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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Album Review: Morell - Musa Jikan Musa

 
  
 
 



''Morell''  Is a versatile artiste/songwriter and producer who has had successful singles in recent past has finally released his debut album titled ''Musa Jikan Musa'' on the (22nd May, 2017). ''Musa Jikan Musa''  which means: (Musa grandchild of Musa), was released and consist of twelve (13) tracks and it promises to be a joy ride, judging from the track-listing and the great concept of the album art which depict the great culture of the north.  


Danna Musu (Intro): The Intro to the album ''Musa Jikan Musa'' kicks off with a bouncy beat and a lively chorus that quickly draws you in, as we see ''Morell'' asks for his music to be played to teach y'all how this is done. And I think its safe to say ''Morell'' is the King of the North as he has also proclaimed in ''Danna Musu (Intro)..''  

 
Safay: Keeping the momentum ''Morell'' follows up with a heartfelt track as he delivers ''Safay'' meaning: (Morning), ''Morell'' explores his vocal abilities with the compliment of his lyrical swerve as he talks about the everyday hustle of an average man coming from the streets who will have to wakeup daily to try to make a living in the world that doesn't give out much of those opportunities but he attributes true success to God and no one else. A classic production by ''Doubz'' adds great value to the song with the amazing sound of the electric guitar accompanied by superb harmonies of ''Morell'' simply making it one of my favourite track if not the best off the album. I would like to see ''Morell'' and his team put out a well thought out visual for this number.  



Amala: This track is a typical love song with an obvious dilemma. ''Morell'' converge his roots with his environmental influences which led to his love interest for Funmi and he intelligently uses  ''Amala'' ( a local delicacy commonly eaten by the Yoruba speaking  part of Nigeria ) to express his love for Funmi against all odds.  This is a lovely ballad beautifully executed by ''Morell'' that adds great substance to the entire project and this makes it one of my favourite tracks of the album.   

 
By Your Side Feat. Di'ja: This is a fantastic mix of an R&B and the northern style of music with heavy musical influence from the ''Kontigi'' (this is a one or two stringed lute used mostly in Hausa music) and the lead guitar. This can be a good radio hit if well promoted with a nice visual .


Interlude (Amazing): The ''Interlude (Amazing)''is a good hip hop break from what we have heard so far on this project and ''Morell'' goes experimental with his smooth vocals and lyrical prowess.

 
Faya: This is an ''Afro-Pop'' number and we see ''Morell'' continue to unveil his musical dexterity in ''Faya'' as this I tip to be a super hit off this album if well promoted. my reason is based on the fact that it has a Nigerian style of production, lyrics  and overall formula which can produce a hit effortlessly.


Borno Feat. AP: AP Ushers listeners in with deep poetry while  ''Morell'' pays tribute to all the lives that have been lost in his home state ''Borno'' since the event of the ''Boko Haram'' insurgency in 2007. ''Morell'' states his his case that war is never the answer but love for one another. As no war torn zones as he cited in ''Borno'' has anything to show for it. This conscience track is one of the leading singles of the album and it will indeed be an evergreen song as it captures a time of Nigerian's history.

 
Bed: This is a up-tempo track that is characterised  with a typical Naija kind of elements as we see ''Morell'' talk about the guilty pleasure of an average man towards the opposite sex and what the end result should be as the name of the track implies. Not a fan of this record but it is certainly a good fill up for this project.  


Aure: Meaning (wedding). It is a love/wedding song which has been a massive hit since its release in 2016... well at least in the Northern part of Nigeria. It is also one of the leading singles off this project with an amazing visual to go with it. ''Aure'' is a lovely wedding song that can rock any wedding party as the song comes on and I must say a very well thought out track by ''Morell'' and a good fill up for the entire project.   


Karota: This arguably one of the best track off the ''Musa Jikan Musa''  project as we see ''Morell'' go hard on this hard crunk baseline and he reminds us of the fact that his simply a sick rapper. ''Karota'' is a straight up Hip Hop track with a fusion of both the old school style of rap as well as the new school trap music laced on the hook, which made it such a likeable song.


