Nigerian Music Then And Now

Nigerian Music Then And Now

The music scene in Nigeria has all the time been vibrant. Even earlier than the country acquired her independence from Great Britain, it had an active social culture. Buoyed by our multicultural heritage, there has always been a democracy of sounds. As is to be expected, all the different tribes and ethnic groups have their peculiar styles of music. Many of those genres of music are distinguished by the kind of devices which can be used to make them. For instance, fuji is especially played with drums, while highlife requires horns and guitars.

It should however be noted that many of those genres of music have developed over time, and successive generations have left their totally different imprimaturs on them, so much that a few of them now sound otherwise from what they used to be. The type of fuji music that can be heard on the streets of Lagos in the present day is completely different from what it used to sound like about 50 years ago. Fuji is now more sophisticated and diversified. It is usually attention-grabbing to note that the origin of fuji might be traced to the Sixties, which implies that genre of music is about the identical age with Nigeria. Among the distinguished proponents of fuji making waves right now are K1 de Ultimate, Pasuma, Saheed Osupa, Adewale Ayuba, Obesere. Nonetheless, a few of the new generation music artistes, reminiscent of Olamide, Wizkid, 9ice, Reekado Banks, among others, borrow closely from fuji.

People like Flavour and Runtown are at present propagating the gospel of highlife world wide though it has been modified in several ways. Highlife is claimed to have originated from Ghana but it surely was popularised in Nigeria by artistes like Osita Osadebe, Victor Uwaifo, Victor Olaiya, amongst others. It nonetheless has mass attraction, and both the young and old discover pleasure in shifting to its rhythm.

Meanwhile, music within the northern part of the nation is more subdued and it's usually played for religious purposes. Instruments such as the tambura drum, talking drum and kakaki, an elongated trumpet, are commonly used to produce a type of complicated percussion music.

In up to date occasions, Nigerian music has taken a more exciting turn. There are nonetheless musicians who play ‘pure’ highlife, fuji, juju, and different such native genres, but the most well-liked type of music in the nation right this moment is afrobeats.

In apply, afrobeats is a medley of African sounds, equivalent to fuji, juju, highlife, afrobeat, waka, apala, hiplife, reggae, among others. Called concoction music by some, afrobeats borrows the very best of different types of music and melds them into the songs we hear on radio these days. That's the reason singers like Olamide, Flavour, Sani Danja, Nigga Uncooked, are all labeled as afrobeats artistes. It's pertinent to note that this is sort of completely different from Fela’s style of music, afrobeat. Afrobeats is fuller and more melodic than Fela’s model of music, which was more streamlined and definite. Some artistes describe their music as afro-fusion and afro-pop, however they still fall under the wider afrobeats umbrella.

The enviable position Nigeria enjoys within the African (nay world) music space is a pointer to the truth that the nation has something the world wants to hear. Nigerian music has gone on to cross borders and it is extremely a lot in demand in places as far-flung as Australia, Tokyo, Malaysia, Singapore, among others.

Other sub-cultures like poetry, chants and praise-singing, are nonetheless very a lot alive, and so they have telling affect on afrobeats. Nigerian artistes have turn into the toasts of the world, with many overseas artistes searching for them out for collaborations.

Nonetheless, one of many largest drawbacks of the Nigerian music industry is the shortage of a defined structure. As such, it's largely seen as an all-comers affair with out the proper checks and balances in place. It is usually an announcement of incontrovertible fact that the music business was constructed to this stage by the hard work of several musicians of various generations, with little or no enter from the government. However the roles Nigerian music has played in nation building and popularising the country cannot be overemphasised. Names like Fela, Wizkid, Davido AuDio, Lagbaja, Femi Kuti, King Sunny Ade, K1 de Ultimate, among others, are more standard than many presidents that have led the country. One can only think about the type of impact the music industry would have with vital assist from the government. A method that the federal government can assist is by passing relevant acts and legal guidelines that might make the job of musicians easier and in addition be sure that they enjoy the fruits of their labour. The problem of royalty collection continues to be not taken critically enough within the industry, and pirates are having a subject day; reaping from the place they did not sow.

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