Ascent of native well known music

THE pleasantness of native music, from both the Eastern and Western climes in Nigeria, was nearly pretty much as inebriating as the palm wine itself that was the principal staple in group environments where they were supported. As of now, Babatunde Lord’s Juju music had proactively been a respectable type, which was played across pre-pilgrim Nigeria around then.

However, there were a few sparkling voices arising like Dr Victor Olaiya, Roy Chicago, and Rex Lawson, among others, governing the highlife scene in Lagos, Nigeria’s diversion capital.


Inside the Southeast, the Osita Osadebes, Oliver de Coques and the Oriental Brothers were additionally essentially associated with promoting the highlife classification. Other highlife stars, for example, Roy Chicago pioneered a path with his huge number of hits like Iyawo Pankeke, Are owo ni esa Yoyo gbe, and Keregbe emu. He was additionally apparently the primary artist to mix the talking drum into highlife music. Victor Olaiya’s International All Stars and Roy Chicago’s Abalabi Rythm Dandies were two of the main highlife groups in Nigeria, both drove by alumni of the orshestra.

Chief Osita Osadebe
Chief Osita Osadebe


The ’60s and ’70s were a particularly lovely period for native music in Nigeria. Inside the South Western locale, Haruna Ishola turned into the stuff of legends. The performer was the best entertainer of apala, a percussion-based style that began during the 1930s as a reminder to the Islamic loyal during the long stretch of Ramadan. Ishola was known for performing extended shows to enormous crowds in Osogbo.


In 1971, two years after he began STAR Records with I.K. Dairo, he delivered Oroki Social Club on Decca Records, a tribute to the famous club that has his exhibitions in Osogbo. That collection sold more than 5,000,000 duplicates and turned into his biggest selling record till date.


Regardless, native classifications began to experience a plunge during the ’70s and mid ’80s, with the Nigerian Nationwide conflict (1967-1970) driving highlife’s nonconformists into different sorts including Juju music. Disciples like Victor Olaiya pushed the battle areas of strength for along his series of ‘restoration’ shows, which were held at the Papingo Night Club Of Stadium Hotel, Lagos and even an album named, Highlife Giants of Africa. In any case, highlife confronted its possible downfall.


Disco-funk and Rock Evolution 

WHILE Highlife was fighting its decay; and Juju and Apala music were all the while prospering with that uneasiness of ‘who is going down next?’, a couple of performers were exploring different avenues regarding Afro-funk, making assortments of electronic music that were quietly assuming control over dance clubs in Nigeria.

Bongos Ikwue
Bongos Ikwue

Joni Haastrup’s Greetings; SJOB Movement’s A Move In The Correct Bearing, Bongos Ikwue and the Groovies’ You’ve got to help yourself, and T-Fire’s Will Of People were significant records that demonstrated Nigeria’s determination in the domain of Disco Funk. Doused guitars, energetic trumpets, thrashing woodwinds and weighty percussion of Disco Funk overwhelmed this kind of ‘elective’ classification.


On the other hand, Nigeria’s stone scene rose generally from college grounds not long after the Nigerian civil war, and the groups came from everywhere the nation however were particularly normal in the East. The individuals from BLO (it was an abbreviation of their first names) had played with Ginger Pastry specialist in Europe for a couple of years, as had Joni Haastrup, with his musical gang called, Mono Mono. These were two of the country’s greatest musical crews. Different groups like Ofege, and their Higher Plane Breeze album gave one of the Nigerian stone scene’s notorious pictures.


Numerous different names like Tunji Oyelana, the Funkees, Ofo the Dark Organization, The Hygrades, Colomach, Tabukah ‘X’, The Elcados, and a lot more were undeniably lost from memory because of Nigeria’s shocking tradition of not keeping great files.