Part of Me: Like I earlier introduced ''Morell'' as a ''versatile'' artiste, now he gives us a beautiful ballad in its true essences for ''Part of Me''  to clear any doubt of that title. This is a classic R&B style of delivering an amazing love song laced with the keys of the piano and the emotions which can be felt from ''Morell'' voice, made everything brilliant for this record to be called a certified classic.


Special Day: We see ''Morell'' slow it down on the last tracks of the album and ''Special Day'' is a track highly infested with the ''Kontigi'' instrument giving it that northern Nigerian feel and with great support of the bass guitar truly shows the high quality of this record. 


Mango: This is certainly a radio friendly song and I will definitely would love to see a video for this record. ''Morell''  shows off his skills on ''Mango'' which has that contemporary afrobeat influence and he tells his listeners the struggles he had to go through (leaving the north to Lagos) to get here and indeed you must say it has been an interesting journey for this talented artiste and a perfect way to end this project with an affirmation of greater works in the future.



Here are my final thoughts on this debut album ''Musa Jikan Musa'' it was easy to listen/digest and arguably one of the best projects I have heard this year. ''Morell''  wasn't trying too hard to please anyone on this album but he wanted listeners to feel his creativity and he did just that. The production was of high standard, the concept had all the right elements and with features from ''Di'ja'' and ''AP'' added an amazing quality to the project and didn't make it look like he was trying to hard to pull an audience to peep the album with an array of features on it. Therefore based on my conclusion I would rate ''Musa Jikan Musa'' a 9/10. And I look forward to ''Morell''  as an artist change the face of the game with the level of creativity under his belt.

In case you haven't listened or downloaded Morell - Musa Jikan Musa please download it here: 
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Monday, 19 June 2017

Show Dem Camp: Palm Wine Music EP (VOL. 1)

 
 

''The new extended play nods back to the vibe SDC created four years ago with ‘Feel Alright’.
Following the completion and success of their Clone Wars mixtape series, Nigerian rap duo Show Dem Camp are set to release their next project - a seven-track EP titled Palm Wine Music (Vol. 1).
“We first discovered the palm wine vibes with Feel Alright,” the longtime pair said in a statement.
“That set the precedent, and opened us up to a new sound.”
Comprising of rappers Tec and Ghost, Show Dem Camp is often credited for starting the laid back style of party music with their 2013 hit.
“Palm Wine music” has since taken on a life of its own - with the name of the tropical drink being used to describe the sweet fusion of African percussions with live instrumentals, elements of hip hop, and an atmosphere surrounding those feel-good songs.
It represents “escaping the stress of Lagos life,” SDC adds. “It’s oneness with nature, chilling with friends, a beautiful woman… just a happy place.”
Show Dem Camp’s new compilation serves as both the reintroduction to one of Nigeria’s premiere music acts, and as a worthy immersion into the industry’s current inspired sound. Produced entirely by Spax, the EP features several leading acts in the alternative and palm wine music spaces - including Funbi, Poe, Boj, Ajebutter, Odunsi the Engine, and Tomi Thomas.
Palm Wine Music (Vol. 1), the duo’s first commercial release in over two years, is out on all platforms today June 19th. Longtime supporters of the rap group can sip on this, already knowing to expect.''
Check on it!

Thursday, 1 June 2017

SHOW DEM CAMP NEW EP - PALMWINE MUSIC VOL 1 (ARTWORK x TRACKLIST)

 

''Right in time for the summer, Nigerian Rap Duo Show Dem Camp reveal the track-list to their new EP "Palm Wine Music Vol 1”
The EP features "Feel Alright" collaborators Boj and new Mavin artist Poe as well as Ajebutter22, Funbi, Odunsi the Engine and Tomi Thomas with production handled by Spax.
The 6-track project is expected to arrive on 19th of June, 2017.''
 
Follow SDC
Twitter:@ShowDemCamp
Instagram: @ShowDemCamp
Facebook: Show Dem Camp

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

PIERS JAMES - THESE NIGHTS

 
 


''Ipswich-based UK Hip-Hop star in the making Piers James is continuing to separate himself from the pack. With Hip-Hop such a fervent battle ground for young MCs Piers is back to take his place with These Nights a laid back boom-bap ode to friendship, family and future good times. The piano-led break, although originally composed by Piers, sounds like it's straight off an early Nas record, cut with heavy drums and Piers’ laid back delivery to evoke his influences (Tribe Called Quest and The Neptunes) perfectly.


