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Would A Rock Concert Pull A Crowd In Nigeria?

What's a rock concert without a vibing crow responding to guitars, whether hard or soft?

Was wondering if rock artistes coming to naija would be a profitable venture. Which kinda artists d'y'all think would attract that crowd?

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Personally I'm a big rock fan infact I'm a metalhead and I think that is a fantastic idea! I would love to mention some bands that I personally love like breaking Benjamin, Linkin park, coldplay, papa roach, disturbed, three days grace, slipknot, 30 seconds to mars and so on but Linkin park or coldplay would pull crowds coz virtually everyone knows them either you're a rock fan or not.

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u guys r not promoting rock at all...1 thing u av 2 know are rock fans are addicted fans so they will come...dnt wori watch out 4 my Africa rock website...

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i believe it will. you'll be surprised with the followership rock music has in Nigeria. Myself, i'm into rock big time. I love Creed, Coldplay; i have every of their album from parachutes to Viva la vida. In the school I graduated from, rock is very popular. I think a rock concert will be a crowd puller.

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I think there is a general misconception of rock

Nigerian like good music that is not hard to follow and interprete

And so much of rock is like that

I did a rock remix of Durella's 'Eno O se'. Here is the youtube link of me messing with the song

About being demonic, its an extremist view based on a lack of information, understanding and a greater willingness to embrace blind prejudice over a research-based conclusion.

Perhaps if anyone who think its demonic cares enough to google the subject, you may come across as a lot less ignorant

In my opinion, the market for rock is growing and more Nigerians are getting tired of the cliche hip-hop and dancehall

Rock would be a welcome alternative,

cheers

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Yahoo boys and Igbo-smoking boys will attend.

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some rock artists who have some international exposure will soon be popular in nigeria

there is FLO and a guy called XTsamurai

heard them both and they are good and have deep lyrics (two criteria for rock music!)

I also hear plans are underway for some sort of test run on a rock concert

wondering how that will go

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I love rock music a lot and cnt stop doing dat.

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I don't know about others but if they can bring Cold Play I will most certainly be there.

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For that to be a 55% Success ,we need an artiste with a big hit e.g avril, linkin park's with numb. Then it has to be cheap i.e not more than 3000 NAIRA .

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well ill definately go 4 a rock concert in 9ja

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trust me its more than y'all think.If you dont like rock maybe ur post shouldnt be here. thre r rock programs on unilag and metro fm. cool fm also plays some rock songs. D one on metro is d best and ull be surprised how many ppl

hit their myspace page or send in messages. I used to think so too till i became a rock fan and put some tracks on my phone and people go"so you like rock' and want songs from my phone too. Its not yet like hip hop but then the number will shock you. youll only know if you like it. From experience

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read your blog. interesting.

you should read mine.

i'm gifted, though you might not agree with some of my opinions but i guarantee you'll be entertained

http://www.naijamale.blogspot.com

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Hey Odada, If your reply was to my message - sorry I didnt understand it, please elaborate,

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Dear All Good God Fearing people Fooling Themselves who have replied to my message, let me ask you simple questions:

1. Have you sinned? If you have DO NOT ask for forgviness because no Devil told you to do it, you all knew what you wrre doing from when you did it.

2. Do you think you can fool God - Sorry you cant - He is the all knowing - just because he does not punish you like your father would have - you think you can fool around - then you are an fooling yourself

3. Pray - with heart. mind and dedication - not just for the sake of praying

4. remember always - you will be judged by God by your deeds NOT by your prayers - , hey what do you always pray for, God give me this, ,God I want this, god let me be this, God I want another job, God I want a car, God I sow rhe seed for so & so to get so & so,

BUT the question is , WHAT HAVE YOU GIVEN TO GOD, Stop asking, give, can you? Have you?,

Me, i dont have to go anywhere, God is with me in my house, in my heart, in my soul, when I am shitting, when I am lying, when I am doing good, I cant fool God, Nobody can, So dont fool yourselves,

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CHUKKY WATS UP.NO NEED TO ANSWER PEOPLE WHO THINK THAT WAY,LATELY I HAVE COME MET PEOPLE WHO LOVE ROCK LIKE MADDD, EVEN GALS.TOO BAD SOME PEOPLE FAIL TO SEE THE POTENTAILS OF THIS GENRE OF MUSIC IN NIGERIA.AM WAITING FOR MY SERVICE THIS SEPTEMBER,THEM JUST LET MAN DEY HOUSE FOR ONE YEAR.BUT TRUST BOBOS NA, THYE CAN DELAY YOU BUT CANT STOP YOU FROM BEING WHO YOU ARE.OMO LATER.I LOVE.

