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Who Are We Fooling? Nigerian Music

Am I the only one who believes that Nigeria music is in freefall and has lost the very thing which makes our music distinctively different to other music.

I have just finished watching MTN top 10 Nigerian Videos, I would argue that 7 of the videos showed no Nigerian influence other that the artist might be Nigerian. Number one video was from P-square, wonderful artist, brilliant choreography, but where was the Nigerianism (if there's such a word). Video was not shot in Nigeria, words and dance did not reflect our country.This seems to be the trend in the Nigerian music.

Why is it we want to do what the American are doing?

there's nothing wrong with being original and true to your heritage. My partner is here looking at me, thinking am taking it too far.

The Ghanaians are producing much better music than us, which is sad for our industry.

My mum often says to me in Yoruba to always remember who and where I originate from, this is my advice to all budding musician, as the current crop in my opinion are just short of useless.

we are Nigerian, be proud to be Nigerian.

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@Chiogo

I know what I'm about to do is bad and I'm very sorry. However, I also want to say that I buy the album's of anyone I like eg. Mode9, 9ice, DJ Jimmy Jatt, Terry Tha Rapman.

Just go to http://www.fusiongreen.com and "listen" to Nigerian songs.

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Did it ever occur to you that some people are feeling the so called non-Nigerian artistes? I enjoy P-Square for one, and I think the issue most people have with them (I don't understand this) is their dressiness and danciness (permit me to use those words). They don't have the foreign accent in the singing, they use pidgin and Ibo and Yoruba, and what more.

What do you expect? Foreign stuff has gotten to us so much, from our language to technology to dressing to food to almost everything else. And you want to isolate the music? Come on, let's get real.

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@ice_zik, I don't stay in Nigeria. So what radio are you talking about?

Who's Asa anywayz??

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Asa

Age Beeka

Fela

Sound Sultan.

9ice

Faze (my favorite plantashuz)

nomoreloss

Sunny Ade

Yinka Ayefele

Modenine

Terry the Rapman

Six foot Plus

Bold: Cant beat those guys, their music is inspiring and lovely.

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i don't listen to alot of nigerian artistes as well as their songs for the obvious reason stated in the thread! these days, every tom, dick and ali baba wants to churn out a single, wear fly gear and glasses in videos, but content and depth- zero!

asa is still my favourite for now. am also digging that nayo chick. very original and talented.

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@YourFather

Feeling's mutual my brother.

I can't agree more. I think labelling the issue here "culture" is somewhat ambiguous. It connotes several contradictory meanings. The main issue here is; as much as possible, be natural at what you do - don't fake it. Culture is a silent ingredient of originality.

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@gAMINE

i'M JUST TRYING TO KEEP IT REAL! yOU KNOW ME, NOW.

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@YourFather

Judging from your philosophy, to be Nigerian is to show something Nigerian in your video? Hmmm , okay, the only P-queer song I liked was ifunaya and that was very Nigerian (don't know if you've seen the video). However, for rappers, like mode9 or Terry tha rapman. It's not easy being "Nigerian" because you can't be a good rapper and act Nigerian at the same time. Just look at Lord of Ajasa! 2shot tries but in the end, he's still quite "foreign". And no matter what Ruggedman says, He still raps like an American but uses Nigerian slang's. Gino, M.I, Ikechukwu, Naeto C, Sasha etc can't rap any other way than "foreign".

R&B, on the other hand, has no excuse for not being Nigerian, because it's much easier to sing Nigerian than rap Nigerian. That's why people like P-queer vex me at times. Styl-plus are actually trying, have you heard their album? Faze, 2face, and 9ice are fiercely Nigerian. My point is, before you jump to conclusions about any particular artist first listen to their album, then come back and analyze.

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Ice, just keep quiet abeg.

i like who i like, must i spell it out for you.

ifunanya i kinda like that song.lololol

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Honestly, as someone previously said Hip Hop is American Culture and Nigerians trying to emulate it are gonna be more American than Nigerian. Speaking Pidgin or a Nigerian Language in a song, even referring to Nigerian themes in a song is Nigerian enough for me in a Nigerian R&B or Hip Hop artist. if your looking for real Nigerian Music MTN top Ten is not the place (They are catering to a mainstream audience).

It is a shame that modern day Nigerians prefer Hip Hop and R&B to our conventional, drum beating and masquerade dancing but this is a reality and to compete in the global market the most Nigerian they can go is lyrically or add a tinge of Nigerian sounding beats in their music.