 Piers says of the release: “When I started producing ‘These Nights’, the chords I put down on the piano gave me an uplifting feel, so I wanted to make this track something special and from the heart, not just raps over a beat. It had a nostalgic feel, reminding me of previous good times spent with friends, family and even looking forward to future memories that we'll share. I think sometimes in life we focus too much on the negative side of things so wanted to bring some positivity within the lyrics and vibe of the song.”


To back this up, Piers is giving as much back to his local community as possible and will be performing talks at Ipswich Academy, in May. James explains: “I want to wanted to express the importance of nurturing the creative talent of our youth and to let them know that life is full of potential whatever it throws at you. We should be supporting the younger generation with knowledge and more enabling environments in music where they can develop their potential to the fullest while meeting other creatives along the way.”
Following on from last year’s critically acclaimed Vibes and Tribulations EP, ‘These Nights is the new single from the follow-up Vibes and Tribulations II coming later in the year.''


Ipswich Academy is part of the Paradigm trust, for more info please check out ipswichacademy.paradigmtrust.o rg
 

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

EP Review: Iyanya - Signature






''Iyanya'' as we know is the foremost winner of the median edition of ''Project Fame West Africa''  who was recently signed to ''Mavin Records'' and he has kicked off his campaign as one of the new member of the label by the release of his new EP titled ''Signature'' on the (28th March, 2017). ''Signature'' was released and consist of twelve (8) tracks.


Odeyewu: is a track that delivered heavy production/vocal assistance by none other than the don himself ''Don Jazzy''  with some inspirational influence of gospel and a groovy vibe that can easily get your attention, as well as put you in the mood in thanking God for the gift of ''Odeyewu.'' Lol.  This is certainly a good way for ''Iyanya'' to kick off this EP ''Signature.'' This track certainly deserves a humorous visual or something...


Hold On: Can be seen as a fusion of r&b, highlife, and afrobeat, with a modern touch that is accompanied by the alluring vibe of the electric guitar and superb harmonies. This track depicts a scenario of suckers for love who may have gone through their fair share of bad relationships and finally meet someone they really dig but there's a need to take it nice and slow not to get it wrong this time... ''Hold On'' is a brilliant mid -tempo love song that deserves a well thought out music video to bring the track to life. 




Baby Answer: This is a track that seem to have all the right elements of a hit from the; production to the lyrics and  to the vibe but ''Baby Answer'' sounds and feels cliche, like something a ''P- Square'' would have done on their album but hey! i guess its equally an appropriate track for this project.


Not Forgotten Feat. Poe: This is a heartfelt number by ''Iyanya'' citing life experiences from the loss of loved ones and success that follows after a period of strive. We see '' Iyanya'' display his vocal prowess with the aid of a rap performance by the talented rap act ''Poe'' who adds weight of quality to this brilliant ballad and an amazing production effort by ''Altims'' This is certainly my best record off ''Signature.''


Celebrate: As the name implies ''Celebrate'' is a feel good track that celebrates the success of hard work against all odds. ''Iyanya'' shows off his fun side on this track that could easily become a club favorite if well promoted, most especially in this era of recession and knowing how resilient Nigerians can be, this would be a nice track to cool off with.


Nobody Has to Know: Is a sensual number with a modern/old school twist  that reminds you of elements from the likes of; ''Drake'' ''Rihanna'' to ''Boyz II Men.'' ''Nobody Has to Know'' shows off ''Iyanya'' versatility but i'did rather have it as an interlude on the project and not an actual song. 


Bow For You: Laced by the beautiful strings of the bass guitar ''Iyanya'' puts out a love track that can be a favorite at weddings and events in Nigeria, as we enjoy the great chemistry between him and super talented producer  ''Don Jazzy.''


Bonus: Up To Something Feat. Don Jazzy & Dr Sid: This is the lead/ bonus track off ''Signature'' and ''Up To Something'' is a well thought out song that I didn't enjoy from my first listen however, it grew on me and its indeed a good way for ''Don Jazzy'' to introduce ''Iyanya'' to the world and having ''Dr Sid'' add some ''Mavin Records'' touch. ''Up To Something'' has been ruling the airwaves since its release and I would love to more single of the EP promoted.



