KIng of Afrobeat, Fela Kuti. (Image Credit : youtube.com)
Music aficionados may already be clued in to what’s trending in world music. The city that is garnering lots of interest-cum-traction in rising to the top of African pop, and being a cultural game-changer is the West African capital of Lagos.
Not just that but the Nigerian diaspora is also a growing force to be reckoned with in pushing things along for Nigerian music, especially in the UK. Move over, New York, London and Los Angeles we say, for the Nigerian music industry is set to explode, with revenues of USD 56m in 2015, and it is predicted to grow to USD 88m by 2019, according Pricewaterhouse Coopers as reported in The Guardian.
Nigeria has been named as the fastest expanding entertainment and media market in the world as per the accounting firm. Read on, hit play and you will see why.
Nigerian music compilation album covers from the '70s. (Image Credit : nialler9.com)
How It Began Back In The ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s
is an icon of Nigerian music, right from the ‘70s. A drummer taking inspiration from Yoruba drums, Allen became popular playing with Fela Kuti.
, a ‘70s Afrobeat force, is an African music linchpin making waves of sublime music for decades.
Popular in Nigeria and also overseas, King Sunny Adé
together with Ebenezer Obey
are purveyors of the percussion-heavy jùjú
is a blast from the past whose music was re-issued in 2013 by the Luaka Bop label. The Atomic Bomb Band further spread the music genius of Onyeabor performing it live.
creates music in the vein of Afro-juju, a mashup of Afrobeat and jùjú in the ‘80s.
Nigerian Artistes Making It At Home & Abroad Now
, or the Adenuga brothers are the hottest names in the grime scene of current music.
A UK X Factor alumni from 2006, signed up by Sony and a prolific songwriter to other artistes, Tiwa Savage
returned to Nigeria to record music under a music label she launched.
Partnering Drake on One Dance, global star Wizkid
is also No 1-selling music star in the UK in his own right.
are arbiters of Afrobeats that found its origins in the UK, also known as Naija beats in Nigeria.