2019 Headies Awards: Burna Boy Makes History With 10 Nominations

The 13th Headies Awards nominations list is out and Burna Boy made history raking in 10 nominations.

Headies on its website says Burna’s history as the most nominated artiste is the highest in the history of the award as it defeats Olamide’s record of seven nominations in the 2015 edition of the awards.

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Burna Boy is in contention for the artiste of the year alongside Wizkid, Davido, Tiwa Savage, Falz The Bahd Guy, Teni and Mr Eazi.

Burna’s Ye has three nominations, Song Of The Year, Recording of the year, Best Pop Single and its producer, Phantom gets nominated in the Producer of the year category.

Other categories he got nominated for are: Best Reggae/Dancehall Single Heaven’s Gate featuring Lily Allen ‘, Best Pop Album ‘Outside’, Best Collabo Killin’ Dem featuring Zlatan.

Best Music Video ‘Dangote’, Album of the year ‘Outside, and Headies Viewers Choice.

Other artistes with top nominations include Davido, Wizkid, and Teni.

Tagged ‘The Power of A Dream’ the 2019 Headies Award will feature 29 unique categories to acknowledge and celebrate the work of various artists in different categories.

These include; Best Recording of the Year; Best Pop Single; Producer of The Year; Best Rap Album; Best R&B/ Pop Album; Best Collabo; Best Rap Single; Best Vocal Performance (Male); Best Vocal Performance (Female); Next Rated; Hip Hop World Revelation; and Lyricist on The Roll.

Others are the Best Street-Hop Artiste; Album of The Year; Artiste of The Year; Song of The Year; African Artiste Recognition; Headies’ Viewer’s Choice; Industry Brand Supporter; Best Performer; Songwriter of The Year; Rookie of The Year; Special Recognition; Hall of Fame.

 

 

See full nomination list:

 

BEST RECORDING OF THE YEAR

A non-voting category for the best recording (that meets the judges’ requirements of excellence; songwriting, production, rendition) by an artist or group in the year under review.

Adekunle Gold – Ire

Heal D World – Patoranking

Olanrewaju – Brymo

Uyo Meyo – Teni

Ye – Burna Boy

 

BEST POP SINGLE

A category for the best pop single in year under review (by single individual or group).

‘Ye’ – Burna Boy

‘Wetin We Gain’ – Victor AD

‘Fake Love’ – Starboy ft Duncan Mighty, Wizkid

‘Case’ – Teni

‘Jealous’ – Fireboy DML

‘Baby’ – Joeboy

 

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

An individual is responsible for producing the most acclaimed song or album in the year under review.

Phantom – ‘Ye’ by Burna Boy

Ozedikus – ‘Dumebi’ by Rema

Spellz – ‘Askamaya’ by Teni

Killertunes – ‘Fake Love’ by Starboy ft Duncan Mighty and Wizkid

Kel-P Vibes – ‘Killing Dem’ by Burna Boy ft Zlatan

 

BEST RAP ALBUM

A non-voting category for the best album by a rap artiste or group in year under review.

‘Moral Instruction’ – Falz

‘Crown’ – AQ and Loose Kaynon

‘A Study On Self Worth: Yxng Dxnzl’ – M.I Abaga

‘Clone Wars, Vol. IV (These Buhari Times)’ – Show Dem Camp

 

BEST R&B/ POP ALBUM

A category for the best r&b/pop album in the year under review (by single individual or group).

‘Rare.’ – Odunsi (The Engine)

‘Outside’ – Burna Boy

‘No Bad Songz’ – Kizz Daniel

‘Mayor of Lagos’ – Mayorkun

‘About 30’ – Adekunle Gold

 

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

A voting category for the best conceptualist, best directed and most exciting video in the year under review. This award goes to the video director.

‘Dangote’ (Burna Boy) – Clarence Peters

‘Available’ (Patoranking) – Clarence Peters

‘Ire’ (Adekunle Gold) – Aje Films

‘Talk’ (Falz) – Prodigeezy

‘Jaiye’ (Ladipoe) – 88 Factor

 

BEST R&B SINGLE

A category for the best r&b single in the year under review (by a single individual or group).

