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Omah Lay crept his way into the hearts of millions like a thief in the night and now he’s like drug fans would like to overdose on.

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Stanley Omah Didia who seemed like a regular young singer with nothing for his passion and talent for music ignited a fire with his hit single “You”.

Born to a family with deep musical roots in Port Harcourt, Omah Lay is certainly music royalty. His grandfather was a renowned percussionist for the legendary Highlife singer Celestine Ukwu until his death in 1976. His father followed suit by becoming a drummer himself.

The young Port Harcourt lad has followed the footsteps of his father and grandfather by marking the family name down in the history of the Nigerian music industry. His musical journey started during his teenage years as a member of the rap group, Lil King. Noticing how adept he is at producing, he switched roles and became the most sought after producer in the city.

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But that didn’t last for long as he picked up the mic again when he realized he could use his great singing skills to take his career to greater heights. In 2019, he released two singles “Hello Brother” and “Do Not Disturb” both of which boosted his already growing fanbase in Port Harcourt.

Following the positive reception of the singles “You” and “Bad Influence,” which were released earlier in the year 2020, Omah Lay dropped the “Get Layd EP” on the 22nd of May, 2020 adding three new songs. This EP is still the number one (No.1) EP in the country at the moment with all 5 songs from the EP featuring on Top Nigerian music charts. The singer recently debuted as the cover star of Apple Music’s ‘Africa Rising’ Playlist which is geared towards identifying, showcasing, and elevating rising African talent.

Despite the fact that he is one of the raving artistes at the moment, very little is known about the musical genius who has been described as a lethal combination of “Burna Boy’s lyricism and the sweet melodies of Wizkid”. To feed music fans and our viewers with exclusive info about the fast-rising Star Beatafrika Media had a chat with Omah Lay about his sound, records, future plans, and more.

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In an interview with the New Wave King of Afrobeat Omah Lay shared the following with us;

How did you come up with the name “Omah Lay”?

I just merged my middle name with a local expression where I’m from. ‘Lay’ is usually used when calling out to someone far away; it’s a way of stressing to call. So ‘Omah Lay’ is like a stressed call out to Omah.

How would you describe your sound.’

Afro-fusion, basically. I like to blend elements from different genres into what I do, which also has highlife influences. So, Afro-fusion.

What’s the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome so far?’

My biggest challenge so far has been trusting my sound. Not knowing how people would react to my music scared me, so I didn’t know whether to ‘adapt’ or trust myself. The reception has been great so far, so the new challenge is growing from here.

Who are the artistes that inspire/influence you?

Drake, Wande Coal, Burna Boy… there’s a whole lot of them.

What do you enjoy most about being an artiste? What do you hate most?’

The creative process is what I enjoy most. Bringing an idea to life and seeing people enjoy it. I haven’t seen anything I hate yet. I’m just trying to soak it all in.

What’s your favorite thing to do when you aren’t writing/producing/playing etc? 

Watching movies, playing FIFA or sleeping lol

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How do you make music? Voice on a ready-made beat or write first and then contact the producer you want?

I make the music however it comes. I could hear a beat first, then write. Or write, then produce or hit up a producer. It happens either way.

What inspired the “Get Layd “ EP, & your Mega hit song ‘Bad Influence’ ?

For Get Layd, I just wanted to display my range cuz I don’t want my sound or personality to be boxed in. That’s why I titled the EP ‘Get Layd’, which basically means getting a piece of me.

Bad Influence was really about me getting used to a bigger city and new vices. I originally did it for just Instagram cuz I’d been away for a while, then I put out the full version for free, then on digital stores cuz of the demand. Things just took off from there and it’s been a blessing to experience.

Apart from dropping a music video for, “Lo Lo”, what should fans expect in the coming months

For now it’s still all about Get Layd, but I’m still recording all the time. Maybe another EP before the end of the year…? Still haven’t decided.

Do you feel pressured by the fact that you are being constantly compared with the established youngsters in the industry (Rema and the likes)?

I don’t feel pressured by it. People will always compare but I don’t pay attention to it. In the end, the music sets you apart so that’s what I focus on.

Do you sometimes think about how you would be able to maintain longevity in the industry considering your stunning arrival in the industry?