 Here are my final thoughts on the extended play review for  ''Signature'' I enjoyed listening to the project and it certainly brings listeners back to the era ''Iyanya'' when he gave us the pure essence of R&B, maybe the reason he tilted this project ''Signature.'' This is a GOOD project considering the quality of work put into the project and how if reflects some of ''Iyanya'' past/ present experiences and with production /sound engineering skills from the likes of ace producers ''Don Jazzy'' '' Dj Coublon'' ''Altims'' ''Seanstain'' and ''Bigfoot'' to new comer producers like; ''Altims'' and ''Baby Fresh.'' He also had two of his label mates on features in the persons of; ''Poe'' and ''Dr Sid'', who both added great value to the tape and didn't make it seem like he was trying to hard to pull an audience to peep the EP with a line up of features on it. Therefore based on my conclusion I would rate ''Signature'' a 7/10.
I look forward to more material from ''Iyanya'' under the Mavins crew in 2017 and beyond.

In case you haven't listened or downloaded Iyanya - Signature EP please download it here: 
DOWNLOAD HERE

Friday, 31 March 2017

Mixtape Review: Tito Brown - Urban Stereo Sounds






Nigerian Hip Hop&Rap/Producer Tito Brown debut his embodiment of work titled ''Urban Stereo Sounds'' (USS) and it was released on the (18th August, 2016). ''Urban Stereo Sounds'' was released by this budding Jay-town talent and consist of twenty (20) tracks which is divided into two parts- the ''Dark side'' and the ''Light Side''.


DARK SIDE


Overtime: What a great way to introduce listeners to the ''USS Mixtape'' as we see ''Tito Brown'' spit bars on this laid-back Hip hop beat. ''Overtime'' is the kind of track that can be easily related to across the board with everyday life experiences as there's always two sides to the coin when we strive to achieve/make a mark; some people would say it can't be done and others would motive you to try but if you believe and work ''Overtime''  and with the hope of tomorrow then it can be done. 


U.F.O: Now this is one track that deserves a sci-fi kinda visual for people to fully appropriate the idea behind this song. ''Producer X'' does a great job with the beat as we see ''Tito Brown'' hit it right with his flow and hook on the chorus. The ''U.F.O'' also has some trace/feel of the modern day trap music but with him keeping it 100 and this is what makes this song all the more exciting. 


Aim One: ''I shine like the sun but my reign/rain is dark'' is a few lines on this track that caught my attention and shows how much ''Tito Brown'' deserves a spot in the game with such beautiful wordplay and metaphorical flow to deliver a brilliant record. 


Civilized:  Now ''Civilized'' reminds me why i loved this MC from day 1.  ''Tito Brown'' came through on this heartfelt/soulful track about the reality we live in today (with excerpts from the movie ''The Grand Budapest Hotel'' by M. Gustave'') and what i love the most about this track is how ''Tito Brown'' switched his style on the piano/organ laced record and the creativity on delivery shows that Nigerian Hip hop is in safe hands. This is also one of my favorites off the mixtape and a good reason why this project is worth checking out.


Belee That: ''Tito Brown'' comes off with a brilliant concept for ''Belee That'' and earns it as one of my favorites off the mixtape. ''Belee That'' is an amazingly, beautifully crafted Hip hop/Afrobeat infused track with an old school vibe to it and it has a complimentary synergy between the flow and the hook on the track. 


6ix: is a ''Tito Brown'' and ''Producer X'' production. We hear the beat go in hard as it keeps the listeners woke to ''Tito Brown's'' wordplay as he uses the word/number ''6ix'' in a pretty creative way giving his audience a reason to stay glued to the mixtape. This dude just want his ''6ix'' figures of everything good and he definitely going to get 'em with this attitude. 


Compromising: ''Yaxie'' delivers a brilliant production on ''Compromising'' as we see ''Tito Brown'' take us on a journey ride through an average lads sexual fantasies/attraction with the aid of the Hausa language, he gives the track that edginess to a very laid-back soulful instrumental. This is also a favorite off the mixtape.   


Waves: This is one of the leading singles of the mixtape that was accompanied by what i would describe as a viral video which was shot in Jos, Plateau State and i would say an appropriate choice. With lines like ''I am riding the waves like a life dictator so you better be true'' ''You will find out i am being of different class if i take you to school''  simply amazing right? fantastic record off the mixtape that  surely deserves a video too.


