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Why Do Igbo Artistes Sing In Yoruba?

Why is it that most Musicians of Igbo extraction find it difficult to promote their own language by singing in Igbo, instead they Sing with Yoruba.

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Many young singers face huge competition when entering show biz. They need to win popularity and fame, so they do the things that work the best. Singing in Igbo is not an option for many of them. Instead they sing in English or Yoruba to get the word out and win some fans. Later on, when they become popular, like D’Banj, they can do a song or two on their native tongue and get great feedback on it.

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Cameroon, only becuz The Igboland is right beside them, so the culture & custom of Igbo ppl can be found around the border.

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Just hear yourself talk.... The village is very diff from the city. Youre saying "when" Igbos go to the village they'll play Fuji music. Why wont they? When you go back home to the village esp during the holidays, youre usually surrounded by elders who are used to the old school Fuji cuz those were the hit songs during their days. They dont understand what theyre saying in the hip-hop naija artists' songs. And besides you cant expect elders in the village to wanna lisen to hip-hop songs that are all about sex, money, booty shaking, etc. How 'bout when the Igbos are not in the village but in the city? Do they spend their day listening to Shina Peter, Sunny Ade, Ebenezer Obey, Fela, etc? So stop trying to make it sound like its a special thing to listen to Fuji when in the village. I cant imaging myself playing hip-hop naija music around my grandparents or ppl their age range.

Secondly why wont Igbos be eager to learn/speak other tribe's languages, eat their fod, wear their clothing when its mostly Igbos that move away from their land and go to other regions. why wont an Igbo living around diff ppl want to learn their language to be able to adapt and communicate to ppl of that environment. A foreigner that moves to another country will eventually learn the language, eat their food, and wear their clothing's to fit in that environment. Same way you would expect a foreigner to start wearing American clothing, eating American food and try to speak like an American when they move to America. So no, there's nothing special about that. Things like that are expected & bound to happen

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Dr Sid

DPrince

Lynxxx

Chidinma

Burna Boy

Skales

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Youre clueless. Almost all the popular artists you can think of have sang in Yoruba or put some Yoruba in their lyrics. Yoruba ppl don't only rule in those states you named. They also rule in Lagos so stop hating. If Yoruba ppl don't rule in Lagos why are most Non-Yoruba artists singing in Yoruba to appeal to Lagosians (who are mostly Yoruba ppl). Like I said to someone else here; Most Yorubas only understand their language cuz most Yoruba ppl are based in a Yorubaland so they don't see the need to know Igbo. Like you said "many things are centered in Lagos" which happens to be a Yoruba state. If Non-Yorubas like Igbos wants to live in Lagos or co they have to learn Yoruba if they wanna live/adjust well in such environment. I'm sure if a lot of Yoruba ppl migrated to Igboland they'll eventually start to understand & speak Igbo just like the igbos that migrated to the Yorubalands. Some Igbos can speak Yoruba cuz they had to understand/speak to adapt to the Yorubaland. After several years of living in a certain area you'll eventually learn a lot of the culture including language. Your comment is like saying a Chinese man has to learn Japanese when he's not even living in Japan. If the Chinese man was to live in Japan then it'll be useful to learn Japanese. Most Yoruba ppl don't need to learn Igbo for the same reason.

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To those that wrote here saying English is not Nigeria's main language, then why are you guys writing in English? English is not only Nigeria's main language but it's also a "Universal" language spoken practically everywhere in this world. In every country of this world more than one thousand of it's population speaks English even if English is not their main language, at least a thousand or more will still understand when its spoken. If its not English then they'll speak their native tongue. Why do you think in movies that are not spoken in English, they translate it to English for many to understand? Why do you think almost all the books you can find in this world are written in English. Why do you think the worldwide internet uses the English language? Why do you think when watching a movie or TV show, they speak English or they'll translate the words to English and no other language. Some of ya'll even said you have to write your comment in English for everyone reading this post to understand. Hypocrites.

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Are you crazy? Lagos is NOT a "semi-Yoruba city" For one Lagos is not even a city. Secondly, Lagos will always be a Yoruba state no matter how diverse it gets. Even if it starts to get more and more ppl from diff. races & ethnicities like NY. NY is a very diverse state, but you don't see ppl calling it a "semi-American" state or "no man's land" like some also call it. Even if Biafra happens tomorrow, Lagos will still be in the Yoruba region. Deal with it cuz its the truth and will always remain like that

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You and sosoboy needa get a clue. The main & true reason a lot of Igbos know how to speak other languages is cuz they have to know to get around (adapt). I'm sure there are Igbos who don't understand Yoruba or other lang. cuz they are only living in the Igbo region. A lot of Yoruba ppl don't know Igbo is bcuz a lot of Yoruba ppl don't live in Igboland. The majority live in the Yoruba areas. I know Nigerians who live (or have lived) in France and can speak fluent French very well). There's also some Ghanians that can speak Yoruba very well after living there for several years. Foreigners who move to UK, US, etc will eventually have to learn to speak English. Its all about "adapting" to the environment you live in. Besides English, Yoruba ppl are still able to communicate with their native tongue. Unlike Igbo ppl who have to learn Yoruba to be able to adjust well around a Yoruba environment. I'm sure Yorubas who are living (or have lived)in Non-Yoruba areas for many years know how to speak the areas main language. Its just like a non-Chinese man living in China. You wont be able to get around China unless you understand the language and can communicate with Chinese ppl cuz most don't speak English.