We can only work hard and pray to be here for a long time. So far, things have happened quickly and my team has been amazing. Hopefully, we keep the same energy and people keep loving the music.

If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?’

I don’t think I’ve experienced enough yet to want to change anything. It’s a chance to live off my passion and I’m just trying to enjoy things as I go.

What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?

I’d be a pastor. No other options?

What message would you give to your fans?

My message to the fans is a big thank you for loving and supporting the music. No way all this would be possible without you. Love y’all so much!

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Multi-talented Nigerian-born, American singer, emcee, rapper, engineer, and songwriter, Mc Wallywa has got his highly anticipated afrobeat single “Some more”, featured on a popular Billboard in New Jersey, USA.
A melodic, groovy, and hypnotizing song that sets the mood for a party vibe. The artist has often been described as ‘an entertainer without limits’ and this new song further confirms his growth and exceptional talents.
Raised in Washington D.C, MC Wallywa radiates a rare multi-cultural sound that transcends audiences worldwide. Undoubtedly, with his anthemic music and groove-inducing style, Wallywa is bound to headline some of the biggest stages around the world.
“Some more is for the fans and everyone who loves to dance,” says Mc Wallywa while describing the song.
“The release features electrifying vibes from the press of play. Also, the groovy elements combined with the powerful bassline will guide your body to sublime dance moves. It evokes dynamic energy that will captivate afrobeat/dancehall devotees and DJs alike”.
Dr. Amanda, a director at Prime Music Partners and one of the major distributors of the song while making comments on the new song, added:
“Mc Wallywa is one multi-talented musician inspired by life, culture, and wealth. His strives to become one of the biggest artists in the industry has made him explore his talents beyond limits. This new song is just what everyone needs to heal off from the global pandemic”

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IYO: Tanzania’s music star Diamond Platnumz features SA’s rapper Focalistic in new song

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IYO: Tanzania’s music star Diamond Platnumz features SA’s rapper Focalistic in new song

Tanzania and one of Africa’s greatest artists, Nasibu Abdul Juma Issack, known professionally as Diamond Platnumz has released new hit song titled ‘Iyo’ featuring South African rapper Focalistic, Ntosh Gazi and musical group Mapara A Jazz.

The song, ‘Iyo’ is a light-hearted and dance track that is sure to brighten up any bleak atmosphere. It is Diamond’s second release for the year. He kicked off the year with a top charting single ‘Kamata’, which fans around the world has so far adored.

Talking about the song, Kim Kayndo, Head of Digital Department at the artiste’s record label WCB Wasafi, revealed the meaning of the title “Iyo”, a swahili word which translate to ‘That’ and a combination of other local Tanzania’s words like ‘magodoro, tumeweka maji’ .

“Iyo is a popular swahili language which means ‘that’.
The song generally reflects on party life, fun and winding up at night. It’s also a resonance of hope which tends to convene a message that you live now, enjoy the moment and trust that tomorrow will be better”

His more than successful career has seen him explore beyond continents, collaborating with top artistes around the world. More impressive is his effort to build from his African root.

Highlighting on the collaboration, the ‘Kamata crooner’ added, “I Believe in unity and peace, and music is one of of the biggest thing that connects different countries and bring people with different culture together! That’s why i decided to join with my brother’s in South Africa to motivate people to keep the unity and peace”.

Akeju, a top director at Prime Music Partners, one of the major distributors of the music also added, “When I got an update about the new song, I was really excited. Diamond has blessed us with really nice musics over the years so definitely am sure this collaboration will be another hit”.

The WCB record owner, on Wednesday 14th July, took to his official social media handles to unveil his brand new car, a Rolls-Royce Cullinan 2021 valued at about USD650k. He is no doubt, one of the most richest artistes in Africa and this further confirms it.

The artist was recently spotted in a studio with American record producer
swizz beats and A-list rappers Wiz Khalifa, bustarymes, Snoop Dogg amongst others.

For so many reasons, 2021 looks certainly like a great year for him and he will be hoping that the new song excites his fans and new range of audiences around the world.

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Loki Season 01, Episode 03

 

Loki finds out The Variant’s plans, but he has his own that will forever alter both their destinies.

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Season Number: 1

Episode Number: 3

Episode Title: Lamentis

Air Date: Jun 22, 2021

 

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