‘Tipsy’ – Odunsi ft. RAYE

‘Serenade’ – Funbi

‘Uyo Meyo’ – Teni

‘Wishes and Butterflies’ – Wurld

‘Gimme Love’ – Seyi Shay ft. Runtown

 

BEST COLLABO

A voting category for the best r&b, pop or hip-hop collaborative track (including cameos).

‘Like’ – Reekado Banks Ft. Tiwa Savage, Fiokee

‘One Ticket’ Kiss Daniel ft. Davido

‘Fake Love’ – Starboy ft Duncan Mighty, Wizkid

‘Killin’ Dem – Burna Boy Ft. Zlatan

‘Amaka’ – 2baba Ft. Peruzzi

 

BEST RAP SINGLE

A voting category for a single (released on-air) recording of a rap song.

‘Talk’ – Falz

‘We Don’t Do That Over Here’ – Hotyce

‘40ft Container’ – Illbliss ft. Olamide

‘Sacrifice’ – Payper Corleone Ft. Alpha Ojini

‘Gang Gang’ – AQ and Loose Kaynon

 

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE(MALE)

A non-voting category for the single male artiste with the most outstanding vocal performance on a single song or album.

Tay Iwar – ‘Utero’

Johnny Drille – ‘Finding Efe’

Nonso Bassey – ‘411’

Funbi – ‘Serenade’

Wurld – ‘Wishes & Butterfly’

 

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (FEMALE)

A non-voting category for the single female artiste with most outstanding vocal performances on a single song or album.

GoodGirl LA – ‘Bless me’

Waje – ‘Udue’

Teni – ‘Uyo Meyo’

Tems – ‘Mr Rebel’

Falana – ‘Repeat’

 

NEXT RATED

This category is a voting category for the most promising act in the year under review.

Rema

Joeboy

Fireboy DML

Victor AD

Lyta

Zlatan

 

HIP HOP WORLD REVELATION

A voting category for the best new artist with a debut album adjudged to be outstanding in terms of artistic quality and impact within the year under review.

Odunsi

Mayorkun

Wurld

Humblesmith

 

LYRICIST ON THE ROLL

A non-voting category for the rap artiste with the best lyrical depth and performance on a single song or album.

YCEE – ‘Balance’

Boogey – ‘Implode’

Paybac – ‘Implode’

Ghost – ‘Crown’

Tec – ‘Crown’

AQ – ‘Crown’

 

BEST STREET-HOP ARTISTE

A voting category for the artiste whose songs are inspired by the streets. Such song should captain lingua, which may also be originated by the artiste and popular on the street.

Erigga – ‘Motivation’

Chinko Ekun – ‘Able God’

Zlatan – ‘Leg Work’

Barry Jhay – ‘Aiye’

Lyta – ‘Time’

 

BEST ‘ALTERNATIVE’ SONG

A voting category for the artiste whose songs reflect any form or style of music which falls outside the mainstream of recent or past popular musical trends.

‘Cash’ – Lady Donli

‘Mr Rebel’ – Tems

‘Finding Efe’ – Johnny Drille

‘Heya’ – Brymo

‘Ire’ – Adekunle Gold

 

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

A voting category for the best album (solo or group) in the year under review, that meets judges’ requirements of excellence (songwriting, production, rendition and impact).

‘About 30’ – Adekunle Gold

‘Outside’ – Burna Boy

‘Moral Instruction’ – Falz

‘No Bad Songz’ – Kizz Daniel

 

ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

Most critically and commercially adjudged artiste in the year under review. Overall most successful artiste in the year under review.

Burna Boy

Wizkid

Davido

Tiwa Savage

Falz

 

SONG OF THE YEAR

A voting category for the most popular song in the year under review.

‘Ye’ – Burna Boy

‘Dumebi’ – Rema

‘Wetin We Gain’ – Victor AD

‘Fake Love’ – Starboy ft Duncan Mighty, Wizkid

‘Case’ – Teni

‘Leg work’ – Zlatan

‘Baby’ – Joeboy

‘Jealous’ – Fireboy DML

 

AFRICAN ARTISTE RECOGNITION

A non-Nigerian award category for an individual African artiste or group with the most outstanding achievement, impact and infiltration into the Nigerian music scene in the year under review.