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All the guys & gals talking of demonic, homosexuality associated with rock music, are misled. I can give you lyrics that make perfect sense - for example listen to :

1. Honesty - Billy Joel

2. Imagine - John Lennon

3. Warning & others - Black Sabbath

4. Listen to good rock soft songs - Listen to Holiday, Still loving You, etc. by Scorpions

5. Listen to REO Speedwagon

6. Listen to Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin

7, Listen to Metallica - Real truth about life - songs like - 'sad but true', 'unforgiven', 'Nothing else matters'

8. Listen to the 'outfield'

9.U2

10.Queen

11.Ac/DC

12. ,

(if you want them, I will send them free of cost to you, )

I could go on & on,

and compare these to the VULGAR indecent hip-hop with lousy lyrics and 'Unclad women ' (that's what sells their music, not lyrics) - by the way rock artists PLAY the music - others just mix it.

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Rock music is about sense, against oppression, open minded, healthy criticism of life. All holy preachers say it is evil because they are afraid that if the lyrics are understood by people, they may stop listening to the preachers empty promises and they may get down to reality - the truth of life - which is hard work, devotion to country & family & then the Grace of God that will follow.

For me for one - Country, family & God - come in that order because I am known through my country - it gives me my identity, my family is what I live for & God is someone I have never seen but get my strength from.

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t200m

yeah tony , you got me spot on. definitely marshalls guy. can u imagine some of the things being said here. i just tire for these people.

if only they know the obstacles and trials we had to face as pioneer rock listeners, they wouldnt be talking dust.

where u de now. holla me later ok?

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Come one, come all! you want to listen to good rock stuff, tell me I will organise a party where you pay for your beers though. Cheers!

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We cant speak like oracles but we can note some certainties.

The 'select few' are ready to pay to watch.

The 'select few' are expanding.

There's an army of non-rock peeps who would be drawn to such a show for the novelty and curiousity of such.

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So if and when a rock concert comes up here in naija its for only that select few. . . . and i can tell u that select few ain't as few as u think!

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On point like a knife, Modups!

That's just the bitter truth, most Nigerians don't give a poo about rock music.

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if there is a rock concert in nigeria den it will be for a select few who appreciate that type of music.

majority of nigerians dont like rock, thats a fact

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Dear God hear my prayer this morning. May the gays be disturbed by my opinion and may the straight people look at it as just an opinion and have no problem with it. Now guys let watch the gays in action. So help us God.

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shawn its always better to keep quiet and let people wonder about the degree of your intelligence than to open your mouth and confirm your stupidity

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Oh hush up shawn. 1st its rock is demonic. Now its homosexualism. Go through as many rock lyrics as u can on lyrics.com. When u c 1 with gay content, post it here.

Dont think u read this thread wel wen its been settled that rock is like anyother genre that can be used for wotever.

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guys need a quick answer from you guys. From a research heard drugs and homesexualism is promoted in rock concerts. Its like a meeting point for these people in the states. I dont know how true that is but i do know these rock stars dress funny and although they look gay but i dont know,

Dont get me twisted guys its just something i saw on T.V. I certainly wouldnt want to be in close contact with gays dont know about you but will rather listen to something more creatitive. Dictionary meaning of music is = sound pleasant to the ears. Rock music IS NOT PLEASANT TO THE EARS ITS NOISE, i guess its a free world and we can all share opinions Thank God for that,

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What do touts have to do with rock?

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come! who introduce dis topic sef,,wut wuz u thinkin b4 u came up wit dis nonsense, betta sound neva play finish 4 naija na rock una wan introduce,i still deh wonder were n who wan com d concert,no jus try am, na stone dem go take pursue dem from dat stage,

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@spoilt,

lol. . .

@topic

With d support of d major radio stations, publicity's almost fully covered & dats good 4 d show's success!

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Coold - James Blunt is NOT rock, he sings pop music.

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oh spoilt shut up. you in la, california. what do you know about whats going on in nigeria. i'm a fresh grad recently got a job at an investment bank so quite literally i'm in company of the actual leaders of tomorrow, our next batch of leaders, some of the smartest and brightest minds across industries and i assure you that there are more rock inclined than hip hop. despute me on that.

karrye

what do you want, i got almost 20000 rock songs on my pc and i could get more so let me know what u looking for and if i have it i'm a hook you up

