For a very long time now, Nigeria has been the centre of attraction when it comes to music in Africa.
If you are familiar with what good music is all about, then you will also come to terms with the fact that it has to do with good content (lyrics), sound as well as good vocals.
Decades ago, Nigeria was able to carve out a niche for itself in Africa when it comes to original sound and content with the likes of Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade, Onyeka Owenu, Shina Peters and more creating a solid foundation for the younger generation.
From early 90s, Nigeria started experiencing a new era of music when the likes of 2face, Blackface and Faze who were members of a debunk group, ‘Plantashun Boiz’, Idris Abdulkareem, Tony Tetula, Ruggedman, Sunny Nneji , Style Plus, Naeto C, Ikechukwu, Psquare and Righteous man among others giving us good sounds.
While these artistes brought about tremendous changes in the industry as they were able to successfully fused hip-hop, R&B and urban music generally into Nigerian or African settings, they were still original and highly creative in terms of content and sound.
The industry has never been the same since the dawn of the new millennium which ushered yet and another loosed and revolutionized entertainers who brought in different genres of music, ranging from dance hall, ragae, highlife, indigenous hip-hop and all.
Then we started having sounds from Da Grin, 9ice, Banky W, Tiwa Savage, D’banj, Dr. Sid, Wande Coal, Eva Alordiah, Sasha P, and then, the likes of Wizkid, Burna Boy, Bracket, Phyno, Runtown, Skales, Olamide , Reekado Banks, Kiss Daniel, Korede Bello and more who are still making waves at the moment.
One fact cannot be taken away from here, as new artistes come up daily, so do new concepts, genres, voices, ideas and sound also come up.
Over time, this trend has not only influenced Nigerian music but has also changed the way Nigerian music is currently perceived in Africa.
Take it or not, the industry is on the high side when it comes to mediocrity and a lot of Nigerians do not seem to bother.
This again has brought about the question of where is the place of Nigerian music in Africa.
Is Nigeria still the giant of Africa when it comes to music?
Few weeks back, social media across Africa was on fire when popular singer, Mr. Eazi attributed the recent Nigerian music (sound) to Ghana’s influence.
While Nigerians as well as other music lovers across the continent argued this out on the internet, the truth still remains that Nigerian artistes need to improve on their crafts, be more creative and original both in terms of lyrics and sound.
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