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Onitsha

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VI : Locations: Africa and the Middle East

Continuum, 2016

Encyclopedia Articles

...Population: 296,004 (1996)Hugging the eastern bank of the Niger River, the Nigerian city of Onitsha is reputed to have the largest popular music market in Africa. Before the Nigerian civil war (1967–70), popular music bands playing live...
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...As the principal interpreter of Nigerian juju music, King Sunny Adé was one of the first African artists to reach a global audience. Born into a royal family of the Yoruba people in Ondo State, Nigeria in 1946, Adé began his musical career...
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...Known professionally as the “Chief Commander,” Ebenezer Obey’s career trajectory mixed innovative musical performance with traditional music and lyrics and song structure. Obey was born in the Nigerian state of Ogun in 1943 to Egba-Yoruba...

Highlife, Igbo

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Igbo highlife is a popular music style with lyrics in the Igbo language (including its various dialects) as well as in Pidgin English. Themes of songs are drawn from a rich reservoir of Igbo folklore, native philosophies and social...

Rex Lawson

Artist Pages

...Nicknamed “Cardinal Rex,” the Nigerian bandleader and trumpet player Rex Lawson died tragically at the height of his career as the country’s most popular highlife musician. Born in 1935, Lawson became afflicted with smallpox at a young age...

Naija Pop

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Encyclopedia Articles

...Naija pop is a general term that came into common usage around 2012 to describe the popular music of Nigeria. ‘Naija’ is Lagos slang for Nigeria. Naija pop music, purveyed by a new generation of artists including D’Banj, P-Square, Wizkid...

Sákárà

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Encyclopedia Articles

...Sákárà is a contemplative Islamic-influenced Yorùbá popular musical genre. The dominant stylistic characteristics of sákárà music include recitative/declamation, the drone-like melody of the gòjé (fiddle), instrumental preludes...

Hip-Hop in Nigeria (Hausa Rap)

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Encyclopedia Articles

...The availability of new forms of musical reproduction from the mid-1990s (particularly the Yamaha PSR series of synthesizers with stored dumbreat samples), coupled with the easy access to rap samples on the Internet and the massive...

Hausa Popular Music (Northern Nigeria)

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Encyclopedia Articles

...The Hausa people of northern Nigeria are predominantly an African Muslim group. Islam has made inroads in the region since the thirteenth century through trading networks headed by Malian Muslim clerics from West Africa. The Hausa...

Afro-Rock

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Encyclopedia Articles

...Afro-rock is a West African popular dance music that arose from the impact of imported rock music of the 1960s on African popular music. It therefore uses typical Western pop band instrumentation but with the addition of some African...