Nigeria News take a look at how the country music has fared after independence
Nigerian music has evolved over the years as it has become one industry that has saved the youths from perpetual poverty.
It is still growing, yet it is becoming a force to reckon with in the global entertainment industry.
Of course, prior to the independence, the likes of great musician Victor Uwaifo, Adeolu Akinsanya, Bobby Benson, Victor Olaiya dominated the highlife stage, which became the tune that the adults and Colonia masters danced to.
Only a few of Nigerians that travelled abroad embraced foreign music. In Nigeria, the social elites and the run-of-the-mill enjoyed local brands of highlife in Lagos and other parts of the country.
The pre-independence days ushered in such music as Sakara, Apala in the Southwest while real highlife of late Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe and late Oliver de Coque rocked in the eastern part of Nigeria.
Nigerians are one of the happiest people on earth with music playing a prominent role in the way they react to life.
But as soon as Nigeria became independent in 1960, the lyrics and beats changed. It was at this period that Fela Anikulapo Kuti changed his style from highlife to Afro beat.
Fela band, which was Known as Kola Lobito in the time of highlife hit the limelight with his new found Egypt 80 to set the pace for global recognition.
The birth of Afro music, song sings in pidging English with the dexterous use of horn and agidigbo drums turned out to be the delight of great number of fun seekers, activists and academics.
Fela became the first Nigerian singer to be nominated for Grammy, the highest music award. He tore the music World with his highly political lyrics that kept successive governments, mostly military in Nigeria and across Africa on their toes.
The World embraced Fela and would not only like to listen to his music but also to his “Yabis”.
There have been evolutions of Juju, Fuji in Nigeria but in recent time, the country has produced legends in hip hop music.
One will not forget Innocent Idibia, 2Baba with his evergreen, “African Queen” but today his style has changed as he has since blended his tune with much of Afro hip hop. With the emergence of Wizkid, Davido, Tiwa Savage and lately Burner Boy to mention but a few, it appears Nigeria music has got a definite direction.
These musicians have recorded great volumes of quality songs with various collaborations with foreign artists and have also signed up with international record companies to show their musical dexterity beyond the shore of Africa.
Thrice Femi Kuti,first son of Fela has been nominated and once his brother, Seun Kuti has been nominated for Grammy.
There is a trending culture among these new set of artists and this is their beat, which radiates Fela’s beat.
Of course, the Juju music maestro, King Sunny Ade was twice nominee for the Grammy. To a larger extent, making the Grammy list has shown that the world recognizes talents from Nigerian music industry.
Nevertheless no Nigerian singer has won this prestigious award, though there is high hope that in the nearest future they will be among winners.