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LINKIN PARK! NO DOUBT.AM A ROCK FANATIC AND SOMETIMES I ALWAYS BOAST THAT AM THE AMONG THE FIRST PPL TO GET LINKIN PARKS FIRST ALBUM.BUT BUSINESS WISE I THINK THEY ARE MORE POPULAR AND MARKETABLE TO THE NIGERIA PUBLIC,ESPECIALLY AFTER THEIR COLLABO WITH JAY Z.(THINK OF THE PUBLICITY HERE)HAVE ALWAYS DREAMT THAT I WOUKLD B THE FIRST TO ORGANISE A ROCK CONCERT IN NIGERIA,STILL DO,EVEN THOUGH U ARE SHOWING INTEREST.FUNNY ENOUGH THATS HOW I TOT I WOULD BE THE FIRST TO START A CINEMA,B4 BEN BRUCE DID IT.HOPE U NOT TRYN TO KILL MA DREAMS, JUST KIDDING.ANYWAY GOOD FOR U,I THINIK U CAN DO IT.MAYBE U SHLD GIVE ME A CALL.WOULD LIKE TO GIVE U SOME IDEAS ON HOW TO GO ABOUT IT.BUT DON`T WANNA WRITE IT HERE FOR ALL TO C(GUESS U UNASTAND) GOODLUCK MAN IN ROCKING NIGERIA, E.MAIL ME T200M2002@YAHOO.COM

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You dey correct. afterall, all those skimply clad women and very suggestive dance moves in the hiphop industry has the sam damaging influence on children. what matters in music is the lyrics and not the genre.

To me i kind of prefer pop and rock music ( not heavy or dearth metal of course) than hiphop. while the formers often sings about nature, love, death, loss, salvation, good life etc, the latter sings mostly about the bling bling and bling ( forgive me 50 cents).

But wait! i still like some hip hop artist o.

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Please do let me know when there is any coming up in Nigeria soon.

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Chukky76, good to hear that.

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My pont really is that music evolves. I am not a fan of Hip hop, neither am I into the Hip hop artistes you mentioned. I only know about them because really they are in my face because of the nature of my job. My point is the knowledge of Nigerians and the kinds of music that is acceepted. Obvioussly, you have your facts about Rock music and their performance Outside Nigeria My point is that you do not carry that enthusiasm into Naija. We are totally different people. Because you like it does not make everyone do teh same. I ike U2 for other reasons apart from their music. Rock In Naija? I really doubt its success.

Music is evolving. thats why the raggae artistes who called the shots yesterday may not sell an album today excepot they change.MJ used to be the king. Can we compare his last album sale to 'thriller'? All those dance steps and crotch grabbing may be vintage michael Jackson, ith the emphasis on Vintage. True music must be integrated into contemporary culture. Hip hop is not just about music but a lifestyle( Roca wear,G Unit, Jay Z) these guys aint the most talented singers but they can rap and are roie model for so many young people. Tomorrow, it may evolve into something else.

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not as much as hiphop. 50 cent? utter self-service. who gives a crap about his ice, or that he got shot 9 times. i didn't grow up in a ghetto. you should open your mind and listen to good music before comparing it to poor poo with little musical talent. like 50 can sing or play an instrument, he's basically a black version of n'sync. even the beats, he needs some hot producer (on a computer/drum machine etc mind you) to actually produce any shyte.

(this doesnt include artistes like the roots or mos def btw- people i'm sure you don't listen to cos they don't have t-shirts in aba or dosunmu or wherever you buy your gear.)

PS. it won't be successful because like some of the naysayers on this thread, nigerians are closed minded and scared of seeming 'white' (funny that most of mainstream rap is bought by prepubescent white boys) so no it won't. Maybe if it was free at first to entice people, yeah right, like U2 will actually come all the way here and perform for free.

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get your facts straight. yes hard core heavy metal rock might be waning but the more mainstream linkin park evannescence type rock is still going strong. hip hop acts like 50cent rejoice when they sell 5-11 million copies of an lp but acts likered hot chilli peppers, u2 , linkin park and evanescence sell upwards of 15 million copies without even trying. and then when they work really hard we talking 20-25 million copies for a single album.

truth is reason for this is rock has more international appeal. u might want to dispute that but think thru and do your reseatch. your average japanese and chinese and asian folks dont feel 50cents and co. but you got mtv , you see the live concerts, these people eat up rock music. thats what accounts for their massive album sales.

so i guarantee you hip hop will die before rock does

@ burn

believe me brother they only love it enough to listen to it or even spend a few bucks to but the CD. But to go all out for a concert, I don't think so, [i][/i]

you too are wrong. your average hip hop fan goes out and buys a 150 cd and plays his hip hop. we rock fans are more fanatical. we go against all odds . i started listening o rock in the earky nineties. i had to beg friends and family abroad to send me cds of my fav group then cranberries. and then the internet came and we spent 600 naira an hour downloading rock songs with the F u c k i n g slow nitel dial up connections. and then wireless came and we snuck into cafes , installed bearshare and kazaa on public systems, hid all traces, desktop icons and stuff and let our downloads run and at the end of the week we come in with our hard drives, from our pc's , pay the cafe attendant , open their systems, master and slave our drives, transfer our files, disconnect and close and then put more files on traffic.