Afrobeat & Fela Kuti

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Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, is one more proud beam of Nigeria’s musical legacy. After he broke into the Nigerian music scene, during the ’60s, with his Koola Lobitos band, he started to acquire unmistakable quality. Notwithstanding, it was his 1969 visit through the US that smuggled his drive for activism, subsequent to being exposed to the Work of Malcolm X, the Black Jaguars, and different militants.


With his band, which was differently known as Nigeria 70, Africa 70, and later Egypt 80, he produced an inexorably politically-charged discography. Tunes like Roforofo Battle, Zombie, Sorrow, Tears and Blood, and numerous others.

Hip Hop & Social Media Era

THE beginning of the millenia introduced another time of music, where American Hip-Jump and Rap were quick becoming family sounds. RnB, as well, started to overwhelm radio plays and dance clubs. Everybody hooked on Destiny’s Child, Mary J Blige, Mariah Carey, Ja Rule, Ashanti, 50 Cent, and some more.

Plantashun Boys
Plantashun Boys


It didn’t take long before stars like Plantashun Boiz, The Remedies (Tony Tetuila, Eedris Abdulkareem and Swirl Cure), Styl Plus, Eedris Abdulkareem, Sound Sultan, and Lagbaja started to lead their period with Afro RnB and Hip-bounce, which turned into the famous music of that time.


Before long, the Ajegunle boys, for example, Daddy Showkey, Daddy Fresh, Baba Frayo, Marvelous Benji, Mad Melon and Mountain Black, African China, and others began melding components of music from other West African climes, advocating sub-kinds like Makossa, Konto, Galala, among others. The music was difficult to classify, at that point, with its exceptionally local allure. There were stars like Pasuma and Obesere who were all the while holding the strength with Fuji music. In any case, these more current classes and combinations managed the scene.

Mad Melon
Mad Melon


Interestingly, the 2010s got the greatest change to Nigerian music. As of then, more admittance to innovation assisted Nigerian performers with making better music recordings. From The Mo Hits group to Storm Records, the EME Team and other significant music cooperatives, or superstars, it was the period of shooting music videos in foreign countries. The video characteristics were fresh and extremely alluring.


It was likewise the period of significant music-based Television slots like Station O, MTV Base, Hip TV, and SoundCity TV, among others. The business was turning out to be more limited, with all features of the environment being addressed in the nation – from creation to showcasing and distribution, to performance. It was great, while it lasted. Presently, the business is quick becoming Westernized, (for some reasons we’ll is talk about another day).


The 2010s additionally brought the analysis of streaming stages. looking was the herald of the business. Subsequent to seeing the computerized blast occurring, and the sped up development of neighborhood listening propensities from Cds to versatile utilization, the organization got the ball rolling to make an item.

Established in September 2010 with central command in Lagos, Nigeria it offered a scope of online media items, including its film streaming site named iROKOtv zeroed in on Nollywood Film creations, and ‘handling’, a Nigerian music streaming stage. While cooking was brief, other music stages – all claimed by unfamiliar organizations – began to creep into the Naija music circle gradually. Any semblance of Apple Music, YouTube Music, Audiomack, Boomplay, and all the more as of late, Spotify, all came ready. Furthermore, this slung our music scene to more noteworthy praise.


With the streaming stages came more intricate graphing frameworks that assisted with cross-mainland music disclosure. Music darlings in different climes were presently finding Nigerian performers through playlists. Furthermore, the diaspora African American community emphatically became snared on Nigerian music. The streaming income from this has been fleeting. For example, Ckay’s Love Nwantiti has rounded up more than a solitary billion naira from streaming royalties.

Currently, with the exports of Nigerian music under the aegis of Afrobeats, the Grammys have started contemplating creating an “Afrobeats” category at the awards.

Wizkid & Burna Boy
Wizkid & Burna Boy


Billboard has created a dedicated charting system dubbed, Billboard Top 100 Afrobeats. Wizkid, Burna Boy, Ckay, Asake, and many more are selling out monumental venues in Northern America and Europe. And literally, every British or American superstar wants to collaborate with Afrobeats/Nigerian artists.