Master KG – Skeleton Moves (SOUTH AFRICA)

Afro B – Drogba (Joanna) (IVORY COAST)

Sauti Sol – Melanin (KENYA)

King Promise – CCTV (GHANA)

DJ Maphoriza – iWalk Ye Phara (SOUTH AFRICA)

 

HEADIES’ VIEWER’S CHOICE

A voting category to award the fan’s favourite artiste with the most digital tractions (downloads, views, streams) in the year under review.

Mr Eazi

Burna Boy

Teni

Fireboy DML

Rema

Joe Boy

Wizkid

Davido

 

BEST PERFORMER

A non-voting category for the Artistes whose stagecraft, showmanship and performance routines are exceptionally conceptualized and executed in the year under review with consideration of live performances.

Falz

Tiwa Savage

Brymo

Yemi Alade

Adekunle Gold

 

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR:

A voting category for the rookie of the year who has had a successful year musically, with the absence of an album in the year under review.

Crayon

Buju

Barry Jhay

Oxlade

Xenophobia: Tiwa Savage Cancels Scheduled Performance In South Africa

Tiwa Savage

 

Nigerian singer and songwriter, Tiwa Savage in reaction to the xenophobic attacks in South Africa have cancelled her scheduled performance in the country.

The hip hop star in a tweet on Wednesday said that she would no longer be performing at a DSTV festival scheduled to hold in Johannesburg, the nation’s capital, later this month.

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She described the attacks on Nigerians and other nationals in South Africa as “sick” and added that this is the reason why, she would not be participating in the festival.

 

Savage’s reaction to the xenophobic attacks comes a day after talented Nigerian artiste, Burna Boy, vowed never to visit the country.

The self-acclaimed ‘African Giant’ took to his Twitter on Tuesday to vent over the recent attacks, stating that he had also had his fair share of xenophobic experiences in South Africa.

According to him, although his dream had always been to see a united Africa, that dream may no longer be feasible until the government takes decisive measures against the situation.

Beyonce Reveals Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade, Others For New Album

American Singer, Beyonce has released the tracklist of her new album entitled ‘Lion King: The Gift’ with top Nigerian artists on the list.

Nigerian stars including Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Tekno, Mr Eazi, Burna Boy among others are on the tracklist.

Tiwa Savage and Mr Eazi on the track Keys to the Kingdom, while Tekno and Yemi Alade are on the track Don’t Jealous Me. Burna Boy is on the track titled Jara E also in the Lion King album.

Other African artists in the album include Ghana’s Shatta Wale, South Africa’s Busiswa and Moonchild Sanelly; and Cameroon’s Salatiel.

Meanwhile, Yemi Alade has since shared pictures of her during the premier of the Lion King movie. She also shared a video of her on the Red carpet with Beyonce.

 


 

See below the tracklist of the new album. It also features collaborations with Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams, Childish Gambino, Beyonce’s daughter Blue Ivy and many others.

 

The Lion King: The Gift

01 Beyoncé: “Bigger”

02 Beyoncé: “Find Your Way Back (Circle of Life)”

03 Tekno / Yemi Alade / Mr. Eazi: “Don’t Jealous Me”

04 Burna Boy: “Ja Ara E”

05 Beyoncé / Kendrick Lamar: “The Nile”

06 Beyoncé / JAY-Z / Childish Gambino: “Mood 4 Eva”

07 Salatiel / Pharrell / Beyoncé: “Water”

08 Blue Ivy Carter / SAINt JHN / WizKid / Beyoncé: “Brown Skin Girl”

09 Tiwa Savage / Mr. Eazi: “Keys to the Kingdom”

10 Beyoncé: “Otherside”

11 Beyoncé / Shatta Wale: “Already”

12 Tierra Whack / Beyoncé / Busiswa / Yemi Alade / Moonchild Sanelly: “My Power”

13 070 Shake / Jessie Reyez: “Scar”

14 Beyoncé: “Spirit”

 

‘I Love You Always’, Tiwa Savage Tells Don Jazzy As She Exits Mavin

Tiwa Savage poses in front of UMG logo. Photo Credit: Universal Music Group

 

Stargirl, Tiwa Savage has made a bold exit from Mavin Records to sign a major record deal with Universal Music Group (UMG).