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@GAmine

You're a racist against your own people! How can you only like Asa and 9ice? Infact, I'm sure you only like 9ice because everyone else does. What about Lagbaja, Styl Plus or Mode9? 2face, Faze and Terry tha Rapman? Roof Top Mcs? You mean you don't even like ROOF TOP MCS?!?!?!?!?!?! How na? I'm very sure you ain't listened to these peoples albums. They are all very Nigerian.

@YourFather

You're absolutely wrong. I'm wearing buba and shokoto and I'm using an Omatek laptop (Nigerian).

@chiogo

You should turn on a radio some day and just listen to Nigerian music. You'll realise your mistake.

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@Bamsyle

Let me start by saying, you are someone I have come to appreciate his point of view. On this issue however, we have a gap here, be it little, I do understand where the poster is coming from, maybe labeling it culture was the mistake, because what is the Nigerian culture that would appeal to the record buying and show going 9ja people of today?

If we are talking about music acts living a lie through their vids, by representing something they are not, then that is not going to stop soon, as we live in a Culture that finds it ok, I for one don't.

There can be no substitude for being real.

But the fact is, if the public accepts it and build people up on that, the trend will go on.

In another place and another time, Psquare will not exsit, they will be told to go and find who they are and then come back, they are now one of the biggest stars in 9ja.

When we all start loving Nigeria the way we should, things will change including vids, at the moment it is what it is.

Actually, it does matter what you put in your video, come to think of it, all this idiots that don't know their history, putting this white girl and that white girl, because they feel its make them look better, are nothing but fools, but having a garget driven vid, or one that looks like it was shot in an American studio, doesn't take away from our culture.

Even the TV stations choose what to show love to. When I saw the Durella video, In the Zanga, i thought nice, this would be loved, but no, people seem to want the bling, the cars, what they see on the American vids.

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Pheww, see how they changed the topic. Nobody asked if you like 'em or not. Shoot!

@Bamsyle, give urself a break. You wrote a friggin college essay, I dunno where 2 start from. They copy usher, they copy usher, is usher the first to start dancing? So, I can also say usher copied Mj and James Brown. Give these dudes a break. It's just like the feud between soulja boy and ice-t. I think it's silly. Soulja boy never said he's d best just like p-square never said they are. They're just tryin 2 make their money. And if u don't like it, I don't think they care. If not, they wlda changed since people have been criticizing them.

I personally don't listen 2 Nigerian music much. 98% of naija artistes suck(my opinion) but I can manage few songs by few people like 'p-queer', 2face, and u kno d few other gud ones. My point is, all artistes get their inspiration from somewhere, it doesn't have to be where you're from. And if usher inspires them p-square, let 'em be!

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P-Queer

LOLOLOLOLOLOL

Man! i have never liked them and i will never

the only two nigerian musicians im feeling these days are;

ASA

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9ice

Every other dont try.

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bunch of bored people always putting up topic s like this everywhere.

nigerianism ko. its a fukkin global community these days.

step out of the fukkin box. una no dey tire

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Cosign with the above post! True talk.

@topic, if y'all tell me exactly what the Nigerian culture is, maybe I'd get the topic more. Culture is something that changes. The culture of yesterday is not the culture of today.

If you think that artists who do not sing in their native tongues are not being 'Nigerian', then I dunno what to tell you. Last time I checked, english was the official language in Nigeria.

That yahooze song(I dunno who sang it) had some yoruba in it but is that a song that reflects ur 'culture'? According to the song, it encourages fraud. Correct me if am wrong. African queen by Tuface is like the only Nigerian song that I've heard Americans here say they like. Nothing in it says that the song was made in Nigeria, Nigeria was not written on their foreheads. As for their outfits, I know y'all are goin to say that they dressed african but how does a foreigner know they're specifically Nigerians?

Besides, you could see non-africans wearing those outfits, nothing new. Now, don't get me wrong @poster, I get ur point but u don't have to speak a Nigerian tongue or scream 'nigeria' in ur video to show ur Nigerian-ness. The p-square you talked about actually got a video with an igbo name 'ifunanya' and actually spoke igbo if that's what u wanna hear. There was nothing usher about their dance steps in that video, it was totally 'nigerian'.

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Ok guys I have to weigh in on this.

First of, I can bet my bottom pound on it that everyone on this tread was wearing something that was influenced by non Nigerians, be it a Rocawear t-shirt, a TM shirt or a pair of Tom Wolfe jeans, typing on a non Nigerian computer.