BUT F U C K it , it was all worth it, when u finally get home and realise u are prob the first in uniben tho have the meteora album.it got easier with cd writers and flash drives but that was much later.

so my point being , hip hop concert have been coming to naija with a lot of cool foreign musicians that i love , but who cares. but tell me  evanescence is coming, Dude are you f u c k ing kidding me? i'll drop 100k . no joke!!!!

and i know about 50 more people who'll do the same. so we may be fewer  rock heads in naija, but our fanatism more than amply compensates

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On a very serious note, I think that we must balance our enthusiasm with some reason. The Rock- hard metal screaming - genre is not altogether in anymore. Even U2 engages in collabos and there is no rock artiste that is reckoned with in the mainstream that does not mix it up a bit. Music genrates its own culture!The rock culture and all that it represent has drifted away. The children of the people who listen to Rock are into hip hop( a huge white population), maybe to proof that there father's time is over as well as to say that the world has changed.

I wish you luck as you go on with this endeavour but evaluate your enthusiasm!Nigerians are straight forward people. I have seen peple who defy this and they got their fingers burnt. Oh and fadabasi tried rock. guess the song he was known with? The 'Abasi Aya ya 'song used in the FCMB advert!

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Yea i agree with Ruudie. Bringing rock artistes all the way to come compete with rappers may remove the promotional motive of such a concert. But its not a bad idea though. There'r nigerians who like rock as well as other genres (like me) and they be comfortable in both environments.

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@ burn,

not bad. . . but i'd rather u go str8 rock c'os u mix it up, a lot of folks might come in there 4 the other and not really give much heed to the rock folks. not a bad idea, but 4 a budding initiative, don't need any competition in its way else it won't flourish!

@ spikedcylinder, lol

it'd be good for our folks who w'anna do the rock thing to just stick to the conventional - be conservative/casual with your dress code and stuffs. . . all 'em jerry-curls, chains, rings and stuff just don't fit a whole lot of us!

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If you really wanna pull a rock concert off in Naija, you had better have something extra for the crowd. What I mean is; quite a number of people are now lovers of rock music but believe me brother they only love it enuff to listen to it or even spend a few bucks to but the CD. But to go all out for a concert, I don't think so, If you have a hybrid concert of rock and another genre then it could work. this is just my opinion.

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@ spykedcylinder

very funny. Yea sometimes hip hop - rock n roll culture appears grotesque being done by nigerians cos its not really our culture as much as we luv it.

Hip hop has really gone mainstream in naija cos in most parts its been indigenised. Reggea fizzled out cos it wasnt being culturaly relevant.

The challenge of rock music in this environment would be to get artistes that are true - true to the genre and true to the naija culture just like what's happening in asia. It'll take a while but we'd get there when there're young chaps who'd stay underground and play instruments for the love of it. Whether such instrumentalists exist i dunno but maybe a talent show can suprise us - maybe not.

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I once knew this calabar dude who said he wanted to start singing rock music mainstream. I wished him luck and bode him farewell. A couple of months later he said he wasnt signed by any record label and wanted to float the thing on his own. He showed me pictures he wanted to use for his promotions. Tacky is all i can say. I cant remember how many centuries ago people stopped spotting jerry curls but this dude had it on and boy was he a sight! The curls were awful and he had bit of hair oil dripping down the sides of his face. He had on incredibly fake leather and equally faux dog chains. . . . it was horrible. I guess in his own way he was just trying to imitate the rock and roll culture but he was doing it all wrong and bad.

I havent heard from him since the picture time.

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Not tryna be a drag 2 but a rock talent show wld be a bad idea. . Most on parade wld be lovers like us just tryna take a long shot @ fame. . Lack of xperienced local judges cld be a prob & d whole thng cld wound lookin like a reality-tv circus. .

If d talent show can be pulled it'd be a monumental catalyst 4 rock devt in naija, if not hmmm . . . But i feel concert b'4 talent show, it'd really help d latter.

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if every nigerian feels the same way i do about rock

no one will be there except of course the organisers

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Danm! Cammax thats a good idea. Am given to such endeavors. Abeg holla me @ chidido@yahoo.com

would it be like Rockstar supernova? Just thinking aloud.

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Not a bad idea. and it isnt not just not a bad idea. the prospect is great. i've thought in the same line myself, but i reckoned doing something that would popularize rock music in nigeria should be the first step. So i came up with the idea of a talent hunt aimed at searching for the first ever Nigerian Rock star. Its in its planning stage. Initiator, would you like to come on board? Its called 'So You Wanna be A RockStar.' Dont mind those people calling it devils music. Is Micheal Smith not a gospel rock artiste. dumbini's

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