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Posted by 00-Babs on June 2, 2011 in AUDIO, Feature, Social Views · 13 Comments

How did I discover Naija music?? Well, it all begun when a friend of mine hooked me up with some of MI’s music. This was earlier this year, something like 2 months ago. When I listened to a few of his tracks I was totally blown away. Especially the track he did with Waje-One Naira. After listening to his music on repeat I had to search for more. Man, it was just what I’d been yearning to hear. So I searched online for a whole day and stumbled across This was like a hidden treasure chest full of goodies and cherished bounty. Most of the hit songs I used to hear on the weekend Afro show on radio were on here-Tiwa Savage with Kele Kele love, Ice Prince, Wande Coal, Wizkid(though I don’t like him much), R2Bees, Naeto C, Mo Cheddah! Listen I did, watch videos I did, download and share a few tracks with my pals I did and after a while it wasn’t just me listening to Naija music.

Then something even more interesting happened. My sis, Lizz Njagah, got cast for a part in the MNET Drama Tinsel and moved to Nigeria for the shooting of the ongoing season. Could stuff get any better?! Here she was going to Nigeria for a minimum of 6 months! All I could imagine was the time’s when she’d be visiting back home and with her would come…. The Goodies!! Music….. and food 🙂 Now the 1st time she was coming back I asked her to get me some sort of delicacy from those sides. Something that wasn’t perishable. Well, she didn’t get me anything. I don’t think she knew what I’d have a taste for. And she also forgot to bring the music I’d asked for 🙁 The music that had initially introduced me to Nigeria. I guess I would have to wait. The 2nd time she came back still nothing, but the 3rd time I hit the jackpot- 11 Nigerian albums. Oh the joy!!! Where would I begin?! And so after the pomp and fanfare from my brother’s wedding, that happened over the weekend, had died out I sat down and started going through each album song by song.

I can’t be a music critic like DonBoye and Tyler on here but there is something to Naija music. It’s in the production. There is a certain professional International sound to everything. Well balanced and mastered with some awesome producers who don’t just lie to the artists about their “musical” skill but actually better them. And still there’s a distinct Nigerian sound as well. A culture…. I’m not saying Kenyan music sucks. It’s just that the amount of really bad music being released tends to overshadow the really good music being produced. I feel majority of Kenyan musicians run to embrace the newest sound in a bid to create more commercial than soulful music. A musician is an artist, an artist creates. Some great Kenyan artists are The Villagers Band, Lin, Zidi the band, Webi, Ekko Dyda, Atemi, Just A Band, Camp Mulla, Chizi, Eric Wainaina, Madd Traxx…. If I named any more you’d look at me in wonder 🙂 so il stop there but I will say i tend to go for the live band kind of sound.

Nigerian music, it rocks. Kenyan music, I will learn to appreciate more. As for Nigerian food any suggestions as to what I should ask my sis to bring down for me?? Help a sister out 🙂

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  1. nice write up . Naija food hmmm leeme keep thinking i'll come back to write something 🙂

  2. I know right! No matter how much a song is criticized on this side, there's always sum'n to it. Something to be proud as a nigerian! Creativity is the word 🙂

  3. I like the utter sincerity in this piece. I guess it really is a thing of pride to hear such glowing praise from someone outside of Nigeria. It is worthy of note, however, that Nigerian music didn't always happen to be this way. It grew and progressed, in the same way, I think Kenyan music can only get better. From what I've heard (from Wyre and P-Unit as well as what I hear on Museke), what you guys have ain't so bad.

    Cheers bro

  4. Hey Sis. I love African music in general. Love dat u love Naija music unfortunately i dont know any Kenyan artist. Well if u want to taste Naija food, tell yo sis to get you ofada rice, and grounded melon(Egusi). U need to know how to make d sauce 4 ofada rice to enjoy it and how to make melon vegetable soup.

  5. @S-dot-A Nice one all loving the food ..on it right away )) Nice work Sis and we appreciate the fact that you love our music.God Bless

  6. Yo yo u just smashed it !!! Nice One Girl .I knew from the first article it was gone be a big bang .You shld try Egusi and Amala or Iyan 🙂

  7. nice post i like really like

  8. well done nice write up

  9. Impressive I must say .Nice Work thumbs up for this amazing piece

  10. Nicely put, u should also listen to the legendary greats like fela 🙂

  11. @odunayo @Firebroda and @S-dot-A thanx for the food suggestions!! I dunno if il be able to make the melon vegetable soup but im sure i can find the recipe online somewhere 🙂 Glad yall enjoyed the read, your far too kind. @Atito Fela huh? Gettin me on the classics u are 🙂

  12. The beat was murdered

  13. I will to upload my songs on ur site

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