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 tooXclusive.com. 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 🙂