Bad Belle: ''Bad Belle'' is an ''MI Abaga'' Afrobeat inspired track produced by ''Tito Brown'' himself and the chorus laced with heavy vocal chords as it introduces us to the everyday challenges we can all relate with as it deals with success and envy. ''Tito Brown'' shows his versatility as a producer and MC on this track with the rhythm, flow, and vibe drawing you in after a few listen of the track. 


Oga Na / Stay Alive: Sampling of a ''Kanye West'' classic ''Tito Brown'' goes off on a very good start with the  assistance of the Hausa language and i love the way he switches his style with the flow as well as the beat. ''Tito Brown'' is simply stating the obvious.... he's here to stay as he reps his squad ''PSM.''


Decipher's Interlude: Prefect timing for an interlude and an end to the ''Dark Side'' of the mixtape. ''Tito Brown'' expresses his creativity through a poetry kinda freestyle with a mix of English and Hausa language to deliver an incredible interlude. 



LIGHT SIDE



Nigerian Girl Feat. P6ix & Producer X: This is an average track that kicks off the ''Light Side'' of the mixtape even with the assistance from ''P6ix'' and ''Producer X'' i would have expected something more explosive to get the listeners going but it did fall short. The track lacked any sense of direction/concept  and left no lasting impression after a listen. 


Working Feat. Joey Jam: With a Badboy Records sample on this track both ''Tito Brown'' and ''Joey Jam'' went in on this one with a bit of humor to it they both deliver great bars to the ''Producer X'' produced beat.


No Love Feat. Cloud9Ne: With excerpts from one of ''Malcolm X'' infamous quotes, he ain't got ''No Love'' for the haters that's what ''Tito Brown'' and ''Cloud9Ne'' tries to portray on this track as they both go back and forth spitting lines about reality.   


Bombay Feat. Toyenero & P6ix: Okay! this is ''Tito Brown'' giving us a feel of another side to his artistic abilities as a singer/reggae/afropop act. I have always been an advocate of not being boxed into a certain genre as an artist. However, i am not sure ''Bombay'' did it for me maybe it has something to do with the production? don't know.... but the track is worth the effort overall and it shows that ''Tito Brown'' can sell records as well as keep it real with the streets. This track features another MC to watch out for in the person of ''P6ix'' and the amazing vocalist ''Toyenero.''


Love Life Feat. Suranu: This track is underwhelming despite a great production and even with the assistant of the great trumpet that gave it that jazz/soulful vibe. I don't know if it had something to do with the hook, vocals, or ''Tito Brown'' delivery but it was  an average song for me. The track did however have a good story-line. 


Calculate Feat. Toyenero : ''Calculate '' is a track that would remind you why you love Hip hop and R&B the 90s style. ''Tito Brown'' delivers a playful and easy to digest flow on ''Calculate '' making it an appropriate track for the project. He recruits ''Toyenero'' who brings that fantastic fusion to the track that brought it to life.


Nothing on Benjamin Feat. P6ix: This track reminds me of the Crunk era which is a good thing by the way in the context we are discussing and its certainly a good fill up for the tape. There's however nothing spectacular about this track as it sounds like something the ''GripBoiz'' would have created a while back, so the track didn't really sound fresh to me. 


We Been On Feat. Amir & Joey Jam: This is yet another one of ''Tito Brown'' efforts as a producer and we see another strategic collaboration which features ''Amir'' and ''Joey Jam'' and i could say by far the illest combination of these three artist on one track.


Headlines Feat. Producer X: ''Tito Brown'' and ''Producer X'' team up again to deliver a brilliant number about the present day Nigeria as we all know the gimmicks of politics/politicians through  their promises to the masses and most times they don't get fulfilled and as a result created a wide divide between the rich and poor which has somewhat led to the ''Recession'' we find ourselves in today. ''Tito Brown'' is calling on every Nigerian through a collective effort  to make a change so we can realize the Nigeria of our dreams. 


