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Interview: Omah Lay Speaking On The “Get Layd” EP & Songs “Bad Influence”

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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 BeatafrikaMedia 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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Burna Boy’s Song “Destiny” Featured On Biden + Harris Inauguration Playlist

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BURNA BOY’s ‘DESTINY’ SONG FEATURED IN US PRESIDENT ELECT, JOE BIDEN’S INAUGURATION PLAYLIST.

Nigerian singer, BURNA BOY has one of his singles from “African Giant Album” titled ‘Destiny’ included in Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s Presidential Inauguration official playlist.

The playlist consists of songs from all over the world and ‘Destiny’ by Burna Boy is the only African/Nigerian song that was added to the playlist of Joe Biden and Harris Inauguration.

The Raedio have released a 46-track playlist available on Spotify, Apple Music, Youtube, and Soundcloud, and one of the songs on the list is Afrobeats Titan Giant Burna Boy’s “Destiny” off his 2019 Grammy nominated album “African Giant”. This official Inauguration Playlist is a carefully curated playlist by the good folks at Raedio + D-Nice for the inauguration of the 46th President & Vice President of the United States.

 

The inauguration committee CEO, Tony Allen has said “During a tumultuous year that has kept so many loved ones apart, music has been a consistent vehicle that has kept us connected. Whether you are a country soul, a jazz enthusiast a hip hop head, a classical sort, or just love that old time rock and roll, music clarifies, inspires, unites, and heals.”

These songs and artists reflect the relentless spirit and rich diversity of America. They are the score to a new chapter and will help bring people together as the Biden-Harris Administration begins its important work to unite our country,” he added.

With all this being said the playlist features songs from artists from different part of the World including Beyonce’s ‘Find Your Way Back,’ Kendrick Lamar and Mary J.Blige ‘Now Or Never‘, Kygo and Whitney Houston’s ‘Higher Love’ and Marvin Gaye’s ‘Got To Give It Up.’ among others.

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Simi Gives Hint On New Album And Possible Release Date

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Nigerian Singer, Vocalist, Sound-engineer and producer, Simi Hints the world about her forthcoming new album and the possible date of release.

The mother of one took to her social media page via Insta-Story in the wee hours of today, to prepare her fans for her forth-coming project. As we all know, Simi has been more busy focusing on her family, and spending less time in the music scene since birth of baby Deja. But recently the singer has found a balance between family & Music and she is back to recording.

 

Well, at this rate, and with the level of energy Simi is putting in, the album will be ready in November at the latest, Hinted the singer.

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This new body of work will serve as a follow up to her 2nd studio album “Omo Charlie Champagne”. Also, the entertainer recently released her 2nd Extended Play (EP), Reckless II, which served as a follow up to her debut EP, Reckless 1.

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Joeboy Announces Debut Album ‘Somewhere Between Beauty & Magic’ + Release Date

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Nigerian Afropop artiste Joeboy revealed that his debut album “Somewhere Between Beauty And Magic” will be dropping soon.

In His words ‘Our album is ready and it’s beautiful… watch this space’, with this Joeboy hinted to us that he is ready to release his debut album project for this year 2021 to the world.

Joeboy is responsible for one of 2019 and 2020’s biggest hits and music lovers should expect Beauty and Magic from his next project. He had earlier released the body of work Love & Light EP which housed the hit songs; ‘Baby’, ‘Don’t Call Me Back’ and ‘Beginning’ in 2019, In 2020 i.e last year he hinted us about his debut album after blessing us with the song ‘Lonely’.

Today 18th January, 2021 the singer dropped the visuals for the single lonely and officially unveiled the titled of his debut album which is “Somewhere Between Beauty & Magic” #SBBM plus release date – February 4, 2021.

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