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Religion has nothing to do with the use of EUROPEAN names, cuz I've met Nigerians with names that have nothing to do with religion. Ive only met a few Igbos with biblical names, but random European names have grown more popular.

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No its not becuz of their strong relationship with Christianity... I've met Igbo ppl with names like Terrel, Dawn, Bonita, Sharon, Lilian, etc and those names arnt related to Christianity at all.

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@ asha 80. If you deny that names can deny you job opportunities then you prob. havnt been to the western part of this world. Race and name strongly determines how hard it'll be for you to get a job. If an oyinbo interviewer saw a name like Chukwuemeka vs. Lauren they'll discriminate and think Chukwuemekqa cant speak good fluent English and they'll accept Lauren in a heartbeat even if the Nigerian man has more experience than her. That's Its best for ppl with foreign names to give them a call on phone to confirm that they can speak good fluent Enlish cuz if you don't they wont accept you. The same for race. "Discrimination" is a big thing in the west

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The big diversity of countries like US & UK are the reason for that. When Europeans migrated to those areas, they brought their culture and origins with them. That's why you'll hear names from diff. origins. Serena & Venus Williams elder sister was named Yetunde. If their parents(whom are Non-Yorubas) can give their child an African first name knowing she'll be living n America...why should pure blooded Africans resist giving their child an African first name. I understand the whole butchering of foreign names cuz I reside abroad, but it shouldn't be a reason why Africans should avoid giving their children native names.

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English IS Nigeria's official language. If its no why are ppl here communicating to each other in English and not other Yoruba, Igbo, hausa, etc.

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@ chiogo. First of all not all names out there in the western regions are considered "English names" Majority of the names in US, UK, etc originated from European countries not English alone. Names like John, Mark, Samuel, Hannah, Sarah, Michael, Paul, Peter, Candace, Naomi, etc etc are considered BIBILICAL NAMES not English names. Those names can be found in almost ever country in the world except the Islamic countries (They have their own Muslim type name just like Christians do). Most of the names out there ppl consider 'English' names are actually EUROPEAN names that originated from diff. parts of Europe. If you research a popular name like Jasmine... that originated from Persia.

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its not abt being featured ohhhhh. it's about singing in other peoples language abeg.mscheww

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1. j martins

2.lemar obika(uk based r&b singer and also a grammy award winner)

3.obie trice(us based raper, and also a us-mtv award winner, he did some nice joints with 50cent, eminem, snoop dog, akon, dr dre, and many more)

i will be back with another list

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Ihe ikwuru wu eziokwu. But ima na owu soso ego ka ha churu(musicians). Itz rather unfortunate. Instead of the m to mostly use their language to reach the masses, ha churu ego ugbu gbu gbwa. Odikwegwu oh.

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Wtf is dbanj da only excuse y'all have. There r way more Yoruba artist out there.

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ermmm itz everyone job. meaning the igbos!!!!!! whatever n e career or proffession. every one should be held accountable looooooh.

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lol, as in i use get really pissed when dis their so called songs, tot it was

peculiar to me till a confirmed igbo boy said same, enjoy

http://viewnaija.com/video/1091365597001/Late-CD-John

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language is language, which ever they want to use, it is a free world

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Listen to http://www.4shared.com/audio/umWDUFVX/Omoge_Bauer_BosaLin_Network_Me.htm

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I declare this thread re-opened.

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I think because many people in Lagos speak and understand Yoruba. In my opinion, people should mix languages just like some gospel musicians that way they can please many people.

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why not view it as a process of intergration going on in southern nigeria.timaya sings in igbo.nigga raw and duncan mighty sing yoruba.naeto c sings yoruba.id cabasa sings in igbo.9ice sings in igbo.2face sings in igbo and yoruba etc etc.

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lagos factor is the answer to ur question

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This thread was great,

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my guy,coz they dont downgrade eachother and d love is dere

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we shuld try support any upcoming artists. music is another the world still respects us on. we shuld try and hold on to it.

I like TJ (Elewe Ukwu : http://www.yaakentertainment.com/

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@seadbari, so according to u ajasa's not a rapper, pls tell me more, d reason why u think so.

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it is called show business.  most people forget the word  business which they are into.  the bigger the market, the better for business

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igbos are too smart to understand others language and speak it more than u.and they are biz minded too.so they sing in yoruba to get yoruba audience also.don't blame them.they are too quick witted,unlike other tribes that c cant hear or speak other languages.d'banj sang in igbo cos don jazzy helped him and a high life musician was there too.i bet d,banj dont even know the meaning of the words he was using

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igbo got talents thats why they speak different languages. So to me is been considerate and not selfish unlike u. they speak so can get the message. naija movie made by igbos is always english laguage so others can enjoy but, urs is always always yoruba now tell me who selfish

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naija na naija. what difference does it make?

