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Interview: DRB’s ‘Pioneers’ Album Is a Party and All The Cool Kids Are In Attendance

'Pioneers' is the genre-bending debut album from the group that helped carve out a space for alté.

The Nigerian alté scene has come a long way since it rose to prominence as a subculture in the late 2010s. It continues to inspire and influence the work of Nigerian creatives across various industries, particularly within the music ecosystem. While origins can be traced to the constantly evolving cultural hub that is Lagos, the alté movement was inspired by and continues to be powered by a mix of experimentalist, and innovative people from across Nigeria.

Think Lady Donli, Tems, Odunsi The Engine, Wavy The Creator, Santi, and many other exciting creatives pushing and infusing into the culture a certain edge that provides the space for the unconventional and advocates for a grounded sense of individuality. DRB Lasgidi played a vital role in establishing the alté movement through the vibrant parties they hosted, the music they have been releasing across the Afrobeats, R&B, Afro-house, Afro-folk and trap genres for over 10 years now, and their self-devised aesthetics, characteristic of many within the alté movement.

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DRB Release Their Long-Awaited Debut Album 'Pioneers'

The collective's debut album highlights their influence on Nigeria's Alté scene with collaborations from Santi, Lady Donli, Olamide and more.

The trendsetting Nigerian collective DRB have released their highly-anticipated debut album, Pioneers.

The 12-track album features a slew of notable guest features from Nigeria's youth culture-led alté scene, including Lady Donli, Tems, Odunsi (The Engine), Prettyboy DO, Santi and more, while the heavyweight Nigerian rapper Olamide appears on the track "Shomo."

Consisting of members Boj, Fresh L and Teezee, the group named the album Pioneers, to reflect on their roles as "key figureheads within Lagos's rapidly expanding Alté scene." In the spirit of collaboration, the group also worked with young producers like Pheelz and GMK and enlisted the new wave Nigerian artist Edozie Anedu for the the album's standout artwork.

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