Purple Cycle Feat. Amir / Candy Outro: ''Tito Brown'' closes off this mixtape on a high note as he recruits the amazing MC ''Amir'' and they both took us back on an magic old school style of rap and the vibe was just perfect. For the records, this is by far my favorite track off the ''USS'' mixtape. The concept, production, the rap, flow, the hook, and the switch to the ''Candy Outro'' was a total hit. They simply aced this one. Thumps up!   



 Here are my final thoughts on the mixtape review for  ''Urban Stereo Sound (USS)'' I enjoyed listening to the project and its certainly a great first effort from this young MC. Tito Brown's mixtape ''Urban Stereo Sound (USS)'' is an above average project considering the quality of work put into the project and how he showed drive and versatility to the embodiment of work with production credits to his name as well. The production /sound engineering skills from producers like ''Producer X'' ''Yaxie'' ''Geekbeats'' and himself ''Tito Brown'' with some well thought out features and a few misplaced ones  all added great value and dynamics to the tape and reasons in my conclusion I would rate ''Urban Stereo Sound (USS)'' a 7.5/10 because of a few hit and misses with the features and the idea behind the concept of the mixtape. ''Tito Brown'' is one artiste to watch out for in the Nigerian music scene and beyond.
I look forward to more material from Tito Brown in 2017.

In case you haven't listened or downloaded Urban Stereo Sound (USS) -  Mixtape please download it for free here: 
DOWNLOAD HERE

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Cobhams Asuquo: '‘For You’' Tracklist For Forthcoming Album







This is Just For You!
"For You" - That's the title of the soon-to-be-released album of award-winning producer, musician and songwriter Cobhams Asuquo. The long awaited release drops in less than two weeks after 5 years of writing, recording and collaborating. The 14-track album features Grammy, Stellar and Dove award-winning producer Aaron Lindsey, singer/songwriter Claire Hendershot and our very own Nosa.
The album pre-order goes live in just a few hours! Below is a sneak peak of the full list of 14 tracks on the album which drops on March 12th:

1. Make Our Hearts2. Here It Is3. Highly Lifted (feat. Aaron Lindsey)4. No One (feat. Nosa)5. Oh How I love (feat. Claire Hendershot)6. Let Your Kingdom Come7. For You8. More Of You9. Glorious Deliverer10. Here I Am11. Ordinary People12. Eyin Sa13. Praise To The Lord (feat. Claire Hendershot)14. Angels All Round

CHRISTED RECORDS Presents: Pump up my volume ft Christ Rydaz, Otto Vonpablo, Modallas, Corban, Cylent.





''Christed Records is putting out an EP to celebrate the signing of their new artists to the label Corban, Modallas, Cylent and Dj DREXX. 
The EP feature all the artist on Christed Records roaster like Otto Vonpablo, Christ Rydaz, Corban, Modallas, Cylent, Dj DREXX and other artist that are related to the label. 
 
The label has decided to drop their first hit single off the EP 'Pump up my volume' telling the Dj to pump up and loud up their sound. 

Connect on Twitter / @christedrecords @ChristRydaz  @ottovonpablo @corbansabiboy @iammodallas @iamCYLENT''

TRAEDONYA! Releases Solo Debut Ep to Preorder on Itunes





''Prohibition Entertainment in Association with TRAEDONYA!(aka The Bride
Of New Funk Hipopera) is excited to announce the preorder for her solo debut
Ep 4 Portraits. This is her first official release in over 5 1/2 years.

The 4 Portraits is a multidimensional project tieing together seamlessly music,
sports and art. The songs metaphorically represent the 4 iconic sports figures 
as paintings. The portraits are Derek Jeter(baseball), Kareem Abdul Jabbar
(basketball), Pele(soccer) and Jim Brown(american football).
For the preorder to the official release date of 2/17/17 Prohibition will offer 
some special incentives. There is a exclusive song(portrait) based on 22
time grand slam winner Serena Williams called Concrete Rose. The song
My Favourite Guy(Derek Jeter) is a instant gratification track when you 
purchase the Ep. Finally a special $2.99 price point for Ep.  It has
been 5 1/2 years since i have been out so i wanted to give the listeners 
more of a reason to check me out says TRAEDONYA!

During the preorder period a Go Fund Me campaign has been launched
to assist in the development of a stage design for upcoming tour dates.
I want to give the consumer a more immersive experience says 
TRAEDONYA!. Below are links to connect with TRAEDONYA!:''