In reply to an emotion-laden farewell message from the Chief Executive Officer of Mavin records, Don Jazzy, Tiwa says she will always love and appreciate him for the seven years they worked together.

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“If I said today wasn’t emotional for me I would be LYING. Please promise me that our relationship will never change. I only want to make you proud of me. Not every superhero has an ‘S’ on their chest.

“You are my superhero DON DORO BUCCI. 7 years, 7 the number of perfection. I LOVE YOU ALWAYS AND FOREVER,” her farewell message read in part.”

Don Jazzy had earlier written a farewell message describing the seven years of working with Tiwa as epic.

He proudly said she remains the First Lady of Mavin Records.

 

 

Tiwa Savage’s deal with UMG makes her the first Nigerian female act to be signed to the label.

In 2018, she made history by being the first female to be awarded the Best African Act at the MTV European Music Awards and has since continued to make international deals.

Wizkid, Tiwa Savage Give Fans ‘Fever’ In New Video

 

Singer, Ayodeji Balogun, popularly known as Wizkid, has released the video for his new single ‘Fever’.

The song features fellow musician Tiwa Savage as a vixen but what is more interesting is the romance between the two.

Prior to the release of the video, fans of both singers have been puzzled about their closeness which quickly raised questions of their relationship status, shortly after Tiwa’s break up with her husband Teebillz.

In the heat of the controversy, Teebillz had earlier been quoted as saying that Wizkid cannot be in a relationship with his ex-wife because he sees him (Wizkid) as his younger brother.

While both singers have denied being in a relationship, their chemistry in the new video seems to prove otherwise and has intensified speculations that they could be dating.

The music video which was released on Wednesday morning currently has well over 200,000 views on Youtube and both singers have emerged as the top trends on Twitter.

 

Here are some of the comments from fans as well as critics.

 

In case you missed it, watch the video below.

 

Davido, Tiwa Savage Others Nominated For AFRIMA

 

 

Top Nigerian acts, Davido and Tiwa Savage amongst others, have been nominated for the All African Music Awards (AFRIMA).

With over 8,000 entries, organisers of the 2018 edition of the annual music awards on Friday released its nominees list comprising top acts across the continent.

The list covers five regional categories for both male and female.

Other popular Nigerian artistes who were nominated include Wizkid, Simi, DJ Spinall, and Olamide.

Public voting is expected to commence from Monday, August 27, 2018, ahead of the event taking place in November.

See the full list below.