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LISTEN TO SHAKAR EL SWAGGA,HE SINGS IN IBO AND HE LOVES YOURBA LANGUAGE AND OTHER AFRICAN DIALECTS, REPPING HIS CITY ENUGU A.K.A COAL CITY A.K.A 042 WHERE HE GREW UP!!

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@afrocynic

waiting for u to make another silly comment about igbos again

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Lol, I think you'll find that the dude who started this thread is Igbo.

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What a Silly question!!!!

My answer to your question is: why then did you chose to publish this your question in English language?? Abi your Yorubal language, wouldn't it do?  Besides, is English language your mother tongue?  Once you are able to answer these question then will you be able to realise why anyone could sing or publish their music in any language they fancy or prefer.  Music, they say is a universal language though you may not understand the wordings/language used but hey, the beats goes on!!!  It means, you rock it anyway whether you know/understand the wordings or not.  Grow up, young man!!!

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its lack of confidence.the igbos dont av d believ dat der language will take dem places, musically,

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Why Do Igbo Artistes Sing In Yoruba?why nt complian about language,i think dey should sing in their mother language,or may be they think much people wouldn;t buy it,

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Was just thinking of this before reading this.

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afrocynic,u r just a dumb Bottom.I'm sure u must drinking and partying now.cos that's what i know u people for.remember tomorrow o!so make u no turn into alaye boy.

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Chinekeee, u don finish Afrocynic don't worry he won't post anymore, the next time he hears nairaland he will remember he has legs.

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IBOS,UNTOUCHABLE

VERSE I

those tha don't like ibos,i call them FUNNY HATERS/

we are bizness driven,call us MONEY MAKERS/

we get hungry today to build TOMORROW/

u others party today,the next day u are in SORROW/

riding thru streets of lagos,i see them JEALOUS/

saying ibos too hold and they no fit SMELL US/

our first orientation is get money,GET EGOS/

their first orientation is how to HATE IBOS/

we come ur place,make bucks,take it BACK HOME/

u're stuck in ur place doing nothing like a PACKED STONE/

now they're tribalistic cos they don't TRAVEL OUT/

u don't know about my side,close ur GRAVEL MOUTH/

they hate to mix up with ibos cos they said it's HARZADOUS/

u all live opposite and fake lives like a PARADOX/

cos when ibos are saying the country should BRAKE-UP/

that's when those that despise ibos are saying let's MAKE-UP/

VERSE 2

just like y'all,we can never be HYPOCRITS/

I'm not fake like OBJ,i don't reel out RHETORICS/

they said ibo man's heart is the heart of a LION/

cos this world may be hard,but to ibos,it's a ZION/

we make the best out of the WORST SITUATION/

"believe u'll make it"it's our FIRST INTUITION/

no doubt ibo is made of abundant TALENTS/

i'm a real example,my crew are hiphop SERGENTS/

we rule movies,hiphop and FOOTBALL/

despite their hatred on us,we STOOD TALL/

We don't rely on juju,we get the KNACK-TO-MAKE IT/

i can't stand infront of a babalawo STACK-ON-Unclad/

AFROCYNIC,i know it pains in ur HEART/

this is sth u wished u never be the 1st to START/

this is the deepest thing that i EVER WROTE/

ibos untouchable is sth y'all should BETTER NOTE/

I'M JUST FULL OF SKILLS.THAT'S WHAT IBO CAN PRODUCE.NOTHING BETTER THAN THIS EVER COME OUT OF YORUBA LAND.Bleep U IF U THINK OTHERWISE.OR U CAN SUCK MY PHAT DICK IF U ARE A GUY. BUT IF U ARE A GIRL,U CAN SWALLOW MY SPERM WHILE I HAVE MY heavenly feeling IN UR FAT-DICK-SUCKING-MOUTH.I'M THE poo Y'ALL BEEN WAITING FOR.NOW Y'ALL IBO RIVALS ARE WEARING A MARTYRED LOOK.COS I CAN SEE THAT OBVIOUSLY.Y'ALL BETTER GO ON,DO UR PARTYING,COS THAT'S WHAT YOU ARE ALL GOOD AT.AND STOP HATING ON US.silly HOES

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afrocynic.if that's what u use for somebody tribalistic.I think the word "yoruba" is synonimous to that.I have been in lagos before.it's all tribalism and poo.especially when they see ibos.u guys don't travel outside ur place.y'all only have LOCAL EXPERIENCE.so, get it off ur big head.we still BETTER.

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Una never tire for this thread?

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A great man once said, 'who the cap fits, let him wear it'

it never stops being what it is, your statements give certain things away and the word that you claim is tired is a nice succinct way of telling you what you are.

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"Ethnocentism" is tired, try another word abeg.

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Chicbic, your ethnocentrism is so transparent and boring, go somewhere with Afam, you two will make a nice cuople. You obviously have a problem comprehending standard English, and since that is the case, I won't waste any more time on you.

Ofokasibe, I hope you know what it is you are getting yourself in to,

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