So you then have to ask, what is being Nigerian, it can't definately be the cars we drive (German, Japaness), or the TV we watch, or the fridge we chill our drinks with.

Being Nigerian would have to be our hearts, our pride, the way we sing, most of, our mentality.

A nice house in Nigeria has more foreign influence than a Dollar bill, really, when you enter someone's house in Nigeria that you think is impressive, it is not uncommon to say, "oh this could easily be in jand".

We need to get real. Nigerians grow up watching block buster film, watch MTV, dress MTV, so what do you think sets the standards for their videos?

So far they ask you where you are from, and you say I am Nigerian, the land of kings, home of history, where river B and river Niger meets, you are Nigerian, repping! And it doesn't matter what you wear, drink or have in your videos.

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i quite agree with u dat our artiste shud impose our culture in their songs and videos but 1 thing i wud say i dnt quite agree with is d fact dat Ghanians produce beta musik dan we do. Yes, they used 2 but not any more ijero. 4-6yrs back foriegn musik dominated our radios as if we had no musik of our own but now if u listen 2 d radio very well there's a balance although it myt not b even as it shud, i believe in time it will,  9c thread,

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You have just spoken like an oracle.

@poster

You too.

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I cosign the poster to a certain extent. i believe its all about pride. We need to be proud of our language and country regardless of how messed up it is. I get really upset when people describe traditional Nigerian musicians as rass. I really hate that word. A lot of people used to describe 9ice as rass but now everyone is jumping on his dick especially after he performed at the Mandela concert. Artistes like Fela, King Sunny Ade, Ebenezer Obey, Lagbaja, 2face Idibia to mention but a few have reached or are reaching worldwide popularity that the likes of P Square can only pray and aspire to reach by being genuine and real. Be it singing in Yoruba or broken English. There is nothing bad in listening to Obesere (albeit he is a bit dirty with what he says), Ayuba, 9ice, Nigga Raw. These guys are representing. Our so called rap and rnb stars would only get home and national exposure at his rate because when they get to the international level, you would never be able to put P Square against Pretty Ricky to say the least. I say Nigerian musicians should stay repping our proud roots and culture. Last Lagbaja and Sunny Ade show I went to had literally the same amount of white people as black people. Obviously the two of them are doing something right and thats being genuine. The latest hype is a greek guy singing Gongo Aso. At this point, we must admit there is a pattern developing in the kind of Nigerian music that blows up beyond our Nigerian borders.

Please do not get me started on the South African shot videos. Dj Tee shot Banky W's Ebute Metta video entirely in Nigeria and that video is one of the realest videos you would see on TV without needing to go to South Africa. It added to the essence of the video rather than take away from it.

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Ijero , You make a very good point. A lot of the Nigerian Artist do not potray our culture in their songs or videos. There are some new artists artist that showcase Nigeria well.

There is a video on Nigezie and Soundcity by a guy called Keeno called My Mama , Very good video and very Nigerian. I found the link to the video on Youtube

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If a video or music is being be potray as Nigerian, then it should have Nigerian influences. Watching this I felt like I was watching an Usher video, even the dance, look and feel were identical to Usher.

I appreciate that a lot Nigerian are producing good music, my argument is for it to be billed or branded as Nigerian then it must show Nigerian life or have a Nigerian feel.

To me it sad to watch Nigerian #1 video and not been able to see anything Nigerian in it.

God bless Nigeria

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@poster

I understand what you're trying to say. A lot of these artistes *like the group you mentioned* don't make sensible music. Then they cover it up with some so-called expensive video, and which has to be shot outside the shores of Nigeria. A lot of artistes still remember our roots anyway. I like Rugged's video for Ruggedy Baba for example. And that's why I like 9ice in general. Anyone who listens to that guy's lyrics would know that his videos would definitely reflect his deep thots, culture, proverbs and wisecracks. Your video is a true reflection of your music, your lyrics, your ingenuity.

Bottom line is - Be real, be original.

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@poster

wich ppl in america do that music that they copy? black

wer did them black ppl come from? i knw u knw!

abi was it oyinbo that started hip hop? tell me

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ijero abi wat do u call urself,

i agree with u to an extent. What of those doing FUJI or APALA. Do they do that in yankee too? Those doing hiphop are also trying to co they still inject our cultures into it a bit

Ruggedman tries wella in dis regard

Modenine too does

Terry tha rap man

freestyle

and the best of dem all in rapping nigerian 2Shots!!!!

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