misses him.

[Watch Video Here]

Wande Coal is getting set to release his first full body of work since leaving Mavin Records. The album is titled WANTED.

Di’ja Drops Falling For You Video Featuring Patoranking

di'ja drops Falling For You videoMavin Records’ songstress, Di’ja, has released the video to her love song titled ‘Falling For You’ which features dance-hall general, Patoranking.

‘Falling For You’ is the perfect rude girl love story with a hint of the Caribbean in it.

The video was produced by Mavin Record’s in-house producer, Baby Fresh.

Enjoy the video!

Mavin Artistes ‘WOW’ At Ghana Meets Naija Concert

Mavin Records stars staged a stellar performance at the Ghana Meets Naija Concert which held in Accra over the weekend.

Songs performed included Katapot which saw singer Reekado Banks getting married on stage and Surulere by Dr. Sid with label boss, Don Jazzy.

Check out pictures below:

Dr. Sid Drops Video For Chop Ogbono (Remix) Featuring Olamide

dr sidMavin Records artiste, Dr. SID has dropped a new video for the remix of the ‘Chop Ogbono’ song, featuring YBNL rapper Olamide.

The song ‘Chop Ogbono’ is off Dr. SID’s latest album, Siduction.

Watch here: