January Music Favorites

23 January 2017

Hello Readers,

I hope all have been well. 

I have so many new music loves to share with you this month. So I subscribed to  Apple Music and it has been such a good investment because I can actually download music on the go and discover new genres too. I would say from like 13 my favourite genres were R&B, Indie, Alternative, Hip Hop/ Rap and African Classics. But now definitely more Neo Soul, Afrobeat and Less Hip Hop/Rap and Alternative. It was weird falling out of love with Hip Hop but I can't find anyone I love from the genre in 2016/17 and most times find myself listening to classics. I love music overall and really hope that the trend of noise mumbling rap finally dies as I can't anymore. 

My first song recommendation of January has to be Julz ft L.A.X - Give You Love and I love this song. It's a beautiful mix of Ghanaian and Nigerian beats. There was a current debate where the music artist Mr. Eazi said on Twitter that a lot of Nigerian music is directly influenced by Ghanian music and that caused quite a stir on Twitter. In that debate, I really saw the creativity in Nigerians and the memes had me in tears. But, in my opinion, I would say although there is some truth in that - But it has not solely influenced all Nigerian music. Nigeria has their own flow and style of music. I think it would be wrong to say that Nigerians are the only ones who reference music from other countries - everyone does. So I did find it annoying that he only mentioned Nigeria - please look at America (cough cough). But back to the song - it's so amazing and I love storytelling. It's about searching for true love and it mixes the Yoruba and English Language so beautifully. I'm not Yoruba but I can fully appreciate the language and culture. 

As I have looked at my music recommendations -  most of them are about love which I didn't plan. Currently, I just love sleep which gives me no stress. Next song is Maleek Berry ft Wizkid - Love You which was released in 2013 so how I am enjoying it now I do not know. However, I love Maleek Berry and Wizkid and really hope they make more collaborations and they make fire together. 

Alex Isley - About Him - is actually the sweetest song if you love soulful vibes you will really enjoy this song. I found this gem on SoundCloud and it has become an everyday listen. I like revising or working while music softly plays in the background. She has such an amazing voice and I look forward to exploring her discography.

Asa - Eye Adaba - I have loved Asa since I heard her funnily enough on CNN this was in 2010 I think but I find her music keeps getting better. Her songs are always mixed with Yoruba and English which I really love as it doesn't change her authentic self. Asa's lyrics are actually poetry in motion and she just takes you away to another place. 

I hope to blog more this year and finally buy a new camera.

Thank you for reading



Hello 2017 - My Resolutions

1 January 2017

Hello Readers,

Happy New Year !!!

We have finally reached to 2017 and I am actually excited for this year. I can only describe 2016 as a rollercoaster but an interesting one. It was a year I needed to have to grow in myself. I got a new job, traveled to new countries and started my fitness journey. I always set myself goals or resolutions because as I like having some structure going into a new year.

1. My first resolution would build a better relationship with God. I attend church regularly but my mass attendance is limited as I teach Sunday School. I'm finally doing my driving lessons and this would hopefully allow me to attend two masses on a Sunday. I will also like to pray daily, I find prayer quite calming so it would be amazing to permanently make it part of my routine.

 2. Fitness - I have started going to gym more often during university both undergraduate and graduate - I just never had time to focus on fitness and I enjoyed plantain crisps far too often in the library.

 3. Travel & Culture -Last year, I traveled but this year is going to be amazing. I am hoping to go to Nigeria and so many more countries too. I also want to learn my native languages (Bini & Igbo). I always used to wonder why I was never taught either Nigerian language but with my, parents being from two different tribes I grew to understand but I have bought a book by Brian Ogbeide "Learn Edo The Easy Way" so hopefully it should be an interesting transition

 4. Saving has become super important as I have gotten older, I hope to reduce my spending on clothes, makeup, and so many shoes. I need to think bigger so saving will definitely help in the long run.

 5. Blogging - I really don't blog enough but 2017 I really hope to post once a week. So fingers crossed :)

Thank you for reading

 Lots of Love Ese


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