Best Female Artiste in Central Africa
Name of ArtistCountryTrack title
1Amanda MalelaDRCKumama
2Anabela AyaAngolaI love you Bue
3Blanche BailyCameroonBonBon
4Bruna TatianaAngolaAmo-te
5Charlotte Dipanda ft  Yemi AladeCameroonSista
6DaphneCameroonJusqu’à La Gare
7IyengaDRCSorry
8ShuraCameroonAllez Dire
Best Male Artiste in Central Africa
Name of ArtistCountryTrack title
1AFROTRONIXChadDYD
2Belamy Paluku (DRC)DRCBlood Brothers
3DadjuDRCBob Marley
4FALLY IPUPA FT KEBACK& NAZDRCMANNEQUIN
5GAZ MAWETEDRCPAULINA
6LockoCameroonJe Serai La
7MagascoCameroonSokoto
8Maite Gims Ft. VianneyDRCLa Meme
Best Female Artiste in Eastern Africa
Name of ArtistCountryTrack title
1Betty GEthiopiaMengedegna
2Irene namatovuUgandaNsambila nyuma nga janzi
3Maua SamaTanzaniaNakuelewa
4Petra Ft. Victoria KimaniKenyaI got that
5Rash Ft RuffKenyaNitachange
6Sandra NankomaUgandakaddugala
7Sheebah SASHA VYBZUgandaMummy Yo
8Vibe ft MC GalaxyRwandaNeza
Best Male Artiste in Eastern Africa
Name of ArtistCountryTrack title
1Bebe CoolUgandaFreedom
2Diamond PlatnumzTanzaniaA boy from Tandale
3HARMONIZE FT DIAMOND PLATNUMZTanzaniaKWANGWARU
4Kagwe Mungai Ft. NiniolaKenyaTill the end
5Khaligraph Jones Ft. PetraKenyaRider
6NyashinskiKenyaBebi Bebi
7RAYVANNY FT MAPHORISA & DJ BUCKZTanzaniaMAKULUSA
8Yamiu MolaEthiopiaWegegta
Best Female Artiste in Northern Africa
Name of ArtistCountryTrack title
1KenzaAlgeriaMaliket Saba
2Lyna MahyemAlgeriaBoucan
3Lyna Mahyem ft Medi MeyzAlgeriaBye Bye
4Maryam Saleh, Maurice Louca, Tamer Abu GhazalehEgyptEkaa Maksour
5N-S feat KafonTunisiaDaloula
6Souhia Ben LachhabAlgeriaLik Manwalich
Best Male Artiste in Northern Africa
Name of ArtistCountryTrack title
1Abu Ft. YoustaEgypt3 Daqat
2Balti ft HamoudaTunisiaYa Lili
3DJ Moh Green Ft. MagascoAlgeriaPor Favor
4Hamza El FadlyMoroccoYa Mraya
5Lartiste ft CarolinaMoroccoMafiosa
6MuslimMoroccoMama
7Saad LamjarredMoroccoCasablanca
8Sofiane Ft. Maitre GimsAlgeriaArafricain
Best Female Artiste in Southern Africa
Name of ArtistCountryTrack title
1Ammara BrownZimbabweAkiliz
2Babes WodumuSouth AfricaGanda Ganda Ft. Mampintsha & Madanon
3LilyMalawiBad at Love
4Mandisa MambaSwazilandParty
5Nadia NakaiSouth AfricaMoney Calling Ft. Frank Casino
6RougeSouth AfricaDololo Ft. Bigstar
7Ruby the PigeonNamibiaRorisang
8ShekhinahSouth AfricaPlease Mr
Best Male Artiste in Southern Africa
Name of ArtistCountryTrack title
1Cassper NyovestSouth AfricaKsazobalit
2EXQZimbabwePahukama Ft. Jah Prayzah
3Jah PrayzahZimbabweNziyo Yerudo Ft. Yemi Alade
4KwestaSouth AfricaSpirit Ft. Wale
5Nasty CSouth AfricaJungle
6RobertoZambiaContolola Ft. Patoranking
7Shane EagleSouth AfricaLet it Flow
8Sibusiso MashiloaneSouth AfricaNiza
Best Female Artiste in Western Africa
Name of ArtistCountryTrack title
1Angelique KidjoBeninOnce in a Lifetime
2Aya NakamuraMaliOumou Sangare
3BeccaGhanaNumber One Ft. Mr. Eazi
4EfyaGhanaMame Ft. Mr Eazi
5JoseyCote d’IvoireJour J-O
6SimiNigeriaJoromi
7Tiwa SavageNigeriaMa Lo Ft. Wizkid & Spellz
8Viviane ChididSenegalMarriage Force
Best Male Artiste in Western Africa
Name of ArtistCountryTrack title
1DavidoNigeriaFia
2DJ SpinallNigeriaNowo Ft. Wizkid
3DjodjeCape VerdeBe Mine Ft. Patoranking
4King PromiseGhanaCCTV Ft. Mugeez
5Kuami EugeneGhanaAngela
6Kwesi ArthurGhanaGrind Day Ft. Sarkodie & Medikal
7MHDGuineaBella Ft. Wizkid
8OlamideNigeriaWo!
9StarboyNigeriaSoco Ft. Terry, Spotless, Ceeza Milli & Wizkid

 

Tiwa Savage Drops ‘Get It Now’ Remix Featuring Omarion

 

Nigerian singer, Tiwa Savage, has featured American artiste, Omarion, in the remix of her song ‘Get it Now’.

Taken off her recent EP, ‘Sugar Cane’, the Mavin Records first lady announced the release of the song on Friday via Instagram.

Omarion is a Grammy Award nominee and BET award recipient best known as the lead singer of the American RnB boy band “B2K”.

One of his recent songs, ‘Distance’, is one that has received massive airplay and has remained a favorite to many, including Tiwa.

“Distance is constant on my playlist. Now, I got my own joint with the incredible @1omarion.

“If you like ‘Get It Now’, you will love the remix featuring Omarion. It is out now, link in my bio. Let’s get the world ‘savage soldiers,” She wrote on her Instagram.

In the past years, Tiwa’s career has seen remarkable growth with various hit songs as well as collaborations with both African and foreign artists.

Asides music, the mother of one has also been seen dishing out fashion goals on Instagram with her unique style which even landed her a recognition by International Fashion Magazine ‘Vogue’ in February.

The Magazine listsed her Instagram account as one of those that will “feed your fashion creativity”.

NEW VIDEO: Tiwa Savage Drops ‘Malo’ Featuring Wizkid

Marvin’s first lady, Tiwa Savage, has dropped the video for her latest single ‘Malo’ featuring Wizkid and Spellz.

The song, a JM Films production, directed by Meji Alaba, is one of the tracks off her ‘Sugarcane’ album.

Having spent nearly seven years in the industry, Tiwa has continued to thrill fans with her music and performances for which many have likened to that of American singer, Beyonce.

She has collaborated with several artistes such as Don Jazzy, Patorankin, Mi Casa, Lola Rae, Sarkodie, Diamond Platnumz, Davido among others.

In November 2013, Tiwa got married to Tunji “Tee Billz” Balogun with whom she has a son.

In 2016, however, their marriage hit the rocks although there are reports that the couple is back together again.

Also in the same year, Tiwa signed a management and distribution deal with Roc Nation, making her the first Nigerian artiste to be signed to the label.

She has won several awards one of which is the Best Female award in the MTV Africa Music Awards 2014.

Wizkid, on the other hand, has seen his career reach new heights in the last couple of years gaining international acclaim.

The ‘Ojuelegba‘ crooner has collaborated with the likes of  Patorankin, Olamide and international acts, most notably Drake.

He became Nigeria’s first artist to emerge on Billboard’s Twitter Last 24 hours chart following his guest feature on Drake’s afrobeat-infused “One Dance” single.

Watch Video Below.

Wizkid Bags Artist Of The Year Award

Wizkid, artist of the yearStarboy singer, Wizkid, has added another feather to his cap as he wins ‘Artiste of the Year’ for a second time in 2016.

He was nominated along-side Tekno, Uganda’s Eddy Kenzo, Tiwa Savage, among others, at the AFRIMA 3.0 concert held on November 6, 2016 at the Eko Convention Centre, Lagos.

Although he was also nominated in the Best Male Act Western Africa, Song of the Year, and Best African Pop act categories, he lost to Flavour, Diamond Platnumz’s ‘Utanipenda’ and Diamond Platnumz again, respectively.

This comes shortly after he bagged the Best Artist Of The Year Award at the recently concluded MTV Africa Music Awards.

With his music gaining more international recognition, Wizkid has no doubt had a phenomenal career year.

Over the weekend, he was also awarded the Best African Act and Best Worldwide Act at the MTV EMA’s, while he was awarded the Best African Act at the 2016 MOBO Awards about a week ago.

Ice-Prince Releases ‘Jos To The World’ Album

ice prince, jos to the worldRapper, Ice-Prince Zamani has released a new album, ‘Jos To The World’.

The artist’s third studio album, features Yung L, Krept & Konan, Phyno, Dice Ailes, Koker, DJ Buckz, The Fresh Brit Ava Hovanka, Timaya, Runtown, Tiwa Savage, Vanessa Mdee, Yemi Alade,  Phil Ade, Tone P, Sojay among others.

While the album was launched on Friday, October 28, 2016, Ice Prince revealed that a book and movie will follow the release of the album, with the movie scheduled for a January 2017 release.

The album which was produced by IllKeyz, The Fresh Brit, CKay, DB Bantino, Chopstix, Ghost88, T U C, Mr Kamera, Tekno, Popito, among others, projects experiences from Ice’s personal life.

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
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!”.

Achievements

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.